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Gorge Downwind Champs sees big spike in participation

Surf ski, SUP, and outrigger canoe paddlers take to the Columbia River

A flotilla of bright, red-orange shirts bobbing in the Columbia River provided a great contrast to the moody Pacific Northwest sky Friday afternoon as around 250 paddlers took to the water to participate in this year’s Gorge Downwind Championships.

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Gorge Cup favorite Bruce Peterson is 2016 frontrunner

Penultimate race of the annual windsurfing series held this Saturday

There’s been a lot of good wind days this summer on the Columbia River and competitive windsurfers in the Gorge have been taking advantage of the situation, getting in a lot of laps during this year’s Gorge Cup series.

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KB4C enjoys great wind, major milestone

Before the event kicked off Friday night, Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) had already achieved a significant milestone, celebrating its 10th anniversary. But by the time the last kite had come back to shore at the Event Site, it was clear that KB4C had reached an even bigger one.

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Celebrating a river’s return: Community float highlights the ‘remarkable recovery’ of the White Salmon River

It’s been nearly five years since 700 pounds of dynamite was shoved into a hole at the base of Condit Dam and detonated — blowing a hole in the structure, draining Northwestern Lake behind it, and in the process, signaling a new chapter of the White Salmon River’s life.

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Boat runs aground at sandbar

This Bayliner vessel, owned by John Herrin out of the Tri-Cities area, ran aground late Thursday night after the pilot strayed too far from the shipping channel and struck the Hood River sandbar.

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GORGE EXPLORER: Indian Point: Climb high for a birds-eye view of the Gorge

I’ve done a lot of view hikes in the Columbia River Gorge during my time here and frankly, that’s not very difficult to do. There are many options on both sides of the Columbia River for those who want to take advantage of a clear summer’s day and take in the view from some overlook or basalt outcropping.

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Kiteboarding 4 Cancer party, fundraiser, returns July 15-17

The annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) event returns to the Hood River Waterfront July 15-17, and with this year’s event comes a significant milestone.

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Gorge Explorer: Nestor Peak; Valley views worth the hellacious climb

Easy-going hikes in the Gorge are pretty hard to come by. The geography of the area doesn’t lend itself to many leisurely, pleasant strolls through the woods. Believe me, I’ve looked.

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HRV grad and track athlete Parker Kennedy recovering from freak javelin accident at USATF meet in Beaverton

Javelin pierces Kennedy’s eye socket, athlete still able to see out of injured eye

A recent Hood River Valley High School graduate and track star is on the mend after a freak accident that occurred at a track meet in the Portland metro area, where the teen’s eye socket was pierced by the tail end of a javelin.

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New varsity basketball coaches Christopher Dirks and Donnie Herneisen look to reinvigorate HRV program

In an outdoorsy community such as this one, it’s no surprise that Hood River Valley High School has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to talented athletes, and the school has the hardware in its trophy case to prove it.

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Local ultramarathoner Jax Mariash Koudele pushes herself to the limits for Lyme disease awareness

For many people, running 155 miles through an African desert with an 18-pound supply pack on their back sounds like the perfect vision of Hell.

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Good eats on wheels

Food carts serve up quality fare with flare

Once maligned as purveyors of lowbrow eating, food trucks have experienced a renaissance in recent years, serving up creative dishes from all over the world while simultaneously using fresh, local ingredients.

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Graduation 2016: HRV grads weather the storm to receive diplomas

It was rainy, it was windy, it was cold, but the weather Friday night at Henderson Community Stadium failed to dampen the spirits of the Hood River Valley High School students and their loved ones who gathered to watch the Class of 2016 graduate.

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Successful spring season brings another laundry list of awards for Eagles athletes

HRVHS announces Athletes of the Year; athletes honored with All-Conference, All-State, and All-Star selections

Another season of Hood River Valley High School sports is in the books and with it, another haul of awards for local athletes.

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HRV falls short of second consecutive state title as Summit storms to 12-2 win

Eagles struggle on offense and defense in 5A baseball state championship game

Another deep playoff run for HRV came to an end Saturday in the 5A baseball state championship at Volcanoes Stadium, but not in the way the Eagles had hoped, nor expected, as their opponent, the Summit Storm, rolled HRV 12-2.

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Crews combat Mosier fire through the night

Governor, railroad officials speak in Hood River

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Mosier railcar fire update

The Mosier fire continues to burn; details are scarce.

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HRV baseball again headed to 5A championship game

The Hood River Valley Eagles are headed to Keizer for the OSAA 5A baseball state championship game for the third year in a row, shutting out Churchill 1-0 in Tuesday evening's semifinal game that was played in Hood River.

