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Redside football has another victory within reach

The South Wasco County Redsides are one win away from ending the year with a two-game winning streak and have a chance to finish the regular season fifth in the Big Sky Conference standings.

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Huskies hit the road to Elgin

Although tonight’s 1A tilt between Sherman and Elgin has no bearing on the final rankings, Husky head coach Bill Blevins still sees this gridiron matchup as an opportunity to iron out the small details in time for the postseason next week.

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Hawks aiming to cap season with a win

The Dalles Riverhawks have one more chance to snap their five-game losing streak with a 7 p.m. senior night matchup against the 6A Glencoe Crimson Tide tonight, Oct. 28.

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Redside, Ranger football has another victory within reach

SWC team can secure fifth in league with a win over Ione; Dufur defense looking to pounce

The South Wasco County Redsides are one win away from ending the year with a two-game winning streak and have a chance to finish the regular season fifth in the Big Sky Conference standings.

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Sherman Huskies hit the road to Elgin

No. 6 Sherman hope to build on seven-game streak

Although tonight’s 1A tilt between Sherman and Elgin has no bearing on the final rankings, Husky head coach Bill Blevins still sees this gridiron matchup as an opportunity to iron out the small details in time for the postseason next week.

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Hawks aiming to cap season with a win

The Dalles hosts Glencoe for a senior night clash at 7 p.m. tonight

The Dalles Riverhawks have one more chance to snap their five-game losing streak with a 7 p.m. senior night matchup against the 6A Glencoe Crimson Tide tonight, Oct. 28.

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Banner day for The Dalles cross country

Both of TD’s cross country teams qualify for state meet

Wednesday, under rainy skies and sloppy terrain, the Riverhawk boys notched three top-10 finishes for second-place honors and their first trip to state since The Dalles and Wahtonka were combined in 2003-2004.

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Lady Rangers now one win away from Redmond

No. 12 Dufur travels to play at Crosshill at 4 p.m. Saturday

Wednesday in Dufur, the No. 12-ranked Lady Rangers took a big first step toward reaching their goal of reaching Redmond with a three-set home sweep over Damascus Christian in a 1A state sub-round volleyball match played at Dufur High School.

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TD has season cut short in St. Helens

Team is swept in 5A state play-in volleyball match on Tuesday

Tuesday in St. Helens, the Riverhawks hit the hardwood for a 5A state play-in match against the No. 13-ranked Lady Lions looking for a chance to extend the season. However, St. Helens won the match in three sets, by scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-18.

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Dufur scores second in Big Sky

Rangers lose to Arlington; to host a sub-round match

The Lady Rangers swept past South Wasco County in three sets to advance to the district championship, but ended up losing in three to eventual district champion Arlington in the finals Saturday in tournament action at Kurtz Gym in The Dalles.

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Riverhawks ready to shock the 5A world

TD focused on play-in tilt against No. 5 Wilsonville

With the regular season in the books after Tuesday’s 6-0 loss to Hood River Valley, The Dalles boys’ soccer coach Matthew Dallman is looking forward to rolling out his team for the playoffs and this weekend’s state play-in date against No. 5-ranked Wilsonville.

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Historic night for TD’s fifth and sixth graders

Maroon team gets program’s first-ever league crown

For four quarters, The Dalles dominated both sides of the ball, using its big-play offense and suffocating defense to defeat Hood River Blue by a 30-0 margin Saturday at Columbia High School in White Salmon.

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TD Maroon secures second straight title

Team holds off White Salmon for a 24-16 triumph

With three minutes and 26 seconds left in regulation, Nolan Cates landed the knockout blow, hitting the end zone on a 30-yard touchdown run to seal a 24-16 triumph in a third and fourth grade youth football championship game played Saturday in White Salmon.

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Ranger defense stymies Ione in another shutout

Over the past eight quarters, Dufur defensive coordinator C.S. Little has his group playing at a high level. The Ranger defense forced two turnovers, four punts and held Ione to 135 yards and just two plays of more than 20 in a 62-0 whitewash Friday in a Big Sky Conference matchup played on senior night at Dufur High School.

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Huskies score first league title since 2011

MORO – The last time Sherman enjoyed a Big Sky Conference championship, Scot Stroud, Kyle Burnett and Riley Brown were on the field representing Husky Nation in 2011. Friday on Homecoming night in Moro, a new chapter was written with Isaiah Coles, Kyle Fields and Maverick Winslow penning the foreword.

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After loss, TD netters focusing on play-in

Volleyball team hits road Tuesday versus St. Helens

Two days after emptying the emotional tank in a Columbia River Conference finale against league champion Hood River Valley, The Dalles volleyball team could not find its groove in Thursday’s four-set non-league loss at home against 4A Scappoose.

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Baby toaster delivered

The Dalles High School student-athlete Cory Cameron, on far left, helps deliver a toaster baby, while fellow cooks, pictured from left to right, Mark Felderman, Dawson Hoffman and David Wring offer assistance to patient John Miller, in middle, at Thursday’s volleyball match.

