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Dufur’s Stelzer sets PR in 3,000

The Dufur boys’ track and field team was in 22nd place through one day with four points, as Tanner Masterson, Cole Kortge and Friedrick Stelzer were the main contributors. Masterson posted a mark of 11.61 seconds for fifth place in the boys’ 100-meter prelims and tacked on a personal-record 23.16 to end up second in the 200-meter prelims for a finals berth in both events.

May 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Davis launches her way to a javelin title

It is a rarity that an athlete dominates a track and field event the way South Wasco County’s Madisen Davis did this spring. The junior capped a perfect season with nine wins in nine meets as she captured a javelin state championship with a top distance of 127-feet-1 inch, besting her nearest competitor, Adrian’s Shyanne Allaire (114-6), during opening-day action Thursday at the 1A OSAA State Track and Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene.

May 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD softball ends season on a promising note

The 2018 softball season has provided the fans and players with a little bit of everything, whether it was injuries, losing skids and everything else imaginable. That’s why last Friday’s dramatic victory was that much sweeter.

May 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Girls tennis picks up two wins at district tourney

One goal Debby Jones and her tennis players had for the district tournament was to win at least two matches. Natalie Varland and Lupita Contreras posted a No. 1 doubles victory and the No. 3 pairing of Pearl Guzman and Karla Najera added a win to their record to lead The Dalles girls’ tennis team at the two-day Special District 1 district tournament held at Sunriver in Bend.

May 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Telles wraps up state play in a tie for ninth

Down seven strokes through one day, The Dalles golfer Aidan Telles planned on playing his normal game, while also taking more calculated risks to get a chance at creeping closer to the top of the leaderboard.

May 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Telles tied for seventh through first round

The Dalles sophomore Aidan Telles carded a season-best 5-over par 77 for a seventh-place tie, seven strokes behind overall Leader, Marist’s John Pollock, in opening-round action at the OSAA 5A boys’ golf state championships Monday on the Emerald Valley Golf Club course in Creswell.

May 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD tennis opens eyes at districts

With an entire varsity roster of unseeded players, The Dalles boys’ tennis coach Shea MacNab called last weekend’s district performance something to build on. Andy Lopez won three singles matches and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Ethan Martin and Devam Patel combined for three victories, including an upset of the eighth-seeded Mountain View duo to lead the Riverhawks at the 5A Special District 1 Tournament ending Saturday in Hermiston.

May 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD baseball loses to Forest Grove, 5-4

The Dalles baseball team lost its fifth game of the season by three runs or fewer, as 6A Forest Grove staved off a late rally with the eventual game-winning run scored in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 5-4 victory Monday at Forest Grove.

May 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Big Sky stars settle the score at districts

MORO – Through the time and dedication put in during the regular season, several standouts from the Big Sky Conference had to settle the score at Saturday’s Special District 3 Meet in Moro, where new champions were crowned, and others maintained their stranglehold on the top spots.

May 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD gets athletes in 10 events to state meet

Samuel Alvarez claimed district titles in two long-distance events, Emma Mullins captured the 800-meter crown, and Kendyl Kumm tacked on top honors in the pole vault, as The Dalles track and field team racked up state berths in 10 events at the Columbia River Conference District Championships Thursday at Hermiston.

May 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD baseball drops Hermiston

The Dalles baseball team keeps its season alive with pitching and clutch hitting in a 9-2 victory over Hermiston Thursday from Bob Williams Field. Senior pitcher Jordan Wetmore allowed two unearned runs in a complete-game three-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks for his second win of the season, first in league.

May 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Dufur’s Kolbe Bales named Freshman of the Year

When he first set foot on the Western Oregon University baseball field, Kolbe Bales was unsure of what to expect. The Dufur High School graduate played some big games in the 2A/1A classification and picked up numerous awards, including a first-team all-state selection and Player of the Year honors.

May 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Telles off to state after ninth-place finish

After struggling in his final few holes, there was uncertainty as to whether Aidan Telles would qualify for state. When the final tallies were announced, however, Telles finished tied for ninth place with a 166 to earn his state bid at the two-day 5A Special District 2 Golf Tournament ending Tuesday in Creswell on the Emerald Valley Golf and Resort course.

May 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Academy stars stand out at Onstage New York

The Dalles Dance Club Academy attended the biggest regional dance competition in the Pacific Northwest this past weekend for the three-day Onstage New York event May 4-6 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland and walked away with several awards for their solid all-around performances.

May 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Dufur swept by Heppner

The Dufur Rangers capped Blue Mountain Conference baseball play with losses of 11-5 and 15-5 in Heppner Saturday to finish 0-9 in league action for the season.

May 8, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD golfers ready to bounce back next year

As the season wore on, The Dalles girls’ golf team remained diligent in using extra practice time and participation on challenging courses to improve every aspect of their game. Sunday and Monday, the Lady Riverhawks were on Sunriver’s Woodlands Course and posted a two-day total of 931 for 10th place at the Class 5A Special District 2 girls golf championships.

