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Sasquatch event set for Saturday

Sasquatch event set for Saturday

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Sugg gets a cheer day to remember

TD graduate to perform at Saturday’s Les Schwab Bowl

Ever since she received notice in April, The Dalles High School cheerleader Taylor Sugg has been brimming with excitement for an opportunity to represent Riverhawk Nation on a big stage. Sugg, a 2016 graduate, gets her chance to shine at 5 p.m. this Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium for the 69th annual Les Schwab Bowl for the South team.

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Sharing the gridiron for one final thrill

Christiansen, Stutzman and Smith take all-star victory

Last November Wyatt Stutzman walked off the field in tears as his Sherman Huskies suffered a 24-22 playoff defeat to Powers. He felt, at that moment, he would never play football again. Saturday, Stutzman, a recent Sherman graduate, had one final chance to strap on his No. 33 uniform to represent a community he gave his blood, sweat and tears for.

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Wilson looks forward to all-star opportunity

Recent TD grad to play in 69th Les Schwab Bowl

The Dalles High School graduate Devin Wilson is counting down the days before he gets one final chance to hit the football field in Saturday’s 69th annual Les Schwab Bowl at Hillsboro Stadium. He will be the first football player since Ray Niko in 2011 to earn such an honor, so he plans to make full use of this opportunity, not just to continue to play at an elite level, but to also serve as an example to all of the football players from across the gorge.

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Wilson looks forward to all-star opportunity

Recent TD grad to play in 69th Les Schwab Bowl

The Dalles High School graduate Devin Wilson is counting down the days before he gets one final chance to hit the football field in Saturday’s 69th annual Les Schwab Bowl at Hillsboro Stadium. He will be the first football player since Ray Niko in 2011 to earn such an honor, so he plans to make full use of this opportunity, not just to continue to play at an elite level, but to also serve as an example to all of the football players from across the gorge.

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Husky hoopsters cruise to tourney crown

Sherman goes 8-0, including final win over Triangle Lake

MORO – Last year, the Sherman Huskies won their own tournament and eventually won a 1A state championship. If you are a believer in good omens, this past weekend’s performance at the Sherman County Invitational Basketball Tournament was one. The Huskies went 8-0 with each win by double digits, including a lopsided 78-57 triumph over Triangle Lake in the championship Sunday in Moro.

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Fastpitch Northwest to hold two prospect clinics

Players earn a chance to play in exposure game in July

Making the Big Sale

Cheerleaders representing The Dalles High School were out in full force Friday for the opening day of its annual rummage sale on the front lawn of The Dalles High School. The team will be there until 4 p.m. today, and will be out front Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in an effort to raise money for the program. In the picture are, starting on top, from left to right, Crysta Harris, Kendyl Kumm, Abbey Helseth, Keagan Rice and Carey Stone. On the bottom are, from left, Sophia Pullen, Willow Drake, Sakari Bova, Bryonna Otzoy, Jenifer Salinas- Deras, Mackenzie Smith. Interested parties can still drop off items for sale today and can do so Saturday as well. For more information, email kelseyesugg@live.com Contributed photo

Local events going on this week

11U All Stars to sell donuts The Dalles 11U All Stars are selling tickets for a dozen donuts from BaKitchen in The Dalles. The tickets cost $10 and are good for any dozen. Tickets sold expire on July 1, 2017. For information or to buy, call 541-993-5569. TD Cheer holds yard sale The Dalles Cheer team is holding its annual yard sale on the front lawn of TDHS from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18. All donations are accepted, and individuals can drop off items at 6:45 a.m. on Friday. For information, email kelseyesugg@live.com. TD XC starts summer workout The Dalles Cross Country team will begin its offseason running program at Sorosis Park. This is open to middle, high school and St. Mary’s Academy boys and girls. During June, the plan is to meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, call Bob Thouvenel at 541-298-1119. Youth football signups on tap The Dalles Youth Football organization has registration open for boys and girls from first-through-sixth grades . The price is $100 for tackle athletes from grades 3-6. For flag football for boys and girls in grades 1-2, the costs start at $40. Go to www.eteamz.com /thedallesyouthfootball to print the handouts tab. Wite Salmon half marathon The White Salmon Half Marathon and four-miler is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Rheingarten Park. This is free, but donations of $25 are accepted. Register in advance at www.ultrasignup.com.

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Tourney bringing big crowds

SWC, Dufur and Sherman competing in 14-team event

South Wasco county, Dufur and defending 1A state champion Sherman will get an opportunity to show off their skills this week for the Sherman County Basketball Invitational in Moro. With the loss of Brody Myers, Ellis Rager and Travis Hayes, the Redsides have Nick Ward, Haven Stephenson, Ty Herlocker and Skyler Anderson, Keith Kegel and Dawson Herlocker back for coach Jim Hull. “We always look forward to the tournament,” Hull said. “There are always a number of top 1A teams there. It helps show our team what is necessary to compete at a high level for next year.” The Dufur Rangers have a new coach in Ron Townsend overseeing the further development of Connor Uhalde, Ethan Wetherbee, Travis Lucas, Curtis Crawford and a slew of returning freshmen. Sherman coach Bill Blevins has his championship roster intact with Keenan Coles, Max Martin, Treve Martin, Jacob Jusetsen, Kyle Fields, Isaiah Coles and Luke Martin looking to make a repeat run. “If you are a 1A basketball fan, Sherman County is the place to be this week,” Blevins said. “We have some competitive teams from both Oregon and Washington here.” Games run from 4-9 p.m. today in Moro.

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Husky Tourney starts Thursday

The Sherman Huskies, South Wasco County Redsides and Dufur Rangers will headline the four-day Sherman Invitational starting at 3 p.m. Thursday in Moro. There will be a three-point contest on Saturday, where Sherman standout Max Martin looks to defend his title. Starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, the teams will play in consolation games and the championship is at 1 p.m.

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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 www.eteamz.com/thedallesyouthfootball 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 @gmail.com or log on to Jumpstartcamps.com.

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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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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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