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HRV skiers once again control the Mt. Hood League

Boys and girls teams obliterate the competition at Mt. Hood Meadows GS race

The Eagles have screamed down the mountain in every race they’ve competed in this year, and Saturday’s giant slalom (GS) competition on the Middle Fork run at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort was no different.

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After Pendleton loss, girls look to regroup for final half of CRC play

Bucks beat Eagles 53-37 Tuesday evening in Hood River

The last time the HRV girls basketball team faced Pendleton, the Eagles were at the start of Columbia River Conference play, buoyed by a nonleague record of 6-4, with three of those four losses by five points or fewer. Though they did not beat the Buckaroos in their first meeting, they lost by three points, which was the most competitive game against a league opponent for the HRV girls in nearly five years.

Third-quarter, three-ball struggles, plague HRV boys at Pendleton

As the saying goes: “Live by the three, die by the three.”

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Eagle wrestlers boast three district champions, send five to state

Jason Shaner, Ryan Zeller, and Justin Wilson take titles at district match

The Hood River Valley wrestling team didn’t have its best team finish at last weekend’s district meet, but on an individual level, it was the best meet in several years for the Eagles.

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Horizon basketball teams finish strong, head to Big Sky district tournament Friday and Saturday

The Horizon girls and boys basketball teams are once again headed to the Big Sky district tournament this Friday and Saturday in Madras, wrapping up their regular season with some dominant wins over Mitchell/Spray and Ione last weekend and against South Wasco County Monday evening.

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A Book Bundle

Celebrate reading: Getting through the winter with News staff picks

Hood River News staff shares what they're reading now.

Swim team looks to continue stellar season at CRC champs

HRV hosts league teams at championships this weekend

The HRV boys and girls swim teams have had a fantastic season this year and will look to continue that this weekend when they host Hermiston, Pendleton, and The Dalles in the Columbia River Conference championships.

OSAA likely to disband CRC in redistricting proposals

Come 2018, it appears likely that the Columbia River Conference (CRC) will be no more.

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TRACKS THROUGH THE TREES

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort got another healthy dose of snow earlier this week, making for some fine tree-skiing on this Hood River Meadows run.

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Horizon boys look to power through final week of play

Team defeats Arlington, falls to Dufur

The Hawks had both games interrupted by weather over the weekend, but were able to play both, as Friday’s game at Arlington was moved to Thursday and Saturday’s home game against Dufur was moved to Monday. Horizon beat Arlington 61-54, but then fell to the No. 10 Dufur Rangers 69-55.

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Girls wrestling team places second at state qualifier in Eugene

Boys getting ready for district tournament

The HRV girls wrestling team beat 70 teams at the Oregon Girls Wrestling state qualifier tournament last weekend at Thurston High School in Eugene, but failed to defend their title in what would have been a three-peat at the team event.

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Hawk girls lock up Big Sky berth with Arlington upset

Hawks also defeat Dufur by 27 points

The Horizon girls basketball team has had a lot of great wins this season, but Thursday’s was undoubtedly the sweetest thus far.

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Eagle boys get ugly, but important, victory

After coming out on the wrong side of a handful of close contests this season, the HRV boys basketball team finally learned how to close out a game Tuesday evening, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Vannet Court was electric as the Eagles (6-9, 1-2 Columbia River Conference) hung on for dear life and repelled a rallying Riverhawks team (3-11, 0-3), defeating The Dalles 66-63 and getting their first league win of the season.

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Horizon boys continuing to hold their own in the Big Sky Conference

Hawks get a much-needed win over the Condon/Wheeler Knights

Every win is important at this point, but Tuesday’s win over the Condon/Wheeler Knights by the Horizon boys basketball team was especially crucial considering the Big Sky Conference standings.

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Horizon girls keep rollin’: League playoff berth nearly certain after C/W blowout

The juggernaut that is the Horizon girls basketball team coasted to its sixth-straight Big Sky District win Tuesday night as the Hawks (15-5, 9-1 league) steamrolled the Condon/Wheeler Knights (8-10, 5-4) in Hood River 59-23.

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HRV boys get ugly, but important, win over The Dalles

After coming out on the wrong side of a handful of close contests this season, the HRV boys basketball team finally learned how to close out a game Tuesday evening, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Shooting woes sink HRV girls in matchup with TD

CRC teams sweep HRV in first round

On paper, Tuesday’s contest with The Dalles offered the HRV girls basketball team one of the best opportunities to break The Eagles’ league win drought.

