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Doubleheader defeat of Pendleton gives HRV baseball the lead in a tight CRC title race

Another successful doubleheader was had by the HRV baseball team this weekend, who took down the Pendleton Buckaroos 12-9 in the first game and 4-2 in the second on the road Saturday thanks to standout performances by the Eagles’ go-to guys, as well as athletes whose names don’t often appear at the top of the stat sheets.

Tough competition pushes HRV track to plethora of PRs at Summit

Horizon has great finishes at Southwest Christian Invite

They may not have placed well, but HRV track and field athletes still had some of the best performances of their seasons and their careers last weekend at a stacked Summit Invitational in Bend.

Softball splits twin bill with ‘benchmark of the league’ Pendleton

The Pendleton softball program has been the envy of the Columbia River Conference almost since the league’s formation, as the Buckaroos have won the CRC title every year since 2012 (although the Bucks did share the honor with HRV in 2014).

HRV softball grabs season series against Bulldogs

A hot start to Columbia River Conference plays for the HRV softball team continued Tuesday with the Eagles’ third consecutive victory over the Hermiston Bulldogs, this time in an 8-2 decision on the road.

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Offense goes off in boys lacrosse home win over Wilsonville

League play starts Monday

The HRV boys lacrosse team ended their nonleague schedule on a high note Monday evening, teeing off on the struggling Wilsonville Wildcats (1-6) at the high school, winning 20-9.

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Girls lacrosse wallops Wilson, extends win streak to four

After a slow start to the season, the HRV girls lacrosse team has been rolling as of late, and extended their win streak to four with another commanding victory, this time over league opponent Wilson, whom the Eagles walloped 19-3 Tuesday evening at Westside Elementary.

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Girls tennis sweeps first round of Columbia River Conference play: Girls take down TD 6-2

Boys tennis loses close one to TD

With the first round of Columbia River Conference play in the books, the HRV girls tennis team remains perfect, defeating The Dalles 6-2 Tuesday in Hood River to go 3-0 in conference matches and 6-0 overall in dual matches.

Baseball shows ‘uncharacteristic’ play in 4-2 road loss to Hermiston

After sweeping Hermiston in their debut league doubleheader, the HRV baseball team hoped to take the four-game series over the Bulldogs with a road rematch on Tuesday. However, an early lead by Hermiston, coupled with some uninspired play by the visiting team, dashed those hopes — at least for now — as the Dawgs (7-9, 1-2 Columbia River Conference) defeated the Eagles (10-6, 2-1) 4-2.

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Hood River Valley softball starts strong with twin bill sweep of Hermiston

Eagles defeat Bulldogs 6-0, 6-4, in Hood River

The weather was wonderful for the HRV softball team’s league debut doubleheader Saturday, but for the Eagles, the result was even better.

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HRV baseball does their job, takes two over the Bulldogs

Eagles beat Bulldogs 1-0, 14-10 in league opener

Over the past few years, it hasn’t been often that a league rival has been able to defeat the HRV baseball team, let alone at home.

Boys tennis gets another win with defeat of Hermiston

A change in date and venue failed to disrupt the Eagles, who grabbed another win over a league opponent.

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After a productive nonleague schedule, well-rounded baseball team looks forward to CRC play

There was some talk around town, and amongst other 5A baseball teams, that this year’s HRV squad wasn’t going to be up to snuff. After all, the class that graduated in 2016 took plenty of talent with it.

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On their practice field, Hood River boys lacrosse rolls Century

Wednesday’s home match felt homier than usual for the boys lacrosse team.

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HRV golfers hit the links at Indian Creek

The HRV boys and girls golf teams hosted their only match of the season this year, fitting in 18 holes between the rainclouds Monday at Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River.

Hood River Valley girls lacrosse pummels Grant Generals in league debut

Disparities in play quality are rarely wider in any other Oregon high school sport than lacrosse — maybe water polo — and Tuesday’s game against the HRV girls team and Grant was a prime example. Luckily for the Eagles, that imbalance was in their favor.

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Battle-tested softball team ready to advance through CRC

Diving headfirst into play with early-season matchups against some tough 6A teams, the HRV softball team has been tested often through their 13 nonleague games and are anxious to move forward with their Columbia River Conference schedule.

Resilient girls tennis team undefeated despite injuries

After cruising through their first three competitions of the season, the HRV girls tennis team overcame injuries and tough competition to defeat Ridgeview last weekend. Wednesday’s match against Hermiston was no different.

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Hood River Valley boys tennis edges Ridgeview in home debut

The HRV boys tennis team have been road warriors this season, playing their first four contests away, and only getting handed one loss.

