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Dufur drops home heartbreaker by 1

Through the first round of Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball games, there is a four-team race for top honors, with a half a game separating Arlington, South Wasco County, Horizon Christian and Condon-Wheeler. Even after Friday’s one-point home loss to Condon-Wheeler, the Dufur Rangers are sitting in fifth place, still within contention of a district berth.

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Balanced attack leads Lady Redsides

Nine players hit baskets in SWC’s 43-28 road victory

The Lady Redsides lost to Arlington by 27 points on Thursday to snap a three-game win streak, but dominated play from the opening tip in a 43-28 victory over Ione Friday night.

Stephenson breaks out for SWC

South Wasco County head coach Jim Hull knew it was a matter of time before Haven Stephenson would get his breakout game. The senior big man scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half, and he added 15 rebounds to help the Redsides to a 55-31 drubbing of Ione Friday in a Big Sky boys’ basketball game played in Ione.

Rangers defeat Condon by 30

The Dufur Rangers moved into second place in the Big Sky Conference after picking up a dominant 80-50 triumph over Condon-Wheeler Friday at Dufur High School.

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No. 1 Huskies capture eighth straight win

Max Martin tallied 25 points, the inside duo of Kyle Fields and Isaiah Coles added a combined 31 points to lead the No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies to a lopsided 84-49 victory over Arlington Friday in Moro.

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Fifth-graders show no mercy on way to title

CGBA squad goes 4-0 and outscores teams by a 192-43 margin

When a team outscores opponents by a 192-43 margin, chances are good that tournament success will follow. That is exactly what the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy fifth-graders put forth in scoring four consecutive wins and a tournament title at the inaugural Gorge Hoops Invitational ending Sunday at The Dalles Middle School.

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TD all-stars keep winning legacy intact

Sixth-grade group wins title game over White Salmon, 40-17

At a recent AAU tournament played in Hermiston, sixth graders from the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy went winless in four games. This past Sunday at the Gorge Hoops Invitational, this group, coached by Ken Brock and Phil Hukari, left nothing to chance, going 5-0 with an average margin of victory of 19.6 points to capture championship honors.

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TD football continues tradition of giving back

Players and coaches shovel snow for three days last week

While the temperature outside was in the teens with record amounts of snow on the ground, players and coaches from The Dalles football program helped clear 32 driveways and walkways of excess snow in a show of outreach and giving back.

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Skiers start well in regular-season opener

Six skiers from TD, Dufur and SWC finish in the top-15

Under solid conditions atop the Meadows Course, ski team members from The Dalles, Dufur and South Wasco County had six top-15 finishes in a Mount Hood Ski League slalom race Saturday.

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Local kids come out on top in Elks district contest

Facing athletes from Baker to The Dalles, the local duo of Julie and Jason Hull, in middle, won their respective age divisions at the Elks Hoop Shoot District Free Throw contest held Sunday in Hermiston.

Sherman girls take loss to Perrydale

Playing at David Douglas High School against a Perrydale team that was on a winning streak, the Sherman Huskies were outscored 33-19 in the second half in their 45-23 loss Monday in a non-league girls’ basketball game played in Portland.

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TD cheer is focused, ready for first event

As one of two active seniors on The Dalles cheer team, Keagan Rice is anxiously waiting for a chance to compete for a state championship. Although still a month away from state, the Riverhawk cheerleaders get their opportunity to find their groove in a season-opening event this Saturday at David Douglas High School.

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Boaters warned of debris in area rivers

Last week's historic snowfall and the projected warm, and wet forecast this week sets up the perfect scenario for potential flooding on Oregon rivers, especially west of the Cascade Mountains. And with flooding comes debris flows with trees, root wads, and other material that can impact the safety of boaters on the water.

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Surviving winter’s bite

Feeding wildlife in winter can negatively impact their success, says ODFW

Winter is a hard time of year for wildlife, but feeding deer can bring health problems that threaten their lives, said Jeremy Thompson, biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s office in The Dalles.

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Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters, others

BOISE, Idaho— A change in U.S. House rules making it easier to transfer millions of acres of federal public lands to states is worrying hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts across the West who fear losing access.

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