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Losses to The Dalles puts HRV in a CRC bind

Eagles drop both games to The Dalles at home Saturday

With the league schedule entering its final stretch, the HRV softball team is on the outside looking in when it comes to a chance at making the postseason after dropping both games of a doubleheader to The Dalles last Saturday in Hood River.

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Boys lax suffers significant setback in league opener

Eagles see ‘missed opportunities’ in OT loss to Wilson

Tuesday night in Hood River, the HRV boys lax team, which has been cruising along on a string of victories against nonleague opponents this season, struck an unexpected speed bump in the team’s league debut against Wilson.

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Rough night for the eagles

The HRV baseball team suffered its worst loss of the season Tuesday night, falling 9-1 to Hermiston.

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Late rally falls short in HRV loss to Hermiston

After defeating Hermiston 10-0 in the last game of a doubleheader on Saturday, the HRV Eagles softball team was looking to pull ahead in the season series with a win Tuesday evening at home and tighten up the standings in the Columbia River Conference.

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HRV softball splits games with No. 6 Hermiston

They may be in one of the toughest leagues in the state, but the HRV softball team continues to perform well in the Columbia River Conference despite the team’s fourth-place ranking, splitting games with the sixth-ranked Hermiston Bulldogs this weekend.

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Eagle boys lax easily handles Nadzitsaga

After suffering their first loss of the season April 15 — a brutal 16-3 defeat at the hands of the Sherwood Bowmen — the HRV boys lax team (8-1) rebounded with a 17-3 drubbing of Nadzitsaga (0-8) in Hood River Friday evening.

OES proves to be as tough a test as expected for girls lax

HRV has worst loss of the season against OES, then bounces back with win over Wilson

Andrew McElderry, head coach of the HRV girls lax team, had Friday’s contest at Oregon Episcopal School penciled in as the toughest game of the season for the Eagles, and the Aardvarks delivered.

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HRV boys track team runs with the best in 5A

Boys team narrowly misses first at Summit Invitational

Saturday’s track invitational at Summit High School in Bend was the first true test of how the HRV boys team stacked up against some of the best competition in 5A, and the team aced the test… almost.

Eagle girls lax routs another opponent, but now faces tougher teams

HRV beats Grant, 12-2, was scheduled to play league-leading OES Friday

The HRV girls lax team has been oddly consistent in most of its victories this season.

HRV boys tennis beats Bucks in first home league match

The HRV boys tennis team played Pendleton on Wednesday and the Eagles picked up their second league win of the season, beating a shorthanded Buckaroos squad 6-2.

Hot bats for HRV won’t cool down

Eagles baseball slugs its way to 11-5 win over Pendleton

The offensive adjustments made by HRV this season continue to pay off for the Eagles, who beat Pendleton for the third time in four days on Tuesday, routing the Buckaroos 11-5 in Pendleton and winning the season series.

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HRV track and field takes first at Blossom Invite

Under sunny skies and warm temperatures, the HRV track and field team dominated the annual Blossom Invitational in Hood River Friday, with both the girls and the boys teams outpacing the competition to take first place overall in the meet.

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HRV baseball rocks Bucks in league opener

HRV defeats Pendleton in both games of a doubleheader

The No. 4 Eagles had one of their biggest tests of the Columbia River Conference season on Saturday, playing their perennial rivals, the No. 19 Pendleton Buckaroos, Saturday in a doubleheader.

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HRV softball puts up a fight, but falls to Pendleton

Eagles drop both games of league doubleheader with Buckaroos in Hood River

The Pendleton Buckaroos’ reputation as heavy-hitters preceded them in Saturday’s doubleheader with No. 15 HRV in Hood River, and though the No. 4 Bucks didn’t put up a ton of offense against the Eagles, they put up enough.

Girls lax beats Cleveland again

They may not have been able to catch Oregon Episcopal School in the Portland League lacrosse standings, but the Eagle girls continued to put more distance between themselves and other teams in the league this Friday after rolling Cleveland for the second time this season.

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Liberty no match for HRV boys lax

Eagles defeat Falcons, 17-5, to go 7-0

The road-weary HRV boys lax team couldn’t have asked for a much better homecoming Tuesday night, crushing the 1-6 Liberty Falcons by a score of 17-5, giving the Eagles their seventh win in their seventh game this season.