Despite adversity at Ridgeview, girls tennis team still unbeaten

Eagles edge Ravens, 5-3

Up until Saturday, the HRV girls tennis team hasn’t had much cause for concern during any of their matches this season. The Eagles started the season 3-0, winning 36 out of 38 sets played.

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Boys lacrosse team can’t get by Canby Cougars

Last year, the boys lacrosse team started off on a roll, going on a 7-0 run to start the season before injuries and eligibility issues nearly bumped the team out of the state playoff tournament. This year, the team has started 1-2 and was missing several key players from Saturday’s nonleague game with Canby due to the same issues, and the Eagles lost 11-6 at home.

HRV baseball team’s offense shines in wins over Tualatin, Bend

The Eagles spent spring break down in Arizona for their annual appearance at the Coach Bob Invitational, and while the trip wasn’t successful in terms of wins — HRV went 1-3, including a frustrating 8-6 loss to tournament champion Boulder Creek (Arizona) that was cut short by lightning — Head Coach Erich Harjo said it was good for team chemistry.

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HRV athletics on board with basketball shot clock proposal

The 24-second shot clock has been a staple of the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 1954, when it was first used in a game in Syracuse, N.Y., to ameliorate “stall ball” tactics that were slowing down the game and making it less enjoyable for fans. The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) introduced a 45-second clock in the mid-1980s and has reduced time periodically over the years — most recently a couple years ago when the NCAA bumped it down to 30 seconds.

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Girls tennis crushes Hillsboro in season debut

Eagles sweep in sets, win 32 of 35 games

The girls varsity tennis team hasn’t seen much time on the courts this season, as the weather has forced practices indoors for almost all of the preseason, as well as the postponement of multiple matches.

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Boys lax head coach believes team is poised for deeper playoff run

Eagles defeat Hermiston 8-6 on the road in season opener

The past few years, the HRV boys varsity lacrosse team has been steadily improving.

Girls lacrosse team heads into spring break on a high note

Eagles beat Beaverton for first win of 2017

Wet conditions didn’t put a damper on the HRV girls lacrosse team Tuesday night in Hood River, where the Eagles beat the Beaverton Beavers by a double-digit margin to get their first win of the season.

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HRV softball team gets decisive wins over Sandy and Reynolds

Eagles softball defeats Sandy and Reynolds, rises to a top 10 OSAA 5A ranking

The HRV softball team put together great performances in the Eagles’ second week of play and were rewarded for their efforts, defeating Sandy and then 6A Reynolds to rise to a 3-2 record heading into spring break. And though it’s too early in the season to be putting much stock in OSAA rankings, the Eagles have to be happy about achieving a No. 9 spot in the 5A standings at the end of the week.

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Horizon track team improves at HRV JV meet

The Horizon track team squeezed in another meet in between rain clouds at Hood River Valley High School Wednesday afternoon, competing against primarily HRV junior varsity athletes, along with those from Dufur and Klickitat.

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HRV girls lacrosse team looks to build on last year’s breakout season

Team loses hard-fought opener to Jesuit

It will be hard to top last season for the HRV girls lacrosse team. The Eagles ended the regular season with an 11-3 record, the best in the history of the program, and capped that effort by running the table in the playoffs and winning the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association’s first-ever Navy Championship.

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Youthful boys tennis team ekes out win in debut

The HRV boys varsity tennis team may have lost a whopping seven varsity players from last year’s team, but the Eagles didn’t let that faze them in their season opener Thursday in St. Helens, edging the Lions 74-61 on games won after the teams tied on both points and sets won.

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Baseball team has sights set high again

Eagles clobber Barlow in ‘home’ opener in The Dalles

There may be numerous new faces in the HRV varsity baseball team dugout this season, but their goals are no different than past years: do well in league play, qualify for the playoffs, make it to the state championship game.

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HRV softball runs wild with mercy-rule win over Wilsonville Bulldogs Thursday

McNerney gets shutout on the mound in 10-0 rout

The Eagles rebounded in a big way from Monday’s 6-2 loss to Gresham in their season opener with a 10-0 throttling of Wilsonville Thursday evening at Westside Elementary.

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A more experienced HRV softball team looks to improve in 2017

Eagles drop ‘home’ debut to Gresham in The Dalles Monday evening

Last year’s HRV softball team had an incredibly young roster, boasting just one senior and two juniors, and while this year’s squad only has four players from the class of 2017, the juniors and sophomores on the team are older, wiser, and ready to build on last year’s efforts.

