Dakota Murr sets record in Riverhawks’ comeback win
The last time Hood River Valley and The Dalles faced off on Feb. 10, Riverhawk junior Dakota Murr fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, so Josh Nisbet and Eric Flores stepped up to help the team pick up a critical league win. Tuesday night in Hood River, Murr put his team, the program and community on his back in a record-setting performance that all but assured the Riverhawks a state play-in berth.
SWC advances to state for the first time since 2002 season
The two-man wrecking crew of Connor Uhalde and Bailey Keever combined for 51 points on 16 of 33 shooting to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 57-38 win over Horizon Christian Friday in a Big Sky Conference district playoff game played at the Buffalo Dome Friday in Madras.
Playing against one of the state’s most prolific offenses, across all divisions, the South Wasco County Redsides held Horizon Christian to 17 of 55 shooting, 5 of 22 in the second half, but the offense could not get anything going against the contentious Hawk defense in what was a 44-30 loss Friday in Big Sky district action in Madras.
While it took a quarter for the Sherman offense to get its shots falling, the defense blitzed Arlington for 32 minutes in an impressive 71-31 Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball opener played in Madras.
In the end, there were 15 cheerleaders from The Dalles High School that gave everything they had to help the program capture its 13th state title.
Crowd of 79 takes part in Valentine’s Day event
Two days before the 10th annual Valentine’s Day Trail event, The Dalles saw a complete snow whiteout. However, the temperatures took a sharp turn and reduced the snow on the trail to nothing, so 79 running enthusiasts had the opportunity to participate in the 3k, 5k and 10k run at Lewis and Clark Park.
Hermiston’s boys’ team inched ahead of Pendleton by a 93-91 margin to take the CRC crown, and Hood River Valley (79) and The Dalles (24) made up the top-4 team outcomes.
It looked as though the state journeys of seniors Hannah Weeks and Molly Taylor were dashed. In a stroke of luck, however, the Riverhawk duo, along with Bree Webber and Natalie Varland were given wild card invitations for this weekend’s OSAA State Swimming Championships at the Mt. Hood Aquatic Center in Gresham.
Julie Hull picks up her victory in a shoot-off
The South Wasco County brother and sister tandem of Julie and Jason Hull each moved on to the Northwest Regional finals after impressive free throw shooting displays at the Elk’s State Championship Hoop Shoot held last Saturday at Alder Creek Middle School in Milwaukie.
Kailin Hoylman scored 16 points, and the duo of Brooke McCall and Jodi Thomasian combined for 17, but it was not enough, as The Dalles girls’ basketball team took a 54-46 loss Tuesday on the road to No. 11 Hermiston.
The Dalles boys’ basketball team gave the No. 11 Hermiston Bulldogs a scare Tuesday night in a nip-and-tuck Columbia River Conference contest played at Kurtz Gym. “It was fun to see how our guys just kept fighting and clawing their way until the end,” said TD coach Greg Cummings. “Our guys played hard for 32 minutes.”
Carter, Brewer and Pashek vault boys to third place in the standings
Both The Dalles boys’ and girls’ ski team members put together solid enough times this past Saturday on the Middlefork Course at Mount Hood Meadows to qualify for the OISRA state meet.
Karen Jesch gave The Dalles girls’ basketball team its first lead of the second half, 39-38, with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Pendleton finished the game on an 11-4 run to lock down a 49-43 win Saturday at Kurtz Gym.
MORO – Desiree Winslow and Emily Hill combined for 41 points to lead the Sherman Huskies to a 55-37 victory over Condon-Wheeler Friday in a league contest played Saturday afternoon in Moro.
Redsides play against Horizon at 3 p.m. Friday in Madras
HOOD RIVER – Playing without Jacqueline Noland, Jada Myers and Ana Popchock, South Wasco County ended up losing by a 51-34 margin to Horizon Christian in a girls’ hoops matchup Monday in Hood River.
