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Ben Mitchell

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After 2015’s positive season, girls lax team aims to draw more supporters

The HRV girls lacrosse team had a productive season last year, qualifying for the playoffs for the second time in the program’s history, and advancing to the second round.

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Boys tennis team trounces St. Helens in home-opener, has sights set on CRC title repeat

The boys tennis team picked up right where it left off last season in their home debut Thursday evening at the Tsuruta Tennis Courts, where the Eagles nearly swept St. Helens, taking the Lions down 7-1.

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Young, but talented, HRV softball eyes return to 5A playoffs

The HRV varsity softball team may have an extremely young roster this season, but what they lack in age they’ll make up for in talent.

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With a deeper roster, HRV baseball aims for another 5A title

If you thought expectations were high for the HRV varsity baseball team last year, they’re even higher in 2016.

Lax coach Margaret Koenig receives national award

Local lacrosse coach Margaret Koenig has been involved with leading a number of Hood River lax programs over the years and recently received national recognition for her coaching efforts.

New coach Ellie Schmidt brings exercise science expertise to HRV girls tennis program

Ellie Schmidt may be new to the Gorge and new to the sport of tennis, but as first-year coach of the HRV varsity girls tennis team, Schmidt brings a wealth of experience in one of the most important fundamentals of any sport: keeping athletes fit and healthy.

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HRV ski racers second at state

Skill, depth, and tenacity carry HRV skiers through tough state competition

HRV’s tradition of fielding one of the most competitive ski teams in the state continued this weekend on the slopes of Mt. Ashland in southern Oregon, where the boys and girls alpine teams combined to take second place overall at the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association (OISRA) state championships late last week.

Eagles’ state tournament bid ends with rough loss to Milwaukie Mustangs

Eagles end season with 35-point road loss to the Mustangs in play-in game

Another season has drawn to a close for the HRV boys basketball program and with it, another season without an appearance at the OSAA state tournament.

With changes, Babe Ruth baseball gearing up for spring season

Hood River Babe Ruth baseball is back this spring and the program continues to grow since returning in 2014 after a six-year hiatus.

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HRV freestyle skiers take mountain by (and in a) storm

HRV wins freestyle state championships

It was another dominant race and another dominant season for the HRV freestyle skiers, who shrugged off less than ideal weather conditions to sweep all three events that made up the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association’s state championship competition held at Mt. Hood Meadows last weekend.

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HRV wrestlers find the podium at state champs

Noah Wachsmuth fourth, Jason Shaner places third, and Payton Rigert takes third title

A strong season for the HRV wrestling team culminated with a handful of podium finishes at the OSAA 5A state wrestling championships held last weekend at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

HRV alpine, freestyle skiers finish regular season on top

Freestyle state championships this weekend at Meadows, alpine state championships next weekend at Mt. Ashland

This past weekend’s regular season finales for the HRV ski team ended as their season premieres did: with wins.

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With defeat of The Dalles, HRV boys grab third and final CRC play-in spot

HRV 66, The Dalles 56; Eagles face Milwaukie for playoff spot Tuesday at 7 p.m.

It hasn’t been the prettiest path to the post-season, but after a regular season with considerably fewer ups than downs, HRV has made it.

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Horizon boys bow out of playoffs after losing to Damascus

The Horizon Christian boys basketball team’s playoff run and season came to end Wednesday night in the Portland metro area, as the No. 15 Hawks fell to the No. 3 Damascus Christian Eagles, 55-38, in a first-round OSAA playoff game.

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After Friday losses, HRV and TD battle for final play-in spot

With both teams losing their Friday games, Tuesday’s competition between The Dalles and HRV will decide which team will get the final available play-in spot in the Columbia River Conference.

Horizon boys place third at Big Sky tourney

Hawks play Damascus Christian in first-round playoff game Wednesday night

The Horizon boys basketball team’s route through the post-season this year has been somewhat of an unusual one compared to past seasons, but the Hawks are still hanging tough and still in the playoff mix.

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Eagles wrestling fourth at districts, sends five to state championships

HRV wrestling received the same place they did last year at the Special District 4 tournament, but this year, the team will be sending even more athletes to the state championship.

HRV skiers own the Mt. Hood League

Alpine skiers win again, compete in final race Saturday

The HRV ski team continues to be unstoppable in the Mt. Hood League winning once again, with both the boys and the girls alpine teams winning their fifth consecutive races of the season.

