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State track and field: Barajas repeats as discus champ, Mattson wins 100 and 200; HRV fourth overall

Going into last week’s OSAA 5A Track and Field State Championships in Eugene, HRV thrower Sebastian Barajas and HRV sprinter Jestena Mattson were the athletes to beat, defending titles in the discus and in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, respectively.

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Hawks end breakout season with historic finish at state meet

Salvador Ramirez takes the 1500, Hannah Kempf wins triple jump for school’s first-ever individual state titles

Hannah Kempf and Salvador Ramirez inked their names into the Horizon Christian School history book Friday, when they won the school’s first individual state championships — in any sport.

St. Helens’ pitching ends Eagles’ season with a shutout in play-in game

The Hood River Valley Eagles faced the second-best defensive team along with one of the best pitchers in the state in a Class 5A softball play-in contest versus the St. Helens Lions. Despite having the role as underdog though in Friday’s road matchup at St. Helens, the Eagles hung in there, played tough and had a chance for a possible upset win late in the game.

Sports Briefs for May 23

Girls lax players receive all-league honors; Softball racks up all-league awards; ICMGA tourney results; HRMGA tourney results; Gorge Roller Girls host bout May 30; Oregon Beach Wrestling Champs May 30 in HR; WDFW expands fishing area on WS River

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Eagles baseball wins defensive battle against Rams

HRV edges No. 3 6A Central Catholic, 2-1; will host a playoff game Wednesday

HRV’s game Wednesday against the Central Catholic Rams wasn’t on the schedule to start the season, with Eagles’ coach Erich Harjo adding the contest a few weeks ago with the intention of preparing his athletes for the playoffs by giving them extra practice against a highly competitive opponent.

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Erin Jones takes 17th at World Triathlon event

Triathlete Erin Jones, a Hood River native and 2009 HRVHS graduate, has been busy this spring, traveling the globe to compete in a world series of triathlon races.

Scottie Ziegner to represent HRV boys tennis at state championships

Eagles place third of seven teams at district tournament in Bend; girls season comes to an end at districts

Capping off the team’s first-ever Columbia River Conference title earlier this month, the HRV boys tennis team had a good showing during last week’s 5A Special District No. 1 Championships in Bend, which saw the Eagles take third overall and No. 1 singles standout Scottie Ziegner finishing high enough to represent the team at the state championships.

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HRV track and field wins first-ever CRC title at District Championships

The final day of the Columbia River Conference Track and Field District Championships turned out to be an historic day for the Hood River Valley Eagles, who won their first ever CRC title. The Eagles, guided by coach Donnie Herneisen, won the boys and girls district championships Friday at The Dalles High School.

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HRV softball fights to the final inning against TD, faces St. Helens in play-in

As far as making the playoffs were concerned, neither team had anything to play for during Friday’s HRV and The Dalles game, but that didn’t stop the two teams from putting on a show for the packed bleachers at the Westside Elementary softball fields.

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HRV baseball’s sweet season gets the cherry on top with a win over TD

With the CRC title firmly in HRV’s hands, the Eagles were only playing for pride in Friday’s game against The Dalles, who unlike HRV, had a lot to lose — namely the final play-in spot in the Columbia River Conference.

Sports Briefs for May 20

Boys lax to face Rex Putnam in Cascade Cup; HRV golf wraps up season; Hood 2 River Relay; Gorge Area Middle School Soccer League

District championship results show a Horizon track team on the rise

Boys take Big Sky Conference title, girls place second in championship meet

Four years ago, a half-dozen students gathered on a cold, blustery March day on the grassy field behind Horizon Christian School and declared themselves a track team. They had no uniforms, no track to run on and no equipment. A hard rain early on during that initial practice forced the athletes to seek shelter inside the school’s gym, where they completed their workout.

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HRV softball grabs last play-in spot with win over Hermiston

Eagles battle and come out on top in close contest with the Bulldogs on Tuesday

With both teams fighting for their playoff lives, Tuesday’s game between the Hermiston Bulldogs and the HRV Eagles saw a scrappy contest between the two squads that featured five lead changes and more than a few frayed nerves.

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HRV girls lax playoff run comes to a close with rough loss to Lake Oswego

Coach Andrew McElderry and HRV Eagles girls lacrosse team knew they had their work cut out for them, having to defeat the No. 2 team in the state, Lake Oswego, if they wanted to advance past the second round of the playoffs on Wednesday.

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District races, HRV track

HRV track and field got off to a good start at the District Championships on Wednesday, and was scheduled to wrap up the meet Friday afternoon with the finals in the running events.