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Riverhawks put in final tuneup at Crossover Meet

Team sets 19 personal-bests at Lents Park in Portland

The Dalles quartet of Bill Burns, Savannah Strassheim, Ezekiel Stelzer and Paige McLeod led the charge as the cross country team amassed 19 personal-bests and seven season-bests at the PIL/MHC Crossover Meet hosted by Franklin High School Wednesday in Portland.

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Matinee slugfest on tap for SWC

Team looking to secure first league win of the season against Mitchell-Spray

All things being equal, Friday afternoon’s 1A football contest between South Wasco County and Mitchell-Spray appears to be a winnable game for head coach Mike Waine and the Redsides.

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Big Sky league title up for grabs in Moro

Sherman and Perrydale set for a physical battle Friday

At 7 p.m. Friday in Moro, the No. 7 Huskies hope to exact revenge on Haylen Janesofsky, Daniel Domes and the No. 13 Perrydale Pirates in a Big Sky Conference football matchup, where the winner claims a league championship.

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Hawk girls wallop on Pendleton, 4-1

Manzo and McCall score two goals each to lead The Dalles soccer

Riding a streak of six losses in their past seven games, The Dalles got two goals apiece from seniors Brooke McCall and Giselle Manzo in a 4-1 girls’ soccer victory Tuesday in a Columbia River Conference soccer match played at Pendleton High School.

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Hood River takes four-set win

TD volleyball team battles tough, but loses in four sets

The Dalles volleyball team did its best to try and spoil senior night in Hood River, but the Lady Eagles managed to score a four-set win Tuesday at Vannet Court in Hood River.

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Redsides lose to No. 1 Arlington

The South Wasco County Redsides won their opening set against No. 1-ranked Arlington, but the Lady Honkers battled back to lock down a four-set victory Tuesday in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match played at Arlington High School.

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Rangers solid against Mitchell

Dufur has momentum heading into district play

The Dufur Rangers were all business against Mitchell-Spray in their senior night match. After celebrating the contributions of veterans Sydney Reed and Emily Grande-DePriest, Dufur came out swinging for 29 kills and 17 aces in a three-set sweep over the Eagle-Loggers by an average margin of 11 points per set.

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Hawks qualify for postseason in 7-0 rout

Soccer team uses pressure to dominate Pendleton

Needing a win to advance, the Riverhawks came through with a dominant performance in a 7-0 shutout victory over Pendleton Tuesday in a Columbia River Conference match played in The Dalles.

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Youth football dominance

The Dalles hs two teams vaulting into championship round

The Dalles Maroon defeated Goldendale 28-0 last week and will play White Salmon for the championship at 6 p.m. The Dalles Maroon fifth and sixth grade team beat The Dalles Gold by a 14-12 margin on Saturday to move into the finals against Hood River Blue with action starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Basketball Academy to hold traveling team tryouts

First session is starting up at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 30

The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy will again be organizing boys traveling basketball teams this winter for local boys from the third-through-eighth grades with a tryout session slated to run from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 at The Dalles Middle School.

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SWC climbs up to No. 11 in the 1A ranks

Volleyball squad is riding a season-best nine-match winning streak

MAUPIN – The South Wasco County Redsides won their ninth consecutive match and jumped up to No. 11 in the 1A rankings after wins over Damascus Christian and Trinity Lutheran Saturday in a non-league double dual played Saturday in Maupin.

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Huskies keep soldiering ahead

At one point in the season, Arlington was a top-10 team riding an undefeated record. Then they faced Dufur last week. The rising No. 7-ranked Sherman Huskies added to the Honker woes with their running game carving up 354 yards on 28 carries in a resounding 69-6 drubbing Thursday in Big Sky Conference football action in Arlington.

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Riverhawks have their late rally attempt cut short

Pressed into action due to an injured right throwing thumb to senior Dominique Seufalemua, The Dalles sophomore Oscar Fernandez nearly led the Riverhawks to a thrilling comeback in a 27-20 loss to Woodburn on Homecoming night Friday at Sid White Field. Fernandez threw two touchdown passes and added a rushing score, but his seven interceptions, including the eventual game-deciding pick with less than a minute left in regulation ,sealed the team’s fate.

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Hawk harriers get muddy in Pendleton

On a muddy course in Pendleton, The Dalles cross country team tallied five personal bests, and eight members of the boys and girls wound up in the top-20 overall Thursday at the Kyle Burnside Memorial Wildhorse Invitational.

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Homecoming Royalty

The Dalles high school senior spirit court members Dot Young (left) and Ashley Claussen were crowned as 2016 Homecoming spirit royalty for The Dalles High School Friday night at Sid White Field in The Dalles.

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SWC avenges early loss with a five-set triumph

The Lady Redsides used a 93 percent service rate and had 31 kills to upend the Dufur Rangers in a five-set thriller played Thursday in Maupin.

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Rangers use depth to overwhelm Redsides

While the usual suspects, Bailey Keever, Kolbe Bales and Ian Cleveland were able to score touchdowns and make plays, the young guns on the Dufur Ranger football team displayed a glimpse to a bright future for the program in Thursday’s 74-0 Big Sky Conference victory over South Wasco County.

