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Track stars excel on district day in Moro

SWC girls, Sherman boys each get 2nd place finishes

Nine teams and nearly 100 track and field athletes made the journey to Moro on Saturday looking to extend their seasons for another week. On the local front, Sherman captured five district championships, four on the boys’ side to rack up 131 points and finish in second place, just two points behind Horizon Christian. Dufur is sending three athletes to state in five different events, as Ezekiel Stelzer and Cole Kortge are making their first trips to Eugene and senior Keith Blake is making one final run after qualifying in the Shotput and Discus. The South Wasco County boys’ team had Brody Myers and Ellis Rager claim district crowns, and Ana Popchock led the girls’ team with two titles in the 200 and Triple Jump. The girls’ team had two relay championships and also had good enough times and marks in four other events to pick up wild card berths. In all, the Lady Redsides scored 116 points for second place, 49 points in back of district champs, Griswold (165). “This was such a competitive meet,” said Dufur junior Ezekiel Stelzer. “When you have so many good athletes here giving it their all, it makes it so much more fun and exciting. You want to challenge yourself against the best and I think we saw that from everyone here today.” SWC girls score four titles A dislocated knee cap and patella tendinitis injuries this season was not going to stop South Wasco County’s Jacqueline Noland from her drive to excellence and a state trip. Finally cleared this week for action, the freshman placed second in the 400 and 800, and was also a key component to district titles in the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay races to help lead the Redsides to second place as a team. “I am really glad I got to do track this year, but it has been unfortunate with my knee,” Noland said. “I did not think I was going to be able to compete, but through physical therapy and hard work and doing all of the right things, I was able to compete. I am glad I got to do it. I am very thankful to get this opportunity to come to districts and make it to state in my freshman year.” Noland placed second in the 400 with her time of one minute and 5.38 seconds and she added another second in the 800 at 2:42.29. The 4x100-meter relay team of Bailey Hahn, Chloe Huot, Jada Myers and Noland picked up first place in 54.51, and in the 4x400-meter relay, Tatum Hahn, Huot, Myers and Noland went for first place with a time of 4:33.14. “We have been having really hard practices and we are all going really hard all the time. Because of that, we have had a very competitive relay team,” Noland said. “All of us are really fast and the team is really young. It is good to have competition, so I think we have put together a really good team and we followed through with it and got a win.” Huot cleared 4-9 for fourth in the high jump to earn her wild card berth. Kyrsten Sprouse made it to state on the wild card side with her mark of 54.04 for third place in the 300-meter hurdles. Bailey Hahn is a wild card pick in the 100-meter hurdles, where she was in fourth place with a 17.85. Popchock won her first district championship in the 200 meters, where she had a time of 27.36, and she added another first-place outcome in the triple jump with a distance of 33-10. Popchock was a wild card pick in the long jump with her third-place finish of 15-6.5. Earlier this season at the Condon Invitational on April 30, the sophomore set a new record in the 200-meters with a time of 26.92. Since this is her second state trip, Popchock is hoping to get better results. She feels the best is yet to come. “I really love being able to push myself further than I have before,” Popchock said. “I am really impressed that I have been able to compete at such a high level this year because I didn’t really expect to go this far. I do put a lot of pressure on myself with expectations, but I really just want to do my best. I want to have a really good experience and fun, but also, I want to win. It would be nice to go out there and be successful.” Brody Myers notched a district title in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:05.41, and fellow senior, Ellis Rager, hoisted gold for his efforts in the shotput with a distance of 44-9.25. Coming up on the one-year anniversary of the death of long-time coach John Howey, Rager was able to set a personal record earlier this season at 46-1, but he has been dealing with a finger issue that has lowered his average throw to around the mid-44s. Saturday, he had his best throw in nearly a month, capturing his seventh first-place win of the year. “It means a lot to me,” Rager said. “It has been hard not really having a coach this year. Howey was a big part of my success. It is all now coming to the realization that it has been one year since I lost my coach. It is a lot different, but I am glad I was able to win shot, so this goes to him. It is a great honor.” The 4x400-meter relay team of Michael Cuevas, Mathew Gragg, Travis Hayes and Brody Myers grabbed second place and a state berth with final marker of 3:44.86 to give SWC 60 points and fifth place.

