Wednesday, March 26, 2014
With the goal of maintaining numbers and re-establishing enthusiasm for the sport at the high school level, the Hood River Valley High School golf team is taking its early season scores in stride, focusing instead on individual growth and the future of the program. The team, led by first year head coach Mark Gradin — also Indian Creek Golf Course’s director of instruction — has just three girls and a handful of boys, several of whom are first-year players.
“We’re focusing on having fun and keeping the kids interested in the sport,” Gradin said this week. The team played its first tournaments of the year last week, the girls Tuesday and the boys Friday, at The Dalles Country Club. “For the first tournament of the year they did okay. The good thing is, it was a chance for them to play at The Dalles, which is where the district tournament is going to be this year.”
The girls team is just three players strong this season, consisting of Alicia Hay, Gabriella Whitehead and Korey Cimock. That will make a district or state run difficult because four players are scored per team. On the bright side, however, the three are all returners from last season’s district champion team — a first in HRVHS history — that went on to place eighth at the state tournament.
In Tuesday’s tournament, Hay shot a 110, Whitehead shot 115 and Cimock did not compete. In Friday’s action, Dan Keuchmann — returning as last year’s top player — led the team with a score of 99, followed by Greg Johnston with 125, Wyatt Vallejo with 135 and Santana Flores with 150.
“To be honest, the scores weren’t that hot,” Gradin said. “But it was the first tournament of the year and for some it was their first time playing in a tournament, so it was a great learning experience.
Gradin said a focus of training, which the team utilizes Indian Creek Golf Course for, will be on the short game and putting. “That’s where we can make up the biggest differences in score,” he said. “If we focus on our short game, distance is going to come.”
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge