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Adam Lapierre

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McLean, Keillor win Cato race

HRV ski team gets strong start to race schedule

Lucy McLean and Austin Keillor were a cut above the rest Saturday at the 24th annual Christine Cato Memorial Race at Timberline Ski Area.

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New year brings big changes for Columbia River sturgeon fishery

Retention season for Bonneville Pool is Jan. 1-19, no season for lower Columbia

A flotilla of fishing boats has arrived in the Bonneville Pool. With the start of the new year come new fishing regulations for the Columbia River, and between now and Jan. 19, the stretch between Cascade Locks and The Dalles is going to be a center of activity for the dramatically changing white sturgeon fishery.

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2013: Greatest Hits

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.

Hawks rock solid heading into 2014

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.

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Xmas in May? No, it just felt like it

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.

‘Battle tested’ Hawks win three straight

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.

HRV ski team ready to rock

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.

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Muhonen, Robinson lead HRV Nordic in first race

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.

Marquez 2nd, DeHart 4th at Coast Classic

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.

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Photo: Under the lights

Hazel Haspela and her father, Kevin, share a moment beneath the bright lights of the downtown Christmas tree Friday at Second and State streets.

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SO Samba FC puts Hood River on NPSL stage

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.

Port, CGWA working on new Hook launch and access point

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.

Friendly wager turns into fundraiser

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.

Tides change for HRV swim team

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.

‘Sabotage’ on FMX, again

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 girls hoops building foundation

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.

Hawks have ‘all the right pieces’

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.

Trail users asked to mind conditions

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.

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Wes Lapp finds peace in freediving

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.

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Full room, healthy mix for HRV wrestling

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.

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Hanging up their whistles

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.

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Cooper Spur Race Team starts second FreeRide season

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.

For Fred Bergen, refereeing is a sport in itself

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.

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Summit claims state title; Eagles vow to return

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.

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On a mission

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.

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On to the semis

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.

HRV united

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.

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Play-in defeat ends season for Eagle girls soccer

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.

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Girls team fifth, Bockius sixth at state XC finals

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.

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Waterfront season was ‘best ever’

Port summarizes 2013 rec. season

Many Gorge residents celebrated, or cursed, this summer as one of the windiest in history.

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HRV girls soccer claim Columbia River Conference title

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.

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Eagle boys soccer up to No. 4

HRV boys host playoff first round Nov. 5, 6 p.m. at HRVHS

Talk about going out with a bang …

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HRV XC sends nine to state

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.

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Ready to rumble

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.

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Conference champs, again

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.

Senior night tie means girls must beat TDW to claim CRC title

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.

HRV XC is ‘fired up’

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.

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Harvest Fest Weekend Sampler 2013

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.

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No. 5 boys soccer focused on playoffs

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.

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A winless success: Hawks volleyball builds foundation

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.

HRV XC is ready

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.

No IMC for HRV

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.

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Eagle soccer teams kick it up a notch

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.

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Top times signal peak of XC season

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.

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For Mark Chamley, 60, ultra running is ‘a personal journey’

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.

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A tough mudder

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.

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Snow could be coming soon

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.

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Three Peaks equals one epic adventure

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.

‘Focused’: HRV XC runs at Nike Pre, looks ahead to CRC race

Hood River Valley High School cross country had a busy weekend of running in the rain.

Make way: Community Ed shifts youth indoor soccer season to extend basketball program

Find classes, sports and activities online at hrcommunityed.org

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.