Sports briefs for April 19

HRV girls lacrosse defeats Central Catholic in overtime

Hood River Valley High School varsity girls lacrosse team came away with an exciting come-from-behind overtime win this week at Central Catholic. The 14-13 final came off goals by Isabelle Cullen (4), Lydia McElderry (3), Erin Mayer (2), Ellen Hudon (1), Sam Davies (1), Savanna Brentlinger (1) and Ryley Bauer (1), with assists by Bauer (1), Mayer (1), and Delia Dolan (2). The win improved the team’s record to 3-3 going into games Friday (away) and Tuesday (home) against Portland League’s top team, Oregon Episcopal School.

Water’s Edge Duathlon, Half Marathon and 10K is May 3 in The Dalles

The Water’s Edge Duathlon, Half Marathon, and 10K is set for May 3 in The Dalles, starting that morning with a 5K run/30K bike/5K run duathlon that takes competitors through the scenic Columbia River Gorge; the half marathon and 10K runs will start after the duathlon.

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White Salmon Backyard Half Marathon is June 14

It’s time to start training for the seventh-annual White Salmon Backyard Half Marathon, set for the morning of June 14 and starting and finishing in downtown White Salmon; hikers start at 8:30 a.m. and runners at 10 a.m. The event is free with a suggested donation of $12 for the Columbia High School Cross Country Team and the CGRC Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit

Hood-2-River Relay race is May 31

An exciting new event comes to the Hood River Valley on May 31. This six-stage relay starts on the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area and ends at the Hood River Waterfront. Individual, pair, teams, family, high school teams and business categories will be registered. For more information visit

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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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