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Girls Travel Basketball is looking to expand from two to three teams for the 2019-20 calendar year. All teams are accepting new players from fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades; no previous basketball experience required. “Our program is about building a girls basketball community”  said…

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There’s a concept in college sports used to identify specific institutions that seem set up for processing athletes in and out of their programs and on to whichever professional league they hope to join: One-and-done. In basketball, schools like Kentucky, Duke and Kansas — the heavyweights o…

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Participants, volunteers, and sponsors of Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s 20th Annual Founder’s Cup golf tournament helped raise more than $13,000 for Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s student scholarship fund. This scholarship benefit was sponsored in part by Colum…

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On Aug. 3, 2007, in a hospital in Glen Falls, N.Y., Robb Freed and his wife welcomed a baby boy into the world. While his birth was a beautiful moment for the couple, it quickly turned to concern as the doctor noticed the baby, named Drake E, did not appear to have the top layer of skin on h…

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On Aug. 5, 1936, American athlete and Track and Field legend Jesse Owens won the 200 meter dash in world record time (20.7 seconds) to claim his third gold medal of the Berlin Summer Olympics. Owens would win four golds in those games — 100m, 200m, 4x100m and long jump — and the world’s grea…

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Robb Freed, a resident from the state of New York, stopped in Hood River this week during his cross-country cycling trip, dubbed The Big Ride for EB. Freed is traveling from Yorktown, Va., to Astoria, Wash., and back, a feat that will see him travel roughly 8,500 miles. The inspiration for F…

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It’s the summer of 1989 in Hood River. The town, smaller than it is today, is at its busiest with water enthusiasts flocking to the riverfront to take advantage of the prime conditions as they still do 30 years later. Crowds of teenagers and 20-somethings mingle from the heart of downtown to…

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Since my start as the sports reporter at Hood River News, every article I have penned has covered a typical sport; football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and track and field, to name a few. These are the traditional sports, if you will, ones etched in a rich history that goes back …

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The Hood River Valley High School Cheer team earned several awards at a recent National Cheerleader’s Association “Get Shocked” Camp earlier this month at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Wash., including a top place award for the best game day performance and cheerleader Erica Matthisen…

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The summer has brought a series of new hires in the sports department at Hood River Valley High School and Horizon Christian School; the former brought on several new coaches and the latter a new Athletic Director.

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On July 19, at the gracious invitation of the Hood River Outrigger Canoe Club, I took a metaphorical toe-dip into the pool of outrigger canoeing by participating in the club’s Tips and Techniques session offered every Friday from 5-6:15 p.m. From preparation to launch, from paddle techniques…

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It’s an often veiled notion that professional sports are, at their core, businesses. As fans, we hear about and even delight in athletes signing multi-million dollar contracts, teams rising in value after a string of successful championships and new stadiums, arenas or parks being built that…

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It is known in Nepali as Sagarmatha, in Tibetan as Chomolungma, in Chinese as Zhumulangma and in English as Mount Everest. Regardless of language, the mountain is infamous for being the literal peak of the world, the highest ascension point possible, and one of the most dangerous mountains t…

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On Sept. 20, 2017, during a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins, then Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier hit a line drive foul down the third base line and into the stands.

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In its 13th consecutive year, Kiteboard 4 Cancer, which benefits Project Koru, once again brought participants and spectators from around the world to the shores of the Columbia in Hood River to celebrate the sport and “harness the power of the elements to benefit lives affected by cancer.” …

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The Gorge Outrigger Canoe Race took place on July 13 and saw dozens of teams racing up the Columbia River. There were Men, Women and Mixed races, with their respective start and finish locations staggered; the Women and Mixed racers began at the Stevenson waterfront and ended at Drano Lake, …

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Summer is in full swing and the events and activities are out there. As July sees a bevy of recreation enthusiasts flock to Hood River to join its citizens on the water and around town, we want to ensure people can plan ahead for what’s happening this month and in August. See select events a…

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The sun is out and the winds are strong along the banks of Hood River, and that combination has brought hundreds of kiteboarders and windsurfers to the Columbia shores. Clad in wet suits, these aqua enthusiasts took to the choppy waters from sunrise to sunset, massing along the beach and the…

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This past Sunday in France, the United States Women’s Soccer Team defeated the Netherlands in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final by a score of 2-0. The win marked the fourth World Cup title for the USA, the team having won in 1991, 1999 and 2015 as well. It was a dominating tournament; th…

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The Hood River Little League All-Star teams, 10U and 12U, played in their respective District 5 Championship tournament in Madras on June 22-27. Neither team was able to win, with the 10U team placing third out of seven and the 12U team placing second out of eight. The losses brought both te…

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There’s a documentary on ESPN, part of their 30 for 30 series, called “The Good, The Bad, The Hungry.” The feature follows two competitive eaters, Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi, through their journeys to become the world’s top eater, particularly in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. …

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Through the summer, there are dozens of sport camps for kids in Hood River, coached by local residents who want to give back to the community. Basketball is one of the popular sports for these camps, with skill and developments sessions popping up from June to November when school or league …

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The first professional rodeo in The Dalles in four years proved to be a successful event that was well attended with full grandstands at the Fort Dalles Riders Club. The C.H. Urness Motor Co. Hell on Hooves Rough Stock Rodeo included over 40 cowboys and cowgirls from Oregon and Washington co…

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The Hood River Valley High School Hall of Fame Committee has made its selections for the Class of 2019 that will be inducted during September’s HRVHS Hall of Fame football game and weekend celebration that runs Sept. 13-14.

