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Ben Mitchell

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Boys lacrosse team stands tall in loss to formidable OES

Before the start of Friday evening’s game against Oregon Episcopal School, the HRV boys lacrosse team gathered around Head Coach Matt Luchsinger, who offered some candid words about the task set before his athletes. “This isn’t going to be an easy one.”

May 3, 2017 midnight read more..

HRV baseball holds off Bucks in rainy affair

The Eagles baseball team locked up their first season series this year, getting a third win over Pendleton on a very wet Tuesday evening in Hood River, where they edged the Buckaroos 4-3, following up last weekend’s doubleheader sweep.

April 29, 2017 midnight read more..

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.

April 22, 2017 midnight read more..

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.

April 22, 2017 midnight read more..

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.

April 12, 2017 midnight read more..

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.

April 8, 2017 midnight read more..

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.

April 1, 2017 midnight read more..

Girls tennis crushes Hillsboro in season debut

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.

March 29, 2017 midnight read more..

HRV softball team gets decisive wins over Sandy and Reynolds

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.

March 25, 2017 midnight read more..

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.

March 25, 2017 midnight read more..

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

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.

March 22, 2017 midnight read more..

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.

March 22, 2017 midnight read more..

Baseball team has sights set high again

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.

March 18, 2017 midnight read more..

A more experienced HRV softball team looks to improve in 2017

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.

March 15, 2017 midnight read more..

HRV skiers first at state race

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.

March 8, 2017 midnight read more..


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.

March 4, 2017 midnight read more..

Ski news: HRV ski team sweeps Mt. Hood League

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.

February 25, 2017 midnight read more..

Hawks make history!

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.

February 22, 2017 midnight read more..

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

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.

February 18, 2017 midnight read more..


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