Racing action starts Friday in last of event’s history
After 10 years of entertaining spectators with high-speed racing action and attracting competitors from around the world to experience some of the most grueling and scenic stages in the nation, the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic will ride into the sunset Sunday evening. And as a fitting end to the 11-year history of the event, Sunday’s final stage will put riders through what has become famous as one of the most brutal but spectacular race courses in America — the Three Summits Road Race.
Hood River Little League’s boys majors regular season concludes Saturday with the annual league championships at the ballfields behind St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Hood River 5-6, 7-8 grade boys win VooDoo Invitational Tournament
Hood River’s youth lacrosse continues to turn heads this season as teams representing the program compete and defeat bigger and more seasoned teams from across the state. The most recent example of the local lacrosse momentum is two first-place finishes last weekend at the VooDoo Invitational Lacrosse Tournament at Portland’s Buckman Fields.
Afternoon temperatures are rising and sunny summer fun is right around the corner; and on the long list of ways to keep cool in the Gorge, stand-up paddling seems to be rising in popularity in sync with the mercury. But before casting out on one of the area’s many bodies of water, authorities at the Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Coast Guard want to remind you of a couple of regulations SUP users are obliged to follow.
Hood River resident Nelson Snyder rode 1,162 kilometers across Portugal last month in 48:15:44 to finish third in the annual Trans-Portugal endurance event. The nine-day mountain bike race spanned the eastern coast of Portugal, running from north to south in nine stages ranging from 99-165 kilometers each, on terrain ranging from village streets and gravel roads to forested single-track, cliff-side trails and historic cobblestone streets.
June 21-23 race will be the last
Organizers started the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic 11 years ago with humble roots and grand aspirations. The open roads, breathtaking scenery and fun-loving communities of the Gorge had been enjoyed by cyclists for years, but were just barely being “discovered” by Northwest, national and international audiences as an epic cycling destination.
It was a long hike through the night, but well worth this view of Mount Hood's Illumination Rock at sunrise Sunday morning.
Horizon Christian sophomore qualifies for ‘world’s largest rodeo’
For most people, 8 seconds doesn’t hold much significance; it’s a sip of coffee in the morning, a flip through the newspaper, a stroll across the street, a brief daydream. But if you’re a bullrider like RJ Hicks, 8 seconds can be the world –– the difference between success and failure, the culmination of a season’s worth of hard work, compressed into not much more than the blink of an eye.
A thrilling game to watch if you’re an Eagles fan, Wednesday evening’s matchup between Hood River Valley High School and the Bend Lava Bears appeared as though it was going to be a fierce battle in the do-or-die first round of the OSAA 5A state softball playoffs. Bend struck early in the game — moved from Hood River to The Dalles to avoid wet weather — with two runs in the opening inning to set the tone. The determined HRV girls answered back, however, with a relentless offensive performance that tallied nine hits and eight runs and a fortress of a defense that kept the Bears scoreless the rest of the game.
Hood River Valley High School sophomore wrestler Christian Marquez will be representing Hood River and Oregon this summer as a member of the Oregon Wrestling Association’s cultural exchange team. The team of high school wrestlers will travel to Germany this summer, from July 23 to Aug. 5, to tour the country, participate in wrestling contests and home-stay with German wrestling families.
Bruce Burton has been a fixture with Hood River Valley football for more than 30 years. Starting in 1980 as an assistant coach to Pete Hopkins, Burton has been an unwavering coach and mentor to hundreds of young athletes passing through the Eagle football program.
Hood River Valley High School varsity boys lacrosse team had heavy weight to shoulder going into Monday evening’s home game against Wilson. In the last game of the regular season, the Eagles, fighting for fourth place in the league, not only had to win to qualify for the state playoffs, but had to score six goals or more while keeping the Trojans to two goals or less. Satisfying those factors would have placed the HRV boys at fourth in the Columbia League and given them a play-in game for the 2013 Oregon High School Lacrosse Association championships. Anything less would mean an end to the season.
Scottie Ziegner breezed through the first three rounds of the Special District 1 tennis tournament over the weekend in Sunriver before dropping the next two to finish fourth overall and secure a qualifying round match Thursday in the opening round of the OSAA State Championships.
Rodriguez breaks 27-year school record as HRV track and field chases CRC titles
In a format that rewards saving the best for last, Hood River Valley High School track and field athletes are preparing for what is essentially the only contest that really matters since the beginning of the season.