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Sherman adds to its hardware

Huskies pick up five district titles

Noticeably favoring her heavily-braced right leg, Sherman junior Brittney Orendorff still managed to score a district championship in the pole vault with a height of 8-6. Orendorff has damage to her LCL ligament and has had constant tendonitis flare-ups through volleyball and basketball and track. Her knee pops out of socket every time she puts any weight on the right side of her body. “There has been some setbacks as far as the injury goes,” Orendorff said. “I have not been able to compete fully and do my absolute best, but I am thankful enough to have a fantastic set of coaches that have done anything and everything to help find ways to tape my knee, support it, and create ways for me to not push myself over the limit, but still allow me to practice and compete.” Sherman freshman Desiree Winslow placed second overall in the 100 meter dash where she posted a time of 13.61 and she was also a wild card selection in the pole vault with her top height of 7-0 to give Sherman 70 points for fifth place in the standings. Winslow is headed to state in two events, and while she is still new to the track and field game, she is using next week’s meet as a business trip.

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Stelzer, Kortge break through

Firstyear athletes punch state tickets: Keith Blake makes two events in final season

Coming in as a No. 4 seed and an underdog in the 110-meter hurdle event, Dufur freshman Cole Kortge was not sure how his day would end. In the hurdles, Kortge had a personal record time of 18.63 for second place, a shade more than a second behind Horizon’s Luke Holste, who had a 17.33. After he crossed the finish line in second place, Kortge jumped high in the air in celebration. “I didn’t think I would be that close, but I was able to fight through everything and finish well. After that third hurdle, I got that rush of excitement that let me believe that I could get first or second,” Kortge said. “It is always a goal to go to state with the mindset of winning my event. At the same time, I am still a freshman and I still have more goals to accomplish. Hopefully, this is a four-year deal and I can get better and better.” Blake picked up second place in discus with a throw of 122-6, and the senior got a wild card in the shotput, where he had a third-place toss of 42-3.5. Stelzer, a junior and first-year track athlete, earned a district championship in the 1,500 in a time of 4:24.35, and he qualified in 300-meter intermediate hurdles where he had a mark of 46.25. “I am really excited about going to state. I really wanted to make it and I have been pushing really hard for this spot and I am really stoked that I made it,” Stelzer said. “I was surprised that I could run long distances. I have been getting PRs in every meet except for one, so it has been encouraging. I cut 10 seconds today and that has me excited because I know I hope to get another PR at state.”

For the Record, May17, 2016

Fire, police, lottery reports

Help sought in identifying family of deceased homeless man

OSP seeks help finding family of longtime homeless man

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Looking Back on May 15, History Mystery

Looking Back on May 15, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle

Letter to the editor: Herd mentality

To the editor: To Rianda Linebarger who responded to Celeste Moss about TDHS play March 2016: Your points are valid that this is the real world and there is need for young men and women to have appropriate outlets to discuss sexual and controversial issues.

Letter to the editor: Vote wisely

To the editor: Our founding fathers gave us a plan for almost perfect liberty, providing we manage our states and counties with care and vigilance.

Letter to the editor: Venue change

To the editor: I was just reading the article about the summer concerts that the city is funding and they will be held at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park downtown. My husband and I tried to attend a few events there with poor results. I am in a wheelchair or scooter, there is no handicap parking available, it is always closed due to needing more room for the event, you have to park somewhere downtown and walk.

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Pikeminnow fishery opens

The northern pikeminnow bounty fishery got underway in a big way this year, with 7,523 fish caught in The Dalles area during the first full week of fishing, according to data provided by the Bonneville Power Administration. In the John Day Dam area, 823 fish were caught in the same time period.

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Sharp increase in ‘hot dog’ calls

Not too many years ago, summer brought the occasional call to police about a dog in distress in a hot car. But in the last few years, such calls to The Dalles Police Department have significantly increased, officers say. And almost without exception, the calls are unfounded, meaning the dog was fine.

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Huskies get split

With a chance to pick up a Blue Mountain Conference title and a No. 1 seed heading into district play, the No. 8 Sherman Huskies salvaged a split with Irrigon Friday, a 5-0 loss and a 15-4 victory, in two games. With the opening-game setback, the Huskies square off against Dufur at 10 a.m. next Saturday at Quinton Street Ballpark for a chance to extend their season. “It is not the situation we wanted to be in, but it is what it is,” said Sherman coach Joe Justesen. “We have a chance to go to state, so we will need to battle tough against one of the best pitchers in the state and hope we can get some runs on him and get a win.” In Friday’s opener, Irrigon lefty Austin Rice tossed a no-hitter with three walks with eight strikeouts, as the Knights clinched league, 5-0. Sherman rebounded in the second game, using a seven-run seventh inning to grab a 15-4 win. Brett Troutman went 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBIs, Kyle Fields had three hits and four RBIs, and Jacob Justesen went 3 for 5 with three runs scored. Bradley Moe had one hit, a three-run double, as part of the seven-run seventh inning. Maverick Winslow lasted 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on four hits with a strikeout and a walk.

