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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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Update: The HRV Girls played Monday night against Lake Oswego and lost, 20-8. The HRV Boys played Monday night as well against Central Catholic and lost, 9-6. 

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The Hood River Valley Softball and Baseball teams are ready for their postseason play, having wrapped up their finals games of the regular season last week. The baseball team was meant to play Summit on Thursday for its final game, but the contest was canceled due to rain. The softball team …

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Both HRVHS Tennis teams sent athletes to the state championships this past weekend — senior Montsie Garrido for the girls and junior Ben Fick and sophomore Vaughn Reardon for the boys.

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The Hood River Valley High School Track and Field team competed in the IMC District Championship meet last weekend in Prineville. The first and second place finishers in each event qualified for the state meet on May 24-25 at Mt. Hood Community College, along with additional spots earned as …

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This past weekend, Horizon Christian sent five girls and four boys to the 1A Track and Field State Championship meet, where every Hawk who competed placed in the top 10 in their event(s).

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The always gritty MWB trio rose to the occasion once again for the fourth time in the past five seasons by winning the high-scoring, fast paced Fraternal league at Hood River’s venerable Orchard Lanes. MWB prevailed with dynastic ease in a four team total pins roll-off, which was so close af…

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This past Monday and Tuesday saw the HRV Boys Golf team and senior Victoria Ervin of the Girls Golf team traveling to Corvallis and Banks, respectively, for their state championship tournaments.

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The Hood River Valley Softball team defeated The Dalles 6-0 on Tuesday in its last official home game of the season. The game was prefaced with a short celebration of senior night for five Eagle players, several of whom would prove instrumental in this victory.

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It is a bright spring day. The sun beats down on the ballfield, its rays accentuating the hue of the outfield grass, turning the stalks fluorescent green. The dirt, combed and swept, is hot to the touch and quick to disperse — a bad recipe for sharply hit groundballs. Hits are no concern her…

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It was an exciting two days in Redmond last weekend as the Hood River Valley Tennis teams competed in the district championships. While for the majority of both teams, this tournament was their season’s conclusion, it was only a steppingstone for three Eagles. Senior Montsie Garrido finished…

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Horizon Christian’s Track and Field team was building throughout the season, with athletes improving their individual performances in preparation for the team’s season finale — the district championship meet. Well, that meet occurred last Saturday and the Hawks can reflect on their season wi…

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It was a warm evening at Hood River Valley High School on Wednesday, with little wind and plenty of daylight to burn — perfect conditions for the Girls Lacrosse team, who crushed the visiting Summit High 14-5 in a victory that highlighted how the Eagles, despite some mid-season blunders, are…

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Hood River Valley High School’s Golf teams had historical success at their district tournaments this past Monday and Tuesday. The boys finished in second place with a two-day score of 721 (357 and 364) and became the first HRV team to qualify for the state tournament since 2000. Meanwhile, t…

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Senior Haylee Baker (seated) of Hood River Valley High School is pictured with her sister Morgan, mother Kaylene and father Shae during a signing ceremony at Westside Elementary. Baker formally committed to Linfield College, located in McMinnville, to continue her softball career. Senior Lau…

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Well, if they were looking for a way to bounce back, there aren’t many ways better than beating your opponent by 18 runs in six innings. That’s exactly what the Hood River Valley Baseball team did to Crook County on Tuesday when they traveled to Prineville and crushed the Cowboys 19-1. All b…

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Hot off their doubleheader victories over Pendleton, the Hood River Valley Softball team kept the momentum rolling with Tuesday’s 11-1 win over Crook County at home. The game was called after six innings due to the mercy rule.

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While the Eagles sent sophomore Henry Buckles to the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays, the rest of the ensemble headed to the Dean Nice Invitational for a strong showing to keep their momentum going as the district championships loom.

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The Horizon Hawks were entered in two track meets last week — the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays and the Dick Horyna Invite. At the former were just two athletes, seniors Andrew Wells and Alex Petshow, throwing the discus and javelin, respectively. At the latter were the rest of the Hawks, and …

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With a pair of weekend wins over Pendleton at home, the Hood River Valley High School’s Girls Softball team secured its No. 2 OSAA rank in 5A, and all it took were two stellar pitching performances by the same athlete, some incredible defensive plays and a walk off.

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The Hood River Valley High School Boys Golf team completed its regular season on Monday in the final Intermountain Conference tournament of the season, in Pendleton.

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It was a classic case of seeing double last Friday at the HRVHS baseball diamond where the Eagles handled The Dalles in a double header, winning both games 12-2 by mercy rule, the first after six innings and the second after just five.

