High school sports coverage from Hood River, Klickitat, Wasco and Sherman counties.

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Runners from around the world will be in Hood River this weekend for the 13th annual Columbia Gorge Marathon and Half Marathon. The annual Autumn event, nicknamed “the Most Scenic Run in the Country”, takes place Sunday Oct. 26, with runners traveling out and back routes on the Historic Columbia River Highway and finishing at the Hood River Event Site. This year’s full field of 1,500 is a welcome return to the traditionally at-capacity event, which was canceled in 2020 and limited in numbers in 2021 due to Covid-19.

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Putnam scored on a kickoff return to end the first half and another to begin the second to spoil Hood River Valley’s homecoming football game Friday at Henderson Stadium. The unbeaten Kingsmen (6-0) were outgained by HRV (2-4) but used the special team scores to ground out a, 26-13, 5A Special District 1 win.

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Hood River Valley’s volleyball team hosts two Northwest Oregon Conference teams this week, which should answer some questions as far as postseason play is concerned.

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The Dalles High cross country team finished second in the boys and girls races Oct. 5 at the Mustang Invite at Thompson Race near Heppner.

Pasco (WA.) won the boys race with 47 points, while the Riverhawks were second with 58. Enterprise won the girls meet over The Dalles, 38-69. There were eight scoring teams in the boys competition and five in the girls.

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Hood River Valley will host a cross country meet for the first time in a year and a half on Wednesday.

Canby, Parkrose, and Putnam will gather at the high school and tackle the 5,000-meter course, which meanders around the HRV athletic complex fields and nearby Indian Creek Trail. The girls race begins at 4 p.m. and the boys at 4:40 p.m.

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Gone are the days when Hood River Valley can look forward to a break in its league schedule, as the Eagles girls soccer team is finding out in its first year of Northwest Oregon Conference play.

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The No. 14-ranked The Dalles High Riverhawks boys soccer team snapped a four-game winless streak with a 4-1 home win over the Molalla High Indians (2-2-1 TVC, 4-4-1 overall) in a Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference matchup Oct. 3 at the Wahtonka campus.

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The Columbia High Bruins girls soccer team split two Trico League games last week and remains within reach of accomplishing its goal of advancing to the WIAA Class 1A district and state playoffs.

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King’s Way Christian broke open a close game in the second half and went on to top Columbia High, 32-7, in Trico League football Oct. 7 in White Salmon.

The Knights, who led 6-0 at halftime, capitalized on five Bruin turnovers to improve to 3-2 on the season, 1-1 in Trico League play. Columbia is 0-6 overall, 0-3 in the Trico.

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The No. 13-ranked Dufur High Rangers won for second time out of their past three Class 1A Special District 2 games, 60-32, over the struggling Pilot Rock High Rockets (0-3 SD2, 0-6 overall) in an Oct. 7 homecoming game at Dufur High School.

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Following their season opening, 46-6, home win over the Parkrose High Broncos (0-6) on Sept. 2, The Dalles High Riverhawks football team has s…