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After opening the football season with a disappointing shut out to start their 2021 campaign, The Dalles Riverhawks (0-2, 0-1 IMC) looked to right the ship and open conference play with a win. The Redmond Panthers (1-1, 1-0 IMC) had other ideas though, as they cruised to a 76-12 victory Friday in The Dalles.

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The Dalles High cross country team, fresh off mixing it up with larger schools at Oregon City on Saturday, will host its own invitational this Friday.

The Dalles will host nine other teams at the annual Bridgette Nelson invite at Sororis Park. The meet includes a middle school division, of which races are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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The Dalles High Riverhawks (1-3) girls soccer team won its first game this year, a 7-0 non-league victory over the Goldendale Timberwolves on Saturday at the Wahtonka campus.

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After three games, it’s obvious that The Dalles High Riverhawks boys soccer team is continuing its strong development, while making huge strides and showing rapid improvement that indicates they could very well be one of the top contenders in the Intermountain Conference.

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The Hood River Valley boys soccer team renewed its rivalry with the Hillsboro Spartans on Sept. 14, when the No. 8 Spartans traveled to HRV for matchup of elite soccer programs. Since 2014, the Eagles have won two 5A state championships and advanced to the quarterfinals in all but one year. The Spartans have also qualified for the playoffs every year, with two trips to the semifinals.

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The Dufur High Rangers (2-1) and the Sherman/Condon High Huskies (0-2) renewed their rivalry in OSAA Class 1A eight-man football for the first time in four years last Friday in a Big Sky League matchup at Dufur High School.

In what was undoubtedly their most exciting match of the season thus far, the Hood River Valley High Eagles (3-4) recorded a come-from-behind 3-2 non-league win over the Class 4A Banks Braves (1-6) Sept. 14 at Banks High School.

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Kellie Dunn has coached a lot of water polo, but even with the help of her trusty crystal ball, the Hood River Valley girls coach is uncertain how things will shake out come playoff time this November.

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After beginning the season with a win, The Dalles High Riverhawks (1-1) boys soccer team had hopes of making it two in row in a nonleague matchup Sept. 9 on the road against the No. 7- ranked Parkrose Broncos (1-1-1) in Portland. But the Broncos’ ball movement and more experience lineup were among the factors in Parkrose’s 1-0 win.

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There will be no easing into the Intermountain Conference volleyball schedule for Hood River Valley and The Dalles when they open league play Thursday on the road.

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The highly regarded South Wasco County High Redsides volleyball team has certainly proved that it’s one of the top contenders at the OSAA Class 1A level — recent proof was a five-match win streak.

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Hood River Valley responded to an increase in the competition level last Friday, winning a nonleague football game against visiting Scappoose, 39-21.

In the Eagles first game of the season, they handled business against the Hillsboro Spartans, but their week two match up featured a team ranked in the top-10 of the state according to OregonLive. The Scappose Indians are coached by Sean McNabb and his son, Luke handles quarterback responsibilities. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches, the senior quarterback McNabb is an intimidating figure. This week in practice the Eagles emphasized controlling the Indians ground attack.

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So many things can go wrong in football’s kicking game — and that’s just in practice. Put 11 opponents on the opposite side of the line of scrimmage and the odds of success decrease exponentially — at any level of play.

Stevenson blocked a fourth-quarter field goal attempt and returned it for a touchdown Friday, dashing visiting Columbia High’s hopes of a Gorge Bowl win. Perhaps, not surprisingly, the ensuing conversion attempt failed, and the Bulldogs won, 6-0.

Just one question: are you bored? Sure, things picked up a bit this summer but have you noticed what’s going on outside right now? That’s right, summer is about over, you can sure feel that telltale nip in the air. It won’t be long and we’ll be facing cold Mr. Freeze and the doldrums of wint…

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Coach Garrett Hall is a realist about the complexities of water polo, but even he was pleasantly surprised with the progress his Hood River Valley boys team is making early this season.

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A strong and experienced Hood River Valley High Eagles volleyball team began its second season in five months last week with an optimistic outlook, hoping they can be one of the top contenders in the six-team Class 5A Intermountain Conference.

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Hood River Valley’s juggernaut of a non-league boys soccer schedule continues Thursday with the Eagles’ home opener against West Albany.

The Eagle girls squad will play at West Albany the same evening.

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The Dalles junior Juan Diego Contreras continued his elite running last weekend, finishing second overall and leading his Riverhawks’ teammates to fourth place in the featured event Saturday at The Ultimook Race in Tillamook.

