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HRV girls make it two in a row with defeat of Jefferson

Game management helps put Eagles over Democrats

Tenacity, banging the boards, and good game management on Saturday night in Portland allowed the HRV girls basketball team to do something it hadn’t been able to do thus far this season: string a pair of wins together — road wins, no less.

HRV starts road stint with a win

HRV girls defeat 6A McKay, 26-21, for first win over an Oregon team

The HRV girls basketball team got a much-needed win Wednesday evening in Salem, where a stout Eagles defense more than made up for a lackluster offense, helping HRV defeat the McKay Scots, 26-21.

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2015: THE YEAR IN SPORTS

For both Hood River Valley High School and Horizon Christian School, 2015 will go down as one of the most successful years for athletics in either school’s history. Records were smashed, state and conference titles were won, and teams that had struggled in past years suddenly found themselves in the playoffs.

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HRV girls wrestling has good showing at Hanford Cup

The HRV girls wrestling team traveled to Richland, Wash., earlier this week to get one more tournament in before the holidays hit, competing in the Hanford Girls Winter Cup at Hanford High School.

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Improving play not enough to help HRV through back-to-back against St. Helens and Woodburn

The Eagles girls basketball team had an unusually compressed schedule this week, playing in the team’s only non-tournament back-to-back this season, with a game at home against St. Helens on Monday, then another in Woodburn Tuesday night. The HRV girls continued to improve elements of their game, but the wins still proved elusive, with the Eagles dropping both games to go 1-7 heading into the holiday break.

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We Remember Christmas: Hood River News staff members look back ...

For me, the holiday season doesn’t officially begin until I hear the opening notes of the music from “Scenes from the Nutcracker.” The festive costumes and magical storyline from the CGDA ballet performance never fails to put me right in the holiday spirit, ready to eat Christmas cookies and make snow angels.

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Reno Tournament of Champions a good challenge for wrestlers

The annual Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev., is one of the most difficult competitions, if not the most difficult competition the HRV wrestling team competes in all season.

Horizon basketball teams run into stiff competition at Umatilla tourney

Boys, girls play up against 2A teams, go 0-2 at Columbia River Clash

The Hawks had their work cut out for them last weekend at the Columbia River Clash tournament held at Umatilla High School, where the boys faced off against two larger 2A teams: Stanfield on Friday and Irrigon on Saturday.

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The return of Hood River Meadows

December has so far been very kind to Mt. Hood Meadows.

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HRV girls grab first win

Eagles go 1-1 in weekend tourney

After a disappointing performance against Canby on Friday, the HRV girls basketball team outlasted White Salmon’s Columbia High School to win 36-22 on Saturday in the final round of the Pink Tourney in Hood River, giving the Eagles (1-3) their first win of the season.

Eagles’ offense can’t push HRV past Putnam

HRV struggles in the third, loses to Putnam, 84-65

Good offensive production and the return of all-leaguer Dallas Buckley weren’t enough for HRV to put one over on Putnam Friday night in Portland, as the Knights extended their win streak this season to four, defeating HRV (1-3) 84-65.

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Kelly Cunningham dives in as new HRV swim coach

Swimming has been a lifelong passion for Kelly Cunningham — whether in the water as an athlete or on the sidelines as a coach.

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Eagles edged by Falcons in rematch of last season’s play-in game

La Salle 64, HRV 56

HRV had an axe to grind in Tuesday night’s game with the La Salle Falcons, who drove a dagger into the Eagles’ collective hearts last year when the Falcons came from behind to steal a win from HRV that would have sent the team to the post-season for the first time in 20 years.

HRV football going to IMC in 2016

Move to Intermountain Conference will not affect other HRV sports

The Hood River Valley High School football team will have a longer league schedule and face some new opponents next year, as the OSAA executive board announced this week that HRV football will be joining the Intermountain Conference for at least the next two seasons.

HRV girls basketball team struggles against Putnam

The HRV girls basketball team had a game Tuesday night that would be best left forgotten — minus the lessons learned that will help the team in its next contest.

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Eagles aim high: After finding success last season, HRV boys basketball team looks to take the CRC title

The Eagles boys basketball got a taste of success last season and this year they’re hungry for even more.

HRV girls basketball looking to go on the rebound

Eagles hope to improve on 2014-15 five-win season

Third-year coach Scott Walker is looking to reinvigorate the girls basketball program at HRV this season, which has struggled in recent years, combining for a total of nine wins over the past two seasons, none of which were during league play.

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HRV wrestlers gunning for the state title

Eagles start season off with defeat of St. Helens

HRV’s wrestling team has got a young roster this season, but Trent Kroll thinks it’s a roster filled with athletes who will be able to do great things when late February rolls around.

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From the battlefield to the baseline: Samuel Trevino is ready to lead Horizon boys basketball program

Horizon Christian School’s new boys varsity basketball coach, Samuel Trevino, may not have much coaching experience with the sport at the varsity level, but he has plenty of first-hand experience seeing the positive impact basketball can have on young men.

Buzz Ramsey to cease regular writing of column

Longtime Hood River News columnist Buzz Ramsey, who has contributed outdoor articles to the newspaper for nearly 20 years, will no longer contribute his column on a regular monthly basis.

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Mt. Hood Meadows preview

Meadows enhances snow-harvesting capabilities, looks to the forecast for next opening

Mt. Hood Meadows saw its first significant crowds of the season this past weekend as skiers took to sunny, snowy slopes to burn off their Thanksgiving meals and enjoy a preview weekend at the ski resort.

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A concert amphitheater, and now a hotel planned for DeeTour site

Developer Jason Taylor submits plans for 50-room hotel at former mill site

A concert amphitheater planned for construction on the site of what was once a lumber mill in Dee has now expanded to include a 50-room hotel, according to an application that is pending approval by county planners.

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HRV XC, soccer and water polo athletes receive All-State awards

Jaime Rivera wins Coach of the Year, Noe Magana wins Player of the Year for boys soccer

On the heels of receiving numerous All-Conference awards, Hood River Valley High School athletes have had a healthy showing the past couple weeks in the All-State awards category, as coaches from Class 5A teams from around the state recognized the achievements of Eagles athletes.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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 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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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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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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(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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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.”

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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.