Pendleton gets season sweeps of HRV basketball teams

Boys lose at home, 93-51; girls lose on the road, 71-33

HRV basketball teams were unable to avoid season sweeps by Pendleton Tuesday night, with both Buckaroo teams proving formidable Columbia River Conference opponents for the Eagles. At home, the boys lost 93-51 and the girls lost 71-33 on the road.

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Hawk girls make history

Horizon girls progeam gets first postseason win

“It wasn’t easy, but we did it.”

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HRV Girls first, boys third at CRC swimming champs

The Hood River Valley High School swim team cleaned up at the Columbia River Conference Championships Saturday at the Hood River Aquatic Center, claiming 11 conference titles, and sending nearly a dozen athletes to the 5A state championships this weekend at the Mt. Hood Aquatic Center in Gresham.

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HRV girls compete, but can’t close against The Dalles

Eagles lose to the Riverhawks, 59-44, and are eliminated from 5A play-in contention

As Columbia River Conference teams enter the final stretch of their regular season, the HRV girls team has been steadily improving its game, playing competitively against teams that had blown them out of the water earlier in the season.

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HRV boys take down The Dalles

Eagles get decisive 67-46 win over the Riverhawks

Vannet Court was rocking Friday night with white-wearing HRV fans, who screamed themselves hoarse watching the Eagles boys basketball team play its best game of the season on HRV hardwood, demolishing The Dalles, 67-46, in a game that the home team controlled from the tip to the buzzer.

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Close half against league-leading Hermiston demonstrates HRV’s ‘better brand of ball’

Though wins have been hard to come by for the HRV girls basketball team this season, particularly in the Columbia River Conference, Tuesday’s game against the league-leading and sixth-ranked Hermiston Bulldogs, proved a big confidence boost to a team still looking for its first CRC win.

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Here come the Hawks!

Horizon girls basketball clinches first district playoff berth in four years

The Hawks are heading back to the Big Sky district playoffs.

HRV freestyle skiers dominating

HRV freestyle skiers are once again ruling the slopes at Mt. Hood Meadows this season.

Hermiston boys surprise Eagles with 84-44 rout

The Eagles suffered another setback Tuesday night as they fight for a Columbia River Conference play-in spot, getting rolled 84-44 by the Bulldogs in Hermiston.

Pendleton’s shooting proves too much for HRV boys

Bucks defeat Eagles, 96-54, for team’s worst loss of the season

The ninth-ranked Pendleton Buckaroos continued their reign of terror in the Columbia River Conference Friday night, handing the HRV Eagles the team’s worst loss of the season — league or otherwise — with a 96-54 drubbing in Pendleton.

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Downed trees: Scenic Area will wait for winter’s end to launch repairs to damaged trails

Wind and rain storms in December and January have created a mess of downed trees and small landslides on trails in the western part of the Columbia River Gorge, and hikers can expect to encounter obstacles for at least the next few months.

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Snowboard team looks to improve after first comp

The Hood River Valley snowboard team shook the rust off last weekend with its first competition, a slopestyle event at Mt. Hood Meadows, after not having much in the way of competitions in the 2014-15 season due to low snow.

HRV girls swept in first round of league play

Eagles lose to The Dalles, 53-30

The Eagles’ struggles in the Columbia River Conference continued Tuesday night in The Dalles, as HRV found itself on the wrong end of a 53-30 decision with the Riverhawks to go 0-3 to start league play this season.

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With two races remaining, HRV ski team is tops of the Mt. Hood League

Boys and girls alpine teams remain undefeated through four races

It’s been a good season so far for the Hood River Valley ski team.

HRV boys’ rally falls short in 72-70 loss to TD

For a team that has seen its fair share of heartbreaking losses, Tuesday night’s 72-70 defeat at hands of the Riverhawks was arguably the most painful, but the most inspiring of the season for HRV.

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Last hurrah: Senior wrestlers shine in final home matches

The Hood River Valley High School gymnasium was packed to the rafters Friday evening for the HRV varsity wrestling team’s final dual match of the season. The Eagles were unable to pull out a win against the visiting Bend Lava Bears, losing 50-24 against their Special District 4 opponents.

HRV girls fight, but fall to league-leading Hermiston

A fast and furious start was all the league-leading Hermiston Bulldogs needed Friday night to cinch up a victory against the HRV girls basketball team Friday, who lost 78-43 on the road to the sixth-ranked 5A team.

