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Adam Lapierre

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HRV soph Parker Kennedy wins USATF state, regional decathlons

Parker Kennedy has been making great strides toward the goal of becoming one of the top young decathletes in the country. While many of his friends were kicking back and relaxing in the first weeks of summer vacation, the Hood River Valley High School sophomore was busy competing in, and winning, the USA Track and Field state and regional championships.

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Gorge Cup: Four down, two to go

Peterson, Poor win weekend races; Fiona Wylde leads series

In what organizers and longtime competitors agree is one of the windiest races in the Gorge Cup’s long history, more than 30 windsurfers put their skills, and gear, to the test over the weekend at the Hood River Event Site. Saturday’s action included gusts into the 40-mph range, and Sunday into the upper 30s, giving racers in the summer-long series a true taste of what nuclear Gorge conditions can dish out.

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Sailors fly high at Freestyle Frenzy

Summer sunshine: check. Strong wind: check. Classic Gorge swell: check. Large audience: check. Lineup of competitors excited to huck, flip, jump and jibe around the river for bragging rights and prize money: check.

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Freestyle Frenzy helps revive windsurfing stoke

This week’s event features freestyle, Gorge style and big air contests

In an effort to “revive the stoke” in the Gorge as a world-class locale for windsurfing contests, the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association and the American Windsurfing Tour are teaming up this week to put on Freestyle Frenzy. The two-day event has a wind window of July 17-21 and will be held on the first two windy days within that range at the Hatchery (Spring Creek Fish Hatchery, 4 miles west of the bridge on Highway 14).

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Huck Fest a success

New technology allows for contest to see who can jump the highest

Over-calculating one’s own athletic feats is a common phenomenon in extreme sports, and in the Gorge, there are few better examples of this than with the sport of kiteboarding.

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Bystanders come to man’s rescue in the nick of time

Imagine lying face down in the river, fully conscious but unable to move, aware of people around you but unsure if they’ll be able to flip you over before the last breath burning in your lungs expires and you drown.

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All-Stars are off to state

Hood River’s 9/10 girls win district tournament to advance to next level

Hood River Little League’s four All-Star teams returned from Bend after several days of sunny summer ball in Central Oregon during the annual District 5 tournament.

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Summer soccer camp a ‘win-win’

This week’s Eagle Youth Soccer Camp brought about 80 kids to Westside Elementery School for five full days of skills developement, scrimmages, fun and games.

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DaKine digs its new digs

Action sports company settles into new waterfront location

DaKine employees are happily settling in to their new 25,000-square-foot company headquarters, and the move from their aged Columbia Street location to a recently completed Hood River Waterfront building is a welcome change for the current staff nearly 50 who will call the office home.

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Hood River Saddle Club hosts Mountain Trail contest

The Hood River Saddle Club hosted a Mountain Trail clinic over the weekend that drew riders from as far away as Seattle to participate in clinics and a friendly competition at the club’s 10-acre facility.

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Maryhill Festival of Speed: Four-wheeled crazies compete this week

The seventh-annual Maryhill Festival of Speed kicks off Wednesday and Thursday with practice runs, continues Friday and Saturday with elimination heats and climaxes Sunday with street luge finals and the 2013 Downhill Skateboarding International Downhill Federation World Cup.

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The last hurrah

Mt. Hood Cycling Classic ends on high

“With mixed emotions” is how Chad Sperry describes Sunday’s successful end to the 11th and final Mt. Hood Cycling Classic.

City court renovations will begin this month

The tale of the deteriorating tennis courts will soon see a happy ending.

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Mt. Hood Cycling Classic rides into the sunset

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.

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Photo of the day: Ready to go for the glory

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.

Youth lacrosse teams end season on ‘sweet’ note

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.

Invasive species permits required for SUP boards

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.

HRV alum Nelson Snyder third in TransPortugal race

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.

One last ride for Mt. Hood Cycling Classic

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.

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Photo of the day: Stunning sunrise

It was a long hike through the night, but well worth this view of Mount Hood's Illumination Rock at sunrise Sunday morning.

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RJ Hicks qualifies for rodeo nationals

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.

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HRV softball whips the Bears in first round of state

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.

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Marquez to wrestle on Cultural Exchange team

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.

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‘Coach B’ to be honored as OACA Assistant Coach of the Year

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.

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HRV boys lacrosse ends season one win shy of playoffs

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.

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Ziegner advances to state tennis

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.

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Eagles take fast track to the finish

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.

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HRVHS girls golf makes school history, brings home Columbia River Conference title

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.

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An unforgettable memory from Lost Lake

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.

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Photo of the day: Lost at the lake

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.

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Kaleidoscope: 'Real is right'

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.

On the road, lax girls build momentum

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.

Battling for league posture

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.

Rodriguez leads HRV track

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

Rally race returns

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.

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Crunch time for HRV lacrosse

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.

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Little League: Uniting a community

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.

Beyond ‘bush regattas’: CGRA readies for another world-class sailing season

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.”

Eagle lacrosse tastes victory as key league games approach

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.

Tennis teams swing through season

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.”

Dominguez tops HRV wrestling post-season with Greco state title

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.

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Gorge Roller Girls rock home bout

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.

National champ

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.

HRV e-cars ready to roll

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.