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DiGennaro earns swim honors

TD swimmer scored third-best 1,500 time this past summer

This past summer, Lydia DiGennaro participated in summer swim sessions for The Dalles Swim Team and had several top finishes in multiple events. She shined brightest at the Pendleton Open this past July with a personal-record of 24 minutes and two seconds in the 1,500-meter freestyle to secure a No. 3 ranking amongst all the other 12-year olds.

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Dufur makes its run to 1A semifinals

No. 2 Rangers score a 50-12 state win over Adrian-Jordan Valley team

DUFUR – Being part of a program that has won eight state championships, Cole Kortge knows what is at stake every time he and his Dufur Ranger teammates step on the gridiron. Saturday at Dufur High School, Kortge and the No. 2 Rangers led 26-0 at the half enroute to a 50-12 victory in a 1A state football quarterfinal matchup against No. 7 Adrian-Jordan Valley.

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Husky football gets nine on Big Sky roster

Jacob Justesen receives Offensive Player of the Year award

MORO – For a football team that wound up with a 5-4 record, a No. 10 ranking, second place in league and a state-playoff berth, the Sherman Huskies had nine players pick up Big Sky Conference awards, four on both sides of the ball, and Jacob Justesen was voted on as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.

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Hawk harriers celebrated

Athletes earn team awards, all-league and all-state certificates

The Dalles cross country coach Bob Thouvenel offered praise and well-wishes to his athletes, his assistant coaches and community members at the team’s year-end banquet Thursday night at the Riverenza Café in The Dalles. Cross country runners received team honors, such as Most Inspirational, Most Improved and Most Outstanding.

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TD cheer puts on a competitive show

Jessika Nañez gets all-state spot at OCCA event

In their first foray into the competitive cheer world, The Dalles’ Emily Adams and Nathan Nañez showed they belong. That duo, plus veteran seniors Kendyl Kumm and Jessika Nañez put on a dazzling display last Saturday at the Oregon Cheerleading Coaches Association All-State competition at Thurston High School in Springfield.

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Muddy battle could await Dufur and Adrian

Each team’s strength lies in backs wearing down the opposition

DUFUR – With rain pelting the area earlier in the week and a forecast for rain on Friday night, weather and field conditions could play a key factor in Saturday’s OSAA 1A State Football Quarterfinal matchup at 1 p.m. between the No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers and the No. 7 Adrian/Jordan Valley Antelopes.

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Hawk soccer picks up four all-league bids

Barragan and Klindt on first-team; Hert and Taylor on 2nd squad

The Dalles girls’ soccer team is steadily making its jump as one of the upper echelon programs in the 5A division. Victoria Barragan and Addie Klindt were named as Columbia River Conference first-team winners, and both Molly Taylor and Courtney Hert earned second-team honors from opposing coaches for their standout performances this fall for The Dalles girls’ soccer team.

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Four Huskies named as Big Sky’s top athletes

Volleyball players are recognized for their solid 2017 season

MORO – In the always-competitive Big Sky Conference, the Sherman Huskies finished fourth in the league standings at 3-4, amassed a 7-6 overall record and earned a district tournament invitation. For those improvements, the Lady Huskies had Desiree Winslow and Sammie Lepinski pick up first-team all-league awards, and the duo of Jaelyn Justesen and Savannah Moe were second-team recipients.

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Trio of TD netters achieve all-CRC status

Thomasian and LeBreton are on 1st team; Logue is a 2nd teamer

With a young roster of five underclassmen, four juniors and two seniors, The Dalles volleyball team increased its win total from four to six, won more sets, jumping from 20 in 2016 to 25 this season, and ended up ranked 24th in the 5A classification, a jump from No. 27 in 2016.

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Redside netters secure sixth-place state honors

SWC has breakthrough season under head coach Donna Barton

Over the past four years, South Wasco County head coach Donna Barton played an integral part in getting the volleyball program playing at a high enough level to compete with the rest of 1A classification. After a 25-win campaign, the program’s first Big Sky Conference District title and a No. 8 ranking, Barton can walk away feeling a sense of accomplishment.

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Riverhawks make their marks at state meet

Boys claim ninth place; Mullins and Ziegenhagen are in top-27

Emma Mullins and Hanna Ziegenhagen each finished in the upper third of the 99 female runners, and the boys’ team combined times for a ninth-place outcome amongst 13 other squads at the OSAA 5A State Championships Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.

