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Adam Lapierre

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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.

‘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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Thrill, then agony

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.

OSAA districting draws HRV into IMC

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.

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Gorge Kids Triathlon ‘Awesome’

Apparently the word awesome is still cool to today’s younger generation.

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HRV boys soccer remains undefeated

Team ranked 5A No. 3 after 5-1 win Saturday

Edgar Villegas, Aldo Muro, Jaime Frias, Giovanni Magaña and Manuel Mozqueda had one goal apiece in a 5-1 scoring clinic the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team gave West Albany Saturday afternoon at Westside school.

Runners test times at state locale

Hood River Valley High School cross country runners were among the masses at Saturday’s Northwest Classic in Eugene.

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Chinook run breaks records

Columbia River fishing has been ‘off the hook’ the past several weeks

If you’re friends with, married to or happen to be an avid Gorge-area fisherman, the last month or so has been something to remember — and not just for the unmistakable smell of cured fish eggs that takes several rounds of soap and water to remove.

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Going up: Young but determined, HRV water polo team fights through first varsity season in the MHC

Although a rough way to christen the Hood River Aquatic Center as its new home pool, Tuesday’s 18-4 loss is something the Hood River Valley High School water polo team is taking in stride.

MS football drives through season

Combined HRMS, Wy’east team stomps Corbett this week

Hood River and Wy’east middle schools’ combined football team put the hurt on Corbett in the team’s second game of the season Wednesday afternoon at Hood River Middle School. After playing all seventh-graders in the first half against Corbett’s combined seventh-eighth-grade team, the Hood River squad of eighth-graders exploded from a 2-0 deficit to run away with a 28-2 win.

Hall-of-Fame honors Eagles of the past

Limited tickets remain for Saturday banquet

Hood River Valley’s high school athletics have a long tradition of determination and grit, of hardheadedness in the face of adversity, of overcoming difficult odds and of statewide success despite often competing against deeper programs and larger schools with more athletes to choose from.

Harvest Ride is this weekend

In a unique combination of sporting event and agri-tourism, the fifth-annual Hood River Harvest Ride is set for this Saturday, rain or shine. Organized by the Hood River Valley Residents Committee, the Harvest Ride is a non-competitive cycling event in which participants choose from five different loops around the valley, stopping at points of interest like scenic vistas, farm stands and orchards, wineries, breweries and museums along the way.

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‘A new movement in public art’

Hood River sculptor C.J. Rench pairs with Red Bull for one-of-a-kind art installation

Hood River-based metal and sculpture artist C.J. Rench is in the midst of a one-of-a-kind project in collaboration with Red Bull and world-renowned professional skateboarder Torey Pudwill. Called “Red Bull Skate Space,” the project is a massive, multi-piece sculpture that will be permanently installed in Seattle’s Jefferson Park.

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HRVHS water polo dives into second season

Team fields enough players for JV, varsity competition

It was about 90 degrees Wednesday afternoon and 15 or so high school athletes were busy swimming and splashing around the Columbia River, in the calm waters of the Nichols Boat Basin.

Hawks soccer ready to rock

Horizon Christian School’s soccer team kicked off its fall season over the weekend at the annual Trout Lake Tournament. The Hawks, who belong to the 3A/2A/1A Special District 5, went 0-2 at the tourney with a 2-0 loss vs. Trout Lake on Friday and a 4-2 loss against City Christian the following morning.

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Castillo, Bockius highlight HRV country in home meet

Hood River Valley High School cross country hosted its only home meet of the season Wednesday afternoon, with teams from Ridgeview, Benson, Cleveland, Franklin, Madison, Roosevelt, The Dalles, Wilson and Lincoln in attendance.

Gorge athletes shine at 25th Aluminum Man

The 25th Annual Aluminum Man Triathlon and Duathlon drew nearly 200 athletes to The Dalles Saturday morning. With prime conditions — relatively cool, sunny and no wind — the event featured an Olympic triathlon, an Olympic duathlon and a Sprint triathlon based from The Dalles Waterfront Park.

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‘Mud, sweat and tears’ at Rural Rampage race

The second-annual Rural Rampage bike race was described by one competitor as “mud, sweat and tears (of joy).”