Coming off an emotional triumph over Hood River Valley on Friday, The Dalles boys’ basketball team could not find its flow in an 86-45 loss on the road to Pendleton Monday.
Dufur jumped out to a 16-0 lead with the pressure defense holding Arlington without a point through one quarter of action in a 55-36 win in a Big Sky boys’ basketball contest played in Arlington Saturday.
MORO – Kyle Fields tallied a season-high 24 points, including a second-half slam dunk, to help lead the No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies to a dominating 81-34 win over Condon-Wheeler Saturday in Moro.
HOOD RIVER – With a chance to lock down a Big Sky Conference district play-in game against Arlington, the South Wasco County Redsides came up short in their final game of the season, a 54-38 loss to Horizon Christian Monday in Hood River.
Down 45-44 with four minutes remaining, the South Wasco County Redsides outscored Ione by a 12-5 margin with Ty Herlocker and Nick Ward playing hero to lead the team to a 56-50 home victory Friday night in Maupin.
From the opening tip, the No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies seized control and never let go as they dominated Arlington by an 84-38 margin Friday in a 1A matchup played at Arlington High School.
Coming off a lopsided loss Thursday to Sherman, the Dufur Rangers fought off a sluggish start to defeat Condon-Wheeler by a 74-52 margin Friday in a Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball game played in Fossil.
Brooke McCall and Kailin Hoylman scored 10 points apiece and seven different players hit field goals to lead The Dalles Riverhawks to a 45-29 win over Hood River Valley in a Columbia River Conference girls’ basketball matchup played Friday at Kurtz Gym.
Playing for their playoff lives without all-league guard Dakota Murr, The Dalles Riverhawks had other players rise up to the challenge to help fend off Hood River Valley.
MORO – Desiree Winslow scored 19 points, Emily Hill added 14 and the Huskies moved into fifth place in the Big Sky Conference after a 54-49 victory over Dufur Thursday in Moro.
Sherman uses 41-16 run in second half to secure a 74-45 home victory
MORO – With just two games left in the regular season, Sherman coach Bill Blevins would like to see his team starting to hit its stride in time for a deep postseason run. Leading up to Thursday’s Big Sky Conference contest against No. 10 Dufur, Blevins has seen his group get off to slow starts, and the trend continued, as the Rangers trailed 33-29, before the Huskies came out firing away for a 41-16 second-half run to secure a 74-45 win in Moro.
Team hopes extra boost leads to the program’s 13th state title
Although injured and unable to perform with her teammates at state this weekend in Portland, The Dalles cheer senior Lauryn Despain has chosen not to sulk about her missed opportunity. She is using this time to act as a mentor, a teacher and an inspiration to the girls she has been around since Day 1.
Record snow affecting fans, players and administrators
As the snow keeps falling at a record pace, several high school sports have had practices and games rescheduled or canceled, leaving players and coaches frustrated and administrators scrambling to move games around in an effort to complete the winter slate.
Connor Uhalde rattled off 29 points, Bailey Keever picked up 14 and the No. 10-ranked Dufur Rangers won their ninth consecutive league matchup, 69-55, over Horizon Christian in a 1A Big Sky Conference battle in Hood River.
Backcourt duo scores 18 each in 67-39 home triumph
The No. 2-ranked Sherman Huskies won their third straight game, a 67-39 triumph Monday in Maupin over South Wasco County to remain atop the Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball standings.
Paulina Finn and Kaitlin Wenz each posted double-doubles, and the Horizon Christian Hawks continued their magical Big Sky Conference run with a 74-47 victory over the Dufur Rangers Monday in Hood River.
SWC in good position to secure Big Sky district berth
Jada Myers scored 15 points, Ana Popchock added nine and the South Wasco County Redsides clinched their 10th win of the season, 52-44, over the Sherman Huskies in a Big Sky girls’ hoops matchup played Monday in Maupin.