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Redsides drop state opener in 4

SWC pushes No. 2 Country Christian to the brink in loss

Under the bright lights of the 1A volleyball scene, the South Wasco County Redsides scratched and clawed their way to a close four-set loss to No. 2-seeded Country Christian in opening-round state action Friday afternoon in Redmond.

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No. 2 Rangers deliver their knockout blow

Two-time champs torch Lowell by a 72-0 margin

DUFUR – On a chilly Friday night, the two-time defending champion Rangers were a sea of red renegades ready to send a message to any and all in the 1A classification, that the road to the blue trophy leads to Dufur High School, as all phases of the game stood tall in a 72-0 triumph over the No. 15 Lowell Red Devils.

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Lady Rangers net 5 on Big Sky Conference list

Chloe Beeson picks up Player of the Year honors

DUFUR – Never in her wildest dreams did Dufur senior Chloe Beeson think she would take home Player of the Year honors. It was a humbling award she shares with her teammates and first-year coach Kristin Whitley.

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Hawk runners set high state expectations

TD’s qualifiers have title goals on their mind this weekend in Eugene

Through the last handful of seasons, The Dalles cross country coach Bob Thouvenel has seen the number of athletes soar, and with that, the in-roster competition has raised the expectations, created a family bond and helped drop the times dramatically. At last week’s Columbia River Conference District meet in Pendleton, six of the seven male participants set personal records, the girls’ duo of Emma Mullins and Hanna Ziegenhagen chalked up individual state berths and the team set 27 personal records overall.

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Huskies taking a business-like approach to state

No. 10 Sherman hits the field at 3 p.m. MT Friday in Adrian

A 312-mile trek awaits the No. 10-ranked Sherman Huskies, as they make a trip east for their 1A state playoff-opener against the seventh ranked Adrian-Jordan Valley Antelopes at 3 p.m. Mountain Time at Adrian High School. While the moment is huge for the Huskies and the football team, head coach Mike Somnis said the team has taken a business-like approach to this road opener.

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Defending champs ready to roll with Lowell

No. 2 Dufur hosts playoff game at 6 p.m. Friday

For the past two seasons, the Dufur Rangers have been on a magical run, with back-to-back state championships to their credit. Through eight games, the undefeated and No. 2-ranked Rangers remain a prolific top-8 offense and defense with added depth, and more skill players to utilize in big moments.

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TD steadily putting building blocks in place

Looking to keep their season alive, The Dalles boys’ soccer team could not stop Sandy’s Ryan Escareno, as he netted three opening-half goals in a 4-0 state play-in shutout victory Saturday in Sandy.

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Riverhawk girls lose 1-0 in an overtime thriller

Team plays tough for 100 minutes, but cannot solve St. Helens

Looking back at the 2017 season, The Dalles girls’ soccer coach Oscar Nunez expressed pride in the fight and tenacity his team showed in a 1-0 overtime stat play-in loss to St. Helens.

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SWC puts finishing touches on a state bid

Lady Redsides slam down 45 kills in their four-set win over NCC

MAUPIN – When the South Wasco County Redsides had a chance to land the knockout blow on North Clackamas Christian, they did not let up. They went in for the kill. The No. 8-ranked Redsides had all aspects of the game working like a well-oiled machine with the serves, passes and hits all delivering the necessary blows for a 25-10 win and the match in Friday’s 1A state sub-round matchup played in Maupin.

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Huskies qualify for state

Sherman rolls up 534 yards of offense in 68-14 victory

As a player, Sherman senior quarterback Jacob Justesen said it means the world to be working on the fourth playoff run in the last four years. Although this team has had its ups and downs, they are just starting to hit their stride. Justesen completed 5 of 8 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns, and he added 90 yards on the ground with a rushing score as the No. 10-ranked Sherman Huskies punched a state ticket following a 68-14 win over the No. 19 Perrydale Pirates Friday night in Perrydale.

The Dalles loses to Glencoe, 55-6

The Dalles football team scored the first touchdown of the game and appeared to have the momentum against 6A Glencoe. Over the final 39 minutes of game action, however, the Crimson Tide scored the final 55 points to lock down a 55-6 win on Friday at Hare Field in Hillsboro.