HRV baseball ‘excited’ to start league schedule

Eagles finish nonleague schedule with rout of Redmond, play Pendleton this Saturday at noon

So far this season, the players on the HRV baseball team have done exactly what has been expected of them by Head Coach Erich Harjo.

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HRV softball closes out nonleague schedule strong, but faces ‘a grind’ in league games

Eagles defeat Redmond in eight innings and play Pendleton in a doubleheader Saturday at noon

The Eagles softball team has seen some high and low points in a challenging nonleague schedule, which came to an end Wednesday with HRV eking out an eight-inning, 6-5 win over Redmond in Hood River.

HRV track team is ‘progressing well’

Girls take third and boys take first, along with breaking some records, at Sandy Invite

It’s been a good season so far for the HRV boys and girls track teams and Saturday’s invitational at Sandy High School showed there are no signs of that letting up.

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Girls lax: Another game, another blowout win for Eagle girls

HRV defeats Liberty, 14-3

The HRV girls lax team bowled over yet another opponent Friday night, defeating Liberty 14-3 in a nonleague game and continuing what has been a stellar start to the season for the Eagles.

Boys lax: HRV stretches win streak to six

HRV defeats Putnam and Aloha to go 6-0

The HRV boys lacrosse team has continued unbeaten through the first three weeks of its nonleague schedule, defeating Rex Putnam and Aloha late last week to give the team its best start since the 2005 season.

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Chase Lariza’s bat sparks wild HRV win over Wilsonville

Win over Wilsonville: In a season where HRV has seen more than its fair share of games decided by a single run, Wednesday’s game with Wilsonville was a welcome departure from that trend.

After ‘disappointing’ loss to Lincoln, girls lax bounces back with win over St. Mary’s

Lincoln High School proved to be a tough opponent for HRV last week.

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After another decisive win, Lincoln stops HRV girls lax

On Thursday night in Hood River, the HRV girls lacrosse team got its third-straight win of the season with another blowout victory, this time at the expense of the Wilson Trojans, who lost 16-2 to give the Eagles their most decisive victory of the season.

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Eagles baseball edges Ridgeview after tough loss to Sandy

HRV had one of its toughest losses of the season Thursday, losing to the Sandy Pioneers by one run in a game that went into extra innings after the Eagles had built a four-run lead.

Eagle boys lacrosse rolls to 4-0 record

Eagles get a pair of gutsy one-point road wins in games at Canby and Clackamas

It may be only four games into the season, but the HRV boys lacrosse team is already on a roll, winning all four of its contests, including two hotly-contested away games late last week that were decided by just a single goal.

HRV baseball defeats Gladstone, then loses heartbreaker to Sandy

The Eagles returned this week from their successful spring break trip down to Arizona and resumed their winning ways in their first game of the week, handily defeating the 4A Gladstone Gladiators on the road.

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HRV girls tennis wins home opener

After having not much time on the courts in preparation for the 2016 season, the HRV girls tennis team enjoyed ideal conditions Tuesday afternoon for its home-court debut against their neighbors to the north, the Columbia Bruins.

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Warm weather, hot times for HRV track home debut

The Eagles track and field squad enjoyed some unseasonably warm temperatures and some equally unseasonably-good times (and throws… and jumps) at HRV’s home debut against Hermiston Tuesday afternoon.

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After rough Gladstone outing, HRV softball bounces back with strong performance against La Salle Falcons

The Eagles returned from spring break this week and struggled in their first contest, getting shutout by Gladstone, currently ranked as one of the best 4A teams in the state.

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Girls lax rolls Cleveland, 13-2, in home debut

The HRV girls lacrosse team had its first home game of the season Monday night and made it a memorable one, easily defeating the Cleveland Warriors, 13-2, at Henderson Community Stadium.

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A talented roster and a good start has HRV Head Coach Matt Luchsinger thinking a deep playoff run is in store for boys lax

The HRV boys lacrosse team had a solid season in 2015, culminating in the team’s first-ever Cascade Cup championship win — a tournament comprised of the bottom 16 Oregon boys lacrosse teams that did not get into the regular playoff tournament.

Softball team has productive trip to Newport

Eagles go 3-1 in games at Battle at the Beach tournament

The HRV baseball team had a busy and fruitful beginning to spring break earlier this week after the team went 3-1 at the Battle at the Beach tournament in Newport.

