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HRV defeats Pendleton, 1-0, in extra-innings thriller; faces No. 1 Liberty in title game Saturday

Eagles off to the finals

For the second time in as many years, the Hood River Valley Eagles baseball team is heading to the OSAA 5A State Championship game, ousting the Pendleton Buckaroos in a gutsy, 1-0 semi-finals game that bore witness to more than a few nail-biting moments during its eight innings.

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Strong second half puts HRV over Canby in Cascade Cup semis

Eagles defeat Cougars, 19-10; will play LaSalle Saturday in Cascade Cup final

The HRV boys lacrosse team is heading to its first-ever Cascade Cup finals, thanks to a high-octane third and fourth quarters that more than made up for the team’s sluggish start against the Canby Cougars Wednesday evening in Hood River.

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Boys lax outlasts Grant, advancing to Cascade Cup semifinals with Canby

The HRV boys lacrosse team received its first true test Friday on its quest to win the school’s first-ever Cascade Cup, erasing a two-goal deficit and holding in check a furious late rally by HRV’s opponent, the Grant Generals, whom the Eagles defeated, 12-8.

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HRV gets second post-season shutout in a row

Eagles beat the Putnam Kingsmen, 4-0 to set up semifinal showdown with CRC rival Pendleton

The HRV Eagles defense once again put on a masterful performance Friday evening in Hood River, defeating the Putnam Kingsmen, 4-0, to get their second consecutive shutout of the post-season — the only team in the 5A playoff bracket to shut out an opponent at all, let alone twice.

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State track and field: Barajas repeats as discus champ, Mattson wins 100 and 200; HRV fourth overall

Going into last week’s OSAA 5A Track and Field State Championships in Eugene, HRV thrower Sebastian Barajas and HRV sprinter Jestena Mattson were the athletes to beat, defending titles in the discus and in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, respectively.

Sports Briefs for May 23

Girls lax players receive all-league honors; Softball racks up all-league awards; ICMGA tourney results; HRMGA tourney results; Gorge Roller Girls host bout May 30; Oregon Beach Wrestling Champs May 30 in HR; WDFW expands fishing area on WS River

Scottie Ziegner to represent HRV boys tennis at state championships

Eagles place third of seven teams at district tournament in Bend; girls season comes to an end at districts

Capping off the team’s first-ever Columbia River Conference title earlier this month, the HRV boys tennis team had a good showing during last week’s 5A Special District No. 1 Championships in Bend, which saw the Eagles take third overall and No. 1 singles standout Scottie Ziegner finishing high enough to represent the team at the state championships.

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HRV softball fights to the final inning against TD, faces St. Helens in play-in

As far as making the playoffs were concerned, neither team had anything to play for during Friday’s HRV and The Dalles game, but that didn’t stop the two teams from putting on a show for the packed bleachers at the Westside Elementary softball fields.

Sports Briefs for May 20

Boys lax to face Rex Putnam in Cascade Cup; HRV golf wraps up season; Hood 2 River Relay; Gorge Area Middle School Soccer League

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HRV baseball’s sweet season gets the cherry on top with a win over TD

With the CRC title firmly in HRV’s hands, the Eagles were only playing for pride in Friday’s game against The Dalles, who unlike HRV, had a lot to lose — namely the final play-in spot in the Columbia River Conference.

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District races, HRV track

HRV track and field got off to a good start at the District Championships on Wednesday, and was scheduled to wrap up the meet Friday afternoon with the finals in the running events.

Sports Briefs for May 16

Swim team wins sprinter meet; Babe Ruth opening day is Saturday; Local youth wrestlers take home titles at U.S. Open Wrestling Championships; Horizon golf ends season at districts

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HRV girls lax playoff run comes to a close with rough loss to Lake Oswego

Coach Andrew McElderry and HRV Eagles girls lacrosse team knew they had their work cut out for them, having to defeat the No. 2 team in the state, Lake Oswego, if they wanted to advance past the second round of the playoffs on Wednesday.

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With loss to Central Catholic, HRV boys lacrosse dangles on the playoff precipice

Other teams’ final games determine whether the Eagles are in or out

The HRV boys lacrosse team didn’t do itself any favors Thursday night in the team’s quest to secure one of the final spots in the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association playoff bracket, losing to Central Catholic, 14-3, in the final game of the regular season.

