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High school sports participation reaches all-time high in 2016-17 season

High school sports participation reached an all-time high last year of 7,963,535 and for the 28th consecutive year participation has increased, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

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Record-breaking performance by HRVST Osprey

The Hood River Valley Swim Team sent 10 swimmers to the Arena 11 and Over Oregon Swimming Championships at Mt. Hood Community College July 27-30.

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Local water polo players shine at National Junior Olympics

Players based in Hood River completed a long, committed and successful season, ending at the National Junior Olympics down in Los Angeles from July 27-30.

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Rule changes to high school spring sports coming next year

A few additions and changes to rules will be made in the upcoming 2017-18 spring season regarding a couple high school sports: softball and track and field/cross country.

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Blowout goes off

After light winds postponed the Gorge Blowout two weekends ago during the Bridge of the Gods Kitefest, the 17-mile downwinder from Stevenson to Hood River went off Saturday afternoon.

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Phil Soltysiak wins fifth race of Gorge Cup slalom series

MacRae Wylde still leads standings

The fifth race of the Gorge Cup occurred last Saturday at the Hood River Event Site and after the final heat finished, the leaderboard of the annual windsurfing slalom series looked very much the same as it did heading into the final weekend of racing.

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Emily Mitchell earns All-American honors for wrestling

Emily Mitchell, an incoming junior at Hood River Valley High School, earned a podium position at eighth at the U.S.A. Wrestling Girls Cadet Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, N.D., late last month, earning her All-American honors.

Commentary: Thank you, readers

Over the past six years as a reporter for Columbia River Gorge newspapers, I’ve covered pretty much every beat there is, from local to county government, to crime, to breaking news, to features, and most recently, local and high school sports.

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HRV cheerleaders receive All-American nominations

The Hood River Valley High School cheerleaders attended a four-day National Cheerleading Association “Get Shocked” camp at Oregon State University in July and returned home with much to celebrate. Their honors included both JV and varsity placing second overall, earning several All-American nominations, one Top Gun Dancer award, and securing one All-American.

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Gorge Thunder grab second at state tourney

The Gorge Thunder 12U softball team picked up second place at the Oregon 12B State Tournament last month.

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Jason Shaner 2nd at nat’l wrestling champs

Shaner first male HRVHS athlete to ever make finals

Hood River Valley High School student Jason Shaner made history for the Eagles last week when he became the first male HRVHS wrestler to ever make it the finals of the USA Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman Wrestling National Championships in Fargo, N.D., according to HRV Head Wrestling Coach Trent Kroll.

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Patrick Hiller pushes himself to the limit in Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon

Signing up for Alaskaman more than a year ago seemed like a stupid idea, one that only can happen if you have a support network around you.

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HR teen wins big at Maccabiah Games

Maya Rayle, 17, of Hood River, participated on the U.S.A. Junior Track Team during the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel earlier this month. Rayle, who competes on the Catlin Gabel track team and will be a senior this fall, took home a gold medal in the 800-meter run and a silver in the 1500 and 3000.

Bruce Peterson takes fourth race of Gorge Cup, but annual windsurfing slalom series is still up for grabs

Perennial Gorge Cup winner Bruce Peterson took last weekend’s fourth race of the Gorge Cup, but unlike this time last season when Peterson’s lead was well-established, the frontrunners don’t have much space between them on the event leaderboard.

Sports Briefs for July 29

Bridge of the Gods Run Aug. 13; Post Canyon 50K and Half Marathon Aug. 12

Bridge of the Gods Run Aug. 13; Post Canyon 50K and Half Marathon Aug. 12


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