Sports Briefs for January 23, 2013

HRV wrestling 2-2 at Oregon Classic

Eagle wrestling traveled to Central Oregon over the weekend for the annual Oregon Wrestling Classic. The dual-meet tournament brings many of the best teams to Redmond for two days of butting heads to see who is the best of the best at the mid-point of the season.

Hood River’s varsity team opened with wins against Sherwood (51-21) and Bend (60-10) and a loss against Dallas (45-26) on the first day of the tournament to advance to the quarterfinals the following day. In a rematch from last week’s dual, HRV faced Hermiston and was bumped out of the tournament with a tough 55-13 loss.

Hermiston went on to win the tournament with a 48-18 win against Dallas in the finals. Redmond defeated Sandy 49-27 to claim third place.

The team wrestles next Wednesday at Stevenson in the annual Battle of the Bridge tournament.

HRVST swims to top finishes

Hood River Valley Swim Team traveled last weekend to the Seth Dawson Invitational Swim Meet at the Mt. Hood Aquatics Center. In addition to best times by almost all HRVST swimmers, the team had several first-place finishes and top-five performances from 13 different swimmers (see below for highlights).

Topping the list of accomplishments were Chad Klass’s first-place finish in the 100 fly, which was fast enough to set a team record in the event, and Shea Kasenga finishing first in three events.

Top five finishes:

Sara Arpag: 50 free, 5th; 50 breast, 5th

Sean Arpag: 200 free, 5th; 100 free, 5th

Leif Bergstrom: 50 free, 5th

Allison Burke: 50 free, 4th; 200 free, 4th; 100 free, 2nd; 100 fly, 5th; 500 free, 4th

Emilio Castenada: 50 free, 3rd; 500 free, 3rd

Dhani Freeland: 300 IM, 3rd; 50 free, 4th

Dacia Kasenga: 100 breast, 3rd; 50 breast, 2nd

Shea Kasenga: 100 IM, 1st; 50 back, 1st; 100 back, 1st; 50 free, 2nd

Chad Klass: 100 back, 5th; 50 free, 2nd; 100 fly, 1st

Mariah Rawding: 100 breast, 5th

Maeli Ready: 100 back, 5th

Nadia Smith: 400 IM, 4th; 100 fly, 5th; 200 fly, 4th; 500 free, 2nd

Thea Smith: 100 IM, 2nd; 50 back, 2nd; 50 fly, 2nd; 100 back, 2nd; 50 free, 1st

‘Kids’ Night Out’ Feb. 2

The Hood River Valley High School softball team is holding a fundraiser Feb. 2, Kids’ Night Out, from 6-9 p.m. The event will provide fun and healthy activities for children in grades K-5. For an admission of $10 per child, elementary-age kids can enjoy football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, board games, movies, crafts and more, as well as healthy snacks.

Registration will be held that evening, from 5:40-7:30 p.m. at the athletic entrance of the HRVHS gym. Participants should wear proper shoes and comfortable clothing for recreational play. For more info contact Lindsy Weseman at or 541-806-1426.

Wrestling correction

In an article on page A7 of the Jan. 19 Hood River News covering Hood River Valley High School wrestling team’s dual against Hermiston, an error was made in reporting the 285-pound match. It was actually Ramone Ramirez who lost the match by fall; not Brandon Dominguez as was reported.

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