Dakota Murr, Eric Flores and Josh Nisbet each hit double figures, but The Dalles could not contain Hermiston in the second half, as Xavier Rambo, Chance Flores and the No. 10 Bulldogs broke open a one-point halftime lead with a 42-28 second-half run to capture a 77-62 Columbia River Conference triumph Monday night in Hermiston.
Riverhawks held to three fourth-quarter field goals in 52-39 setback
With an opportunity to sneak into second place in the Columbia River Conference, The Dalles girls’ basketball team led by a 15-13 margin through one quarter of play, but the Hermiston Lady Bulldogs went on a 39-24 run over the final three quarters of play to lock down a 52-39 victory in The Dalles.
DUFUR – Despite Friday’s 56-39 loss to Ione, the Dufur Lady Rangers are still within reach of a Big Sky Conference district playoff berth.
DUFUR – In 11 of 16 games, the Dufur Rangers have beaten their opponents by 20 points or more.
Huskies put in solid effort to defeat Washington’s No. 1 team
The Sherman Huskies had already faced the state’s top 2A basketball team and lost by two points, and Thursday, they had a chance to square off against Washington’s top 1A program, Sunnyside Christian.
In back-to-back days, at the Cavalier Cheer Invitational on Saturday and the Pacer Invitational Cheer Competition on Sunday, the Riverhawks scored first-place finishes to cap a successful three-event slate in front of the OSAA State Championships set for Feb. 11 in Portland.
Four boys get top-16 times; Petra van Kessel leads girls’ squad
After a pair of slalom races to start the skiing season, varsity members representing The Dalles, Dufur and South Wasco County took their cuts on the Middlefork Course in a giant slalom event at Mount Hood Meadows and responded with five top-21 finishes.
Hawks are hopeful Tuesday is a power move
HOOD RIVER – The Dalles boys’ basketball team trailed by eight points at the half, and battled back to take a one-point lead midway through the third quarter, but Hood River Valley finished the final 12 minutes and 30 seconds with a 32-28 output to hold on for a 66-63 victory Tuesday at Vannet Court in Hood River.
Key reserves step up to the challenge in road victory at Hood River
On a team with limited height in the paint, The Dalles senior Karen Jesch has been proving her worth with every passing game. Tuesday at Vannet Court in Hood River, the senior tallied six points, had five rebounds, blocked three shots, and added a steal and an assist, as the Riverhawks outmuscled the Eagles by a 54-38 margin.
A night after losing by a 70-35 score to Pendleton, The Dalles boys’ basketball team showed more life in what turned out to be a 69-47 loss to Bend Saturday.
Pendleton led 15-5 through one quarter, and then built on its 26-17 halftime lead with a 34-31 output to take a 60-48 Columbia River Conference victory over The Dalles girls’ basketball team.
The Sherman Huskies trailed by nine points at halftime, and made a late charge to get to within a four-point deficit, but could not get shots to fall down the stretch in taking a 46-38 loss to 2A Stanfield Monday at Stanfield High School.
Paulina Finn posted her fourth triple-double of the season with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 11 steals, seven assists and six blocks to lead Horizon Christian to a 66-20 win Saturday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball game played in Hood River.
It was a state-playoff atmosphere Monday night, as the 2A classification’s No. 1-ranked team, Stanfield, hosted the 1A’s No. 2 squad, Sherman, in a non-league showdown Monday at Stanfield High School, an 82-80 Stanfield win.
Mired in a two-game losing streak, The Dalles girls’ basketball team had to get back on track against No. 5-ranked Bend in a non-league contest played at Kurtz Gym. TD trailed 19-15 at the half, but then used a 16-6 third-quarter run to take the lead for good.
MAUPIN – After back-to-back losses to Horizon and Arlington, the South Wasco County Redsides bounced back with one of their better offensive and defensive efforts in a 49-28 triumph over Dufur Saturday in Maupin.
Max Martin scored 22 points, Kyle Fields added 16 and the Sherman Huskies stormed out to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 68-55 victory over Horizon Christian Saturday in Hood River.