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Eagles place second at Coach Bob Invite

Perhaps a good indicator of how well the HRV baseball team is playing this year is how well the Eagles did at their annual trip down to the Phoenix, Ariz., metro area for the Coach Bob Invitational, where HRV played some very competitive teams from Colorado, Arizona, and California

After 2015’s positive season, girls lax team aims to draw more supporters

The HRV girls lacrosse team had a productive season last year, qualifying for the playoffs for the second time in the program’s history, and advancing to the second round.

Stacked HRV track team outperforms Gorge schools in Thursday opener

One of the biggest track and field rosters in the history of the HRV program showed it was not only deep, but talented Thursday when the Eagles faced off against other Gorge schools at the Mullen-Leavitt Invite in The Dalles.

Girls tennis impresses in season debut on the road against St. Helens

Though they only had less than a week of practice time on the courts due to rainy weather, the lack of time seemed to have no impact on HRV girls tennis athletes during their season debut against the St. Helens Lions, whom the Eagles clobbered in St. Helens, 7-1.

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Boys tennis team trounces St. Helens in home-opener, has sights set on CRC title repeat

The boys tennis team picked up right where it left off last season in their home debut Thursday evening at the Tsuruta Tennis Courts, where the Eagles nearly swept St. Helens, taking the Lions down 7-1.

Lax coach Margaret Koenig receives national award

Local lacrosse coach Margaret Koenig has been involved with leading a number of Hood River lax programs over the years and recently received national recognition for her coaching efforts.

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With a deeper roster, HRV baseball aims for another 5A title

If you thought expectations were high for the HRV varsity baseball team last year, they’re even higher in 2016.

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Young, but talented, HRV softball eyes return to 5A playoffs

The HRV varsity softball team may have an extremely young roster this season, but what they lack in age they’ll make up for in talent.

New coach Ellie Schmidt brings exercise science expertise to HRV girls tennis program

Ellie Schmidt may be new to the Gorge and new to the sport of tennis, but as first-year coach of the HRV varsity girls tennis team, Schmidt brings a wealth of experience in one of the most important fundamentals of any sport: keeping athletes fit and healthy.

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HRV ski racers second at state

Skill, depth, and tenacity carry HRV skiers through tough state competition

HRV’s tradition of fielding one of the most competitive ski teams in the state continued this weekend on the slopes of Mt. Ashland in southern Oregon, where the boys and girls alpine teams combined to take second place overall at the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association (OISRA) state championships late last week.

Eagles’ state tournament bid ends with rough loss to Milwaukie Mustangs

Eagles end season with 35-point road loss to the Mustangs in play-in game

Another season has drawn to a close for the HRV boys basketball program and with it, another season without an appearance at the OSAA state tournament.

With changes, Babe Ruth baseball gearing up for spring season

Hood River Babe Ruth baseball is back this spring and the program continues to grow since returning in 2014 after a six-year hiatus.

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HRV wrestlers find the podium at state champs

Noah Wachsmuth fourth, Jason Shaner places third, and Payton Rigert takes third title

A strong season for the HRV wrestling team culminated with a handful of podium finishes at the OSAA 5A state wrestling championships held last weekend at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

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HRV freestyle skiers take mountain by (and in a) storm

HRV wins freestyle state championships

It was another dominant race and another dominant season for the HRV freestyle skiers, who shrugged off less than ideal weather conditions to sweep all three events that made up the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association’s state championship competition held at Mt. Hood Meadows last weekend.

HRV alpine, freestyle skiers finish regular season on top

Freestyle state championships this weekend at Meadows, alpine state championships next weekend at Mt. Ashland

This past weekend’s regular season finales for the HRV ski team ended as their season premieres did: with wins.

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Horizon boys bow out of playoffs after losing to Damascus

The Horizon Christian boys basketball team’s playoff run and season came to end Wednesday night in the Portland metro area, as the No. 15 Hawks fell to the No. 3 Damascus Christian Eagles, 55-38, in a first-round OSAA playoff game.

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With defeat of The Dalles, HRV boys grab third and final CRC play-in spot

HRV 66, The Dalles 56; Eagles face Milwaukie for playoff spot Tuesday at 7 p.m.

It hasn’t been the prettiest path to the post-season, but after a regular season with considerably fewer ups than downs, HRV has made it.

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