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Hood 2 River Relay race set for May 31

A first of its kind in Hood River County, the May 31 Hood 2 River Relay Race is a six-stage event starting on the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows and ending at the Hood River waterfront, with stages of alpine skiing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, road biking, running and paddling in between.

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HRV snowboarding’s Maddie Collins wins state halfpipe title

The Hood River Valley snowboard team sent six riders to the state competition in Bend earlier this month to compete in banked slalom, boardercross, slopestyle and halfpipe contests.

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High school team sets sail

Gorge Sailing Team quickly recruits full group for first season

Starting this year, sailing has been added to the long list of sports high school students in the Gorge can compete in during the spring season, and although it means a draw of potential athletes away from other school sports, a sailing team seems like a natural fit for a town famous for its reliable wind and the mighty Columbia River out the front door.

HRV golf starts season of rebuilding

Keuchmann, Hay lead team in opening contests

With the goal of maintaining numbers and re-establishing enthusiasm for the sport at the high school level, the Hood River Valley High School golf team is taking its early season scores in stride, focusing instead on individual growth and the future of the program. The team, led by first year head coach Mark Gradin — also Indian Creek Golf Course’s director of instruction — has just three girls and a handful of boys, several of whom are first-year players.

HRV girls tennis beats Parkrose

Miranda Starr and Maddy Graham won in singles action and duos of Ellie Webb/Olivia Newcomb, Camaryn Chambers/Eva Kahn and Annelise Acosta/Vanessa Olivas scored wins for the Eagles last week in the team’s home dual against Parkrose. The overall tally gave HRV the 5-3 win going into this week’s spring vacation.

Hawks split home doubleheader

The Horizon Hawks bounced back from a 5-3 first game loss with a 10-1 slugfest to split a home doubleheader against Western Mennonite of Salem Saturday at Collins Field. Playing in glorious spring conditions, the Hawks, now 2-1 in their nonleague schedule, managed five hits but left seven on base and suffered the fate of a couple badly timed errors in the first of the two games. The score was tied 3-3 going into the seventh, when Horizon allowed two runs to give the visiting Pioneers the win.

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Hawks open season with 11-2 slugfest

Horizon Christian School’s baseball team kicked off its season in a big way Tuesday with a commanding 11-2 win over the visiting Blue Jays of Portland Lutheran. The high-scoring game at Hood River’s Collins Field got off to a stifled start as both teams worked out first-game jitters, but, for the Hawks at least, once they found an offensive rhythm it turned into a productive day at the ballpark.

HRV track off the blocks in season of high hopes

Hood River Valley High School track and field got its feet wet in a four-way icebreaker meet Wednesday at Forest Grove. The varsity girls, led by first-place finishes from Jestena Mattson, Kassidy Davidson, Lauren Robinson, Sascha Bockius and Zoe Peterson, won handily over Forest Grove, Century and South Salem, while the boys faced stiffer competition and ended third overall, with Sebastian Barajas and Parker Kennedy the team’s only event winners.

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Eagles rally for wins heading into spring vacation

HRV baseball shuts down Sandy, softball beats Barlow

Hood River Valley High School baseball and softball teams took care of business this week before heading out of town for their respective spring break tournaments — the North Medford Invitational for the girls and the Coach Bob National Invitation in North Canyon, Ariz., for the boys.

Sports briefs for March 22

Kennedy awarded All League honors; Register now for Co-Ed Soccer League ; HRV boys tennis plays Gresham, Sandy

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Bigs and Littles make a racket with tennis team

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge held its first ever tennis clinic for Bigs and Littles on Sunday, March 16, on the newly renovated Hood River Community Tennis Courts.

Volunteers sought for trail work party March 29

Hood River County will be holding a trail work party March 29 to begin construction of the Pinemont Loop Connector.

Six events in 6,000 feet: Hood 2 River Relay Race is May 31

In a well-timed kickoff to the summer recreation and event season, a six-discipline relay race starting at the top of Mt. Hood Meadows and finishing at the Hood River Marina is set for May 31.

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Spring sports get underway with four home games Monday

Hood River Valley High School athletics kicked off the spring sports season with a frenzy of activity Monday afternoon, when Eagle baseball, softball, boys lacrosse and girls tennis all hosted their first contests of the season. As follows are brief reports from each of the events.

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Snowkite success leaves Gorge residents hungry for next adventure

It’s pretty hard to claim a first these days, and although they can’t be absolutely sure, Brad Gordon and Bob Riviello are confident they beat everyone else to the cookie jar on Mount Adams.