After light winds postponed the Gorge Blowout two weekends ago during the Bridge of the Gods Kitefest, the 17-mile downwinder from Stevenson to Hood River went off Saturday afternoon.
Over the past six years as a reporter for Columbia River Gorge newspapers, I’ve covered pretty much every beat there is, from local to county government, to crime, to breaking news, to features, and most recently, local and high school sports.
MacRae Wylde still leads standings
The fifth race of the Gorge Cup occurred last Saturday at the Hood River Event Site and after the final heat finished, the leaderboard of the annual windsurfing slalom series looked very much the same as it did heading into the final weekend of racing.
Shaner first male HRVHS athlete to ever make finals
Hood River Valley High School student Jason Shaner made history for the Eagles last week when he became the first male HRVHS wrestler to ever make it the finals of the USA Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman Wrestling National Championships in Fargo, N.D., according to HRV Head Wrestling Coach Trent Kroll.
Bruce Peterson takes fourth race of Gorge Cup, but annual windsurfing slalom series is still up for grabs
Perennial Gorge Cup winner Bruce Peterson took last weekend’s fourth race of the Gorge Cup, but unlike this time last season when Peterson’s lead was well-established, the frontrunners don’t have much space between them on the event leaderboard.
The Gorge Downwind Championships returned to the Gorge last week, bringing paddlers of all kinds from all over the world to the Columbia River for the signature race Thursday afternoon.
Light winds push back Blowout downwinder
The wind may have been fickle, but it was enough for the Bridge of the Gods Kitefest to go off for a 17th running last weekend in Stevenson.
For its 11th class, The Hood River Valley High School Hall of Fame Committee picked a broad sample of prominent athletes, representing a variety of sports, decades, and schools in the Hood River Valley.
The 11th annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) event had another great year of sunshine, wind, and lots of kiters hitting the water at the Hood River Event Site for a good cause.
Hunter a top player with Purdue Boilermakers, Palm Springs Power
Skyler Hunter may only be an incoming sophomore, but he’s already making his mark in Division I college baseball.
The ever-popular Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) event returns this weekend for an 11th running, turning the Hood River Waterfront into a sea of colorful kites as participants do laps on the Columbia to help raise money for those who have survived cancer, as well as those still fighting the disease.
Fiona Wylde’s reputation already precedes her when it comes to stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), but even by those standards, she’s having a banner season.
Last weekend was a good one to be a Soltysiak.
The Weldon Wagon Trail maybe over a century old, bit it has been enjoying some recent prominence.
The wind wasn’t cooperative for the International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) competitions slated as part of the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association’s (CGWA) Beach Bash celebration held last weekend, but in the Gorge, if you wait long enough, the wind will always come back.
Mt. Hood Gravel Grinder hits the upper valley July 8
There’s a litany of recreational events in the Gorge this summer, but there always seems to be room for one more.
Hood River Valley High School has found plenty of success with its sports teams over the years, particularly in the last few, racking up multiple state titles.
Monday morning, Kyle Beam woke up and reported to his first day of work at Beam Excavating and A-1 Septic Tank Service. By the end of the day, Beam had a new job: professional baseball player.
With all this warm weather we’ve had the past few days, it’s easy to forget about the snow still lingering at high elevations from the brutal winter.
Throw bros: HRVHS alum Sebastian Barajas helps train rising shot and discus star Henry Buckles to beat his old records
Wy’east Middle School student Henry Buckles has had quite the season this year as a member of the Hood River County School District’s middle school track and field program.
The stands at Henderson Community Stadium were filled to the brim Friday evening for Hood River Valley High School’s graduation, as family and friends cheered on the class of 2017.
The annual Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association’s Beack Bash extravaganza returns June 22-25, helping usher in the summer wind and watersports season in the Gorge.
Windsurf, kite, SUP festival June 17
After years of scrambling over algae-covered boulders and dealing with choppy waters, windsurfers, kiteboarders and intrepid stand-up paddle boarders (SUP) have been enjoying the improved launch site at Earl Snell Memorial Park in Arlington and will christen it next weekend with a brand-new event.
Hermiston Bulldogs to compete against WA schools
The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) recently went through its ninth public meeting of the committee assigned to examine rearranging the state’s athletic classifications and districts, and it shows that Hood River Valley High School’s current league for the majority of its sports, the Columbia River Conference, will no longer exist.
Injuries impact No. 1 Eagles in 13-8 loss to No. 7 Wildcats
The HRV boys lacrosse team felt confident heading into their Cascade Cup title-game matchup with 6A Westview Friday evening, and they had their reasons.
The temperatures are heating up, the winds are rising accordingly, and this year’s Gorge Cup is already underway.
No. 1 Eagles played No. 7 Westview Friday in title game
Surprising few who saw their last meeting with Wilsonville, the No. 1 HRV boys lacrosse team (8-8) rolled the No. 13 Wildcats (5-12) 15-2 Tuesday evening in the Cascade Cup semifinal game played in Hood River.
Buckaroos capitalize on Eagle errors to win 4-2, head to 5A semifinals
An inspired playoff run by the HRV softball team came to a close Friday evening at Steve Cary Field in Pendleton, where the No. 3 Pendleton Buckaroos edged the No. 6 Eagles 4-2 in the quarterfinal round of the 5A state tournament.