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Weather, field conditions muddy spring sports start

It’s a common issue for prep spring sports in the Pacific Northwest: schools west of the Cascades struggle to get games in during the earlier part of the season, as rainy weather makes playing surfaces unsafe.

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HRV skiers first at state race

Girls place first, boys take second

The heads of HRV boys and girls ski team members were hanging Friday night at the conclusion of the state championships, not out of shame, but out of the sheer weight of all the medals they had draped around their necks.

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DAY ONE AT OISRA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

In keeping with past performances, the Hood River Valley High School ski team ruled the slopes on the first day of the state meet’s alpine competitions during what was a sunny, warm, and blustry Thursday at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort.

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Jason Shaner takes first at 5A state wrestling meet, sets school record

Grace Miller and Monique Verduzco take second in girls individual state competition

Jason Shaner’s stellar wrestling season ended on the highest note possible last weekend, when the junior swept the competition in the 126-pound weight bracket at the 5A state championships, and took home first place for the Eagles.

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Powder Valley ends Horizon girls’ standout season in second round of state tourney

The best girls basketball season in the history of Horizon Christian School came to end Saturday evening at the Hawks Nest in Hood River as visiting Powder Valley overcame a slow start and rolled Horizon 41-27 in the second round of the 1A state tournament.

Rough loss to TD eliminates HRV girls from play-in consideration

Girls lose 44-15 to the Riverhawks, then 48-39 to the Bucks

Considering their struggles against Columbia River Conference opponents this season, the HRV girls basketball team’s removal from postseason consideration was essentially a fait accompli before they played in The Dalles Tuesday night.

Ski news: HRV ski team sweeps Mt. Hood League

Skiers head to state championships next week at Mt. Hood Meadows

Coming as no surprise to anyone, the HRV boys and girls ski teams are once again champions of the Mt. Hood League, officially taking the title last week after winning a giant slalom (GS) competition at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl on Saturday, which was the last event of the regular season. It was the team’s fifth victory in as many races this season.

Horizon boys advance after Joseph upset

Hawks beat Joseph 54-50 to advance to second round, played Days Creek Friday evening

For a time, it looked like they might not make it into the Big Sky District tournament, but they did.

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Hawks make history!

Team defeats South Wasco, Arlington to win Big Sky tourney and make first state tourney appearance; Finn wins Big Sky MVP

Scissors in hand, Horizon Hawks girls basketball team players and coaching staff were all smiles Saturday afternoon as they cut down the nets in the Madras High School gym for the first time ever.

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Horizon boys snag final berth for state tourney

Boys lose to Dufur, then defeat Arlington; played Joseph Tuesday

It wasn’t easy, but the Horizon boys basketball team has once again qualified for a berth in the state tournament after finishing third in the Big Sky District tournament last weekend in Madras.

Third-quarter, three-ball struggles, plague HRV boys at Pendleton

As the saying goes: “Live by the three, die by the three.”

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After Pendleton loss, girls look to regroup for final half of CRC play

Bucks beat Eagles 53-37 Tuesday evening in Hood River

The last time the HRV girls basketball team faced Pendleton, the Eagles were at the start of Columbia River Conference play, buoyed by a nonleague record of 6-4, with three of those four losses by five points or fewer. Though they did not beat the Buckaroos in their first meeting, they lost by three points, which was the most competitive game against a league opponent for the HRV girls in nearly five years.

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HRV skiers once again control the Mt. Hood League

Boys and girls teams obliterate the competition at Mt. Hood Meadows GS race

The Eagles have screamed down the mountain in every race they’ve competed in this year, and Saturday’s giant slalom (GS) competition on the Middle Fork run at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort was no different.

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Eagle wrestlers boast three district champions, send five to state

Jason Shaner, Ryan Zeller, and Justin Wilson take titles at district match

The Hood River Valley wrestling team didn’t have its best team finish at last weekend’s district meet, but on an individual level, it was the best meet in several years for the Eagles.

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A Book Bundle

Celebrate reading: Getting through the winter with News staff picks

Hood River News staff shares what they're reading now.

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Horizon basketball teams finish strong, head to Big Sky district tournament Friday and Saturday

The Horizon girls and boys basketball teams are once again headed to the Big Sky district tournament this Friday and Saturday in Madras, wrapping up their regular season with some dominant wins over Mitchell/Spray and Ione last weekend and against South Wasco County Monday evening.

OSAA likely to disband CRC in redistricting proposals

Come 2018, it appears likely that the Columbia River Conference (CRC) will be no more.

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TRACKS THROUGH THE TREES

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort got another healthy dose of snow earlier this week, making for some fine tree-skiing on this Hood River Meadows run.

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