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March 21 Prep Sports Roundup


Monarch (Colorado) 3, Hood River Valley 1:  HRV’s Patrick Harvey provided a solid outing on the mound for the Eagles in their opener at the Coach Bob Invitational in Phoenix, Arizona, but three errors cost HRV.  Harvey gave up just one hit in six innings pitched.



Lebanon 14, Hood River Valley 13:  The Eagles came back from a 13-2 deficit after three innings, but could not pull out the win after giving up 12 runs in the third inning at their first game in the Battle of the Beach in Newport.  Zoe Munn drove in four runs to lead the comeback.

Hood River Valley 3, Taft 1:  Hannah McNerney struck out nine to help the Eagles earn a split on the day.  Zoe Munn and Makena Zeller delivered run scoring doubles in the third inning to give HRV the lead they would not relinquish.

The Dalles 11, Wilsonville 1

The Dalles 15, Crook County 5:  The Riverhawks swept their opening games at the Central Oregon Spring Break

Hockinson 6, Stevenson 4


Boys Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 11, Sheldon 4:  Bruce Ostler scored four goals and Cody Wheat three as the Eagles won their second straight game to begin the season.

Port of HR Closes On Expo Center Sale

The Port of Hood River closed on the second portion of the sale of the Expo Center property on the waterfront to Key Development.  Key will be putting new buildings on the property.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says that means the old Clark Door building that served as the Expo Center for a time will be coming down soon, noting that will be a landmark in the dramatic changes the Waterfront has undergone in the past few years.  Once the property is built out it will include a new facility for Turtle Island Foods, and then two new buildings.


Cherry Fest Applications Due

There are some deadlines coming up on to put in applications for the Northwest Cherry Festival set for April 22-24.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson says audition videos and audios for their new Northwest Cherry Idol singing competition on April 23, based on American Idol, will be taken through Thursday.  Farquharson says those wishing to audition should go to the Northwest Cherry Idol Facebook page for instructions.  Festival vendor and parade applications are also available at this time, and are on the thedalleschamber.com website.

March 18-19 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley 5, LaSalle 4

The Dalles splits with Bend, losing game 1 8-1 and winning game 2 14-3

Umatilla sweeps Dufur 15-10 and 5-4

Dufur 2, Kennedy 0

Sherman sweeps Grant Union 9-6 and 12-11

Royal sweeps Goldendale 4-0 and 2-1 in 10 innings



The Dalles sweeps Bend 10-3 and 13-3

Lyle-Wishram sweeps White Swan 20-13 and 17-13


Boys Golf

The Dalles finished third behind Clackamas and Pendleton in the Riverhawk Invitational at The Dalles Country Club.  The Riverhawks’ Chase Snodgrass shot an 80 to win medalist honors.


Boys Tennis

Goldendale 2, Wahluke 2

Goldendale 2, Royal 0


Girls Tennis

Goldendale 5, Wahluke 0

Goldendale 5, Royal 0


Boys Soccer

Columbia 5, Washougal 2


Boys Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 12, Camas 10

Gorge Community Foundation Looks To Expand Presence

The Gorge Community Foundation is looking to expand its presence in the eastern part of the region.  The non-profit organization has its roots in the Hood River area, building permanent charitable endowments to help fund long-term needs in the region and representing over 70 funds established by local families, individuals and organizations.  Foundation executive director Dan Spatz says most of those funds are in the Hood River area, and the Foundation hopes to increase its efforts elsewhere in the Mid-Columbia.  Spatz says the biggest task in all likelihood is to create more awareness of the Foundation, which was established in 2000.  The Gorge Community Foundation’s website is gorgecf.org.

New Sewer Line For Trevitt Street

The Dalles Public Works will begin work Monday to replace the sanitary sewer line and install a new storm line in Trevitt Street between 7th Street and 9th Street.   Work will take place weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 1.  For the duration of the project Trevitt Street will be closed from 7th to 9th Streets to all traffic, including emergency vehicles, with no parking allowed along either side of Trevitt Street in the immediate work area.  Motorists are encouraged to use Bridge and Garrison Streets as alternative routes to avoid the work area.  8th Street residents will need to use Bridge Street for access to their homes, as 8th Street will be closed at the intersection with Trevitt Street.  If you have questions or concerns, call The Dalles Public Works office at (541) 296-5401, extension 2001.

March 17 Prep Sports Roundup


Gresham 5, Hood River Valley 4:  The Gophers scored two runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh to come back for the win.  HRV took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on Zoe Munn’s three-run double.  The Eagles fall to 1-2 on the season.

Beaverton 11, The Dalles 4:  The Beavers tallied seven unearned runs that were the difference in the game.  The Riverhawks are now 1-1 on the year.

Corbett 9, Stevenson 0



Stevenson 17, Corbett 4


Track and Field

Four athletes won two events as most area schools started their season at the Leavitt-Mullen Invitational at Sid White Field.  Hood River Valley’s Parker Irusta and Sebastian Barajas each won two events in the boys’ competition, while HRV’s Audrey Marble and South Wasco’s Ana Popchock each won a pair in the girls’ half of the meet.


Boys Tennis

Madras 5, The Dalles 3

Hood River Valley 7, St. Helens 1


Girls Tennis

The Dalles 4, Madras 4 (The Dalles wins on sets 10-9)

Hood River Valley 7, St. Helens 1


Girls Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 12, Grant 9:  The Eagles came back from an 8-5 deficit with 20 minutes to play to win their season opener.

Wyden And Blumenauer Introduce Outdoor Recreation Bill

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer have introduced legislation to increase outdoor recreation access for visitors to boost rural economies.  The bill dubbed the “Recreation Not Red Tape” Act expedites the permitting process for recreation guides and makes it easier for visitors to get recreation use permits by making all park passes available online while focusing on getting more veterans, seniors and young people outdoors, and making a certain number of free park passes available to low-income schools.  It would also require the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to promote recreation when making land and water management decisions.  Wyden says the goal is to make it easier for all to enjoy public lands.  The bill would also direct the federal land management agencies to study the full impacts of outdoor recreation on the economy, including how recreation creates job growth, tourism opportunities and boosts local economies.

Fireworks Fund Seeks Donations To Meet Matching Offer

The Dalles Main Street Program and Fort Dalles Fourth have established a “GoFundMe” account as they try to get to three-thousand dollars and get a matching amount from a donor to help pay for fireworks on the Fourth of July.  Matthew Klebes of The Dalles Main Street says they have to get to three-thousand dollars by the end of March.  To donate go to gofundme.com/fortdallesfourth, get the link from the Fort Dalles Fourth Facebook page, or go to the Main Street office in the MINT Building in downtown The Dalles.

Couple Of Spots Left In Culinary Program

There are still a couple of spots left to take part in the first 12-week training in culinary arts being offered by the new Fresh Start Culinary Arts program geared for unemployed and underemployed people in the Gorge to train them for family wage jobs in the region’s commercial food industry.  The non-profit program was developed by members of Riverside Community Church in downtown Hood River, where the program will be based utilizing a recently completed commercial kitchen.  Kathy Watson is one of the organizers of the program and owned a restaurant for ten years, and says they are looking to train those needing work to be able to move into a local commercial food industry in need of qualified workers.  Students will also spend time on local farms understanding what it’s like to buy from local farmers.  Watson says at the end of the program students will be ready for entry-level line cook jobs in restaurants, hospitals, and school kitchens.  To apply for the program, go on-line to freshstartculinaryarts.org and download an application.