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Shots don’t fall in 64-33 Husky loss

The shots were not falling for the Sherman Huskies. As a team, they shot 14 of 61 from the floor, 10 for 34 in the second half, and made 4 of 14 free throws in a 64-33 loss to Hosanna Christian on the first day of the Holiday Hoops Classic Friday in Klamath Falls.

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No. 12 Dufur gets a lopsided win over North Lake

Rangers have nine players score in their 52-24 victory

Alexus Outlaw, Kierstin White and Jessica Brown each surpassed double digits, and the Dufur Rangers cruised to a 25-10 halftime lead enroute to a 52-24 drubbing of North Lake Friday in the opening round of the Ranger Basketball Tournament at Dufur High School.

No. 1 Sherman keeps on chugging

The No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies kept their hot start to the season going with a 59-42 victory versus Hosanna Christian Friday in the opening round of the Holiday Hoops Classic in Klamath Falls.

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Dufur defense leading the charge

Rangers run streak to two after lopsided 54-29 victory

The Dufur boys’ basketball team has won two games in a row and are using defense to spark their play. During this streak, the Rangers have allowed 23 field goals and an average of 33 points a contest.

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Hawks show grit in defeat of St. Helens

TD gets the job done with a 70-67 home triumph

Faced with a size disadvantage against St. Helens, The Dalles Riverhawks used hustle and heart to settle the score. Dakota Murr and Josh Nisbet combined for 45 points, and the No. 17-ranked Riverhawks added several clutch layups in crunch time and hit 6 of 9 fourth-quarter free throws to capture a 70-67 victory over the Lions Friday night at Kurtz Gym.

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Riverhawk football athletes score year-end awards

Breckterfield and Leeson pick up Most Valuable Player honors

Names were called out for accolades and kind words from head coach Steve Sugg at The Dalles football team’s year-end banquet held last Tuesday at Wahtonka High School. Along with the 15 varsity and junior varsity awards given out, there was a gift exchange, games and food served for football players and their families.

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CGBA sends five squads to Hoops Classic

Sixth graders post a 3-2 record; Eighth graders end up at 2-2

Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy coordinator Greg Cummings has entrusted coaches Deric Anthony, Ken Brock, Lindsay Brock, Phil Hukari, Mike Cates and Andrew Voodre to help mold and shape the future basketball standouts across the gorge. It takes hours of practices, scrimmages, games and tournaments, but Cummings is seeing some great progress.

Sherman dominates Trinity Lutheran

In their first game in 10 calendar days, the No. 3 Sherman Huskies came out a little slow against Trinity Lutheran, but then dropped the hammer down for a 48-36 run over the final three quarters for a 62-48 victory Tuesday in a boys’ hoops game held in Bend.

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Riverhawks win 14 matches in La Grande

Breckterfield takes home a consolation title

The Dalles wrestling team racked up 14 victories, JR Scott secured sixth place and Glenn Breckterfield added four wins on his way to a consolation championship at the two-day Muilenburg Wrestling Tournament held last weekend in La Grande. Of the 14 triumphs, the Riverhawks posted 10 pins, three decisions and a major decision, with Breckterfield supported by teammates Scott, Austin Greene and Andrew Richman, who had two wins apiece.

Dufur holds lead for road win

The Dufur Rangers nearly let another lead slip away but made the shots and the clutch plays for a 17-6 fourth-quarter run to defeat Klickitat, Wash. by a 49-37 margin Tuesday on the road at Klickitat High School.

TD boys snap two-game streak

Jacob Hernandez scored a career-high 18 points, Josh Nisbet broke out for 13 and Henry Lee Muscled up for eight to lead the Riverhawks to a 62-46 win Tuesday at Kurtz Gym. Leading scorer Dakota Murr wound up with 15 points but dealt with some foul troubles.

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Olson scores 28 to lead SWC to its first win of ‘17

Freshman hits tough to help Redsides beat Monument

MAUPIN – South Wasco County had their best all-around performance last week in a 36-34 loss to Powers, but it was a quick glimpse into some promise. The good play continued Tuesday, as Garrett Olson scored a career-high 28 points, 16 in the second half and pulled down 10 rebounds and had three steals to lead the Redside boys’ basketball team to a 40-28 win over Monument-Dayville in a hoops contest played in Maupin.

