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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.

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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.

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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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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HRV girls wrestling has good showing at Hanford Cup

The HRV girls wrestling team traveled to Richland, Wash., earlier this week to get one more tournament in before the holidays hit, competing in the Hanford Girls Winter Cup at Hanford High School.

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Improving play not enough to help HRV through back-to-back against St. Helens and Woodburn

The Eagles girls basketball team had an unusually compressed schedule this week, playing in the team’s only non-tournament back-to-back this season, with a game at home against St. Helens on Monday, then another in Woodburn Tuesday night. The HRV girls continued to improve elements of their game, but the wins still proved elusive, with the Eagles dropping both games to go 1-7 heading into the holiday break.

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We Remember Christmas: Hood River News staff members look back ...

For me, the holiday season doesn’t officially begin until I hear the opening notes of the music from “Scenes from the Nutcracker.” The festive costumes and magical storyline from the CGDA ballet performance never fails to put me right in the holiday spirit, ready to eat Christmas cookies and make snow angels.

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Reno Tournament of Champions a good challenge for wrestlers

The annual Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev., is one of the most difficult competitions, if not the most difficult competition the HRV wrestling team competes in all season.

Horizon basketball teams run into stiff competition at Umatilla tourney

Boys, girls play up against 2A teams, go 0-2 at Columbia River Clash

The Hawks had their work cut out for them last weekend at the Columbia River Clash tournament held at Umatilla High School, where the boys faced off against two larger 2A teams: Stanfield on Friday and Irrigon on Saturday.

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The return of Hood River Meadows

December has so far been very kind to Mt. Hood Meadows.

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Kelly Cunningham dives in as new HRV swim coach

Swimming has been a lifelong passion for Kelly Cunningham — whether in the water as an athlete or on the sidelines as a coach.

Eagles’ offense can’t push HRV past Putnam

HRV struggles in the third, loses to Putnam, 84-65

Good offensive production and the return of all-leaguer Dallas Buckley weren’t enough for HRV to put one over on Putnam Friday night in Portland, as the Knights extended their win streak this season to four, defeating HRV (1-3) 84-65.

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HRV girls grab first win

Eagles go 1-1 in weekend tourney

After a disappointing performance against Canby on Friday, the HRV girls basketball team outlasted White Salmon’s Columbia High School to win 36-22 on Saturday in the final round of the Pink Tourney in Hood River, giving the Eagles (1-3) their first win of the season.

HRV girls basketball team struggles against Putnam

The HRV girls basketball team had a game Tuesday night that would be best left forgotten — minus the lessons learned that will help the team in its next contest.

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Eagles edged by Falcons in rematch of last season’s play-in game

La Salle 64, HRV 56

HRV had an axe to grind in Tuesday night’s game with the La Salle Falcons, who drove a dagger into the Eagles’ collective hearts last year when the Falcons came from behind to steal a win from HRV that would have sent the team to the post-season for the first time in 20 years.

HRV football going to IMC in 2016

Move to Intermountain Conference will not affect other HRV sports

The Hood River Valley High School football team will have a longer league schedule and face some new opponents next year, as the OSAA executive board announced this week that HRV football will be joining the Intermountain Conference for at least the next two seasons.

HRV girls basketball looking to go on the rebound

Eagles hope to improve on 2014-15 five-win season

Third-year coach Scott Walker is looking to reinvigorate the girls basketball program at HRV this season, which has struggled in recent years, combining for a total of nine wins over the past two seasons, none of which were during league play.

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Eagles aim high: After finding success last season, HRV boys basketball team looks to take the CRC title

The Eagles boys basketball got a taste of success last season and this year they’re hungry for even more.

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HRV wrestlers gunning for the state title

Eagles start season off with defeat of St. Helens

HRV’s wrestling team has got a young roster this season, but Trent Kroll thinks it’s a roster filled with athletes who will be able to do great things when late February rolls around.

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From the battlefield to the baseline: Samuel Trevino is ready to lead Horizon boys basketball program

Horizon Christian School’s new boys varsity basketball coach, Samuel Trevino, may not have much coaching experience with the sport at the varsity level, but he has plenty of first-hand experience seeing the positive impact basketball can have on young men.

Buzz Ramsey to cease regular writing of column

Longtime Hood River News columnist Buzz Ramsey, who has contributed outdoor articles to the newspaper for nearly 20 years, will no longer contribute his column on a regular monthly basis.

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HRV XC, soccer and water polo athletes receive All-State awards

Jaime Rivera wins Coach of the Year, Noe Magana wins Player of the Year for boys soccer

On the heels of receiving numerous All-Conference awards, Hood River Valley High School athletes have had a healthy showing the past couple weeks in the All-State awards category, as coaches from Class 5A teams from around the state recognized the achievements of Eagles athletes.

