Sports briefs for Jan. 22

‘With a Kite’ premieres Jan. 22 at Skylight

Hosted by 2nd Wind Sports, Naish Kiteboarding, Big Winds and Andrew’s Skylight Theatre, the world premiere of the kiteboarding flick “With a Kite” comes to Hood River Jan. 22, 7 p.m. at the Skylight Theatre in downtown Hood River. A 6:30 p.m. meet-and-greet will precede the movie, which features several Gorge-area kiteboarders and locals. Tickets are $10 per person, with raffle tickets available, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kiteboarding 4 Cancer programs.

Mark your calendar: Little League sign-ups Feb. 4-6

Hood River Little League will hold sign-ups for the spring/summer season Feb. 4 and 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Westside, Parkdale and Mid Valley elementary schools. Tryouts are scheduled for March 1 and 3 at Hood River Valley High School. For more information visit

Avalanche awareness presentation Jan. 24

Mt. Hood National Forest, Off-Piste Magazine and Dog River Coffee are hosting a free avalanche awareness presentation Jan. 24, 7 p.m. at Dog River Coffee in downtown Hood River. MHNF Ranger Jim Thornton and Roland Emetaz will cover the basics if avalanche safety for people looking to safely venture into snowy backcountry conditions. A similar presentation the night before (Jan. 23) will be held in The Dalles, 6:30 p.m. at Fun Country Power Sports.

HRVST nets top finishes at Seth Dawson meet

Hood River Valley Swim Team Ospreys were at the Mt. Hood Aquatic Center over the weekend competing in the annual Seth Dawson Invitational. Highlights from the meet are as follows:

Sarah Arpag (9): 50 back, 1st; 100 free, 1st; 50 free, 1st; 100 fly, 1st; 200 IM, 2nd; 100 breast, 5th

Celilo Brun (11): 50 fly, 4th; 100 fly, 4th

Allison Burke (13): 50 free, 5th; 400 IM, 8th; 500 free, 7th

Emilio Castaneda (11): 100 free, 6th; 50 fly, 6th; 50 free, 3rd

Marina Castaneda (7): 100 breast, 2nd; 100 free, 6th; 50 breast, 1st; 100 back, 4th

Michelle Graves (7): 100 IM, 5th; 50 fly, 5th; 50 breast, 4th

Shea Kasenga (9): 50 breast, 7th

Nadia Smith (14): 200 free, 6th; 100 free, 8th; 100 breast, 7th

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