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Local hoops teams hit the hardwood

Sherman, SWC take Saturday wins; Dufur loses

Sherman, SWC take Saturday wins; Dufur loses

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Huskies score tournament championship

Sherman uses fourth-quarter surge to beat 2A Stanfield

Huskies score 85-67 romp over Stanfield in the championship game of the Sherman Invitational; Rangers take road loss at Perrydale; SWC splits a pair of tourney games

TD girls upended by Sandy

The Sandy Pioneers went 0 for 4 from the free throw line in the final 45 seconds, but The Dalles Riverhawks could not get the baskets down the stretch in a 36-34 loss Friday in a girls’ hoops game played in Sandy.

Sandy boys pull away from TD

The Dalles Riverhawks fought tough with Sandy through the first two quarter of play, but the Pioneers were able to create some distance with a 24-6 third-quarter run on their way to a 73-54 victory Friday in a non-league boys’ basketball contest played at Sandy High School.

Lady Huskies lose by 22 to GU

The Sherman Lady Huskies broke open a close first half, using a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Sherman Huskies by a 55-33 margin in tournament action Friday at Sherman High School.

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Defending champs hit the ground running

Huskies use first three quarters to roll past GU

The defending champion Sherman Huskies hit the ground running Friday in their first game of the winter campaign, using a 64-36 run through the first three quarters of play to dominate 2A Grant Union by a 77-53 margin in opening-day action of the Sherman Invitational in Moro.

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Huskies are eyeing a 1A hoops repeat championship

Sherman has its supporting cast in place to dominate

MORO – Everything fell into place for the Sherman Huskies during their state championship run last season.

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Hawks get off on the right foot with a win

Playing against a 6A squad like Centennial is sure to get The Dalles girls’ basketball team in midseason form early in the regular season.

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Sherman Invitation breaks seal on 1A winter hoops season

The defending 1A state champion Sherman Huskies tip off Friday for the Sherman Invitational Tournament with Stanfield, Culver and Grant Union as the road participants in this two-day boys and girls basketball event in Moro.

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TD is a year older and wiser in 2016-17

With one year under the tutelage of head coach Nathan Morris, The Dalles boys’ basketball team can use what they learned last year and build on it for the 2016-17 winter season.

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Dufur captures second straight title

Late comeback seals program’s eighth championship

HERMISTON – Just when it seemed like the Crane Mustangs were on the cusp of winning a state championship, the Dufur Rangers showed their resiliency and heart to make plays when the spotlight was on.

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Dawn Marie Hert receives high community honor

Sunday evening while at a Babe Ruth Softball board meeting to discuss future plans for the program, The Dalles Babe Ruth board members honored coach Dawn Marie Hert with a Volunteer of the Year plaque for her years of service and leadership to the organization.

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Dufur’s drive for title eight starts Saturday

While the thoughts of many are on the Dufur Rangers fighting for football championship No. 8 in school history this Saturday, Dufur head coach Jack Henderson discussed running out onto the field one final time with his seven senior leaders.

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Athletics East is sending six to Nationals

After top runs in West Linn, athletes ready for their trip to Alabama

The Athletics East running program is sending six athletes to Nationals after solid performances this past weekend at the USATF Junior Olympic Regional Meet Saturday at The Hidden Hills Polo Club in West Linn.

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Rangers make their semifinals statement

BEND – During its state championship run last season, the Dufur football team had an average margin of victory of 3.3 points in the final three games, winning in any way imaginable.

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Passion fuels Iliana Telles’ Division I jump

Over the years, whether in basketball, golf, horseshoes or a game of tag, someone may have gotten hurt or a little dinged up. But those backyard games gave Iliana Telles that drive, that passion, that will and that hunger for victory.

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Lowell standout discusses semifinal game plan

Barton says focus is to stop the Dufur offense

Still on Cloud Nine after an exhilarating 54-30 win over No. 1-seed Powers, Lowell senior tight end and defensive back, Justyn Barton, is looking forward to this Saturday’s semifinal showdown against the Dufur Rangers.

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Hoops Academy brings in big numbers

Fifth and sixth grade girls have 12, boys swell to 58 total athletes

On Valentine’s Day earlier this year, Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy coordinator Greg Cummings had hopes of expanding the program to include some girls’ teams.

