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Ben Mitchell

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Boys lax misses state tourney, but is Cascade Cup’s top seed

Eagles get win over Wilson, faced La Salle in first round of Cascade Cup Friday evening

Having lost six of their last seven games — four of which were Columbia League contests — the HRV boys lacrosse team desperately needed a win during the league and regular season finale Monday at Wilson.

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Lead slips away in early playoff exit for girls lax

Last week, the HRV girls lacrosse team made short work of Lincoln in their final Portland League contest of the regular season, going on a 5-0 run in the first 13 minutes of the game on their way to a 16-7 win over the Cardinals.

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Softball, baseball teams crush The Dalles in regular-season finales

Girls play Milwaukie on Friday, boys to play May 24

The HRV softball and baseball teams capped regular-season action last Friday by creaming their Columbia River Conference rivals, The Dalles, in Hood River.

Boys tennis third at districts, Sawyer Bogard heads to state

For years, it’s been Summit’s world, and the other boys teams in Special District 1 have just been living in it.

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Girls lax defeats Lincoln, finishes second in league

Fresh off a statement-making victory over Tualatin last week, the HRV girls lacrosse team added some more feathers to their caps Wednesday night, when they concluded their league schedule with a resounding 16-7 defeat of the Lincoln Cardinals in Hood River.

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Boys LAX wraps up

The HRV boys lacrosse team had their final home games of the regular season this week, hosting Columbia League opponents Lincoln (12-6, 4-0), and Grant (11-3, 2-2).

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HRV softball falls short of league title after doubleheader split with Pendleton

Eagles will host play-in game late next week, likely against Milwaukie

The Eagles softball team showed just how good they are Tuesday evening, splitting another doubleheader with No. 3 Pendleton, which gave the Eagles a split in the four-game season series with the Bucks — the first time that has happened since the 2013-14 season — and helped HRV keep their No. 5 5A ranking. HRV lost the first game 7-2, but took the second game 3-2.

Horizon track and field wraps up regular season, aims to repeat district success

The Horizon Christian track team wrapped up its regular season last week with an inspired performance at the Arlington Invitational that saw athletes set 14 personal records, as well as come home with three first-place finishes. Both the boys and the girls finished third out of the primarily 1A schools in attendance Saturday.

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HRV track sends 24 to state after CRC meet

Eagles place second at league champs

At the beginning of the season, first-year Head Track Coach Brandon Bertram had a lot of questions about his team. The departure of almost all of his athletes from the boys’ 2016 squad that won HRV’s first-ever state track title, combined with fresh faces who had never stepped on a track for competition before, left those questions unanswered through the early part of the season.

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HRV track and field team peaking at the right time

Team drops 21 PRs at Oregon City, heads to CRC championship meet this Wednesday

There’s a lot of new faces on the track for HRV this year, but those uncertainties have ebbed as the Eagles have grown over the season and are peaking just in time for the district meet this week, where the Columbia River Conference title will be decided.

Girls lax wins triple-OT thriller against Tualatin

Before HRV’s game Friday with Tualatin, Eagles Head Coach Andrew McElderry pointed to the nonleague contest against the 13-1 Timberwolves as “very telling as to where we truly stand in the state.”

Injuries rear their ugly head again in boys lax trip to Central Oregon

The HRV boys lax team went on a whirlwind trip to Central Oregon last weekend, playing three games in three days, facing nonleague opponents Summit, Mountain View, and Bend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively.

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Girls tennis takes league title

Eagles defeat Pendleton 7-1, going to districts

Wrapping up what has been a standout season for the HRV girls tennis team, the Eagles took home the Columbia River Conference title, defeating the Buckaroos 7-1 Monday evening in Pendleton.

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Cleveland rocked in 15-1 defeat by HRV girls lax

Summit also falls 16-2

Out of the litany of lopsided matchups the HRV girls lacrosse team has had this season, nothing topped Tuesday’s.

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McNerney’s monumental mound effort shuts out TD

Eagles defeat Riverhawks, 6-0

HRV ace Hannah McNerney isn’t in the habit of giving up many hits or runs to opposing batters, but Tuesday’s home match against The Dalles was one of her stingiest performances of the season.

Boys take third league title

They may not have been able to finish the match, but the HRV boys tennis team got enough done Thursday afternoon against the Hermiston Bulldogs to lock up another Columbia River Conference title before thunderstorms rolled through the Gorge and halted competition.

