Varsity boys open with two wins this week; new girls team learns the ropes
After a successful first season competing at the varsity level last year, the Hood River Valley High School water polo team is bigger and better as it returns to the pool for the fall season. In its third year since being formed, the team has grown considerably over the off-season and, in addition to having full varsity and JV squads for the first time, now has enough members to field a separate female team.
In an energetic battle between the state’s top two ranked teams, senior forward Jaime Frias made a speedy run up the center of the field, took a perfect through-ball from midfielder Diego Rueda, outran two defenders in chase and made a quick dribble around a charging Summit goalie for an open shot at the net.
The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association closed out the 2014 season with its annual end of season party and Gorge Windsurfing Awards last week at Springhouse Cellar in downtown Hood River. Nominees for five awards were selected, then winners were chosen by the windsurfing community via an online vote.
Lauren Robinson and Justin Crosswhite are pictured in stride Thursday afternoon during Hood River Valley High School cross country’s annual Skip Sparks Invitational.
HRV boys pick up two more wins
Although too early in the season to put much stock in the rankings, Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer lived up to its 5A No. 1 status Tuesday afternoon in a commanding 5-2 win over 6A No. 2 ranked Franklin.
Eagles aiming for playoff berth in rebuilding season
After a tenuous 2013 season that ended with just four wins in 19 games, this year’s Hood River Valley High School varsity volleyball team is digging into its fall schedule with the optimism of a fresh start, and the ease of knowing that there’s nowhere to go but up.
Hood River’s Joleen Wampler-Kendall came down out of the woods last week to shower and resupply before heading back into the Mt. Hood National Forest to continue this month’s elk bow hunting season.
As predicted, this year’s run of Fall Chinook salmon returning to the Columbia River is setting all-time historic records.
In one word: Stacked.
With five seniors, eight juniors and six returning All Conference players on his roster, fifth-year head coach Kevin Haspela is looking at the next few months with great optimism. This year’s Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team, he says, has the highest potential he has seen in his tenure with the Eagles.