Full coverage of high school sports in the Gorge. 

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Columbia High’s offense was clicking for the second week in a row Friday, but visiting Seton Catholic was twice as explosive in a 60-30 Trico League football win in White Salmon.

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The Dalles High Riverhawks football team faced its toughest opponent of the season in a Class 5A Special District 1 game Sept. 30 against the No. 6 ranked Pendleton/Griswold High Buckaroos. The highly regarded Buckaroos showed that they’re worthy of their recognition in the OSAA rankings as they won 70-6 at the Pendleton Round-Up Arena.

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Ego. Attention to detail. Stubbornness. They all come into play for a successful coach — and team. Sometimes, however, instinct trumps them all.

Coach Caleb Sperry’s instinct Friday night in an — at times — bizarre high school football game at Redmond High School in breezy Central Oregon helped the fourth-ranked Eagles hold on for their fourth win this season, 44-29. HRV was facing a fourth-and-2 from its own 41-yard line with a little more than five minutes to play. The Eagles led 30-23 at the time, but the game’s momentum was squarely in the hands of the host Panthers, who had scored 16 unanswered points.

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Gorge runners represented themselves well at Friday’s Fast & Flat Invitational cross country meet in McMinnville. Juan Diego Contreras of The Dalles was the individual boys winner in the 5,000-meter varsity race, and the Hood River Valley boys team was third overall among 16 scoring teams.

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The level of competition notches up this week for the Columbia High cross country team.

The Bruin runners are scheduled to travel northwest to La Center on Wednesday for an 11-school meet at La Center High School. The meet includes some of the teams that should challenge for league and district titles later this fall — including the Bruins.

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Wake-up calls come in a variety of ways, but it’s what comes after them that’s often the most important.

The Hood River Valley boys soccer team had a wake-up call Sept. 21, when the Eagles were thumped in a non-league match at second-ranked La Salle Prep, 6-1. What came after were three dominating Intermountain Conference wins by a combined goal differential of 20-1.

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It’s rivalry week for Columbia Gorge soccer teams as The Dalles High Riverhawks and the Hood River Valley High Eagles meet in the first of two Class 5A Intermountain Conference matchups this year for their boys and girls squads.

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To say Trout Lake’s girls soccer team will be tested in the coming weeks is an understatement.

The Mustangs, who improved to 5-1 on the season with a win against the Hood River Valley junior varsity Oct. 1, began 3A/2A/1A District 1 play Monday against Portland’s Riverside High (the result of the match played at Lewis & Clark College came after the printed edition deadline). Later this week, on Thursday, Trout Lake faces top-ranked Oregon Episcopal School in Portland.

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Columbia High’s Trico League volleyball opener at Castle Rock wasn’t the best start for the Bruins in conference play, but things went somewhat more as planned two days later.

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Hood River and The Dalles volleyball teams entered Thursday’s Gorge rivalry match-up searching for their first Intermountain Conference win. A few hours later, host Hood River remained the only winless team in the IMC, as the Dalles went home with a four-set win.

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The South Wasco County High Redside volleyball team won three straight Class 1A nonleague home games to improve its record to 13-5 while gaining momentum for the upcoming Big Sky League District playoffs with just three games remaining in the regular season.

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In a matchup between two teams that will likely participate in the OSAA state playoffs in November, the No. 8 ranked Dufur High Rangers met the No. 4 ranked Crane High Mustangs in a Special District 2 Class 1A eight-man football game contest Oct. 1 at Crane High School.

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Ned Merrill would be proud of the Hood River Valley club water polo teams.

The swimming-trunk clad fictional character Merrill, played by (then) heartthrob actor Burt Lancaster, swims his way home via any backyard pool he can find in the 1968 movie, “The Swimmer”. The Eagle water polo teams haven’t resorted to such lengths – yet – as they’ve navigated through a fall season interrupted by pool closures and a cold Columbia River.