Dufur scores a season-high 50

Just three days earlier, the Dufur Rangers were dealt a 38-point loss at the hand of Powder Valley. Tuesday, eight different players drilled field goals, led by the guard trio of Kayla Bailey, Alexus Outlaw and Zoe Hester, as the Rangers opened with a 20-8 cushion through one quarter and rode that outburst to a 50-40 victory over Klickitat, Wash. Tuesday in a girls’ basketball road contest.

TD girls lose a heartbreaker

The Dalles girls’ basketball team led for the first three quarters and held as much as a nine-point lead but missed 10 free throws, including two front-end free throw attempts in a 47-46 loss to Ridgeview Tuesday in Redmond.

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No. 1 Redsides run winning streak to five

Aided by a 32-17 spurt in second half, SWC scores 48-31 triumph

MAUPIN – SWC and Monument-Dayville played a gritty opening half, but the Lady Redsides expanded on their 16-14 lead with a 32-17 run in the second half to secure a 48-31 victory Tuesday in a non-league contest in Maupin.

No. 1 Redsides run streak to four

Things could not be better for No. 1-ranked South Wasco County. In their 4-0 start, the Redsides are averaging nearly 51 points a contest and using a variety of weapons a nightly basis to turn the tide in games. Saturday against Powers, Abby Birman scored 15 of her season-high 19 points in the second and third quarters, as the Redsides finished the final three quarters of play on a 42-15 run to capture a lopsided 51-19 triumph Saturday at the Pacific Girls’ Basketball Tournament held in Port Orford.

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Rangers take their latest loss as a learning lesson

Team using preseason to show steady improvement

DUFUR – At this point in the season, Dufur girls’ basketball coach Hollie Darden is using this time to get his young team some added experience and learning more about the offensive and defensive sets rather than worrying about wins and losses.

SWC takes step forward in loss

Playing on back-to-back nights at the Pacific Crossover Tournament, the South Wasco County boys’ basketball squad put up a spirited four-quarter effort in a 36-34 loss to Powers Saturday from Port Orford.

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Miscues doom Dufur in 61-55 home loss

Rangers are outscored by an 18-7 edge in final period

DUFUR – The Dufur Rangers had an eight-point halftime lead, and a 48-43 advantage entering the fourth quarter, but turnovers and rebounding spurred an 18-7 fourth-quarter rally by Powder Valley in a 61-55 boys’ basketball victory Saturday at Dufur High School.

SWC gets stung by Pacific

With its size and athleticism, Pacific High School got off to a quick start and never looked back, as a 34-5 first-quarter lead paved the way for a 61-26 victory at the Pacific Crossover Boys’ Basketball Tournament Friday in Port Orford.

Early struggles hampering Dufur

Rangers end up losing by a 63-35 final margin

A sluggish start by the Dufur Rangers opened the door for Ryan Patrick and the Damascus Christian Eagles to jump out to an 18-4 lead through one quarter in a 63-35 blowout win in non-league boys’ basketball action Friday at Dufur High School.

No. 2 SWC in cruise control

The South Wasco County Redsides moved up to No. 2 in the 1A rankings and kept their undefeated record intact following a 55-31 rout of Pacific Friday in opening-day girls’ hoops action at the Pacific Tournament in Port Orford.

Balanced attack sparks Dufur

Mikayla Kelly scored 13 points, Chloe Beeson tacked on eight and the No. 11-ranked Dufur Lady Rangers derailed an attempted Damascus Christian comeback with a 15-4 fourth-quarter run in a 45-31 win Friday at Dufur High School.

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TD girls have win streak snapped by Glencoe

Hawks stay close for a half in a 53-23 home setback

Coasting through their first three games with wins over Centennial, Sandy and Columbia, the stakes were raised to a higher level in Friday’s non-league basketball game against 6A Glencoe. No. 10-ranked The Dalles fought valiantly through the first two quarters, down 16-12, but the Crimson Tide hit 13 second-half field goals and their trapping defense flustered the Riverhawks for a 37-11 run in a 53-23 girls’ basketball victory at Kurtz Gym.

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TD cheer is seeking donations for trip

Nationals fundraiser ends Monday, Dec. 11

Through Friday morning, The Dalles cheerleaders have received 32 donations for a total of $1,680, which is far from the the $5,000 needed to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a trip to California for Cheer Nationals in January. Hampered by school budgets and other monetary issues, the team is seeking funds to help offset the costs for hotels, airfare, meals, and entry fees, so coach Kelsey Wallace is looking to families, friends, and the community for help.

