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An early exit for HRV boys lax, but not a disappointment

Shorthanded Eagles fall to Glencoe, 11-3, in first-round playoff game

The HRV boys lacrosse team’s season came to an end Friday night in Hillsboro, where the No. 17 Eagles fell 11-3 to No. 16 Glencoe in a first-round playoff game of the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association’s champion bracket.

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Eagles girls lacrosse beats Lincoln, heads to Navy bracket championships

Eagles weather a rally by the Cardinals to win Navy bracket semifinals, 10-7

A furious rally by the Lincoln Cardinals and three HRV goals called back in the second half weren’t enough to sink the Eagles in their Navy bracket semifinal showdown Monday night in Wilsonville, where No. 2 HRV defeated No. 3 Lincoln 10-7 to advance to the Navy championships Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Newberg.

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HRV boys track wins first-ever state title

An historic field. Historic performances. An historic finish.

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Eagles girls lacrosse headed to semifinal matchup with Lincoln after come-from-behind OT victory over Sherwood

Facing a one-goal deficit at the half, the HRV girls lacrosse team didn’t seem worried. Players smiled as they trotted back to the sideline for a pep talk from Head Coach Andrew McElderry and Assistant Coach Bekah Rottenberg. Players swayed back and forth to Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” that was pumped out from the speakers at Henderson Community Stadium.

Steven Crouch and the Eagle lacrosse unloads on La Salle in regular season finale, sends HRV to the playoffs

It may not have been the way they originally expected to make it, but the Eagles officially qualified for the Oregon boys lacrosse playoffs, grabbing the penultimate spot available in the 24-team tournament.

HRV tennis teams’ seasons come to an end at Special District 1 championships

Both the girls and the boys tennis teams’ seasons came to an end last weekend at the Special District 1 championships, held in Bend for the girls and Hermiston for the boys, where neither team had players that qualified for the 5A state tournament.

HRV boys lax team splits weekend games, hangs onto playoff berth

Eagles lose to Grant, defeat Hermiston; looked to secure playoff spot in finale with La Salle Tuesday

Weekend games did little to improve or hurt HRV’s standing in the boys lacrosse playoff race, creating a situation that left little margin of error for the Eagles heading into the final game of the regular season.

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Hood River Valley boys lacrosse snaps losing streak with first league win

The HRV boys lacrosse team’s five-game losing streak came to an end Tuesday night with a much-needed win over the Cleveland Warriors — the Eagles’ first league victory of the season.

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JV girls lax team concludes perfect season

If the current HRV junior varsity girls lacrosse team is any indicator of what the future holds for the school’s varsity program, get ready to see the Eagles’ trophy case fill up.

HRV boys track and field repeats as Columbia River Conference champions

Boys place first, girls third at district championships; athletes head to 5A state champs

The Eagles boys track team once again took top honors at the Columbia River Conference championships this year, squeaking out a win by three points over second-place Hermiston. The girls placed first, losing by 44 points to Hermiston and narrowly losing to Pendleton by 3.5 points.

After a string of losses, boys lax fights to stay in playoff race

A season that started with high promise for the HRV boys lacrosse team continued its downward trend last week as the Eagles lost two crucial league games, including a second overtime loss to a league opponent.

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Late-inning losses sink Hood River Valley softball’s playoff hopes

Eagles eliminated after tough losses to Pendleton, Hermiston

So many times this season, the HRV softball team has put together good innings against teams in a tough conference, but has struggled to develop a killer instinct that would allow the young Eagles squad to put away games for good.

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Hood River Valley girls lax closes out season with a win, waits for news of playoff opponent

Closing out what has been the winningest girls lacrosse season in the history of the HRV program, the Eagles girls lax team added another win to their pile Monday night, defeating the Central Catholic Rams, 10-5, on Senior Night in Hood River. It was the second win in as many games against the Rams for HRV.

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Hood River Valley baseball team grabs second-consecutive CRC title

Eagles win a pair of one-run games against Bucks, Bulldogs

For the second year in a row, the HRV Eagles are the Columbia River Conference baseball championships.

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In memory of Hood River’s princess: With the passing of Lila May, Tutu Trot benefits other children with cancer

The third annual Lila May Tutu Trot was held this Saturday and while plenty of runners showed up in tutus as they did in 2014 and 2015, this year’s Tutu Trot, sadly, was missing its princess.

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Boys tennis shares CRC title after split with Hermiston Bulldogs

The HRV boys tennis team ended league play this season in pretty much the same position as last season, on top of the Columbia River Conference.

