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TD girls’ basketball camp set for Wed.

Camp scheduled to be at The Dalles Middle School

The Dalles girls’ basketball program is offering its annual three-day fundamental hoops camp from 8:30-11:30 a.m. starting Wednesday, June 15 at The Dalles Middle School in the gym. Boys and girls will be taught different parts of the game by coaches along with current and former players. This camp is open for boys and girls from the fourth-through-eighth grades, and the cost is $50 per person. There will be competitive drills, techniques taught, scrimmages and other aspects of the game covered. With the fees, every participant will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, call coach Dan Telles at 541-993-3319. TD XC starts summer workout The Dalles Cross Country team will begin its offseason running program starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 13 at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. This is open to all runners who are in middle and high school, including St. Mary’s Academy students. During June, the plan is to meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. On Monday and Friday, the team will practice at Sorosis Park, and on Wednesday nights, they will work out at Lewis and Clark Park on 1st and Union Street. For additional information on these workouts, to volunteer or to join, call TD cross country head coach Bob Thouvenel at 541-298-1119. Youth football signups on tap The Dalles Youth Football organization has registration open for youths from first grade through sixth. There is an $80 early bird price until June 15 and the price goes up to $100 price for tackle athletes from grades 3-6. For flag football for boys and girls in grades 1-2, the costs start at $40. Parents will be asked to volunteer time working in different parts, ranging from front gate duties, concessions, cleanup, coaching and other areas of need that may arise. All paperwork must be filled out and insurance papers completed before the first game. Parents can log on to to print from the handouts tab.

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Jumpstart camp is fast approaching

More than 150 boys and girls expected to sign up

If a player wants to maximize their overall skill level in the game of basketball, extra work in the offseason is necessary. Starting at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. on Monday, June 20, the Jumpstart Basketball Camp will start its 23rd season of giving youths from grades 2-9 the opportunity to hone in on their hoops attributes in a five-day event at Dufur High School. Cost to attend this event is $100 until the capacity of 150 is met. Some of the areas instructed include ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defense. Program coordinator Tom Conklin will have the kids give their undivided attention to details, attentively listening to each word their coach offers. Several former or current athletes from across the area will be on hand for individualized instruction. While an athlete may be blessed with speed and size, possess solid inside skills or a deadly 3-point shot, Conklin said none of those attributes matter if a player cannot mesh with his or her teammates. “We spend a lot of time teaching about the character of an athlete,” said Tom Conklin. “First or last place, it does not matter. When the game is finished, how will others remember me as a player? Will coaches see me as a class act? We select specific quotes that guide each of our five days of camp. These quotes stem from a deep experience that defines struggle ultimately providing the success we were hoping for, but not sure we’d attain.” Along with the opportunity to work together to practice their new skills, the aim of the camp is predicated on emphasizing the fundamentals, developing proper mechanics and gaining valuable game experience. Campers acquire and carry the knowledge over for a chance to get a solid start to their upcoming seasons. In the end, there is no better tool than getting on the hardwood. “In the process, I realized kids and all folks love to work towards a goal,” Conklin added. “In the process or journey, they develop much more than an outcome. The journey is what makes the person, not really the prize. When a person wins a running race, they, in my opinion, won because they reaped the reward of the process or developmental benefits of striving for a goal.” Early in the morning, the athletes sit down for a speech from one of the coaches, and then the instruction begins. After a break, the kids get an opportunity to use their skills in friendly scrimmages, with coaches emphasizing proper techniques on the sidelines. Once all of the daily work is completed, the campers get a chance to soak up some sunshine at Dufur City Pool for a dip in the drink. The money raised helps fund the Jim Schultz Scholarship program at Dufur schools and many of the other Dufur sports programs. In addition, Conklin said he felt extremely blessed to raise money from the Jumpstart track and cross country races, the hoops camp and other yearly events so he can cut checks for Home at Last, the Salvation Army, The Dalles River Trail Project and other programs. Interested parties can email questions to Jumpstartyouthactivities or log on to

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Saying goodbye is never easy

J.R. Runyon steps away from baseball after 11 years

Baseball has been a part of J.R. Runyon’s life for the past three decades. The sport represents the fabric of his being, bringing the joys, the smell of the grass, the memories and the moments he shares with his immediate family, his friends and the kids he helped shape and mold the past 11 years as a coach at The Dalles High School. That’s why the decision to step down as head coach of The Dalles baseball program was such a difficult decision. “Baseball has always been a part of my life, whether I am playing or coaching,” Runyon said. “There are no words to describe my love for the game. When you love something so much and it is a big part of your life, it is going to be tough to be without it. It is going to be really tough.”

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Indoor soccer champs crowned

Gorge Indoor Soccer players celebrate championships at the recently completed league finals at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club. At the top left are the 7U champions named Real Madrid. To the right, at the top, is Team Azul, the champions of the 12U classification. On the bottom left, Team K and K Orchards took first place in the Men’s Second Division. On the bottom right, Team Atletico dominated the competition all the way to a Men’s First Division title. “I’m happy to see the youth developing skills to help them on their future in the sport,” said Indoor Soccer Director Izzy Quiroz. “These kids can play against the best out there and Indoor has helped all players get the playing time in order to get to the next level.” The season starts in September for all divisions. Call 541-340-9175 for information. Contributed photos

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TD quartet caps year with all-state status

Bradford and Noonan 2nd teamers; Ford and Hoylman on third squad

A span of one calendar year has made a difference for The Dalles junior Kailin Hoylman. Last season, Hoylman was a second-team all-league winner, but she kept working on her craft and was rewarded with first-team honors in league and capped 2016 with third-team all-state recognition for her play in the outfield. “I’m completely shocked and honored to receive this award, but I owe it all to my past and present coaches and teammates that I have had since I started playing sports,” Hoylman said. “They have always encouraged me to do my best and have supported me. They have helped make me the athlete I am today.”