For the first time in team history, the Hood River Valley High School girls golf team claimed a district championship. The team of four – Laura Waller, Korey Cimock, Alicia Hay and Gabriella Whitehead – shot a two-day total of 782 on Monday and Tuesday of this week to claim the Columbia River Conference championship over Pendleton, Hermiston and The Dalles-Wahtonka.
At 92, Ed Bartlien recounts his trophy trout of 1981
For Ed Bartlien, Lost Lake has a special place in his heart. Like many who have lived around here long enough, the 92-year-old has decades’ worth of fine memories locked away, of fishing, camping, picnicking and enjoying the picturesque mountain lake that has long been a jewel of Hood River County.
Lost Lake is open and ready to enjoy in this week's warm and sunny weather. Forecasts show temps into the upper 80s by Friday.
Owners take new approach to running historic business
The futons are gone, but the view remains forever. A six-figure renovation effort continues at Lost Lake Resort and campground, which re-opened May 1 for campers, lodge and cabin guests, hikers and boaters.
A key road win Tuesday at St. Mary’s bumps the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls lacrosse team into a tie for third place in the Portland League.
HRV softball, baseball take on TDW in conference action
Hood River Valley’s baseball and softball rivalry with The Dalles Wahtonka continued for the third game in as many days at home Tuesday afternoon.
Senior runner wins event, sets conference time-to-beat
Saturday’s Summit Invitational track meet brought 12 teams from across central Oregon to Bend Saturday for one of the last major meets of the season before district and state championships later this month
Weekend race in Hood River, Wasco counties
The 2013 Rally America National Championship comes to the Gorge May 3-5 in the annual Oregon Trail Rally stage of the racing series.
Boys and girls teams face must-win stretch of season
A hard-fought but disappointing 12-10 loss at home Tuesday against the Central Catholic Rams and a 9-5 win Thursday at Cleveland puts Hood River Valley High School varsity boys lacrosse in a tight spot as the regular season quickly comes to a close.
57 teams start local Little League season with positive energy
Hood River native Raquel VanNatta stepped up to the mound at Jim Winters Memorial Field, took aim at niece Madelynn Trujillo’s glove and tossed the opening pitch of the Little League season on a sunny Saturday morning surrounded by more than a dozen teams from the Hood River township.
Columbia Gorge Racing Association started in the 1990s as a group of friends who came to Cascade Locks in the summer to sail dinghies and hold impromptu races they dubbed “bush regattas.”
HRV girls beat Central Catholic at home, boys pound Rex Putnam on the road
Taylor Cramer and Lydia McElderry scored four goals each to lead Hood River Valley High School boys and girls lacrosse teams to victory Wednesday evening against squads from Rex Putnam and Central Catholic. The boys went on the road to Milwaukie to face the 5A Kingsmen of the Northwest League while the girls hosted the Rams in the second meeting between the two Portland League schools.
Big improvement all around was the theme Tuesday after Hood River Valley High School varsity girls tennis team’s narrow loss to Pendleton. Assistant coach Justine Ziegler said, “We saw huge improvements in every one of our girls. They were on a whole other level yesterday and played absolutely beautiful tennis out there.”
Hood River Valley High School heavyweight Brandon Dominguez got retribution over the weekend at the Oregon high school Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling Championships. After a disappointing district result earlier this year in which he failed to qualify for the OSAA state championships, Dominguez, a senior, earned All-America honors by winning a state Greco-Roman title Sunday and finishing second in the freestyle tournament on Saturday.
The Gorge Roller Girls hosted the Southern Oregon Rollergirls of Medford Saturday night at Hood River Valley High School in a hard-hitting and action-packed bout that brought the hundreds of fans in the bleachers to their feet for a standing ovation after it was over.
Hannah Bergemann brings home USASA gold
After winning the girls combined Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state freestyle title this winter, Hannah Bergemann traveled last week to the USA Snowboard and Freeski Association National Championships at Copper Mountain, Colo.
Saturday race on streets of downtown Hood River
A block of downtown Hood River streets will be closed for a few hours Saturday morning as racers from across the state compete in the annual Hood River Apple Open Electrathon Car Rally. The race, of high school students and adults, will take place on a half-mile stretch of street in the Columbia/Industrial Avenue area of town circling the Full Sail Brewing building.
Hood River Valley High School girls lacrosse played to an exciting double-overtime finish Wednesday evening against a tenacious and undefeated Wilson squad. The Trojans scored first in the final sudden-death period to nab the 9-8 win on HRV turf and maintain their standing atop the Portland League’s leaderboard.
