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Maryhill Festival of Speed rolls next week

The Maryhill Festival of Speed returns to the Gorge next week, June 25-29, for five days of hair-raising downhill skateboard and street luge action on the world-renowned Maryhill Loops Road. The annual event has become known by adrenaline junkies the world over as one of the best races, and the absolute best venue, on the International Downhill Federation’s World Cup circuit.

Sports briefs for June 21

Skate contest Saturday; Motorcycle event this weekend; more

Fireworks limit access to popular recreation areas

The Fourth of July holiday will limit access to Port of Hood River property beginning Thursday, July 3, when the Hood River Eye Openers Lions Club begin setting up its fireworks display just west of the mouth of the Hood River.

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Father-daughter duo to race in Pacific Cup

Pair races to raise awareness for child sex trafficking foundation

The “Mirage” points its bow at something all too real: the horrors of child sex trafficking.

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Backyard Half draws hundreds

Nearly 350 runners and walkers packed the streets of downtown White Salmon Saturday morning for the seventh-annual White Salmon Backyard Half Marathon.

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Roller Girls win nail-biting finale

The Gorge Roller Girls hosted Atomic City Saturday night at Hood River Valley High School in their final bout of the season, and for the many hundred fans who have followed the team through its first two years of competition since being formed, this was the bout to end all bouts.

Carter follows rodeo dreams to Silver State

Hood River’s Chantelle Carter will soon be headed to one of the largest rodeos in the world: the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev., June 27-July 5.

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Kayla Byers tops All-State list as Pitcher of the Year

Ryan Ward highlights baseball list with 1st team pitcher nod

Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball and softball teams concluded praiseworthy seasons last week in the 2014 OSAA 5A state championships.

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HRV alumni Alex Titus embarks on epic pan-American ride

Hood River native Alex Titus is embarking on the trip of a lifetime.

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OSAA 5A state baseball championships: They'll be back

HRV finishes second in state tourney, but graduates only three

The final play of Saturday’s OSAA 5A state baseball championship between Hood River Valley and Sandy high schools came down to a high pop fly in foul territory beyond the first baseline. Down 8-3 with two outs, the chance of an HRV comeback was slim to none, and Sandy’s first basemen sealed the victory, and the Pioneers’ first-ever state baseball title, by catching the fly ball directly over the heads of the HRV lineup watching from Volcano Stadium’s visitor’s dugout.

Sports briefs for June 11

Roller Girls’ last home bout; Dirty Harlots bike team hosts fundraiser car/bike wash; more

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HRV baseball plays Sandy Saturday for OSAA 5A state title

Eagles stun Crescent Valley to advance; watch game live at OSAA.org/media

CORVALLIS — The “grind” continued with a stroke as Hood River Valley Eagles stunned the host and second-ranked Crescent Valley Raiders 8-1 on Tuesday, to win the Class 5A semifinal game and advance to the state final for the first time in 21 years. Eagle teams won state in 1986, 1988 and 1990 and reached the final in 1985, 1987 and 1993.

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Eagle softball run to the top stopped one game short of state finals

“Hold your heads up. Hold your heads up,” coach Eric Keller told his girls Tuesday evening outside the dugout, as a strong west wind swirled dust devils around the infield of the Hood River Valley Eagles’ home ballpark.

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Schlosser, Webber named HRV Athletes of the Year

Seniors Anna Schlosser and Wyatt Webber were named Hood River Valley High School Athletes of the Year last week during an assembly to kick off the school’s year-end Luau festivities. The annual distinction is awarded to the top outgoing male and female students and is voted on by HRVHS athletics coaches based on criteria such as personal performance and accomplishments, as well as team leadership, community service and GPA.

Sports briefs for June 7

Roller Girls bout June 14; Dirty Harlots host bike team fundraiser; CSRT has Mt. Bike Club camp openings; 44Trails Association work parties scheduled