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Ray Rodriguez is sports editor of The Dalles Chronicle.

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Kolbe Bales leads the Dufur Rangers to state playoffs

Lefty fans 13 in 10-0 win over Sherman

HERMISTON – Dufur pitcher Kolbe Bales suffered an early-season injury and it appeared that it would hurt the Rangers’ postseason chances. Looking back, maybe that injury could serve as a blessing in disguise. Bales tossed five innings of one-hit ball with 13 strikeouts, and the Rangers broke open a 4-0 lead with six runs in the fifth inning for a 10-0 mercy-ruled win over Sherman Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference district baseball action at Armand Larive Middle School in Hermiston.

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Long relay team sets PR at 5A state track meet

Mullins, Thomas, Nearing and Cardosi get a time of 4:15.33

In her final track meet, The Dalles senior Avery Cardosi had one last bus trip, one weekend to break bread with her teammates and a last chance to pick up some hardware at the state track and field event at Hayward Field in Eugene. Cardosi placed eighth in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:00:99 and earned seventh place in the long jump with a distance of 16-feet in her individual events.

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Pielli and Wilson make TD history

Tennis duo leads program to first placing in 25 years

The coupling of Kiana Pielli and Johanna Wilson started out as an experiment. Two months and 27 matches later, it ended in The Dalles girls’ tennis history. For the first time in 25 years, The Dalles girls' tennis team placed at state, as the top duo of Pielli and Wilson took home third-place honors after defeating Wilsonville’s Hanna Hellig and Madi Wardle in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.

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Sherman boys, SWC girls each get fourth at state

Teams hit PRs on the big stage of Hayward Field

Hayward Field had plenty of highlights on opening day Thursday in Eugene. The Sherman boys’ team and the South Wasco County girls’ team added to those top performances with fourth-place finishes at the 1A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Track and Field State Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.

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Fired up Hawks take play-in slugfest

No. 9 TD totals 14 hits to beat St. Helens, 9-7

Earlier in the week, The Dalles outfielder Lori Cimmiyotti received news that she was an honorable mention pick in the Columbia River Conference voting. Cimmiyotti felt slighted. So she took her frustrations out on St. Helens. Cimmiyotti went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs, as the No. 9-ranked Riverhawks pounded out 14 hits to defeat St. Helens by a 9-7 margin in state softball play-in action Friday at 16th Street Ballpark.

Loca l briefs of upcoming events this weekend

Booster Club golf, Cherry Crush and Dance recital all planned

Booster Club to host Golf Classic The Dalles Booster Club is holding its inaugural TD Booster Club Golf Classic at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Dalles Country Club. This a shotgun start and all community members are welcome to attend this fundraiser. Each team consists of four players in a scramble format. There will be side games, contests and prizes available. Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the event. Costs are $500 for a team and $125 for an individual. For more information, call, Daniel Bonham at 541-506-9185 or send an email to daniel @thedallesboosterclub .com. Jumpstart Track Meet on tap The 15th annual Jumpstart Elementary School Track Meet is open for all boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade at the Wahtonka Track from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. There is no entry fee and if kids stop by before 6 p.m., registration is not necessary. Ribbons are offered for the top five boys and girls in each event. For information or to volunteer, go to jumpstartyouthactivities@ gmail.com. Dance Academy holding recital The Dalles Dance Academy will be involved in its year-end recital open to the public starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at The Dalles High School Auditorium. Cost is $4 per person and the money raised goes towards the Riverhawk cheerleading program.

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Christiansen off to OHSET regionals

Dufur senior places third at state event in Redmond

Dufur senior Zach Christiansen qualified for regionals after picking up third-place honors in the Steer Daubing event at the OHSET State Championships in Redmond at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo in Bank of the Cascades Event Center in Redmond last weekend. Christiansen had a first-go time of 1.413 seconds, and then had a second-go time of 2.511 for his 3.924 total with two caught cows for his high placing. The senior also placed 16th overall in Individual Flags, where he posted a 10.026, less than two seconds off the state-record time of 8.291 set by Roseburg’s Emily Spence. Christiansen sets his sights on the regional event on Sunday, June 19 at Moses Lake, Wash. where he competes against the top-5 athletes from Oregon and Washington. Dufur equestrian head coach Siri Olson had Christiansen and fellow senior Kaylee Martilla on her roster this season, but both participated in all three OHSET events in Redmond, and had some solid runs, scores and times. “It has been a pleasure work to with these two outstanding seniors this year,” Olson said. “They have shown nothing but dedication and hard work at every practice. Their continued improvement throughout the season in their individual events and in their team events is representative of how a team works together. These two seniors will be sorely missed.” Olson said the program would not have had the amount of success it did without the generosity of local businesses such as Morrow County Grain Growers, Mid-Columbia Producers, C.H. Urness Motors, J.W Underground Inc., Ultimizers Inc., and Optimist Printers.

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TD boys’ tennis has a good showing at districts

Two doubles, one singles make run to second day

The Dalles boys’ tennis team had two doubles teams and a singles player move in to second-day action at the 5A Special District 1 Tournament ending Saturday in Hermiston. Jesus Barajas and Brandon Bustamante defeated their Hood River Valley opponents in three sets, by scores of 7-5, 2-6, 10-8 to advance into the quarterfinals. After a second-round bye, they lost 2-6, 3-6 to a Hermiston team, but moved onto play for Day 2.

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Rager caps career with 1A shotput title

SWC senior has 47-feet-3 inch final throw at state

As a freshman, Ellis Rager’s first shotput attempt sailed 30-feet-6.5 inches. In his first two years, his best district finish was sixth place. As an upperclassman, the South Wasco County senior has been on top of the 1A world. Thursday, Rager put an exclamation point on a stellar career with a personal-record shotput toss of 47-3 to capture his second consecutive state title at the 1A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Track and Field State Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. It was amazing how far he had come. “It goes to show hard work and a weight program can get you almost anywhere in life,” Rager said. Rager and Dufur senior Keith Blake were embroiled in a shot-for-shot battle through the first two rounds.

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2016 Columbia River Softball and Baseball Conference All-League List

2016 Columbia River Softball Conference All-League List 1ST TEAM - PITCHER Lauren Richards (10) Pendleton Hannah McNerney (10) HRV Maddy Bradford (12) The Dalles CATCHER Zoe Munn (10) HRV Jamie Hinkley (12) Hermiston INFIELD Ruthie Ford (12) The Dalles Ellie Richards (12) Pendleton Kiersten Murphy (12) Pendleton Kalan McGlothan (10) Pendleton Ellery Jones (11) Hermiston

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