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Community mourns loss of crazyman Kjell Sporseen

Kjell Sporseen died doing what he loved, and although that fact doesn’t take the pain away from his loss, it does offer some solace to the disheartened friends and family he left behind.

Prep basketball roundup: HRV, Horizon hoops open seasons

HRV boys nab needed win; two close losses for HRV girls; Horizon boys earn No. 1 ranking; Horizon girls split games

Sports Briefs for Dec. 10

HRV Nordic hosts ski flic; HRV water polo starting youth program; Fast Pitch softball tryouts Dec. 13; HRVHS searching for boys lax coach

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Hawk boys eye a new state title

The Horizon Christian High Hawks boys basketball team has enjoyed considerable success in recent years, including reaching the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Class 1A state finals the past three seasons.

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HRV boys are taller, older; girls hope for breakthrough

Whenever a new season begins, it can often signal a dramatic turnaround for sports teams. Having that renewed sense of optimism is exactly the type of attitude that the Hood River Valley High Eagles girls basketball team is hoping will help them enjoy success during the 2014-2015 season.

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New era for Horizon girls

The Horizon Christian School varsity girls basketball team will be under the guidance of new head coach this season. Brian Stevens brings a positive outlook and upbeat attitude, which the Hawks are hoping will bring some success their way this season. Stevens and assistant coaches Kevin Dale and Melissa Bagge are hoping to transform a squad that had a 2-20 record in Class 1A a year ago into a winning team in 2015.

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HR youth gridders leave cleat marks in first year at Rose City Gridiron

A selection of local fifth and sixth grade football players represented Hood River last month at the Rose City Gridiron Classic in Portland. The team took a week off after the conclusion of Gorge Football League action, then started training to prepare for the tournament.

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Riders hoof a grand time in Ranch Sorting at county fairgrounds

The Hood River County Fairgrounds were home to a series of Ranch Sorting contests that culminated with about 40 riders from around the region in attendance at the season finale held earlier this fall.

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Eagles earn first-team All-State soccer honors

Boys also garner player, coach of the year awards

On the heels of a memorable and historic fall season, Hood River Valley High School varsity soccer had four boys and one girl selected as OSAA 5A first-team All-State players, one player chosen as the 5A Player of the Year and a coach selected as Coach of the Year. The 5A All-State awards (first team and second team) were announced last Friday and were chosen by all 5A coaches from the state.

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Local ladies featured in ‘Where the Wind Blows’

While waiting-out the next few months of gloomy northwest winter weather, go online and check out the locally-produced kiteboarding web series titled Where the Wind Blows. The three-part video project features Gorge-based professional female kiteboarders Lindsay McClure, Laura Mayer, Colleen Carroll and Sensi Graves as they explore the waters of the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast.

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Wrestling Blue vs. Gold night kicks off HRVHS winter sports

In a first for both the Hood River Valley High School wrestling team and the school’s theater department, an exciting intersquad showdown took place Saturday on the stage of the Bowe Theater, complete with spotlights, smoke machines, play-by-play announcing and post-match media interviews.

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Four Gorge men conquer Spartan Trifecta

“Remain calm during registration. It gets much worse from here.”

Sports Briefs for Dec. 3

Hawks hoops start Friday; Intensive hoops camp Dec. 6

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HR kiter claims Dutch national title

Hood River resident Vetea Boersma earned a unique claim to fame earlier this fall by winning the 2014 National Junior Dutch Kiteboarding Championships in Brouwersdam, Holland. Boersma, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Hood River Middle School, traveled to Holland with his family and was able to compete in the national kiteboarding contest because he is half Dutch.

Kegler's Corner: Rick Nishimoto rules the roost

League action was simply spectacular at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week — big scores were everywhere. Leading the parade of prominent producers was banker-turned-local-orchardist, Rick Nishimoto, who pummeled the pins to the tune of a fantastic 299 game in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league.