Another fall sports season is winding down for Hood River Valley High School, concluding this weekend with the HRV Eagles girls water polo, who are aiming for the team’s first-ever state tournament victory. The first game of the tournament, scheduled for this Friday at the Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis (results not available at press time), will feature top-ranked HRV against No. 5 Sandy in the semifinals.
With many of HRV’s teams having extremely successful regular seasons that earned them playoff berths, it’s no surprise that praise from around their respective leagues have been heaped upon the Eagles this fall.
Many teams have had their All-Conference awards announced, which are compiled below, but some have not. All-Conference awards for HRV football, members of Special District 1, won’t be announced until all teams from that conference have been eliminated from the postseason, according to HRVHS Athletic Director Tom Ames.
The team easily took the Columbia River Conference this season and qualified for the postseason as quickly as mathematically possible. The team recently just returned from the OSAA 5A state championship tournament with a sixth-place trophy. It was only the third time in school history HRV volleyball has made it to state and was the first trip to the tournament since 1993.
First team: Shae Duffy (outside hitter, junior), Emily Curtis (setter, sophomore), Katie Kennedy (outside hitter/middle blocker, sophomore), Rebecca Johnston (libero, senior)
Second team: Kennedy James (outside hitter, junior)
Player of the Year: Duffy
Coach of the Year: Scott Walker
The cross country team jointly won the CRC this season after the boys and girls ran circles around the competition at the championship meet in Hood River last month. They followed that up last weekend with the boys and the girls each taking fourth place at the state meet in Eugene, which marked the strongest group showing for HRV XC in several years.
First team girls: Daisy Dolan (senior), Lottie Bromham (freshman), Evelyn Nuñez (sophomore), Celia Acosta (freshman), Reed Bauer (freshman)
First team boys: Jesse Wiley (senior), Jacob Bromham (senior), Connor Truax (junior), Elkin Parker (junior)
Coach of the Year: Brandon Bertram
As they’ve done the past several years, the HRV girls soccer team owned the CRC, sweeping Hermiston, Pendleton, and The Dalles this season, earning the team a first-round home playoff game, which they lost in a match with Hillsboro earlier this month.
First team: Cielo Rivera (forward, senior), Mona Diaz (midfielder, senior), Yahaira Chavarria (defender, junior), Ami Santillan (defender, senior), Vanessa Silva (goalkeeper, senior)
Second team: Halle Campos (forward, senior), Audrey Marble (midfielder, junior), Claire Davies (midfielder, junior)
Player of the Year: Rivera
Goalkeeper of the Year: Silva
Coach of the Year: Kevin Haspela
Like the girls, the boys soccer team had little competition in the CRC, winning another title and sweeping the league. The team entered the OSAA 5A tournament as a top seed, defeating Rex Putnam in the opening round before falling to La Salle in a game last weekend that went to penalty kicks (coincidentally, La Salle lost in exactly the same way in their semifinal game with Wilsonville earlier this week).
First team: Noe Magaña (forward, senior), Jorge Campos (midfielder, senior), Angel Sonato (defender, junior), Erik Siekkinen (defender, junior), Saul Chavarria (midfielder, junior)
Second team: Robby Running (sophomore, midfielder), Nathan Schmidili (midfielder, senior), Domingo Barragan (forward, senior)
Player of the Year: Magaña
Goalkeeper of the Year: Travis Running (junior, shared with Hermiston’s Antonio Campos, a junior)
Coach of the Year: Jaime Rivera
Boys water polo
The young squad didn’t take the mixed 5A/6A Mt. Hood Conference this year, but did qualify for the postseason, losing in the opening round of the state tournament to Ashland.
First team field players: JJ Mears (junior)
Second team: Chad Klaas (sophomore), Cole Rothman (junior)
Honorable mention: Pelle Bergstrom
Honorable mention goalie: Liam Longland (senior)
Girls water polo
After losing all of their games in their inaugural 2014 season, the girls team had a breakout year in 2015 and have been even better in 2016, winning the 5A/6A Mt. Hood Conference for the first time ever and entering the state tournament as the top seed. As we mentioned above, the team is competing in the state tournament this weekend in Corvallis.
First team field players: Jamie Robinson (sophomore), Rose Finstad (junior), Faith Ocheskey (freshman)
First team goalie: Kat McElderry (junior)
Coach of the Year: Kellie Dunn
All-State awards for cross country and All-Tournament volleyball are also in, while others have yet to be announced. We will provide an update when the awards are announced.
Volleyball: Duffy received a second team nod for her performance at the tournament, where she played in three games and racked up a team-high 38 kills.
Second team All-State girls cross country: Dolan and Bromham
Honorable mention: Nuñez
Second team boys cross country: Bromham
Honorable mention: Truax and Wiley