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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.

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HRV Snowboard Team ready to ride

After last year’s late start and abbreviated season, the Hood River Valley Snowboard Team is looking forward to hitting the slopes once again.

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ALUMNI NIGHT FIGHTS

The HRV varsity wrestling team hosted Pendleton Thursday night and honored alumni of the Eagles’ wrestling program.

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Eagles run into Buckaroo buzz saw in Friday games

Boys lose 82-54 at home, girls lose 81-34 on the road

The Pendleton Buckaroos didn’t do any favors for two HRV teams looking to gain traction at the start of league play Friday night, with the team’s formidable shooting proving too much for either Eagle squad to overcome. In Hood River, the Buck boys defeated HRV, 82-54, and in the east, the Pendleton girls’ equally potent offense caused problems for the Eagles, who lost 81-34.

HRV Girls swim team crushes competition

Girls place first, boys fifth at HR Invite

The HRVHS swim team is in peak form as it enters the twilight stretch of its 2015-16 season, illustrated by the team’s performance at the Hood River Invite this past weekend.

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Horizon girls making strides with win over South Wasco Redsides

Horizon looks to build momentum after defeating the Redsides for the first time in nearly four years

A program that has struggled to find some success in recent years made a big statement Tuesday night, when the Horizon Hawks (4-8, 2-3 league) defeated the South Wasco County Redsides (7-7, 2-3 league) in Hood River by a score of 36-22.

Nonleague schedule gives way to tough CRC matchups for HRV girls

The nonleague schedule for the HRV girls basketball team drew to a close Tuesday night and with it, another difficult loss to a 6A team that the Eagles had to put behind them as they prepared for their Columbia River Conference debut against the Pendleton Buckaroos (4-9) on the road Friday.

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Ethan Evans’ 23 points not enough to upset rollin’ Redsides

Horizon loses in challenging matchup to 1A’s fourth-ranked South Wasco

The Horizon boys basketball program’s Big Sky Conference dynasty continues to be challenged this season in league games and took another hit Tuesday evening as the No. 22 Hawks (4-9, 2-3) couldn’t pull out the upset against a challenging South Wasco squad (13-2, 4-1 league). The No. 4 Redsides defeated the Hawks 58-49 in Hood River.

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The snow keeps coming

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort was already one of the top 10 snowiest ski areas in North America before a storm dropped 20 inches of snow in a 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday.

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Busy time for Horizon

The Horizon Christian School basketball teams are currently in the busy part of their seasons, playing four games in a span of five days.

HRV boys soccer coach Jaime Rivera receives coaching award from national organization

Rivera named State and Northwest Sectional Coach of the Year by NFHS

Capping off a season where he was named Columbia River Conference Coach of the Year and 5A Coach of the Year, HRV boys soccer Coach Jaime Rivera has now been recognized with an award from a national organization for his coaching efforts.

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HRV SWIMMING: Girls take second, boys fifth at TD invite

Team captains Dhani Freeland and Cameron Marquez-Villegas at HRV’s first home meet

The HRV swim team hasn’t had many chances to show its stuff this season, with about half of the team’s scheduled meets having been canceled due to various reasons.

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.