Kids, don’t miss ‘Positively Kai’, free SUP opportunity
The Columbia River has again been a hotbed of activity this summer, and in case the frenzy of wind and wave junkies along the Hood River Waterfront wasn’t hot enough, next weekend’s Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is going to kick it up to a whole new level.
Bridge of the Gods Run draws 1,000 people Sunday
In surely the most colorful crossing in Bridge of the Gods history, nearly a thousand people gathered Sunday morning on the Washington side of the Columbia, awaited the countdown by Chad Sperry of Breakaway Promotions and, once released, spread out across the entire length of the bridge in bright running outfits as they began the inaugural Bridge of the Gods half marathon and 10k run.
Mountain bike group focusing on future, looking for fresh energy
While much of Hood River’s flourishing summer recreation and tourism industry is focused on the Columbia River, the waterfront and the Gorge’s renowned wind and waves, another movement continues to build momentum in the forests just outside of town, and although not nearly as bad as the city center congestion, traffic on the local mountain biking trails is markedly busier this time of year than any other.
When it comes to fishing the Pacific Northwest, Buzz Ramsey is something of a virtuoso, and even though his most recent edition of Outdoor News offers tips to maximizing fall-run salmon fishing success quite a ways downstream of Hood River, at the mouth of the Columbia, his column is relevant and extremely encouraging for the many Gorge-area fishermen and women who excitedly await the arrival of these great fish.
If crawling uphill through the mud under cover of barbed wire, leaping over flames, throwing spears, climbing ropes and walls, carrying buckets of gravel and being hurled out of control into a giant mud pit – all with physical penalties for non-completion – sounds appealing, you should consider signing up for next year’s Pac West Spartan Race in Washougal.
News photographer Adam Lappierre captured video of helicopters performing bucket drops on the Rowena Fire, as well as capturing the size and scope of the fire.
Athletes represent CrossFit Hood River on global stage
Christine Wells and Regan Huckaby can grant themselves a much-deserved break from training for the rest of summer, although neither is likely to do so.
Changes include new league, player tracking
Hut, hut, hot.
The Columbia Gorge Racing Association is gearing up for a busy next few weeks of sailing in Cascade Locks.
With the addition of “Kleeway” – a proposed new trail named after the late Matt Klee – congestion issues on the popular Seven Streams Trail should be greatly alleviated.
At Gorge Paddle Challenge, one competitor will be two
Matt and Hunter make a great pair.
Young baseball players in the Gorge have two different opportunities to continue the spring and summer seasons into the fall, and although the philosophies behind the programs differ, the objective remains the same: keep kids playing baseball as far into the year as possible.
Wrestlers return from Nationals, Redneck camp
Hood River Valley High School wrestlers Andrew DeHart, Christian Marquez, Max Lane, Steven Swafford and Jessica DeHart made the long journey east to Fargo, N.D., this month to represent Hood River and the Oregon National Team at the 2014 USA Wrestling Freestyle and Greco Roman national wrestling tournaments.
One of the great things about the Fair is meeting up with friends you haven’t seen for a while.
Downwind Blowout race rescheduled for this weekend
Fueled by steady thermal winds and sizzling summer temps, the 14th annual Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest brought hundreds of kiteboarders and spectators to the Stevenson waterfront over the weekend for two days of friendly but fierce freestyle competition.
The Columbia River in front of the Hood River Event Site was swarming with activity last weekend, as sunny weather and solid wind brought out the masses to play on the water and enjoy the classic summer conditions the Gorge is famous for.
HRV alumni Jon Munk still rockin’ in the lacrosse world
In the words of his players, Jon Munk got “mad props” last week for his performance in the World Lacrosse Championships.
The cheers and chatter of hundreds of rousted rodeo-goers mingled with the chorus of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” echoing across the brightly-lit Milt Tomilson Arena Saturday night in The Dalles.
The 2014 Bridge of the Gods Kitefest in Stevenson is set for next weekend, with the pro contest July 25, the amateur event July 26 and the Blow-out July 27. In its 14th year, the event is touted as the longest-running amateur kiteboarding competition in the country, and has successfully served as a platform for many young men and women aspiring to climb the ranks of the sport from amateur to professional.