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Undefeated Dufur dominates Glendale

Frakes and Pence score six times combined in 54-22 rout

With a chance at an undefeated regular season, the No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers charged hard and fired off at will in their 54-22 victory over Glendale in a 1A football contest played Friday afternoon at Gilchrist High School.

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Local teams have final tests of regular season

Local teams have final tests of regular season

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TD cross country sending nine to state

Boys secure second place; Ziegenhagen, Mullins clinch for the girls

PENDLETON – Last season during the 5A state meet in Eugene, The Dalles’ Emma Mullins finished 35th in a field of 96 runners. After placing sixth overall with a personal-record time of 19 minutes and 49.4 seconds at the Columbia River Conference District 5 Meet held Thursday in Pendleton, the junior gets another shot at the 5A’s top spot.

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Moment of truth arrives for TD

Riverhawks target Sandy for Saturday’s play-in opener

The Dalles boys’ soccer team added another goal against No. 1-ranked Hood River Valley and had the game tied at 1-apiece at the half, until two unanswered second-half goals opened the door to a 3-1 Eagle victory Tuesday evening at Henderson Field in Hood River.

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Lady Rangers fall in a five-set showdown

Volleyball squad can’t hold on to 2-1 lead, dropping finale, 15-12

The Dufur Rangers jumped out to a 2-1 lead in this 1A state sub-round matchup, but the No. 20-ranked Griswold Grizzlies won the fourth set, 25-14, and broke open an 11-all fifth-set deadlock with a 4-1 run, capped by a kill from Kailey Mize for a 15-12 victory Wednesday in Dufur.

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Hawks volleyball loses their play-in match

TD netters win first set, but Putnam rebounds

MILWAUKIE – In an evenly-matched state play-in contest against No. 20-ranked Rex-Putnam, The Dalles volleyball team won the opening set by a 25-23 score, but the Kingsmen then ended up rebounding to take the final three sets by margins of 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 in a 5A contest played in Milwaukie.

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Playoffs give TD a chance to make a run

Riverhawks will be on the road Saturday for a play-in

Now that Tuesday’s 6-0 home loss to No. 8-ranked Hood River Valley is in the books, The Dalles head coach Oscar Nunez has his varsity group looking to make some magic this Saturday in their 5A state play-in matchup.

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Dufur cruises past Pilot Rock, 58-22

Hagen Pence rushed for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Derek Frakes and Cole Kortge connected twice for long scores in No. 2-ranked and undefeated Dufur’s 58-22 romp over Pilot Rock Friday in Dufur.

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Frederick scores five times in SWC’s 58-12 win

Friday’s victory seals winning record for the Redsides

Kabe Frederick rushed for a career-high five touchdowns in South Wasco County’s 58-12 triumph over Monument-Dayville Friday afternoon in an Eight-Man football contest played in Monument.

Sherman netters lose both matches

The Sherman Huskies had a handful of matches and tournament canceled due to fires and bad air quality, but managed to win three of their final four matches, including a Big Sky Conference Crossover match last Thursday in five sets against Condon-Wheeler to earn a district spot in Moro.

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Rangers wrangle Ione in three

The Dufur Rangers vaulted into the championship round after a 25-18, 25-19, 25-9 three-set sweep over Ione on Saturday, as the team dropped 19 aces, and Chloe Beeson had eight kills, three aces and four digs.

SWC nets sweep over Sherman

In their district opener versus Sherman, Myers dropped 12 kills, and the trio of Allie Noland, Ana Popchock and Jacqueline Noland tacked on six kills apiece in a 25-17, 25-22, 25-17 sweep.

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Lady Redsides crowned as district champs

No. 8 SWC posts two sweeps on way to first Big Sky league title

MORO – After a 20-win campaign and a No. 2 seed at last season’s Big Sky Conference, the short-handed Lady Redsides were dispatched from postseason contention with back-to-back sweep losses. Saturday in Moro, No. 8-ranked South Wasco County was singing a redemption song following sweeps of Sherman and Dufur on its way to its first-ever volleyball district championship.

Dufur rolls, 58-22

Hagen Pence rushed for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Derek Frakes and Cole Kortge connected twice for long scores in No. 2-ranked Dufur’s 58-22 romp over Pilot Rock Friday in Dufur.

