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Wrestlers roll into busy stretch of season

Eagles 4-4 at last week’s Northwest Duals; team ready for eight events in next two weeks

Hood River Valley High School wrestlers stayed busy over the winter break, traveling to Reno for the three-day Tournament of Champions before Christmas and to Westview High last week to close out 2014 with the annual Northwest Duals, which pitted 28 teams against one another for two full days of combat.

Sports Briefs for Jan. 7

An action packed week for prep sports

Wrestlers host Japanese National Team, community invited to Jan. 11 dual

In a unique cultural opportunity, Hood River Valley wrestling hosts members of the Japanese National Wrestling Team for a three days next week as part of the 2014 Oregon Wrestling Cultural Exchange program. The group of 13 wrestlers and three coaches will arrive in Hood River on the night of Jan. 10 and will home stay with members of the Hood River Valley High School wrestling team.

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A happy Holiday Tourney for HRV

The Hood River Valley High varsity girls basketball team added two wins to its record on its way to the finals of the Gresham Holiday Tournament last weekend. The girls defeated North Salem 43-25 Friday night and Madison 45-43 Saturday before losing 60-37 to the home team — the 8-1 6A Mt. Hood Conference Gophers — in the championship game. The showing is a big improvement from a year ago, when the team went 0-3 at the same tournament.

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U.S. Rep. Walden honors HRV boys soccer team

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of the Hood River Valley High School boys’ soccer team which brought home the title of ‘State Champions’ this year in the 2014 Oregon 5A state championship. Hood River is my hometown, and both my son and I are proud graduates of Hood River Valley High School, so this victory is especially sweet."

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HRV buzzer-beater sinks Senators

Skyler Hunter hits game-winner, Eagles 1-1 in home tourney

The Hood River Valley Eagles varsity boys basketball team will undoubtedly begin 2015 with a positive outlook, with their confidence bolstered after an exciting 63-61 nonleague win Saturday at home over the Madison Senators.

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Eagle wrestling building steam

An invaluable team bonding experience and an opportunity to compete against the nation’s best are the two big takeaways Hood River Valley High School wrestling got from its four-day trip to Nevada to compete in the annual Reno Tournament of Champions, says coach Trent Kroll.

HRV swimming second at La Grande

Hood River Valley High School swimmers were up bright and early Saturday morning to make a long trip east to compete in a six-team swim meet in La Grande.

Parker Kennedy leads with 17 in boys’ loss at Gresham

Elevated by a four-game winning streak, the Hood River Valley varsity boys basketball team traveled to Gresham Tuesday to take on the 6A Mt. Hood Conference Gophers (2-2), and although the Eagles finished with a loss, they still have plenty of reason for optimism.

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HRV outshoots Barlow for first win

Kelsey Wells leads with 17, Winans nets 10

After a rough start to the season, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls basketball team got a much-needed win at home Tuesday night over Barlow. Senior Kelsey Wells had a team-high 17 points and Laruen Winans had ten points and seven rebounds to lead the Eagles to the 46-30 win against the 6A Mt. Hood Conference Bruins.

Swim team competes

Hood River Valley High School swimming traveled south last weekend for an eight-school meet at Bend High. Although a smaller team than many of the others, the Eagles put in some quality marks, including top three finishes by Dhani Freeland, Kylie Webb, Trey Schilling, Stan Ocheskey and the girls 400 freestyle relay team.

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Fischer leads HRV nordic to victory in first race of season

Although winter is off to a very slow start around Mount Hood, the Hood River Valley High School Nordic ski team had a blazing intro to its season Saturday at Mount Bachelor, where the team competed in the first Oregon High School Nordic Organization race of its 2014-15 schedule.

HRV boys score 88 in big win

Eagles win fourth straight, set school record for high score

“On fire” would be a fair way of describing the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys basketball team after their fourth straight win Friday night against Mountain View High School of Vancouver. The Eagles, now 4-2 in nonleague action, have averaged an impressive 78.5 points per game over the past four games, highlighted by a team record-setting 88-points Friday to finish with an 18-point margin of victory.

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Eagle wrestling sets high goals

Marquez leads team in first tourney with win at Coast Classic

Hood River Valley High School wrestling got its first taste of competition over the weekend at tournaments in North Bend and White Salmon. Many of the top wrestlers in each weight class represented the Eagles at the Coast Classic invitational, where 30 teams went to battle in one of the toughest tournaments in the state. Meanwhile, a second HRV lineup stayed in the Gorge to represent the Eagles in White Salmon at the seven-team Bruin Invitational.

Hawks back to 1A No. 1

After losing a tough game a week ago against Horizon Christian of Tualatin, Hood River’s Horizon Hawks varsity boys basketball team responded by winning three straight to restore its OSAA 1A No. 1 ranking. The Hawks will try to continue their streak when they meet Class 3A’s Blanchet Catholic Cavaliers (2-2) in their next game Friday at 4:30 p.m. in their first matchup of a tournament Dec. 19-20 at Dayton High School.