Turning fans away at the door isn’t normally something to be proud of,
Hood River Valley Swim Team continues to add state champions to its ranks as this year’s season comes to a climax. Competing at the recent 2013 Oregon senior state championships, HRVST standouts Scott Bergstrom, Danielle Miller, Erin Nelson and Connor Webb all won state titles.
Last-inning rally gives girls second win; varsity boys 3-0 with dominating offensive showings
A blowout and a nail-biter set the stage for what should be an exciting season for Hood River Valley High School varsity softball. With seniors Natalia Ames, Hallie Curtis, Amanda McCafferty and Hannah Williams and another seven juniors anchoring the varsity roster, the team is loaded with players who bring several years of experience to the field.
If there was ever a time in Hood River to break-out the clickty-clackers, cowbells, plastic clappy-hands, thunder-sticks and vuvuzelas, Saturday is it. The otherwise maddening spectator noisemakers will provide appropriate harmony for the Gorge Roller Girls’ first-ever league bout; a match-up between the River Reapers and the Cherry Bombers March 16, 6 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School.
HRVHS girls finish a solid third, boys have a tough state showing
Hood River Valley High School junior Korey Cimock claimed the girls combined title last week at the 2013 Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state championships.
Van Hoose, FitzSimons claim individual overall girls, boys titles
Hood River Valley High School freestyle skiers flipped, spun, shredded and grinded their way to domination in what is fast becoming a popular new facet of high school skiing. In last week’s OISRA state championships, HRV boys and girls freestyle competitors made a clean sweep in all events, taking first as a combined team, first as boys and girls teams and claiming most of the top three spots in all individual events.
Hood River Valley High School skiers flew through the air Wednesday afternoon at Mt. Hood Meadows in the 2013 Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association’s freestyle state championships.
Team travels to Bend this week for state events
Hood River Valley Snowboarding Club boys and girls teams claimed individual and team Gorge League titles this month after solid performances throughout the season. The team of high school snowboarders will train this weekend in preparation for the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboarding Association state championship, held March 13-16 at Mt. Bachelor.
A foggy Thursday morning in the lower valley gave way to sunny skies and spring-like weather by lunchtime.
Boys and girls teams finish third, Wiley leads
Hood River Valley Nordic boys and girls teams earned podium finishes over the weekend at the OHNSO state championships in Bend.
Elks build outward while working from within: Old organization draws new blood with athletics and events
Workout area will replace former pool; Facilities an asset for members and community activities
In an effort to attract new members and better serve existing ones, Hood River Elks Lodge is taking steps to upgrade its athletic facilities. The lodge offers two racquetball courts, a selection of weights, treadmills, stationary bikes and other basic equipment and locker/shower rooms with saunas, but it’s no secret that the amenities have seen better days and are in need of a facelift.
In downhill action, McLean, Lamer lead HRV team; Bergemann and FitzSimons top freestyle standings
Gloomy weather in the Gorge this week, but still beautiful.
The staging area is a musky rectangular room packed with a couple hundred bodies bouncing in circles and pacing back and forth like caged animals. There are many hundred more waiting upstairs for their time to come.
Hood River Valley High School Nordic team racers continued season action last weekend with a “Hot Pursuit” race that brought teams from Summit, Bend, Redmond, Saint Mary’s, Crescent Valley, Cleveland and Corvallis high schools to the groomed cross country trails of Mt. Hood Meadows.
Hood River County Forestry still has some “finishing touches” to do in the area, but for the most part operations on the Clematis Timber Sale are complete.
A beautiful sunrise Friday morning gave way to sunny skies and spring-like temperatures. National Weather Service forecasts say a chance of rain Saturday and mostly sunny weather for Sunday and Monday.
With only two races remaining in Mount Hood Ski League action, Hood River Valley High School skiers are looking poised to be among the top echelon at next month’s Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state championships.
Fourth-annual fundraiser promises great prizes, awe-inspiring fish flick
The fourth-annual Festival of the Fly returns to the Skylight Theatre and Pub Feb. 21 for an evening of hanging out with fellow backcasters and watching some of the most cutting-edge fish porn ever created.
Hood River Valley High School swim team swept the competition over the weekend at the Columbia River Conference championships at the Hood River Aquatic Center. Both HRV boys and girls teams won conference titles and the team won the combined title by nearly 300 points over second-place Pendleton.
Led by standout riders Autumn Inouye for the girls and Connor Goodwillie for the boys, the Hood River Valley High School snowboarding team is carving through the season and has picked up two more first-place finishes in Oregon Interscholastic Snowboarding Association action.
For Jorge and Gavina Rivera, faith is the glue that has held their marriage together through the trials and tribulations of the last four decades.
Indoor facility provides young players action in the offseason
When The Dalles Fitness and Court Club announced the opening of its new indoor sports field, Hood River youth lacrosse coach Cory Roeseler reserved a Monday night time slot in the hopes of recruiting enough area middle school boys to have once-a-week games to keep at least a small group of players sharp during the off-season.
Cheerleading may not be a traditional winter sport, but ask any of the girls on the Hood River Valley High School competitive cheer team what they’ve been up to for the last few months and they’d be happy to tell you just how much effort they have put into the season. And as the season comes to a climax at this weekend’s OSAA State Cheerleading Championships, the team will face a bittersweet moment.
Winter X Games draws tens of thousands of fans to Aspen each January for what is arguably the biggest stage in the world for extreme skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers.
Eagle wrestling takes Oregon City Invite team trophy
The Hood River Valley High School varsity wrestling team got the sweet flavor of victory, with hints of revenge, over the weekend at the 26th annual Oregon City Invitational.