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It takes a village to raise nine title banners

Dufur High School has ceremony to honor 2017 football squad

DUFUR – There’s a fun little rivalry going on in the Thomas household these days. Former football standout Ray Thomas won three straight state championships from 1999 to 2001 and nearly two decades later, his son, Anthony, matched that feat with three titles in a row. As a junior, Anthony has one more year of eligibility left to trump his father with a fourth 1A championship.

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JR Scott takes first place at Woods Invite

Junior wins five straight, four by pin, to earn title

JR Scott won five consecutive matches, four by pinfall, to pick up first place, Austin Greene added fifth-place honors, and The Dalles Riverhawks totaled 17 wins for 17th place at the 21-team Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Tournament ending Saturday in Oregon City.

Culver outlasts Dufur girls

Chloe Beeson scored 11 points, and Kayla Bailey poured in eight, but a 17-2 second-quarter run by Culver gave it a 34-13 halftime lead enroute to a 52-35 victory Tuesday at Dufur High School.

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Ranger boys drop Culver to get in the win column

Dufur goes on a 31-18 run in final three quarters

Down by a 19-12 score after one quarter of play, the Dufur Rangers used a 31-18 run over the final three quarters of play to defeat 2A Culver by a 43-37 final margin Tuesday in a non-league boys’ basketball game played at Dufur High School.

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TD is hoping to continue its rise

Getting off to a hot start is great, but The Dalles head coach Nathan Morris is still hoping his team can fine tune a few aspects of the game to get to an elite level. Dakota Murr racked up 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, Jacob Hernandez went off for 13 and the undefeated Riverhawks broke open a 28-20 halftime lead with a 35-27 run in the second half in a 63-47 triumph over Columbia, out of White Salmon, Wash. Tuesday in The Dalles.

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Riverhawk hoopsters pull off a home sweep

When The Dalles Riverhawks are executing their pressure defense, there is not much opposing teams can do. No. 12-ranked The Dalles forced 18 turnovers and gave up a season-low three field goals to take hold of a 47-12 win over Columbia, out of White Salmon, Wash. in girls’ basketball play Tuesday at Kurtz Gym in The Dalles.

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Sherman girls ready to respond

MORO – Sherman head coach Steve Bird is counting on his girls’ basketball team to get healthy and further progress over the next 10 days his team has off. This past weekend, the short-handed Lady Huskies split two games during Sherman Tournament action, defeating Stanfield by four points and losing Saturday versus 2A Grant Union.

Dufur cruises past Lyle, 49-16

Coming off a 43-point loss Friday against defending champion Nixyaawii, the Dufur Rangers rebounded with a dominant performance Saturday in a 49-16 girls’ basketball victory over Lyle. “It was great for us to get the win, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Dufur head coach Hollie Darden.

No. 2 Redsides take John Howey Memorial title

SWC beats Prairie City, 50-24, to take first place

In their first two games, the No. 2 ranked South Wasco County Redsides are averaging nearly 13 points more and giving up 11.3 fewer points a game for two straight wins. On Saturday against Prairie City in the championship game of the second annual John Howey Memorial Tournament in Maupin, the Redsides racked up 21 field goals and held the Panthers to eight baskets, two in the first half, in a 50-24 triumph. “It was pretty impressive the way our girls defended,” said SWC head coach Lynn Cowdrey.

Redsides lose to Trout Lake by 35

On the final day of the John Howey Memorial Tournament, South Wasco County trailed Trout Lake, Wash. by a 21-12 score at the half, and could only muster nine second-half points in a 56-21 boys basketball loss Saturday in Maupin.

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Sherman uses its depth to overwhelm GU

Justesen goes for 34, as eight players score points in 83-52 victory

MORO – As the season wears on, senior point guard Jacob Justesen knows how important it is for the two-time defending champion Sherman Huskies to develop other weapons on the hardwood. Justesen scored 34 points and eight players hit the scorebook in an 83-52 Sherman Invitational title victory over 2A Grant Union Saturday in Moro.

SWC boys lose to North Lake

After a promising first quarter, where they enjoyed an 8-5 lead, the South Wasco County Redsides ran into foul troubles and committed untimely turnovers that allowed North Lake to pick up a 51-26 win Friday in first-day action at the second annual John Howey Memorial Tournament in Maupin.

