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Introducing Bart Vervloet, new CGWA executive director

For many people, especially longtime Gorge windsurfers, Bart Vervloet probably needs no introduction. He’s been active in the Gorge windsurfing and local recreation scene since the mid-1980s and has been a resident of the area for just as long.

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Darrin Lingel back as Hawks boys b-ball coach

Returning Horizon coach getting players ready for Nov. 30 season debut

The Horizon boys high school basketball team’s “new” head coach is feeling right at home at the Hawks Nest, and likely hasn’t had too much of a learning curve when it comes to running drills and getting acquainted with this year’s roster.

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HRV XC hangs with the best of the West at NXR

Fresh off a fourth-place finish at the 5A state championships two weeks ago, the HRV boys and girls cross country team had arguably an even better performance last week at a race that was simply for fun… and bragging rights.

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Hood River girls water polo takes state

Hood River Valley Eagles defeat South Albany, Sandy, and Summit to win first 5A state title in program history

They may have started from the bottom in 2014, but now they’re here.

End-of-season accolades pile up for HRV athletes

Another fall sports season is winding down for Hood River Valley High School, concluding this weekend with the HRV Eagles girls water polo, who are aiming for the team’s first-ever state tournament victory.

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Eagles volleyball takes sixth-place at state

In their first state tournament appearance since 1993, the HRV girls volleyball team came home with a wealth of experience — and a sixth-place trophy to boot.

XC teams take fourth place at state championships

The HRV boys and girls cross country teams were predicted to finish near the top of the heap at the end of the season and at Saturday’s state championship meet in Eugene, there were no surprises.

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Hood River Valley boys soccer’s undefeated streak comes to a bitter end

No. 9 La Salle upsets No. 1 HRV, advances to semis on penalty kicks

For the past three years, they’ve been unstoppable. Perennial leaders of the Columbia River Conference. Back-to-back 5A state champions. Fifty-one straight games without a loss.

Boys team bows out with tough loss to Ashland

A young HRV boys water polo team saw its season come to an end Thursday evening in Corvallis as the No. 5 Eagles lost a tough one to No. 4 Ashland, 10-7, failing to advance to the double-elimination round of the tournament for the first time since the 2013 season.

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Disappointing loss to Hillsboro ends HRV girls soccer season

Eagles shutout 2-0 by Hillsboro Spartans in first-round match in Hood River

A season that started with big goals and high hopes for the HRV girls soccer team came to a bitter end Tuesday night at Henderson Community Stadium.

Girls roll South Albany Rebels in first round game

HRV wins 21-2 advances to double-elimination tourney

During the regular season, the HRV girls water polo had a blowout victory in nearly every contest — defeating teams by such large margins that Head Coach Kellie Dunn feared the Eagles’ game could atrophy by the time they faced some stiffer competition in the state playoffs.

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In ugly game with Putnam, HRV boys soccer hangs on for the ‘W’

No. 1 Eagles beat No. 16 Kingsmen 2-1, host No. 9 La Salle this Saturday at 1 p.m.

It was chippy, it was physical, and it wasn’t pretty, but in a first-round matchup with Rex Putnam Wednesday night, the HRV boys soccer team continued to do what they’ve done all season: win.

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Heading to Hillsboro: HRV volleyball breaks decades-long state tourney drought with playoff win over Ashland

Last year, the HRV volleyball celebrated the end of its breakout season by winning the team’s first conference title in 27 years. And last weekend, building on what they started last season, the Eagles ended another longstanding drought.

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Girls defeat The Dalles 7-1, look ahead to playoffs

Grab 10 wins or more? Check (make it 11).

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HRV Girls water polo wins first league title in team history

HRV gets payback against Reynolds and wins the Mt. Hood Conference

In their inaugural season in 2014, they didn’t win a game.

Volleyball playoffs: HRV to host Ashland for first-round playoff game

No. 8 HRV (23-4, 8-1 Columbia River Conference) will host No. 9 Ashland (12-6, 10-4 Midwestern League) in a first-round OSAA playoff game Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at Vannet Court at Hood River Valley High School.

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In a first, HRV XC takes combined CRC title

Calm, cool, cloudy weather. Home course advantage. Solid racing all season long.

