Ray Rodriguez is sports editor of The Dalles Chronicle.
Riverhawks end losing skid with a 44-15 home romp
Brooke McCall scored 14 points, Kailin Hoylman added 10 and The Dalles Riverhawks throttled Hood River Valley by a 44-15 margin in a Columbia River Conference girls’ basketball game played at Kurtz Gym.
No. 5-ranked Powder Valley nets 60-20 1A state sub-round victory
POWDER VALLEY – The South Wasco County Redsides had a memorable playoff run this winter, racking up 13 wins, a third-place finish in districts and the program’s first state berth since 2002 under first-year coach Lynn Cowdrey.
After Hood River loss, The Dalles boys qualify for postseason
The Dalles High School basketball players not only celebrated a 13-point win over Crook County, but more importantly, a monumental accomplishment, an official state play-in berth for the first time since 2011-2012, as Hood River Valley suffered defeat at the hands of No. 8-ranked Pendleton. The Dalles coach Nathan Morris is excited about the opportunity his group has in front of them.
DUFUR – Senior guards Bailey Keever and Connor Uhalde may pick up most of the headlines, but the Dufur Ranger post players Curtis Crawford, Kolbe Bales, Tabor McLaughlin and Travis Lucas have put in a workmanlike effort to help put this team within range of a Baker City berth. That quartet combined for 18 points and controlled the paint in a 63-38 victory over Country Christian Tuesday.
Dakota Murr sets record in Riverhawks’ comeback win
The last time Hood River Valley and The Dalles faced off on Feb. 10, Riverhawk junior Dakota Murr fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, so Josh Nisbet and Eric Flores stepped up to help the team pick up a critical league win. Tuesday night in Hood River, Murr put his team, the program and community on his back in a record-setting performance that all but assured the Riverhawks a state play-in berth.
SWC advances to state for the first time since 2002 season
The two-man wrecking crew of Connor Uhalde and Bailey Keever combined for 51 points on 16 of 33 shooting to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 57-38 win over Horizon Christian Friday in a Big Sky Conference district playoff game played at the Buffalo Dome Friday in Madras.
Playing against one of the state’s most prolific offenses, across all divisions, the South Wasco County Redsides held Horizon Christian to 17 of 55 shooting, 5 of 22 in the second half, but the offense could not get anything going against the contentious Hawk defense in what was a 44-30 loss Friday in Big Sky district action in Madras.
While it took a quarter for the Sherman offense to get its shots falling, the defense blitzed Arlington for 32 minutes in an impressive 71-31 Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball opener played in Madras.
In the end, there were 15 cheerleaders from The Dalles High School that gave everything they had to help the program capture its 13th state title.