Although the Hood River Valley High Eagles varsity baseball team concluded its season last month, it really wasn’t the end of the hardball season for most of the players.
Mason Bloomster's fifth-place finish in the triple jump topped Horizon Christian School’s placings at last week’s Class 1A OSAA state track and field championships in Eugene.
Freshman Barajas, sophomore Mattson win state titles
Freshman Sebastian Barajas and sophomore Jestena Mattson claimed state titles over the weekend at the 2013 OSAA 5A State Track and Field Championships at Eugene’s historic Hayward Field. Leading a field of 14 Eagle athletes who qualified for the meet, the two represent a bright future for Hood River Valley High School track and field.
West Albany ace shuts down HRV batters in 6-0 win
Kelsey Broadus wore a frilly ribbon, and held a fierce grip. The West Albany freshman pitcher threw a perfect game Friday to lead the host Bulldogs to a 6-0 win in the OSAA Class 5A quarterfinal playoffs over Hood River Valley, ending the Eagles’ deepest playoff run in years.
A thrilling game to watch if you’re an Eagles fan, Wednesday evening’s matchup between Hood River Valley High School and the Bend Lava Bears appeared as though it was going to be a fierce battle in the do-or-die first round of the OSAA 5A state softball playoffs. Bend struck early in the game — moved from Hood River to The Dalles to avoid wet weather — with two runs in the opening inning to set the tone. The determined HRV girls answered back, however, with a relentless offensive performance that tallied nine hits and eight runs and a fortress of a defense that kept the Bears scoreless the rest of the game.
Hood River Valley High School sophomore wrestler Christian Marquez will be representing Hood River and Oregon this summer as a member of the Oregon Wrestling Association’s cultural exchange team. The team of high school wrestlers will travel to Germany this summer, from July 23 to Aug. 5, to tour the country, participate in wrestling contests and home-stay with German wrestling families.
Hood River Valley High School athletes received a special honor this week as the Oregon Schools Activities Association released the list of winners for its first Sportsmanship Award. One school in each classification — six total — was chosen to receive the newly created award based on a vote within each conference and a final selection by the Sportsmanship Review Committee. The award, which is planned to be given annually, includes recognition throughout the state and a $1,000 gift for each winning school.
For the first time since competing in the Electrathon America electric car racing program, a Hood River Valley High School racer, Adam McCaw, claimed the overall first-place title after the final race of the Northwest series last weekend.
North Eugene beats Eagles in state play-in game
Having home field advantage and the momentum of a last week’s 6-1 upset over The Dalles-Wahtonka in its favor, the No. 11-ranked Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball team came into Friday’s play-in contest vs. North Eugene with confidence and poise. The team walked away disappointed, however, as the No. 22-ranked Highlanders pulled off a 2-0 upset to end the Eagles’ season and advance to the Oregon 5A state championship tournament.
For Hood River Valley Track and Field, there is plenty to look forward to this weekend as 14 athletes will leave for Eugene at noon on Thursday to compete at the OSAA State Track and Field meet.
Bruce Burton has been a fixture with Hood River Valley football for more than 30 years. Starting in 1980 as an assistant coach to Pete Hopkins, Burton has been an unwavering coach and mentor to hundreds of young athletes passing through the Eagle football program.
The final high school pitching performance by Horizon Christian School’s Jake Wells on Saturday turned out to be his best. Wells, one of two seniors on the Horizon roster, tossed a one-hitter in a 3-1 win at Irrigon in the Hawks’ season finale. Wells also had two hits, scored a run and knocked in another on a 90-degree day in Eastern Oregon.
Hood River Valley High School varsity boys lacrosse team had heavy weight to shoulder going into Monday evening’s home game against Wilson. In the last game of the regular season, the Eagles, fighting for fourth place in the league, not only had to win to qualify for the state playoffs, but had to score six goals or more while keeping the Trojans to two goals or less. Satisfying those factors would have placed the HRV boys at fourth in the Columbia League and given them a play-in game for the 2013 Oregon High School Lacrosse Association championships. Anything less would mean an end to the season.
After winning the team’s first-ever Columbia River Conference title last week, Hood River Valley High School’s four-player girls golf team moved on to the state championships this week at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks. The combination of long fairways, variable weather and tough competition was a challenge for the girls, even though three of the four had competed at the same tournament the previous two seasons. After a first-round score of 433 that put them in ninth place out of 11 teams, the girls all improved their scores the second day to finish in eigth overall with a total score of 823 – the best result the HRV girls team has had at the state tournament.
Horizon Christian School doesn’t have the numbers to challenge for the boys or girls Big Sky Conference district track and field team titles, but the Hawks do have some individual athletes bidding for state meet berths.