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Eagles edge Ashland in defensive quarterfinal battle

HRV defeats the Grizzlies 2-0, advances to semis with Churchill

Two home runs by senior pitcher/outfielder Patrick Harvey and a one-hitter thrown by sophomore Connor Coerper in his playoff debut helped lift No. 2 HRV over No. 7 Ashland, 2-0, in a defensive duel that took place in Hood River Friday night.

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HRV girls lax wins inaugural Navy championship

Eagles defeat Newberg Tigers 7-4 to take the title

Capping off the best season in the history of the HRV girls lacrosse program, the Eagles finished their playoff run Wednesday night in Wilsonville with a 7-4 defeat of the Newberg Tigers to win the first-ever Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association Navy bracket championship.

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HRV baseball routs Eagle Point in Battle of the Eagles, advances to quarterfinal matchup with Ashland

HRV 17, Eagle Point 3

The HRV Eagles baseball team made quite the opening statement to accompany what they hope will be another deep playoff run, clobbering the Eagle Point Eagles 17-3 in Hood River Wednesday evening in the first round of the OSAA 5A state tournament.

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Eagles girls lacrosse beats Lincoln, heads to Navy bracket championships

Eagles weather a rally by the Cardinals to win Navy bracket semifinals, 10-7

A furious rally by the Lincoln Cardinals and three HRV goals called back in the second half weren’t enough to sink the Eagles in their Navy bracket semifinal showdown Monday night in Wilsonville, where No. 2 HRV defeated No. 3 Lincoln 10-7 to advance to the Navy championships Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Newberg.

An early exit for HRV boys lax, but not a disappointment

Shorthanded Eagles fall to Glencoe, 11-3, in first-round playoff game

The HRV boys lacrosse team’s season came to an end Friday night in Hillsboro, where the No. 17 Eagles fell 11-3 to No. 16 Glencoe in a first-round playoff game of the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association’s champion bracket.

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HRV boys track wins first-ever state title

An historic field. Historic performances. An historic finish.

Steven Crouch and the Eagle lacrosse unloads on La Salle in regular season finale, sends HRV to the playoffs

It may not have been the way they originally expected to make it, but the Eagles officially qualified for the Oregon boys lacrosse playoffs, grabbing the penultimate spot available in the 24-team tournament.

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Eagles girls lacrosse headed to semifinal matchup with Lincoln after come-from-behind OT victory over Sherwood

Facing a one-goal deficit at the half, the HRV girls lacrosse team didn’t seem worried. Players smiled as they trotted back to the sideline for a pep talk from Head Coach Andrew McElderry and Assistant Coach Bekah Rottenberg. Players swayed back and forth to Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” that was pumped out from the speakers at Henderson Community Stadium.

HRV tennis teams’ seasons come to an end at Special District 1 championships

Both the girls and the boys tennis teams’ seasons came to an end last weekend at the Special District 1 championships, held in Bend for the girls and Hermiston for the boys, where neither team had players that qualified for the 5A state tournament.

HRV boys lax team splits weekend games, hangs onto playoff berth

Eagles lose to Grant, defeat Hermiston; looked to secure playoff spot in finale with La Salle Tuesday

Weekend games did little to improve or hurt HRV’s standing in the boys lacrosse playoff race, creating a situation that left little margin of error for the Eagles heading into the final game of the regular season.

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Hood River Valley boys lacrosse snaps losing streak with first league win

The HRV boys lacrosse team’s five-game losing streak came to an end Tuesday night with a much-needed win over the Cleveland Warriors — the Eagles’ first league victory of the season.

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JV girls lax team concludes perfect season

If the current HRV junior varsity girls lacrosse team is any indicator of what the future holds for the school’s varsity program, get ready to see the Eagles’ trophy case fill up.

HRV boys track and field repeats as Columbia River Conference champions

Boys place first, girls third at district championships; athletes head to 5A state champs

The Eagles boys track team once again took top honors at the Columbia River Conference championships this year, squeaking out a win by three points over second-place Hermiston. The girls placed first, losing by 44 points to Hermiston and narrowly losing to Pendleton by 3.5 points.

After a string of losses, boys lax fights to stay in playoff race

A season that started with high promise for the HRV boys lacrosse team continued its downward trend last week as the Eagles lost two crucial league games, including a second overtime loss to a league opponent.

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Hood River Valley girls lax closes out season with a win, waits for news of playoff opponent

Closing out what has been the winningest girls lacrosse season in the history of the HRV program, the Eagles girls lax team added another win to their pile Monday night, defeating the Central Catholic Rams, 10-5, on Senior Night in Hood River. It was the second win in as many games against the Rams for HRV.

