A look back at some of the year’s best sports highlights
The phrase “never a dull day” comes to mind when looking back at the last year’s worth of sports pages in the Hood River News. Despite being a small, rural county, Hood River is blessed with an unrivaled combination of active and athletic residents, a great variety of world-class outdoor sports and a supportive community that gives young athletes more opportunities than they could possibly have time for.
Horizon boys basketball sits atop Oregon 1A standings
Horizon Christian School varsity boys basketball team notched wins last week against Dayton and Blanchet Catholic to finish the year on a high note, riding a five-game winning streak and ranked 1A No. 1.
Despite low snowpack, ski resort managers positive, hopeful for rest of season
It was sunshine, sweeping vistas and slushy, spring-like conditions at Mt. Hood Meadows Wednesday afternoon; not exactly what comes to mind when you think of Christmas on the slopes, but a pleasant treat just the same.
Healthy downhill, freestyle rosters promise repeat titles
With three returning state champions, a filled-out roster and momentum carried over from last season’s success, the outlook is good as the Hood River Valley ski team prepares for its first race of the season in a couple weeks.
Horizon hoops 3-1 after three-game road trip
Elevated by three straight wins last week, the Horizon Christian School boys basketball team is now atop the Oregon 1A rankings going into the third week of pre-season action. The Hawks (3-1) played road games last Friday and Saturday at the Country Christian Cougar Classic and another Monday at Horizon Christian in Tualatin, winning all three to set momentum in the right direction after opening the season with a tough 67-51 loss against 2A No. 3 Irrigon.
With more than a dozen new racers and several returning state placers on its roster, the Hood River Valley Nordic Team is picking up speed in what should be another breakthrough season for the blossoming program.
Christian Marquez and Andrew DeHart represented Hood River Valley High School wrestling with podium finishes over the weekend at the North Bend Coast Classic, which is regarded as one of the toughest tournaments in the state. Fighting through 30-person brackets, Marquez, a junior wrestling at 132 pounds, won three straight to advance to the championship match, which he lost 7-6 to finish second. DeHart, a senior at 152 pounds, finished fourth overall after winning three straight and getting knocked out of the championship round in the semifinals.
Hazel Haspela and her father, Kevin, share a moment beneath the bright lights of the downtown Christmas tree Friday at Second and State streets.
Local semi-pro soccer team accepted to National Primere Soccer League, helps form Northwest Conference
The National Premier Soccer League announced last week that the Hood River-based semi-pro soccer club, SO Samba FC, will join the league as an expansion team for the 2014 season. The recently formed team consists of adult players from throughout the Gorge, coached by Brazilian native Thiago Samba.
If all goes as planned, windsurfers, kayakers, paddle boarders and other river users will have significantly improved water access at the Hook by the 2015 season.
Caleb Trumbull lost a bet, and in doing so raised $100 for a class project titled Operation Make a Difference. The money, along with contributions from classmates in Tracy Norton’s home room class, will go to sponsor a family in need for Christmas.
Going from the largest to one of the smallest lineups in recent years, the Hood River Valley High School swim team is gearing up for what is expected to be a tough season.
Young but athletic lineup means bright future for girls team
A young but athletic lineup of players has Chad Leeson excited about the upcoming season. The second-year Horizon Christian School varsity girls basketball coach says although the team has no seniors, this year’s squad has speed, quickness and the right mindset to continue the uptick the team has seen in recent years.
Destruction of county property leaves trail builder determined, not deterred
For the third time in the last five years, man-made features along a popular mountain biking trail in the Northwest Area Trails System have been hit by vandalism.
Horizon boys fired up to reclaim state title
After a heartbreaker 41-39 loss to City Christian in the 1A boys state basketball finals last season, the Horizon Christian School Hawks are enthused and ready to start their quest for a state title; and with only one player graduated from last year’s near-perfect 30-1 season, they are poised to continue the dominating reputation Hawks basketball has built in recent years.
As winter weather settles in for the next several months, representatives of local mountain biking groups are asking riders to be mindful of trail conditions and respect the hard work volunteers have put into making Gorge-area trails the world-class singletrack that they have become.
