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HR youth gridders leave cleat marks in first year at Rose City Gridiron

A selection of local fifth and sixth grade football players represented Hood River last month at the Rose City Gridiron Classic in Portland. The team took a week off after the conclusion of Gorge Football League action, then started training to prepare for the tournament.

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Riders hoof a grand time in Ranch Sorting at county fairgrounds

The Hood River County Fairgrounds were home to a series of Ranch Sorting contests that culminated with about 40 riders from around the region in attendance at the season finale held earlier this fall.

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Eagles earn first-team All-State soccer honors

Boys also garner player, coach of the year awards

On the heels of a memorable and historic fall season, Hood River Valley High School varsity soccer had four boys and one girl selected as OSAA 5A first-team All-State players, one player chosen as the 5A Player of the Year and a coach selected as Coach of the Year. The 5A All-State awards (first team and second team) were announced last Friday and were chosen by all 5A coaches from the state.

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Local ladies featured in ‘Where the Wind Blows’

While waiting-out the next few months of gloomy northwest winter weather, go online and check out the locally-produced kiteboarding web series titled Where the Wind Blows. The three-part video project features Gorge-based professional female kiteboarders Lindsay McClure, Laura Mayer, Colleen Carroll and Sensi Graves as they explore the waters of the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast.

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Wrestling Blue vs. Gold night kicks off HRVHS winter sports

In a first for both the Hood River Valley High School wrestling team and the school’s theater department, an exciting intersquad showdown took place Saturday on the stage of the Bowe Theater, complete with spotlights, smoke machines, play-by-play announcing and post-match media interviews.

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Four Gorge men conquer Spartan Trifecta

“Remain calm during registration. It gets much worse from here.”

Sports Briefs for Dec. 3

Hawks hoops start Friday; Intensive hoops camp Dec. 6

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HR kiter claims Dutch national title

Hood River resident Vetea Boersma earned a unique claim to fame earlier this fall by winning the 2014 National Junior Dutch Kiteboarding Championships in Brouwersdam, Holland. Boersma, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Hood River Middle School, traveled to Holland with his family and was able to compete in the national kiteboarding contest because he is half Dutch.

Kegler's Corner: Rick Nishimoto rules the roost

League action was simply spectacular at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week — big scores were everywhere. Leading the parade of prominent producers was banker-turned-local-orchardist, Rick Nishimoto, who pummeled the pins to the tune of a fantastic 299 game in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league.

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Thompson honored as LC Hall-of-Famer

Although he might not seem it today, Hood River Mike Thompson was a big-time bruiser in his younger days. Wearing the number 69, Thompson was a notorious force on the football field in the early 1980s as an all-star defensive lineman for the Lewis and Clark Pioneers.

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Turkey Trot brings crowd Thanksgiving Day

The annual Turkey Trot run and fundraiser drew more than 300 people to the Historic Columbia River Highway’s Twin Tunnels Trail Thursday morning for a pre-meal Thanksgiving treat.

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Gorge water-women win big

Ingrid Lerouche, Fiona Wylde finish one-two in AWT

Professional windsurfers Ingrid Lerouche and Fiona Wylde recently sent a statement to the rest of the windsurfing world that girls from the Gorge are not to be trifled with. When they’re not traveling the world in search of wind and waves, the two reside in Hood River, and they represented their home waters phenomenally over the last several months as they competed in the 2014 American Windsurfing Tour.

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Fresh Tracks

Always a good measure of an encouraging start to the season, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort had people cruising its slopes before Thanksgiving. Although limited to a small section of the resort’s nearly 22,000 acres of terrain, the resort had two lifts (Buttercup and Easy Rider, along with the Magic Carpet) running over the weekend for “Preview Sunday,” and with winter weather bringing a foot of fresh snow through the day, those who made the trip were treated to the first powder turns of the newly- christened season.

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This Black Friday, try trophy trout

Yeah, Black Friday is the name associated with the day after Thanksgiving when avid shoppers arrive at their favorite store at o-dark-thirty seeking swinging deals on all kinds of stuff. What with all the pushing and shoving, they arrive home exhausted after a day of shop-until-you-drop spending.

Sports Briefs for Nov. 22

HR wrestling fundraiser dinner Nov. 23; Turkey trot on Thanksgiving; more