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Hard work paying dividends for TD tracksters

Veterans and youngsters set solid marks against HRV

A mix of The Dalles upperclassmen and underclassmen were on full display Tuesday on senior night for a Columbia River Conference track and field dual at Sid White Field, and more than 25 picked up personal records. TD head coach Garth Miller likes to see his older and young kids stepping it up, establishing depth and putting themselves in position to be legitimate contenders when the districts roll around on May 11-12 in Hermiston.

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Hawks on losing end versus Hood River

Top doubles, No. 1 singles win, but HRV gets 5-3 win

Still fielding a short-handed roster, The Dalles girls’ tennis team had Robin Pashek come out strong on the singles’ circuit, and the two doubles teams of Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli and Rebekah Kohltfarber and Ellie Trujillo added big wins, but Hood River Valley came out on top by a 5-3 margin in a varsity league matchup played at The Dalles High School.

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TD baseball loses 4-2 to Pendleton

With a final chance to finish ahead of Pendleton in the standings, The Dalles notched seven hits and received four walks, but stranded eight runners on base, including the bases loaded in the seventh inning of a 4-2 loss to the Bucks Tuesday at Robert L. White Field in Pendleton. Down by two runs, the Hawks had the bottom of the order facing Pendleton reliever Kai Quinn. Ortega led off with a single to right field, and one out later, Johnny Miller hit a single to left field to put two runners on base. After a flyout to right made it two outs in the inning, Colin Noonan reached on a walk to load the bases for Kellen Mathisen. Mathisen and Quinn battled for six pitches. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, the Buckaroo righty got the called third strike for the final out to end the threat. TD led 1-0 through one inning, but Pendleton tied it at 1-apiece in the second, and then used a two-run fourth to jump ahead, 3-1. TD added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Dawson Hoffman to score Cash Mathewson. With Miller on third base and Hoffman at first, Noonan bounced into a double play to end the inning. Ortega had two hits in three at-bats, and Colton Walker went 1 for 2 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Noonan went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run, and Daniel Peters added a hit and a walk. Bate tossed five innings of seven-hit ball with two strikeouts and five walks. He allowed four runs, two were earned. TD (8-10 overall, 2-4 league) heads to No. 4 Hood River Valley (15-4, 5-1) for a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Friday. The Eagles lost 9-1 Tuesday to Hermiston.

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Telles scores medalist honors

The pressure was on Iliana Telles on the back-nine, as Pendleton’s Shelby and Haley Greb were hot on her trail down the stretch. Telles hit her shots and carded a 77 to claim her second medalist award of the year, besting the Greb sisters by one stroke at Tuesday’s Pendleton Invitational held at Pendleton Country Club. Under blue skies with minimal winds on slow greens and a deep rough, the Riverhawk junior shot a 41 on the front-nine and was tied with Shelby Greb at the top of the standings, and two strokes ahead of Haley. Haley Greb rebounded with a 35 on the final nine holes, Telles tallied a 36 and Shelby Greb had a 37. La Grande’s Trinity McCarthy finished fourth with an 82, five shots behind Telles. TD player Abby Walker had the second-best score with a 55-52 for a season-best 107. Telles and the Riverhawks hit Quail Valley Golf Course for a tournament on Monday, May 2.

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The Dalles golfers capture Seaside Invitational