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Threepeat: HRV baseball team takes CRC again

Eagles defeat The Dalles 10-2

For the third time in as many years, the HRV boys baseball team are Columbia River Conference champions, sealing the deal Tuesday evening in Hood River with a decisive 10-2 victory over The Dalles Riverhawks.

Hood River softball sweeps The Dalles, clinches play-in berth

The race for the Columbia River Conference title is far from over, but at least one thing is now for certain: the HRV softball team has at least earned a play-in game at the conclusion of the regular season.

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Boys lacrosse team stands tall in loss to formidable OES

Before the start of Friday evening’s game against Oregon Episcopal School, the HRV boys lacrosse team gathered around Head Coach Matt Luchsinger, who offered some candid words about the task set before his athletes. “This isn’t going to be an easy one.”

Win streak ends at six for girls lax after 13-11 OES loss

The HRV girls lacrosse team’s six-game win streak came to an end Friday in Portland when the Eagles ran up against one of the best teams in the state, league opponent Oregon Episcopal School, and fell 13-11 to the Aardvarks.

Sweep of The Dalles puts CRC title within HRV baseball’s grasp

For the third time this season, the HRV baseball team has swept a league opponent in a doubleheader, taking down the Riverhawks 5-1 and 11-6 in The Dalles Friday evening.

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HRV baseball holds off Bucks in rainy affair

Eagles edge Pendleton 4-3

The Eagles baseball team locked up their first season series this year, getting a third win over Pendleton on a very wet Tuesday evening in Hood River, where they edged the Buckaroos 4-3, following up last weekend’s doubleheader sweep.

Boys lacrosse team has frustrating league debut against Central Catholic

Eagles lose 13-3 to Rams on the road

On Monday evening in Portland, the HRV boys lacrosse team sustained their worst loss of the season, and it came at one of the worst possible times.

Six in a row for Hood River girls lacrosse after rout of Rams

HRV beats Central Catholic 16-4

It was a familiar scene for the HRV girls lacrosse team Tuesday evening in Portland, as the Eagles got their sixth consecutive blowout victory, this time dispatching the Central Catholic Rams 16-4 at Delta Park.

Softball splits twin bill with ‘benchmark of the league’ Pendleton

The Pendleton softball program has been the envy of the Columbia River Conference almost since the league’s formation, as the Buckaroos have won the CRC title every year since 2012 (although the Bucks did share the honor with HRV in 2014).

Tough competition pushes HRV track to plethora of PRs at Summit

Horizon has great finishes at Southwest Christian Invite

They may not have placed well, but HRV track and field athletes still had some of the best performances of their seasons and their careers last weekend at a stacked Summit Invitational in Bend.

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Doubleheader defeat of Pendleton gives HRV baseball the lead in a tight CRC title race

Another successful doubleheader was had by the HRV baseball team this weekend, who took down the Pendleton Buckaroos 12-9 in the first game and 4-2 in the second on the road Saturday thanks to standout performances by the Eagles’ go-to guys, as well as athletes whose names don’t often appear at the top of the stat sheets.

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Offense goes off in boys lacrosse home win over Wilsonville

League play starts Monday

The HRV boys lacrosse team ended their nonleague schedule on a high note Monday evening, teeing off on the struggling Wilsonville Wildcats (1-6) at the high school, winning 20-9.

Baseball shows ‘uncharacteristic’ play in 4-2 road loss to Hermiston

After sweeping Hermiston in their debut league doubleheader, the HRV baseball team hoped to take the four-game series over the Bulldogs with a road rematch on Tuesday. However, an early lead by Hermiston, coupled with some uninspired play by the visiting team, dashed those hopes — at least for now — as the Dawgs (7-9, 1-2 Columbia River Conference) defeated the Eagles (10-6, 2-1) 4-2.

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Girls tennis sweeps first round of Columbia River Conference play: Girls take down TD 6-2

Boys tennis loses close one to TD

With the first round of Columbia River Conference play in the books, the HRV girls tennis team remains perfect, defeating The Dalles 6-2 Tuesday in Hood River to go 3-0 in conference matches and 6-0 overall in dual matches.

HRV softball grabs season series against Bulldogs

A hot start to Columbia River Conference plays for the HRV softball team continued Tuesday with the Eagles’ third consecutive victory over the Hermiston Bulldogs, this time in an 8-2 decision on the road.

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Girls lacrosse wallops Wilson, extends win streak to four

After a slow start to the season, the HRV girls lacrosse team has been rolling as of late, and extended their win streak to four with another commanding victory, this time over league opponent Wilson, whom the Eagles walloped 19-3 Tuesday evening at Westside Elementary.

