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Dufur baseball clinches third

The Dufur Rangers slugged out 19 runs on 25 hits to complete a two-game sweep over Culver Friday in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action in Culver. The wins help seal third place and a district berth. Dufur won the first game, 4-1, and took the nightcap, 15-4. Monday at Dufur City Park, the Rangers won their fourth straight game, 21-9, over 3A Riverside. Dufur (9-13, 6-6 league) heads to Union for two games starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Read Wednesday’s Chronicle for the full story.

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TD golfers vault to the big dance

Team gets a 656 for fifth, 12 shots over Ridgeview

It has been a long time coming for The Dalles boys’ golf team. The seven-year state drought is now over. Chase Snodgrass placed sixth overall, Tyler Vassar and Mark Felderman combined for an average of 165 on the scorecards, and the Riverhawks had a two-day tally of 656 to grab fifth-place honors at the 5A Special District 2 Golf Tournament ending Saturday at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Redmond.

Sherman splits two

The Sherman Huskies split two home games Friday against Heppner in league play in Moro. The No. 5 Huskies the first game, 5-4, but lost the nightcap, 10-9. In the opener, Jacob Justesen threw a complete-game five-hitter with three strikeouts and five walks to get the win. He also added a double, a run scored and an RBI, as the Huskies scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win it, as an error on a ball hit by Justesen allowed Wyatt Stutzman to score the game-winner. Kyle Fields added a hit, a run and an RBI, and Stutzman went 1 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. Heppner got off to a fast start in the second game, scoring four runs in the second inning and three more in the third to go ahead 8-2. Sherman chipped away and crept to within a 10-9 deficit with three runs in the fifth frame. Still down one run in the seventh, Brett Troutman led off with a single, but then Sherman hit three consecutive flyouts to end the rally. Bradley Moe had three hits, scored twice and drove in two runs to lead Sherman’s 10-hit attack. Maverick Winslow added a hit, three walks and three runs. Sherman (16-5 overall, 7-2 league) hosts Irrigon at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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TD golf in fifth

The Dalles boys’ golf team had a 327 to place fifth overall in regional tournament action at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Redmond. Chase Snodgrass had a 75, Tyler Vassar shot an 80 and Mark Felderman was good for an 86. Jacob Ford carded an 87 and Darsh Patel went for a 96. Second-day play was Saturday, and the top five teams go to state.

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No. 10 Riverhawks clamp down a playoff berth

TD uses an eight-run third to roll past Hermiston

When given a chance to shine, whether as a hitter or catcher, The Dalles sophomore Emma Weir takes advantage of her opportunities. Weir went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, two stolen bases and an RBI, as the No. 10 Riverhawks broke open a 5-3 lead with eight runs in the top of the third inning to post a mercy-ruled 13-3 victory over Hermiston Friday at 16th Street Ballpark.

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Riverhawks flying high after home win

TD is one win from clinching a playoff berth

Two years ago, Bailey Ortega was a varsity golfer. After Friday’s six-inning masterpiece against No. 13 Hermiston, the senior pitcher is cementing his name atop the Columbia River Conference all-league list. Ortega tossed six innings of two-hit ball with two strikeouts, as he outdueled Hermiston ace R.J. Robles in The Dalles’ 5-1 victory at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.

Hawks end league with a loss

Top 2 doubles, Pashek at singles win against HRV

Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli finished their league season undefeated. Robin Pashek is hitting her fever pitch down the stretch. And the newly-formed No. 2 doubles tandem of Emma Smith-Ell and Rebekah Kohltfarber appear to be rising. That core group scored wins, as The Dalles girls’ tennis team finished the regular season with a 5-3 loss on the road to Hood River Valley Thursday.

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Basketball all-stars earn 1A state praise

Sherman’s Max Martin named Player of the Year

Through relentless work and dedication to the sport of basketball, Sherman guard Max Martin has evolved into one of the most feared scorers in the 1A classification. Add to that his defensive upgrades, his passing abilities, leadership qualities and overall hoops IQ, the junior has displayed steady improvement over the years. Martin was named the 1A Oregon Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year and a first-team all-state honor for all of his individual and team accomplishments this season. “None of this would have been possible without the help of all my teammates and my coach, Bill Blevins,” Martin said. “He was Coach of the Year for a reason. He works his tail off getting us in the best possible position to win every single game we play.” Blevins had his name called as 1A Coach of the Year and Husky point guard Jacob Justesen and junior teammate Isaiah Coles picked up second-team recognition. South Wasco County senior guard Travis Hayes earned a third-team all-state award for his play during the 2015-2016 campaign.

