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HRV athletics unveils new website

Just in time for the prep winter sports season that starts next week, the Hood River Valley High School athletics department has rolled out a new website that administrators hope will help players, coaches, parents, and fans stay connected and updated throughout the season.

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HRV XC shows its prowess among Northwest teams at NXN race

Boys place fifth out of 45 teams, girls place 17th out of 30 at national-caliber Nike Cross Northwest meet

The HRV cross country team’s season technically ended more than three weeks ago, but athletes recently had an encore to their illustrious season, racing against some of the best runners in the northwest.

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Eagles defeat Wilsonville, 2-0, to claim second 5A title in a row

Over the past several years, the boys soccer program at Hood River Valley High School has evolved from a good program into a great program under coach Jaime Rivera, but last Saturday, Rivera and his Eagles took the school’s program and officially turned it into a dynasty.

HRV girls soccer unable to weather Storm’s offensive barrage

Eagles' season ends with rough 10-1 loss to Summit in 5A quarterfinal

For the second year in a row, the HRV girls soccer team had the misfortune of facing the No. 1 5A team in the state tournament’s quarterfinal game.

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HRV boys survive Silverton scare, advance to quarterfinals

Eagles score in the first half and weather late-game rally by Silverton to win 1-0

For the third consecutive season, the HRV boys soccer team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the OSAA 5A state tournament, defeating the Silverton Foxes, 1-0, in Hood River Tuesday night.

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HRV girls head to quarterfinals after shootout with Ashland

HRV’s Round 1 playoff matchup with Ashland had all the makings of a tight game, as the teams were closely ranked and had similar win-loss records, but neither team was likely expecting what transpired on the pitch Wednesday night in Hood River.

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HRV Boys XC brings home hardware from 5A state meet

Boys place fourth, girls place 11th in championship meet

The Hood River boys cross country team grabbed its first state trophy in recent years at the 5A state championship meet last weekend at Lane Community College in Eugene, where the boys once again edged Hermiston to take fourth-place overall.

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End of the road for HRV: Bend Lava Bears end HRV’s Cinderella season in emotional, three-set loss

The HRV volleyball team’s breakout season came to a bitter end Saturday afternoon in Hood River, with the Bend Lava Bears sweeping the Eagles in an emotional and contentious, Round 1 playoff game.

HRV girls soccer goes undefeated in CRC play

HRV defeats The Dalles, 3-0, will face TBD playoff opponent Nov. 4 in HR

The HRV girls soccer team wrapped up its regular season play with another league win Tuesday night, defeating The Dalles Riverhawks, 3-0, for the second time this year.

Water polo teams heading to playoffs

The HRV water polo teams will officially be heading to the playoffs thanks to Tuesday’s dispatching of Parkrose in Hood River.

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HRV boys blank The Dalles to take CRC title

Eagles defeat Riverhawks, 3-0, to win sixth-consecutive CRC title; will host playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 3

The HRV boys soccer team was all business Tuesday night in Hood River, picking apart another opponent with clinical coldness and precision — this time The Dalles Riverhawks, who were shut out by The Eagles for the second time this season, unable to answer the three goals scored by HRV.

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Hawks slide into the finals

The Horizon co-ed soccer team is headed to the Special District 6 finals after holding off Damascus Christian, 2-1, in Hood River Monday afternoon.

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HRV XC heading to 5A state championships

Boys take first, girls take second at CRC meet to earn trip to 5A state champs

Columbia River Conference teams scrapped tooth and nail last weekend at the CRC Championships in The Dalles, with the decision of who gets to go to the OSAA 5A State Championships and who gets to stay home not made until the last 500 meters.

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Girls soccer deadlocks with Hermiston Bulldogs in scoreless league game

Having locked up the Columbia River Conference for the sixth consecutive season last week with a 1-0 win over Pendleton, HRV (7-4-2, 4-0-1 CRC) didn’t have much to play for other than pride — and maybe ranking — in Tuesday’s senior night match against the Hermiston Bulldogs (3-4-6, 1-1-3 CRC).

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Big win propels HRV water polo boys into top spot

The HRV boys water polo season enjoyed some big wins earlier this week, defeating 6A Reynolds, 8-6, on the road Monday and then trouncing Gresham, 20-7, the very next day in Hood River, giving HRV an 11-1 record and putting the Eagles at the top of the Mt. Hood 5A/6A conference for the first time ever in the team’s history.