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Late-inning losses sink Hood River Valley softball’s playoff hopes

Eagles eliminated after tough losses to Pendleton, Hermiston

So many times this season, the HRV softball team has put together good innings against teams in a tough conference, but has struggled to develop a killer instinct that would allow the young Eagles squad to put away games for good.

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Hood River Valley baseball team grabs second-consecutive CRC title

Eagles win a pair of one-run games against Bucks, Bulldogs

For the second year in a row, the HRV Eagles are the Columbia River Conference baseball championships.

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In memory of Hood River’s princess: With the passing of Lila May, Tutu Trot benefits other children with cancer

The third annual Lila May Tutu Trot was held this Saturday and while plenty of runners showed up in tutus as they did in 2014 and 2015, this year’s Tutu Trot, sadly, was missing its princess.

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Boys tennis shares CRC title after split with Hermiston Bulldogs

The HRV boys tennis team ended league play this season in pretty much the same position as last season, on top of the Columbia River Conference.

Horizon track finishes middle of the pack at Condon/Wheeler Invite

The Horizon Christian School boys and girls track teams did well with their small rosters at the Condon/Wheeler Invitational last weekend, with the boys finishing 12th of 17 teams and the girls finishing ninth of 18 teams in a meet that included primarily small schools from both sides of the Columbia Gorge and beyond.

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A big win over Lincoln Cardinals and a playoff berth for girls lax

A great season for the HRV girls lacrosse team got even greater Tuesday night in Hood River when the Eagles (10-3, 8-3 league) defeated the formidable Lincoln Cardinals (8-6, 7-3 league), moving the teams into a tie for second place in the Portland League.

Girls tennis finishes strong season with win over The Dalles

The girls didn’t win a Columbia River Conference title, but enjoyed a much more successful season this year, finishing up with a 9-3 record and 4-2 in league, culminating with a 5-3 Senior Night defeat of The Dalles Thursday.

‘Tremendous’ defense gives HRV a win over TD and new life in the CRC race

The race amongst the three Columbia River Conference softball teams vying for the two play-in spots left in the league got a lot tighter Tuesday night in The Dalles when HRV defeated the Riverhawks 2-1, pulling within a single game of The Dalles and Hermiston in the playoff race.

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Losses to The Dalles puts HRV in a CRC bind

Eagles drop both games to The Dalles at home Saturday

With the league schedule entering its final stretch, the HRV softball team is on the outside looking in when it comes to a chance at making the postseason after dropping both games of a doubleheader to The Dalles last Saturday in Hood River.

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Boys lax suffers significant setback in league opener

Eagles see ‘missed opportunities’ in OT loss to Wilson

Tuesday night in Hood River, the HRV boys lax team, which has been cruising along on a string of victories against nonleague opponents this season, struck an unexpected speed bump in the team’s league debut against Wilson.

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Late rally falls short in HRV loss to Hermiston

After defeating Hermiston 10-0 in the last game of a doubleheader on Saturday, the HRV Eagles softball team was looking to pull ahead in the season series with a win Tuesday evening at home and tighten up the standings in the Columbia River Conference.

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Rough night for the eagles

The HRV baseball team suffered its worst loss of the season Tuesday night, falling 9-1 to Hermiston.

OES proves to be as tough a test as expected for girls lax

HRV has worst loss of the season against OES, then bounces back with win over Wilson

Andrew McElderry, head coach of the HRV girls lax team, had Friday’s contest at Oregon Episcopal School penciled in as the toughest game of the season for the Eagles, and the Aardvarks delivered.

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HRV boys track team runs with the best in 5A

Boys team narrowly misses first at Summit Invitational

Saturday’s track invitational at Summit High School in Bend was the first true test of how the HRV boys team stacked up against some of the best competition in 5A, and the team aced the test… almost.

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HRV softball splits games with No. 6 Hermiston

They may be in one of the toughest leagues in the state, but the HRV softball team continues to perform well in the Columbia River Conference despite the team’s fourth-place ranking, splitting games with the sixth-ranked Hermiston Bulldogs this weekend.

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Eagle boys lax easily handles Nadzitsaga

After suffering their first loss of the season April 15 — a brutal 16-3 defeat at the hands of the Sherwood Bowmen — the HRV boys lax team (8-1) rebounded with a 17-3 drubbing of Nadzitsaga (0-8) in Hood River Friday evening.

Eagle girls lax routs another opponent, but now faces tougher teams

HRV beats Grant, 12-2, was scheduled to play league-leading OES Friday

The HRV girls lax team has been oddly consistent in most of its victories this season.

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