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Horizon loses a heartbreaker in 1A semis

Hawks fall 5-4 in penalty kicks to North Clackamas Christian, face Damascus Christian Friday for third place

A four-goal effort by Horizon soccer lead scorer Quinn Roetcisoender wasn’t enough to lift the Hawks over the North Clackamas Christian Saints in a 1A semifinal playoff game played in Oregon City Monday.

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Team effort gives HRV boys soccer the CRC title in win with Hermiston

Senior Night sparks flew during the Eagles’ final home game of the regular season Tuesday at Henderson Community Stadium, where the top-ranked HRV boys soccer team (11-0-2, 5-0 Columbia River Conference) defeated No. 5 Hermiston (9-3-1, 3-2) 4-2.

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Horizon home finale

The Horizon Christian soccer team clinched a berth in the championship bracket of the 1A playoffs on Monday.

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Redmond’s run game dashes HRV’s chance for postseason appearance

The HRV football team’s slim chance at obtaining a playoff berth was reduced to none over the weekend thanks to the Redmond Panthers, who pummeled the Eagles’ defensive line with an unstoppable ground attack that gave the former Intermountain Conference team a 48-20 victory during HRV’s homecoming game Friday night.

Prep Volleyball: HRV beats TD to take CRC title

Eagles then fall to Ravens in nonleague game

The HRV girls volleyball team has again won the Columbia River Conference, repeating the team’s performance in 2015 when the Eagles took the conference title — the first for HRV in 27 years.

Hermiston challenges, but can’t beat HRV boys soccer

After six consecutive seasons of winning the Columbia River Conference, the HRV boys soccer team has largely outgrown the smallest league in 5A, developing rivalries with nonconference 5A powerhouses like Wilsonville, Woodburn, Summit, and Hillsboro while rolling CRC’s Pendleton and The Dalles.

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HRV Water Polo: JJ Mears explodes for 12 goals against David Douglas

The HRV boys water polo team has typically spread around the scoring fairly well this season, but that was not the case this past week.

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Horizon soccer closes in on championship bracket berth

Horizon Hawks get consecutive shutouts to keep pace in the Special District 6 team standings

Buoyed by some key league victories the past couple weeks, the Horizon soccer team looks to secure a spot in the championship bracket of the 1A playoff tournament, which will get underway later this month.

HRV harriers fly past competition in Champoeg Invite

Eying the Columbia River Conference championships in a few weeks, the HRV cross country is getting into peak form, as evidenced by the team’s dominance during Saturday’s Champoeg Invitational in Newberg.

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Loss to Hermiston puts HRV in a tight spot

Halfway through the season, the HRV football team is on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff hunt.

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Pendleton no match for HRV boys soccer

Eagles enjoys 8-0 romp against Bucks, draw to 3-3 against Woodburn

Tuesday afternoon was a bad time to be a Buckaroo.

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HRV Girls soccer beats up Bucks in league debut

HRV defeats Pendleton 8-0, then shuts out Woodburn 4-0

After two nonconference losses last week, the HRV girls soccer team made a grand opening statement in their first league game of the season, letting the other teams in the Columbia River Conference know that the Eagles will again be the team to beat.

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Clinched!: With defeats of Pendleton and Hermiston, Eagles volleyball already locks up a postseason appearance

They haven’t played a game in the month of October yet, but the HRV volleyball team has already clinched, at the very least, a play-in berth.

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HRV volleyball easily wins Parkrose tourney

It was another weekend of wins for the surging HRV volleyball team, who swept the competition at Parkrose High on Saturday to claim its third tournament victory of the season.

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XC team picks up the pace at Nike Portland meet

HRV boys place fifth, girls 11th at competitive invitational

Saturday’s Nike Portland XC meet provided the first major test for the HRV cross country team and Head Coach Brandon Bertram liked what he saw, with only a few reservations.

HRVHS graduate and soccer pro starts Gorge Soccer Academy

Matthew Dallman’s academy to host trainings in TD, HR

He’s played soccer professionally for nine years and has traveled around Europe to play the game, but now, Hood River’s Matthew Dallman is bringing that experience and knowledge back to the Gorge to help a new generation of soccer players.