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Tennis courts reopen

With fresh coats of bright blue and white paint, the newly remodeled city tennis courts are all but complete, and anyone who frequented the old courts is going to notice a dramatic difference when they step onto the $132,000 “Premier Court” surface.

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Le Roux wins Gorge Cup

Persistence finally paid off for Jac Le Roux.

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A solid start for HRV boys soccer

HRV varsity boys soccer 2-0 in first week of action

Thursday evening’s thunder-and-lightning storm looks to have saved the 6A Canby Cougars from an even tougher loss than the 3-0 lead the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys had built before the game was called partway through the second half due to violent and electric weather overhead.

Double Cross race returns Sept. 14-15

Newcomers invited to compete; free kiddie race part of the action

The 12th-annual Double Cross returns to Hood River Valley High School next weekend for two days of cyclecross racing action that is expected to draw between 400 and 500 competitors from across the Northwest.

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Tall and athletic, HRV volleyball ready to go

Varsity girls started season Tuesday, look to improve on last year’s 7-5 CRC record

The Hood River Valley Eagles varsity volleyball team has something to draw on this year that it doesn’t usually have much of: height. With a couple girls at or above the 6-foot mark and several others not far down the measuring stick, head coach Scott Walker says this year’s lineup is the tallest he has had in his eight years with the team.

HRV XC shines at Night Meet

Hood River Valley High School cross country jump-started its fall running season Thursday evening at the Wilsonville Night Race. As a 3K instead of the regular 5K distance, the race is a good opportunity for teams to measure their early season speeds, called “date-pace,” to base workouts on as they prepare for the regular season.

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HRV soccer kicks off

Trying not to jinx the team before the season gets started, Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer coach Jaime Rivera stopped short of estimating how well he expects the team to do, but says with excitement that this year’s squad has the right ingredients to turn quite a few heads.

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Beat the heat No.8: Lost Lake: A true gem of Hood River County

It’s hard to believe August is over already. These last couple weeks of cool weather and rain really put a damper on what is arguably the Gorge’s finest month for enjoying the great outdoors and cooling off in the many great bodies of water that surround us.

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Teen returns from Jackson Hole fishing camp with valuable lessons

Fishing is a way of life for Gabe Cunningham. Surrounded by water, he is happy to call a place like Hood River home and has found satisfaction in spending his youth along the shorelines of some of the Northwest’s best rivers, lakes and streams. But as the Hood River Valley High School sophomore matures, so does his perception of favorite local fishing rivers like the Hood, Klickitat and Deschutes.

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Ready to run: HRV cross country poised for promising season

Upbeat. That’s the attitude Hood River Valley High School cross country coach Kristen Uhler has about the upcoming running season, and although the longtime coach and avid runner is well-known for her think-positive, be-positive outlook, she has a lot more than simple optimism to back her expectations of an outstanding next few months.

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Beat the heat: The ever-reliable HR Aquatic Center

The Hood River Aquatic Center has a long and vibrant history as the county’s public swimming pool, dating back to its pre-remodel seasonal days when it was lined with 10-foot-high green fencing and the Summer Swim Bus picked-up and dropped-off full loads of kids from as far away as Parkdale to spend the day lounging around in the sunshine and helping lifeguards get good use out of their whistles.

Additional fires around Hood River County reminder of extreme danger

While the bulk of local attention and resources are focused on the Government Flats Complex burning just east of Hood River County, three smaller fires this week serve as a unambiguous reminder of just how precarious fire danger remains throughout the region. Crews doused a pair of fires along Herman Creek Road, one on Wednesday and another on Thursday, before they got out of hand, and Thursday afternoon firefighters responded to a lightning-struck snag that caught fire and began burning the ground around it. Both were extinguished quickly, thanks in large part to quick responses from nearby agencies and relatively high humidity and low winds that kept fire behavior subdued.

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Gorge Paddle Challenge: Locals represent amidst large field at 2013 SUP event

Kerbox, Wylde are overall champions

Several epic battles ensued this weekend in what is already being hailed a very successful third-annual NAISH Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. Starting Saturday with the distance race, relatively light wind meant paddlers’ endurance was truly put to the test in the six-mile upriver grind from Viento State Park to Hood River. Wind picked up on Sunday for course racing in front of the Hood River Waterfront Park, and again paddlers were pushed to their limits, as half of the diamond-shaped course faced straight upwind.