Another fall sports season is winding down for Hood River Valley High School, concluding this weekend with the HRV Eagles girls water polo, who are aiming for the team’s first-ever state tournament victory.
No. 9 La Salle upsets No. 1 HRV, advances to semis on penalty kicks
For the past three years, they’ve been unstoppable. Perennial leaders of the Columbia River Conference. Back-to-back 5A state champions. Fifty-one straight games without a loss.
The HRV boys and girls cross country teams were predicted to finish near the top of the heap at the end of the season and at Saturday’s state championship meet in Eugene, there were no surprises.
In their first state tournament appearance since 1993, the HRV girls volleyball team came home with a wealth of experience — and a sixth-place trophy to boot.
No. 1 Eagles beat No. 16 Kingsmen 2-1, host No. 9 La Salle this Saturday at 1 p.m.
It was chippy, it was physical, and it wasn’t pretty, but in a first-round matchup with Rex Putnam Wednesday night, the HRV boys soccer team continued to do what they’ve done all season: win.
A young HRV boys water polo team saw its season come to an end Thursday evening in Corvallis as the No. 5 Eagles lost a tough one to No. 4 Ashland, 10-7, failing to advance to the double-elimination round of the tournament for the first time since the 2013 season.
Eagles shutout 2-0 by Hillsboro Spartans in first-round match in Hood River
A season that started with big goals and high hopes for the HRV girls soccer team came to a bitter end Tuesday night at Henderson Community Stadium.
HRV wins 21-2 advances to double-elimination tourney
During the regular season, the HRV girls water polo had a blowout victory in nearly every contest — defeating teams by such large margins that Head Coach Kellie Dunn feared the Eagles’ game could atrophy by the time they faced some stiffer competition in the state playoffs.
Heading to Hillsboro: HRV volleyball breaks decades-long state tourney drought with playoff win over Ashland
Last year, the HRV volleyball celebrated the end of its breakout season by winning the team’s first conference title in 27 years. And last weekend, building on what they started last season, the Eagles ended another longstanding drought.
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No. 8 HRV (23-4, 8-1 Columbia River Conference) will host No. 9 Ashland (12-6, 10-4 Midwestern League) in a first-round OSAA playoff game Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at Vannet Court at Hood River Valley High School.
HRV gets payback against Reynolds and wins the Mt. Hood Conference
In their inaugural season in 2014, they didn’t win a game.
Calm, cool, cloudy weather. Home course advantage. Solid racing all season long.
Hawks fall 5-4 in penalty kicks to North Clackamas Christian, face Damascus Christian Friday for third place
A four-goal effort by Horizon soccer lead scorer Quinn Roetcisoender wasn’t enough to lift the Hawks over the North Clackamas Christian Saints in a 1A semifinal playoff game played in Oregon City Monday.
Senior Night sparks flew during the Eagles’ final home game of the regular season Tuesday at Henderson Community Stadium, where the top-ranked HRV boys soccer team (11-0-2, 5-0 Columbia River Conference) defeated No. 5 Hermiston (9-3-1, 3-2) 4-2.
The Horizon Christian soccer team clinched a berth in the championship bracket of the 1A playoffs on Monday.
The HRV football team’s slim chance at obtaining a playoff berth was reduced to none over the weekend thanks to the Redmond Panthers, who pummeled the Eagles’ defensive line with an unstoppable ground attack that gave the former Intermountain Conference team a 48-20 victory during HRV’s homecoming game Friday night.
Eagles then fall to Ravens in nonleague game
The HRV girls volleyball team has again won the Columbia River Conference, repeating the team’s performance in 2015 when the Eagles took the conference title — the first for HRV in 27 years.
After six consecutive seasons of winning the Columbia River Conference, the HRV boys soccer team has largely outgrown the smallest league in 5A, developing rivalries with nonconference 5A powerhouses like Wilsonville, Woodburn, Summit, and Hillsboro while rolling CRC’s Pendleton and The Dalles.
The HRV boys water polo team has typically spread around the scoring fairly well this season, but that was not the case this past week.
Eying the Columbia River Conference championships in a few weeks, the HRV cross country is getting into peak form, as evidenced by the team’s dominance during Saturday’s Champoeg Invitational in Newberg.
Horizon Hawks get consecutive shutouts to keep pace in the Special District 6 team standings
Buoyed by some key league victories the past couple weeks, the Horizon soccer team looks to secure a spot in the championship bracket of the 1A playoff tournament, which will get underway later this month.
Halfway through the season, the HRV football team is on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff hunt.
Clinched!: With defeats of Pendleton and Hermiston, Eagles volleyball already locks up a postseason appearance
They haven’t played a game in the month of October yet, but the HRV volleyball team has already clinched, at the very least, a play-in berth.
