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12U Sluggers cruise to Cherry Festival championship

Baseball team clinches title with a 9-3 win over Bend

The Dalles’ 12U Sluggers team put all the elements of pitching, defense and hitting together and that level of precision baseball equaled a tournament championship, the first for this group in 2017.

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Hawk golfers rise up for third at Quail Valley

Snodgrass shoots an even-par 72 for second

Chase Snodgrass carded a season-best 72 for second place overall, and the Riverhawk boys’ golf team combined for a 324 to capture third place at the State Preview Tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks on Wednesday.

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Kramer, Rolen receive Hall of Fame call

TD coaches inducted for lifetime achievement in wrestling

This past Saturday in Tigard, former wrestling coaches Kevin Kramer and Roger Rolen were inducted into the Oregon chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for their lifetime achievement in the sport, joining past selections Rich Rolen and Dennis Radford.

Coles leads Sherman

Keenan Coles chalked up a pair of second-place finishes in the long and triple jump, and a third in the 100-meter race at the Pepsi Invitational Saturday in Union.

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Top times highlight festival event

Taylor and Ford duke it out in Saturday’s 10k

Tevin Taylor, Erin Ford and Russell Loughmiller matched each other stride-for-stride in the final stretches of the 10k race this past Saturday for the 2017 Cherry Festival 3k, 5k and 10k run and walk held on the field at Dry Hollow Elementary School in The Dalles.

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TD scores 18 personal records

Track team continues high rise at Kiwanis Invitational

Julian Hernandez added another win to his record, Sam Alvarez hit a personal record and the girls’ 4x400-meter relay team of Jordyn Hattenhauer, Jenna Miller, Bailey Nearing and Aileen Luna-Lopez dropped a second-place marker of four minutes and 36.61 seconds at the Kiwanis Invitational Saturday in Hermiston.

Jesch and Miller on top

Mike Jesch carded a 67 in his opening round and he finished with a 69 on the second day and joined forces with Jason Miller for a gross score of 135 to win The Dalles Country Club 2017 Men’s Kickoff ending Sunday.

TD has promising effort in Madras

The Dalles boys’ tennis team traveled to Madras Saturday for a double dual against Bend and Mountain View, as the team posted a handful of wins, which gave head coach Shea MacNab a feeling of optimism.

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Hawks post another sweep over Pendleton

Wednesday’s effort has coach excited about district tournament

Facing a Pendleton team they had beaten in sweep fashion just two weeks ago, The Dalles dominated singles and doubles action to capture a 6-0 boys varsity win on Wednesday at The Dalles High School.

Dufur runs streak to 15

Rangers pull off sweep of Union High

Saturday at Armand Larive Middle School in Hermiston, the No. 9-ranked Rangers walloped Union in a league doubleheader by final scores of 12-1 and 11-5 to run their winning streak to 15 games, 10 of those coming in Blue Mountain Conference contests.

Huskies dominate Grant Union

Saturday in Moro, the Sherman Huskies posted a two-game sweep over Grant Union by scores of 5-4 and 15-1 in a pair of Blue Mountain Conference games.

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Huskies take a bite out of the Bulldogs

Sherman vaults to third place after home sweep of Culver

MORO – Entering the top of the seventh inning, Treve Martin and Trey Homer were a combined 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and two walks.

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TD softball storms back for wins

Hawks drop the Bulldogs, 8-1 and 9-8 in CRC twinbill

The pitching duo of Bailey LeBreton and Sierra Watson did top work in the circle and tacked on 460-feet worth of home runs to vault The Dalles softball team to wins of 8-1 and 9-8 in a two-game sweep of Hermiston Saturday at 16th Street Ballpark.

TD boys capture fifth place at Tetherow

Chase Snodgrass placed fourth individually with a 75, and The Dalles boys’ golf team combined for a 341 to capture fifth place at the High Desert Challenge at Tetherow Golf Club Monday in Bend.

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TD baseball scores a sweep of Hermiston

Wetmore’s arm, Honald’s bat moves the Hawks into second place

With a golden opportunity to vault into second place in the Columbia River Conference standings, The Dalles Riverhawks used a pitching gem by Jordan Wetmore in a 10-0 mercy-ruled win, and then Spencer Honald laid a suicide squeeze bunt to plate Tyler Westin to give the team a 4-3 victory and a two-game baseball sweep Saturday at Bob Williams Field.

Kaitlin Wenz leads Horizon

Horizon Christian sophomore Kaitlin Wenz and teammate Paulina Finn ended up 1-2 in the 400-meter race and the track and field boys and girls had four top-5 outcomes at the Bruin Invitational.

Huskies net seven top-5 finishes at Bruin Invite

Desiree Winslow, Isaiah Coles have best efforts for Sherman

Keenan Coles, Owen Christiansen, Isaiah Coles and Desiree Winslow turned in the best performances for the Sherman Huskies at the 12-team Bruin Invitational Friday afternoon in White Salmon, Wash.

