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Sunny skies greet huge Wheatfield run crowd

Remington and Swan end up 1-2 in Half Marathon run

This past Saturday, a group of 85 men, women and children were involved in the Wheatfield Run/Walk under sunny skies at St. Petersburg School in The Dalles.

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Hoffman locks down TD’s walk-off win

With his team trailing by two runs, The Dalles’ Dawson Hoffman had a chance to play hero. The senior slugger hit a two-out, walk-off, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give The Dalles baseball team an 8-7 victory over Hillsboro Saturday at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.

Huskies take on the big guns

Sherman sets 18 personal records at Buck Classic

The Sherman Huskies participated in the 26-team Buck Track Classic Thursday in Pendleton and turned in nine top-10 outputs, led by senior champion Isaiah Coles, who had two second-place finishes in the long and triple jump.

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TD tennis making progress

Hawks rack up three big wins against Wilsonville

The singles duo of Pedro and Andy Lopez opened eyes with impressive straight-sets wins, and the No. 4 doubles team of Edgar Contreras and Manuel Orquiz broke through for a win in The Dalles’ 5-3 loss to highly-touted Wilsonville Thursday afternoon in a varsity tennis match played at Wilsonville High School.

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Basketball standouts receive CRC honors

McCall, Murr and Hoylman take home first-team league awards

The Dalles boys’ and girls’ basketball teams both chalked up 5A state play-in berths and combined for five all-Columbia River Conference award winners by opposing head coaches.

TD tennis nets first win of season

Against a solid Wilsonville team, The Dalles girls’ tennis team picked up wins from top singles Robin Pashek and Kiana Pielli, and both the No. 1 and No. 4 doubles carved out wins in TD’s 10-6 victory over the Wildcats Thursday in The Dalles.

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Hawk golfers conquer Big River

Snodgrass takes medalist award in TD’s six-stroke win

Chase Snodgrass chalked up his second straight medalist award in a two-hole playoff and his teammates Mark Felderman and Tyler Vassar each finished in the high 70s in the Riverhawks’ six-stroke victory Thursday at Big River Golf Course in Umatilla.

No. 8 Dufur moves to 5-0

Make it five wins in a row for the No. 8-ranked Dufur Rangers.

Hawk softball loses heartbreaker

The Dalles softball team rallied from an 8-2 deficit with a seven-run seventh inning, but No. 8-ranked and undefeated Ridgeview stormed back for two runs in the home half to pick up the 9-8 comeback victory Thursday in Redmond.

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TD still trying to find its complete game

While the offense continued its torrid pace Thursday against 6A Forest Grove, two bad innings turned a 5-0 lead into a 10-5 deficit in what was a 10-8 loss at Quinton Street Ballpark.

Sherman kicks off year at Estacada

With a shortened roster in tow, Sherman head track and field coach Kyle Pfiefer still had his team put forth some solid times and distances at the season-opening 19-team Estacada Small School Invitational on Saturday, March 18 at Estacada High School.

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Running for fun in the elements

Even under overcast skies and a light rain, 100 runners and walkers signed up to participate in the 10th annual Jumpstart St. Patrick’s Day event at Lewis and Clark Festival Park on Saturday, March 11 in The Dalles.

Horizon making some headway

Horizon Christian tacked on six wins, including two on the girls’ side in a track and field meet Wednesday in Hood River.

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Dufur nets seven wins at HR

Kilby, Farrell, and Stelzer set a solid boys track trend

Coming off an impressive output last week at the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational in The Dalles, the Dufur track and field team burst onto the scene with six individual victories and one relay win at the three-team track and field dual Wednesday at Hood River High School.

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TD takes 6-2 loss to Sandy

Andy Lopez and James Pashek pace boys in defeat

Top tennis players James Pashek and Andy Lopez came through for singles wins, but The Dalles High School came out the wrong end of a 6-2 loss to Sandy in varsity boys’ tennis action Tuesday at The Dalles High School.

TD softball drops two in Bend

The Dalles softball team dropped a pair of doubleheader games Saturday in Bend to the Lava Bears by scores of 5-3 and 13-10.

Dufur sweeps past St. Paul

The Dufur Rangers moved their record to 3-0 after a two-game sweep of St. Paul Saturday afternoon by final scores of 11-1 and 17-7 in a baseball doubleheader played in Moro.

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Riverhawks scratch out a home split with Bend

Bend rallied from a 9-5 deficit in the seventh inning with three runs and had the tying run at second base and one out with second-team Intermountain Conference catcher Cole Frey at the plate.