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Iliana Telles signs with Portland State

TD senior to play Division I golf for the Lady Vikings

Iliana Telles is making her jump to the Division I ranks. Portland State golf coach Kailin Downs has announced the signing of Telles to a National Letter of Intent for the 2017-18 academic year.

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Rangers hoping to trump the Red Devils

Dufur defense poised to short-circuit Lowell’s potent offense

Before they can start thinking about championships, however, the first task at hand is taking care of Ryan Sinnett, Kenny Lane and the upset-minded Lowell Red Devils in a 1A state semifinal football game slated for noon Saturday at Summit High School in Bend.

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Local trio takes first place at Gobbler Gauntlet

Elliott, Tibbets and Renner win final event by two seconds

It was a race against time in the final event of the Gobbler Gauntlet for the local trio of Cassidy Tibbets, Vicki Renner and Hailey Elliott.

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Kolbe Bales signs with Western Oregon

Dufur senior accepts full scholarship to play baseball for the Wolves

Once he set foot on the campus of Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Kolbe Bales knew this was the right place to continue his education as well as his baseball career.

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Huskies have year end after rally comes up short

Sherman loses 50-42 in the 1A state quarterfinals

Playing without all-state athlete Jacob Justesen makes it tough to win big playoff games.

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Rangers make their run to the semifinals

Dufur takes a 68-26 win for third straight 1A semifinals qualification

With their lead dwindling in the second half, the Dufur Rangers needed a big play to help stop Days Creek’s momentum push.

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Athletics East is taking it to another level

The Athletics East running team started its offseason running program on a high note last Sunday under muddy and sloppy conditions at the USATF Junior Olympic State Meet at the Hidden Hills Polo Club in West Linn with several male and female competitors qualifying for the upcoming regional meet.

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TD cheer gets competitive

Team does well at OCCA All-State event held in Eugene

In their first competitive cheer event, Hannah Caracciolo and Samantha Stanley were beacons of light for The Dalles cheer team.

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Speed versus size in No. 6 Sherman’s next game

Huskies have a tough task against North Douglas

Playing without their top safety and receiver Jacob Justesen, the No. 6 Sherman Huskies will have another tough test in front of them at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sutherlin High School playing a North Douglas team that has won 10 consecutive games.

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Top defense is key to quarterfinal success

Rangers have allowed one touchdown in last 16 periods of action

With the play of defensive linemen Ian Cleveland, Curtis Crawford and T.J. Kennedy, the Dufur Ranger defense has been in lockdown mode through final part of their schedule.

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Dufur duo picks up Big Sky Conference awards

Reed named co-Player of the Year; Beeson gets on first team

Dufur Ranger senior Sydney Reed was floored when she heard her named called over the loudspeaker as the Big Sky Conference’s co-Player of the Year.

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All about promoting a healthy lifestyle

CrossFit The Dalles focuses on community and a family atmosphere

At the start of her CrossFit journey three years ago, Cassidy Tibbets was unsure what to expect.

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TD soccer boys take CRC awards

Rodriguez and Bustamante grab first-team recognition

The Dalles boys’ soccer team doubled its win total, going from two in 2015 to four this season, and added some extra scoring punch, rising from 10 goals scored up to 20 this year under first-year head coach Matthew Dallman.

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Riverhawk trio named to all-league team

Thomasian is a first teamer; LeBreton and Bradford on second squad

Jodi Thomasian was a first-team all-Columbia River Conference winner, Kathryn Bradford was a second-team selection in her junior campaign and sophomore Bailey LeBreton put on a net display as a rising standout.

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Sherman ready for quarterfinal battle

Coming off a lopsided 66-34 romp over Triad in their opening-round state playoff game, the No. 6-ranked Sherman Huskies are turning their full attention to a North Douglas team that is riding a 10-game winning streak.

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Hawk girls load up CRC roster

McCall, Manzo and Barragan are first team recipients

The Dalles girls’ soccer team accomplished a lot under the tutelage of first-year head coach Oscar Nunez and seven athletes were rewarded for their hard work through the 2016 season with all-Columbia River Conference honors.

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Riverhawks shine at state meet in Eugene

Six boys hit times less than 18 minutes; Girls’ team scores 10th

On a rainy day in Eugene, The Dalles cross country teams each came through with top-10 performances, with the boys putting forth six times of less than 18 minutes for a sixth-place tie at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires 5A State Cross Country Meet at Lane Community College.

