Kenji Nakano has dedicated almost half of his life to his community and townspeople, and after serving 40 years as the Mayor of Tsuruta, Japan, the 84-year-old is finally retiring.
Hood River native Alex Titus is embarking on the trip of a lifetime.
Hood River’s Chantelle Carter will soon be headed to one of the largest rodeos in the world: the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev., June 27-July 5.
Ryan Ward highlights baseball list with 1st team pitcher nod
Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball and softball teams concluded praiseworthy seasons last week in the 2014 OSAA 5A state championships.
HRV finishes second in state tourney, but graduates only three
The final play of Saturday’s OSAA 5A state baseball championship between Hood River Valley and Sandy high schools came down to a high pop fly in foul territory beyond the first baseline. Down 8-3 with two outs, the chance of an HRV comeback was slim to none, and Sandy’s first basemen sealed the victory, and the Pioneers’ first-ever state baseball title, by catching the fly ball directly over the heads of the HRV lineup watching from Volcano Stadium’s visitor’s dugout.
“Hold your heads up. Hold your heads up,” coach Eric Keller told his girls Tuesday evening outside the dugout, as a strong west wind swirled dust devils around the infield of the Hood River Valley Eagles’ home ballpark.
Team makes state semis for first time since 1993
You can’t call these boys Cinderella, but their story is turning out to be just that.
If there’s small solace to be had in this tragedy, it’s that Matt Klee died doing something he loved.
Multi-sport event draws more than 300 to enjoy Hood River Valley’s many outdoor offerings
Conditions aligned perfectly Saturday for the inaugural Hood2River Relay Race, and if the unanimous expressions of blissful exhaustion at the finish line and after-party were any indication, the event promises to be bigger and better next year.
Hood River Valley varsity boys lacrosse extended its season at least through the weekend with a commanding 19-0 win at home Wednesday night against Rex Putnam in the inaugural Cascade Cup tournament. The win advanced the team to a Saturday night game at Canby in the 16-team bracket’s quarterfinal round.
Anyone who has seen Regan Huckaby work out in the last year will tell you, she’s an absolute maniac. Although as friendly as they come, the 27-year-old Hood River resident is trimmed like a Navy SEAL and can outperform most of the guys in her gym; accolades made all the more impressive by the fact that she’s a mother of two young Huckaby rugrats, ages 2 and 4.
No. 14 HRV defeats No. 3 Springfield to advance to 5A playoff quarterfinals
Eagle baseball pulled off a big-time win Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the OSAA 5A state championships. HRV, seeded No. 14 in the 16-team bracket after winning a play-in game last week at Bend, upset Springfield with a 5-2 win to advance to the tournament quarterfinals and knock the No. 3 seed out of the tournament on their home turf.
Sebastian Barajas and Jestena Mattson successfully defended state titles over the weekend at the 2014 OSAA 5A State Track and Field Championships to help propel Hood River Valley High School to ninth- and fifth-place team finishes in the season finale at Eugene’s Hayward Field.
Runners enjoyed the sunshine Wednesday at May Street for Dragon Dash, left, and Thursday at Westside for Wildcat Chase.
Hood River Valley High’s Dan Kuechmann shot a two-day total of 165 — 21 over par — to finish in a tie for 32nd place at last week’s OSAA 5A state golf championships at Banks’ Quail Valley Golf Course. Crescent Valley sophomore Kevin Geniza won the tournament with a three-over-par total of 147.
In a unique mix of fun in the sun and hard-headed competition, the Hood River Marina was host to the 2014 Oregon Beach Wrestling State Championships last weekend. On a smooth strip of beach jutting into the Columbia River, wrestlers were paired into general age and weight categories and competed in the unique format of wrestling with rules similar to those of the Japanese Sumo style.
Hood River Valley High track and field claimed 10 district titles and qualified athletes in 18 events at last week’s Columbia River Conference championships to compete in the upcoming OSAA 5A State meet in Eugene. Preliminary rounds start Friday inside the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field, where 38 of the state’s 5A programs will be represented; action peaks with final rounds Saturday afternoon.
Dan Kuechmann will be the lone golfer to represent Hood River Valley High School at next week’s OSAA 5A boys golf state championships. Keuchmann and Coach Mark Gradin will travel to Banks, home to Quail Valley Golf Course, on Sunday for a practice round before the two-day tournament next week to determine the state’s top high school golfers.
Hood River Valley baseball fell just short of an exciting upset over the Columbia River Conference-leading Hermiston Bulldogs in a stifling home contest Tuesday afternoon at Traner Field that ended with a 5-4 loss.
Erika Enriquez saved the day Tuesday with a fifth-inning RBI single to drive in the only run of the game in the Hood River Valley Eagles’ narrow 1-0 home victory over Hermiston.
Superpark draws world’s best to Hood for spring finale
Many of the world’s best snowboarders were at Mt. Hood Meadows last week for the 18th installment of SNOWBOARDER Magazine’s highly touted Superpark exhibition, which featured a closed-to-the-public course of features that can only be described as ludicrous by anyone but the select few crazy, and talented, enough to fly off them at breakneck speeds.
New skater intake set for May 18, find details at www.gorgerollergirls.org
An unfortunate but timely reminder during warm-ups of the risks skaters take in the sport of roller derby set the tone for Saturday’s home bout hosted by the Gorge Roller Girls. After receiving a standing ovation as paramedics hoisted a Storm City Roller Girls skater into an awaiting ambulance with a broken leg, players from both teams did a quick gear check with referees before getting started with the bout.
