Sports briefs for July 26

Golf tourney honors Hanel

Indian Creek Golf Course is hosting the first Battling Bob Hanel Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 16. The tournament, a fundraiser for the Hood River Valley High School golf team, is being held in honor of Hanel, who passed away almost a year ago at the age of 72. He was one of a small group of partners who founded and developed the course; he later bought out his partners and served as president of Indian Creek Golf LLC until his passing last October. The scramble format tournament starts with check-in at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m. In addition to golfers, Indian Creek is looking for sponsors to aid in the fundraising efforts. Sponsorships include $100, $200 and $300 levels, with increasing levels of signage associated with each. For details or to register, contact Mark Gradin at the pro shop at 541-386-7770.

Oilers end season

Hood River’s Carson Oiler baseball club ended its summer season earlier this month with three commanding wins to win the Hyder Dental Baseball Invitational in McMinnville. The Oilers, led by Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball coach Erich Harjo, is Eagle baseball’s summer program for next year’s potential lineup, and if this summer’s results are any indication, the team has another bright season ahead of it. The Oilers finished the summer season 10-1-1, with several of those wins against quality programs that will represent top OSAA teams next spring.

U13 JBO boys out at state

Hood River’s U13 Junior Baseball of Oregon team went down swinging last weekend in Gresham, where they were representing the Tri-County League in the JBO State Tournament. The team, led by head coach Rob Leiblin, suffered two tough losses – 8-2 vs. Lake Oswego and 14-2 against McMinnville – to end what turned out to be a breakthrough season that saw the young squad bumped up to the top JBO level after going undefeated the first half of the season.

Cross Channel Swim registration filling

Registration for the 72nd annual Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim is filling quickly; anyone wanting to participate in the wildly popular Labor Day swim across the Columbia is advised to sign up soon. The event, hosted by the Hood River Chamber of Commerce, entails an early-morning boat ride across the Columbia, a plunge into the water of the side of the Sternwheeler and a 1.1 mile down-current swim back across the water to the landing at the Hood River Inn. For information or to register, visit

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