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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.

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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.

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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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 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.

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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.

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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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Introducing Bart Vervloet, new CGWA executive director

For many people, especially longtime Gorge windsurfers, Bart Vervloet probably needs no introduction. He’s been active in the Gorge windsurfing and local recreation scene since the mid-1980s and has been a resident of the area for just as long.

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With snow flying, Meadows offers limited weekend opening

After a busy offseason, snowfall allows the resort to open three lifts Friday

Mother Nature teased powder hounds with an early-season snowfall in October, but now that the snow is falling in earnest on Mount Hood, ski resorts are preparing for limited openings this weekend.

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Darrin Lingel back as Hawks boys b-ball coach

Returning Horizon coach getting players ready for Nov. 30 season debut

The Horizon boys high school basketball team’s “new” head coach is feeling right at home at the Hawks Nest, and likely hasn’t had too much of a learning curve when it comes to running drills and getting acquainted with this year’s roster.

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HRV XC hangs with the best of the West at NXR

Fresh off a fourth-place finish at the 5A state championships two weeks ago, the HRV boys and girls cross country team had arguably an even better performance last week at a race that was simply for fun… and bragging rights.

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Hood River girls water polo takes state

Hood River Valley Eagles defeat South Albany, Sandy, and Summit to win first 5A state title in program history

They may have started from the bottom in 2014, but now they’re here.

End-of-season accolades pile up for HRV athletes

Another fall sports season is winding down for Hood River Valley High School, concluding this weekend with the HRV Eagles girls water polo, who are aiming for the team’s first-ever state tournament victory.

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Hood River Valley boys soccer’s undefeated streak comes to a bitter end

No. 9 La Salle upsets No. 1 HRV, advances to semis on penalty kicks

For the past three years, they’ve been unstoppable. Perennial leaders of the Columbia River Conference. Back-to-back 5A state champions. Fifty-one straight games without a loss.

XC teams take fourth place at state championships

The HRV boys and girls cross country teams were predicted to finish near the top of the heap at the end of the season and at Saturday’s state championship meet in Eugene, there were no surprises.

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Eagles volleyball takes sixth-place at state

In their first state tournament appearance since 1993, the HRV girls volleyball team came home with a wealth of experience — and a sixth-place trophy to boot.

Girls roll South Albany Rebels in first round game

HRV wins 21-2 advances to double-elimination tourney

During the regular season, the HRV girls water polo had a blowout victory in nearly every contest — defeating teams by such large margins that Head Coach Kellie Dunn feared the Eagles’ game could atrophy by the time they faced some stiffer competition in the state playoffs.

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In ugly game with Putnam, HRV boys soccer hangs on for the ‘W’

No. 1 Eagles beat No. 16 Kingsmen 2-1, host No. 9 La Salle this Saturday at 1 p.m.

It was chippy, it was physical, and it wasn’t pretty, but in a first-round matchup with Rex Putnam Wednesday night, the HRV boys soccer team continued to do what they’ve done all season: win.

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Disappointing loss to Hillsboro ends HRV girls soccer season

Eagles shutout 2-0 by Hillsboro Spartans in first-round match in Hood River

A season that started with big goals and high hopes for the HRV girls soccer team came to a bitter end Tuesday night at Henderson Community Stadium.

Boys team bows out with tough loss to Ashland

A young HRV boys water polo team saw its season come to an end Thursday evening in Corvallis as the No. 5 Eagles lost a tough one to No. 4 Ashland, 10-7, failing to advance to the double-elimination round of the tournament for the first time since the 2013 season.

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Heading to Hillsboro: HRV volleyball breaks decades-long state tourney drought with playoff win over Ashland

Last year, the HRV volleyball celebrated the end of its breakout season by winning the team’s first conference title in 27 years. And last weekend, building on what they started last season, the Eagles ended another longstanding drought.

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HRV Girls water polo wins first league title in team history

HRV gets payback against Reynolds and wins the Mt. Hood Conference

In their inaugural season in 2014, they didn’t win a game.

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Girls defeat The Dalles 7-1, look ahead to playoffs

Grab 10 wins or more? Check (make it 11).

Volleyball playoffs: HRV to host Ashland for first-round playoff game

No. 8 HRV (23-4, 8-1 Columbia River Conference) will host No. 9 Ashland (12-6, 10-4 Midwestern League) in a first-round OSAA playoff game Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at Vannet Court at Hood River Valley High School.

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In a first, HRV XC takes combined CRC title

Calm, cool, cloudy weather. Home course advantage. Solid racing all season long.

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Horizon loses a heartbreaker in 1A semis

Hawks fall 5-4 in penalty kicks to North Clackamas Christian, face Damascus Christian Friday for third place

A four-goal effort by Horizon soccer lead scorer Quinn Roetcisoender wasn’t enough to lift the Hawks over the North Clackamas Christian Saints in a 1A semifinal playoff game played in Oregon City Monday.

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Team effort gives HRV boys soccer the CRC title in win with Hermiston

Senior Night sparks flew during the Eagles’ final home game of the regular season Tuesday at Henderson Community Stadium, where the top-ranked HRV boys soccer team (11-0-2, 5-0 Columbia River Conference) defeated No. 5 Hermiston (9-3-1, 3-2) 4-2.

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Redmond’s run game dashes HRV’s chance for postseason appearance

The HRV football team’s slim chance at obtaining a playoff berth was reduced to none over the weekend thanks to the Redmond Panthers, who pummeled the Eagles’ defensive line with an unstoppable ground attack that gave the former Intermountain Conference team a 48-20 victory during HRV’s homecoming game Friday night.

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Horizon home finale

The Horizon Christian soccer team clinched a berth in the championship bracket of the 1A playoffs on Monday.

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HRV Water Polo: JJ Mears explodes for 12 goals against David Douglas

The HRV boys water polo team has typically spread around the scoring fairly well this season, but that was not the case this past week.

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