Watching amazing sunsets from views like this; yet another reason why people love living in the Gorge.
In another strong showing for the Hood River Valley High School ski team, Hannah Bergemann and Brendan Kerr topped the results last weekend in the latest USA Snowboarding Association Mt. Hood Series contest. Although run by USASA, the event included freestyle skiing divisions and drew high school competitors from Hood River, The Dalles, West Linn and Oregon Episcopal School to the slopes of Timberline. The slopestyle event gave each skier two runs down a course of jumps and rails in front of a panel of four judges; the lowest of each skier’s two scores was tossed out.
Eagles face three events in three days
With a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the Hood River Valley High School wrestling team is boosting its training regimen to twice a day and upping the level of intensity in the mat room. The goal in the timing is for wrestlers to peak — both physically and mentally — at the district and state tournaments set for Feb. 15-16 and 21-23.
Between resident and migratory Canada Geese, there sure are a lot of these big birds flying around the Gorge this time of year.
Wiley brothers top podium together, Cordell is fastest
After a mad dash at the starting line, racers thinned out across the course in what would prove to be a fast and glorious day of racing at Mt. Hood Meadows.
In hindsight, life-changing twists of fate are rarely as obvious as the one Kirk Zack had on his birthday in November of 1995. Playing a celebratory round of golf at the Indian Creek Golf Course, Zack teed-up on the 10th hole, took a swing and sunk the shot most golfers go their entire lives without sinking. At the time a hole-in-one had a $1,000 payout.
Win is third straight for varsity girls
With blue skies and sun-softened snow, the Hood River Valley High School ski team competed in spring-like conditions over the weekend at Ski Bowl. The slalom event brought teams from the Mt. Hood Ski League for the third race of the season.
Charlie Mallon, Cesar Zarate pick up only wins against Oregon 5A’s top team
Sometimes you have to call things for what they are, and the 56-7 thumping Hermiston wrestling dished out Thursday night was just that; a thumping.
In the second race of the season, Hood River Valley High School ski team finished first overall and nabbed fastest times in both boys and girls fields Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows. The HRV girls dominated their field with a blowout win and five racers finishing in the top 10 in the slalom event on MHM’s Stadium run. Boys results were much closer, with HRV edging The Dalles and Sandy high schools by a few close points for the win.
Four girls build on growing tradition for Hood River Valley High School wrestling program
For Payton Rigert, Marina Smith, MaKenna Sullenger and Jessica DeHart, the saying “chicks dig scars” takes on an entirely different meaning.
Because if you can’t make fun of yourself once in a while, you’re taking life far too seriously
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Racers ranging in age from 6 to 70 turned out Saturday for the second Meadows Nordic Series race of the season. With a dusting of fresh snow falling from the sky, conditions were near-perfect for the day’s racing action. Among the approximately 70 skiers in attendance, Hood River’s Nordic youth program was represented by 10 high school and 15 middle school racers.
Grant would pay for trail supplies and machinery
Hood River County Forestry and local mountain bike advocates are encouraging local trail users to submit letters of support for a trails grant application due next week. HRCF is in the process of gathering the letters and will submit them as supporting documents to go along with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Recreational Trails Program grant application.
Laurance Lake was frozen enough Sunday for an impromptu game of ice hockey for three friends on their way down from snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows (with warm, wet weather in the forecast, venturing out on the ice won't be safe until things cool of for a while).
Hood River Valley varsity girls basketball closed out 2012 with three games in three days over the weekend at the annual Gresham Holiday Tournament. The girls finished 1-2 in the tourney, with a win against Sandy and losses against Forest Grove and Aloha high schools. The result puts the team at 7-4 overall with three games to go before the league action begins (Jan. 15, 7 p.m. at home vs. Pendleton).
Hood River Valley varsity wrestling faced eight teams in two days at last weekend’s Northwest Duals in Beaverton. The Eagles went 4-4 overall, with wins against Lakeridge, Snohomish, South Salem and Tualatin and losses against McNary, Bend, Dallas and Glencoe.
Above the clouds on a crisp, clear evening this week, as seen here looking north at Mount Adams from the Tilly Jane ski trail near Cooper Spur.
Hood River Valley Snowboard Club is gearing up for what coaches anticipate will be an exciting season.
Forecasters say La Niña/El Niño won’t be factors this winter
With the 100-inch benchmark already reached on the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows, ski and snowboard enthusiasts have been licking their chops over one of the snowiest Decembers the mountain has seen in recent years. The resort opened before Thanksgiving and has seen a steady increase in snowpack since.
Downtown shop owners report decent holiday season with sales in ski gear holding strong
With more than a foot of fresh snow on slopes overnight and another foot forecast through the day, Pepi Gerald, like any true-blue powderhound, is staring out the window of his Oak Street shop working but wishing he were somewhere else.
Strong numbers, experienced athletes means high expectations for the season
Deep in talent, this year’s Hood River Valley High School ski team has high expectations for the season. As combined defending state freestyle champions and runners-up for racing, the team of 35 boys and girls is busy getting in shape and training for what is expected to be an exciting season for the Eagles.
The Reno Tournament of Champions is dubbed the “Toughest Tournament in the Nation” for good reason. As a destination contest for 118 schools from across the country, RTOC consists of 64-person brackets in each weight class and runs for three days on 13 mats until the field is narrowed down to the best of the nation’s best.
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Snow falls in the Gorge
Boys at 3-4, girls 5-1
Hood River Valley varsity boys basketball traveled to Franklin Friday evening and returned home with its third win of the season. The Eagles, now 3-4 overall, held off a late-game push from the home team for the 61-57 win.