May 8, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Sherman teams net seven wins

As impressive as the South Wasco County girls have been this spring, both Sherman teams are racking up solid finishes ahead of this Saturday’s district championship. Makoa Whitaker notched an individual victory and the two relay squads earned wins to get the boys’ 85 points for second place,.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Sweep gives Sherman No. 1 district seed

Earlier in the season, Sherman seniors Trey Homer and Bradley Moe both agreed that the Huskies are far from a finished product. After Saturday’s two-game road sweep by scores of 6-0 and 12-5 at Culver, it appears that the No. 5-ranked Huskies are hitting their peak at the right time of the year with the No. 1 Blue Mountain Conference district seed and a state berth.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

SWC girls score team title at Arlington Invitational

Ana Popchock had a perfect capper to her storybook regular season with four wins, Madisen Davis won her seventh straight javelin event and the South Wasco County girls’ track and field squad racked up 98 points for a team title at the Arlington Invite Saturday.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Dufur boys place third in Arlington

Friedrick Stelzer racked up two wins, Cole Kortge was first in the 110-meter hurdles and Tanner Masterson placed second in the 100 and 200 to give the Dufur boys’ track and field group 82.5 points and third place after Saturday’s 1A meet in Arlington. Stelzer crossed the finish line in two minutes and 14.34 seconds for top honors in the 800 meters and picked up a personal-record time of 4:31.91 to get a 1,500-meter triumph.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD’s Murr caps career with all-state honors

Whether he was alone in a gym perfecting his craft, on the court with his teammates for practice or under the bright lights on game nights, Dakota Murr gave everything he had to The Dalles High School. After capping a regular-season with his third consecutive first-team all-Columbia River Conference award, Murr earned all-state honorable mention recognition for the second year in a row.

May 4, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD boys tennis aims high for regional success

In their 8-0 loss to Columbia River Conference champion Hood River Valley, The Dalles had four matches that could have gone either way, but were counted as close losses in Wednesday’s league finale at The Dalles High School. Andy Lopez lost his No. 2 singles match against Sawyer Bogard by scores of 3-6, 5-7; and at No. 4 singles, Salvador Garcia had a chance to gain an early edge in the first set, eventually losing in a tiebreaker 6-7 (4); and Hood River’s Jacob Kaplan completed the two-set sweep by a 6-2 margin in the second set.

May 3, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD pushes through in final track tune-up

With Columbia River Conference district meet coming next week, The Dalles track and field squad tallied 16 wins and 27 personal records in a final tune-up with Parkrose and St. Helens Wednesday afternoon at St. Helens High School. Justin Conklin, Paulina Finn and Emma Mullins are all ranked in the top-5 of the entire 5A classification, and several others are highly-ranked in the league rankings.

May 3, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Softball rally comes up short

No. 4-ranked Hood River Valley led by a 7-1 margin through four and a half innings of action and held off a late Riverhawk rally in its 10-6 varsity softball victory Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

No. 8 Huskies gut out home win

With sole possession of first place on the line, the No. 8-ranked Sherman Huskies used a complete-game effort by Brett Troutman and 10-hit offensive attack to inch past No. 10 Culver Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball clash in Moro. The Huskies led 5-2 through the first five innings, but the Bulldogs rallied for two unearned runs in the top of the sixth to make it a 5-4 score with the tying run at second base and no outs.

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD tennis almost nets three victories in loss at HRV

Dalia Mondragon scored a three-set tiebreaker win at No. 2 singles, and The Dalles girls’ tennis team nearly had two other wins in doubles play, but lost in tiebreakers in a 7-1 road loss to Hood River Valley in a varsity match Tuesday at Hood River. “Despite the score, this was a great outing for us, especially for our doubles teams,” TD head coach Debby Jones said.

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD baseball loses to Hood River, 19-3

Although The Dalles baseball team is dealing with three straight losses to Hood River Valley, the third a 19-3 setback at home Tuesday, they can control their own postseason destiny with victories over Pendleton and Hermiston in the next two contests. “We got to get these next two if we want to get in the playoffs, there’s no question about it,” TD head coach Steve Sugg said.

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Cherry Festival Run attracts nearly 100 harriers

Nearly 100 harriers turned out for the Cherry Festival 3k, 5k and 10k, Run/Walk held at Dry Hollow Elementary School in The Dalles last Saturday with the 3k event producing the closest finish, as the top four runners were separated by less than three minutes.

May 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Huskies are making big moves

On a team with players from Sherman, Condon and Arlington, it can take some time before all the pieces gel. It appears the No. 10-ranked Huskies are picking the right time to get in a groove, as they extended their winning streak to eight games after a two-game sweep over Dufur by finals of 13-3 and 10-0 Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action in Moro.

May 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Hawks net seventh at Crook County Invite

Leading up to Monday’s final regular-season tournament, The Dalles boys’ golf team had averaged 414 on the scorecards, but have shaved down several strokes along the way, going from 435 on April 16 to 393 last week in Creswell. Aidan Telles placed sixth with his 79, Tyler Vassar added an 80 for seventh, and Spencer Taylor dropped 12 strokes from last week in Creswell to score a personal-record 102 to help the Riverhawks to a 371 and seventh place at the Crook County High Invitational at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville.

