Marquez first, Peterson fifth, DeHart and Swafford sixth
Hood River Valley High School wrestling sent eight guys and four girls to the weekend’s OSAA State Wrestling Championships at the Memorial Coliseum, where 12 mats stretched across the arena floor and the constant echo of commotion set the stage for two days of action-packed and emotion-filled wrestling.
In a thrilling season finale Saturday night at the Memorial Coliseum, Hood River Valley High School wrestler Christian Marquez countered an outside single leg attempt, dug his toes into the mat and powered through the off-positioned Matt Hofenbredl of Dallas.
Although not officially announced until this weekend, Hood River Valley High School varsity boys and girls ski teams are poised to repeat as Mt. Hood League champions.
Hood River Valley Eagles’ 152-pounder Andrew DeHart stepped on to the mat Saturday night and cast a razor’s-edge glare at his opponent, Franklin High’s Navene Binder. As a senior, this was DeHart’s last chance to accomplish a thus-far elusive goal of claiming a district title, so finishing runner-up like last year just wasn’t an option.
In just four years, the Hood River Valley Nordic team has gone from a fledgling group of high school skiers with little experience and hodgepodge gear to a top contender in the Oregon High School Nordic Organization’s winter racing circuit.
A small group of Hood River Valley High School varsity girls gave 5A swimming powerhouses Summit and Bend a run for their money this past weekend in the 2014 OSAA 5A state championships at Mt. Hood Community College.
With the final league race of the season Saturday at Skibowl and league awards to follow the same day, Hood River Valley High School Ski Team is all but assured a clean sweep in both team and individual league championship honors.
Unfamiliar sounds of hooting and hollering have returned to the powder-laden slopes and forests of Mount Hood this week, as Jack Frost laid to rest any doubts that the ski season would be spared from what looked to be a frightfully dismal winter. And powder hounds with perma-grins and frosted facial hair aren’t the only ones rejoicing in the reported 134 inches of snow that has fallen so far this month on the slopes of Mount Hood.
The Gorge Roller Girls derby team, as the saying goes, left it all on the floor last Saturday night in a hard-fought 213-163 win against the Southern Oregon Roller Girls at The Dalles High School. The saying blood, sweat and tears also applies, in what turned out to be one of the most exciting and physical bouts of the burgeoning team’s history.
HRV swimming claims 11 titles at conference meet
Hood River Valley High School swimming will send eight team members to compete in this OSAA 5A boys and girls swimming state championships this weekend at Mt. Hood Community College.
Jessica DeHart, Peyton Rigert, Joanna Endow and Jenna Powell competed Sunday in the OSAA girls high school state wrestling qualifier tournament at Parkrose High School, and with fourth place or higher finishers, all will represent Hood River Valley High School wrestling at the Memorial Coliseum in two weeks as part of the upcoming OSAA state wrestling championships.
Potential teacher strike threatened school sports, but athletes will play on
While a major storm brews between Portland Public Schools, its teachers and some 48,000 students caught in the middle of an impassioned labor dispute, the threat of a teacher strike in the city had Hood River Valley High School administration and coaches preparing for potential impacts it would have on HRV athletes and the winter sports season.
On side note, school carnival is March 14
Parkdale Elementary School students worked up a sweat this week during their annual Healthy Heart Jog-A-Thon fundraiser. Under the watchful eye of the school’s iconic Pete’s Dragon painting (extra credit to those who can remember the dragon’s name), students took turns running laps around the gymnasium and, with the help of teachers and parent volunteers, getting punch-cards as Swiss-cheesy as possible during their allotted time.
Olivia Campbell is taking her athletic talents to new heights.
After overcoming challenges with both lack of funding and snowpack this winter, the Hood River Valley Snowboard Team is officially back in action and ready for an abbreviated season of Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association competition.
Anyone who has been involved in the Cooper Spur Race Team program over the years will have an extra reason to be excited about the upcoming Winter Olympics.
