Hood River Valley’s high school athletics have a long tradition of determination and grit, of hardheadedness in the face of adversity, of overcoming difficult odds and of statewide success despite often competing against deeper programs and larger schools with more athletes to choose from.
Without fail, Hood River Valley High School athletes are recognized year-in and year-out for their achievements, whether it be a team of skiers defending another state title or an individual winning a state wrestling, pole vault or cross country championship. And with the start of each new school year, athletes and coaches are hopeful for what lies ahead. September means a fresh start and a clean slate, and for many it’s the start of their final year as Eagles: a realization that’s often fuel enough for athletes to give the extra 10-percent that tips the scales in their favor.
Before diving too deeply into what will surely be another memorable year for HRV and the 2013-14 Eagle Army, this is also the time of year to look back — to appreciate school history, tip our hats to those who carried the legacy of Blue and Gold and recognize the select few who laid the footsteps for today’s most-driven athletes to follow.
This year’s Hood River Valley High School Hall of Fame inductees include five individuals and three teams, to be honored Saturday evening at the school’s annual Hall of Fame banquet. This is the seventh class to be named to the list since the program started. As of deadline Tuesday morning, 20 tickets remained for the banquet and fundraiser event, to be held Saturday starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Hood River Inn. Tickets may be purchased through the HRVHS athletic department by calling 541-386-2318.
Individual inductees date back to when Hood River had two high schools. Roger Baker, of Wy’east High’s class of 1964, is being recognized for an athletic career that highlighted with an appearance on the Olympic Handball team. Jon Copper follows for his 1979 athletic pursuits, including as an All-State baseball player and ski team member. Next is Emily Routson, class of 1992, for her role on that year’s state champion girls ski team and as an All-State softball player. Class of 1998 standout Crystal Draper makes the list for her role on the 1996 state championship softball team, her 1996-98 All-State status and her career as an Oregon State University varsity pitcher. Finally, Christy Paul makes the list as a 2001 cross country state champion and standout track athlete.
Teams recognized this year are the 1984 boys basketball team, the 1992 girls cross country team and the 1996 softball team (names from each listed below).
Local radio personality and the voice of the Eagles, Mark Bailey, will be the emcee for Saturday’s festivities, which will include introductions of athletes, a slideshow, silent and live auctions, dinner and drinks (no-host bar), a raffle and more. Proceeds from the evening will go to the HRVHS Athletic Hall of Fame program.
The group will also be honored during halftime of Friday evening’s home football game against North Salem.
n Members of the 1984 boys basketball team: Head coach Lyle Harpe, coach Phil Hukari, coach Jeff Davis, Todde Greenough, Jon Kurahara, Ron Kurahara, Rob Wunderlin, Ryan Jennings, Mike Loyd, Don Lariza, Mike Mills, Erick Von Lubken, John Grenfell and Chris Walker
n Members of the 1992 3A girls cross country team: Head coach Kristen Uhler, Lena Brainard, Kate Brumbaugh, Laura Murphy, Heather Laurance, Carey Nelson, Kerry Perkins, Ronda Harder and Kate Donahue
n Members of the 1996 4A girls softball team: Head coach Phil Hukari, coach Cary Mallon, coach Jim Donnelly, Tiffany Bryant, Flora Ulrich, Angel Boyles, Jaclyn Hansen, Christine Kadell, Heather Mason, Alison Donnelly, Kelly Hukari, Cara Sheppard, Sara Duckwall, Mandy Furrow, Kary Sherrell, Crystal Draper, Kim Goe, Rayna Chandler and Sara Lyon
n Individuals: Roger Baker, Jon Copper, Emily Routson, Crystal Draper, Christy Paul