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Dufur High School celebrated its ninth state championship in the football program’s history in a ceremony Thursday morning. Amongst the crowd were the parents and grandparents of several of the players. The varsity squad went an undefeated 12-0 this season with a Big Sky Conference title and third consecutive 1A state championships. At the bottom of the photo, from left to right, are Ranger seniors Wade Blake, Ian Cleveland, Justin Eiesland, Hagen Pence, Curtis Crawford and Trevor Phetteplace. Not pictured is senior Matthew Sipe. In the past three title years, the Rangers have posted a 35-3 overall record, with final game victories over Crane twice and Hosanna Christian.

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It takes a village to raise nine title banners

DUFUR – There’s a fun little rivalry going on in the Thomas household these days. Former football standout Ray Thomas won three straight state championships from 1999 to 2001 and nearly two decades later, his son, Anthony, matched that feat with three titles in a row. As a junior, Anthony has one more year of eligibility left to trump his father with a fourth 1A championship.

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