The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association announced with excitement this week that it had acquired a one-acre parcel of Columbia River waterfront known as Swell City. After a unanimous vote of approval last week from the CGWA board of directors, Executive Director Greg Stiegel signed documents Monday making the purchase official.
With new ownership and new name, local semi-pro soccer team forges ahead
Gorge FC hosted Inter United of Seattle Saturday evening at Hood River Valley High School the newly formed semi-pro soccer team’s first home league game since being formed last year. After breaking out with an exciting 2-0 first-half lead off goals from Raul Marquez — both assisted by Felipe Heredia — the home team lost steam in the second half, allowing four goals to finish with a 4-2 loss.
Eagles take second at revitalized meet
Friday afternoon’s sunny weather illuminated nearby fruit trees in full bloom, providing a fitting backdrop for the aptly named Apple Blossom Invitational at Hood River Valley High School. After many years’ hiatus, the event, once a well-regarded track and field meet, was revitalized this year with the intent of restoring it as an annual occurrence.
Hannah Bergemann brought home three gold medals earlier this month from Copper Mountain, Colo., where she claimed national titles in slopestyle, halfpipe and rail jam events at the 2014 USASA National Championships.
In an effort to help re-establish Washington’s high school cultural exchange wrestling program, Oregon has partnered with its neighbor to the north to send a team of 13 high school wrestlers to Japan this June. To help fill the team, Oregon is sending six of the 13, and of those six two (and possibly a third) are Hood River Valley High School wrestlers.
With just three seconds remaining in the final quarter and a six-goal lead, the Hood River Valley varsity boys lacrosse team had already sealed the home win Monday night against Newberg.
A flurry of second-half goals by Isabelle Cullen stamped out any chances Cleveland had at a comeback Tuesday evening in the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls lacrosse team’s season opener. Cullen scored six on the night to lead the girls in the 15-9 home win.
Few people embody a true zest for life quite like Fred Noble, and even as he struggles with a disease that means an unrelenting and painful decline to death, he is reaching out to inspire others in the eternal quest to find meaning, purpose and happiness
Fresh off a solid 3-1 outing at the Coach Bob National Invitational tournament in Arizona over spring break, the Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball team took the Gladstone Gladiators to the cleaners Wednesday afternoon with a 7-0 shutout at Traner Field.
With spring break in the rear view, Hood River Valley High School track and field is transitioning from its early season outlook to a more focused mindset of preparing for the all-telling Columbia River Conference championships, just six weeks away as of this weekend.
Late season storms bring SWE to 93% at Mt. Hood
Fantastic February transitioned into marvelous March on Mount Hood, and as this winter’s erratic attitude improved dramatically from depressing December, it delivered enough snow by the start of spring to end in an almost average April.
Along with its long list of not-so thrilling, but still perfectly respectable and worthwhile offerings like Paralegal Tutoring, Fundamentals of Wet Felting, Everything You Need to Know After Having a Baby and — the butt of many jokes but the bud of many musical careers — Band Camp, Hood River County Community Education is gearing up for its most exciting season, when instructors from all walks of life get to introduce local youth to the many world-class outdoor activities the region is blessed with.
Coach Pero Lovrin likens the conquest of his U14 Hood River Strikers soccer team to the fable of David and Goliath. Competing in the state’s most elite youth division — the National Premier League of Oregon — the group of 15 small-town boys battled against big city teams and premier clubs with long-running histories and much larger pools of star players to draw from.
Keuchmann, Hay lead team in opening contests
With the goal of maintaining numbers and re-establishing enthusiasm for the sport at the high school level, the Hood River Valley High School golf team is taking its early season scores in stride, focusing instead on individual growth and the future of the program. The team, led by first year head coach Mark Gradin — also Indian Creek Golf Course’s director of instruction — has just three girls and a handful of boys, several of whom are first-year players.
Gorge Sailing Team quickly recruits full group for first season
Starting this year, sailing has been added to the long list of sports high school students in the Gorge can compete in during the spring season, and although it means a draw of potential athletes away from other school sports, a sailing team seems like a natural fit for a town famous for its reliable wind and the mighty Columbia River out the front door.
Hood River Valley High School track and field got its feet wet in a four-way icebreaker meet Wednesday at Forest Grove. The varsity girls, led by first-place finishes from Jestena Mattson, Kassidy Davidson, Lauren Robinson, Sascha Bockius and Zoe Peterson, won handily over Forest Grove, Century and South Salem, while the boys faced stiffer competition and ended third overall, with Sebastian Barajas and Parker Kennedy the team’s only event winners.
Hood River Valley High School athletics kicked off the spring sports season with a frenzy of activity Monday afternoon, when Eagle baseball, softball, boys lacrosse and girls tennis all hosted their first contests of the season. As follows are brief reports from each of the events.
It’s pretty hard to claim a first these days, and although they can’t be absolutely sure, Brad Gordon and Bob Riviello are confident they beat everyone else to the cookie jar on Mount Adams.
In a well-timed kickoff to the summer recreation and event season, a six-discipline relay race starting at the top of Mt. Hood Meadows and finishing at the Hood River Marina is set for May 31.
USA Triathlon recently announced its 2013 Elite Triathletes of the Year awards, and among the list of the nation’s best and most promising triathletes is Hood River’s Erin Jones.
Baseball, lacrosse, tennis host home contests Monday
This week’s gorgeous sunny weather was an appropriate signal of the start of spring sports seasons, which are already well under way, and coaches and athletes are busy working out the kinks and establishing rosters in preparation for early-season contests just a few days away.
Lamer, Clark top individual results, teamwork leads to No. 2 finish
Skiers battled changing weather, high winds, low visibility and variable course conditions last week in the 2014 Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state championships at Mt. Hood Meadows.
Hood River Valley High School ski team was at Mt. Hood Meadows all week for the 2104 Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing state championships
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”