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HRV softball grabs last play-in spot with win over Hermiston

Eagles battle and come out on top in close contest with the Bulldogs on Tuesday

With both teams fighting for their playoff lives, Tuesday’s game between the Hermiston Bulldogs and the HRV Eagles saw a scrappy contest between the two squads that featured five lead changes and more than a few frayed nerves.

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Eagle girls lax fights through a downpour and makes it rain goals during decisive first-round playoff win

HRV 14, Marist 2

For a program that has only made the playoffs twice in its history, on Monday night, the HRV girls lacrosse team sure acted like it had been there before.

Sports Briefs for May 13

Horizon track aims for district title; Softball gets swept by Pendleton; Baseball camp fundraiser this Saturday

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HRV baseball wins first conference title in 22 years

They’ve been gunning for it all season and on Friday, they finally got it.

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Hood River Valley Boys tennis claims first-ever CRC title

With win over Hermiston, HRV stays perfect in the Columbia River Conference

The HRV boys tennis team has been having a stellar season this spring, but now, it’s an historic one.

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HRV baseball, softball teams put up 12 runs each in wins over The Dalles

The bleachers may have been packed during Tuesday’s game versus the Hood River Valley Eagles and The Dalles Riverhawks, but by the second inning, it was only the HRV fans that had anything to cheer about.

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Hood River girls lax heading to playoffs for second time in team history

No. 15 HRV will face No. 18 Marist in Hood River on Monday, game time not available as of press time

The HRV girls lacrosse team has had an up-and-down season, but at the end of the season, they ended on the up side.

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Sports Briefs for May 6

Bassham voted Oregon’s 5A/large school AD of the Year; Boys tennis splits trip to Central Oregon; Youth track camp May 9; more

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HRV on playoff bubble after loss to OES

A promising start in the first quarter wasn’t enough for the HRV boys lacrosse team to overcome Oregon Episcopal School Friday in Hood River, who bested the Eagles, 15-5, after HRV relinquished a three-goal lead it had built at the start of the game.

Good effort from HRV not enough to defeat The Dalles

Eagles softball swept in close contests during Friday’s road doubleheader

In its push to the playoffs, Hood River Valley was looking to make significant headway last Friday in a softball doubleheader against The Dalles/Dufur — a team one spot ahead of The Eagles in the Columbia River Conference standings.

HRV baseball mounts crazy comeback over Hermiston

After going down 6-0 in the first inning, Eagles score 11 runs in the 10th to defeat Bulldogs, 19-9

For the second time in a week, the HRV Eagles (13-6 overall, 5-1 Columbia River Conference) were pushed into extra innings by their opponent. And for the second time in a week, the Eagles were able to battle back and win the game, but Tuesday’s road win over the Hermiston Bulldogs (8-9 overall, 1-5 CRC) was anything but ordinary.

Sports Briefs for May 2

Softball shut out by Hermiston; Horizon golf receives sixth seed going into districts; Boys tennis closes out home match in style; Girls lax defeated by OES

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Elementary P.E. teacher Brandon Bertram creates program to promote physical fitness at school and at home

Coming into his first year at Westside Elementary and May Street school, Brandon Bertram had a quandary: how could he increase students’ opportunities for phsyical exercise not only at school, but at home... and make sure it’s done on a shoestring budget?

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HRV golf hosts home tournament

The Eagles golf squad had a home tournament Wednesday at Indian Creek Golf Course against Pendleton, The Dalles, and Hermiston.

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HRV softball bounces back with big wins over Hermiston

Eagles softball rallies and wins both games of doubleheader in Hood River

At first, it looked like the Hood River Valley Eagles might suffer yet another defeat at the hands of a league opponent, and might find themselves on the outside looking in at the playoffs.

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Hood River Valley baseball beats Hermiston, sweeps Saturday’s doubleheader

After resounding 11-1 win, Eagles hangs on for 4-3 victory over Bulldogs in second game

HRV baseball continues to tally up its wins in the Columbia River Conference after having a productive weekend against Hermiston during a home doubleheader, taking down the Bulldogs 11-1 in the first game, and fending off a late rally to win the second frame, 4-3.

Sports Briefs for April 25

Girls lax loses to Lincoln; Girls lax gets revenge against Grant; Barajas breaks his own record

HRV softball produces more offense, but can’t find a way past Pendleton

After winning five of their last six to close out non-league play, the Eagles have not gotten the start to Columbia River Conference games they were hoping for, dropping their third straight game to Pendleton Tuesday evening.

