Ian Walker finishes middle of the pack at state golf, Early discount on Event Site passes ends May 24, Softball team crushes Silverton, Baseball team edges 6A Jesuit
The Hood River Valley Swim Team Osprey have started off their summer season with a bang.
Eagles place second at league champs
At the beginning of the season, first-year Head Track Coach Brandon Bertram had a lot of questions about his team. The departure of almost all of his athletes from the boys’ 2016 squad that won HRV’s first-ever state track title, combined with fresh faces who had never stepped on a track for competition before, left those questions unanswered through the early part of the season.
The Horizon Christian track team wrapped up its regular season last week with an inspired performance at the Arlington Invitational that saw athletes set 14 personal records, as well as come home with three first-place finishes. Both the boys and the girls finished third out of the primarily 1A schools in attendance Saturday.
Horizon’s Ian Walker qualifies for state golf tourney; HRV baseball unloads on Pendleton; Gorge Sailing Team hosts state regatta Sunday
Horizon Christian senior Ian Walker qualified for the 3A/2A/1A state tournament after finishing fourth place during the Special District 1 tournament last week at Quail Valley in Banks, where Walker carded an 82 both days of competition for a two-day total of 164. “One excited guy,” his coach, Oscar Stenberg, said of Walker.
Fresh off a statement-making victory over Tualatin last week, the HRV girls lacrosse team added some more feathers to their caps Wednesday night, when they concluded their league schedule with a resounding 16-7 defeat of the Lincoln Cardinals in Hood River.
Eagles will host play-in game late next week, likely against Milwaukie
The Eagles softball team showed just how good they are Tuesday evening, splitting another doubleheader with No. 3 Pendleton, which gave the Eagles a split in the four-game season series with the Bucks — the first time that has happened since the 2013-14 season — and helped HRV keep their No. 5 5A ranking. HRV lost the first game 7-2, but took the second game 3-2.
The HRV boys lacrosse team had their final home games of the regular season this week, hosting Columbia League opponents Lincoln (12-6, 4-0), and Grant (11-3, 2-2).
Before HRV’s game Friday with Tualatin, Eagles Head Coach Andrew McElderry pointed to the nonleague contest against the 13-1 Timberwolves as “very telling as to where we truly stand in the state.”
With a chance to remain tied atop the Columbia River Conference softball standings with the No. 4 5A-ranked Pendleton Buckaroos, the HRV softball team simply needed to get a win over the struggling Hermiston Bulldogs.
The HRV boys lax team went on a whirlwind trip to Central Oregon last weekend, playing three games in three days, facing nonleague opponents Summit, Mountain View, and Bend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively.
Eagles defeat Pendleton 7-1, going to districts
Wrapping up what has been a standout season for the HRV girls tennis team, the Eagles took home the Columbia River Conference title, defeating the Buckaroos 7-1 Monday evening in Pendleton.
Team drops 21 PRs at Oregon City, heads to CRC championship meet this Wednesday
There’s a lot of new faces on the track for HRV this year, but those uncertainties have ebbed as the Eagles have grown over the season and are peaking just in time for the district meet this week, where the Columbia River Conference title will be decided.
They may not have been able to finish the match, but the HRV boys tennis team got enough done Thursday afternoon against the Hermiston Bulldogs to lock up another Columbia River Conference title before thunderstorms rolled through the Gorge and halted competition.
The HRV girls tennis team had a mixed bag this week in their return to league competition after weather sidelined the team last week, but the Columbia River Conference title is within their reach if they can defeat Pendleton Monday evening, which will be the final contest before districts next weekend.