Sports briefs for April 5

Varsity boys lacrosse stomps Hillsboro; Meadows hosts HRAD April 6; Girls lacrosse clinic is April 14

Enriquez hits game-winning RBI for 5A No. 3 Eagles

In a matchup between two of the state’s top-ranked softball squads, Hood River Valley High’s Erika Enriquez hit a clutch game-winning RBI double to help lead the Eagles to an exciting 5-3 come-from-behind win Tuesday at Gladstone High School.

HRV track faces first big test

With spring break in the rear view, Hood River Valley High School track and field is transitioning from its early season outlook to a more focused mindset of preparing for the all-telling Columbia River Conference championships, just six weeks away as of this weekend.

Snowpack is close to average

Late season storms bring SWE to 93% at Mt. Hood

Fantastic February transitioned into marvelous March on Mount Hood, and as this winter’s erratic attitude improved dramatically from depressing December, it delivered enough snow by the start of spring to end in an almost average April.

Tease photo

It’s always sunny in Sun Valley

HRV sophomore leaves home to chase dreams at ski academy

For 16-year-old Montana Kurahara, the end of the winter season means the end of an experience of a lifetime. For about the last six months, the Hood River native has been attending the Sun Valley Ski Academy, a full-time school and training program for aspiring young ski racers in the idyllic setting of central Idaho’s mountainous Sun Valley.

Community Ed is COOL

Along with its long list of not-so thrilling, but still perfectly respectable and worthwhile offerings like Paralegal Tutoring, Fundamentals of Wet Felting, Everything You Need to Know After Having a Baby and — the butt of many jokes but the bud of many musical careers — Band Camp, Hood River County Community Education is gearing up for its most exciting season, when instructors from all walks of life get to introduce local youth to the many world-class outdoor activities the region is blessed with.

Kegler’s Corner: Gordon Sim rolls 300 in league play

League and tournament action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes has been nothing short of spectacular lately.

SUP boards over 10 feet need permit

Invasive Species permits required

As paddlers and kayakers dust off their boards and boats and hit the water this season, the Oregon State Marine Board and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife want to remind craft users that Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention permits are required for not only motorized boats, but all non-motorized boats and paddlecraft 10 feet and longer. The rule includes any stand-up paddle board over that length.

Tease photo

Engel grand slam ends Hawks mercy-rule win

Micah Engel had two home runs, including a walk-off grand slam in the sixth inning, to lead the Horizon Christian School baseball team to a 17-7 comeback victory Monday evening at Collins Field.

Tease photo

U14 Strikers need community support to represent Hood River at national tournament

Coach Pero Lovrin likens the conquest of his U14 Hood River Strikers soccer team to the fable of David and Goliath. Competing in the state’s most elite youth division — the National Premier League of Oregon — the group of 15 small-town boys battled against big city teams and premier clubs with long-running histories and much larger pools of star players to draw from.

Kegler’s Corner: Ross and Buck split as Bowlers of the Week

Alan Ross and George Buck were “en fuego” on the friendly boards in last week’s league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Bowling in the Thursday afternoon Lads & Lassies league, Alan Ross punched out his first 600 series of the season. Alan racked up nice games of 212 and 207 on his way to a fine 607 series to finish the session 121 pins over his average.

Tease photo

Gorge boaters take charge at Wind River Whitewater Fest

Seventh-annual event kicks off Western Whitewater Championships

Names like Ram’s Horn, Initiation and Balls-to-the-Wall hint at the caliber of some of the best- known rapids on the Wind River.

Hood 2 River Relay race set for May 31

A first of its kind in Hood River County, the May 31 Hood 2 River Relay Race is a six-stage event starting on the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows and ending at the Hood River waterfront, with stages of alpine skiing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, road biking, running and paddling in between.

Tease photo

HRV snowboarding’s Maddie Collins wins state halfpipe title

The Hood River Valley snowboard team sent six riders to the state competition in Bend earlier this month to compete in banked slalom, boardercross, slopestyle and halfpipe contests.

Tease photo

High school team sets sail

Gorge Sailing Team quickly recruits full group for first season

Starting this year, sailing has been added to the long list of sports high school students in the Gorge can compete in during the spring season, and although it means a draw of potential athletes away from other school sports, a sailing team seems like a natural fit for a town famous for its reliable wind and the mighty Columbia River out the front door.