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In extra innings, Hood River Valley baseball wins thriller over Pendleton

Eagles hold off Buckaroos, 2-1 in Hood River; go up 2-1 in the season series against league opponents

There may not have been much offense to speak of from either team, but Tuesday’s home game between the Hood River Valley Eagles and the Pendleton Buckaroos still provided plenty of excitement.

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HRV rolls opponents at Blossom Invite

Eagles boys and girls teams take first overall thanks to some stellar performances

Like blossoms in the valley orchards this year, the athletes of Hood River Valley’s track and field team are blooming early: posting top marks in the conference and the state, breaking school records, and winning meets in preparation for the district and state meets that are still about a month away.

Another rally for HRV softball team

Eagles have 7-7 overall record heading into league games

Call them the comeback kids.

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Hood River’s Jason Shaner sixth at World of Wrestling Championships

Competing for Elite Edge Wrestling Academy, Shaner is beating the best

Still fresh off his sixth-place finish at the OSAA state wrestling championships in late February, Hood River Valley High School freshman Jason Shaner has added another notch in his wrestling belt: standing on the podium at a national wrestling championship.

Eagles softball gets gutsy comeback over La Salle

In a makeup game, HRV scores nine unanswered runs to beat La Salle, 9-6

Going into Monday evening’s makeup game against La Salle Catholic College Preparatory, the HRV Eagles had their work cut out for them.

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Another sweep for Eagle boys tennis

Boys tennis results swept the competition for the second consecutive match, this time defeating Pendleton, 8-0. Above, Brandon Campos returns a volley during a doubles competition Wednesday.

HRV baseball shuts out Wilsonville

Eagles sit at 10th in OSAA

Eagles baseball enjoyed their first non-tournament shutout of the season in a low-scoring affair against Wilsonville, where HRV came out on top, 1-0.

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Girls lax tested in tough outing against OES Aardvarks

Hood River Valley had a tough matchup Wednesday evening with the league-leading Oregon Episcopal School Aardvarks, and the Eagles ended up experiencing their worst loss of the season, in what was ultimately a 15-3 decision.

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Eagles softball weathers last-minute comeback by Century

Wells and Winans help fend off the Jaguars, 3-2, in Hood River

HRV survived a seventh-inning rally by Century High during a Wednesday afternoon game in Hood River, sliding by the Jaguars, 3-2.

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Boys lax enjoys blowout against Valley Catholic

HRV now on three-game win streak

The Eagles racked up a case of goals against Valley Catholic in what was a lopsided affair Wednesday evening with HRV routing the Valiants, 24-0, in Beaverton.

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HRV boys lacrosse gets first win

The HRV boys lacrosse team made a big statement in its home debut Wednesday evening, handily defeating the Hermiston Bulldogs by a score of 9-2.

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HRV baseball splits games after return from spring break

Kam Walker and Ryan Ward shine behind both mound and plate for the Eagles

HRV returned from spring break this week after a rough trip down to Phoenix, Ariz., where the Eagles went 1-3 against non-league teams during the Coach Bob Invitational.

HRV track results Milwaukie/Oregon City meet, Top Five finishers

HRV track results Milwaukie/Oregon City meet, Top Five finishers

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Roubaix Redux

The Gorge Roubaix returned for its third annual race this past weekend, and nearly 400 competitors signed up for the event – up from 250 last year – according to Chad Sperry, race organizer for Breakaway Promotions.

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Making the best of what Mother Nature brings: With a fickle snow year, Meadows is forced to get creative

The last time the News wrote about Mt. Hood’s snowpack was Feb. 4 of this year, and we, just like many others in the region, were hopeful that the typically prodigious snowfall months of February and March would help turn around what had been a dismal winter recreation season.

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A team with experience, HRV boys tennis looks to make its mark in 2015

Eagles beat Franklin, Gresham to start the season 2-0

The HRV boys varsity tennis team started their season last week with a bang, defeating Franklin, 5-3, on March 16, and then crushing Gresham, 7-1, two days later (HRV was scheduled to play Century on March 19, but the match was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.)

Girls lax bounces back with win over Central Catholic

After suffering a heartbreaking overtime loss last Tuesday, the HRV girls lacrosse team wasted no time bouncing back, doubling up Central Catholic, 16-8, during an away game Thursday evening.

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Young HRV golf team is looking to rebuild

HRV’s boys and girls golf program may have a young roster, but it’s an expanding one — at nearly 20 golfers, the team is twice the size in 2015 as it was 2014.