Sports briefs for July 2

Big Winds ‘Ladies Night’ brings multi-sport camaraderie; Franks sinks hole-in-one; Northwest Area Trails remain open for motorized users; July 4 festivities limit recreational access at waterfront

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Kollas-Cranmer Run: Organizers gear-up for July 4 tradition

New this year, return shuttle service offered

Organizers of the annual Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run are gearing up for what has become a wildly popular Independence Day tradition for several hundred people every year. This year marks the 39th-annual 4th of July run, named after the late Joe Kollas and Jerry Cranmer, both of whom were active runners and community members.

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Semi-pro soccer: Gorge FC gets revenge over Seattle Sporting

“Definitely not luck,” is how Gorge FC manager Roger Sherrell describes his team’s first league win of the season last weekend over Seattle Sporting FC. After going through structure and coaching changes midway through the spring, the Hood River-based semi-pro soccer team has found its rhythm as it concludes its first season in the Northwest Conference of the National Premier Soccer League.

Summer salmon and steelhead runs are hot

There are more close-to-home fishing opportunities now than at any time earlier this year. While fisheries for trout, shad, sturgeon (mostly catch amd release) and the warm-water clan consisting of bass, crappie, bluegill and perch have been going on for several weeks, other major fisheries are now open. For example, as of May 31 the Columbia opened for fin-clipped spring chinook. Regulations for these fish can change so check out the WDFW web site for updates:

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Athlete Fiona Wylde, 17, travels the world for wind sports, but still feels grounded to Hood River

Seventeen-year-old Fiona Wylde grew up around water, so it’s probably not surprising she’s an elite water sport athlete.

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Make it two: Wells to join Huckaby at Crossfit Games

CFHR hosts fundraiser auction July 11 for duo

CrossFit Hood River Athletes Regan Huckaby and Christine Wells are headed to the world championship of CrossFit competition, the CrossFit Games, at the end of July in Carson, Calif. The two are the first athletes from Hood River to qualify for the Games, which they did by advancing through highly competitive local and regional contests earlier this year.

And we’re off, to an epic start

Suffice to say, the 2014 Gorge wind season has been nothing to scoff at so far. May and June have performed more like July and August, and were highlighted by the now famous “Big Tuesday” (June 3). Locals who have been windsurfing in the Gorge for 20+ years agree, it was one of the biggest days they have ever seen.

Indian Creek forms for PGA Jr. League team

Young golfers ages 8-13 invited to join new program

In an effort to get more kids involved in the sport, Hood River’s Indian Creek Golf Course has formed a youth team to participate in the nation-wide PGA Jr. League Golf program. The program is open to players ages 8-13 and is run similar to Little League baseball and softball, with contests held between teams based from neighboring courses. Mark Gradin, Indian Creek’s director of Instruction and Player Development, says the Hood River team currently has a full team of 16 players, but if he can recruit more kids he’ll gladly form a second team.

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Local sculptor’s Skate Space changes face of public art

Hood River artist and metal sculptor C.J. Rench and his team unveiled the final product of several months of hard work and collaboration over the weekend in Seattle, Wash., where a 22-foot high, 11,000-pound structure was pieced together in the city’s Jefferson Park. The project, called Red Bull Skate Space, is a joint effort between Rench, Red Bull and professional skateboarder Torey Pudwil. In addition to its appeal as a bright and cheerful piece of public art, the work is and is designed to be interactive and, in particular, to be skateable.

Peterson leads Gorge Cup series

Series continues July 19 with national slalom race

Sports briefs for June 25

Elks Charity Golf Tourney June 28 benefits student scholarships; Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour is June 28; Sternwheeler 5K/10K is Saturday; Catch Maryhill Festival of Speed

A lap for Matt: In a touching goodbye, friends of Matt Klee unite for group ride around Post Canyon

Matt Klee’s philosophy in life was simple: Find things that make you happy, and do them as often as possible.

Huckfest kicks off summer kite events

Three events scheduled over the next month

Huckfest: June 25-29

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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