Longtime figures in Hood River Valley athletics, Tom Greenough (at left) coaches the Hood River Middle School 8th grade boys basketball team while Phil Hukari rallies his boys from Wy’east during the two teams’ final meeting of the season last week.
Get outside, get stoked, dream it and go do it, Jax Mariash-Koudele proclaims with conviction.
An invaluable team bonding experience and an opportunity to compete against the nation’s best are the two big takeaways Hood River Valley High School wrestling got from its four-day trip to Nevada to compete in the annual Reno Tournament of Champions, says coach Trent Kroll.
Kelsey Wells leads with 17, Winans nets 10
After a rough start to the season, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls basketball team got a much-needed win at home Tuesday night over Barlow. Senior Kelsey Wells had a team-high 17 points and Laruen Winans had ten points and seven rebounds to lead the Eagles to the 46-30 win against the 6A Mt. Hood Conference Bruins.
Marquez leads team in first tourney with win at Coast Classic
Hood River Valley High School wrestling got its first taste of competition over the weekend at tournaments in North Bend and White Salmon. Many of the top wrestlers in each weight class represented the Eagles at the Coast Classic invitational, where 30 teams went to battle in one of the toughest tournaments in the state. Meanwhile, a second HRV lineup stayed in the Gorge to represent the Eagles in White Salmon at the seven-team Bruin Invitational.
Eagles win fourth straight, set school record for high score
“On fire” would be a fair way of describing the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys basketball team after their fourth straight win Friday night against Mountain View High School of Vancouver. The Eagles, now 4-2 in nonleague action, have averaged an impressive 78.5 points per game over the past four games, highlighted by a team record-setting 88-points Friday to finish with an 18-point margin of victory.
The outlook is very good, says Hood River Valley High School swim team coach Keith Ebbert as his team starts the 2014-15 season.
HRV boys win three this week in first such streak in ten years
For the first time in a long time, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys basketball team is on a roll. Granted, Tuesday night’s home win was just the second of this early 2014-15 season, but the hard-fought 76-71 triumph came against the then 5A No. 2 ranked Putnam Kingsmen, who defeated South Albany and Century last week to open their season.
Kjell Sporseen died doing what he loved, and although that fact doesn’t take the pain away from his loss, it does offer some solace to the disheartened friends and family he left behind.
While waiting-out the next few months of gloomy northwest winter weather, go online and check out the locally-produced kiteboarding web series titled Where the Wind Blows. The three-part video project features Gorge-based professional female kiteboarders Lindsay McClure, Laura Mayer, Colleen Carroll and Sensi Graves as they explore the waters of the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast.
Boys also garner player, coach of the year awards
On the heels of a memorable and historic fall season, Hood River Valley High School varsity soccer had four boys and one girl selected as OSAA 5A first-team All-State players, one player chosen as the 5A Player of the Year and a coach selected as Coach of the Year. The 5A All-State awards (first team and second team) were announced last Friday and were chosen by all 5A coaches from the state.
In a first for both the Hood River Valley High School wrestling team and the school’s theater department, an exciting intersquad showdown took place Saturday on the stage of the Bowe Theater, complete with spotlights, smoke machines, play-by-play announcing and post-match media interviews.
“Remain calm during registration. It gets much worse from here.”
The annual Turkey Trot run and fundraiser drew more than 300 people to the Historic Columbia River Highway’s Twin Tunnels Trail Thursday morning for a pre-meal Thanksgiving treat.
Although he might not seem it today, Hood River Mike Thompson was a big-time bruiser in his younger days. Wearing the number 69, Thompson was a notorious force on the football field in the early 1980s as an all-star defensive lineman for the Lewis and Clark Pioneers.
Hood River resident Vetea Boersma earned a unique claim to fame earlier this fall by winning the 2014 National Junior Dutch Kiteboarding Championships in Brouwersdam, Holland. Boersma, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Hood River Middle School, traveled to Holland with his family and was able to compete in the national kiteboarding contest because he is half Dutch.
Always a good measure of an encouraging start to the season, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort had people cruising its slopes before Thanksgiving. Although limited to a small section of the resort’s nearly 22,000 acres of terrain, the resort had two lifts (Buttercup and Easy Rider, along with the Magic Carpet) running over the weekend for “Preview Sunday,” and with winter weather bringing a foot of fresh snow through the day, those who made the trip were treated to the first powder turns of the newly- christened season.
