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Horizon loses a heartbreaker in 1A semis

Hawks fall 5-4 in penalty kicks to North Clackamas Christian, face Damascus Christian Friday for third place

A four-goal effort by Horizon soccer lead scorer Quinn Roetcisoender wasn’t enough to lift the Hawks over the North Clackamas Christian Saints in a 1A semifinal playoff game played in Oregon City Monday.

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Team effort gives HRV boys soccer the CRC title in win with Hermiston

Senior Night sparks flew during the Eagles’ final home game of the regular season Tuesday at Henderson Community Stadium, where the top-ranked HRV boys soccer team (11-0-2, 5-0 Columbia River Conference) defeated No. 5 Hermiston (9-3-1, 3-2) 4-2.

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Horizon home finale

The Horizon Christian soccer team clinched a berth in the championship bracket of the 1A playoffs on Monday.

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Redmond’s run game dashes HRV’s chance for postseason appearance

The HRV football team’s slim chance at obtaining a playoff berth was reduced to none over the weekend thanks to the Redmond Panthers, who pummeled the Eagles’ defensive line with an unstoppable ground attack that gave the former Intermountain Conference team a 48-20 victory during HRV’s homecoming game Friday night.

Hermiston challenges, but can’t beat HRV boys soccer

After six consecutive seasons of winning the Columbia River Conference, the HRV boys soccer team has largely outgrown the smallest league in 5A, developing rivalries with nonconference 5A powerhouses like Wilsonville, Woodburn, Summit, and Hillsboro while rolling CRC’s Pendleton and The Dalles.

Prep Volleyball: HRV beats TD to take CRC title

Eagles then fall to Ravens in nonleague game

The HRV girls volleyball team has again won the Columbia River Conference, repeating the team’s performance in 2015 when the Eagles took the conference title — the first for HRV in 27 years.

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HRV Water Polo: JJ Mears explodes for 12 goals against David Douglas

The HRV boys water polo team has typically spread around the scoring fairly well this season, but that was not the case this past week.

HRV harriers fly past competition in Champoeg Invite

Eying the Columbia River Conference championships in a few weeks, the HRV cross country is getting into peak form, as evidenced by the team’s dominance during Saturday’s Champoeg Invitational in Newberg.

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Loss to Hermiston puts HRV in a tight spot

Halfway through the season, the HRV football team is on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff hunt.

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Horizon soccer closes in on championship bracket berth

Horizon Hawks get consecutive shutouts to keep pace in the Special District 6 team standings

Buoyed by some key league victories the past couple weeks, the Horizon soccer team looks to secure a spot in the championship bracket of the 1A playoff tournament, which will get underway later this month.

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HRV Girls soccer beats up Bucks in league debut

HRV defeats Pendleton 8-0, then shuts out Woodburn 4-0

After two nonconference losses last week, the HRV girls soccer team made a grand opening statement in their first league game of the season, letting the other teams in the Columbia River Conference know that the Eagles will again be the team to beat.

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Clinched!: With defeats of Pendleton and Hermiston, Eagles volleyball already locks up a postseason appearance

They haven’t played a game in the month of October yet, but the HRV volleyball team has already clinched, at the very least, a play-in berth.

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Pendleton no match for HRV boys soccer

Eagles enjoys 8-0 romp against Bucks, draw to 3-3 against Woodburn

Tuesday afternoon was a bad time to be a Buckaroo.

HRVHS graduate and soccer pro starts Gorge Soccer Academy

Matthew Dallman’s academy to host trainings in TD, HR

He’s played soccer professionally for nine years and has traveled around Europe to play the game, but now, Hood River’s Matthew Dallman is bringing that experience and knowledge back to the Gorge to help a new generation of soccer players.

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HRV volleyball easily wins Parkrose tourney

It was another weekend of wins for the surging HRV volleyball team, who swept the competition at Parkrose High on Saturday to claim its third tournament victory of the season.

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XC team picks up the pace at Nike Portland meet

HRV boys place fifth, girls 11th at competitive invitational

Saturday’s Nike Portland XC meet provided the first major test for the HRV cross country team and Head Coach Brandon Bertram liked what he saw, with only a few reservations.

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Boys water polo get into a nice groove with wins over Grant, Gresham

It’s been a different kind of season for the boys water polo team, except for one key aspect: they keep winning.

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Girls water polo pummel Grant in home debut, do the same to Gresham

Tuesday’s home debut for the HRV girls water polo team had the similar trappings to the other victories the young, talented Eagles squad have racked up so far this season.

Hood River Valley boys soccer juggernaut rolls into league competition

Continuing a trend from the last couple seasons, the HRV boys soccer team remains undefeated as it heads into its league schedule, after holding La Salle (2-2-2) to a 1-1 draw on the road Tuesday, then shutting out 6A Central Catholic (1-4-1) with a two-goal effort Thursday evening at Westside Elementary. The Eagles (6-0-1), the No. 1 team in 5A, will look to start their Columbia River Conference games with another win Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a match with Pendleton (1-3-1) at Westside Elementary.

