Sports briefs for April 16

First Light Martial Arts athletes earn medals

Competitors representing Hood River’s First Light Martial Arts Academy brought home gold, silver and bronze medals last month from the Revolution XXIV Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament in Tacoma. Academy instructor Alex Evans won the blue belt gi division of the tournament and was second in the no gi division, while Pascual Torres earned silver in the white belt gi division. Earlier in the month, at the North American Grappling Association tournament in Portland, Mose Jones-Yellin won silver in men’s white belt division and Mark Oppenheimer won a bronze in men’s white belt division.

HRV tennis serves Pendleton 6-2 loss

Hood River Valley High School varsity boys tennis had a solid outing at Pendleton last Thursday, winning six of eight matches to claim the road win over the Buckaroos. Scottie Ziegner breezed through his No. 1 singles match with 6-1, 6-0 wins. At 4 singles Jonathan Hale won a hard-fought 6-7(4) 6-4 10-7 match. In doubles action, the Eagles had a clean sweep, with Edwards/Garibo winning 6-1 6-1, Ferrick/Humann winning 6-3 6-3, De La Rosa/Campos winning 6-1 6-o and Shepherd/Alden Sova winning 6-0 6-0.

“The kids played hard and played well,” coach Jon Hiatt commented. “Our second, third and fourth singles were tough matches that all went to a third set match breaker. I hope we got some momentum going into this week, when we play The Dalles (Tuesday at home), Hermiston (Thursday on the road) and OES, Philomath and Cascade (Saturday on the road).”

Roller Girls host kids’ skate night

The Gorge Roller Girls are hosting a family skate night this Saturday, at 5:30 p.m. at Westside Elementary School. Youngsters ages 6-11 (and parents) are invited to come meet and skate with the Gorge Roller Girls, with tunes by Mr. Elive Productions. The cost is $5 per skater or $20 for a family pass, with proceeds from the night going to support Skate Club and the Gorge Roller Girl All-Stars. Space is limited to 75 skaters based on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about the Gorge Roller Girls, visit

Hawks drop two in league opener

The Horizon Christian School baseball team lost 9-7 and 15-2 Saturday in a doubleheader at Heppner/Ione to start its league schedule. The Hawks went 4-2 in its preseason leading up to the 1A Special District 6 opener.

The Hawks opened the series strong, taking a 4-2 lead off seven hits before giving up five runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to lose the lead. Ethan Evans, Matt Totaro and R.J. Hicks led with two hits apiece in the effort, while Wesley Johnson and Evans split time on the mound. In the second game, strong hitting by Heppner/Ione, paired with four Hawk errors and struggles at bat and on the mound led to the lopsided 15-2 loss.

Horizon looked to rebound with a road game Tuesday at 1A No. 2 ranked Dufur and will return home Saturday for a double header (11 a.m., 1 p.m. start times) vs. Weston-McEwen/Griswold.

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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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