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HRV teams earn academic awards

Three HRV winter sports teams were recognized this week as top 10 scholastic programs among 4A Oregon high schools. Both the boys and girls basketball teams and the boys swimming team were given the OSAA Oregon Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Award for their accomplishments in the classroom this season. The boys hoops team was fifth in the state with a 3.61 cumulative GPA, including three 4.0 students; the girls hoops team was sixth with a 3.74 GPA and seven 4.0 students; and the boys swim team was eighth with a 3.54 and seven 4.0 students.

Martens to play for Western Oregon

Hood River Valley High School star running back Wes Martens has agreed to play football next season for Western Oregon University in Monmouth. Head coach Duke Iverson has already announced the signings of 29 Northwest high school players who will join the program next fall. Among the players named to the team this week were Sandy quarterback Ryan Thorson, David Douglas defensive back Eric Odegbami and first-team all-state defensive lineman Conrad Venti of 4Astate champion McNary. Western Oregon is the only NCAA Division II school in the state and will open the 2002 season in Colorado against Mesa State.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge

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