Although the trip was focused on fostering cultural understanding and appreciation between high school students of Oregon/Washington and Japan, the goodwill mission didn’t stop Hood River Valley wrestlers Andrew Dehart and Max Lane from knocking a few heads while they were abroad.
Team holds its own against all-star squads from California, Michigan and New Jersey
The BSC Strikers U14 boys soccer team was in North Carolina last weekend, where they represented Hood River at the 2014 National Premier League Tournament.
Managers say biking, disc golf probably not a good fit for the resort
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort announced with enthusiasm last week that it has been granted a summer operations permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Starting with two one-day events this August, Meadows will be allowed to run limited summer operations for the first time in the ski area’s 46- year history.
Heart, Strength, Tenacity: Seventh Kiteboarding-4-Cancer unifies with wind and water
The wind gods smiled on the Hood River Event Site Saturday afternoon. Despite a less-than-favorable forecast, the wind kicked in at about noon, increased throughout the day and blew strong and steady for several hours, giving the 154 participants of the 7th annual Kiteboarding- 4-Cancer fundraiser a full afternoon of sunny skies and steady wind to make this year’s sixhour endurance race one of the best and most competitive in event history.
Wy’east defeated White Salmon 5-1 Thursday evening to claim the first-ever boys’ Gorge Area Middle School Soccer League championship. The two teams had met twice earlier in the league’s inaugural season, with Wy’east winning both by a narrow one-goal margin.
2014 class: two teams and five individuals
The Hood River Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee recently announced its list of inductees for the 2014 class. Among the athletes being honored for their past accomplishments are five individuals and two teams from HRVHS and one individual from Cascade Locks High School.
Team enters state tourney as Tri-County’s top seed
With temps reaching onto the mid 90s Tuesday, the stifling evening heat at Collins Field matched the intensity of a U13 Junior Baseball of Oregon match-up between Hood River and Reedville.
Big-air kiteboarding contest utilizes Xensr motion capture device
The second annual Hood River Huckfest was held last Thursday under sunny skies and moderate wind conditions, and at the end of several high-flying rounds, the big-air kiteboarding event had its champions.
Longtime local archery club sees significant uptick in interest during last couple of years
The Hood River-based Appleknocker Bowmen archery club hosted its annual Little John 3D shoot late last month, and the record turnout of nearly 350 people is evidence that the sport is seeing a measurable resurgence, particularly in younger age groups.
“Definitely not luck,” is how Gorge FC manager Roger Sherrell describes his team’s first league win of the season last weekend over Seattle Sporting FC. After going through structure and coaching changes midway through the spring, the Hood River-based semi-pro soccer team has found its rhythm as it concludes its first season in the Northwest Conference of the National Premier Soccer League.
New this year, return shuttle service offered
Organizers of the annual Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run are gearing up for what has become a wildly popular Independence Day tradition for several hundred people every year. This year marks the 39th-annual 4th of July run, named after the late Joe Kollas and Jerry Cranmer, both of whom were active runners and community members.
Hood River artist and metal sculptor C.J. Rench and his team unveiled the final product of several months of hard work and collaboration over the weekend in Seattle, Wash., where a 22-foot high, 11,000-pound structure was pieced together in the city’s Jefferson Park. The project, called Red Bull Skate Space, is a joint effort between Rench, Red Bull and professional skateboarder Torey Pudwil. In addition to its appeal as a bright and cheerful piece of public art, the work is and is designed to be interactive and, in particular, to be skateable.
Young golfers ages 8-13 invited to join new program
In an effort to get more kids involved in the sport, Hood River’s Indian Creek Golf Course has formed a youth team to participate in the nation-wide PGA Jr. League Golf program. The program is open to players ages 8-13 and is run similar to Little League baseball and softball, with contests held between teams based from neighboring courses. Mark Gradin, Indian Creek’s director of Instruction and Player Development, says the Hood River team currently has a full team of 16 players, but if he can recruit more kids he’ll gladly form a second team.
