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Ben Mitchell

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Mt. Hood Meadows summer events series kicks off next weekend

Runs, hikes, music, and educational events in store for resort’s second summer season

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort usually asks its patrons to “pray for snow,” but for the month of August, “pray for sun,” would be probably be a better request.

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Saturday Spotlight: Matt Luchsinger lives a ruff life

Hood River is a great place for dogs and dog owners, with plenty of hiking and recreation opportunities and a wonderful dog-friendly attitude exhibited by many local businesses.

Fried fish: heat brings more fish kills, regulations

In the wake of continued above-average high temperatures, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has instituted new fishing regulations to help mitigate the stress on salmon and other fish that has been caused by the heat and low water levels.

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Tardy winds can’t keep Hood River Huckfest down

Big-air kiteboarding competition has biggest year yet despite reluctant winds

The winds may have taken their sweet time getting to Rufus this weekend for the annual Hood River Huckfest competition, but for both participants and spectators, it was worth the wait.

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Matt Luchsinger lives a ruff life at NW Balanced Dog Training

Hood River is a great place for dogs and dog owners, with plenty of hiking and recreation opportunities and a wonderful dog-friendly attitude exhibited by many local businesses.

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Hot temperatures stressing Pacific Northwest fish

Fish and wildlife agencies encourage anglers to focus on warm-water fish

Cooler weather finally returned to the Gorge this past weekend, ending a two-week period where the mercury refused to dip below 90 degrees and on more than one occasion, soared into the triple digits.

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Kiteboarding 4 Cancer has its biggest year yet

Huge turnouts and fundraising efforts make 9th annual event a success

The dark clouds that gathered Saturday morning failed to dampen the spirits of those who gathered at the Hood River Waterfront to watch the 9th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer kite derby get underway.

Three CrossFit Hood River athletes qualify for the CrossFit Games

Hood River residents Christine Wells, Karen McCadam, and Regan Huckaby qualify for world-level competition held later this month

For the second year in a row, CrossFit Hood River Athletes are heading to the annual CrossFit Games in southern California to compete against some of the sport’s best athletes on the planet.

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40TH ANNUAL KOLLAS CRANMER RUN

Fourth of July celebrations kicked off with the 40th Annual Kollas Cranmer Run early Saturday morning that saw 213 runners and 107 walkers make the 7.4-mile trek from downtown Odell to Jackson Park in Hood River.

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GORGE EXPLORER: Chinidere Mountain offers unmatched views

Like many people who live here, or visit here, I love hiking in the Gorge.

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Junior golf growing at Indian Creek

Golf course’s program is getting more kids to participate in the sport

After starting its inaugural season last year, Indian Creek’s PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association of America) Junior League Golf program is now really getting into the swing of things.

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Looking back: 40 years of the Kollas-Cranmer run

Memorial run continues to grow while staying true to its roots

July 4, 1975: In the midst of the phenomenon known as the “running boom” that became that decade’s athletic focus, and several weeks after the passing of Oregon cross-country/track and field legend Steve Prefontaine, a few dozen individuals gathered for a footrace from Odell to Hood River.

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World-class paddling event coming to the Gorge

Outrigger canoes and surfskis highlight Gorge Downwind Paddling Festival July 19-25

The Columbia River Gorge is home to a multitude of wind and water sports, as well as a number of festivals and races to go with them and come July, the Gorge will add another such festival to its already busy summer roster.

Looking back: A great year for HRVHS athletics

It’s been a banner year for Hood River Valley High School athletics: the Eagles have won state titles, produced individual state champions, received numerous coaching awards, and most importantly, have some pretty intelligent, hard-working athletes to boot.

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HRV baseball blanks Liberty to win 5A state title

Eagles hold opponents scoreless in playoffs; defeats Liberty 2-0

Not Dallas. Not Putnam. Not Pendleton. And finally, not even No. 1 Liberty.

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HRV Eagles are Cascade Cup champions

HRV outlasts LaSalle Catholic College Preparatory, 11-10, in brutal cup matchup in Hillsboro on Saturday

The HRV boys lacrosse have been crowned the Cascade Cup kings, defeating LaSalle Catholic College Preparatory, 11-10 at Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday, winning the first cup in HRV history.

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Strong second half puts HRV over Canby in Cascade Cup semis

Eagles defeat Cougars, 19-10; will play LaSalle Saturday in Cascade Cup final

The HRV boys lacrosse team is heading to its first-ever Cascade Cup finals, thanks to a high-octane third and fourth quarters that more than made up for the team’s sluggish start against the Canby Cougars Wednesday evening in Hood River.

