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Ben Mitchell

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HRV runs wild in 10-0 Buckaroo beat-down

Six different players score for Eagles boys soccer in dominant CRC road win

In high school sports, disparity in talent and mismatches in skill levels between teams happens frequently enough, resulting in lopsided contests where it becomes clear fairly quickly which club is superior.

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Horizon soccer extends win streak to four with shutout victory over Southwest Christian

Horizon Christian School’s co-ed soccer program continues to turn its season around, beating Southwest Christian 3-0 Wednesday afternoon in Hood River and extending its win streak to four after starting the season 0-3.

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HRV girls soccer blanks Buckaroos in CRC opener

Eagles get back on track with physical 4-0 win over Pendleton

The HRV girls soccer team has had a rough go of it lately, with injuries and losses hampering a team that had enjoyed a strong start to its season earlier this month.

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Plenty of PRs for HRV at Nike meet

Boys take first in Division I race and the girls take ninth in Division II

The Hood River Valley cross country program kept building on its stellar start to the 2015 season with numerous standout performances at the Nike Portland XC meet (formerly known as Nike Pre Nationals) on Saturday — a race that draws some of the top cross country runners from the West Coast.

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HRV victorious in 2014 state title rematch with Woodburn

Typically, the games where HRV teams play a Columbia River Conference rival are the more exciting contests on the sports calendar for both players and fans — a time of year when the season is in full swing and every matchup can potentially have playoff implications.

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Eagles ascendance: HRV volleyball climbing the standings

It’s only a few games into the season, but the HRV volleyball program has already improved over last year’s season.

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HRV water polo teams fall to 6A Reynolds in home opener

After falling to Reynolds, Eagles teams handily defeat 6A Gresham on the road Thursday in league contest

The boys and girls varsity water polo teams have had a solid start to their season, with both squads holding a 2-1 record despite playing all their games on the road.

HRV soccer update

HRV boys soccer climbs to No. 1 spot with win over Summit; After loss to West Albany, HRV girls looking to bounce back

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With back-to-back invitational wins, HRV XC shows it’s the team to beat

It’s only a few races into the cross country season, but on the heels of an all-around excellent HRV performance at a pair of invitationals this past week, the Eagles already look like they’re in peak form.

Eagle boys soccer grabs another shutout with defeat of Central Catholic

The HRV boys soccer program seems to be largely picking up where it left off this season, dismantling teams left and right, giving up little to no goals on defense, and sitting near the top of the 5A standings.

HRV XC teams take first at Ultimook Invite

Eagles harriers dominated at the Ultimook Invitational in Tilamook on Saturday, where both the boys and the girls teams took first overall in the 3.1-mile 5A-6A varsity races.

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HRV boys soccer draws with Hillsboro in home debut

Tuesday’s 1-1 result is the HRV Eagles’ first tie since the 2013 season

The HRV boys soccer team didn’t exactly get the result it was looking for in Tuesday’s home opener against Hillsboro, where the Eagles remained on even footing with the Spartans throughout the majority of the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Horizon Christian soccer program focuses on team building for 2015

Horizon Christian School’s co-ed soccer program had a successful season last year, finishing with an 8-1-1 record in 3A/2A/1A Special District 6 and advancing to the state title game.

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Eagle football keeps Bulldogs on short leash

HRV runs wild in its home opener against Woodburn, racks up 464 yards of offense in 54-12 romp

For its first game of the season, the HRV football team couldn’t have asked for much more.

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Young team, playoff dreams for HRV volleyball

Eagles sweep Redmond Panthers in home opener Wednesday evening

It’s been nearly three years since the Hood River Valley High School volleyball team last made the playoffs and in the past two season, the team hasn’t won more than a total of seven games, according to News archives.

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HRV girls soccer looks to continue its winning ways

Eagles defeat the St. Helens Lions, 3-2, in home opener Thursday afternoon

The girls soccer program has dominated the Columbia River Conference for the past several years and coach Kevin Haspela, who is in his sixth year coaching the team, expects the Eagles will stay the course in 2015.