Eagles face Wilsonville Tuesday evening
The HRV boys lacrosse team moved another spot closer toward achieving their second Cascade Cup title in three years Thursday evening, taking out No. 8 Oregon City (6-11) by a score of 14-8 in a quarterfinal game.
OSAA 5A SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS Late-game heroics by Lauren Decker, Hannah McNerney send HRV to the 5A quarterfinals
HRV beats La Salle 3-2, played league rival Pendleton Friday evening
A two-out, walk-off single by Lauren Decker was the perfect cap to the HRV softball team’s (No. 6, 18-10) impressive rally Wednesday, erasing a 2-0 deficit against the La Salle Falcons (No. 11, 17-11) to come back and win 3-2, propelling the Eagles into the quarterfinals of the 5A state tournament.
Eagles advance to quarterfinals with No. 8 Oregon City
The HRV boys lacrosse team is the top team in the Cascade Cup and certainly acted like it in the opening round Friday evening, bowling over No. 16 La Salle, outscoring the Falcons 18-2.
Horizon girls take 16th, boys 20th
The Horizon track and field team finished off their season late last week at the 1A state championship meet at University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, coming away with new personal records and podium appearances to boot.
Eagles defeat Milwaukie, has first-round game against La Salle Wednesday
For the first time since 2014, the HRV softball team (No. 6, 17-10) has made it into the 5A state tournament, qualifying Friday evening after edging the Northwest Oregon Conference’s Milwaukie Mustangs (No. 20, 11-15), 1-0, during a play-in game at the Ballpark at Belmont in Hood River.
Eagles get win over Wilson, faced La Salle in first round of Cascade Cup Friday evening
Having lost six of their last seven games — four of which were Columbia League contests — the HRV boys lacrosse team desperately needed a win during the league and regular season finale Monday at Wilson.
Girls play Milwaukie on Friday, boys to play May 24
The HRV softball and baseball teams capped regular-season action last Friday by creaming their Columbia River Conference rivals, The Dalles, in Hood River.
Last week, the HRV girls lacrosse team made short work of Lincoln in their final Portland League contest of the regular season, going on a 5-0 run in the first 13 minutes of the game on their way to a 16-7 win over the Cardinals.
For years, it’s been Summit’s world, and the other boys teams in Special District 1 have just been living in it.
The HRV boys lacrosse team had their final home games of the regular season this week, hosting Columbia League opponents Lincoln (12-6, 4-0), and Grant (11-3, 2-2).
Eagles will host play-in game late next week, likely against Milwaukie
The Eagles softball team showed just how good they are Tuesday evening, splitting another doubleheader with No. 3 Pendleton, which gave the Eagles a split in the four-game season series with the Bucks — the first time that has happened since the 2013-14 season — and helped HRV keep their No. 5 5A ranking. HRV lost the first game 7-2, but took the second game 3-2.
Eagles place second at league champs
At the beginning of the season, first-year Head Track Coach Brandon Bertram had a lot of questions about his team. The departure of almost all of his athletes from the boys’ 2016 squad that won HRV’s first-ever state track title, combined with fresh faces who had never stepped on a track for competition before, left those questions unanswered through the early part of the season.
Fresh off a statement-making victory over Tualatin last week, the HRV girls lacrosse team added some more feathers to their caps Wednesday night, when they concluded their league schedule with a resounding 16-7 defeat of the Lincoln Cardinals in Hood River.
The Horizon Christian track team wrapped up its regular season last week with an inspired performance at the Arlington Invitational that saw athletes set 14 personal records, as well as come home with three first-place finishes. Both the boys and the girls finished third out of the primarily 1A schools in attendance Saturday.
Team drops 21 PRs at Oregon City, heads to CRC championship meet this Wednesday
There’s a lot of new faces on the track for HRV this year, but those uncertainties have ebbed as the Eagles have grown over the season and are peaking just in time for the district meet this week, where the Columbia River Conference title will be decided.
Eagles defeat Pendleton 7-1, going to districts
Wrapping up what has been a standout season for the HRV girls tennis team, the Eagles took home the Columbia River Conference title, defeating the Buckaroos 7-1 Monday evening in Pendleton.
The HRV boys lax team went on a whirlwind trip to Central Oregon last weekend, playing three games in three days, facing nonleague opponents Summit, Mountain View, and Bend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively.
Before HRV’s game Friday with Tualatin, Eagles Head Coach Andrew McElderry pointed to the nonleague contest against the 13-1 Timberwolves as “very telling as to where we truly stand in the state.”
They may not have been able to finish the match, but the HRV boys tennis team got enough done Thursday afternoon against the Hermiston Bulldogs to lock up another Columbia River Conference title before thunderstorms rolled through the Gorge and halted competition.
Summit also falls 16-2
Out of the litany of lopsided matchups the HRV girls lacrosse team has had this season, nothing topped Tuesday’s.
Eagles defeat The Dalles 10-2
For the third time in as many years, the HRV boys baseball team are Columbia River Conference champions, sealing the deal Tuesday evening in Hood River with a decisive 10-2 victory over The Dalles Riverhawks.
Eagles defeat Riverhawks, 6-0
HRV ace Hannah McNerney isn’t in the habit of giving up many hits or runs to opposing batters, but Tuesday’s home match against The Dalles was one of her stingiest performances of the season.