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Hawks end losing streak in style

The Dalles rushes for 245 yards in a 53-6 rout of Benson

After a tough first game back, The Dalles quarterback Gabe Helseth showed his worth on the football field. Helseth rushed for three touchdowns, tossed another, and the Riverhawks rolled out to a 34-6 first-quarter lead in a 53-6 win over Benson Friday at Sid White Field.

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Huskies take one step closer to a playoff bid

Quick start leads way to a 48-6 win over Arlington-Condon

MORO – Having an extra week to prepare for Arlington-Condon paid huge dividends for the Sherman Huskies. Bradley Moe rushed for 107 yards and Jacob Justesen rushed for two scores and added a pair of touchdown passes, as the No. 12-ranked Sherman Huskies jumped out to a 46-0 halftime lead on their way to a 46-8 victory over Arlington-Condon Friday in a Big Sky Conference showdown on homecoming night in Moro.

TD’s Voodre works her voodoo on Mac-Hi

Freshman nets first-career hat trick in Lady Hawks’ 4-1 romp

Don’t look now, but The Dalles girls’ soccer team is heating up at the right time. Freshman Zara Voodre scored a hat trick and Addie Klindt tacked on another goal in the Riverhawks’ 4-1 triumph over Mac-Hi in a road varsity match played in Milton-Freewater.

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Sherman wins a five-set thriller

It has been a long time since the Sherman Huskies earned a district tournament berth. Thursday, the drought ended in thrilling fashion, as the Lady Huskies fought hard for a five-set road win over Condon-Wheeler Thursday in a district crossover match played in Condon.

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Rangers drop Mitchell-Spray in three sets

The Dufur Rangers won their eighth match in a row, sixth by sweep, over Mitchell-Spray by final scores of 25-3, 25-13, and 25-13 Thursday night in a Big Sky Conference District Crossover game played at Dufur High School.

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Lady Hawks victorious at Burnside Invite

Orion’s time gives varsity group win over HRV

Five of the top seven Lady Riverhawk varsity runners finished 20th or better in a first-place effort, Emily Johnson won the junior varsity race, and the junior varsity boys had six harriers place in the top-10 for top honors at the Kyle Burnside Wildhorse Invitational Thursday in Pendleton.

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TD netters push Hood River Valley to five sets

Riverhawks lose by a close 15-11 margin in the finale

With a capacity crowd looking on, The Dalles volleyball team pushed Hood River Valley to the brink, but the No. 11-ranked Eagles found a way to battle back from a 2-1 deficit with wins of 25-11 and 15-11 in the final two sets to score a victory Tuesday at Kurtz Gym.

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It’s crunch time in the 1A classification

It’s crunch time in the 1A classification

Hoops signups are tonight at 6 p.m.

The Gorge Hoops Basketball is offering a one-day signup for its youth recreational league from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Wahtonka. If players are not signed by Oct. 18, they will be unable to participate in the league games, but if a player cannot make it, someone can attend in their place.

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TD is staying on its top course

Harriers add more personal records to their ‘17 totals

Through the 2017 campaign, The Dalles Riverhawks have shown that they can perform at its highest level when the stakes are raised. The boys won their event and the girls placed second, as the team netted 21 personal records at Wednesday’s five-team dual at Tualatin High School.

TD boys qualify for the playoffs

Three years ago, The Dalles boys’ soccer team won two games. Last year, they won four. Alex Gutierrez had a goal and an assist, Juan Heredia added two more assists in The Dalles’ 4-1 playoff-clinching win, the fifth of the season, Tuesday over Pendleton.

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Hawks win 2-1; qualify for the 5A playoffs

Weir, Wilcox score goals; Pitt makes clutch saves in clincher

The Dalles girls’ soccer team started the season with five consecutive losses and were outscored 29-0 over that span. After Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Pendleton, the Lady Riverhawks punched their postseason ticket.

TD boys soccer loses 7-1 to 6A Tualatin

Setting up for tonight’s make-or-break game at Pendleton, The Dalles boys’ soccer team has been outscored. TD trailed 3-1 at the half, but 6A Tualatin scored four straight goals in a 7-1 victory Saturday in a non-league match played at Wahtonka.

TD drops match to Rex-Putnam

In a re-scheduled volleyball match played last Friday afternoon, the No. 24-ranked Dalles Riverhawks lost the first two sets in what was a four-set loss to Rex-Putnam, by margins of 20-25, 13-25, 25-19, 17-25, at Kurtz Gym.


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