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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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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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

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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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After Friday losses, HRV and TD battle for final play-in spot

With both teams losing their Friday games, Tuesday’s competition between The Dalles and HRV will decide which team will get the final available play-in spot in the Columbia River Conference.

Horizon boys place third at Big Sky tourney

Hawks play Damascus Christian in first-round playoff game Wednesday night

The Horizon boys basketball team’s route through the post-season this year has been somewhat of an unusual one compared to past seasons, but the Hawks are still hanging tough and still in the playoff mix.

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Eagles wrestling fourth at districts, sends five to state championships

HRV wrestling received the same place they did last year at the Special District 4 tournament, but this year, the team will be sending even more athletes to the state championship.

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Hawk girls make history

Horizon girls progeam gets first postseason win

“It wasn’t easy, but we did it.”

Pendleton gets season sweeps of HRV basketball teams

Boys lose at home, 93-51; girls lose on the road, 71-33

HRV basketball teams were unable to avoid season sweeps by Pendleton Tuesday night, with both Buckaroo teams proving formidable Columbia River Conference opponents for the Eagles. At home, the boys lost 93-51 and the girls lost 71-33 on the road.

HRV skiers own the Mt. Hood League

Alpine skiers win again, compete in final race Saturday

The HRV ski team continues to be unstoppable in the Mt. Hood League winning once again, with both the boys and the girls alpine teams winning their fifth consecutive races of the season.

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HRV Girls first, boys third at CRC swimming champs

The Hood River Valley High School swim team cleaned up at the Columbia River Conference Championships Saturday at the Hood River Aquatic Center, claiming 11 conference titles, and sending nearly a dozen athletes to the 5A state championships this weekend at the Mt. Hood Aquatic Center in Gresham.

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HRV girls compete, but can’t close against The Dalles

Eagles lose to the Riverhawks, 59-44, and are eliminated from 5A play-in contention

As Columbia River Conference teams enter the final stretch of their regular season, the HRV girls team has been steadily improving its game, playing competitively against teams that had blown them out of the water earlier in the season.

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HRV boys take down The Dalles

Eagles get decisive 67-46 win over the Riverhawks

Vannet Court was rocking Friday night with white-wearing HRV fans, who screamed themselves hoarse watching the Eagles boys basketball team play its best game of the season on HRV hardwood, demolishing The Dalles, 67-46, in a game that the home team controlled from the tip to the buzzer.

Hermiston boys surprise Eagles with 84-44 rout

The Eagles suffered another setback Tuesday night as they fight for a Columbia River Conference play-in spot, getting rolled 84-44 by the Bulldogs in Hermiston.

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Here come the Hawks!

Horizon girls basketball clinches first district playoff berth in four years

The Hawks are heading back to the Big Sky district playoffs.

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Close half against league-leading Hermiston demonstrates HRV’s ‘better brand of ball’

Though wins have been hard to come by for the HRV girls basketball team this season, particularly in the Columbia River Conference, Tuesday’s game against the league-leading and sixth-ranked Hermiston Bulldogs, proved a big confidence boost to a team still looking for its first CRC win.

HRV freestyle skiers dominating

HRV freestyle skiers are once again ruling the slopes at Mt. Hood Meadows this season.

Pendleton’s shooting proves too much for HRV boys

Bucks defeat Eagles, 96-54, for team’s worst loss of the season

The ninth-ranked Pendleton Buckaroos continued their reign of terror in the Columbia River Conference Friday night, handing the HRV Eagles the team’s worst loss of the season — league or otherwise — with a 96-54 drubbing in Pendleton.

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With two races remaining, HRV ski team is tops of the Mt. Hood League

Boys and girls alpine teams remain undefeated through four races

It’s been a good season so far for the Hood River Valley ski team.

HRV boys’ rally falls short in 72-70 loss to TD

For a team that has seen its fair share of heartbreaking losses, Tuesday night’s 72-70 defeat at hands of the Riverhawks was arguably the most painful, but the most inspiring of the season for HRV.

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Downed trees: Scenic Area will wait for winter’s end to launch repairs to damaged trails

Wind and rain storms in December and January have created a mess of downed trees and small landslides on trails in the western part of the Columbia River Gorge, and hikers can expect to encounter obstacles for at least the next few months.

HRV girls swept in first round of league play

Eagles lose to The Dalles, 53-30

The Eagles’ struggles in the Columbia River Conference continued Tuesday night in The Dalles, as HRV found itself on the wrong end of a 53-30 decision with the Riverhawks to go 0-3 to start league play this season.

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Snowboard team looks to improve after first comp

The Hood River Valley snowboard team shook the rust off last weekend with its first competition, a slopestyle event at Mt. Hood Meadows, after not having much in the way of competitions in the 2014-15 season due to low snow.

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Last hurrah: Senior wrestlers shine in final home matches

The Hood River Valley High School gymnasium was packed to the rafters Friday evening for the HRV varsity wrestling team’s final dual match of the season. The Eagles were unable to pull out a win against the visiting Bend Lava Bears, losing 50-24 against their Special District 4 opponents.

HRV girls fight, but fall to league-leading Hermiston

A fast and furious start was all the league-leading Hermiston Bulldogs needed Friday night to cinch up a victory against the HRV girls basketball team Friday, who lost 78-43 on the road to the sixth-ranked 5A team.

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HRV snaps 11-game losing streak with huge win over Hermiston

It may still be winter in the Columbia River Gorge, but on Thursday night, the HRV boys basketball team was able to lift a different kind of a cloud that has been hanging over Vannet Court and the Eagles for most of the 2015-16 season.