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On Oct. 26, 2002, in the top of the sixth inning of Game 6 of the World Series between the Anaheim Angels and the San Francisco Giants, Barry Bonds came to bat. There were no outs, no runners on base, and the Giants were leading 3-0. Bonds had hit three home runs in the series so far, and hi…

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It was a hot day. Long and luring, the Columbia shimmers, the sunlight dancing along its face like a cascade of diamonds.

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The weekend of June 14-16 brought a surprise series of victories for Kellogg Welding, the Hood River Babe Ruth Baseball team, as they rammed their way through the league tournament to take home the championship.

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The 2019 NBA Draft occurred on Friday, beginning around 4 p.m. local time. It was held in New York City and was one of the most anticipated sporting events this year due to a select few athletes involved, the most significant being 18-year-old Zion Williamson.

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A windsurfer maneuvers the choppy waters of the Columbia River on Tuesday afternoon, one of the many warm, windy days the Gorge offered to water recreation enthusiasts, who flocked to the Hood River shorelines en mass to take advantage of the summer weather.

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The great athletes of sports are revered in part for their athletic prowess; the results of genetic abilities and endless training combined are often unbelievable. These achievements are relative, however, and we are periodically reminded of that fact across the escalating levels of physical…

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On April 28, 2019, at 7 a.m. the Eugene Marathon began and 1,482 runners took off. Among them was Kim Brislawn, a 57-year-old woman from White Salmon who, despite the Ulcerative Colitis and Osteoporosis that afflicted her, completed the race in 3:52:26, won her age group and qualified for th…

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On June 15-16, the 2019 Timberline Marathon and Half Marathon took place, with hundreds of runners from the Gorge area and beyond coming together at the Clackamas Ranger Station, where the race would start and finish. The course took runners around an outline of Timothy Lake, heading out alo…

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When Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors for the 2016-2017 season, the basketball world let loose a collective gasp. Durant was one of the best players in the league and had nearly led the Oklahoma City Thunder to victory over the Warriors in the 2016 Western Conference Finals…

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Well, it may not have been a long season, but it was yet another fun one for the Hood River Valley Little League (HRVLL) teams. Hundreds of kids came together to practice and play the games of baseball and softball; they made friends, improved their skills and nurtured a love for athletics t…

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The 15th annual Oregon Beach Wrestling Championships took place June 8 down on the shores of the Columbia in Hood River. Dozens of participants of varying weight classes and ages came together to toss, tumble and pin in an effort to claim themselves king or queen of the sand. When the matche…

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Well, it may not have been a long season, but it was yet another fun one for the Hood River Valley Little League (HRVLL) teams. Hundreds of kids came together to practice and play the games of baseball and softball; they made friends, improved their skills and nurtured a love for athletics t…

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Each year, Hood River Valley High School honors the collection of students who partake in three sports throughout the school year. These three-sport athletes meet the demands of their academic pursuits and athletic ambitions from fall to spring, the momentum of one sport carrying them into t…

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With the Class of 2019 graduating from both Hood River Valley High School and Horizon Christian School, we decided to feature a collection of graduates who will be continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

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The championship contention is meant to be a grand spectacle. Two teams reach the peak, the pinnacle of competition for that year, and battle for glory that they all collectively set out for so many months ago when the season began. The NBA Finals is supposed to be a showcase of the best pla…

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Seventy or so runners, walkers, and even a skateboarder, lined up Wednesday for the first GirlUp 5k fun run at the Mark Hatfield trailhead west of Hood River.

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The Hood River Valley Softball team lost its quarterfinal playoff game 5-3 against Dallas High School on May 24 at home. The loss ended the Eagles season and was an upset defeat, as they were ranked No. 2 in the state, while Dallas was ranked No. 7.

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Well, they were building all season long and it paid off — Hood River Valley High School had outstanding performances across the two-day Track and Field State Championships on May 24-25 at Mt. Hood Community College. The Eagles made the podium in six events, three of which they took first pl…

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The spring sports are wrapping up, with several having seen their seasons conclude. At the time of publication, the remaining high school sports still in play are HRVHS Softball and Track and Field. Below are the sports that finished their seasons this past week.

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A memorable basketball game happened Saturday in May Street’s Teddy Webber Gym, part of the afternoon open house called “Dragon Bash.”

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