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The HRVHS Boys Tennis team headed to Redmond last weekend for three team tournament matches against Ridgeview, Bend and Mountain View. The Eagles were without two of their top singles players, yet managed to win two of three matches, defeating Ridgeview 7-1 and Bend 5-3 while losing to Mount…

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What began Thursday night as a commanding lead for the Eagles’ Girls Lacrosse team turned into a struggle when they faced Oregon Episcopal School (OES) at home. Despite their initial dominance, Hood River ended up losing 11-7.

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The Eagles’ softball team extended their winning streak to four games with a 5-0 victory over Redmond at home on Tuesday afternoon.

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The Eagles’ Girls Lacrosse team handled Central Catholic on the road Monday night, winning 13-2 in a game that highlighted their numerous strengths.

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For some teams, in some years, the season is not about wins and losses — it’s about skill development and personal growth. In fact, across high school sports, those themes run true whether a team is vying for the state championship or finishing their season without a single win. Seeing an at…

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HRVHS's Softball team had a solid showing at home on Tuesday when they played Redmond. See the video for details and the full article in the April 27 issue of the Hood River News.

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The weekend of April 12-14, a dozen eager handball athletes from Horizon Christian School traveled to Beaverton for the 2019 WPH Oregon State Singles Championship. Oscar Stenberg, a teacher and coach at Horizon, led the handball competitors at the tournament, where they were broken into pool…

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It was an exciting pair of games on Saturday when the HRV Baseball team hosted Crook County and split the results with one loss and one win, in that order. The first game saw the Eagles lose 4-6 but the second game saw them dominate 12-0 behind a historic pitching performance.

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Spring sports have been in swing for nearly two months, with athletes of all types showcasing their skills. The HRVHS’s Athletes of the Month for March have been selected, each an athletic ability and academic prowess that goes beyond expectations. Each athlete’s accolades were listed and th…

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The Industrial league is now into its 3-week championship bracket matches. The three round winners and wild card team earned top seeds into the brackets pitting #1 Columbia Hills RV against #8 Mid-Columbia Diesel; #2 Bi-Polar Rollers against #7 OL’7-10; #3 Tinman Heating against #6 Orchard L…

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It was a warm, albeit windy, Wednesday afternoon when the Hood River Valley Eagles and the Horizon Christian Hawks met at the newly renovated Henderson Community Stadium at HRV for the only home track meet of the season. Joined by four other schools — Crook County, Dufur, Lyle and The Dalles…

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The HRVHS Baseball team defeated Ridgeview on the road last Friday in a league-starting double-header, winning the first game 29-4 and the second 6-1.

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The Hood River Little League hosted its Opening Day at HRVHS on Saturday, with hundreds of parents, coaches, staff and ball players of all ages coming out to kick off another season of baseball.

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The Hood River Little League held their opening ceremony and first games on Saturday, April 13. The ceremonies were held at Hood River Valley High School and featured Head Umpire Dave Cunningham as the guest speaker. 

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It was a cloudy, wet day for the Horizon Christian Hawks as they traveled to The Dalles on Tuesday for a small track meet with Glenwood, Sherman, South Wasco County and the aforementioned home team. Despite the weather, the Hawks performed well on both sides.

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He bounces the tennis ball lightly beside his feet, the sun accentuating its fluorescent green shade. Beads of sweat form on his forehead, running a short ways down before being absorbed by his headband. The smattering of applause from the last point falls away, and he prepares to serve.

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The lush green grass of the tee box sports its traditional buzz cut, offering its smooth, unruffled surface to the next golfer. A crowd slowly gathers around the box, a collection of students and coaches, a few supportive parents. They murmur among one another, a quiet collection of commenta…

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Horizon’s Track and Field team had two meets last week, the Buckaroo Round-Up at St. Paul High School on Thursday and the Husky Invitational at North Marion High School.

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Local Hood River gymnast Sydney Krentz captured the 2019 Oregon State Optional Gymnastics Championship title in Salem on March 15. Krentz had “the meet of her career,” according to coach Jacque Johnston, who became Head Optional Coach at Riverside Gymnastics Academy, located in The Dalles, t…

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In the March 30 issue of Hood River News, I ran a sports story about Peyton Wells, a local skier who placed high in the Western Region Junior Olympics in Big Sky, Mont. While that article focused solely on Wells, there were a number of local skiers who competed alongside him, brought to my a…

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Spring break is over and school sports are back in action. The last few weeks have seen great competition by all teams and indicate that the rest of the spring season will be an exciting one. Here are the games, matches and meets to look forward to this week and into next.

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So none of my predictions came true for the Sweet Sixteen. Frankly, that’s in good keeping with my official bracket, which was ruined by the end of the first round. It’s sad to think this March Madness is almost over, but what a week of basketball. Close games, last second shots, heartbreak …

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There are times, more often than not, where athletes and coaches and parents get caught up in the competitive fire that high school sports conjures. There’s a sense of pride in playing for your school, an assumed duty to perform and win. As a coach, your stake is as significant as the athlet…

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