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HRV snaps 11-game losing streak with huge win over Hermiston

It may still be winter in the Columbia River Gorge, but on Thursday night, the HRV boys basketball team was able to lift a different kind of a cloud that has been hanging over Vannet Court and the Eagles for most of the 2015-16 season.

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HRV Snowboard Team ready to ride

After last year’s late start and abbreviated season, the Hood River Valley Snowboard Team is looking forward to hitting the slopes once again.

HRV Girls swim team crushes competition

Girls place first, boys fifth at HR Invite

The HRVHS swim team is in peak form as it enters the twilight stretch of its 2015-16 season, illustrated by the team’s performance at the Hood River Invite this past weekend.

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Eagles run into Buckaroo buzz saw in Friday games

Boys lose 82-54 at home, girls lose 81-34 on the road

The Pendleton Buckaroos didn’t do any favors for two HRV teams looking to gain traction at the start of league play Friday night, with the team’s formidable shooting proving too much for either Eagle squad to overcome. In Hood River, the Buck boys defeated HRV, 82-54, and in the east, the Pendleton girls’ equally potent offense caused problems for the Eagles, who lost 81-34.

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ALUMNI NIGHT FIGHTS

The HRV varsity wrestling team hosted Pendleton Thursday night and honored alumni of the Eagles’ wrestling program.

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The snow keeps coming

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort was already one of the top 10 snowiest ski areas in North America before a storm dropped 20 inches of snow in a 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday.

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Ethan Evans’ 23 points not enough to upset rollin’ Redsides

Horizon loses in challenging matchup to 1A’s fourth-ranked South Wasco

The Horizon boys basketball program’s Big Sky Conference dynasty continues to be challenged this season in league games and took another hit Tuesday evening as the No. 22 Hawks (4-9, 2-3) couldn’t pull out the upset against a challenging South Wasco squad (13-2, 4-1 league). The No. 4 Redsides defeated the Hawks 58-49 in Hood River.

Nonleague schedule gives way to tough CRC matchups for HRV girls

The nonleague schedule for the HRV girls basketball team drew to a close Tuesday night and with it, another difficult loss to a 6A team that the Eagles had to put behind them as they prepared for their Columbia River Conference debut against the Pendleton Buckaroos (4-9) on the road Friday.

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Horizon girls making strides with win over South Wasco Redsides

Horizon looks to build momentum after defeating the Redsides for the first time in nearly four years

A program that has struggled to find some success in recent years made a big statement Tuesday night, when the Horizon Hawks (4-8, 2-3 league) defeated the South Wasco County Redsides (7-7, 2-3 league) in Hood River by a score of 36-22.

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Busy time for Horizon

The Horizon Christian School basketball teams are currently in the busy part of their seasons, playing four games in a span of five days.

HRV boys soccer coach Jaime Rivera receives coaching award from national organization

Rivera named State and Northwest Sectional Coach of the Year by NFHS

Capping off a season where he was named Columbia River Conference Coach of the Year and 5A Coach of the Year, HRV boys soccer Coach Jaime Rivera has now been recognized with an award from a national organization for his coaching efforts.

HRV girls make it two in a row with defeat of Jefferson

Game management helps put Eagles over Democrats

Tenacity, banging the boards, and good game management on Saturday night in Portland allowed the HRV girls basketball team to do something it hadn’t been able to do thus far this season: string a pair of wins together — road wins, no less.

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HRV SWIMMING: Girls take second, boys fifth at TD invite

Team captains Dhani Freeland and Cameron Marquez-Villegas at HRV’s first home meet

The HRV swim team hasn’t had many chances to show its stuff this season, with about half of the team’s scheduled meets having been canceled due to various reasons.

HRV starts road stint with a win

HRV girls defeat 6A McKay, 26-21, for first win over an Oregon team

The HRV girls basketball team got a much-needed win Wednesday evening in Salem, where a stout Eagles defense more than made up for a lackluster offense, helping HRV defeat the McKay Scots, 26-21.

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2015: THE YEAR IN SPORTS

For both Hood River Valley High School and Horizon Christian School, 2015 will go down as one of the most successful years for athletics in either school’s history. Records were smashed, state and conference titles were won, and teams that had struggled in past years suddenly found themselves in the playoffs.

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