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Dufur, Sherman stack the all-state roster

Bales on first team; Uhalde and Moe get 2nd team bids

Dufur and Sherman burst onto the Blue Mountain Conference scene this year with solid seasons and plenty of all-league representatives to show for it. Both teams combined for 27 wins and 416 runs scored, so being represented on the all-state list was a tip of the cap from opposing coaches across the state.

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Scrubbing bubblies

The Dalles Cheer team was out in full force this past Saturday at the Urness Motors parking lot in The Dalles for its annual car wash fundraiser. In all, more than $1,500 was raised for the program to help offset costs accrued during the 2016-2017 season. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, the team will have its yard sale on the front lawn of The Dalles High School. Any and all donations are accepted, and individuals from the community can drop off items at the high school as early as 6:45 a.m. on Friday, June 17 for sale. All donations go toward helping the group attend cheer camp this summer July 11-14 at Oregon State University in Corvallis. For more information, to volunteer or to donate, email coach Kelsey Sugg at Beverly Nanez/Contributed photo

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A time to celebrate athletic achievement

Four senior standouts earn honors as TD Hall of Famers

Overlooking a large crowd of athletes, parents and coaches at The Dalles High School All Sports Awards ceremony Wednesday, Colin Noonan stood front and center, as varsity basketball coach Nathan Morris showered him with accolades and praise. It was the perfect way to cap a senior campaign. For the second straight year, Noonan was named as The Dalles’ Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. He picked up an Academic Excellence Award for his 3.94 grade point average, and after being named as a second-team all-state baseball winner, he etched his name in TD’s Hall of Fame. “You never really know what impact you make on anyone, because you are just playing and doing everything the right way, so to hear those things and being recognized is very humbling,” said Noonan, who will major in mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University. “It is a great feeling knowing that I can graduate now with an impactful last few years in high school.” In addition to Noonan, Lori Cimmiyotti, Maddy Bradford and Joe Linebarger had their names called as TD Hall of Famers. Cimmiyotti was a three-sport letter winner in volleyball, basketball and softball, had a 3.9 cumulative grade point average and was an Academic Excellence Award winner, a Female Scholar Athlete and a Hall of Fame recipient. The senior will be attending Linfield College and playing volleyball and plans to major in business. Bradford participated in volleyball and softball this year and maintained a 3.43 grade point average, including 3.67 in her senior year

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All Stars are taking lofty dreams to Prineville

TDLL teams bring talent and skill to forefront

Three teams. Three dreams. One goal. The Dalles Little League announced its 12U, 11U and 10U All-Star teams for the start of District 5 baseball action on June 24 in Prineville. Deric Anthony leads the 13-player 12U team as head coach, Mike Wilbur is on board for 11U squad in his first year and Ken Brock has 13 of the top 10U players ready to roll for a chance at district, state and beyond.

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Bringing new energy to Dufur cheer

Peterson is excited about future of the program

DUFUR – Being a part of Dufur High School has always given Kelsey Peterson a sense of pride – The scarlet and white colors coursing through her veins. Now Peterson and co-coach Lisa Harris have a chance to breathe new life into a cheerleading program moving forward, taking over for Britt Beeson, who stepped down after leading the program for the past nine years.

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TD football giving back

Football players representing The Dalles High School have been out in the streets working on projects this summer, as part of an outreach program with local businesses and community members in an effort to give back. The team has been in several different locations, including the Taylor Lake area, working for The Dalles Port Authority. The goal for head coach Steve Sugg, far right, is to teach his athletes the value of hard work, team bonding and service, as a way to help build a better student-athlete and citizen. Any businesses or residents seeking help with yard work or other matters can call Sugg at 541-980-4594. Ray Rodriguez photo

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Athletics East runners bolt out of the blocks at Linfield

Five harriers from across the gorge fare well at invite

Back for another summer running season is The Dalles Middle School standout Emily Johnson, and she is joined by Ellie Rising, Maddie Nichols, David Cribbs and Hunter Nichols to form the 2016 version of Athletics East Running Club. This past weekend, the five harriers took part in the West Coast Invitational at Linfield College in McMinnville and posted several personal records and first-place finishes in their first major event of the summer.

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All Star trio gathers for one final dance

Garrett, Bradford and Ford are celebrated in softball event

Moments after Sunday’s doubleheader, The Dalles head coach Steve Garrett and senior Ruthie Ford shared a special final moment together reminiscing on the dozens of snapshot memories they shared together. In a snap of the fingers, four years had flown by.

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Hustler roster has coach feeling excited

Legion baseball team is loaded with talent from the gorge

This year, more than any other, there are reasons for optimism for the 2016 Columbia Gorge Hustler baseball team. A main reason for this level of unbridled enthusiasm is based on the depth and quality of arms throwing from the mound.

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Swim Team starts Monday; other events happening this weekend

Soccer and football holding Saturday signups; Rainy Day Funda run set for Saturday morning

TD Swim Team starts on Monday The Dalles Swim Team begins its 2016 season on Monday, June 13, at the Ted Walker Memorial Pool in The Dalles.


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