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Lady Rangers breeze past Lyle

The Dufur Lady Rangers have now won three matches in a row, all by sweep, taking Tuesday’s non-league road volleyball contest over Lyle by an average margin of 9.6 points.

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The Dalles takes care of Hermiston in five

TD now 2-1 in Columbia River Conference

Jodi Thomasian and Bailey LeBreton combined for 30 kills, and Lindsi Logue added 26 assists in The Dalles’ five-set league win over Hermiston Tuesday at Kurtz Gym.

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SWC takes Redside crown

Volleyball squad goes 4-0 to win title

MAUPIN – Hoisting trophies is a regular thing in Maupin these days. No. 8-ranked South Wasco County went 4-0 and captured their second straight tournament title at the Redside Invitational held Saturday in Maupin.

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Hawks pull off Nelson Invitational sweep

TD boys and girls dominate the field at 25th annual running event

For 25 years, the Bridgette Nelson Invitational has been the marquee cross country race in the state of Oregon. On the tough Sorosis Course, The Dalles boys and girls posted a first-place sweep this past Saturday in a great tribute to Nelson’s will, drive and work ethic.

Redsides blanked by Arlington

The South Wasco County Redsides struggled offensively, and the Arlington Honkers took full advantage. Thomas Evans and the No. 11-ranked Honkers jumped out to a lopsided 43-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 57-0 win in non-league football action Friday night in Arlington.

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No. 18 Sherman opens floodgates on Pilot Rock

Huskies total 500 yards of offense in a 54-14 blowout

Senior quarterback Jacob Justesen tossed a career-high five touchdowns and rushed for two scores to spearhead a 54-14 Sherman triumph over Pilot Rock Friday in a 1A football contest played in Moro.

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Rugged Bruins roll it up on the Riverhawks

Rushing game extinguishes The Dalles’ early spark

After a blazing start to the season with three consecutive wins, The Dalles football had a little bit of its fire extinguished Friday night against Columbia, out of White Salmon, Wash.

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Huskies score a four-set home win

The Sherman Huskies evened their record to 2-2 on the season after a four-set home victory Thursday against Condon-Wheeler.

Dufur dismantles Ione in three sets

The Dufur Rangers jumped into sole possession of second place in the Big Sky Conference after a 25-17, 25-15 and 25-12 three-set sweep over Ione Thursday in a league volleyball match played in Dufur.

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TD loses CRC showdown to Hood River

Hood River Valley and The Dalles hit the court for the first of three Columbia River Conference matches Thursday, with the No. 17-ranked Eagles striking first for a three-set sweep Thursday in a varsity volleyball contest played at Kurtz Gym.

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Riverhawks get to strut their stuff at home

The Dalles hosts White Salmon at 7 p.m. Friday

After mostly practicing indoors over the past two weeks, The Dalles football team had a chance to strap on the pads and work out the kinks for Friday’s 7 p.m. home matchup versus Adam Goodwillie, Tylan Webster, Chandlor Bucklin and the Columbia Bruins out of White Salmon.

TD netters lose to Pendleton

The Dalles volleyball team fell behind 2-0 in its league match against Pendleton and stormed back with a 25-21 third-set win, but the Buckaroos ended up scoring a victory following a 25-15 fourth-set margin Tuesday in Pendleton.

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Dufur sweeps past Klickitat

Chloe Beeson and Alexus Outlaw combined for 15 kills, 21 digs and five service aces, and the Dufur rangers came away with a three-set sweep over Klickitat, Wash. Tuesday in a non-league volleyball contest played Tuesday in Dufur.

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No. 10 SWC scores four-set win over Sherman

Serving and hitting lead way for the Redsides

The South Wasco County Redsides served at a 93-percent clip and connected on 76 of 88 swings for 36 kills to secure a four-set win over the Sherman Huskies Tuesday in Big Sky Conference volleyball action in Maupin.