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HRV defeats Pendleton, 1-0, in extra-innings thriller; faces No. 1 Liberty in title game Saturday

Eagles off to the finals

For the second time in as many years, the Hood River Valley Eagles baseball team is heading to the OSAA 5A State Championship game, ousting the Pendleton Buckaroos in a gutsy, 1-0 semi-finals game that bore witness to more than a few nail-biting moments during its eight innings.

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HRV gets second post-season shutout in a row

Eagles beat the Putnam Kingsmen, 4-0 to set up semifinal showdown with CRC rival Pendleton

The HRV Eagles defense once again put on a masterful performance Friday evening in Hood River, defeating the Putnam Kingsmen, 4-0, to get their second consecutive shutout of the post-season — the only team in the 5A playoff bracket to shut out an opponent at all, let alone twice.

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Boys lax outlasts Grant, advancing to Cascade Cup semifinals with Canby

The HRV boys lacrosse team received its first true test Friday on its quest to win the school’s first-ever Cascade Cup, erasing a two-goal deficit and holding in check a furious late rally by HRV’s opponent, the Grant Generals, whom the Eagles defeated, 12-8.

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State track and field: Barajas repeats as discus champ, Mattson wins 100 and 200; HRV fourth overall

Going into last week’s OSAA 5A Track and Field State Championships in Eugene, HRV thrower Sebastian Barajas and HRV sprinter Jestena Mattson were the athletes to beat, defending titles in the discus and in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, respectively.

Sports Briefs for May 23

Girls lax players receive all-league honors; Softball racks up all-league awards; ICMGA tourney results; HRMGA tourney results; Gorge Roller Girls host bout May 30; Oregon Beach Wrestling Champs May 30 in HR; WDFW expands fishing area on WS River

Scottie Ziegner to represent HRV boys tennis at state championships

Eagles place third of seven teams at district tournament in Bend; girls season comes to an end at districts

Capping off the team’s first-ever Columbia River Conference title earlier this month, the HRV boys tennis team had a good showing during last week’s 5A Special District No. 1 Championships in Bend, which saw the Eagles take third overall and No. 1 singles standout Scottie Ziegner finishing high enough to represent the team at the state championships.

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HRV softball fights to the final inning against TD, faces St. Helens in play-in

As far as making the playoffs were concerned, neither team had anything to play for during Friday’s HRV and The Dalles game, but that didn’t stop the two teams from putting on a show for the packed bleachers at the Westside Elementary softball fields.

Sports Briefs for May 20

Boys lax to face Rex Putnam in Cascade Cup; HRV golf wraps up season; Hood 2 River Relay; Gorge Area Middle School Soccer League

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HRV baseball’s sweet season gets the cherry on top with a win over TD

With the CRC title firmly in HRV’s hands, the Eagles were only playing for pride in Friday’s game against The Dalles, who unlike HRV, had a lot to lose — namely the final play-in spot in the Columbia River Conference.

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HRV softball grabs last play-in spot with win over Hermiston

Eagles battle and come out on top in close contest with the Bulldogs on Tuesday

With both teams fighting for their playoff lives, Tuesday’s game between the Hermiston Bulldogs and the HRV Eagles saw a scrappy contest between the two squads that featured five lead changes and more than a few frayed nerves.

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With loss to Central Catholic, HRV boys lacrosse dangles on the playoff precipice

Other teams’ final games determine whether the Eagles are in or out

The HRV boys lacrosse team didn’t do itself any favors Thursday night in the team’s quest to secure one of the final spots in the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association playoff bracket, losing to Central Catholic, 14-3, in the final game of the regular season.

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District races, HRV track

HRV track and field got off to a good start at the District Championships on Wednesday, and was scheduled to wrap up the meet Friday afternoon with the finals in the running events.

Sports Briefs for May 16

Swim team wins sprinter meet; Babe Ruth opening day is Saturday; Local youth wrestlers take home titles at U.S. Open Wrestling Championships; Horizon golf ends season at districts

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HRV girls lax playoff run comes to a close with rough loss to Lake Oswego

Coach Andrew McElderry and HRV Eagles girls lacrosse team knew they had their work cut out for them, having to defeat the No. 2 team in the state, Lake Oswego, if they wanted to advance past the second round of the playoffs on Wednesday.

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HRV baseball wins first conference title in 22 years

They’ve been gunning for it all season and on Friday, they finally got it.

