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HRV teams gearing up for next week’s preseason starts

Volleyball, football, cross country, boys soccer, and girls soccer scrimmage next week; water polo the week after

Hood River Valley High School athletic teams have been enduring the hot weather all week in preparation for the start of the fall sports season that kicks off next week with some preseason scrimmages.

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Introducing the HRVHS Athletic Hall of Fame 2016 inductees

The Hood River Valley High School Hall of Fame Committee has made its selections for the 2016 class of athletes who will be inducted during next month’s Hall of Fame game and weekend celebration that runs Sept. 23 and 24 (see the end of the article for more information on those events).

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Ideal conditions produce new course record for HRYC’s Double Damned

The Hood River Yacht Club hosted its 9th Annual Double Damned race last Saturday — a west-to east downwinder that runs from Cascade Locks to The Dalles and references the two dams near both those locations (Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam).

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No surprises in Gorge Cup series finale

Perennial cup winner Bruce Peterson takes 2016 title

Coming as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has been following Gorge Cup action this year, Bruce Peterson has once again claimed this year’s windsurfing slalom series title — made official after the Sailworks co-founder ran the table in the final two days of racing last weekend during the Dakine Derby at the Event Site.

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John Combs brings wealth of experience to new role as Horizon Christian School athletic director

The 2016 fall sports season is just a few weeks away from starting at Horizon Christian and the school will have a new athletic director to go with it as well.

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Columbia Gorge Racing Association sails through 20th anniversary

Hood River gets a lot of attention when it comes to wind and water sports in the Gorge, but the city of Cascade Locks is no slouch either, particularly when it comes to sailboat racing.

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BOTG Kite Fest enjoys great wind, greater turnout

The beach at the Port of Skamania in Stevenson was crowded with spectators and kiteboarders alike all last weekend, who came from around the Gorge, around the country, and around the world to take in the 16th Annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest.

It’s all over but the shouting in this year’s Gorge Cup windsurfing series

Bruce Peterson essentially locks up the Cup with another win

The Gorge Cup isn’t over yet, but it might as well be. Local windsurfing virtuoso Bruce Peterson is essentially uncatchable in the annual spring and summer slalom windsurfing series that ends next weekend with races on Aug. 6 and 7.

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HRV water polo gets ‘new’ leadership

Growing program headed by Kellie Dunn for the girls team, Dave Robinson for boys

Over the past four years, the Hood River Valley High School water polo team has quickly grown from a handful of athletes who struggled to win games to a team of more than 40 players who have state tournament experience.

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Gorge Downwind Champs sees big spike in participation

Surf ski, SUP, and outrigger canoe paddlers take to the Columbia River

A flotilla of bright, red-orange shirts bobbing in the Columbia River provided a great contrast to the moody Pacific Northwest sky Friday afternoon as around 250 paddlers took to the water to participate in this year’s Gorge Downwind Championships.

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