Boys tennis gets another win with defeat of Hermiston

A change in date and venue failed to disrupt the Eagles, who grabbed another win over a league opponent.

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Hood River Valley softball starts strong with twin bill sweep of Hermiston

Eagles defeat Bulldogs 6-0, 6-4, in Hood River

The weather was wonderful for the HRV softball team’s league debut doubleheader Saturday, but for the Eagles, the result was even better.

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HRV baseball does their job, takes two over the Bulldogs

Eagles beat Bulldogs 1-0, 14-10 in league opener

Over the past few years, it hasn’t been often that a league rival has been able to defeat the HRV baseball team, let alone at home.

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On their practice field, Hood River boys lacrosse rolls Century

Wednesday’s home match felt homier than usual for the boys lacrosse team.

Resilient girls tennis team undefeated despite injuries

After cruising through their first three competitions of the season, the HRV girls tennis team overcame injuries and tough competition to defeat Ridgeview last weekend. Wednesday’s match against Hermiston was no different.

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Battle-tested softball team ready to advance through CRC

Diving headfirst into play with early-season matchups against some tough 6A teams, the HRV softball team has been tested often through their 13 nonleague games and are anxious to move forward with their Columbia River Conference schedule.

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HRV golfers hit the links at Indian Creek

The HRV boys and girls golf teams hosted their only match of the season this year, fitting in 18 holes between the rainclouds Monday at Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River.

Hood River Valley girls lacrosse pummels Grant Generals in league debut

Disparities in play quality are rarely wider in any other Oregon high school sport than lacrosse — maybe water polo — and Tuesday’s game against the HRV girls team and Grant was a prime example. Luckily for the Eagles, that imbalance was in their favor.

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After a productive nonleague schedule, well-rounded baseball team looks forward to CRC play

There was some talk around town, and amongst other 5A baseball teams, that this year’s HRV squad wasn’t going to be up to snuff. After all, the class that graduated in 2016 took plenty of talent with it.

Despite adversity at Ridgeview, girls tennis team still unbeaten

Eagles edge Ravens, 5-3

Up until Saturday, the HRV girls tennis team hasn’t had much cause for concern during any of their matches this season. The Eagles started the season 3-0, winning 36 out of 38 sets played.

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Hood River Valley boys tennis edges Ridgeview in home debut

The HRV boys tennis team have been road warriors this season, playing their first four contests away, and only getting handed one loss.

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Boys lacrosse team can’t get by Canby Cougars

Last year, the boys lacrosse team started off on a roll, going on a 7-0 run to start the season before injuries and eligibility issues nearly bumped the team out of the state playoff tournament. This year, the team has started 1-2 and was missing several key players from Saturday’s nonleague game with Canby due to the same issues, and the Eagles lost 11-6 at home.

HRV baseball team’s offense shines in wins over Tualatin, Bend

The Eagles spent spring break down in Arizona for their annual appearance at the Coach Bob Invitational, and while the trip wasn’t successful in terms of wins — HRV went 1-3, including a frustrating 8-6 loss to tournament champion Boulder Creek (Arizona) that was cut short by lightning — Head Coach Erich Harjo said it was good for team chemistry.

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HRV athletics on board with basketball shot clock proposal

The 24-second shot clock has been a staple of the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 1954, when it was first used in a game in Syracuse, N.Y., to ameliorate “stall ball” tactics that were slowing down the game and making it less enjoyable for fans. The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) introduced a 45-second clock in the mid-1980s and has reduced time periodically over the years — most recently a couple years ago when the NCAA bumped it down to 30 seconds.

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Girls tennis crushes Hillsboro in season debut

Eagles sweep in sets, win 32 of 35 games

The girls varsity tennis team hasn’t seen much time on the courts this season, as the weather has forced practices indoors for almost all of the preseason, as well as the postponement of multiple matches.

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Boys lax head coach believes team is poised for deeper playoff run

Eagles defeat Hermiston 8-6 on the road in season opener

The past few years, the HRV boys varsity lacrosse team has been steadily improving.

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Horizon track team improves at HRV JV meet

The Horizon track team squeezed in another meet in between rain clouds at Hood River Valley High School Wednesday afternoon, competing against primarily HRV junior varsity athletes, along with those from Dufur and Klickitat.

Girls lacrosse team heads into spring break on a high note

Eagles beat Beaverton for first win of 2017

Wet conditions didn’t put a damper on the HRV girls lacrosse team Tuesday night in Hood River, where the Eagles beat the Beaverton Beavers by a double-digit margin to get their first win of the season.

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