Felderman, Snodgrass and Patel lead in a 10-stroke win

The trio of Mark Felderman, Chase Snodgrass and Darsh Patel finished in the top-6 overall and The Dalles boys’ golf team captured championship status by 10 strokes over Seaside High School at the Seaside Invitational Golf Tournament played Monday at Astoria Golf and Country Club. Felderman carded a 78 on the day, six shots off the top pace, and added an eagle chip from 80 yards out on the par-5 12th hole to secure fourth place individually. Snodgrass totaled a 79, Patel added an 82 and Jacob Ford finished with an 89 for the top-4 TD scores. Freshman Tyler Vassar rounded out the team with his 93. “I am very pleased with how the boys played,” said TD head coach Kent Smith. “They continue to show improvements in some of the areas we have been working on. Our drives are hitting fairways, our chips are getting there and we cutting down on those extra putts that had been hurting us. It is a very nice way to end our final tournament before regionals.” Seaside’s Aaron Richardson and Ilwaco’s Blake Kukula wound up tied for first place with even-par 72s, but Richardson claimed medalist honors in a playoff. Carter Lee, of Tillamook, had a 77 for third place, and Felderman, Snodgrass and Patel capped the individual standings. As a team, The Dalles had a 328, a margin of 10 strokes better than Seaside, who had a 338 for second place. Jack Eggars had a hole-in-one on the 17th hole and helped Scappoose to a 351 for third place. Taft (380), Tillamook (384), North valley (397), Astoria (403), Cottage Grove (407), Banks (413), Ilwaco (417) and Kennedy (462) made up the team rankings. The Dalles has 10 calendar days to prepare for regionals on May 6-7 in Bend. “I am excited and I know the boys are too. We have had a pretty good season up to this point and I know they want to keep their season going,” Smith said. “We will keep working on things and hope for the best in Bend. It is going to be tough, but I know these guys will be up for the challenge.”

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No. 5 Sherman blanks Dufur, 10-0

Quick start, Troutman’s pitching lead Husky charge

MORO – When the stakes are raised, the Sherman Huskies can always rely on ace pitcher Brett Troutman. The sophomore right-hander retired the first 11 batters in a row, and finished five innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts, as the No. 5-ranked Huskies rode a six-run first-inning barrage to a 10-0 mercy-ruled win over the Dufur Rangers Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball game played in Moro.

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TD boys golf wins Seaside Invitational

The Dalles boys golf team captured its second tournament title in the past three events, as Mark Felderman and Chase Snodgrass shot less than 80 and senior Darsh Patel scored an 82 to lead the hawks to a 328, 10 strokes ahead of Seaside at the Seaside Invitational Monday afternoon at Astoria Golf and Country Club. Jacob Ford added an 89 for the fourth total on the Riverhawks scoring list, and Tyler Vassar totaled a 93 for the day. Seaside's Aaron Richardson won medalist honors in a playoff. as both he and Ilwaco's Blake Kukula ended up deadlocked with an even-par 72 for the day. Felderman, who eagled the par-5 12th hole with a chip from 80 yards out, led TD with a 78. Snodgrass had a 79. Scappoose golfer Jack Eggars hit a hole-in-one on the 17th hole. After The Dalles, Seaside (338), Scappoose (351), Taft (380), Tillamook (384), North Valley (397), Astoria (403), Cottage Grove (407), Banks (413), Ilwaco (417) and Kennedy (462) rounded out the team standings. TD has some time off until heading to Bend for regional action starting on May 6.

Dufur baseball picks up road split

Kolbe Bales slugged a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning and shut down Heppner in the home half to help lead the Dufur Rangers to an 11-10 comeback win Saturday in a Blue Mountain Conference doubleheader played in Heppner.

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No. 6 Huskies victorious in a road battle with W-M

Sherman nets big sweep by scores of 9-6 and 10-4

The sixth-ranked Sherman Huskies trailed early in two games Saturday against Weston-McEwen, but made the plays when it mattered most in picking up a two-game sweep by scores of 9-6 and 10-4 in a non-league baseball matchup in Athena. In the second game, the Sherman defense made top plays to keep the TigerScots at bay.

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Ortega’s gem lifts Riverhawk hardballers to win

Senior fans 7 in TD’s first-game triumph over Pendleton

The Dalles baseball team salvaged a split Saturday at home against Pendleton, winning the opener 4-2 and losing the nightcap by a 15-8 margin in a Columbia River Conference doubleheader at Bob Williams Field. Bailey Ortega continued his torrid pitching in the opening game, as he allowed two runs in the first inning, but shut down the Buckaroos the rest of the way.

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TD scores twinbill split with Pendleton

Softball team snaps 10-game streak in 9-8 comeback win

Coming into Saturday’s doubleheader with a 10-game losing streak against Pendleton, The Dalles Riverhawks stormed back from a 7-0 first-inning deficit with three runs apiece in the first, third and fifth innings to complete a 9-8 comeback victory in the opening game at 16th Street Ballpark.

