Sports Briefs for Mar. 16

HRVHS tennis 1-1 in opening matches

Hood River Valley High School tennis opened its spring season with a 4-4 win against Gresham on Monday. Each team won four matches, but HRV was 9-8 in sets to claim the tie-breaker win.

Scottie Ziegner won 6-2, 6-3 as the Eagles’ top singles player, and Omar Cornejo won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4 singles. Billy Edwards and Brandon Campos both lost to their Gresham opponents.

Doubles matches went to duos of Marten Sova and Cooper Holzman (6-1, 6-2) and Victor Gabrio and Miguel de la Rosa (7-5, 7-5) but were lost by Cole Shephered and Patrick Humann (2-6, 6-2, 4-6) and Jorge Calderon and Jonathan Hale (0-6, 2-6)

Next week the team hosts David Douglas, Monday at 4 p.m., and travels to Reynolds Wednesday.

Little League invites public to meetings

Hood River Little League is inviting members of the public and anyone interested in helping the local youth sports program to its monthly board meetings.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month. This month it will be March 20, 5:30 p.m. at West Side Fire Department.

CSRT shines at U12 Finals

Last weekend marked the Oregon U12 skiing championships. Cooper Spur Race Team brought six female and five male competitors to Bend races. On Saturday, girls raced Slalom and boys raced GS.

Francis Melby skied her way into her best finish of the year, placing third, closely followed by teammate Josie Peterson in sixth. For the boys, Cassell LeFevre raced to a bronze finish, followed by teammate Joshua Nardone in sixth.

Racers switched disciplines the following day. Melby and Peterson led the team with sixth- and seventh-place finishes, followed by Annika Howell in 13th. Nardone had an outstanding first run that put him in second place, but fell in his second to get bumped out of the running. Lowell Schmidt was CSRT’s best male finisher of the day at 15th.

In overall standings, Melby led the team with a third-place finish.

Work parties help revitalize Gorge trails

Washington Trails Association is partnering with regional mountain biking groups to restore and reroute trails at Catherine Creek and Coyote Wall. The popular hiking and biking trails are on the north side of the Columbia Gorge between the towns of Bingen and Lyle.

WTA, in collaboration with the Columbia Area Mountain Bike Advocates, Northwest Trail Alliance and Hood River Area Trail Stewards, is hosting a series of volunteer trail work parties in March; two this weekend and two March 23-24.

“Coyote Wall and Catherine Creek are unique and spectacular places,” said Ryan Ojero, WTA’s southwest regional manager. “But a proliferation of unmanaged recreation has left a confusing network of user-created paths that weren’t designed to handle the number of visitors that flock to the area.”

A Forest Service recreation plan for the area calls for an official trail system that protects unique biodiversity.

“Washington Trails Association has worked closely with CAMBA to design trail reroutes that are fun to ride and hike and are also environmentally responsible,” continued Ojerio.

“We’ve completed a section of the Maui Falls Trail at Coyote Wall and are now working to fix erosion problems on the Labyrinth Trail.”

A partnership with NWTA out of Portland has helped speed up the progress with the use of itsspecialized trail machines. The project is funded through a grant from the National Forest Foundation with funds donated by Skamania Lodge.

In addition to improving the sustainability of the trail system, the grant was awarded to WTA to train volunteers in trail maintenance techniques and develop partnerships with the local mountain bike community and other trail user groups.

Volunteers can help one or both days of each weekend and are invited to an optional campout and potluck at a campsite on the Klickitat River.

For information on the work parties and how to volunteer, visit www.wta.org/volunteer.

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Send sports briefs, schedules, event, game or competition announcements, photos, story ideas, athlete updates and other sports-related information to sports editor Adam Lapierre at the following e-mail: alapierre@hoodrivernews.com

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