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Girls wrestling team has productive weekend during home matches

Girls take second at Elks tourney, boys place 10th

The annual Elks Wrestling Tournament marked another impressive performance by the HRV girls wrestling team, who have had quite the season as they head into their state qualifying competition this weekend. The Eagles headlined with first-place finishes by Grace Miller and Monique Verduzco — the former of whom received the Most Outstanding Wrestler award of the tournament — and placed second out of 28 teams that showed up to the event.

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Halfway through the season, HRV skiers own the Mt. Hood League

Another race and another win for the HRV ski team this weekend shows that the Eagles are clearly the team to beat in the Mt. Hood League.

Slow start dooms Horizon boys at South Wasco County

Nearing the halfway point of their league schedule, the Horizon boys basketball team is currently in the bottom half of the Big Sky standings and as of Friday morning, occupied the sixth spot in the league — the last spot to get into the conference tournament held late next month.

Horizon girls make statement with win over Redsides

Hawks hang on for 33-30 victory at South Wasco

They’ve beaten Big Sky cellar-dwellers Ione and Mitchell/Spray with ease, but on Tuesday, players for the Horizon girls basketball team made a big statement when they pulled out a 33-30 road victory over the equally formidable South Wasco County Redsides (8-6, 5-2 league).

HRV boys don’t get the league start they hoped for

Eagles fall to Bucks

After carving up some softer teams in nonleague action, the HRV boys basketball team received a rude awakening Friday evening when they traveled to Pendleton, opening up Columbia River Conference action with a game against the Buckaroos.

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Hood River swimmers excel in mini-districts

HRV girls place a commanding first; small boys team narrowly misses second in CRC showdown

If Saturday’s meet is a forecast of things to come, Columbia River Conference swimmers are going to have a difficult time hanging with the Eagles when the district championship meet is held in Hood River next month.

HRV girls basketball enters league play with cautious optimism

Eagles have won five of their last six

After a nonleague schedule with plenty of starts and stops thanks to Mother Nature’s wrath, the HRV girls basketball team will enter league competition in an unfamiliar situation:

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Despite ‘lumps and bumps,’ HRV boys basketball team looking forward to Columbia River Conference play

The start to the HRV boys basketball team’s season hasn’t been ideal, but there’s still been plenty to like about it as the Eagles look ahead to the start of Columbia River Conference competition next week.

Horizon boys scrap, but can’t get past a tough Sherman team in Big Sky Conference opener

Playing the defending 1A champs Sherman on the road was a heck of a way for the Horizon boys basketball team to start the Big Sky Conference schedule, and for the most part, the Huskies played as well as advertised, defeating the Hawks 71-45 — Horizon’s worst loss of the season, in terms of margin.

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Paulina Finn records a rare quadruple-double in Horizon girls’ Big Sky debut with Sherman

Hawks throttle Huskies 62-33

Junior guard Paulina Finn had the performance of a lifetime Friday evening in Horizon’s Big Sky debut against the Sherman Huskies. In fact, it was likely the best performance of any Hood River basketball athlete in quite a long time.

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Wreagles grapple with winter, but get matches under their belts

A now month-long cold snap — colder than usual, even for winter — has made it difficult for the HRV wrestling team to travel to competitions, but the Wreagles were able to squeeze in a couple tournaments last weekend on the road.

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Horizon girls basketball: String of nonleague wins taken with a grain of salt as Big Sky play starts

Hawks rout North Clackamas 55-17

Last season was a breakout one for the Horizon girls basketball program, as the Hawks saw the team’s first postseason win since it formed 14 seasons ago.

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Horizon boys best North Clackamas in defensive battle

The Horizon boys basketball team extended their win streak Tuesday night to four games with the defeat of North Clackamas Christian (2-5) in what was a low-scoring affair for both teams. The Hawks took down the Saints 37-24 in Hood River, marking the fewest points in a win for Horizon this season.

HRV boys b-ball ends 2016 with two losses

Eagles lose by double digits to McMinnville and Stevenson

A matchup with 6A McMinnville wasn’t expected to be an easy one for the HRV boys basketball team, as the Grizzlies boasted a 5-1 record going into Tuesday’s contest in McMinnville and are currently one of the top teams in their classification.