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TD soccer gets gritty win over Ridgeview

Gutierrez and Castro play hero in team’s home game

Alejandro Gutierrez scored a goal in the 21st minute of the opening half, and starting goalkeeper Jaime Castro made seven saves for his first-career shutout in The Dalles’ 1-0 victory Tuesday over Ridgeview.

Fourth-quarter pick-6s thwart Sherman’s comeback bid

Sherman outgains Wallowa by 67 yards in its 54-40 loss

The Sherman Huskies trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter, and rallied to get to within a 40-34 deficit with possession of the ball, but back-to-back interception returns by Wallowa sealed a 54-40 victory Friday in a non-league football game played at Powder Valley High School.

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Hawks set 36 personal records

Aspen Cook wins; TD boys 2nd at Oregon City

Aspen Cook picked up her first win of the 2017 season, and the boys had six of their top eight varsity runners finish within the top third of the 145-person field for second place in the standings behind 6A Franklin at the Oregon City XC Invitational Saturday at Oregon City High School.

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Dufur girls lose to two 2A teams

DUFUR – The Dufur Rangers may have been swept in two matches Saturday at home versus 2A St. Paul and Culver, but head coach Kristin Whitley used the double dual as opportunity to gauge how her group would do against two top-3 programs. “Overall, I’m glad to have the opportunity to play such high-caliber teams,” Whitley said.

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Redsides rise up for Riverside Tourney title

No. 11 SWC drops 113 kills, serves at 92 percent in three wins

In six matches at the Riverside Volleyball Tournament, the No. 11-ranked South Wasco County Redsides lost one set to capture first place honors in a daylong event Saturday in Boardman.

Dufur, Arlington get wins; Sherman loses to Wallowa

No. 3 Rangers use running attack in 56-8 Horizon rout

Playing in their first game since Aug. 31, the No. 3-ranked Dufur Rangers did not show any signs of rust against Horizon Christian.

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No jet lag for well-traveled TD football team

Riverhawks extend streak to three after a 22-0 road performance

For the past eight quarters, The Dalles football team has played lockdown defense, holding Fort Vancouver and Brookings Harbor to a combined no points and no yards. Even with a 428-mile trip to Brookings, the undefeated Riverhawks had no letdown against a physical double-wing offense used by the Bruins, allowing 22 yards of offense in a 22-0 victory Friday in Brookings.

SWC cruises to a sweep over Mitchell

The South Wasco County Redsides jumped into first place in the Big Sky Conference after posting a three-set road sweep over Mitchell-Spray Thursday at Spray High School.

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Riverhawks lose 5-2 to Madras

Soccer squad cannot come back from 2-1 halftime deficit

Playing against a tough 4A soccer team in Madras, The Dalles Riverhawks trailed 2-1 at the half in what turned out to be a 5-2 loss Thursday.

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TD gaining steam with win at Hermiston

19th ranked volleyball team takes its CRC opener in four sets

Jodi Thomasian dropped 14 of the team’s 32 kills, Lindsi Logue added 24 assists and the Lady Riverhawks kicked off Columbia River Conference play with a four-set volleyball triumph Thursday in Hermiston.

Telles picks up MC Amateur crown

Dan Telles shot a gross score of 144 and finished one stroke ahead of Tyler Vassar to claim title honors at the 78th Mid-Columbia Amateur Championship, ending on Sept. 4 at The Dalles Country Club.

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SWC splits a pair in Damascus

Lady Redsides lose opener to No. 1-ranked Perrydale

Saturday in Damascus, the South Wasco County Redsides played in a volleyball double dual against No.1-ranked Perrydale and No. 19 Damascus Christian, and salvaged a split in those two matches with the win coming in sweep fashion over Damascus.

Dufur heads to the Portland area

With an extra week off from a season-opening home win over Falls City, the defending champion Dufur Rangers take on 3A Horizon Christian, out of Tualatin at 7 p.m. Friday.

