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2015: THE YEAR IN SPORTS

For both Hood River Valley High School and Horizon Christian School, 2015 will go down as one of the most successful years for athletics in either school’s history. Records were smashed, state and conference titles were won, and teams that had struggled in past years suddenly found themselves in the playoffs.

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Improving play not enough to help HRV through back-to-back against St. Helens and Woodburn

The Eagles girls basketball team had an unusually compressed schedule this week, playing in the team’s only non-tournament back-to-back this season, with a game at home against St. Helens on Monday, then another in Woodburn Tuesday night. The HRV girls continued to improve elements of their game, but the wins still proved elusive, with the Eagles dropping both games to go 1-7 heading into the holiday break.

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HRV girls wrestling has good showing at Hanford Cup

The HRV girls wrestling team traveled to Richland, Wash., earlier this week to get one more tournament in before the holidays hit, competing in the Hanford Girls Winter Cup at Hanford High School.

Horizon boys lose to Stanfield

The Hawks boys basketball team (2-4) wasn’t able to get revenge against Stanfield Monday night and fell to the Tigers (5-1), 59-42, for the second time this season.

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Despite loss to Reynolds, HRV girls show improvement

Despite losing recent nonleague home games, the Hood River Valley Eagles girls basketball team has shown much improvement, which has certainly contributed to a positive outlook for the team. The Eagles (1-5), guided by coach Scott Walker, hung with the tough, 6A Reynolds Raiders (7-2) for the majority of a Friday game in Hood River, losing 43-39.

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Great conditions make for a fun HRV Nordic race at Meadows

The HRV Nordic team competed this Saturday in Mt. Hood Meadows’ community race series, an annual open 3.5K and 7K skate race. The race had been cancelled for the past two years because of weather and snow conditions. This year it was 31 degrees and the snow was hard packed, perfect for a skate race.

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Reno Tournament of Champions a good challenge for wrestlers

The annual Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev., is one of the most difficult competitions, if not the most difficult competition the HRV wrestling team competes in all season.

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HRV boys basketball loses heartbreaker to Gresham

Last-ditch three gives Gophers 68-66 victory over Eagles

The Eagles had their best chance Tuesday night to grab a win against an Oregon team for the first time this season, hanging with the 6A Gresham Gophers into the fourth quarter, which HRV entered with a three-point lead.

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In season debut, HRV Nordic grabs third at Mt. Bachelor

A long line stretched out before us, each racer toed the line, the official signaled their start, and off we went into the woods.

Horizon basketball teams run into stiff competition at Umatilla tourney

Boys, girls play up against 2A teams, go 0-2 at Columbia River Clash

The Hawks had their work cut out for them last weekend at the Columbia River Clash tournament held at Umatilla High School, where the boys faced off against two larger 2A teams: Stanfield on Friday and Irrigon on Saturday.

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Kelly Cunningham dives in as new HRV swim coach

Swimming has been a lifelong passion for Kelly Cunningham — whether in the water as an athlete or on the sidelines as a coach.

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HRV girls grab first win

Eagles go 1-1 in weekend tourney

After a disappointing performance against Canby on Friday, the HRV girls basketball team outlasted White Salmon’s Columbia High School to win 36-22 on Saturday in the final round of the Pink Tourney in Hood River, giving the Eagles (1-3) their first win of the season.

Wachsmuth places first for HRV wrestlers at Coast Classic

Frosh Noah Wachsmuth highlighted the HRV varsity wrestling team’s performances this past weekend at the Coast Classic at North Bend High School, where Wacshmuth took first overall in the 120-pound weight bracket.

Eagles’ offense can’t push HRV past Putnam

HRV struggles in the third, loses to Putnam, 84-65

Good offensive production and the return of all-leaguer Dallas Buckley weren’t enough for HRV to put one over on Putnam Friday night in Portland, as the Knights extended their win streak this season to four, defeating HRV (1-3) 84-65.

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Eagles edged by Falcons in rematch of last season’s play-in game

La Salle 64, HRV 56

HRV had an axe to grind in Tuesday night’s game with the La Salle Falcons, who drove a dagger into the Eagles’ collective hearts last year when the Falcons came from behind to steal a win from HRV that would have sent the team to the post-season for the first time in 20 years.