Dufur drops opener to Nixy

With just three practices since the football team won a state championship, the Dufur Rangers hung around as long as they could in a 48-35 home loss to Nixyaawii Friday in boys’ basketball action at Dufur High School.

Defending champs snare first win

After slow start, Sherman boys roll past Stanfield, 70-41

The two-time defending champion Sherman Huskies needed a quarter to get their bearings about them, but then hit the afterburners for a 52-28 run over the final three quarters of play in a 70-41 blowout victory over Stanfield Friday in first-day basketball action at the Sherman Invitational Tournament in Moro.

Lady Rangers take 68-25 loss

Nixyaawii used 18 points from Kaitlynn Melton and 17 by Mary Stewart in a 68-25 win over Dufur Friday in a girls’ hoops contest at Dufur High School.

Sherman wins a 39-35 nailbiter

The Sherman Lady Huskies led by a 35-29 score midway through the fourth quarter, and after Stanfield cut the deficit to 35-33 with a minute left, Sammie Lepinski rebounded a missed shot and Savanna Orendorff hit two clutch free throws to lead her squad to a 39-35 girls’ basketball victory over the Stanfield Tigers Friday at the Sherman Invitational in Moro.

Lady Redsides shine

Abby Birman scored 15 points and Jada Myers added 12 in the South Wasco County Redsides’ 48-23 trouncing of North Lake Friday at the John Howey Memorial Tournament in Maupin.

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No. 1 Riverhawks are off to a 2-0 start

Thomasian hits for 26 in TD’s 53-37 home triumph

The Brian Stevens-Kevin Dale era is passing the eye test with flying colors. Jodi Thomasian sank seven field goals, four in the second half, and added a 12 for 17 effort from the line for a career-best 26 points, as No. 1 The Dalles won its second consecutive game, 53-37, over Sandy in a girls’ basketball contest played Friday at Kurtz Gym.

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Locals try out for Timbers Development Team

Alvarado, Vega, Mora and Bullard advance to the top-82

The Dalles Middle School student-athletes Mauricio Vega, Luciano Alvarado and Orlando Mora, along with Lyle native Jaeden Bullard, tried out for the Portland Timbers Olympic Development Team in a second session last weekend in Hillsboro.

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Ranger standouts dominate Big Sky voting

Hagen Pence earns Defensive Player of the Year honors

After losing a handful of impact seniors to graduation, the Dufur Rangers had a common goal in mind – win another state championship.

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TDMS athletes picked to play in all-state games

Iaulualo, Heka, Wilson and DeLeon off to Eugene in June

To help raise awareness and support for the more than 500,000 kids in foster care nationally, Portland-area coach Matt Williams came up with a plan to start the inaugural Oregon All-State Football showcase for the top middle school athletes from across the state in a three-game event on June 30, 2018 in Eugene. Representing The Dalles are seventh grade standouts, Mynoah Iaulualo, Kade Wilson, Dawson Heka and Styles DeLeon.

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Smith earns prestigious invite

Local all-star baseball player Carson Smith recently participated in the Under Armour National Tryout and received an invitation to play in the Winter Classic Tournament on Dec. 26, in Vero Beach, Fla. along with 100 other athletes from across the nation.

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Rangers achieve 1A football immortality

Dufur captures its ninth state title, 60-18, over Hosanna Christian

COTTAGE GROVE – In his 30 years as Dufur’s football coach, Jack Henderson has racked up a 254-87 overall record, with nine state championships, including three in a row twice, from 1999-2001 and 2015-2017.

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CGBA officially starts winter hoops campaign

Young groups showed some progression last weekend in Hermiston

Boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, from the fifth-through-seventh grades, representing the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy took part in the daylong Hermiston Youth Hoops Tournament last Saturday and Sunday, and produced good results for their season-opening event of the winter campaign. “I’m super-pleased with our performance this weekend,” said coach and program president Greg Cummings.

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Rangers going full speed ahead in title tilt

Undefeated Dufur vying for ninth state crown in school history

DUFUR – The state championship game is upon us. On the field in Cottage Grove at noon Saturday, the Dufur Rangers are looking for their 20th straight win, 12th this season, a ninth state title in school history, third in a row, and the No. 5-seeded Hosanna Christian Lions are the final road block standing in the way of 1A football immortality.



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