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‘Disbelief and awe’: Eagles volleyball wins first conference title in 27 years

HRV defeats The Dalles in three sets to claim CRC title

The HRV volleyball team’s breakout season had itself a storybook ending Tuesday night, when the No. 10 Eagles upset the No. 7 The Dalles for the second time this year, sweeping the Riverhawks in three sets, and winning HRV’s first volleyball league title since the Eagles won the Tri-Valley League in 1988.

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HRV water polo girls continuing on breakout season

A year ago, HRV fielded the first ever full girls water polo team, who, despite improving throughout the season, went winless.

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(Home) Season Finale

The Horizon Christian soccer team had their last regular season home game on Monday, where the Hawks (7-4, 7-1 league) hosted the Open Door Christian Academy Huskies (3-8, 3-6 league).

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Eagles stun Bucks in CRC opener

Strong second half puts HRV over Pendleton, 42-21

The HRV football team (4-3, 1-0 league) extended its win streak to two and notched its first Columbia River Conference win of the season last Friday with a decisive 42-21 win over the Pendleton Buckaroos (2-5, 0-1 league) in Hood River for the final home game of the regular season.

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CRC volleyball title decision comes down to final game

HRV at The Dalles, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. will decide who claims the CRC title

Writing last week’s volleyball story, we had an inkling the Columbia River Conference title would be decided by a showdown between The Dalles and Hood River.

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HRV soccer keeps winning, but CRC title still up for grabs

Boys soccer takes down The Dalles and Pendleton

HRV (10-0-2, 4-0 league) swept the first round of Columbia River Conference play earlier this week shutting out its third league opponent in a row, The Dalles Riverhawks (2-10, 1-3 league), by a score of 7-0. It was the Eagles’ fifth consecutive shutout this season (eighth overall).

HRV XC gets good practice for CRC at Wildhorse Invite

Eagles check out CRC rivals, younger athletes get chance to compete

The HRV cross country squads got a good look at their league opponents on Thursday at the Wildhorse Invitational in Pendleton, which served as a Columbia River Conference preview of sorts as it was the first time the Eagles have raced against all their CRC competition in one race this season.

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HRV girls soccer take sixth consecutive CRC title

HRV clinches playoff berth and league title with two games to go

Coach Kevin Haspela said at the beginning of the season that his HRV squad would be “the team to beat in the Columbia River Conference.”

Eagles XC ‘starting to pop’ in time for CRC races

Eagles boys place third, Eagles girls place ninth at George Fox Invitational in Brooks

Another competitive invitational race is under the HRV cross country team’s belt this season and with it, another long list of Eagles athletes who are performing at peak, as evidenced by the numerous personal records set this weekend.

Quick start propels HRV girls soccer to victory over Hermiston

Eagles score three goals in first 12 minutes in 5-1 win

The Eagles girls soccer team (5-4-1, 2-0 league) seems to have rebounded from its mid-season slump, evidenced by its strong start to Columbia River Conference play, which continued Tuesday with a 5-1 road victory over the Hermiston Bulldogs.

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Upset! HRV takes down The Dalles, clinches first play-in spot since 2012

Eagles beat the Riverhawks in a back-and-forth five-set match in Hood River, rise to No. 8 in 5A

The HRV volleyball team continued on its merry way through its breakout season this week and made the Columbia River Conference very interesting in the process.

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HRV boys soccer shuts out Hermiston to go 2-0 in league

Sophomore Alvaro Ramirez scores two goals for the Eagles in 3-0 blanking of the Bulldogs

On paper, it looked like No. 1 HRV (8-0-2, 2-0 league) would have a tough matchup with No. 3 Hermiston on Tuesday, with the Bulldogs carrying a 7-1-1 record and a 1-0 league record to go along with the team’s top-three ranking.

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HRV’s House: Henderson Community Stadium celebrates its 20th anniversary

Over the past twenty years, it’s been the place where parents wiped tears as they watched their children walk across the stage to collect their diplomas.

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Riders from all over the Pacific Northwest came out to the Columbia River Gorge to ride in the annual Gorge-Us Gals Ride on Saturday.

HRV runs wild in 10-0 Buckaroo beat-down

Six different players score for Eagles boys soccer in dominant CRC road win

In high school sports, disparity in talent and mismatches in skill levels between teams happens frequently enough, resulting in lopsided contests where it becomes clear fairly quickly which club is superior.