Girls’ hoops to host a tryout on Nov. 11

The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy is opening the doors for its first girls’ traveling team with a tryout session slated to run from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at The Dalles Middle School.

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Huskies march on to next round

Facing a pesky Triad Timberwolves team, the Sherman Huskies had to reach down in the reserves to pull off a 66-34 victory Friday in a 1A state playoff football matchup played in Moro.

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Rangers air it out in toppling of Falls City

DUFUR – No matter the sport, teams have the tendency to look too far ahead when it comes to facing an opponent they have previously beaten by a large margin. Not the Dufur Rangers. Dufur racked up 505 yards of offense and the defense allowed six first downs, 95 yards of offense, posted six sacks and forced 16 negative-yardage plays in a 54-2 drubbing of Falls City Friday in a 1A state football contest played in Dufur.

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Husky success lies in the trenches

Playoff game against Triad starts at 6 p.m. Friday in Moro

The sixth-ranked Sherman Huskies are flying high with an eight-game winning streak entering the first round of the 1A state playoffs, and head coach Bill Blevins is looking forward to rolling out his sixth-ranked football team for battle against the No. 12-ranked Triad Timberwolves for a start time of 6 p.m. Friday night in Moro.

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SWC caps a solid year with four on Big Sky list

Allie Noland takes home first-team recognition

Allie Noland was a first-team pick, Jacqueline earned second-team status and the sophomore duo of Kyrsten Sprouse and Jada Myers were honorable mention selections to the Big Sky Conference all-league team.

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Riverside gymnasts compete at Tiki Tumble

Academy team is a united force at its recent meet in Hillsboro

The vault runway at the Tiki Tumble meet set the stage for many rewarding moments. Riverside’s level 3 gymnasts increased their running speed, impressing the judges and performing their best vaults of the season so far.

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Rangers ready for playoff football

No. 5 Dufur hosts Falls City at 7 p.m. Friday

The first step is at 7 p.m. Friday, as No. 14 Falls City rides into Dufur winners of three of its last four games to chalk up their first postseason appearance in 34 years.

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Riverhawk runners are in business mode

Vibe has been good during week of state preparation

Leading up to the final cross country race of the season, the biggest for this group of 16 runners, including seven seniors, head coach Bob Thouvenel said the vibe in practices this week has been workmanlike and hyper-focused.

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Queens of the court

LeBreton, Thomasian and Brdford earn all-league honors

The Dalles volleyball players, pictured from left to right, Bailey LeBreton, Jodi Thomasian and Kathryn Bradford, were honored with all-league awards for their play during the 2016 fall season

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Sixth grade All Stars dominate La Grande

Stifling defense is key to Saturday’s 18-8 victory

Even with just five days of preparation The Dalles sixth grade youth football team put up an impressive performance Saturday in an exhibition game played at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

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Dufur swept in 1A playoff tilt

Serving and hitting miscues hurt Rangers in playoff loss

With a chance to extend their season another week, the Dufur Rangers could not find any continuity or flow in their three-set 1A state playoff loss to Crosshill Christian Saturday in Turner.

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TD girls look to build off top year

Team has season end after a 6-0 setback to Hillsboro

In Saturday’s 6-0 state-play-in loss to No. 6 Hillsboro, first-year head coach Oscar Nunez caught a glimpse of the future, as 12 of the 18 players on the final roster were either freshmen or sophomore athletes getting their first taste of postseason play.

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TD soccer has season end in play-in round

Boys lose to Wilsonville by a 4-0 score

Although the Riverhawks came up just short in its state play-in soccer match Saturday, Dallman commended his group for giving it their all for 80 minutes of playoff action against No. 5-ranked Wilsonville.

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Sherman breaks down Elgin, 51-0

Offense and defense too much

The Sherman Huskies rushed for 134 yards in the first quarter and the defense held Elgin to -43 yards of offense overall in a 51-0 non-league football win Friday in Elgin.

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No. 5 Rangers blast past hapless Mitchell-Spray

Dufur scores seven times in first quarter of a 62-7 victory

The Rangers racked up 339 yards and scored seven touchdowns in a span of eight minutes and 16 seconds of the first quarter on their way to a lopsided 62-7 Big Sky Conference romp.

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