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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the saying goes: “Live by the three, die by the three.”
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.
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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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.
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.
Come 2018, it appears likely that the Columbia River Conference (CRC) will be no more.
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.
HRV hosts league teams at championships this weekend
The HRV boys and girls swim teams have had a fantastic season this year and will look to continue that this weekend when they host Hermiston, Pendleton, and The Dalles in the Columbia River Conference championships.
Hawks also defeat Dufur by 27 points
The Horizon girls basketball team has had a lot of great wins this season, but Thursday’s was undoubtedly the sweetest thus far.
Boys getting ready for district tournament
The HRV girls wrestling team beat 70 teams at the Oregon Girls Wrestling state qualifier tournament last weekend at Thurston High School in Eugene, but failed to defend their title in what would have been a three-peat at the team event.
Team defeats Arlington, falls to Dufur
The Hawks had both games interrupted by weather over the weekend, but were able to play both, as Friday’s game at Arlington was moved to Thursday and Saturday’s home game against Dufur was moved to Monday. Horizon beat Arlington 61-54, but then fell to the No. 10 Dufur Rangers 69-55.
After coming out on the wrong side of a handful of close contests this season, the HRV boys basketball team finally learned how to close out a game Tuesday evening, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Vannet Court was electric as the Eagles (6-9, 1-2 Columbia River Conference) hung on for dear life and repelled a rallying Riverhawks team (3-11, 0-3), defeating The Dalles 66-63 and getting their first league win of the season.
CRC teams sweep HRV in first round
On paper, Tuesday’s contest with The Dalles offered the HRV girls basketball team one of the best opportunities to break The Eagles’ league win drought.
The juggernaut that is the Horizon girls basketball team coasted to its sixth-straight Big Sky District win Tuesday night as the Hawks (15-5, 9-1 league) steamrolled the Condon/Wheeler Knights (8-10, 5-4) in Hood River 59-23.
Hawks get a much-needed win over the Condon/Wheeler Knights
Every win is important at this point, but Tuesday’s win over the Condon/Wheeler Knights by the Horizon boys basketball team was especially crucial considering the Big Sky Conference standings.
After coming out on the wrong side of a handful of close contests this season, the HRV boys basketball team finally learned how to close out a game Tuesday evening, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Girls take second at Elks tourney, boys place 10th
The annual Elks Wrestling Tournament marked another impressive performance by the HRV girls wrestling team, who have had quite the season as they head into their state qualifying competition this weekend. The Eagles headlined with first-place finishes by Grace Miller and Monique Verduzco — the former of whom received the Most Outstanding Wrestler award of the tournament — and placed second out of 28 teams that showed up to the event.
Another race and another win for the HRV ski team this weekend shows that the Eagles are clearly the team to beat in the Mt. Hood League.
Hawks hang on for 33-30 victory at South Wasco
They’ve beaten Big Sky cellar-dwellers Ione and Mitchell/Spray with ease, but on Tuesday, players for the Horizon girls basketball team made a big statement when they pulled out a 33-30 road victory over the equally formidable South Wasco County Redsides (8-6, 5-2 league).
Nearing the halfway point of their league schedule, the Horizon boys basketball team is currently in the bottom half of the Big Sky standings and as of Friday morning, occupied the sixth spot in the league — the last spot to get into the conference tournament held late next month.
Eagles fall to Bucks
After carving up some softer teams in nonleague action, the HRV boys basketball team received a rude awakening Friday evening when they traveled to Pendleton, opening up Columbia River Conference action with a game against the Buckaroos.
HRV girls place a commanding first; small boys team narrowly misses second in CRC showdown
If Saturday’s meet is a forecast of things to come, Columbia River Conference swimmers are going to have a difficult time hanging with the Eagles when the district championship meet is held in Hood River next month.
Eagles have won five of their last six
After a nonleague schedule with plenty of starts and stops thanks to Mother Nature’s wrath, the HRV girls basketball team will enter league competition in an unfamiliar situation:
Despite ‘lumps and bumps,’ HRV boys basketball team looking forward to Columbia River Conference play
The start to the HRV boys basketball team’s season hasn’t been ideal, but there’s still been plenty to like about it as the Eagles look ahead to the start of Columbia River Conference competition next week.
Playing the defending 1A champs Sherman on the road was a heck of a way for the Horizon boys basketball team to start the Big Sky Conference schedule, and for the most part, the Huskies played as well as advertised, defeating the Hawks 71-45 — Horizon’s worst loss of the season, in terms of margin.
Hawks throttle Huskies 62-33
Junior guard Paulina Finn had the performance of a lifetime Friday evening in Horizon’s Big Sky debut against the Sherman Huskies. In fact, it was likely the best performance of any Hood River basketball athlete in quite a long time.
The Horizon boys basketball team extended their win streak Tuesday night to four games with the defeat of North Clackamas Christian (2-5) in what was a low-scoring affair for both teams. The Hawks took down the Saints 37-24 in Hood River, marking the fewest points in a win for Horizon this season.
Horizon girls basketball: String of nonleague wins taken with a grain of salt as Big Sky play starts
Hawks rout North Clackamas 55-17
Last season was a breakout one for the Horizon girls basketball program, as the Hawks saw the team’s first postseason win since it formed 14 seasons ago.