Ingrid Lerouche, Fiona Wylde finish one-two in AWT
Professional windsurfers Ingrid Lerouche and Fiona Wylde recently sent a statement to the rest of the windsurfing world that girls from the Gorge are not to be trifled with. When they’re not traveling the world in search of wind and waves, the two reside in Hood River, and they represented their home waters phenomenally over the last several months as they competed in the 2014 American Windsurfing Tour.
Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team defeats Woodburn 2-0 to claim first state soccer title in school history
In a thrilling end to a perfect season, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team defeated Woodburn 2-0 Saturday to claim the 2014 OSAA 5A state championship and finish the season with an unblemished 18-0 record.
In surely the biggest play of his career so far, Hood River Valley High School goalie Marco Cuevas stood face-to-face with Wilsonville Wildcat Garrett Bonell, with just 11 meters of frozen field between them.
Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer is headed to the state finals.
All considering, the fall of 2014 was a good season for Hood River Valley High School athletics.
HRV hosts Wilsonville Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The Hood River Valley Eagles hammered Mountain View Storm quickly into submission Saturday afternoon at Henderson Community Stadium, sending a clear statement to the remaining teams in the 5A bracket that they’re intent on earning the school’s first-ever state boys soccer title. The 7-1 quarterfinal win advanced the No. 2 seeded Eagles to the semifinals Tuesday night (6 p.m. at Henderson Community Stadium) against No. 3 Wilsonville Wildcats, who defeated Hillsboro 2-1 Saturday to stay alive in the bracket. The winner advances to Saturday’s final and will take on the winner of Tuesday’s No. 1 Summit vs. No. 4 Woodburn game.
HRV boys 2, Central 0; HRV girls 2, Wilsonville 1
After battling to a 1-1 tie in regulation time Tuesday night, the Hood River Valley Eagles and the Wilsonville Wildcats were given 20 more minutes (two ten-minute periods) of overtime to determine whose season would end on the field that night and whose would continue on to the 5A girls soccer quarterfinals this weekend.
Boys varsity team plays Thursday in Corvallis for shot at final-four
Diving into new territory, Hood River Valley High School’s varsity boys water polo team will be in Corvallis Thursday night to take on Bend’s Mountain View High in a do-or-die state elimination round.
Crosswhite, Robinson lead HRV cross country teams at 5A state meet in Eugene
In one word: Consistent.
HRV girls end undefeated in CRC, host playoff first round Tuesday, 6 p.m.
A 2-0 win at home Tuesday night against The Dalles Riverhawks means the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team closes out its Columbia River Conference schedule undefeated – a first for the team – and heads into the 5A state tournament ranked No. 10 and with the momentum of a six-game winning streak.
Hood River Special Olympics held its annual Bowling with the Cops and Firefighters fundraiser on Monday at Orchard Lanes.
Three runners post top-three finishes at district meet
For the first time in at least 14 years, Hood River Valley High School varsity cross country is sending both a boys and a girls team to the state meet.
Eagles aim to end on high note with final game 7 p.m. Friday vs. 0-8 The Dalles
It was a dark and stormy night … and, as is generally the case with narratives that begin this way, Friday’s home football game quickly went the way of a horror story, for Hood River Valley fans anyway.
HRV boys claim CRC title with 8-0 win vs. Hermiston
Although a win Wednesday night against Hermiston didn’t come as much of a surprise, the absolute annihilation the HRV varsity boys soccer team achieved against the 5A No. 4 ranked Bulldogs seemed to leave both teams, and the rain-hearty fans watching from Henderson Community Stadium, in disbelief.
This week, five is Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team’s luck number.
The Gorge Roller Girls derby team hits the hardwood for its first bout of the 2014-15 season Saturday in an inter-squad contest between its two lineups, the Cherry Bombers and the River Reapers at Dufur High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and action starts at 6 p.m., with tickets for sale at the door. The event will be run as a fundraiser for the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Julie Beliel Cancer Screening Voucher Fund.