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A big win over Lincoln Cardinals and a playoff berth for girls lax

A great season for the HRV girls lacrosse team got even greater Tuesday night in Hood River when the Eagles (10-3, 8-3 league) defeated the formidable Lincoln Cardinals (8-6, 7-3 league), moving the teams into a tie for second place in the Portland League.

Girls tennis finishes strong season with win over The Dalles

The girls didn’t win a Columbia River Conference title, but enjoyed a much more successful season this year, finishing up with a 9-3 record and 4-2 in league, culminating with a 5-3 Senior Night defeat of The Dalles Thursday.

‘Tremendous’ defense gives HRV a win over TD and new life in the CRC race

The race amongst the three Columbia River Conference softball teams vying for the two play-in spots left in the league got a lot tighter Tuesday night in The Dalles when HRV defeated the Riverhawks 2-1, pulling within a single game of The Dalles and Hermiston in the playoff race.

Horizon track finishes middle of the pack at Condon/Wheeler Invite

The Horizon Christian School boys and girls track teams did well with their small rosters at the Condon/Wheeler Invitational last weekend, with the boys finishing 12th of 17 teams and the girls finishing ninth of 18 teams in a meet that included primarily small schools from both sides of the Columbia Gorge and beyond.

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Losses to The Dalles puts HRV in a CRC bind

Eagles drop both games to The Dalles at home Saturday

With the league schedule entering its final stretch, the HRV softball team is on the outside looking in when it comes to a chance at making the postseason after dropping both games of a doubleheader to The Dalles last Saturday in Hood River.

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Boys lax suffers significant setback in league opener

Eagles see ‘missed opportunities’ in OT loss to Wilson

Tuesday night in Hood River, the HRV boys lax team, which has been cruising along on a string of victories against nonleague opponents this season, struck an unexpected speed bump in the team’s league debut against Wilson.

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Late rally falls short in HRV loss to Hermiston

After defeating Hermiston 10-0 in the last game of a doubleheader on Saturday, the HRV Eagles softball team was looking to pull ahead in the season series with a win Tuesday evening at home and tighten up the standings in the Columbia River Conference.

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Rough night for the eagles

The HRV baseball team suffered its worst loss of the season Tuesday night, falling 9-1 to Hermiston.

OES proves to be as tough a test as expected for girls lax

HRV has worst loss of the season against OES, then bounces back with win over Wilson

Andrew McElderry, head coach of the HRV girls lax team, had Friday’s contest at Oregon Episcopal School penciled in as the toughest game of the season for the Eagles, and the Aardvarks delivered.

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HRV boys track team runs with the best in 5A

Boys team narrowly misses first at Summit Invitational

Saturday’s track invitational at Summit High School in Bend was the first true test of how the HRV boys team stacked up against some of the best competition in 5A, and the team aced the test… almost.

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HRV softball splits games with No. 6 Hermiston

They may be in one of the toughest leagues in the state, but the HRV softball team continues to perform well in the Columbia River Conference despite the team’s fourth-place ranking, splitting games with the sixth-ranked Hermiston Bulldogs this weekend.

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Eagle boys lax easily handles Nadzitsaga

After suffering their first loss of the season April 15 — a brutal 16-3 defeat at the hands of the Sherwood Bowmen — the HRV boys lax team (8-1) rebounded with a 17-3 drubbing of Nadzitsaga (0-8) in Hood River Friday evening.

Eagle girls lax routs another opponent, but now faces tougher teams

HRV beats Grant, 12-2, was scheduled to play league-leading OES Friday

The HRV girls lax team has been oddly consistent in most of its victories this season.

Hot bats for HRV won’t cool down

Eagles baseball slugs its way to 11-5 win over Pendleton

The offensive adjustments made by HRV this season continue to pay off for the Eagles, who beat Pendleton for the third time in four days on Tuesday, routing the Buckaroos 11-5 in Pendleton and winning the season series.

HRV boys tennis beats Bucks in first home league match

The HRV boys tennis team played Pendleton on Wednesday and the Eagles picked up their second league win of the season, beating a shorthanded Buckaroos squad 6-2.

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HRV track and field takes first at Blossom Invite

Under sunny skies and warm temperatures, the HRV track and field team dominated the annual Blossom Invitational in Hood River Friday, with both the girls and the boys teams outpacing the competition to take first place overall in the meet.

Girls lax beats Cleveland again

They may not have been able to catch Oregon Episcopal School in the Portland League lacrosse standings, but the Eagle girls continued to put more distance between themselves and other teams in the league this Friday after rolling Cleveland for the second time this season.