Hood River man, former record holder, continues pursuit of exotic sport
Wes Lapp got hooked on freediving about 10 years ago, when he and his wife, Nancy Napp, took a six-week trip to Micronesia with the objective of conceiving their first child. The trip was a success; somewhere between Guam and Pohnpei their daughter, Zan, was in utero, and the two returned home to Hood River to start their new family.
Eagles kick off season with Blue and Gold night Friday
With 10 returning district placers leading the charge, Hood River Valley High School wrestling is gearing up for what is expected to be another exciting season on the mat, and with precious little time to spare, the team will be working hard over the holiday break to get in shape for the first round of competition in less than two weeks.
Dedicated in many ways, Smith and Hukari ready for change of pace
After decades of donning black-and-white uniforms and chasing players up and down the field, throwing flags, counting yards, calling first downs and touchdowns and rousing the scorn of many thousands of spectators, Phil Hukari and Wayne Smith are hanging up their whistles.
Long-running local ski program adds freestyle-specific training to list of offerings
Taking the term “training” loosely, Cooper Spur Race Team’s FreeRide Team started winter practice a couple weeks ago, and although the snow is still far up the mountain at the moment, the dozen or so kids at practice this week were geared up and working on their best rail-sliding maneuvers.
Like many 2-year-olds, Fred Bergen loved fire trucks, and growing up in New York City meant they were a common sight. At 47, Bergen, who now lives in The Dalles, has lived with the effects of his childhood curiosity ever since.
HRV loses 2-0 in 5A finals but looks ahead to ‘bright future’ for boys program
An impenetrable defense and two first-half goals proved enough for Summit Storm to claim the OSAA 5A boys state soccer championship Saturday over Hood River Valley High School.
Eagle soccer makes school history with trip to state finals
Stadium lights set a thick blanket of fog aglow over Woodburn High School’s soccer field Tuesday night, giving dramatic ambiance to what promised to be an exciting 5A boys soccer state semifinal between the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs and the No. 4-ranked Hood River Valley Eagles.
4-0 quarterfinal win advances Eagles to 5A semifinal at Woodburn
The Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team traveled to Woodburn Tuesday afternoon to face one of the biggest games in HRV soccer history.
Trust, teamwork ingredients in Eagle soccer postseason success
The Parkrose Broncos stood little chance Tuesday evening against the steamrolling Hood River Valley Eagles varsity boys soccer team. Edgar Villegas struck first just 20 seconds into the game, bringing the home crowd to its feet and firing up the Eagles in what would end as a 7-1 pounding in the opening round of the 5A state championship.
HRV girls hang tough, but can’t match Wilson in 3-1 loss
Facing a do-or-die game Friday night, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team ended its season with a 3-1 loss against the No. 22-ranked Wilson Trojans. The Eagles had home-field advantage for state championship tournament play-in game after finishing the regular season ranked No. 11.
Seven girls, two boys represent HRV at 5A cross country meet
In a repeat of last year’s standings, Hood River Valley High School varsity girls cross country team finished in fifth place Saturday at the Oregon 5A State Championships. The Eagles had nine runners in Eugene for the race — seven varsity girls (Sascha Bockius, Lauren Robinson, Daisy Dolan, Sophia Marble, Kailee McGreer, Denali Emmons and Althea Dillon) representing the Columbia River Conference championship team and varsity boys runners Ricardo Castillo and Justin Crosswhite, who qualified for the race individually.
Port summarizes 2013 rec. season
Many Gorge residents celebrated, or cursed, this summer as one of the windiest in history.
5A No. 11 ranking placed team in home play-in game Friday night vs. Wilson
Claiming the outright Columbia River Conference title Tuesday evening with a momentum-building 3-1 win at The Dalles-Wahtonka, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team closed the regular season with a 4-0-2 CRC record and a 5A No. 11 ranking.
HRV boys host playoff first round Nov. 5, 6 p.m. at HRVHS
Talk about going out with a bang …
Nine Hood River Valley High School cross country runners extended their season another week by qualifying for the 2013 5A State Championships at Lane Community College in Eugene.
HRV alum and coach Sean Baker enters cage in Nov. 2 FCFF title fight
Representing Hood River in the arena of mixed martial arts fighting, Sean Baker travels to Spirit Mountain Casino Nov. 2 for a Full Contact Fighting Federation welterweight (170-pound) title fight.