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SWC avenges early loss with a five-set triumph

Redsides win finale, 15-6, to move into second place

The Lady Redsides used a 93 percent service rate and had 31 kills to upend the Dufur Rangers in a five-set thriller played Thursday in Maupin.

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Rangers use depth to overwhelm Redsides

Dufur’s underclassmen take center stage in 74-0 road victory

While the usual suspects, Bailey Keever, Kolbe Bales and Ian Cleveland were able to score touchdowns and make plays, the young guns on the Dufur Ranger football team displayed a glimpse to a bright future for the program in Thursday’s 74-0 Big Sky Conference victory over South Wasco County.

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Athlete of the Week: Pedro Ayala

Pedro Ayala played an entire 80 minutes and assisted on the eventual game-winning goal by Jack Bonham in the opening half and later helped secure the win with the third goal in TD’s 3-0 victory over Pendleton on Oct. 4.

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Riverhawks show inspiring effort

TD pushes Hood River to the brink in a 3-0 loss

On the road against the two-time defending state champion Hood River Valley Eagles, The Dalles Riverhawks displayed an inspiring 80 minutes of effort in a 3-0 road loss Tuesday on Henderson Field in Hood River.

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Dufur and SWC ready for a tussle

Both teams coming in off wins

The No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers take their game on the road for a Big Sky Conference clash against Dawson Herlocker, Keith Kegel and the South Wasco County Redsides at 7 p.m. tonight from Maupin.

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Huskies try to get closer to a league crown

TD set for some home cooking

Tonight’s Big Sky Conference football contest between Sherman and Arlington features two of the top scoring defenses in the 1A classification, and Husky head coach Bill Blevins is looking forward to this next test in the regular-season schedule. Limping into its second-to-last home game of the season, The Dalles football team is looking to put the pieces together in a solid effort for 48 minutes when they take on Hunter Conlon, Ivan Soto and the Woodburn Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Friday at Sid White Field in The Dalles.

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Klindt stops 17 shots in TD’s 6-2 loss to Hood River

Sophomore keeper also scores penalty kick goal

Klindt fired a ball past Hood River Valley goalkeeper Claire Oswald for her first goal in what turned out to be a 6-2 Riverhawk loss Tuesday at Discovery Field.

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Dufur slips past Sherman

Also, South Wasco gets road win against Horizon Christian

The Dufur Rangers came through with 21 service aces and 30 kills in a tough four-set victory over upset-minded Sherman Tuesday in a Big Sky volleyball match played in Moro. Horizon Christian was determined to play the role of spoiler in their home match against South Wasco County Tuesday and staked control with a 25-22 win in the first set. But, the Redsides restored order and picked up wins of 25-10, 25-22 and 25-18 over the next three sets.

Hawk netters keep second place in reach

TD needs a win on Thursday to lock down home playoff tilt

After Tuesday’s four-set win over Hermiston, The Dalles Riverhawks are a win Thursday over Pendleton from clinching second place in league and hosting a playoff match.

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TD loses to Rainier

The Dalles football team lost its third consecutive game, a 62-20 ending, to Rainier Friday.

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Stelzer leads TD cross country

Senior gets first win at Mustang Invitational

The Dalles senior Ezekiel Stelzer picked up his first win of the season, and The Dalles cross country team racked up 11 personal records or seasonal bests at the Mustang Invitational Thursday at Thompson Ranch in Heppner.

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Redsides put out groundbreaking effort

SWC rushes for 331 yards in a 46-6 win over Dayville-Monument

Keith Kegel rushed for a career-high 125 yards and Brandon Wraught added two touchdown rushes to lead the Redsides to a 46-6 triumph over the Dayville-Monument junior varsity team in a Homecoming football contest played Friday in Maupin.

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Dufur pulls out all of the stops in victory

DUFUR – Ready to make amends after last week’s road loss to Sherman, the No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers dominated from start to finish in a lopsided 58-14 victory over previously undefeated Arlington Friday in a Big Sky Conference football game played at Dufur High School. Whether it was the efficient offense, the precise special teams or the punishing defense, the Rangers showed their championship form by racking up 456 yards of offense and holding Arlington to 119 yards

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Homecoming Royalty

The Dufur Rangers and South Wasco County Redsides celebrated Homecoming Friday night.

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No. 14 SWC beats Condon

Varied attack leads to team's ninth sweep of the season

Coming off a thrilling five-set victory Tuesday against Sherman, the South Wasco County Redsides recorded their ninth non-tournament sweep of the season by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-17 over sixth-place Condon-Wheeler in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match played Thursday in Maupin.

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A meet of firsts for Riverside Academy gymnasts

Team fares well at the Judges’ Open in Hillsboro

This was the case for four Riverside gymnasts, Brianna Adams, Taylor Cummins, Erica Matthisen and McKenna Strain. For the first time, these athletes performed their routines before a daunting crowd of onlookers and the watchful eyes of decision-making judges.

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