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HRV baseball rocks Bucks in league opener

HRV defeats Pendleton in both games of a doubleheader

The No. 4 Eagles had one of their biggest tests of the Columbia River Conference season on Saturday, playing their perennial rivals, the No. 19 Pendleton Buckaroos, Saturday in a doubleheader.

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HRV softball puts up a fight, but falls to Pendleton

Eagles drop both games of league doubleheader with Buckaroos in Hood River

The Pendleton Buckaroos’ reputation as heavy-hitters preceded them in Saturday’s doubleheader with No. 15 HRV in Hood River, and though the No. 4 Bucks didn’t put up a ton of offense against the Eagles, they put up enough.

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Liberty no match for HRV boys lax

Eagles defeat Falcons, 17-5, to go 7-0

The road-weary HRV boys lax team couldn’t have asked for a much better homecoming Tuesday night, crushing the 1-6 Liberty Falcons by a score of 17-5, giving the Eagles their seventh win in their seventh game this season.

HRV baseball ‘excited’ to start league schedule

Eagles finish nonleague schedule with rout of Redmond, play Pendleton this Saturday at noon

So far this season, the players on the HRV baseball team have done exactly what has been expected of them by Head Coach Erich Harjo.

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HRV softball closes out nonleague schedule strong, but faces ‘a grind’ in league games

Eagles defeat Redmond in eight innings and play Pendleton in a doubleheader Saturday at noon

The Eagles softball team has seen some high and low points in a challenging nonleague schedule, which came to an end Wednesday with HRV eking out an eight-inning, 6-5 win over Redmond in Hood River.

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Girls lax: Another game, another blowout win for Eagle girls

HRV defeats Liberty, 14-3

The HRV girls lax team bowled over yet another opponent Friday night, defeating Liberty 14-3 in a nonleague game and continuing what has been a stellar start to the season for the Eagles.

HRV track team is ‘progressing well’

Girls take third and boys take first, along with breaking some records, at Sandy Invite

It’s been a good season so far for the HRV boys and girls track teams and Saturday’s invitational at Sandy High School showed there are no signs of that letting up.

Boys lax: HRV stretches win streak to six

HRV defeats Putnam and Aloha to go 6-0

The HRV boys lacrosse team has continued unbeaten through the first three weeks of its nonleague schedule, defeating Rex Putnam and Aloha late last week to give the team its best start since the 2005 season.

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Chase Lariza’s bat sparks wild HRV win over Wilsonville

Win over Wilsonville: In a season where HRV has seen more than its fair share of games decided by a single run, Wednesday’s game with Wilsonville was a welcome departure from that trend.

After ‘disappointing’ loss to Lincoln, girls lax bounces back with win over St. Mary’s

Lincoln High School proved to be a tough opponent for HRV last week.

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After another decisive win, Lincoln stops HRV girls lax

On Thursday night in Hood River, the HRV girls lacrosse team got its third-straight win of the season with another blowout victory, this time at the expense of the Wilson Trojans, who lost 16-2 to give the Eagles their most decisive victory of the season.

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Eagles baseball edges Ridgeview after tough loss to Sandy

HRV had one of its toughest losses of the season Thursday, losing to the Sandy Pioneers by one run in a game that went into extra innings after the Eagles had built a four-run lead.

Eagle boys lacrosse rolls to 4-0 record

Eagles get a pair of gutsy one-point road wins in games at Canby and Clackamas

It may be only four games into the season, but the HRV boys lacrosse team is already on a roll, winning all four of its contests, including two hotly-contested away games late last week that were decided by just a single goal.

HRV baseball defeats Gladstone, then loses heartbreaker to Sandy

The Eagles returned this week from their successful spring break trip down to Arizona and resumed their winning ways in their first game of the week, handily defeating the 4A Gladstone Gladiators on the road.

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HRV girls tennis wins home opener

After having not much time on the courts in preparation for the 2016 season, the HRV girls tennis team enjoyed ideal conditions Tuesday afternoon for its home-court debut against their neighbors to the north, the Columbia Bruins.

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Warm weather, hot times for HRV track home debut

The Eagles track and field squad enjoyed some unseasonably warm temperatures and some equally unseasonably-good times (and throws… and jumps) at HRV’s home debut against Hermiston Tuesday afternoon.

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After rough Gladstone outing, HRV softball bounces back with strong performance against La Salle Falcons

The Eagles returned from spring break this week and struggled in their first contest, getting shutout by Gladstone, currently ranked as one of the best 4A teams in the state.

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