Huskies hope top work pays off

MORO – With a rise in confidence from last week’s home-opening win over Entiat, Wash., the Sherman Huskies will face a much bigger test in a neutral site contest set for 4 p.m. Friday in Powder Valley against No. 9-ranked Wallowa.

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TD heads out to Brookings

Due to air quality concerns, The Dalles football team has spent much of its practice time inside a gym. At 7 p.m. Friday, head coach Steve Sugg will unleash his undefeated Riverhawks on Brookings Harbor in a non-league showdown from Brookings.

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Rangers play well in Griswold

Volleyball team makes it to the semifinals

The Dufur Rangers had a chance for additional court time at the Helix Tournament and had a bracket round win to their credit in varsity volleyball action this past Saturday in Griswold.

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No. 9 SWC fights off Dufur in five-set win

Redsides cap their classic Big Sky tussle by a 15-7 final margin

MAUPIN – Through 14 matches entering Tuesday, the South Wasco County volleyball team has squared off against some formidable 3A, 2A and 1A programs ahead of what is expected to be a challenging league slate. The No. 9-ranked Redsides saw that challenging preseason schedule work in their favor as they picked up a five-set victory over the Dufur Rangers in a Big Sky Conference opener played in Maupin.

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Hawks claim 26 personal records in Tualatin

All four teams chalk up top-5 in the final standings

Savannah Strassheim won the junior varsity girls race, Zoe Orion finished in sixth place in the same race, Zack Ziegenhagen placed ninth on the junior varsity boys side for individual honors, as The Dalles cross country team set 26 personal records at the 13th annual Tualatin Invitational Saturday.

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Huskies respond well in 52-0 rout of Entiat

Physical play on both sides of the ball gets Sherman its first win

MORO – Pride was on the line when the Sherman Huskies hosted their home opener Saturday against Entiat, Wash. Reese Blake and Treve Martin combined for 189 yards rushing and three scores, and the defense forced three turnovers and held the Tigers to 162 total yards in a 52-0 shutout win in Moro.

Jumpstart race is coming on Sept. 26

The 21st annual Jumpstart Elementary Cross Country races are fast approaching and more than 300 boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade are expected to join in on the fun, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Sorosis Park.

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TD drops the hammer on Fort Vancouver

Riverhawks show up for a complete game in 34-0 road shutout

With every snap and every offensive series, The Dalles quarterback Gabe Helseth is showing he belongs. The sophomore completed 14 of 28 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns as the Riverhawks moved their record to 2-0 on the season after a 34-0 shutout victory over Fort Vancouver Friday night in Vancouver, Wash.

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Rangers stake claim to a four-set victory

Sherman puts up solid fight, but Dufur has answers down the stretch

DUFUR – Although the Dufur Rangers weren’t crisp in a lot of areas, they found a way to scratch across a win against the Sherman Huskies.

Redside netters jump to No. 10

Volleyball squad is doing well against 3A, 2A programs

The South Wasco County volleyball team split its last four matches, losing two straight to 2A Heppner and 3A Irrigon, Tuesday in a non-league double dual played at Heppner High School.

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Big class gives cross country state hopes

With a core of top returners, TD runners eye records, district titles

While The Dalles cross country roster has some turnover from last season with 15 graduated seniors no longer on the team, there is plenty of firepower ready to unleash on the 5A classification this fall. Just two days from their season-opening race in Tualatin on Saturday, head coach Bob Thouvenel has seen the program bolster its numbers to 55, 12 of them seniors and 32 underclassmen.

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Redsides open the floodgates on McKenzie, 36-14

South Wasco football team performs well in all phases of the game

DUFUR – As the lone senior on the South Wasco County roster, Tuff Wilson has remained committed to the varsity football program through its peaks and valleys. Last Friday, that dedication paid off.