TD girls play strong

The Dalles girls’ tennis team made sure to put exclamation point on a solid league campaign with an 8-1 win over Pendleton Tuesday in The Dalles. “Real solid efforts all around,” said TD coach Debby Jones. “Pendleton is a lot younger this year as opposed to past years and we were determined to show respect, but dominance all at the same time.” Robin Pashek defeated Jenna Senter by scores of 6-1 and 6-2 at No. 1 singles, and at No. 2, Brittany Bernstein added a 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 triumph over Brandy Brown. Yahira Alvarez also needed three sets to upend Gabby Cuthbert, winning 6-4, 5-7, 10-4 at No. 4 singles, and Natalie Varland defeated Kelsey Cartnell 8-2 in a No. 5 pro-set match. Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli breezed past Anne James and Isabelle Chapman, 6-0 and 6-0 in their No. 1 doubles match, and the No. 2 duo of Emma Smith-Ell and Rebekah Kohltfarber outworked Denae Smith and Jessie Patterson by scores of 6-2 and 6-2. Abby Minnick and Ellie Trujillo tacked on a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles, and Cassie Vazquez and Tiani Langston dominated their No. 4 doubles match over Bradi Reynolds and Heather Wilcox, 6-1 and 6-0. TD was in Hood River tonight for its final league match, and then head to Bend for the two-day district tournament starting on May 13.

Athlete of the Week: Maddy Bradford

Athlete of the Week Profile Name: Maddy Bradford Sport: Softball Grade: 12 Favorite Class: AP English Favorite Athlete: Buster Posey Favorite Food: French Fries Favorite Movie/TV Show: A League Of Their Own Last Week: Maddy Bradford pitched four games last week and won three, including the program’s first win over Pendleton in 10 games, 9-8, on April 23. The senior led the Riverhawks to a two-game sweep over Hood River Valley Saturday by scores of 2-0 and 9-5. In 14 innings pitched, Bradford struck out 16, allowed 13 hits and three earned runs, and also chipped in three hits, including a home run and two RBIs. She is currently leading the team in RBIs, total hits and home runs. Coach Quote from Steve Garrett: “Maddy has become an awesome team leader, not with words or talk, but by her example on the field. She has stepped up her game to make her a force to be reckoned with, both in the pitching circle as well as at the plate. Kudos to Maddy for an awesome week and season so far.”

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No. 3 Sherman wallops Heppner

Troutman excels, Fields hits slam to lead Huskies

Kyle Fields provided the muscle. Ace pitcher Brett Troutman tapped dance on a minefield, but made the pitches down the stretch to give the No. 3 Huskies their sixth consecutive win, 5-2, over Heppner Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball matchup played in Heppner.

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Sisterhood of the flying rackets

TD’s tennis duo is making their mark in the 5A ranks

Johanna Wilson is the boisterous and gregarious player. Kiana Pielli is the shy, demure athlete. Their styles on the tennis court are different in many ways, but also very similar – they want to win. This season, the duo has combined forces and skill set for a dominant run through their schedule with a 15-1 match record and a 30-2 set-win differential. What started as an afterthought early in the season has reaped plenty of benefits for The Dalles’ No. 1 doubles team.

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TD baseball, softball take losses to Hood River

Even with setbacks, teams have chances for postseason berths

Maddy Bradford threw another complete-game gem, but Hood River Valley pitcher Hannah McNerney made the right pitches and the defense stood strong with several highlight-reel plays to help the Eagles hold on for a 2-1 Columbia River Conference softball victory Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.

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Dufur reels off home victory over Culver

Bales strikes out 12 in four innings; Rangers get 11-4 win

Riding a four-game losing streak, the Dufur Rangers held leads of 4-0, 6-1 and 10-2 through the first three innings, and used that initial surge to dispatch Culver 11-4 in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action Tuesday at Dufur City Park.

Winslow sets Sherman High record in pole vault

Junior hits the 12-foot-7 inch mark to lead boys to third

Sherman junior Maverick Winslow set a school record of 12-feet-7 inches in the pole vault and the rest of the boys’ team racked up nine top-5 outputs at the Condon-Wheeler Invitational Saturday in Condon. Added to that, Sherman had a triple jump win by Keenan Coles and a career-best of 55.42 seconds in the 400-meters by Treve Martin to lead the Sherman boys’ track team to third place .

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