It’s been a banner year for Hood River Valley High School athletics: the Eagles have won state titles, produced individual state champions, received numerous coaching awards, and most importantly, have some pretty intelligent, hard-working athletes to boot.
The HRVHS Athletics Department has been keeping track of players’ accomplishments and provided a comprehensive list of accolades chronicling the work our local athletes (and coaches) have put in this year.
Let’s start with some of the more recently announced awards:
The team wrapped up its successful season earlier this month by winning the 5A state title, blanking Liberty, 2-0, in the finals. The team never gave up a run in the playoffs. In addition to receiving the state championship title, coach Erich Harjo, was recently named the 5A Coach of the Year. Harjo coached his team to a 22-8 overall record (9-3 league regular season record). Ace Ryan Ward was named the 5A Pitcher of the Year, and The Oregonian/Oregon Live named him the Oregon Baseball Player of the Year last week. He ended the season with an incredibly low .681 earned run average and pitched an astounding 64 consecutive innings this season without allowing an earned run (not even including the All-Star game). He also had a team-high batting average of .423. In addition to Ward, junior shortstop Skyler Hunter was also named First Team All-State and sophomore catcher Adam Cameron and senior pitcher Kameron Walker were named to Second Team.
Freshman catcher Zoe Mun, who was as great at the plate as she was behind it this season, was named to Second Team All-State. The frosh led the Eagles in batting average (.418), runs scored (21), hits (41), and stolen bases (29). The softball team ended its season with a 5-0 loss to St. Helens in a play-in game late last month. The Eagles finished up with an 11-16 overall record, 4-8 in the Columbia River Conference.
Junior midfielder Gio Magaña was named Male Prep Soccer Player of the Year at the Oregon Sports Awards ceremony held last week at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton. Through 18 games (all of which HRV won, including a 2-0 win over Woodburn in the state title game), Magaña scored a total of 16 goals and racked up 13 assists.
Now, a look back at this year’s accomplishments by the numbers:
Number of state championships this school year — one for baseball and one for boys soccer. The baseball team’s 2-0 victory over Liberty in the final was the team’s first state title since 1990 and was the fifth in team history (1980, 1986, 1988). The soccer team’s 2-0 defeat over Woodburn was the first time the team has taken home the championship trophy in the program’s history.
How many conference titles HRV took this year, including boys soccer, girls soccer, boys alpine skiing, girls alpine skiing, girls swimming, girls freestyle skiing, boys freestyle skiing, baseball, boys track, girls track, boys tennis, as well as choir, band, and speech and debate, which are also included by the OSAA.
Runner-up finishes this year: girls cross country, boys cross country, boys water polo, boys swimming, boys basketball, wrestling.
Top-10 state finishes including: boys soccer (champions), boys and girls combined alpine skiing (champs), girls freestyle skiing (champs), boys freestyle skiing (champs), girls wrestling (champs), baseball (champs), boys water polo (2nd), boys Nordic skiing (2nd), boys alpine skiing (2nd), speech and debate (2nd), girls Nordic skiing (3rd), girls alpine skiing (3rd), girls swimming (4th), girls track (4th), boys track (4th), girls soccer (quarterfinals), girls cross country (8th), boys cross country (8th), cheerleading (8th), and boys tennis (8th).
Number of HRV teams that made it into the top-10 GPA for their sport: boys track (No. 2), girls cross country (No. 4), girls golf (No. 5), girls swimming (No. 7), boys tennis (No. 8), softball (No. 10), and choir (No. 10).
How many HRV teams had a 3.0 GPA or higher.
The highest team GPA for HRV, which was earned by the girls cross country team.
Individual state champions boasted by HRV: Lucy McLean (girls alpine skiing), Austin Keillor (skiiercross), Hannah Bergemann (freestyle skiing national champion), Sarah Sullinger (girls wrestling), Patrick Crompton (skiing: winner of the Ski Meister award), Tucker FitzSimons (freestyle skiing national champion), Payton Rigert (girls wrestling), Jessica DeHart (girls wrestling, All-American, national wrestling, Oregon Girls Wrestler of the Year), Sebastian Barajas (track: discus), and Jestena Mattson (track: 100 meters, 200 meters, awarded Outstanding Girls Athlete in the state championship meet).
Number of athletes that made first team all-state, including: Myles Cameron (water polo), Stan Ocheskey (water polo), Marcos Cuevas (boys soccer, goalie of the year), Gio Magaña (boys soccer, 5A Player of the Year, Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year, Oregon Sports Awards’ Male Prep Soccer Player of the Year), Alex Gutierrez (boys soccer), Uriel Torres (boys soccer), Sindy Magaña (girls soccer), Skyler Hunter (baseball), and Ryan Ward (baseball, 5A Pitcher of the Year, Oregonian/OregonLive Oregon Baseball Player of the Year).
Coaches who were named District Coach of the Year: Jaime Rivera (boys soccer), Kevin Haspela (girls soccer), Dave Cameron (boys water polo), Keith Ebbert (girls swimming), DeLona Campos-Davis (speech and debate), Erich Harjo (baseball), Jon Hiatt (boys tennis), Donnie Herneisen (named twice, girls track and boys track).
HRV’s ranking in the 5A State Oregonian Cup standings, which take into account academics, activities, athletics, and sportsmanship. The award does not count the school’s participation in water polo, skiing, or lacrosse. The ranking was as of April 10, with the final ranking not yet released, but that ranking marks the highest placement in the cup HRV has received since 1994.
Number of 5A Coach of the Year awards received by HRV: Jaime Rivera (boys soccer) and Erich Harjo (baseball).
Number of HRVHS athletes of the year: Jestena Mattson and Patrick Crompton.
Well, HRV only has one athletic director (Keith Bassham, who retired at the end of the school year; Tom Ames takes over for him), but he won the Oregon Athletic Director of the Year.
In lacrosse, the girls team made it to the playoffs for only the second time in the program’s history, lasting into the second round. On the boys’ side, the team won its first Cascade Cup ever in the 16-team competition.