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Sports briefs for March 22

Kennedy awarded All League honors

Hood River Valley High School sophomore Parker Kennedy was recognized recently for his role in the 2013-14 varsity boys basketball season with a Columbia River Conference 2nd Team nod. Kennedy was often the team’s leading scorer in what ended as a winless season for the Eagles. Hermiston’s Jake Flyg was named the CRC Player of the Year.

Register now for Co-Ed Soccer League

The Hood River adult co-ed soccer league is forming teams for its 11-weeks season starting at the end of this month. Games will be played Monday through Thursday evenings, 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s field. Each team will have one game per week for the season, followed by a week of playoff games starting June 9.

This year the league is adding one new team, which will open slots for new players. Interested players can also be added to existing teams if slots are available. For more information, contact organizer Carly McNeil at carly.mcneil@gmail.com or 541-400-1015.

HRV boys tennis plays Gresham, Sandy

Fresh talent and optimism for the future is the theme for the Hood River Valley High School boys tennis program this season, as it works to get 23 players in shape and ready for league action. The team played its first meet this week on the road vs. Gresham, where the Gophers finished with a sweep of doubles action and 2-2 record in singles to win the meet 6-2. No 2 single Cooper Holzman defeated his opponent 6-1, 6-3 and No. 4 Patrick Humann won 2-6, 5-4 by injury default. The Eagles hosted Sandy Wednesday but the teams were unable to complete the meet due to weather. The teams were tied 2-2 before it was called off, with No. 1 singles Scottie Ziegner winning 6-1, 6-0 and No. 1 doubles Billy Edwards and Victor Garibo won 7-6(1), 6-3.

“Though we have all of our players back from last season, we are still pretty young and inexperienced,” coach Jon Hiatt commented. “We are looking to improve our team record from last season and improve every day. Individually, junior Scottie Ziegner is our top player again this year. He was fourth in our Special District 1 and got to the consolation finals at the state tournament last season. His goal is to improve on that result this year. Juniors Victor Garibo and Cooper Holzman have spent the time in the offseason to improve and will see more positive results at both singles and doubles this year. Seniors Billy Edwards and Marten Sova provide stability and experience in doubles. We have 23 players out this season; that’s a lot of new faces.”

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