Sports briefs

Hood to Coast Relay this weekend

Relay teams from across the nation and around the globe are plotting their courses to Mt. Hood for the 21st annual Nationwide Insurance Hood to Coast Relay Race, which takes place Aug. 23-24. The 196-mile race begins at Timberline Lodge and takes competitors to the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Seaside.Teams consist of 12 runners, and each team member must complete three of the race’s 36 legs. Each leg ranges in distance from 3.9 to 8.2 miles. Two additional events — the Portland to Coast Walk and the Portland to Coast High School Challenge — will take place at the same time. For more information, visit

HR Billiards straight pool tourney

Hood River Billiards will be hosting its weekly straight pool tournament Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. (note time change) at its location next to the Mt. Hood Railroad depot. Players are encouraged to come early to practice, or to stop by Friday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m. every week for pool, chess and/or darts. Call 541-490-3124 with questions.

Football officials needed this fall

The Mid-Columbia Football Officials Association is looking for help this fall to work games at every level levels (junior high, frosh, JV and Varsity). Schedules are flexible and you’ll be helping out a great group of kids by donating even one night per week. You’ll even earn a few extra bucks. The season’s first meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at The Dalles Fire Station. With questions, call Wayne Smith at 541-298-8232, or email

Sharpshooters wanted at hoop camp

All middle-school-age girls basketball players are invited to attend a free summer hoop camp Aug. 20-21 and Aug. 27-28 at Wy’east Middle School. Both Tuesday/Wednesday sessions last from 10 a.m. to noon and focus on skills development and game skills. Proof of insurance is required with parent signature. Forms available on site. Call Matt Ihle at 354-1548 with questions or email

Mens’ fall hoop league upcoming

Men’s basketball players interested in some friendly team competition this fall are invited to sign up for a fall men’s league at Hood River Valley High School. Games will run from the end of September until mid-December. Cost per team is $220 and there is an eight-game guarantee. Space is limited to the first eight teams. Officials provided. No high school players allowed. Proceeds will benefit the HRV Softball program. Call Phil at 386-1516 to sign up.

CGORA meeting Wednesday

The Columbia Gorge Off-Road Association will hold a membership meeting Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at MXD Motorsports, 1406 12 St. in the Heights. All off-road enthusiasts, 4WD motor bikers, ATV riders and mountain bike riders are invited to attend. Annual membership is $10 ($100 for a lifetime). Call 387-3223 with questions.

Columbia Gorge Soccer League update

Heading into the season’s final two weekends, Guerrero and its 38 points remain atop the Columbia Gorge Soccer League standings — a place they haven’t relinquished all season.

Guerrero has a guady +66 goal differential — which includes an eye-popping 84 goals scored, 27 by Uriel Hernandez — and sits at 12-1-2, just ahead of Azteca (12-3-0) and Spartak (12-4-0), who are still battling it out for the top playoff seed.

Spartak boasts the league’s top scorer in Pablo Vega, while Azteca has played each of its opponents tight, even in defeat.

Second leading scorer Miguel A. Perez and Real Madrid (11-3-1), are also right in the hunt, tied with Sahuayo Jr. (11-4-1) and Tecos (11-3-1) with 34 points. Rounding out the playoff teams are 2001 champion Abasolo (9-5-2) and Morelia (9-4-2).

San Antonio and Mt. Adams will finish on the outside looking in this year, but each team has recorded seven wins and three ties for identical 7-5-3 records.

Just outside the top 10 sit Latinos with a 6-7-1 record, Bella Vista at 5-10, Colima at 4-9-2, and San Juan at 4-11.

Complete results from the weekend of Aug. 10-11 were not available at press time. Play will continue this weekend and next at The Dalles High School.

Playoffs between the top eight teams will begin after Labor Day at the Wy’east Fields. Games are subject to a nominal admission fee.

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