CFHR hosts fundraiser auction July 11 for duo
CrossFit Hood River Athletes Regan Huckaby and Christine Wells are headed to the world championship of CrossFit competition, the CrossFit Games, at the end of July in Carson, Calif. The two are the first athletes from Hood River to qualify for the Games, which they did by advancing through highly competitive local and regional contests earlier this year.
Matt Klee’s philosophy in life was simple: Find things that make you happy, and do them as often as possible.
Three events scheduled over the next month
Huckfest: June 25-29
Kenji Nakano has dedicated almost half of his life to his community and townspeople, and after serving 40 years as the Mayor of Tsuruta, Japan, the 84-year-old is finally retiring.
Hood River’s Chantelle Carter will soon be headed to one of the largest rodeos in the world: the Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev., June 27-July 5.
Hood River native Alex Titus is embarking on the trip of a lifetime.
Ryan Ward highlights baseball list with 1st team pitcher nod
Hood River Valley High School varsity baseball and softball teams concluded praiseworthy seasons last week in the 2014 OSAA 5A state championships.
HRV finishes second in state tourney, but graduates only three
The final play of Saturday’s OSAA 5A state baseball championship between Hood River Valley and Sandy high schools came down to a high pop fly in foul territory beyond the first baseline. Down 8-3 with two outs, the chance of an HRV comeback was slim to none, and Sandy’s first basemen sealed the victory, and the Pioneers’ first-ever state baseball title, by catching the fly ball directly over the heads of the HRV lineup watching from Volcano Stadium’s visitor’s dugout.
“Hold your heads up. Hold your heads up,” coach Eric Keller told his girls Tuesday evening outside the dugout, as a strong west wind swirled dust devils around the infield of the Hood River Valley Eagles’ home ballpark.
Team makes state semis for first time since 1993
You can’t call these boys Cinderella, but their story is turning out to be just that.
If there’s small solace to be had in this tragedy, it’s that Matt Klee died doing something he loved.
Multi-sport event draws more than 300 to enjoy Hood River Valley’s many outdoor offerings
Conditions aligned perfectly Saturday for the inaugural Hood2River Relay Race, and if the unanimous expressions of blissful exhaustion at the finish line and after-party were any indication, the event promises to be bigger and better next year.
Anyone who has seen Regan Huckaby work out in the last year will tell you, she’s an absolute maniac. Although as friendly as they come, the 27-year-old Hood River resident is trimmed like a Navy SEAL and can outperform most of the guys in her gym; accolades made all the more impressive by the fact that she’s a mother of two young Huckaby rugrats, ages 2 and 4.
Hood River Valley varsity boys lacrosse extended its season at least through the weekend with a commanding 19-0 win at home Wednesday night against Rex Putnam in the inaugural Cascade Cup tournament. The win advanced the team to a Saturday night game at Canby in the 16-team bracket’s quarterfinal round.
No. 14 HRV defeats No. 3 Springfield to advance to 5A playoff quarterfinals
Eagle baseball pulled off a big-time win Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the OSAA 5A state championships. HRV, seeded No. 14 in the 16-team bracket after winning a play-in game last week at Bend, upset Springfield with a 5-2 win to advance to the tournament quarterfinals and knock the No. 3 seed out of the tournament on their home turf.
Sebastian Barajas and Jestena Mattson successfully defended state titles over the weekend at the 2014 OSAA 5A State Track and Field Championships to help propel Hood River Valley High School to ninth- and fifth-place team finishes in the season finale at Eugene’s Hayward Field.
Hood River Valley High’s Dan Kuechmann shot a two-day total of 165 — 21 over par — to finish in a tie for 32nd place at last week’s OSAA 5A state golf championships at Banks’ Quail Valley Golf Course. Crescent Valley sophomore Kevin Geniza won the tournament with a three-over-par total of 147.
In a unique mix of fun in the sun and hard-headed competition, the Hood River Marina was host to the 2014 Oregon Beach Wrestling State Championships last weekend. On a smooth strip of beach jutting into the Columbia River, wrestlers were paired into general age and weight categories and competed in the unique format of wrestling with rules similar to those of the Japanese Sumo style.