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HRV girls soccer finishes nonleague stretch with losses

Eagles fall to La Salle at home, 6A Barlow on the road

The end of HRV’s nonleague series (save for a game against Woodburn Sept. 29) didn’t go exactly as planned for the Eagles, who have been trying to rack up as many nonconference wins as possible to help them gain a higher ranking at the end of the season.

HRV volleyball handed first loss of the season

Eagles fall to 6A Liberty at Century tourney

After 11 games this season, the HRV volleyball team’s win streak was finally snapped on Saturday during a tournament at Century High School in Hillsboro, where the Eagles fell to 6A Liberty in the championship game.

Set-piece prowess nets HRV girls soccer big win over West Albany

For seven years, Kevin Haspela has been the head coach of the HRV girls soccer program. And in those seven years, the Eagles have played the West Albany Bulldogs six times. They’ve lost five times, tied once, but never won.

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The end of Morrison Park?

City looks to rezone disc golf course for affordable housing

Morrison Park has been the site of Hood River’s disc golf course for over a decade, but in the coming years, it may have a different use: affordable housing.

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HRV boys soccer unbeaten streak hits 40 games

Nov. 16, 2013. That was the last time the HRV boys soccer team lost a game, playing Summit in the 5A finals, falling to the Storm, 2-0.

HRV volleyball’s first league win proves to be anything but easy

Eagles come from behind to take Buckaroos in five sets

Wins have been relatively easy to come by this season for the HRV volleyball team, cruising to victories in nonconference competition that left the Eagles with a 9-0 record and a 5A No. 1 ranking heading into Columbia River Conference games earlier this week.

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HRV Harriers rock Skip Sparks

The annual Skip Sparks Invitational in Hood River was a great opportunity for HRV cross country runners to show their stuff in front of a home crowd.

HRV Girls water polo overwhelms Sandy in 19-1 blowout

The HRV girls water polo team added another conference win to its tally Tuesday evening, easily defeating the Sandy Pioneers.

Fast and physical 6A Reynolds proves too much for HRV football team

The growing pains for HRV’s young football team continued Friday night as the Eagles were on the wrong end of another lopsided game, this time against Reynolds High.

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Girls water polo gets historic win over Barlow

Proving once again that they are a team on the rise, the HRV girls water polo squad scored another victory Thursday evening and though it was only the second contest of the season, it was a historic one.

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Horizon volleyball debuts

The Horizon Christian volleyball team started its season last week with league contests against Dufur and Arlington.

HRV Eagles volleyball rises to No. 1

Indicative of the incredible turnaround they’ve had since the 2014 season, the HRV girls volleyball team, fresh off another tournament win this weekend, are currently ranked as the best volleyball team in the state.

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HRV BOYS SOCCER: First playoff rematch results in a win for HRV

Eagles make short work of Hillsboro on the road in 2015 5A semifinal rematch; defeats 6A Franklin in Hood River

Last season, there weren’t many schools that gave the HRV boys soccer team much trouble, except one.

Running the show: Brandon Bertram named head track and field coach for HRVHS

Hood River Valley High School administrators didn’t encounter many hurdles in their process to hire a replacement for Donnie Herneisen, who switched to coaching girls basketball at HRV after seven years as the high school’s track and field head coach. Nor did they have to look far.

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HRV girls soccer looks to make deeper playoff run in 2016

Eagles run wild on McLoughlin Pioneers in home-opener

The HRV girls soccer team has ruled the roost in the Columbia River Conference for the past several years, taking the CRC title every year since Kevin Haspela took over as head coach of the team in 2010, although the Eagles did share the title with Hermiston back in 2012.

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HRV boys soccer team aims for third-straight state championship

They’ve won two state titles in as many years and haven’t lost a game since 2013, but this year’s HRV boys soccer team isn’t taking anything for granted as they aim for a third-straight 5A championship.

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Picking up where they left off

The HRV girls volleyball team got right back into it this week with their first contests of the season, and wound up with a 2-0 record after their first two games.

Girls water polo trounces David Douglas in opener

The girls water polo team had a breakout season in 2015, finishing third in the state tournament after not winning in a single game in their inaugural 2014 campaign and appear to have picked up where they left off last season, pummeling David Douglas 15-2 in the Eagles’ away opener on Tuesday.

Boys water polo strong in David Douglas debut

They may have lost some key players due to graduation, but the boys water polo team, steadily growing over the past few years, showed they are stronger than ever earlier this week during HRV’s debut against David Douglas, during which the Eagles outplayed the 6A team, cruising to an 18-7 victory on the road.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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Gorge Cup favorite Bruce Peterson is 2016 frontrunner

Penultimate race of the annual windsurfing series held this Saturday

There’s been a lot of good wind days this summer on the Columbia River and competitive windsurfers in the Gorge have been taking advantage of the situation, getting in a lot of laps during this year’s Gorge Cup series.

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KB4C enjoys great wind, major milestone

Before the event kicked off Friday night, Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) had already achieved a significant milestone, celebrating its 10th anniversary. But by the time the last kite had come back to shore at the Event Site, it was clear that KB4C had reached an even bigger one.