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HRV girls b-ball eclipses 2015-16 win total

Eagles muzzle Stevenson Bulldogs

A little over a month into the 2016-17 HRV girls basketball season and the Eagles have already eclipsed their win total from the previous season.

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Kayla Bowker: Iron Woman

Hampered by an injured hip, then hit by a car, HRVHS alum overcomes the odds to qualify for the Ironman World Champs

To this day, Kayla Bowker can’t shake the crunching sound her body made as two tons of moving steel slammed into it.

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Damascus defense proves to be too much for Horizon

Girls and boys teams both fall to the Eagles in Hood River

Horizon’s long stint of home games — so long that the team has yet to play a game on the road this month — came to an end Wednesday afternoon with a home matchup against the Damascus Christian Eagles.

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Eagles blow out the Bruins

Girls match total wins from last year

It wasn’t on the original schedule, but with all the games that have been canceled due to the winter weather that has hit the Gorge the past couple weeks, HRV basketball teams were grateful for a chance to compete against the Columbia Bruins on Wednesday, and even happier at the end of the contests. The girls whooped the Bruins 63-21 and the boys defeated Columbia 63-48.

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Continued winter weather opens up more ski terrain on Mount Hood

Although winter only officially began today, its weather has been hanging around Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge for a while now.

Swim team aims to repeat last year’s successes

The HRV boys and girls swim teams saw plenty of success during the 2015-16 campaign and though both squads lost some key athletes due to graduation, the teams largely expect to pick up where they left off last season.

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Wrestling teams raring to go for 2016-17 season

The weather has disrupted pretty much every sport at Hood River Valley High School this season, but no sport has seen its competitions pushed back more than the varsity and girls wrestling teams.

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Nordic Weather

The HRV Nordic team, along with non-school skiers, enjoyed cold temperatures, no wind, and sunny skies Saturday morning when they took to the cross country ski trails at Mt. Hood Meadows for a 4K/7K community skate race.

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Big second quarter puts Horizon boys over Country Christian

Ian Walker’s 20 points help Hawks down Cougars 64-50

It took some time for the Horizon boys to get going in their game against the Country Christian basketball team Tuesday evening, but after a slow start, the Hawks went on to have their best outing of the season.

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Tough matchup with Country Christian provides a benefit to Horizon girls

They knew it was going to be a difficult game Tuesday night, and Country Christian proved to as tough as expected.

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Offense explodes as HRV girls basketball runs roughshod over Rough Riders

Eagle girls have best outing in years, score 65 points against 6A Roosevelt

For the past couple years, the HRV girls basketball team has had a difficult time getting wins of any kind, let alone a blowout.

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HRV boys basketball unable to match Heritage offense

Eagles fall to Timberwolves 61-42

As HRV continues gaining experience this season, the team got a good look at a productive offense Tuesday evening when the Heritage High Timberwolves from Vancouver, Wash., came to town.

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Abundant snowfall puts Meadows’ season ahead of schedule

Ski resort offers a preview of night operations this Friday and Saturday

While snow just started falling in downtown Hood River this week, it has been falling in copious amounts up at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort for a few weeks now.

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Loss to Heritage provides teachable moment for HRV girls basketball

Last year, there weren’t many games that the HRV girls basketball team had an opportunity to win. Of the team’s 19 losses throughout the 2015-16 season, only three were by margins of 10 points or fewer.

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Horizon Girls Basketball: Offense runs wild in rout of Klickitat

Fans at the Hawks Nest were treated to the highest-scoring Horizon girls basketball game in five years on Tuesday, when the Hawks pummeled the visiting Klickitat Vandals with 67 points on their way to a 40-point blowout.

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New team, new coach, new opportunities: HRV boys basketball looks to turn over a new leaf

Eagles get first win of the season with a big 66-37 pasting of the Redmond Panthers

Like the girls basketball team, the HRV boys have had their fair share of struggles over the past 20 years or so, including last season, where the Eagles won just four games.

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Donnie Herneisen looks to build up HRV girls basketball program

Eagles drop home-opener in defensive nonleague game with Sandy

For the HRV girls basketball program, there’s pretty much nowhere to go but up.

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Local ultramarathoner wins historic title in Antarctica race

Five races and over a million kilometers later, Jax Mariash Koudele is a world champion.

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Mt. Hood Meadows opens for the season

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort officially opened this past weekend.

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