Representing Hood River Wrestling Club, Jason Shaner won his first state title over the weekend at the Oregon Wrestling Association’s Kids Collegiate State Championships. Shaner, a Hood River Middle School eighth-grader, went 4-0 to claim the title in the 120-pound schoolboy division of the tournament at Parkrose High School.
Peterson, Marquez first; 13 place for HRV at 12-team tournament
Chas Peterson and Christian Marquez went undefeated and 11 others had podium finishes to elevate the Hood River Valley High School wrestling team to second place over the weekend at the 12-team Oregon City Invitational Wrestling Tournament.
Hood River Valley High School wrestling hosted its senior night (honoring Junior Rojas, Texx Spezia-Schwiff, statistician Mercedes Lane, Andrew DeHart, Chaz Peterson, Jeremy Fischer, Charlie Mallon and Jeremy Breedlove) Columbia River Conference dual meet Thursday against the Pendleton Buckaroos.
The latest installment of Buzz Ramsey’s Outdoor News (see column below) casts into the Northwest fishing guru’s ocean of fishing knowledge and pulls up yet another of his many meticulous strategies to increase chances of success with rod and reel.
Hood River Valley High School wrestling made a statement Saturday as the Eagles hosted their annual Hood River Elks Memorial Wrestling Tournament.
Training intensifies as team prepares for district meet
The Hood River Aquatic Center was packed to capacity last weekend as the HRV Eagles swim team hosted its annual invitational meet.
Six Eagles listed in 5A top 10 Rockwell Rankings; 126-pound Marquez ranked 1st
Wrestlers from across the Northwest piled into the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond over the weekend for the annual Oregon Wrestling Classic. The high school division brought 53 teams to compete in the dual-meet format tournament, including a lineup of the top varsity wrestlers representing Hood River Valley High School.
A tough training regimen, proper waxing and home course advantage paid off for the Hood River Valley Nordic Team as it celebrated a landmark victory Saturday after besting Bend High and Summit for the first time in team history.
Fast and furious was the theme for Hood River Valley High School ski team this weekend in the team’s second race of the season; and much like the first (Jan. 4 Cato Race), Austin Keillor and Lucy McLean had unbeatable performances that brought individual top honors and propelled both varsity boys and girls teams to top finishes.
Improvements include replacing old pool with new workout room
The Hood River Elks Lodge will welcome more than a dozen new members at its next meeting — a direct result, says Manager Gary Griffith, of recently remodeled athletic facilities at the downtown Hood River location.
Horizon Christian School’s boys basketball team added another notch to its win column this week with a big 79-44 victory on the road Tuesday against Sherman. The 1A No. 1-ranked Hawks are now 11-1 overall as they steamroll into the heart of conference action. The boys moved on to host Dufur 7:30 p.m. Friday (results not available as of presstime) and travel to Arlington Saturday before hosting home games Jan. 21 vs. South Wasco and Jan. 24 vs. Condon/Wheeler.
Hood River native and amateur mixed martial arts fighter Scott Baker will step into the cage later this month for a shot at a Full Contact Fighting Federation championship belt. With three wins in his career, Baker will challenge Daniel Dieringer in the FCFF’s 170-pound welterweight bout at the Jan. 25 “Rumble at the Roseland 76.”
Tryouts for soccer academy teams Jan. 18 and 25-26
Hood River-based SO Samba FC is holding tryouts Saturday, Jan. 18, for a range of youth soccer teams the club is trying to assemble for upcoming seasons. Tryouts will run from 10 a.m. to noon for girls and 1-3 p.m. for boys at the St. Mary’s Church field (1501 Belmont Ave.), with age groups from U12 to U18.
Eagles sweep four straight dual meets
Hood River Valley High School wrestlers cleaned house this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hazel Haspela and her father, Kevin, share a moment beneath the bright lights of the downtown Christmas tree Friday at Second and State streets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.