Sports briefs for Jan. 25

Middle school track and field volunteers, coaches needed

Spring sports aren’t far off, and Hood River’s newly named middle school head coach, Shawnie Emmons, is already busy organizing and assembling resources. To ensure a positive experience for young athletes, coaches and volunteers are needed at both Hood River and Wy’east middle schools. The season officially starts March 31 for HRMS and April 1 for Wy’east, with the popular annual HRV Learn-by-Doing Clinic planned for March 8 and a few preseason workouts planned for before spring break.

Anyone willing to volunteer is asked to contact Emmons as soon as possible at

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. Try-outs are scheduled for March 1 and 3 at Hood River Valley High School. For more information visit:

HR Babe Ruth returning, sign-ups Jan. 29, Feb. 9

After several years’ hiatus, the Hood River Babe Ruth youth baseball program will be back this year. Sign-ups for the program are scheduled for Jan. 29 and Feb. 9, 6-9 p.m. at the Hood River Valley High School indoor batting facility. The program is open to players ages 12-15 and costs $90 for the season.

HRVHS baseball fundraiser Feb. 8

Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball is hosting a fundraiser dinner and silent auction Feb. 8 to benefit the program and continued improvements to the team’s home field. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar in downtown Hood River and includes live music by Tony Smiley, dinner and a silent auction, all for $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Windmaster Market, Doug’s Sports or the HRVHS main office.

Waterfront Recreation Committee meets Feb. 12

The Port of Hood River Waterfront Recreation Committee will meet Feb. 12, 1-3 p.m. in the commission board room to discuss the port’s new Hook launch and waterfront trail projects and the pedestrian bridge bike/pedestrian path connections. The meeting is open to the public and public comment is allowed. Call 541-386-1645 for more information.

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