Wiley wins Festival 10k

The Dalles Chronicle news reporter Derek Wiley outlasted a large group of local runners to capture first place in Saturday’s Cherry Festival 10k race in The Dalles. Wiley had a final time of 45 minutes and 29 seconds to grab his top spot in the order of finish. Close to 100 runners from across the Columbia River Gorge and beyond signed up for this TDHS Cross Country fundraiser event at Dry Hollow Elementary School. Under top conditions, the runners were able to put up solid marks in the 3k, 5k and 10k races.

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Sugg earns spot on Oregon State’s dance team 

State champ gains an edge against 50 participants

The senior and former all-state recipient and state champion, now will get her chance to shine at Oregon State University as a dance team member on the cheerleading team.

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Cimmiyotti makes her move to Linfield

TD senior plans to play volleyball at Div. III school

There were times where she felt like cashing in her chips and moving on, but she has always been taught to fight to achieve a goal. That mentality has paved the way for a future at Linfield College, where The Dalles senior signed on to play volleyball and major in business.

TD golfers score 2nd place

Led by Chase Snodgrass’ 70, The Dalles boys’ golf team scored a season-best 310 to finish in second place at the Hermiston Invite Thursday at Big River Golf Course in Umatilla. Mark Felderman had a 75, Tyler Vassar totaled 79 and Jacob Ford hit 85 on his card. Darsh Patel had a final tally of 87 to round out the team. Read Sunday’s Chronicle for the story.

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Wildcats on the prowl

The Dalles Middle School track athlete Jaden Campanella (left in the yellow) hands the baton off to Jesse Larson during their 4x100-meter relay practice run this week at Thompson Track in The Dalles.The middle school sixth, seventh and eighth graders are set to host Dufur and Sherman for a meet starting at 3:30 p.m. today at Sid White Field on the Wahtonka campus. RaeLynn Ricarte photo

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TD equestrians qualify 9 for OHSET state meet

Dean is top rookie; Howell earns high point award

All nine participants representing The Dalles picked up state qualifications after posting a season-high point total in their third OHSET meet of the season this past weekend at the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond. In all, the Riverhawks won six trophies, including gold medals in Canadian Flags, Drill and In-Hand Obstacle Relay.

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Riverside gymnasts are bound for state

Compulsory team headed to Eugene this weekend

For levels 4 and 5, that meant an all-around score of 32.0 or higher, while level 3’s must score at least a 33.0. This commendable achievement was one of many attained by the team this spring, including stand-out performances at the recent meet in Tigard on April 9th. Level 3 took their place among the best at the meet, coming in third, and level 4 rose above the competition to earn a first place trophy.

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TD tennis breaks new ground

Hawks beat Hermiston for the first time in a decade

The Lady Riverhawks ended up in a 4-4 draw, but won on set points, 10-8, claiming victory over Hermiston for the first time in a decade Wednesday afternoon under the hot sun in league action at The Dalles High School.

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TD’s youngsters shine at home meet

Team posts 17 first-place finishes at Sid White Field

With an opportunity to shine in front of the home crowd, The Dalles track and field team had its young athletes hit it out of the park with 17 first-place finishes at Tuesday’s duel at Sid White Field. The girls’ had nine secure top honors, and the boys’ were right there with eight firsts and eight more second-place outputs.

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Red Cloud leaves Heppner in the dust

Dufur freshman caps Ranger comeback with walk-off hit

Needing a hero to come through in the clutch, Dufur head coach C.S. Little called on freshman catcher Louis Red Cloud to play the part. Red Cloud hit a two-out, walk-off RBI single to score Tabor McLaughlin to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 9-8 comeback victory in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball game played at Dufur City Park Tuesday.

Sherman girls get two doubles wins

The two girls’ doubles teams of Hollee Kaseberg and Elvia Rubio and C.J. Johnson and Savannah Moe came out in dominant fashion for the Sherman Huskies, but Umatilla swept singles play and four boys matches Tuesday in a pro-set varsity tennis contest played in Moro.

Athlete of the Week: Daniel Santillan

The senior moved his record to 7-0 after scoring a pair of No. 2 singles wins against Sandy and Ridgeview to lead The Dalles to a pair of 4-4 ties.