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Local stars duke it out at Mullen-Leavitt

Opening track event brings 17 schools to Sid White on Saturday

Emma Mullins, Kendyl Kumm and Tressa Wood each had wins, and Kayla Seibel, Julian Hernandez and Justin Conklin picked up second-place finishes to help The Dalles track and field squad to a solid opening event at the 17-team Mullen-Leavitt Invitational Saturday at Sid White field in The Dalles.

Sherman scores a 13-9 comeback win

In a game that featured three ties and six lead changes, the Sherman Huskies landed the eventual knockout blow with a six-run sixth inning to secure a 13-9 victory over St. Paul in a 2A baseball contest played Friday in Moro.

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TD golfers flex muscles for tourney title

One year after posting an 18-hole score of 80 to win individual medalist honors, The Dalles senior Chase Snodgrass had to be even more dialed in Friday afternoon to defeat the competition once again.

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Large numbers bring expectations for TD track

Riverhawks have nearly 100 on roster for 2017

Filling the shoes of retired coach Dave Cornell is not an envious task, but The Dalles’ new field events coach Jermaine Hisatake is looking forward to the challenge of getting his athletes back to the top of the 5A division.

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TD strands 11 in 4-3 loss to Sandy

The Dalles baseball team totaled nine hits and had six batters reach on walks, but stranded 11 runners, including the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning in a 4-3 road loss to Sandy Tuesday at Sandy High School.

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The Dalles softball loses tough game

The Dalles fell behind 5-0 in the first three innings and inched to within a 5-4 deficit in the fifth, but could not get the crucial hit to tie or win the game in a 6-4 varsity softball loss to 6A Liberty Thursday at 16th Street Ballpark.

TD boys lose 6-2 to Madras

Alex Lopez and Omar Rodriguez won their No. 1 doubles match, Pedro Lopez came out on top at No. 4 singles, and the rest of The Dalles boys’ tennis team showed some fight in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Madras.

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TD girls tennis serves it up in season opener

Pashek, Pielli and Minnick score wins in team’s 6-2 loss

With the rainy weather pushing The Dalles girls’ tennis team indoors for the majority of practices, head coach Debby Jones was happy to see her group start the season out in the open air for a non-league match in Redmond.

TD girls open season at home

Pendleton’s Haley Greb captured medalist honors with a 74 and the Pendleton girls’ golf team totaled a 411 to win first place at the Riverhawk Invitational Tuesday in the rain at The Dalles Country Club. Scappoose’s Morgan Hall shot a 97 for second.

TD boys grab fifth place at Willamette

Facing 6A schools and dealing with rainy conditions, Chase Snodgrass finished in a three-way tie for 11th place after a 78, and The Dalles had three others finish in the 80s to end up in fifth place out a field of 22 teams in a golf tournament played at Willamette Valley Country Club.

Bales no-hits 3A Riverside

The Dufur Rangers looked to be in mid-season form Monday in a non-league baseball game on the road against 3A Riverside.

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Hawks pick up first victory

Hoffman and Miller combine for 7 RBIs to drop Reynolds

Dawson Hoffman and Johnny Miller combined for seven RBIs, and both Dalles Seufalemua and Jose Gonzalez scored three runs apiece, as The Dalles Riverhawks won their first game of the season by a 13-8 margin over 6A Reynolds Tuesday in a non-league baseball game played at Quinton Street Ballpark.

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Rangers bolster roster for deep postseason run

Dufur has 16 players ready to take a big step toward a state title bid

DUFUR – Last season, the Rangers posted a 12-15 overall record, and advanced to the Blue Mountain Conference championship, earning a state berth. Dufur lost to eventual state champion Burns in its playoff opener, but that performance, coupled with the return of all-state winners Kolbe Bales, Connor Uhalde, and Bailey Keever, fuels this team for bigger and better things in 2017.

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TD’s new regime has program thinking big

Riverhawks start year with 48 athletes and coach Steve Sugg

After a decade-long departure from the game, Hall of Fame baseball coach Steve Sugg is back. His return has the community of The Dalles abuzz and that energy helped draw nearly 60 players for tryouts.

TD Little League is holding its annual cleanup

Program is offering lunch to all volunteers on March 18

The Dalles Little League is breaking ground on a new 2017 season, so the organization is sending an alert out to all parents and volunteers for Kramer Field to help with the annual field cleanup day starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18 at Kramer Field in The Dalles.

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Softball team starving to get back in action

TD has solid core group of athletes ready to take on the 5A division

Although The Dalles softball team is set to hit the field without five graduated seniors, returning all-league centerfielder Kathryn Bradford likes what she has seen thus far from the young Riverhawks.

