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Blowout goes off

After light winds postponed the Gorge Blowout two weekends ago during the Bridge of the Gods Kitefest, the 17-mile downwinder from Stevenson to Hood River went off Saturday afternoon.

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Phil Soltysiak wins fifth race of Gorge Cup slalom series

MacRae Wylde still leads standings

The fifth race of the Gorge Cup occurred last Saturday at the Hood River Event Site and after the final heat finished, the leaderboard of the annual windsurfing slalom series looked very much the same as it did heading into the final weekend of racing.

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Bruce Peterson takes fourth race of Gorge Cup, but annual windsurfing slalom series is still up for grabs

Perennial Gorge Cup winner Bruce Peterson took last weekend’s fourth race of the Gorge Cup, but unlike this time last season when Peterson’s lead was well-established, the frontrunners don’t have much space between them on the event leaderboard.

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Jason Shaner 2nd at nat’l wrestling champs

Shaner first male HRVHS athlete to ever make finals

Hood River Valley High School student Jason Shaner made history for the Eagles last week when he became the first male HRVHS wrestler to ever make it the finals of the USA Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman Wrestling National Championships in Fargo, N.D., according to HRV Head Wrestling Coach Trent Kroll.

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Gorge Downwind Championships sees bigger numbers, diverse craft

The Gorge Downwind Championships returned to the Gorge last week, bringing paddlers of all kinds from all over the world to the Columbia River for the signature race Thursday afternoon.

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Wind cooperates enough for BOTG Kitefest, pro, amateur comps

Light winds push back Blowout downwinder

The wind may have been fickle, but it was enough for the Bridge of the Gods Kitefest to go off for a 17th running last weekend in Stevenson.

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2017 HOF inductees span multiple sports, decades

For its 11th class, The Hood River Valley High School Hall of Fame Committee picked a broad sample of prominent athletes, representing a variety of sports, decades, and schools in the Hood River Valley.

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11th KB4C boasts more riders, spectators, fun

The 11th annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) event had another great year of sunshine, wind, and lots of kiters hitting the water at the Hood River Event Site for a good cause.

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HRVHS alum Skyler Hunter a standout in college baseball

Hunter a top player with Purdue Boilermakers, Palm Springs Power

Skyler Hunter may only be an incoming sophomore, but he’s already making his mark in Division I college baseball.

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