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Ben Mitchell

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Blowout goes off

After light winds postponed the Gorge Blowout two weekends ago during the Bridge of the Gods Kitefest, the 17-mile downwinder from Stevenson to Hood River went off Saturday afternoon.

August 2, 2017 midnight read more..

Commentary: Thank you, readers

Over the past six years as a reporter for Columbia River Gorge newspapers, I’ve covered pretty much every beat there is, from local to county government, to crime, to breaking news, to features, and most recently, local and high school sports.

August 2, 2017 midnight read more..

Phil Soltysiak wins fifth race of Gorge Cup slalom series

The fifth race of the Gorge Cup occurred last Saturday at the Hood River Event Site and after the final heat finished, the leaderboard of the annual windsurfing slalom series looked very much the same as it did heading into the final weekend of racing.

August 2, 2017 midnight read more..

Jason Shaner 2nd at nat’l wrestling champs

Hood River Valley High School student Jason Shaner made history for the Eagles last week when he became the first male HRVHS wrestler to ever make it the finals of the USA Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman Wrestling National Championships in Fargo, N.D., according to HRV Head Wrestling Coach Trent Kroll.

July 29, 2017 midnight read more..

KB4C returns for 11th running this weekend

The ever-popular Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) event returns this weekend for an 11th running, turning the Hood River Waterfront into a sea of colorful kites as participants do laps on the Columbia to help raise money for those who have survived cancer, as well as those still fighting the disease.

July 12, 2017 midnight read more..

IWT competitions waited for wind, went off Monday

The wind wasn’t cooperative for the International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) competitions slated as part of the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association’s (CGWA) Beach Bash celebration held last weekend, but in the Gorge, if you wait long enough, the wind will always come back.

July 1, 2017 midnight read more..

CGWA Beach Bash returns next weekend

The annual Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association’s Beack Bash extravaganza returns June 22-25, helping usher in the summer wind and watersports season in the Gorge.

June 14, 2017 midnight read more..

‘A-Town Throwdown’ to showcase improved Arlington launch

After years of scrambling over algae-covered boulders and dealing with choppy waters, windsurfers, kiteboarders and intrepid stand-up paddle boarders (SUP) have been enjoying the improved launch site at Earl Snell Memorial Park in Arlington and will christen it next weekend with a brand-new event.

June 10, 2017 midnight read more..

HRV destined for IMC in latest OSAA reclassification proposal

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) recently went through its ninth public meeting of the committee assigned to examine rearranging the state’s athletic classifications and districts, and it shows that Hood River Valley High School’s current league for the majority of its sports, the Columbia River Conference, will no longer exist.

June 10, 2017 midnight read more..

Boys lax runs wild on Wilsonville in CC semis

Surprising few who saw their last meeting with Wilsonville, the No. 1 HRV boys lacrosse team (8-8) rolled the No. 13 Wildcats (5-12) 15-2 Tuesday evening in the Cascade Cup semifinal game played in Hood River.

June 3, 2017 midnight read more..

Lead slips away in early playoff exit for girls lax

Last week, the HRV girls lacrosse team made short work of Lincoln in their final Portland League contest of the regular season, going on a 5-0 run in the first 13 minutes of the game on their way to a 16-7 win over the Cardinals.

May 17, 2017 midnight read more..

Boys LAX wraps up

The HRV boys lacrosse team had their final home games of the regular season this week, hosting Columbia League opponents Lincoln (12-6, 4-0), and Grant (11-3, 2-2).

May 13, 2017 midnight read more..

HRV softball falls short of league title after doubleheader split with Pendleton

The Eagles softball team showed just how good they are Tuesday evening, splitting another doubleheader with No. 3 Pendleton, which gave the Eagles a split in the four-game season series with the Bucks — the first time that has happened since the 2013-14 season — and helped HRV keep their No. 5 5A ranking. HRV lost the first game 7-2, but took the second game 3-2.

May 13, 2017 midnight read more..

HRV track sends 24 to state after CRC meet

At the beginning of the season, first-year Head Track Coach Brandon Bertram had a lot of questions about his team. The departure of almost all of his athletes from the boys’ 2016 squad that won HRV’s first-ever state track title, combined with fresh faces who had never stepped on a track for competition before, left those questions unanswered through the early part of the season.

May 13, 2017 midnight read more..

Girls lax defeats Lincoln, finishes second in league

Fresh off a statement-making victory over Tualatin last week, the HRV girls lacrosse team added some more feathers to their caps Wednesday night, when they concluded their league schedule with a resounding 16-7 defeat of the Lincoln Cardinals in Hood River.

May 13, 2017 midnight read more..

HRV track and field team peaking at the right time

There’s a lot of new faces on the track for HRV this year, but those uncertainties have ebbed as the Eagles have grown over the season and are peaking just in time for the district meet this week, where the Columbia River Conference title will be decided.

May 10, 2017 midnight read more..

Girls tennis takes league title

Wrapping up what has been a standout season for the HRV girls tennis team, the Eagles took home the Columbia River Conference title, defeating the Buckaroos 7-1 Monday evening in Pendleton.

May 10, 2017 midnight read more..

Boys take third league title

They may not have been able to finish the match, but the HRV boys tennis team got enough done Thursday afternoon against the Hermiston Bulldogs to lock up another Columbia River Conference title before thunderstorms rolled through the Gorge and halted competition.

May 6, 2017 midnight read more..

Threepeat: HRV baseball team takes CRC again

For the third time in as many years, the HRV boys baseball team are Columbia River Conference champions, sealing the deal Tuesday evening in Hood River with a decisive 10-2 victory over The Dalles Riverhawks.

May 6, 2017 midnight read more..



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