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Boys water polo get into a nice groove with wins over Grant, Gresham

It’s been a different kind of season for the boys water polo team, except for one key aspect: they keep winning.

Hood River Valley boys soccer juggernaut rolls into league competition

Continuing a trend from the last couple seasons, the HRV boys soccer team remains undefeated as it heads into its league schedule, after holding La Salle (2-2-2) to a 1-1 draw on the road Tuesday, then shutting out 6A Central Catholic (1-4-1) with a two-goal effort Thursday evening at Westside Elementary. The Eagles (6-0-1), the No. 1 team in 5A, will look to start their Columbia River Conference games with another win Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a match with Pendleton (1-3-1) at Westside Elementary.

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HRV girls soccer finishes nonleague stretch with losses

Eagles fall to La Salle at home, 6A Barlow on the road

The end of HRV’s nonleague series (save for a game against Woodburn Sept. 29) didn’t go exactly as planned for the Eagles, who have been trying to rack up as many nonconference wins as possible to help them gain a higher ranking at the end of the season.

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Girls water polo pummel Grant in home debut, do the same to Gresham

Tuesday’s home debut for the HRV girls water polo team had the similar trappings to the other victories the young, talented Eagles squad have racked up so far this season.

Set-piece prowess nets HRV girls soccer big win over West Albany

For seven years, Kevin Haspela has been the head coach of the HRV girls soccer program. And in those seven years, the Eagles have played the West Albany Bulldogs six times. They’ve lost five times, tied once, but never won.

HRV volleyball handed first loss of the season

Eagles fall to 6A Liberty at Century tourney

After 11 games this season, the HRV volleyball team’s win streak was finally snapped on Saturday during a tournament at Century High School in Hillsboro, where the Eagles fell to 6A Liberty in the championship game.

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The end of Morrison Park?

City looks to rezone disc golf course for affordable housing

Morrison Park has been the site of Hood River’s disc golf course for over a decade, but in the coming years, it may have a different use: affordable housing.

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HRV boys soccer unbeaten streak hits 40 games

Nov. 16, 2013. That was the last time the HRV boys soccer team lost a game, playing Summit in the 5A finals, falling to the Storm, 2-0.

HRV volleyball’s first league win proves to be anything but easy

Eagles come from behind to take Buckaroos in five sets

Wins have been relatively easy to come by this season for the HRV volleyball team, cruising to victories in nonconference competition that left the Eagles with a 9-0 record and a 5A No. 1 ranking heading into Columbia River Conference games earlier this week.

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HRV Harriers rock Skip Sparks

The annual Skip Sparks Invitational in Hood River was a great opportunity for HRV cross country runners to show their stuff in front of a home crowd.

HRV Girls water polo overwhelms Sandy in 19-1 blowout

The HRV girls water polo team added another conference win to its tally Tuesday evening, easily defeating the Sandy Pioneers.

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Horizon volleyball debuts

The Horizon Christian volleyball team started its season last week with league contests against Dufur and Arlington.

HRV Eagles volleyball rises to No. 1

Indicative of the incredible turnaround they’ve had since the 2014 season, the HRV girls volleyball team, fresh off another tournament win this weekend, are currently ranked as the best volleyball team in the state.

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Girls water polo gets historic win over Barlow

Proving once again that they are a team on the rise, the HRV girls water polo squad scored another victory Thursday evening and though it was only the second contest of the season, it was a historic one.

Fast and physical 6A Reynolds proves too much for HRV football team

The growing pains for HRV’s young football team continued Friday night as the Eagles were on the wrong end of another lopsided game, this time against Reynolds High.

Running the show: Brandon Bertram named head track and field coach for HRVHS

Hood River Valley High School administrators didn’t encounter many hurdles in their process to hire a replacement for Donnie Herneisen, who switched to coaching girls basketball at HRV after seven years as the high school’s track and field head coach. Nor did they have to look far.

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HRV BOYS SOCCER: First playoff rematch results in a win for HRV

Eagles make short work of Hillsboro on the road in 2015 5A semifinal rematch; defeats 6A Franklin in Hood River

Last season, there weren’t many schools that gave the HRV boys soccer team much trouble, except one.

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