Team senior night game vs. TDW Oct. 29, 5:45 p.m. at HRVHS
At this point in the season, claiming the Columbia River Conference championship isn’t much of a surprise for the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team, but it’s still cause to pause and celebrate before taking aim at its grander goal of bringing home the first state title in team history.
The Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team fell short of claiming sole possession of the Columbia River Conference with a 1-1 tie at home Thursday against Hermiston.
Team travels to Pendleton Saturday for district final
“Healthy and fired up,” is how coach Kristen Uhler describes her varsity boys and girls cross country squads, as runners taper their training this week in preparation for Saturday’s Columbia River Conference Championships in Pendleton.
Folks enjoy pumpkins, choose fruit from overflowing bins, and munch on pies throughout a sun-drenched Hood River valley autumn weekend
Large crowds of people having fun.
Undefeated in league play, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team continued its role as Columbia River Conference top dogs with commanding wins this week against The Dalles and Pendleton. The team (4-0 league, 10-1-1 overall) holds a 5A No. 5 ranking with two CRC matches remaining.
Second-year team focuses on fun as players gain experience
Under different circumstances, a 0-16 record would be the sign of a pretty dismal season. For the Horizon Christian School Hawks volleyball team, though, this fall’s winless season is merely the necessary cost of building the foundations of a new program.
One more tune-up meet before CRC championship
Although not complacent — and certainly not guaranteed — the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls cross country team is looking beyond next weekend’s Columbia River Conference championship, focusing more keenly on the following weekend’s OSAA 5A State Championship, where the team hopes to improve from last season’s fifth-place finish and put another standout young runner atop the podium.
Committee hears input, recommends maintaining Columbia River Conference
Hood River Valley High School administration breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after learning of the Oregon School Activities Association Classification and Districting Committee’s final recommendation to keep the Columbia River Conference intact for the 2014-18 cycle.
HRV soccer teams win this week, eye district titles and state rankings
In its second 7-0 blowout in a row, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team showed no mercy Tuesday afternoon in a home match against the Hermiston Bulldogs.
With just two contests remaining before the Columbia River Conference championships, Hood River Valley High School cross country runners are energized and on track for an exciting showdown at the end of the month.
100 miles in 33 hours
Mark Chamley returned to his Hood River home this week after finishing 117th in the Bear 100. For many running events, 117th place wouldn’t be much to brag about, but simply finishing this 100-mile, high-altitude ultra-marathon is a feat in itself, made even more impressive by the fact that Chamley is 60 years old.
HRV girls battle Buckaroos, field conditions in 0-0 draw
In the most anticlimactic result possible, Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team played to a 0-0 tie at home Tuesday afternoon in the its Columbia River Conference opener against the Pendleton Buckaroos.
Ski slopes get fresh white coat, weather expert says this could be a great year
While this week’s unseasonably foul weather meant wet jackets and soggy shoes in the lower reaches of the valley, up higher on Mount Hood a thick coat of white covered the ground in the first decent snowfall of the 2013-14 winter season.
Group logs 115 miles in 72-hour journey around Hood, Adams and St. Helens
Four friends, three mountain peaks and 115-miles of trail in 72 hours: This is one epic exploit that few places in the world could accommodate so readily and few people could accomplish, but for Michael Stevens, the adventure was just down the road.
Hood River Valley High School cross country had a busy weekend of running in the rain.
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Hood River County Community Education’s popular indoor youth soccer league starts a month earlier than usual this year to give the even more popular youth basketball season an extra month of playtime. Registration for the indoor soccer program, for youngsters ages 4-9, is still open, with sessions starting next week at Westside Elementary School.
Columbia River Conference schools unified in opposition of plan, OSAA says they’ll listen
A migraine for Hood River Valley High School athletics comes around every four years, and to the dismay of the athletic department, school board, coaches, parents and athletes, the splitting headache has returned in rapid fashion.
HRV boys dominate Lincoln, slump vs. Wilsonville
This was a week of ups and downs for the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team, and after Thursday’s disappointing 3-2 loss at home against Wilsonville, the boys are looking to hold the momentum they built in a very solid preseason and learn from mistakes in their only loss as they begin a six-game Columbia River Conference schedule next week.