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It still felt like summer on Friday, September 13, but just barely, as I drove toward Mt. View Orchards. The sky was blue and the breeze was warm but promised to turn chilly before the evening was over. I parked at the Mt. View Orchards venue in front of trees heavy with near-ripe pears. Mt.…

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Hood River Valley’s varsity swim teams swam fast against the Pendleton Buckaroos Thursday night at the Hood River Valley Aquatic Center. The girls won 116-54 while the boys came out ahead 94-72.

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Horizon Christian School’s varsity boys basketball team began its conference season with a loss against Sherman High School 41-32 Tuesday, Dec. 7. Horizon lacked energy at the start of the game, according to Darrin Lingel, head coach for the Hawks.

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On Friday, Hood River Valley’s varsity boys basketball team fought a good fight but was defeated by Reynolds High School 63-58. This was HRV’s final game against a 6A school in the season.

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In a nail-biting, stressful and emotional overtime, Horizon Christian School’s varsity boys basketball team defeated St. Stephen’s Academy 55-53 Saturday. This marks the Hawks’ third consecutive overtime game.

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Hood River’s hometown boy, Sean FitzSimons, competed in the Visa Big Air Dec. 20 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. The event was sanctioned as an International Ski Federation snowboard and free ski world cup.

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In the final game of the year, Hood River Valley’s varsity boys basketball team was defeated by Sandy High School 89-61 Friday, Dec. 27. Jason Maki, head coach for the Pioneers, said it was a much closer game than the score indicated.

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In a warmly lit dinner party on Friday, Dec. 27 at Farm Stand in Hood River, Alex Willis was serving food and raising money to go to the CrossFit Italian Showdown in Riccone, Italy, from April 24-26. The dinner party featured a menu of leafy greens and beet salad, festive chicken squash plat…

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The Dalles postman, Travis Adams is the star of the week at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. Travis demolished the sticks in the Monday night Industrial league with a beautiful scratch 711 three game series that was capped by big 257 and 256 games.

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Horizon Christian School’s varsity basketball team was defeated by Prairie High School 55-51 in overtime Saturday, Dec. 21. This marks the Panthers’ fifth straight win.

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Hood River Valley’s varsity boys basketball team hosted and defeated Columbia High School 81-43 Friday Dec. 20. This marks the Eagles’ fourth consecutive win.

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The Hood River Valley High School Nordic team began its ski season with a 5K classic race at Meissner Snow Park in Bend on Saturday, Dec. 14. The team is skiing into its ninth season with a record number of athletes participating.

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For November, Hood River Valley High School has selected football player Miles Wyatt, soccer player Vanesa Preciado, cross-country runner Chloe Bullock and football player Tanner Fletcher as the student-athletes of the month.

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We hear Andy Williams singing that favorite tune over and over on TV right now. That’s right, he says this is “The most wonderful time of the year.”Most of you are probably saying, who is Andy Williams? Okay, we are showing our age: Andy was a popular singer and TV star back into the 1950s t…

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Horizon Christian School’s varsity boys basketball team hosted and defeated Elgin High School 51-40 Saturday night. This marks the Hawks’ second consecutive win.

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Hood River Valley’s varsity girls basketball team was defeated by Sandy High School 56-38 Thursday at Vannet Court in Hood River. This marks the Eagles’ fourth straight loss and the Pioneers’ first win of the season.

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Hood River Valley’s girls and boys varsity swim team launched their season Thursday, Dec. 5 at Gresham’s meet. Last season the boys placed 12th in state while the girls finished eighth and won the Intermountain Conference title.

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Hood River Valley’s Alpine Ski team began its season with dryland training Nov. 18. Last year, the team won state, which Jesse Scroggins, head coach, said did not come easily.

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Horizon Christian School hosted the Hawk Invitational Friday, Dec. 6-7 at HCS. The invitational brought three schools to town: Crosshill, Triad and Damascus.

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Last week’s bowling league action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes was shortened by Thanksgiving, which was all good because we stuffed ourselves with delicious turkey. Bowlers love turkey. In bowling jargon, a turkey is synonymous with three strikes in a row and there were lots of them last week.

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U.S. Ski & Snowboard, governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, has certified Cooper Spur Alpine Team Bronze in the Podium Level Club Certification. Clubs who are certified Bronze, Silver or Gold are expected to self-assess and improve their practices while adhering to their missions.

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Hood River Valley’s girls varsity basketball team is gearing up and getting ready to tip-off their 2019-2020 season. Steve Noteboom, head coach for the Eagle squad, said last season they suffered a 2-20 record and are finding ways to prevent that this season.

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Last week, team Take Ten won the first half of the Tuesday Nite Mixed league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes and they did it in convincing fashion.  They put the broom to legendary Team Nishi, sweeping all four games from them in their last head-to-head match in a battle of two of the top two …

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Tryouts for Hood River Valley’s varsity basketball squad tipped off Monday. Christopher Dirks, head coach for the Eagles, said he’s not a fan of cutting kids and that these are his least favorite days of the year.

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State Champion Water Polo athletes cheer from aboard a fire truck Saturday in the parade honoring the boys’ and girls’ teams that won the Class 5A titles on Nov. 16. Hood River, Wy’east and West Side fire trucks carried the athletes and coaches from the waterfront, through downtown and the H…

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Last week’s finish of the first round in the fast-paced Fraternal league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes was one for the ages.

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Horizon Christian School’s varsity boys basketball team began its season with their first practice Monday night. Darrin Lingel, head coach for the Hawks, said he looks forward to competing this upcoming season. One aspect that this team has is chemistry, Lingel said.

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Hood River Valley’s wrestlers  began their season Monday. Student athletes began practice with full-body exercises on the mat by tumbling, jogging and stretching to warm up their muscles.

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Hood River Valley High School welcomed its new wrestling head coach, Tony Rolen. Rolen previously was an assistant coach in Oregon City High School since 2008.

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