My nightmare is coming true.
For years I have joked that I have a tough time whenever the Hood River Valley Eagles play the Centennial Eagles, because I never remember to stop referencing "Eagles" in the story. I've said that the only thing which could confuse me more was if the Horizon Christian Hawks of Hood River played the Horizon Christian Hawks of Tualatin. But since Horizon of Tualatin is 3A and Horizon of Hood River is 1A I figured I would never have to deal with such an apocalyptic scenario.
I was wrong.
Both teams were looking for an extra game this season - Horizon (of Hood River) had been scheduled to play Western Mennonite at the Rose Garden in September, but squabbles between millionaires killed that - and found willing partners for a game in Hood River Feb. 5.
This appears to be nothing more than the chance for both teams to test themselves against quality opposition, but considering two teams playing with the exact same name is rare, I propose higher stakes.
The winner should get to keep their mascot. I don't care if they want to keep the school name (even though that is confusing enough) but seriously, do we need to deal with the same mascot too?
Winner can be the Hawks; loser can be any different number of avian-themed names? Ball is in your court, Horizons.
On to the notes!
After a fantastic career at Hood River Valley, Sean Baker left for the college wrestling ranks. He decided that route wasn't for him and has been pursuing a mixed martial arts career. That path looks like the right direction. Baker was recently named the Full Contact Fighting Federation rookie of the year.
Baker went undefeated for 2011 including Rumble @ The Roseland 60, Caged on the Coast 6, Rumble @ The Roseland 59, and Caged on the Coast 5.
Baker is scheduled to take part in a 170-pound title fight at this weekend's Rumble at the Roseland.
Chris Dirks has been seeing a few minutes of playing time each game for the Linfield Wildcats over the past few weeks.
Dirks has seen a high of six minutes a game over the last month and has scored two points in three of those games.
At Western Oregon, Angie Titus saw a career-high 25 minutes at Montana State Billings on New Year's Eve.
In the game, a 69-49 win by Montana State-Billings, Titus scored four points and grabbed a pair of rebounds.
Finally, it's time for your trivia. Four-time Olympian downhill skier Sara Schleper recently retired from World Cup racing. How did she mark the occasion in her final race?
A: Schleper skied the course in a dress and picked up her 3-year-old son midway down the Austrian slope.
There is reason No. 186 to be glad I am your local sports reporter.