Hood River Valley High School has announced the February Athletes of the Month. Athletic Director Trent Kroll passed along these notes about the athletes, courtesy of coaches and teachers:
Swimmer Sarah Arpag, sophomore, led the girls swim team to state by qualifying in four events — the 200 medley relay, 400 free relay and the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke individual events. She improved in all her events, and finished second in the 100 fly and third in the 100 back at State, along with anchoring the fourth place 400 free relay at state. She also helped teach Friday night swim lessons in January. “Sarah was our high point winner this season and led the team by her example.”
Wrestler Lauraine Smith, a freshman, is a three-sport athlete in football, wrestling, and track and field. Lauraine participated in every practice, match and team event, and earned All-State honors, placing fourth in state in her weight class for the OSAA State Championships as a freshman.
Basketball player Emanuel Romero, a sophomore, was varsity starting point guard as a sophomore. He was third in scoring and first in steals in the month of February.
Swimmer David Hecksel, a senior, will attend Colorado Mesa University this fall. In 2019-20, David led the team as high point winner, and at State kept dropping time. David anchored the 200 free relay for first in State in that event, he was second in State in the 100 backstroke, and was third at State in the 50 free. David showed leadership at State, and he helped out with the lesson program on Fridays.