Boys and girls teams have bright spots despite losing to Pendleton
Scottie Ziegner continued his unbeaten streak with a 6-1, 6-3 win Tuesday against Pendleton’s Peter Anderton. The Hood River Valley High School varsity boys home tennis match Tuesday went to the Buckaroos 5-3, with Ziegner winning the only singles dual of the afternoon and the other two wins coming from doubles pairs Billy Edwards/Patrick Humann and Jonathan Hale/Nate Miller.
Senior Kristin Lago and freshman Lydia McElderry led the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls lacrosse team to victory Tuesday with five goals each at Central Catholic. The 17-9 win came with help from seniors Kaili Duffy and Kayla Van Hoose, who had three and two goals each and, along with senior Hannah Hurley, provided key leadership in the team’s third win of the season.
After losing its opening two games, Hood River Valley High School lacrosse picked up key wins at home this week against Hermiston and Wilson high schools. Tuesday’s game was something of a gimme against the new Hermiston lacrosse team; the 5-3 win was earned largely by HRV junior varsity players, who gave the Bulldogs a better matchup than the varsity lineup would have.
A robin rests among fresh cherry blossoms along Reed Road Tuesday evening. With a warm and sunny start to spring, blossoms are coming out earlier than the last couple years and should be in their prime for this month's Blossom Festival activities around the valley.
New club plays Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at HR Armory
Thanks to the efforts of a few enthusiastic players, table tennis is now added to the long list of activities to keep you busy in Hood River. A recently formed club plays every Wednesday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Hood River Armory and is inviting interested players — of any ability — to join the fun.
Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball spent last week playing and watching baseball on the sunny fields of Phoenix, Ariz., in the first spring break trip the team has taken in several years.
PacifiCorp gives 400 acres to two groups for future stewardship
PacifiCorp on Thursday signed over 400 acres of waterfront property lining the lower Hood River to Columbia Land Trust and Hood River County. The transfer has been several years in the works and closes another chapter in the long process of decommissioning Powerdale Dam, which was built in 1923 and removed in 2010.
To clinic founder and physical therapist Bret Paulus, Synergy Rehab and Fitness is in the right place at the right time, and for the right reasons.
Four straight wins at southern Oregon invitational brings HRV team to 7-1
This week’s time off from school didn’t mean a complete vacation for the Hood River Valley High School varsity softball team, which traveled to play in the North Medford Spring Break Invitational. The Eagles played four games in two days and outscored opponents 37-8 to improve their season record to 7-1 with three games remaining before league play.
Breakdown of fundamentals leads to 17-6 loss in varsity boys lacrosse home opener
A “doozy” is how Hood River Valley High School lacrosse coach Jon Munk described Friday’s varsity matchup against the Westview Wildcats. The 17-6 loss puts the Eagles at 0-2 two weeks into the season after a much closer 7-6 loss last week at Oregon City.
At Summit Thursday, girls win 10-1, boys 8-3
Kayla Byers struck out 12 and the Eagles allowed only one hit in the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls softball team’s 10-1 thumping of Summit last Thursday.
As is typical for the Cascades, the first official days of spring were met with cold, wet and windy weather that brought quite a bit of fresh snow to the mountains. Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort announced 44 inches of new snow last week as it prepared for a busy schedule of spring break activities and operations. The resort’s 117-inch base (as of Monday) ensures a quality late season with plenty of opportunity for skiing and snowboarding in T-shirts and sunglasses.
With strong wind and sideways rain challenging their early season strokes, Hood River Valley High School golf hosted Mt. Hood Conference teams Wednesday in a first-day-of-spring tournament at Indian Creek Golf Course.
After successful 2012 season, Eagles track and field working to continue winning ways
Following in the footsteps of last year’s standout Hood River Valley High School track and field team, which brought home 10 district titles, two state championship titles and top-10 state finishes in 12 events, is going to be a big task; but the next batch of Eagle athletes is hard at work trying.
Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball’s run of offensive ascendancy came to an abrupt halt Tuesday in a sluggish 4-2 loss against Barlow. The home game brought the Bruins, now 1-2 on the season, to HRVHS for a cold afternoon at Traner Field following three blowout victories for the Eagles.
With six seniors on the roster this season, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls tennis team is working to improve on last season’s rebuilding effort that concluded with a fifth-place league finish.
Junior attack-man Taylor Cramer sunk back-to-back goals to kick the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys lacrosse team into gear Friday night in the season-opener against the 6A Three Rivers division Pioneers.