Coach Eric Keller and the Hood River Valley Eagles would love just one more date with the Pendleton Buckaroos this season.
Fundraiser run draws nearly 400, raises $10k for Lila May
There’s something oddly heartwarming about watching a crowd of grown men prance around in pink tutus. In many cases entire families, dogs included, waited patiently, and proudly, for the start of Saturday’s Lila May Tutu Trot, wreathed in flamboyancy usually reserved for 6-and-under ballerinas or Halloween costumes.
HRV softball fights for top ranking, baseball looking for play-in berth
HRV softball and baseball
Christian Marquez is third in HRVHS history to earn triple crown distinction
Coach Trent Kroll has a lot of catching up to do in the Hood River Valley High School wrestling room, and after several months of hard work over the winter and extended spring wrestling seasons, it’s the kind of labor he enjoys the most.
With the Columbia River Conference meet just a few weeks away, it’s crunch time for Hood River Valley High School track and field. As a good measuring stick of where individuals are in their events and how the team measures up to the progress of other teams, the Eagles traveled to Bend last weekend for the 14-team Summit Invitational.
The Hood River Valley Eagles broke a seven-game losing streak on the road Saturday with a hard-hitting 13-5 win over 5A No. 11 ranked Hermiston.
Freshman midfielder Bruce Ostler played with the poise and prowess of a senior Friday evening in the Hood River Valley Eagles’ 14-8 home win over the Cleveland Warriors. Ostler’s four goals, one assist and five ground ball grabs earned him the ceremonial game ball at the end of the evening.
May 10 fundraiser helps 3-year-old’s fight against neuroblastoma
In many ways, Lila May is a typical 3½-year-old. She’s feisty and energetic, she likes to bake cookies and play dress-up, watch Blazer games, cuddle with stuffed animals, dress in pink, dance like a ballerina with Teacher Nancy and has an absolutely darling smile.
The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association announced with excitement this week that it had acquired a one-acre parcel of Columbia River waterfront known as Swell City. After a unanimous vote of approval last week from the CGWA board of directors, Executive Director Greg Stiegel signed documents Monday making the purchase official.
National championship races in Hood River County May 4
Rally America racing comes to Hood River County next week, with many of the top racers in the country in tow for the 2014 Oregon Trail Rally — one of eight events in the national championship series. The three-day stage starts May 2 at Portland International Raceway, followed by May 3 racing in Wasco County and ending May 4 on the technical gravel roads of Hood River County.
Eagles take second at revitalized meet
Friday afternoon’s sunny weather illuminated nearby fruit trees in full bloom, providing a fitting backdrop for the aptly named Apple Blossom Invitational at Hood River Valley High School. After many years’ hiatus, the event, once a well-regarded track and field meet, was revitalized this year with the intent of restoring it as an annual occurrence.
With new ownership and new name, local semi-pro soccer team forges ahead
Gorge FC hosted Inter United of Seattle Saturday evening at Hood River Valley High School the newly formed semi-pro soccer team’s first home league game since being formed last year. After breaking out with an exciting 2-0 first-half lead off goals from Raul Marquez — both assisted by Felipe Heredia — the home team lost steam in the second half, allowing four goals to finish with a 4-2 loss.
In an effort to help re-establish Washington’s high school cultural exchange wrestling program, Oregon has partnered with its neighbor to the north to send a team of 13 high school wrestlers to Japan this June. To help fill the team, Oregon is sending six of the 13, and of those six two (and possibly a third) are Hood River Valley High School wrestlers.
Hannah Bergemann brought home three gold medals earlier this month from Copper Mountain, Colo., where she claimed national titles in slopestyle, halfpipe and rail jam events at the 2014 USASA National Championships.
With just three seconds remaining in the final quarter and a six-goal lead, the Hood River Valley varsity boys lacrosse team had already sealed the home win Monday night against Newberg.
Few people embody a true zest for life quite like Fred Noble, and even as he struggles with a disease that means an unrelenting and painful decline to death, he is reaching out to inspire others in the eternal quest to find meaning, purpose and happiness
A flurry of second-half goals by Isabelle Cullen stamped out any chances Cleveland had at a comeback Tuesday evening in the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls lacrosse team’s season opener. Cullen scored six on the night to lead the girls in the 15-9 home win.
With spring break in the rear view, Hood River Valley High School track and field is transitioning from its early season outlook to a more focused mindset of preparing for the all-telling Columbia River Conference championships, just six weeks away as of this weekend.
Fresh off a solid 3-1 outing at the Coach Bob National Invitational tournament in Arizona over spring break, the Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball team took the Gladstone Gladiators to the cleaners Wednesday afternoon with a 7-0 shutout at Traner Field.
Late season storms bring SWE to 93% at Mt. Hood
Fantastic February transitioned into marvelous March on Mount Hood, and as this winter’s erratic attitude improved dramatically from depressing December, it delivered enough snow by the start of spring to end in an almost average April.
Along with its long list of not-so thrilling, but still perfectly respectable and worthwhile offerings like Paralegal Tutoring, Fundamentals of Wet Felting, Everything You Need to Know After Having a Baby and — the butt of many jokes but the bud of many musical careers — Band Camp, Hood River County Community Education is gearing up for its most exciting season, when instructors from all walks of life get to introduce local youth to the many world-class outdoor activities the region is blessed with.
Coach Pero Lovrin likens the conquest of his U14 Hood River Strikers soccer team to the fable of David and Goliath. Competing in the state’s most elite youth division — the National Premier League of Oregon — the group of 15 small-town boys battled against big city teams and premier clubs with long-running histories and much larger pools of star players to draw from.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.