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TD golfers place third at Raven Rumble

Snodgrass, Vassar and Ford wind up with 81s

The Dalles boys’ golf squad had four players score in the 80s to wrap up third place in the team standings with a 327 team score Friday at the Raven Rumble Golf Tournament held on the Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond.

SWC gets nine victories

South Wasco County picked up eight firsts and had 11 personal records at the TVC Track Meet Thursday in Madras.

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Roster shakeup used as a lesson

Coach preps TD girls on how to deal with adversity

The Dalles girls’ tennis coach Debby Jones used Thursday’s league match against Hermiston as a shock to the system of her players by mixing and matching athletes into different roles to test their mental strength.

TD boys get past HRV, 5-3

All four doubles teams racked up wins and James Pashek came out ahead in his No. 2 singles match to help The Dalles boys’ tennis team to its first win over Hood River Valley in more than four years in a league match played Tuesday at The Dalles High School.

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The Dalles boys edged out by Hermiston

Both teams get four wins, but Bulldogs inch ahead on sets, 10-9

Riding high off its first win over Hood River Valley in more than four years, The Dalles boys’ tennis team played Hermiston to a 4-4 draw, but was edged out in total sets won, 10-9, in a league match played Thursday on the campus of Hermiston High School.

TD hits 18 top-11 places at Willamette Invitational

At the 27-team Willamette Falls Invitational, The Dalles track and field squad turned in 18 top-11 finishes and 24 personal records Saturday in Oregon City.

No. 20 Huskies move to 3rd in BMC

The Sherman Huskies moved into third place in the Blue Mountain Conference baseball standings after taking a 3-1 road loss Tuesday against No. 5-ranked Pilot Rock.

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Dufur runs win streak to 13

Rangers at No. 3 after sweeps of Elgin and Weston-McEwen

While boasting the 2A classification’s fourth-best offense at 10 runs a game, the one forgotten highlight during the Dufur Rangers’ 13-game winning streak is its stout pitching performances.

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Riverhawks grounded by the Eagles

Hood River sweeps doubles play in a 6-2 tennis victory

The Dalles posted two easy wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, but ended up losing two matches in third-set match-breakers, as Hood River Valley swept doubles play to move ahead for a 6-2 league victory Tuesday in a league match played at Hood River High School. “It was a tough loss for us because, again, we had two very close matches that did not go our way,” said TD head coach Debby Jones.

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Lee’s walk-off homer leads TD to victory

Hawks exact revenge with a 17-7 win over Pendleton

Pendleton entered Tuesday’s Columbia River Conference baseball tussle needing a win to take a four-game series against The Dalles. Big Country Henry Lee had the final say. Lee capped a six-run bottom of the sixth inning with a walk-off, two-run home run to left centerfield to give the Riverhawks a 17-7 victory over the Buckaroos in a league contest played at Bob Williams Field.

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TD’s Dakota Murr is named to all-state squad

Riverhawk junior earns an honorable mention spot

As the driving force and the inspirational figure on The Dalles boys’ basketball team, Dakota Murr helped his team make a jump up into the 5A state playoffs, an accomplishment not achieved by the program since the 2011-2012 season. With his all-around play and scoring touch, Murr was named to the 5A all-state team as an honorable mention pick determined by a vote of the state’s coaches.

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Showing unity and family on the diamond

Little League program aims to provide fun and rewarding atmosphere for local kids

For the past few years, Tammy Richman vowed to hang up her concessions apron for good. But, there are several forces pulling and tugging her back. Richman received recognition from The Dalles Little League board members for her 15 years of volunteerism and broke the seal on the 2017 campaign by throwing out the first pitch.

Hawk tennis defeats Madison, 6-2

TD girls get three doubles wins to spark a home win

Kiana Pielli, Jocelyn Hernandez and Yahaira Alvarez racked up straight-sets victories, and the Riverhawks added three of four doubles wins to cruise past 6A Madison in a non-league tennis match played at The Dalles High School.

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Crush taking their game to a higher level

12U softball hopes past experience pays dividends

Last spring, the Cherry City Crush softball team finished its 10U campaign with an unblemished record and a state championship, facing ‘C’ division squads from across the Northwest. In their first tournament of the year, the 12U Crush went 1-5 at an Ice Breaker Tournament in Tri-Cities, Wash.

TD boys place third at Pendleton Invite

The Dalles boys’ golf team had its four-tournament win streak snapped Thursday at the Pendleton Invitational, placing third overall in an eight-team field at Pendleton Country Club.

Cuevas and Popchock spearhead SWC’s charge

Duo combines for six wins in Thursday’s meet at Heppner

At the six-team Mustang Invitational in Heppner, the South Wasco County Redsides amassed 13 personal records, Michael Cuevas grabbed four wins to lead the boys and Ana Popchock drummed out two individual victories and helped the girls’ 4x100-relay team to a win.