May 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

No. 11 Sherman vaults into first

The Sherman Huskies moved up to No. 11 in the rankings after a two-game sweep over Dufur by finals of 13-3 and 13-0 Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference action in Moro.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD girls score fifth place at Dean Nice Invite

On the track with seven 6A, seven 5A and two 4A Washington programs at the 16-team Dean Nice Invitational, The Dalles girls’ squad put up 49 points to capture fifth place in track and field action Friday in Gresham.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD golfers show 22-stroke improvement

Wednesday’s Marist Invitational at Emerald Valley Golf Club gave The Dalles boys’ golf team an opportunity to get the lay of the land before regional and state action in two weeks. Aidan Telles scored fifth-place honors following his 78, and teammate Tyler Vassar added an 80 for a three-way tie for sixth place, as the Riverhawks total a 22-stroke improvement with a 393 to get seventh place at Creswell.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

JV golf squad nets 476 in Astoria

Head coach Dan Telles fielded a four-person junior varsity group for tournament action Monday and they combined for a 476 to grab fourth place at Astoria Country Club.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD softball drops seventh straight

Entering the final month of the season, The Dalles softball team is facing a good amount of adversity. During their seven-game losing streak, the Riverhawks have been outscored 99-24, capped by an 18-1 mercy-ruled setback against Ridgeview Thursday at 16th Street Ballpark.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Lady Hawks take a 7-1 loss to Pendleton

With members of The Dalles boys’ tennis team showing up in full force as a show of school spirit and support, Arlette Santillan posted a singles victory and The Dalles girls’ tennis team increased its set win total in its previous league match from 38 to 46 in a 7-1 loss to Pendleton Wednesday in varsity play at The Dalles High School.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Records fall in Glenwood

With a triple jump record already in the bag, South Wasco County senior Ana Popchock was in the mood for more. The standout senior shattered an 11-year old 300-meter hurdle record with a personal-record time of 47.42 seconds for first place, breaking the previous mark set by Annie Larlee in 2007 (47.60), by .18 seconds at the Mount Adams Invitational Wednesday in Glenwood, Wash.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD wins one at Wilsonville

The Dalles girls’ tennis team squared off against a tough Wilsonville team on the road Monday and had the No. 1 doubles tandem of Lupita Contreras and Natalie Varland step up their game with an impressive three-set triumph, as Wilsonville tallied an 8-1 home victory.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Sherman boys take flight

Keenan Coles and Mercedez Cardona each posted wins, and several others added runner-up finishes to lead the Sherman Huskies in Wednesday’s Mount Adams Invitational from Glenwood, Wash.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Gonzalez’s gem has Hawks trending upward

With their backs against the wall, The Dalles Riverhawks needed a breakthrough performance to climb back into postseason contention. Jose Gonzalez was the right man for the job. The senior right-hander tossed a complete-game, four-hitter with one walk and five strikeouts with no earned runs, and also added two hits and three RBIs to help lead the Riverhawks to a 5-2 victory over Hermiston in baseball action from Bob Williams Field.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Softball has rally cut short, 11-7

The Dalles softball can take a lot from Tuesday’s loss – they kept fighting until the very end. Down 11-1 through four and a half innings, TD scored a run in the fifth and added five in the sixth to get to within a four-deficit, but could not finish the roaring comeback in what ended up being an 11-7 loss to No. 7-ranked Hermiston at 16th Street Ballpark.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Sherman throttles Dufur, 20-2

The No. 9-ranked Sherman Huskies captured their sixth consecutive win, after a 20-2 mercy-ruled triumph over Dufur Tuesday at Dufur City Park.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Hawks place 11th at High Desert Challenge

Monday’s High Desert Challenge proved to be a challenge for The Dalles boys’ golf team that had hit the links against a highly-skilled field without the services of Jacob Ford. Tyler Vassar carded a team-best 82 on his scorecard for 17th place, and Aidan Telles followed with his 85 to score 23rd place, out of 57 golfers on the par-72 Tetherow Golf Club Course in Bend.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD takes road sweep loss

In two games at Hermiston Saturday, The Dalles softball squad lost the first game, 7-6, and ended up losing the nightcap in mercy-ruled fashion, 15-5, in Columbia River Conference play in Hermiston. Faced with a five-game losing skid to start league, TD head coach Kim Kiser knows things will turn around enough for her team make a late-season postseason charge.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD baseball nearly sweeps, but settles for split

A bounce here or a big hit there and The Dalles baseball team could have pulled off a doubleheader sweep or been swept. As it was, through six hours of varsity action, the Riverhawks lost the first game by a 7-6 score on a walk-off hit by pitch, but then rebounded in the second game with two runs in the top of the seventh to secure a come-from-behind 7-6 victory and the split Saturday in Hermiston.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..



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