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Sports Briefs for July 30

Youth football start soon

Hood River County Community Education’s popular youth football league is gearing up for its late-summer season; anyone wanting to play but not yet registered should do it as soon as possible (online at hrcommunityed.org or call 541-386-2055). The league begins Aug. 4 with the three-day Blue/Gold Youth Camp, run by HRV football players and coaching staff. Camp runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for the three days and the league is open to players from grades K-8, with different age groups within that range.

Indian Creek hosts two good-cause golf tournaments

Indian Creek Golf Course plays host to two golf tournaments – one Aug. 16 and the other Sept. 27 – that serve as fundraisers for local sports. On Aug. 16 is the first Battling Bob Hanel Memorial Tournament, held in honor of the late Bob Hanel as a fundrasier for Hood River Valley High School golf teams. Sept. 27 is the 8th annual HRV Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, held in honor of the latest inductees to the HRVHS athletic Hall of Fame as a fundrasier for the HRV athletic department.

To form or join a team for either event, contact the course pro shop (541-386-7770).

Fire danger closes private lands and trails

Due to increased fire danger, several recreation trails located on private/corporate forest land have been closed until further notice. This includes all trails on lands owned by SDS Lumber, Broughton Land, Stevenson Land, Kreps Ranch, Wayerhauser, Hancock Forest Management and American Forest Management. This list encompasses a large number of hiking and biking trails located in the Gorge – essentially everything that is not owned by federal, state or county agencies – and include the popular trails on Hospital Hill, Underwood Mountain and Whoopie.

Breakin’-N-the Gorge returns to downtown on Aug. 1

Featured as popular mid-summer First Friday entertainment, the Breakin’-N-the Gorge breakdancing contest will run this Friday, Aug. 1, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the British Pub’s outdoor area (corner of 3rd and Oak). The event will feature DJ music and two-vs-two male and female breakdancing battles for several hours outside the pub, with an afterparty inside for patrons 21 and older.

Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is Aug. 23-24

In what has grown to be one of the largest stand up paddle contests in the world, the 4th annual Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is set for Aug. 23-24. Competitors of all levels will be in town from around the world for the event, which features a day of downwind racing (from Viento to Hood River) and a day of course based at the Hood River Waterfront Park. See the Aug. 2 Hood River News for more on the event, and for registration info, visit www.gorgepaddlechallenge.com

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