Hawks double up on Hood River

TD takes 6-3 win Friday on senior night

The Dalles seniors Grace Helyer and Ruthie Ford combined for five hits and two RBIs, as No. 9 The Dalles broke open a 1-1 tie with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning enroute to a 6-3 win Friday over Hood River Valley on senior night in The Dalles. TD’s win, coupled by Hermiston’s 12-2 loss Friday to Pendleton, gave the Riverhawks second place in league and a home state play-in matchup at home next Friday against St. Helens.

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TD seniors cap careers on a high note

Hawks miss playoffs, but end year with win over HR

In back-to-back years, The Dalles baseball team had its playoff hopes riding on outside elements. Last season, a coin flip determined the Riverhawks’ postseason fate. On Friday the 13th, the Hawks had solid pitching performances by seniors Colton Walker and Bailey Ortega and scored a 6-3 triumph over the defending state champions and the state’s No. 2-ranked baseball program.

Child welfare draws lawsuit

Two former child welfare workers in The Dalles filed a wrongful termination suit saying they were fired after alleging children were put at risk and even harmed by willful violations of state law.

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‘Parklets’ serve as patios

Two new “parklets,” small outdoor seating areas placed in the street, each sized to replace a single parking space, will be added downtown The Dalles this summer.

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Rolling for America’s warriors

His journey of nearly 7,000 miles is more than just an adventure to Rod Runyon, Northeast Oregon District captain for the Patriot Guard Riders; it is a quest that pays tribute to the nation’s fallen, prisoners of war and those missing in action. Runyon set out on the first leg of the trip Thursday with Army veteran Jim Smith, a former Oregon State Police trooper who also resides in The Dalles, and Bob Canavan of Dallesport, a Navy veteran who rides not only for PGR but the Gorge Gospel Riders.

Child welfare draws lawsuit

Lawsuit filed by fired child welfare workers

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Cheer squad jumping into the new year

Coach Kelsey Sugg excited to have 36 in the program

Entering her second year as The Dalles’ head cheerleading coach, Kelsey Sugg has seen the numbers shoot through the roof, with previous and future state success as the launching ground for the signup barrage. Sugg, along with assistant coach Andrea Pena, announced the new batch of recruits primed to take center stage at sporting events and other venues throughout the 2016-2017 season. There were 42 participants, more than double the number from last year, who tried out for the team over a three-day span, so the choices were hard for the Riverhawk coaches, but 36 were selected to represent the crimson and gold.

Hunt deadline is on Sunday

SALEM — Controlled hunts or one of Oregon’s new Premium Hunts have a deadline set by Sunday, May 15. Apply online, at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses, or by mail/fax order. The cost is $8 per application and hunters need a 2016 annual hunting license to apply. Last year, more than half of the 407,402 applications were submitted in the last week before the deadline, including nearly 66,000 on deadline day. “The deadline falls on a Sunday this year, which is a good reason to get your application in early,” said Deanna Erickson, ODFW license sales manager. ‘ ODFW offices will be closed on May 15 and license sale agents may also be open fewer hours or closed on a Sunday.” Hunters can also apply online until 11:59 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 15. Erickson also urged hunters to avoid common mistakes on applications on other aspects of hunting certifications “Double check your hunt number against the 2016 Big Game Regulations, and make sure your party leader number is correct,” she said. “And before you walk out of the store or ODFW office, check your application to be sure it’s correct.” ODFW limits the number of tags for some hunts (all rifle deer and most rifle elk hunting in eastern Oregon, plus all pronghorn, Rocky Mtn goat and bighorn sheep hunting) to fairly distribute tags and control hunting pressure. Hunters who apply for a deer, elk or pronghorn tag and don’t draw their first choice receive a preference point for that hunt series, which increases chances the next year. Call Michelle Dennehy at 503-947-6022 for info.

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