Sports Briefs for Aug. 31

Middle school cross country starts soon

Cross country practice for Hood River and Wy’east middle school students starts Sept. 4 at HRMS and Sept. 5 at Wy’east; both will run from 3-4:30 p.m. Although the two schools will represent one combined team in competition, practices will be run separately at each location each week from Monday through Thursday. Runners of all ability levels are encouraged to join the team, and parent volunteers are sought to help with practices and meets.

Player registration is run through Hood River County Community Education at To volunteer, contact Shawnie Emmons at

Fall tennis program christens new courts

Three-week fall tennis programs for middle school and high school players will run from Sept. 9-27 on the soon-to-be-complete remodeled city tennis courts. The program, designed for kids entering grades 7-12, will include drill and practice Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. and match play Thursdays 3:30-5:30 p.m. The cost is $115 and coaches will be HRVHS coaches Leslie Kerr and Justine Zeigler and assistants. Sign up at Contact Kerr at 541-399-2519 for info.

Pass Punt and Kick fundraiser Sept. 7

As a fundraiser to help offset equipment costs for Hood River youth football programs, an evening of friendly competition, followed by a barbecue and football movie fundraiser is scheduled for Sept. 7 at the HRVHS football field. The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contests will run from 4-6 p.m. and will be divided into five age groups for kids ages 6-16.

The contest is free, with the fundraising effort afterward, in the form of a barbecue and movie viewing at the same location from 6 to about 9:30 p.m. No gear is required to participate, and cleats are not allowed. Pre-registration is not required; just show up at the HRVHS field Sept. 7 before 4 p.m.

HRVHS Hall of Fame golf tourney Sept. 21

Set your calendars for the seventh-annual Hood River Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame fundraiser golf tournament on Sept. 21 at Indian Creek Golf Course. The four-person scramble starts at 8:30 a.m. and is $300 per team of four (or $90 per player), which acts as a fundraiser for the HRVHS athletic department and includes greens fees, cart, lunch and a goodie bag.

Pick up registration forms at Indian Creek Golf Course, HRVHS athletic office or by calling 541-386-2318.

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