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Sign up for Cooper Camp

Cooper Spur Race Team’s annual Cooper Camp is right around the corner. The four-day ski camp runs from Dec. 27-30 and teaches youngsters racing basics through fun drills and freeskiing. The camp takes place at Cooper Spur Ski Area and is open to boys and girls ages 5-12. For more information or to register visit

Arpag sets record HRST record

Hood River Swim Team member Sarah Arpag (pictured below, back right) set two new team records at the recent Kelso Winter Blast swim meet. The 8-year-old set 25-meter freestyle and 200-meter IM records for the team and finished first in five different events at the meet.

Also at the meet were HRST members (pictured with Arpag) Sean Arpag, Audrey Hinchliff, Celilo Brun, Abby McCormack, Maeli Ready, Ali Parsons and Brinna Weiseth.

Gymnasts compete at state

The Gorge Gymnastics team competed at the Level 4 State Championships last weekend in Eugene. Poppy Miller, Taryn Schilling and Rosalie Dillon (pictured below, left to right) all qualified for the meet. Top results were Miller’s eighth-place finish on floor and 10th place on vault in the Junior B division and Dillon’s sixth-place finish on floor and eighth-place overall in the Senior B division.

Head coach Steve Roney said, “I’m really proud of the girls; they held their own with the best girls in Oregon and really showed what they can do under pressure at the big meet.”

Youth hoops opportunities:

For more information or to register contact Hood River Community Education at or call 541-386-2055.

n Grades 3-6 (boys and girls): is run by Community Education. Early bird registration is open now through Hood River Community Education and is discounted through Dec. 10. Early registration is $58 and increases to $72 after that. The program runs January and February with games on Saturdays at various locations around Hood River County.

n Traveling team: Run collaboratively by Community Ed and high school and volunteer coaches, teams include sixth-grade girls and sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade boys. Teams travel to tournaments throughout western Oregon and southwest Washington. This is a chance for dedicated athletes to get in many more games and practices. Cost is $250.

n Girls middle school: Registration is open now for the January-February season for girls at both Hood River and Wy’east middle schools. Organizers are still looking for a Wy’east seventh-grade coach.

Roll with Roller Girls

The Gorge Roller Girls are seeking dedicated men and women to join their league as referees, coaches and volunteers. As a skater-run league, we love and depend on our volunteers to make derby happen in the Gorge! Wanna play derby? New skaters are welcomed too!

Information about how to volunteer or skate with the Gorge Roller Girls will be presented, as well as photos and videos from the league’s latest events! Celebrate with us and get involved!

For more information see

HR Strikers fight against West’s best

Hood River Dynamo’s under-13 boys, the Hood River Strikers, exceled through qualifying rounds to make it to the recent Northwest Champions League semifinals. The team played hard but missed making the finals and a trip to San Diego with a tough 3-1 loss against Tacoma’s Washington Premier Football Club. The Strikers were able to tie up the score 1-1 shortly after the start of the second half, but WPFC found the back of the net on a couple of set plays. Despite dominating possession most of the second half, the Strikers couldn’t put one in. With the fall season ending, the Strikers will now focus on the upcoming spring season and State Cup tournament in May.

Pictured below are team members (front row) Diego Rivera, Angel Sonato, Robby Running, Reese Carroll, Alvaro Ramirez, Wences Bolanos; (back row) coach Pero Lovrin, Alan Garcia, Erik Siekkinen, Alonzo Beltran, Travis Running, Ulises Juarez, Jorge Campos and coach Steve Carroll.

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