Eagles cross country team laden with seniors looking to fly high this season

The Hood River Valley High School cross country team has been out there all summer, pounding the pavement, putting the work into their workouts. HRV XC head coach Brandon Bertram is confident that once the race schedule starts in earnest next month, all that hard work will pay great dividends.

Brian Stenberg returns to his roots as Horizon’s new A.D.

Sports have always been a family affair for Brian Stenberg.

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Tom Ames takes the reins as new HRV A.D.

Tom Ames is a sports guy. Name a sport and there’s a good chance Ames has either played it or coached it… or at the very least, watched it at some point it his life.

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Team Adrenaline returns from Spartan Race

Nearly a dozen people representing the Gorge not only competed in, but survived the Pac West Spartan Sprint Race in Washoughal earlier this month, enduring a “race” that was really more like a sadistic obstacle course.

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Portland Timbers MLS team travels to HR to host community events

Portland Timbers players dropped their soccer cleats and picked up work gloves and paint brushes to help beautify Wy’east Middle School on Monday, sweating under the hot, midday sun as they cleared brush away from one of the school’s gardens and helped paint a mural on an outbuilding door.

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A Wylde finish to this year’s Gorge Cup

HR’s MacRae Wylde hangs on to win windsurfing race series

The wind held steady and the wildfire smoke was held at bay to allow the final race of the annual Gore Cup windsurfing series to go off without a hitch.

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Bridge of the Gods race returns for an even bigger sophomore year

The city of Cascade Locks more than doubled in size this past Sunday as runners from all over the Gorge and the world came to compete in the Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon and 10K races.

Locals get lift at CrossFit games

Three athletes represented Hood River at the world championship CrossFit Games and recently returned from the competition not only in one piece (mostly), but with honors as well.

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GORGE EXPLORER: See snow-free ski runs, scenic waterfalls at HRM

Winter is probably my favorite time of year in the Columbia River Gorge. Seeing as I am an avid snowboarder and cross country skier — and just about nothing else, as far as sports go — that’s pretty to understand why. For me, taking a smooth, quiet run down a Mt. Hood Meadows hill dusted with a few inches of new is one of the best experiences in the world.

Sports Briefs for Aug. 12

Middle school XC practice starts soon; Middle school XC coaches wanted; Sports story correction; more

Sports Briefs for Aug. 8

King of the Hook Aug. 15; Gorge Blow Out rescheduled again; more

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HRV High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announces 2015 inductees

The 9th Annual Hood River Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies are coming up in a little over a month and in advance of that event, the school’s Hall of Fame Committee has released the names of this year’s inductees.

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Your guide to al fresco options: mobile and stationary food trucks and carts abound around the county

Mobile and stationary food trucks and carts abound around Hood River County.

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Gorge Explorer: Hike to the not-so-dry Dry Creek Falls

In geography, there are some pretty misleading names out there. Happy Valley, when viewed from Portland, looks a hell of a lot more like a hill than it does a valley (and do we know how happy things are up there, really?).

Sports Briefs for Aug. 1

Jared Davis signs with Fort Lewis College; Erin Jones heads to Olympic qualifier event; Vote for HR women for SUP honor

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Arrival of August brings bevy of running events to the Gorge

It’s hard to keep up with all the different trail runs, 5Ks, marathons, and fun runs that are happening in the Gorge year-round, but the month of August in particular seems to have an embarrassment of riches as far running events go.

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2015 Hood River News Staff Fair Moments

I’m not going to lie — cows freak me out.

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BOTG Kite Fest sails through its 15th running

Gorge residents grace the podium in multiple categories in annual freestyle kiteboarding event

Though there weren’t any new events to specifically commemorate its 15th running, this year’s Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest still had plenty of highlights.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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.