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Basketball celebrated at annual banquet

Overlooking a full attendance of basketball players and their parents in the commons at The Dalles Middle School, The Dalles head basketball coach Nathan Morris can see the high school and youth programs taking that next step over the next few years.

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TD’s OISRA state run ends in 8th place

In his fourth and final try on the Mount Hood Meadows Course for the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Race Association state championships last Thursday and Friday, The Dalles senior Martin Carter posted his best finish ever to lock down 21st place overall out of the 93 male participants and help the Riverhawks secure eighth place in the team standings.

Parental stronghold critical to Sherman’s success

When looking back at any championship high school team and the success they have had over time, parental involvement is just as important as the talent on the field or court.

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Championship destiny complete

Sherman beats Powder Valley for second straight 1A hoops crown

BAKER CITY – In front of a capacity crowd at Baker City High School in the 1A state basketball championship game, the Sherman Huskies fulfilled lifelong aspirations of capturing a 1A state title, their second straight, in a 78-57 victory over Powder Valley.

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Sherman defense claims state berth

BAKER CITY — Max Martin held Perrydale's Haylen Janesofsky to one field goal over the final 18 minutes and 42 seconds of regulation, as the No. 1-seeded Huskies used defense and transition baskets to pull away from the Pirates by a 59-35 score Friday in 1A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires state semifinal boys’ basketball action in Baker City.

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Athlete scholars honored

Paul Beasley appears to have a hold on The Dalles wrestling program, and now his point of emphasis is to continue laying down those building blocks for a foundation of success for the long haul.

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SWC girls finish perfect season

Junior high group drops Culver by 11 to cap a 9-0 hoops campaign

Before its final test of the regular season on Feb. 14 in Culver, The South Wasco County Middle School ‘A’ girls’ basketball team last logged an official practice on Jan. 31. Having an extended break from action did not deter this group from completing a perfect season, as the Lady Redsides stormed past the Bulldogs by a 47-36 margin to complete a perfect 9-0 hoops campaign.

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Stelzer signs on at College of Southern Idaho

Senior inks a scholarship for cross country and track

In just one year of cross country, Ezekiel Stelzer displayed an untapped potential that College of Southern Idaho cross country and distance track coach Lindsey Anderson can’t wait to develop. On the track for Dufur, Stelzer won a 1,500-meter Big Sky District title after a mark of 4:24.35 on May 14 in Moro, and six days later at state, he set a career-best of 4:22.25 for fifth place.

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Defending champs cruise to the semifinals

Sherman gets revenge on N. Douglas in a 31-point state playoff win

In November, the Sherman Huskies suffered through a heartbreaking playoff loss on the football field to North Douglas. Nearly four months later, the defending champion Huskies exacted a little bit of revenge – on the basketball court.

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TD girls lose play-in matchup to Putnam

Riverhawks go scoreless in fourth quarter of their 37-25 playoff loss

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Putnam boys cruise

MILWAUKIE – Rex-Putnam used their size in the paint and outside shooting to dominate The Dalles in an 88-43 state play-in victory Tuesday in a 5A matchup in Milwaukie.

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A long and winding road to recovery

Sherman’s Jacob Justesen is hitting his stride after knee injury

As Jacob Justesen writhed in pain and screamed in agony, the home crowd, packed in for a state football playoff game, on a cold Nov. 4 night, was in a stunned silence.

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Time runs out on Dufur

Rangers can’t hold late lead in loss to Powder Valley

The Dufur Rangers were a little over two minutes away from a return to Baker City. So close, yet so far. Dufur battled back from a six-point fourth-quarter deficit to take a 52-50 lead with time running out, but Powder Valley ended the game on a 7-0 run to capture a 57-52 victory Friday in a boys’ state first-round hoops contest played in North Powder.

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No denying Sherman’s drive for Baker City

MORO – For the third consecutive year, the No. 1-ranked Huskies punched their ticket to Baker City after posting a 78-32 first-round state boys’ basketball victory in Moro.

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TD drops hammer on Hood River

Riverhawks end losing skid with a 44-15 home romp

Brooke McCall scored 14 points, Kailin Hoylman added 10 and The Dalles Riverhawks throttled Hood River Valley by a 44-15 margin in a Columbia River Conference girls’ basketball game played at Kurtz Gym.

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Speedy Badgers eliminate Lady Redsides

No. 5-ranked Powder Valley nets 60-20 1A state sub-round victory

POWDER VALLEY – The South Wasco County Redsides had a memorable playoff run this winter, racking up 13 wins, a third-place finish in districts and the program’s first state berth since 2002 under first-year coach Lynn Cowdrey.

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