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Mt. Hood Meadows preview

Meadows enhances snow-harvesting capabilities, looks to the forecast for next opening

Mt. Hood Meadows saw its first significant crowds of the season this past weekend as skiers took to sunny, snowy slopes to burn off their Thanksgiving meals and enjoy a preview weekend at the ski resort.

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A concert amphitheater, and now a hotel planned for DeeTour site

Developer Jason Taylor submits plans for 50-room hotel at former mill site

A concert amphitheater planned for construction on the site of what was once a lumber mill in Dee has now expanded to include a 50-room hotel, according to an application that is pending approval by county planners.

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HRV athletics unveils new website

Just in time for the prep winter sports season that starts next week, the Hood River Valley High School athletics department has rolled out a new website that administrators hope will help players, coaches, parents, and fans stay connected and updated throughout the season.

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HRV XC shows its prowess among Northwest teams at NXN race

Boys place fifth out of 45 teams, girls place 17th out of 30 at national-caliber Nike Cross Northwest meet

The HRV cross country team’s season technically ended more than three weeks ago, but athletes recently had an encore to their illustrious season, racing against some of the best runners in the northwest.

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Eagles defeat Wilsonville, 2-0, to claim second 5A title in a row

Over the past several years, the boys soccer program at Hood River Valley High School has evolved from a good program into a great program under coach Jaime Rivera, but last Saturday, Rivera and his Eagles took the school’s program and officially turned it into a dynasty.

HRV girls soccer unable to weather Storm’s offensive barrage

Eagles' season ends with rough 10-1 loss to Summit in 5A quarterfinal

For the second year in a row, the HRV girls soccer team had the misfortune of facing the No. 1 5A team in the state tournament’s quarterfinal game.

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HRV boys survive Silverton scare, advance to quarterfinals

Eagles score in the first half and weather late-game rally by Silverton to win 1-0

For the third consecutive season, the HRV boys soccer team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the OSAA 5A state tournament, defeating the Silverton Foxes, 1-0, in Hood River Tuesday night.

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HRV girls head to quarterfinals after shootout with Ashland

HRV’s Round 1 playoff matchup with Ashland had all the makings of a tight game, as the teams were closely ranked and had similar win-loss records, but neither team was likely expecting what transpired on the pitch Wednesday night in Hood River.

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End of the road for HRV: Bend Lava Bears end HRV’s Cinderella season in emotional, three-set loss

The HRV volleyball team’s breakout season came to a bitter end Saturday afternoon in Hood River, with the Bend Lava Bears sweeping the Eagles in an emotional and contentious, Round 1 playoff game.

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HRV Boys XC brings home hardware from 5A state meet

Boys place fourth, girls place 11th in championship meet

The Hood River boys cross country team grabbed its first state trophy in recent years at the 5A state championship meet last weekend at Lane Community College in Eugene, where the boys once again edged Hermiston to take fourth-place overall.

Water polo teams heading to playoffs

The HRV water polo teams will officially be heading to the playoffs thanks to Tuesday’s dispatching of Parkrose in Hood River.

HRV girls soccer goes undefeated in CRC play

HRV defeats The Dalles, 3-0, will face TBD playoff opponent Nov. 4 in HR

The HRV girls soccer team wrapped up its regular season play with another league win Tuesday night, defeating The Dalles Riverhawks, 3-0, for the second time this year.

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HRV boys blank The Dalles to take CRC title

Eagles defeat Riverhawks, 3-0, to win sixth-consecutive CRC title; will host playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 3

The HRV boys soccer team was all business Tuesday night in Hood River, picking apart another opponent with clinical coldness and precision — this time The Dalles Riverhawks, who were shut out by The Eagles for the second time this season, unable to answer the three goals scored by HRV.

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Hawks slide into the finals

The Horizon co-ed soccer team is headed to the Special District 6 finals after holding off Damascus Christian, 2-1, in Hood River Monday afternoon.

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HRV XC heading to 5A state championships

Boys take first, girls take second at CRC meet to earn trip to 5A state champs

Columbia River Conference teams scrapped tooth and nail last weekend at the CRC Championships in The Dalles, with the decision of who gets to go to the OSAA 5A State Championships and who gets to stay home not made until the last 500 meters.

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Big win propels HRV water polo boys into top spot

The HRV boys water polo season enjoyed some big wins earlier this week, defeating 6A Reynolds, 8-6, on the road Monday and then trouncing Gresham, 20-7, the very next day in Hood River, giving HRV an 11-1 record and putting the Eagles at the top of the Mt. Hood 5A/6A conference for the first time ever in the team’s history.

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Girls soccer deadlocks with Hermiston Bulldogs in scoreless league game

Having locked up the Columbia River Conference for the sixth consecutive season last week with a 1-0 win over Pendleton, HRV (7-4-2, 4-0-1 CRC) didn’t have much to play for other than pride — and maybe ranking — in Tuesday’s senior night match against the Hermiston Bulldogs (3-4-6, 1-1-3 CRC).

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