Eagles enjoys 8-0 romp against Bucks, draw to 3-3 against Woodburn
Tuesday afternoon was a bad time to be a Buckaroo.
HRV defeats Pendleton 8-0, then shuts out Woodburn 4-0
After two nonconference losses last week, the HRV girls soccer team made a grand opening statement in their first league game of the season, letting the other teams in the Columbia River Conference know that the Eagles will again be the team to beat.
It was another weekend of wins for the surging HRV volleyball team, who swept the competition at Parkrose High on Saturday to claim its third tournament victory of the season.
HRV boys place fifth, girls 11th at competitive invitational
Saturday’s Nike Portland XC meet provided the first major test for the HRV cross country team and Head Coach Brandon Bertram liked what he saw, with only a few reservations.
Matthew Dallman’s academy to host trainings in TD, HR
He’s played soccer professionally for nine years and has traveled around Europe to play the game, but now, Hood River’s Matthew Dallman is bringing that experience and knowledge back to the Gorge to help a new generation of soccer players.
Eagles fall to La Salle at home, 6A Barlow on the road
The end of HRV’s nonleague series (save for a game against Woodburn Sept. 29) didn’t go exactly as planned for the Eagles, who have been trying to rack up as many nonconference wins as possible to help them gain a higher ranking at the end of the season.
It’s been a different kind of season for the boys water polo team, except for one key aspect: they keep winning.
Tuesday’s home debut for the HRV girls water polo team had the similar trappings to the other victories the young, talented Eagles squad have racked up so far this season.
Continuing a trend from the last couple seasons, the HRV boys soccer team remains undefeated as it heads into its league schedule, after holding La Salle (2-2-2) to a 1-1 draw on the road Tuesday, then shutting out 6A Central Catholic (1-4-1) with a two-goal effort Thursday evening at Westside Elementary. The Eagles (6-0-1), the No. 1 team in 5A, will look to start their Columbia River Conference games with another win Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a match with Pendleton (1-3-1) at Westside Elementary.
For seven years, Kevin Haspela has been the head coach of the HRV girls soccer program. And in those seven years, the Eagles have played the West Albany Bulldogs six times. They’ve lost five times, tied once, but never won.
Eagles fall to 6A Liberty at Century tourney
After 11 games this season, the HRV volleyball team’s win streak was finally snapped on Saturday during a tournament at Century High School in Hillsboro, where the Eagles fell to 6A Liberty in the championship game.
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The HRV girls water polo team added another conference win to its tally Tuesday evening, easily defeating the Sandy Pioneers.
Eagles come from behind to take Buckaroos in five sets
Wins have been relatively easy to come by this season for the HRV volleyball team, cruising to victories in nonconference competition that left the Eagles with a 9-0 record and a 5A No. 1 ranking heading into Columbia River Conference games earlier this week.
Nov. 16, 2013. That was the last time the HRV boys soccer team lost a game, playing Summit in the 5A finals, falling to the Storm, 2-0.
The annual Skip Sparks Invitational in Hood River was a great opportunity for HRV cross country runners to show their stuff in front of a home crowd.
The Horizon Christian volleyball team started its season last week with league contests against Dufur and Arlington.
Proving once again that they are a team on the rise, the HRV girls water polo squad scored another victory Thursday evening and though it was only the second contest of the season, it was a historic one.
Indicative of the incredible turnaround they’ve had since the 2014 season, the HRV girls volleyball team, fresh off another tournament win this weekend, are currently ranked as the best volleyball team in the state.
The growing pains for HRV’s young football team continued Friday night as the Eagles were on the wrong end of another lopsided game, this time against Reynolds High.
Eagles make short work of Hillsboro on the road in 2015 5A semifinal rematch; defeats 6A Franklin in Hood River
Last season, there weren’t many schools that gave the HRV boys soccer team much trouble, except one.
Hood River Valley High School administrators didn’t encounter many hurdles in their process to hire a replacement for Donnie Herneisen, who switched to coaching girls basketball at HRV after seven years as the high school’s track and field head coach. Nor did they have to look far.
Eagles run wild on McLoughlin Pioneers in home-opener
The HRV girls soccer team has ruled the roost in the Columbia River Conference for the past several years, taking the CRC title every year since Kevin Haspela took over as head coach of the team in 2010, although the Eagles did share the title with Hermiston back in 2012.
They’ve won two state titles in as many years and haven’t lost a game since 2013, but this year’s HRV boys soccer team isn’t taking anything for granted as they aim for a third-straight 5A championship.
They may have lost some key players due to graduation, but the boys water polo team, steadily growing over the past few years, showed they are stronger than ever earlier this week during HRV’s debut against David Douglas, during which the Eagles outplayed the 6A team, cruising to an 18-7 victory on the road.
The HRV girls volleyball team got right back into it this week with their first contests of the season, and wound up with a 2-0 record after their first two games.