Sports Briefs for May 13

Horizon track aims for district title; Softball gets swept by Pendleton; Baseball camp fundraiser this Saturday

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Eagle girls lax fights through a downpour and makes it rain goals during decisive first-round playoff win

HRV 14, Marist 2

For a program that has only made the playoffs twice in its history, on Monday night, the HRV girls lacrosse team sure acted like it had been there before.

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Hood River Valley Boys tennis claims first-ever CRC title

With win over Hermiston, HRV stays perfect in the Columbia River Conference

The HRV boys tennis team has been having a stellar season this spring, but now, it’s an historic one.

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HRV baseball, softball teams put up 12 runs each in wins over The Dalles

The bleachers may have been packed during Tuesday’s game versus the Hood River Valley Eagles and The Dalles Riverhawks, but by the second inning, it was only the HRV fans that had anything to cheer about.

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Hood River girls lax heading to playoffs for second time in team history

No. 15 HRV will face No. 18 Marist in Hood River on Monday, game time not available as of press time

The HRV girls lacrosse team has had an up-and-down season, but at the end of the season, they ended on the up side.

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HRV on playoff bubble after loss to OES

A promising start in the first quarter wasn’t enough for the HRV boys lacrosse team to overcome Oregon Episcopal School Friday in Hood River, who bested the Eagles, 15-5, after HRV relinquished a three-goal lead it had built at the start of the game.

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Sports Briefs for May 6

Bassham voted Oregon’s 5A/large school AD of the Year; Boys tennis splits trip to Central Oregon; Youth track camp May 9; more

Good effort from HRV not enough to defeat The Dalles

Eagles softball swept in close contests during Friday’s road doubleheader

In its push to the playoffs, Hood River Valley was looking to make significant headway last Friday in a softball doubleheader against The Dalles/Dufur — a team one spot ahead of The Eagles in the Columbia River Conference standings.

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Elementary P.E. teacher Brandon Bertram creates program to promote physical fitness at school and at home

Coming into his first year at Westside Elementary and May Street school, Brandon Bertram had a quandary: how could he increase students’ opportunities for phsyical exercise not only at school, but at home... and make sure it’s done on a shoestring budget?

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HRV golf hosts home tournament

The Eagles golf squad had a home tournament Wednesday at Indian Creek Golf Course against Pendleton, The Dalles, and Hermiston.

HRV baseball mounts crazy comeback over Hermiston

After going down 6-0 in the first inning, Eagles score 11 runs in the 10th to defeat Bulldogs, 19-9

For the second time in a week, the HRV Eagles (13-6 overall, 5-1 Columbia River Conference) were pushed into extra innings by their opponent. And for the second time in a week, the Eagles were able to battle back and win the game, but Tuesday’s road win over the Hermiston Bulldogs (8-9 overall, 1-5 CRC) was anything but ordinary.

Sports Briefs for May 2

Softball shut out by Hermiston; Horizon golf receives sixth seed going into districts; Boys tennis closes out home match in style; Girls lax defeated by OES

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Hood River Valley baseball beats Hermiston, sweeps Saturday’s doubleheader

After resounding 11-1 win, Eagles hangs on for 4-3 victory over Bulldogs in second game

HRV baseball continues to tally up its wins in the Columbia River Conference after having a productive weekend against Hermiston during a home doubleheader, taking down the Bulldogs 11-1 in the first game, and fending off a late rally to win the second frame, 4-3.

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HRV softball bounces back with big wins over Hermiston

Eagles softball rallies and wins both games of doubleheader in Hood River

At first, it looked like the Hood River Valley Eagles might suffer yet another defeat at the hands of a league opponent, and might find themselves on the outside looking in at the playoffs.

HRV softball produces more offense, but can’t find a way past Pendleton

After winning five of their last six to close out non-league play, the Eagles have not gotten the start to Columbia River Conference games they were hoping for, dropping their third straight game to Pendleton Tuesday evening.

Sports Briefs for April 25

Girls lax loses to Lincoln; Girls lax gets revenge against Grant; Barajas breaks his own record

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In extra innings, Hood River Valley baseball wins thriller over Pendleton

Eagles hold off Buckaroos, 2-1 in Hood River; go up 2-1 in the season series against league opponents

There may not have been much offense to speak of from either team, but Tuesday’s home game between the Hood River Valley Eagles and the Pendleton Buckaroos still provided plenty of excitement.

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HRV rolls opponents at Blossom Invite

Eagles boys and girls teams take first overall thanks to some stellar performances

Like blossoms in the valley orchards this year, the athletes of Hood River Valley’s track and field team are blooming early: posting top marks in the conference and the state, breaking school records, and winning meets in preparation for the district and state meets that are still about a month away.

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