Streaking Hawks sweep Pendleton

All six varsity matches ended in straight sets with an average margin of victory of 4.7 points in the The Dalles boys’ tennis team’s first sweep of the season, a 6-0 whitewash, on the road at Pendleton High School.

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Led by Alvarez, TD gets tie with Pendleton

Yahaira Alvarez picked up a huge No. 4 singles win to help The Dalles girls’ tennis team pull to a 4-4 draw in a league match Thursday at The Dalles High School.

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Sherman nets three league wins

Huskies pick up a road split against Weston -McEwen

Riding high off a pair of lopsided league wins over Heppner, the No. 12-ranked Sherman Huskies picked up a road split Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball clash against Weston-McEwen, winning the opener by a 9-2 score, but losing the nightcap, 13-8.

TD softball loses, 11-3

Mountain View chased The Dalles starter Sierra Watson from the game after jumping ahead 5-0 in the bottom of the first on its way to an 11-3 softball win Wednesday in Bend.

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TD netters take a step up against Mac-Hi

Hernandez, Alvarez and Garcia net 8-0 singles wins

Cassie Vazquez and Maggie Corey have been doubles partners for the last few years and Vazquez feels like it is a matter of time before they vault into the upper echelon of the 5A classification.

Husky tennis starts strong

Belshe racks up a trifecta of impressive victories

Sherman senior Meghan Belshe picked up right where she left off in 2016 with three impressive victories over the weekend against Condon-Wheeler, Helix and Riverside in varsity tennis matches.

Hawks pull off comeback

TD uses power stroke to move past Mountain View, 15-11

Facing an uphill battle, down 10-1 through two innings against Mountain View, The Dalles baseball team rallied for 10 runs in the third and tacked on four more in the sixth frame to capture a thrilling 15-11 comeback victory in Bend.

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Dufur sweeps Heppner

Keever tosses no-hitter in 10-0 nightcap triumph

Dufur pitcher Bailey Keever capped a two-game Blue Mountain Conference sweep over Heppner with a 71-pitch, five-inning no-hitter with a season-high 13 strikeouts in Dufur’s 10-0 mercy-ruled victory at Quinton Street Ballpark.

No. 4 Dufur runs streak to seven

The Dufur Rangers won their sixth and seventh games in a row to start the season Saturday, with a two-game sweep over Grant Union by scores of 12-7 and 11-1 in a pair of 2A baseball games played in Burns.

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Riverhawk nine salvages a split in Hood River

Westin helps TD to a 6-5 win in opener against Prairie

HOOD RIVER – The Dalles led 5-0 through the first two innings, but Prairie, Wash. battled back to tie the score at 5-all on a squeeze bunt in the sixth, setting up a walk-off situation for senior infielder Tyler Westin in the home half of the seventh.

TD girls get third in Hood River

HOOD RIVER – Abby Walker hit a team-best 118 and The Dalles girls’ golf team had a four-person total of 555 to secure third place at the Hood River Invitational played on Indian Creek Golf Course.

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TD golfers lock down fourth straight win

Vassar claims medalist title; Snodgrass, Felderman tied for second

HOOD RIVER – Even with howling winds wreaking havoc on several golfers, Tyler Vassar carded a season-best 77 for medalist honors, and senior teammates Mark Felderman and Chase Snodgrass wound up tied for second place to give The Dalles boys' golf a team score of 325 for its fourth consecutive team title at the Hood River Invitational Monday at Indian Creek Golf Course.

Ridgeview drops TD girls, 6-2

Robin Pashek and Kiana Pielli fought for straight-sets wins, but The Dalles girls’ tennis team lost three of four doubles matches in third-set match-breakers in a 6-2 home loss to Ridgeview.

Hawk boys edged out, 5-3

The Dalles boys’ tennis team endured a close 5-3 loss Friday in Redmond against Ridgeview, as Quinn Wilson, Pedro Lopez and Andy Lopez turned in singles wins.

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Hawks break streak with the boom sticks

TD raps out season-high 24 hits in a 22-0 demolishing of 6A Canby

Jodi Thomasian and Emma Weir smashed home runs as The Dalles Riverhawks softball team imposed their offensive will against three Canby pitchers for a season-high 24 hits, 12 for extra bases, in a 22-0 mercy-ruled drubbing of the 6A Lady Cougars Friday at 16th Street Ballpark.

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Lady Hawks lose to Hermiston

Pashek, Pielli and Alvarez each pick up singles wins

In looking at the big picture, The Dalles head coach Debby Jones said that her varsity girls’ tennis group learned a lot from Wednesday’s 5-3 road loss to Hermiston.

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Redside tracksters set 18 personal records

Girls team notches seven seconds and two firsts at Dayton Invite

With spring break now in the rearview mirror, the South Wasco County track and field team went back to work against four 3A programs looking to reset its high marks at the WVL-Dayton Invitational Meet Thursday afternoon in Dayton.

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