At track meets I'm used to seeing a few kids get bloody or bruised. It tends to happen when you are jumping over hurdles, leaping into sand filled pits, or just trip and fall.
But the sight Friday in The Dalles caused me to do a double take.
A The Dalles-Wahtonka competitor walked by me, her entire side covered in what appeared to be oozing wounds.
It took me a second to connect it to a conversation I had overheard moments before: That TDW students had taken part in a similar disaster drill to one that HRV students had been involved in a week prior.
It was realistic enough to confuse me momentarily.
They got me again a few hours later when I was back in Hood River covering a softball game and saw "blood" gushing down the face of a TDW softball player. I know it's popular fashion today to make eye-black designs as intimidating as possible, but that was a whole new level!
On Saturday afternoon, during a rain shortened Horizon vs. Hepnner contest, Ian Rasmussen made one of the most fantastic catches I've ever seen at the high school level. A Heppner hitter hit a shallow pop fly into left field. The wind was howling out of the Northwest, causing the ball to sink and run away quickly from the Horizon outfielder. He came in on a full sprint, and without even slowing, arrived at the ball's downward terminus - just as the chain link fence surrounding the field terminated his forward momentum in sudden, swift and brutal fashion.
Rasmussen crashed to the ground while somehow holding onto the ball, which he held up for the umpire before staying on the ground for several minutes.
Unfortunately, I did not get any video of the impressive display, and nature's display of thunder and lightning in the next inning wiped out the contest.
Now on to the updates:
HRV grad Jon Munk has been on the lacrosse field pretty much ever since he graduated, and played for the Maple Ridge (Canada) Burrards in the World Lacrosse Association. This weekend he will be playing for the Czech Republic in the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Prague.
A couple of other HRV lacrosse grads faced off last month in a WCLL playoff game between Oregon State and Washington.
Andrew Dirks played but did not record any stats for the Beavers while Drew LaMaita collected four ground balls for the Huskies. OSU won the game 10-5.
Brothers Jacob and Ian Bohince had two goals each as Western Oregon beat the University of Portland 17-3 for the Pacific Northwest College Lacrosse championship earlier this month.
The Wolves are in Denver this week for the national playoffs.
The Occidental College Tigers made it to the SCIAC tournament quarterfinals, where they lost to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 16-6. Goalkeeper Kylie McPherson had six saves in the loss.
Playing for Herkimer Community College in New York, Dustyn Lyons finished the season with 138 saves.
Finally for your trivia: What are the dimensions of an NCAA college lacrosse goal?
A: Six feet wide by six feet tall by seven feet deep.
That is reason No. 252 to be glad I am your local sports reporter.