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Horizon soccer extends win streak to four with shutout victory over Southwest Christian

Horizon Christian School’s co-ed soccer program continues to turn its season around, beating Southwest Christian 3-0 Wednesday afternoon in Hood River and extending its win streak to four after starting the season 0-3.

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HRV girls soccer blanks Buckaroos in CRC opener

Eagles get back on track with physical 4-0 win over Pendleton

The HRV girls soccer team has had a rough go of it lately, with injuries and losses hampering a team that had enjoyed a strong start to its season earlier this month.

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Plenty of PRs for HRV at Nike meet

Boys take first in Division I race and the girls take ninth in Division II

The Hood River Valley cross country program kept building on its stellar start to the 2015 season with numerous standout performances at the Nike Portland XC meet (formerly known as Nike Pre Nationals) on Saturday — a race that draws some of the top cross country runners from the West Coast.

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HRV water polo teams fall to 6A Reynolds in home opener

After falling to Reynolds, Eagles teams handily defeat 6A Gresham on the road Thursday in league contest

The boys and girls varsity water polo teams have had a solid start to their season, with both squads holding a 2-1 record despite playing all their games on the road.

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HRV victorious in 2014 state title rematch with Woodburn

Typically, the games where HRV teams play a Columbia River Conference rival are the more exciting contests on the sports calendar for both players and fans — a time of year when the season is in full swing and every matchup can potentially have playoff implications.

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Eagles ascendance: HRV volleyball climbing the standings

It’s only a few games into the season, but the HRV volleyball program has already improved over last year’s season.

HRV soccer update

HRV boys soccer climbs to No. 1 spot with win over Summit; After loss to West Albany, HRV girls looking to bounce back

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With back-to-back invitational wins, HRV XC shows it’s the team to beat

It’s only a few races into the cross country season, but on the heels of an all-around excellent HRV performance at a pair of invitationals this past week, the Eagles already look like they’re in peak form.

Eagle boys soccer grabs another shutout with defeat of Central Catholic

The HRV boys soccer program seems to be largely picking up where it left off this season, dismantling teams left and right, giving up little to no goals on defense, and sitting near the top of the 5A standings.

HRV XC teams take first at Ultimook Invite

Eagles harriers dominated at the Ultimook Invitational in Tilamook on Saturday, where both the boys and the girls teams took first overall in the 3.1-mile 5A-6A varsity races.

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HRV boys soccer draws with Hillsboro in home debut

Tuesday’s 1-1 result is the HRV Eagles’ first tie since the 2013 season

The HRV boys soccer team didn’t exactly get the result it was looking for in Tuesday’s home opener against Hillsboro, where the Eagles remained on even footing with the Spartans throughout the majority of the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Horizon Christian soccer program focuses on team building for 2015

Horizon Christian School’s co-ed soccer program had a successful season last year, finishing with an 8-1-1 record in 3A/2A/1A Special District 6 and advancing to the state title game.

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Eagle football keeps Bulldogs on short leash

HRV runs wild in its home opener against Woodburn, racks up 464 yards of offense in 54-12 romp

For its first game of the season, the HRV football team couldn’t have asked for much more.

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Young team, playoff dreams for HRV volleyball

Eagles sweep Redmond Panthers in home opener Wednesday evening

It’s been nearly three years since the Hood River Valley High School volleyball team last made the playoffs and in the past two season, the team hasn’t won more than a total of seven games, according to News archives.

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HRV girls soccer looks to continue its winning ways

Eagles defeat the St. Helens Lions, 3-2, in home opener Thursday afternoon

The girls soccer program has dominated the Columbia River Conference for the past several years and coach Kevin Haspela, who is in his sixth year coaching the team, expects the Eagles will stay the course in 2015.

Eagles cross country team laden with seniors looking to fly high this season

The Hood River Valley High School cross country team has been out there all summer, pounding the pavement, putting the work into their workouts. HRV XC head coach Brandon Bertram is confident that once the race schedule starts in earnest next month, all that hard work will pay great dividends.

Brian Stenberg returns to his roots as Horizon’s new A.D.

Sports have always been a family affair for Brian Stenberg.

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Tom Ames takes the reins as new HRV A.D.

Tom Ames is a sports guy. Name a sport and there’s a good chance Ames has either played it or coached it… or at the very least, watched it at some point it his life.

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Team Adrenaline returns from Spartan Race

Nearly a dozen people representing the Gorge not only competed in, but survived the Pac West Spartan Sprint Race in Washoughal earlier this month, enduring a “race” that was really more like a sadistic obstacle course.