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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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In a nail-biting Friday night game, Hood River Valley’s varsity boys basketball team defeated Pendleton High School 64-56. Christopher Dirks, head coach for the Eagles, said the team has found its stride late in the season.

The Dalles swim team has dealt with injuries and illnesses, and have had to split their practice time between two community facilities, but somehow they made it all work this winter season.

With two weeks left in the regular season, The Dalles Riverhawks have won five of their last six games in league action, the latest victory in comeback fashion, 54-31, over Redmond Tuesday at Kurtz Gym.

In Tuesday’s boys game in Moro, No. 13-ranked South Wasco County led 25-20 at halftime and were in front 48-36 entering the fourth quarter, but Sherman went on an 8-0 run, capped by consecutive baskets from Nick Riggs and Will James, and  cut the Husky deficit to 48-44 with 4:22 left.

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Dufur High School came back from a deficit and upset Horizon Christian School’s varsity boys basketball team 44-39 Saturday, Feb. 8 in Hood River. At one point, the home Hawks had a nine-point lead over the Rangers.

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In a dual between the birds of prey, The Dalles High School’s varsity girls basketball team defeated Hood River Valley 61-18 Friday, Feb. 7 at Vannet Court. Brian Stevens, head coach for the Riverhawks, said the team worked on their defense in order to get Friday’s win.

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Inaccurate shooting was the Hood River Valley girls varsity hoops team’s Achilles’ heel Tuesday night against Crook County High School. The Cowgirls defeated the Eagles 53-32 in Hood River.

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Hood River Valley’s varsity boys basketball team fell short against Redmond High School 49-39 Friday, Jan. 31. This marks Redmond’s fourth consecutive win.

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The Hood River Valley Eagles boys and girls swimmers took on Intermountain Conference teams Ridgeview and Redmond in a double dual meet last Thursday at the Hood River Aquatic Center. The girls came out ahead in both duals: 119-41 against Ridgeview and 139-26 against Redmond.

The Dalles wrestling team celebrated senior night at Friday’s Intermountain Conference dual versus Hood River at Kurtz Gym.

The Dalles Riverhawks traveled to Sam Barlow High School to compete against 6A teams from Sandy and Sam Barlow in a three-team dual last Thursday and both groups placed second overall in the meet.

Kilee Hoylman scored 18 point, grabbed seven rebounds and had two assists and Rainie Codding tacked on 10 points and three boards as The Dalles girls basketball team defeated Pendleton on the road for the first time since Feb. 12, 2014, 37-32, in Intermountain Conference action Friday.

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The Hood River Valley boys varsity basketball team clinched wins against Ridgeview on Jan. 23 and McLoughlin on Jan. 27. The Eagle boys flew past the Ravens 60-53 and over the Pioneers 61-36.

Steven Preston, Dusty Dodge and Mauricio Carrera each posted pins, and Zak Tackett won by forfeit, but Pendleton notched seven pinfall wins, a technical fall and two forfeits to take a 59-24 victory over The Dalles in a 5A Intermountain Conference wrestling dual Wednesday in Pendleton.

Down nine swimmers, The Dalles head coach Derek Shortt fielded a group of 16 boys and girls, who combined for 10 wins and 10 seconds in a four-team event held on Friday, Jan. 24 in Madras.

A flat start hurt The Dalles and surging Redmond took full advantage with a 21-9 lead through one quarter and a 54-27 advantage entering the fourth quarter in what was a 65-45 league victory Friday at Kurtz Gym.

At the Hood River Invitational Saturday, Dusty Dodge claimed another title, and teammates Karen Villa, Steven Preston, Taylor Morehouse and Miguel Torres all placed in the top 6 to give The Dalles 11th place with 58 points.

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Fourteen teams convened on Saturday for the Hood River Elk Memorial Tournament. Barlow, Bend, Centennial, Cleveland, Forest Grove, Grant Union, hosts Hood River Valley, Lincoln, Mountain View, Riverside, Scappoose, The Dalles/ Dufur, Thurston and Columbia High School competed in the meet.

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With the lead traded 10 times, Horizon Christian School defeated South Wasco County High School 53-49 Tuesday night. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 14 but was postponed due to inclement weather.

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Hood River Valley Little League is now registering children ages 4-12 for its youth baseball and softball leagues at hrvll.com. Through February, registration is $65. From March 1-7, the cost is $75.

One game flip-flopped the Big Sky Conference boys standings Tuesday night. The Dufur Rangers jumped into a three-way tie for first place with Ione-Arlington and Horizon Christian after defeating Sherman by a 42-32 margin Tuesday in league action in Moro.

The Dalles rode an emotional roller coaster Friday night in their nip-and-tuck matchup against Crook County.

Wrestling can spur a litany of emotions. There’s pain, frustration, happiness and joy all rolled into one. The Dalles head coach Paul Beasley felt a sense of overwhelming pride Saturday as junior and second-year wrestler Elejah Sutton-Lott steamrolled though her 125-pound weight class with t…

The Dufur boys had a rough shooting night from the floor with five second-half field goals, one in the fourth quarter, in their 45-37 loss to Perrydale last Saturday in a non-league contest played in Perrydale.

The Sherman Huskies started 2-7 on the year and then flipped the switch with four consecutive league wins, capped by last Saturday’s 57-30 trouncing of Echo in boys basketball play at Echo.

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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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