The early-season meet, because if its beautiful setting at Hydrangea Ranch, and unique, challenging yet fun course, is a favorite spot on many cross country schedules.

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At halftime of their Class 5A season-opening non-league game versus the Forest Grove Vikings, The Dalles High Riverhawks football team had a good chance of getting a win, while trailing just 6-0. Unfortunately for The Dalles, the difference between the second half and the first half was like the difference between night and day.

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For the first time in two years, The Dalles High Riverhawks volleyball team is competing in its first official OSAA Class 5A traditional fall season. The 2020 season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The short six-week spring season in March and April wasn’t sanctioned by the OSAA due to COVID restrictions.

For the first time in two years, The Dalles High Riverhawks volleyball team is competing in its first official OSAA Class 5A traditional fall season. The 2020 season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The short six-week spring season in March and April wasn’t sanctioned by the OSAA due to COVID restrictions.

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During the COVID-19 shortened spring football season, The Dalles High Riverhawks had a sensational start while winning two of their first three games, including a season-opening, 27-6, win March 12 over the Putnam Kingsmen. The Riverhawks are hoping to start their nine-game fall season with some momentum once again.

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The Dalles and Hood River Valley cross country teams opened the 2021 fall season last weekend at meets in the Gorge and Wilsonville.

The Dalles hosted the 5,000-meter Riverhawk Run at Sorosis Park on Saturday morning. Junior Juan Diego Contreras looked in midseason form, leading the Riverhawks in 17 minutes, 10 seconds. Sophomore Leo Lemann was second in 18:26. The Dalles girls were led by senior Catie Wring, who finished in 25:15, two minutes ahead of junior Lucy Booth.

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Apologies in advance for mixing baseball - and a little later, boxing - with soccer, but here goes anyway. The late, great baseball icon Yogi Berra once said, redundantly: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Yogi wasn’t describing Hood River Valley’s boys soccer team, but he very well could have been.

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It’s a new season, there’s a new head coach and a couple of new players, but The Dalles High Riverhawk boys soccer team is hoping that they will continue to be one of the top contenders in the OSAA Class 5A Intermountain Conference standings this year.

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Apologies in advance for mixing baseball - and a little later, boxing - with soccer, but here goes anyway. The late, great baseball icon Yogi Berra once said, redundantly: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Yogi wasn’t describing Hood River Valley’s boys soccer team, but he very well could have been.

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A large turnout of runners and a successful summer of training runs have Coach Mike Hannigan excited - and optimistic - about this cross country season at Columbia High School.

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HOOD RIVER — Juliet Thompson Hochman is a world class athlete. A New England native, Hochman played every- thing growing up; field hockey, basketball, softball, diving, tennis, soccer, horseback riding. She even played on the boys’ lacrosse team in middle school. But rowing is where Hochman found her “first” athletic life.

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Riding dirt bikes through narrow trails and the steep hills of central Idaho, five women became the first all-female dirt bike team to complete the Great R’Idaho Trails Challenge. Kalyn Benaroya of Hood River, assembled a squad of dirt bike fanatics and small business owners to make history.

Hood River Valley High School hosted the annual Blue and Gold scrimmages on Friday August 20. Intra-squad games were held on the teams respective fields. Men’s and women’s soccer played at Westside Elementary, while the football team ran through some plays at Henderson Stadium, on the campus…

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Kids do grow up, and nobody probably can attest to that more than elementary and middle school teachers. That said, Brandon Bertram and Jill Pearson are in unique positions to monitor the ongoing running progression of Hood River Valley and The Dalles cross country runners.

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Because of COVID-19 restrictions, there weren’t any OSAA-sponsored football playoffs following the six-week spring season in April — and no official state champion. However, if there were playoffs, the unbeaten Dufur High Rangers would’ve been favored to win their 11th OSAA Class 1A eight-man football championship. That said, few would argue that it’s appropriate to refer to the Rangers as the defending champs.

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Girls age 11-16 took part in a girls only sailing class recently at the Hood River Marina Basin. The three-day summer camp, called “Girls at the Helm,” was offered by Seibel Sailors Program in partnership with Gorge Junior Sailing with an emphasis on helming skills. Classes are taught in the…

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The Hattenhauer Distributing sponsored Columbia Gorge Hustlers American Legion baseball team continued a successful summer league schedule, winning three more games last week to stay in contention for a possible state playoff berth.

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