Sherman baseball loses, 17-9; Dufur baseball winss 9-8 on a walk-off

The Sherman Huskies fell behind 9-6 through four innings, but Weston-McEwen scored six runs in the fifth on its way to a 17-9 non-league win Tuesday in Moro. Also on the diamond, the Dufur Rangers evened their league record to 2-2 on the year after securing a 9-8 victory Tuesday over the last-place Heppner Mustangs. Read more in Thursday’s Chronicle.

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TD wastes top pitching effort by Bate

During the 2016 baseball season, the one constant in league play has been the pitching staff for The Dalles Riverhawks. The offense still remains a question mark. TD senior Boston Bate tossed a complete-game, six-hitter with three strikeouts, but his defense made two errors in the fifth and sixth innings that led to two unearned runs, as the Hermiston Bulldogs scored a 3-1 Columbia River Conference win Tuesday at Bob Williams Field.

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TD boys grab 8th at Tetherow

Coming off a tournament title a week ago in Pendleton, The Dalles boys’ golf team used a 79 from Chase Snodgrass and an 83 by Mark Felderman to score a 340 to capture eighth place at the Tetherow High Desert Challenge Monday in Bend.

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Telles places sixth at Bend Invitational Tournament

Junior cards a 79 to finish seven from top spot

The Dalles junior Iliana Telles carded a 79 for sixth place individually, and the Riverhawk girls’ golf team totaled a 447 to secure seventh place in the Bend Invitational Monday at Bend Country Club. Facing powerhouses such as Summit, Crater, Bend and Pendleton, Telles rebounded from a 44 on the front-nine with a 35 for her score. Abby Walker added a personal-record 108, Delaney Schanno went for a 114 and Zaida Lopez had a career-best 146 to lead The Dalles. Taking medalist honors was the duo of Kiana Oshiro, of Crater, and Summit’s Olivia Loberg, each with even-par 72s. Summit’s Rachel Drgastin, Pendleton’s Haley Greb and Crater’s Danielle Giles each ended up with a 73 on the scorecards for three-way split for third place. After Telles, Maddy Mode, of Bend had an 80, and the Summit tandem of Josephine Fraser, 82, and Sarah Heinly, 84, ended up eighth and ninth, respectively, and Pendleton’s Shelby Greb carded an 87. On the strength of Loberg, Drgastin, Fraser and Heinly, Summit won the team title with a combined 311, 30 strokes ahead of Crater and 43 shots in front of Bend and Pendleton, who had scores of 354 for a third-place tie. The Dalles was in Pendleton today for another tournament. After that, they head to Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River for a tournament next week.

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TD softball restores order in hot fashion

Riverhawks score nine unanswered runs in win

Kathryn Bradford, Grace Helyer and Maddy Bradford stroked two hits apiece, and the No. 9-ranked Riverhawks erased a 3-0 first-inning deficit with nine unanswered runs to secure a 9-3 victory Tuesday in a league matchup against No. 3 Hermiston.

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TD golfers fare well on Monday

Led by a seven-over par 79 from Chase Snodgrass, The Dalles boys’ golf team combined for a score of 340 to grab eighth-place in a 15-team field Monday at the Tetherow High Desert Challenge in Bend. On the girls’ side, Iliana Telles carded a 79 for sixth place, and the Lady Hawks had a 447 at the Bend Invite Monday. Read more in Wednesday’s Chronicle.

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No. 3 Hermiston sweeps TD

No. 3 Hermiston sweeps TD Taking a two-game sweep loss is a tough pill to swallow, but knowing there were plenty of chances to turn the tables and pick up a sweep was even more frustrating for The Dalles softball team. In 14 innings played, the No. 11-ranked Riverhawks totaled 23 hits, but left 17 runners on base in taking losses of 10-8 and 7-4 in a Columbia River Conference doubleheader against No. 3 Hermiston Saturday at Rocky Heights Elementary School.

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Ortega, Walker dazzle in The Dalles’ road split

Riverhawk pitching duo combines for 10 strikeouts

The pitching duo of Bailey Ortega and Colton Walker allowed five hits, walked two and struck out 10, but The Dalles Riverhawks managed a split Saturday in their Columbia River Conference doubleheader played at Armand Larvie Middle School in Hermiston.

