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Athletes work through Eagle Creek fire interruptions

Not surprisingly, the Eagle Creek fire affected just about everything in its raging path.

Athletes at Hood River Valley High School saw the effects of its rampant flame in terms of their sports schedules. Volleyball, boys’ soccer and cheerleading all experienced cancelations of practices, team activities, and games.

Alexa Jimenez, a senior cheerleader, defined the start of the season as aggravating.

“Half of our four football home games have already been canceled, and they’re not going to be rescheduled,” Jimenez said. “It’s annoying for those of us that are seniors, because it’s our last season to participate.”

Erik Siekkinen, senior captain of the boys’ soccer team, described the fire interfering with “getting to know everyone right at the start of the season.

“We couldn’t develop a team dynamic at the beginning of the season, which can hurt our playing, because we’re not as bonded,” said Siekkinen. Already in their season, boys’ soccer has had three games cancelled, along with several practices.

Emilie Ellifritz, a junior outside hitter on the volleyball team, showed frustration with having to practice separately, rather than as a team, when their events were canceled.

“One day when practice was canceled, about half of our team went to play at a teammate’s house who has an indoor court,” Ellifritz explained. Although they got to practice, only having half of the team in attendance didn’t help in improving their team closeness. As of mid-September, however, the rain has come and washed away any concerns about continued cancelations.

Siekkinen and the boys’ soccer team now look forward to their home game against Woodburn, Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m., which is predicted to be a great match. In addition, their pent-up energy from the past few weeks will hopefully fuel their way to the upcoming state championships. Volleyball is motivated to return to the state tournament again this year, potentially moving up to the podium.

Rosie Dillon, a senior, is serving as intern at Hood River News through the HRVHS Summit Career Center.

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