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Riverhawks rally up for a five-set triumph

LeBreton and Thomasian combine for 25 kills, 8.5 blocks in win

Down 2-1 in the match and trailing by scores of 6-2, 12-9 and 14-12 in the fourth set, things looked grim for The Dalles volleyball team. They were down, but definitely not out. The Riverhawks rallied for a 25-19 fourth-set win and completed the comeback with a 15-4 output in the fifth to claim victory over Redmond Tuesday in a varsity match played at Kurtz Gym.

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Huskies take a 42-26 setback to Triad

Timberwolves rush for 346 yards in lopsided road win

DUFUR – Every time it appeared like the Sherman Huskies would mount a comeback, the Triad Timberwolves had the answers. Isaac Franklin rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns, and completed 4 of 5 passes for 91 yards and another score to lead the Timberwolves to a 42-26 victory Saturday in the final game of the Dufur Eight-Man Classic at Dufur High School.

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Hawks are victorious on opening night

Defense and special teams come through in 26-21 win over Madras

Ahead by a 26-21 score with 53 seconds on the clock, The Dalles’ Michael Armstrong recovered a muffed punt off the foot of teammate Reed Twidwell, which opened the door for a few kneel downs in the final seconds in a five-point victory Friday in the team’s season-opener at Sid White Field in The Dalles.

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Competitive field dukes it out at Riverhawk Run

Decker, Oregon and Cook end 3k event nine seconds apart

On a perfect day for racing at Sorosis Park, 84 running enthusiasts of all ages showed their top game for the 2017 Riverhawk 1k, 3k, and 5k run/walk. “It was a good opportunity for the high school and middle school runners, who have been running the past two weeks and over the summer months, to get some idea as to how their training has been going for them,” said event coordinator and TD head cross country coach Bob Thouvenel.

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Schwarzbach’s Bar takes NWPRD crown

Softball team defeats Zim’s by an 18-8 score in co-ed title contest

The Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District Adult Co-Ed Slow-Pitch Softball League had one of its largest groups this past season, which made for a dramatic playoff race and championship finale last Sunday in front of a large crowd at Kramer Field.

Lady Redsides post 4-4 record in Molalla

In eight matches over a two-day span at the Country Christian Tournament ending last Saturday in Molalla, the South Wasco County Redsides had sweep wins over Joseph, Powder Valley, Willamette Valley Christian and Trinity Lutheran on their way to a 4-4 record.

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Riverhawks put up a second-half fight in 2-1 home loss

TD has its chances, but cannot hit the equalizer

Down two goals in the second half and with the wind at their backs, The Dalles scored a goal and had a few late chances misfire in a 2-1 home-opening loss to Parkrose Thursday in a non-league boys’ soccer match played in The Dalles.

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Dufur finishes strong in win over Falls City

Rangers use third quarter to pull away from Falls City

DUFUR – Falls City needed only three minutes to score a touchdown on its opening drive. Although the Mountaineers would not score again in the opening half, they stayed within contention down 20-6 at halftime, until the Dufur Rangers settled in and dropped the hammer for a 50-12 victory Thursday on opening night of the Dufur Eight-Man Classic.

Gallegos goes wild in TD’s 9-1 romp

The trio of Alberto Gallegos, Reed Twidwell and Alex Gutierrez combined for seven goals and nine assists, led by Gallegos’ hat trick and five assists, as The Dalles Riverhawks broke open a 3-0 halftime lead with six second-half goals in a 9-1 road victory over Redmond Tuesday.

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Rangers go 2-0-1 at jamboree

Offense gets nine TDs; varsity defense gives up one score

With a chance to hit someone else besides themselves, the two-time defending champion Dufur Rangers reeled off nine touchdowns and the varsity defense gave up one score in three games played to go 2-0-1 at the North Douglas Jamboree Friday in Drain.

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Huskies’ team-first mentality a recipe for success

Volleyball team can mix and match roster with its added depth

MORO – The Sherman Husky volleyball team is moving forward this season with the mindset of using better communication and having a selfless approach to set a positive trend at the start of the season.

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