Hood River’s 5th/6th grade football team held off a last-minute offensive charge by White Salmon to finish with a thrilling 20-16 win and take the championship title last Saturday in the Gorge Youth Football League season finale.
Varsity boys No. 2 in league, girls continue growth
After six straight wins — all by fairly large margins — Hood River Valley High School varsity boys water polo hosted league rivals, the Reynolds Raiders, last Thursday for an action-packed matchup between the Mt. Hood League’s top two team, and rematch of the Eagles’ only loss of the season. Reynolds again proved too tough to overcome, as they finished with a 12-9 win to secure the No. 1 league position with about two weeks left in the regular season.
The sixth-annual Columbia Gorge Marathon and Half Marathon returns to Hood River this Sunday, and with fall foliage well on its way and the potential for sunny weather in the forecast, the event promises to live up to its reputation as one of the most scenic marathons in the nation.
Undefeated, Eagles win 6-0 Tuesday, 8-0 Thursday
To say the Hood River Valley High School varsity boy soccer team is on a roll would be putting it lightly. From the looks of it, in fact, they’re darn near unstoppable.
Although about 12,000 stragglers made their way through Bonneville Dam in the last week, the 2014 fall Chinook salmon run on the Columbia River is quickly tapering to an end. All told, some 2.5 million salmon and steelhead will have been counted at the Bonneville fish ladder this year (between Jan. 1 and the end of fall) as they continue their long journey from open ocean to their home streams anywhere from Eagle Creek just above the dam to the upper reaches of the Columbia and Snake River systems.
Key wins this week put Eagles atop conference
Sophomore midfielder Mona Diaz picked up a loose ball, drove into scoring territory and found the back of the net in the opening minute of Tuesday’s varsity girls’ soccer matchup between the Hood River Valley Eagles and The Dalles River Hawks.
Justin Crosswhite and Lauren Robinson posted personal records and the Columbia River Conference’s fastest times of the season last weekend at the annual George Fox XC Classic at Willamette Mission State Park.
Hood River Valley High School varsity football traveled to Salem last Thursday to take on the 6A McKay Royal Scots in the Eagles’ last non-league game of the season.
On the road again … After a brief hometown reprieve from the road, Hood River native Alex Titus and fiancée Maggie McDonell are again on two wheels and headed south with the geese, continuing their 18-month, 17,000 mile bicycling journey from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego in southern Argentina.
HRV girls soccer wins 2-0, boys 5-0 in latest conference action
Matching muscle with muscle, Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team kept its cool and outplayed a very physical Hermiston lineup Tuesday afternoon in a 2-0 home win at Westside School.
“There’s no magic in running, there’s just hard work,” says Brandon Bertam, Hood River Valley High School cross country coach, and with just two meets remaining before the Columbia River Conference championships, the first-year Eagles’ coach says he’s extremely happy with just how much hard work the team has put in to get ready for the season finale.
Boys beat Barlow, Gresham this week
Hood River Valley High School varsity boys water polo picked up two big wins this week against Mount Hood Conference opponents Barlow and Gresham.
Varsity boys remain undefeated, girls get fresh start with win in conference opener
In their ninth straight victory, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team continued its heavy-footed quest toward a return trip to the state championship with a 6-0 home win Tuesday against the Pendleton Buckaroos.
Middle school girls shine, both HRVHS teams finish a solid fourth
Hood River cross country was in fine form Saturday at the annual Nike Pre Nationals meet at Portland Meadows Race Track, where more than 100 teams from several states were there to compete in one of the northwest’s premier running events.
Teams host Reynolds Tuesday, travel to David Douglas Thursday
Hood River Valley High School water polo hosted the 6A Reynolds Raiders in a hard-fought and grueling grudge match Tuesday at the Hood River Aquatic Center. After a 10-5 win by the HRV junior varsity squad, the varsity boys teams went head-to-head, with the more-experienced Raiders lineup pulling ahead after a tight first quarter to finish with a 12-6 win.
Almost 300 kids from around the northwest stormed the Hood River Waterfront Park last Sunday for the annual Gorge Kids Triathlon.
The Grominator Hood River Skate Contest attracted more than 50 kids ages 15 and younger to the Hood River Skatepark last Sunday for the fifth-annual kids-only street and bowl contest.