Sports Briefs for January 19, 2013

Wheat leads with 20 in varsity boys league opener

Ryan Wheat led the Hood River Valley High school varsity boys basketball team at Pendleton Tuesday evening in the team’s league opener. The 83-54 loss puts the boys at 4-8 overall. After falling behind by 49-20 in the first half, the Eagles came out much improved in the second and actually tied the Buckaroos 34-34 in scoring for the half. RJ Chavez had 10 points, Luke Kopecky tallied eight rebounds and Austin Clark and Eli Fults had six points each in the game.

‘Kids’ Night Out’ Feb. 2

The Hood River Valley High School softball team is holding a fundraiser Feb. 2, Kids’ Night Out, from 6-9 p.m. The event will provide fun and healthy activities for children in grades K-5.

For an admission of $10 per child, elementary-age kids can enjoy football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, board games, movies, crafts and more, as well as healthy snacks.

Registration will be held from 5:40-7:30 p.m. at the athletic entrance of the HRVHS gym. Participants will be released to only those who are indicated on the sign-in sheet. All areas will be well supervised by adults and high school softball players. Certified professionals in first aid and CPR will be on site.

Participants should wear proper shoes and comfortable clothing for recreational play. For more info contact Lindsy Weseman at or 541-806-1426.

Run through winter with CGRC

Starting Jan. 26, runners have three Saturday events in a row for their enjoyment. The Run Like a Dog 4-miler on Jan. 26 takes place on the scenic paths of the Skamania Lodge Golf Course and is $2 (free for Columbia Gorge Running Club members). Registration starts at 9 a.m., running at 10 a.m. Next on the list is the Feb. 2 Heart Truth walk/run at Kiwanis Pocket Park (Klindt Dr.) in The Dalles. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and running starts at 10 a.m. Finally, the Jumpstart Valentine’s Day River run/walk is on Feb. 9 at The Dalles Marina. Registration starts at 9 a.m., running at 10 a.m. Day-of registration is $10.

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