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Dufur garners split with No. 13 Irrigon

Rangers rap out 10 hits in 13-4 opening-game victory

Entering play on a streak of six consecutive losses, four by one run, the Dufur Rangers slugged out 10 hits and opened the floodgates with an eight-run first inning in a 13-4 victory of Irrigon Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action at Dufur City Park.

Isaiah Coles leads SHS boys

Facing 13 programs in higher classifications, spanning Oregon and Washington, the Sherman Huskies had Isaiah Coles lead the way for the boys with four second-place finishes, and both Emily Hill and Desiree Winslow showed well at the inaugural Green and Gold Invitational Friday at Pendleton. Coles had

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TD tracksters make core moves at Apple Blossom

Boys and girls combine for 13 top-5 times in Hood River

Julian Hernandez scored a win for The Dalles boys’ track team, and the girls had four top-3 finishes for a fourth-place tie at Friday’s Apple Blossom Invitational at Henderson Field in Hood River. Leading the girls’ team was Avery Cardosi and Paige McLeod, who finished second and third place, respectively, in the 800-meter race.

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No. 6 Huskies are back in business

Sherman sweeps two league games versus Culver

MORO – Stumbling through the midway point of the season with a three-game losing streak, including a disappointing 5-3 road loss to Culver Tuesday to start league action, the No. 6-ranked Sherman responded in a big way Friday with a two-game mercy-ruled sweep over the Culver Bulldogs.

Sherman girls take a 2-1 win over C-W

atch of the season, the Sherman girls came out on top by a 2-1 margin Thursday in a 4A/3A/2A/1A contest at home against Condon-Wheeler. Former state qualifier, Meghan Belshe, took

Hawk track fires off in Hermiston

JV and varsity combines for 13 first-place finishes

Avery Cardosi, Aileen Luna-Lopez, Caela Dunagan, Peter Cardosi, Marissa Heemsah, Julian Hernandez and the rest of The Dalles track and field team put out 13 first-place finishes in a Columbia River Conference dual on Tuesday in Hermiston. “I was really pleased with the way they competed,” said TD head coach Garth Miller. “It felt like they were ready for the competition and they continue to make great progress.” Cardosi won h

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TD boys’ tennis makes gains in Redmond match

TD girls blast past Redmond

The Dalles boys’ tennis team lost 5-3 on the road Monday to Redmond, but head coach Shea MacNab was beaming about the play of Daniel Santillan, James Pashek and the No. 4 doubles team of Paul Clark and Caleb Turner. Santillan and Pashek had straight sets wins, and Clark and Turner needed three sets before securing a slim 10-8 win in the final set.

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No. 6 TD softball drops Mac-Hi

Entering Tuesday’s matchup, The Dalles junior Sierra Watson knew her group would come out even stronger after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to 6A Glencoe. Maddy Bradford went 3 for 3 with four RBIs, Kathryn Bradford had two hits and scored three times and Ruthie Ford scored two runs and drove in three more to lead No. 6-ranked The Dalles to a 10-2 victory over Mac-Hi Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.

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Hawks pull off victory over West Albany

Ortega’s arm, clutch hits lead to a 6-3 home triumph

With senior pitcher Bailey Ortega dialed in on the mound, all The Dalles Riverhawk offense needs to do is capitalize on a few scoring opportunities to come out on top. Ortega tossed a complete-game five-hitter with three strikeouts, and the TD offense broke open a 3-2 lead with two runs in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth to defeat 6A West Albany by a 6-3 margin Tuesday at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.

Rangers swept in two against Lyle

In a doubleheader played on Thursday, the Rangers were swept by Lyle-Wishram by scores of 7-6 and 12-11. With those defeats, Dufur has lost four games by an average of two runs, including three one-run setbacks.

No. 4 Sherman runs its winning streak to seven games

Huskies get 10 hits in a 13-3 mercy-ruled win over Lyle

The No. 4-ranked Sherman Huskies ran their winning streak to seven games to start the season after a 13-3 mercy-ruled road win over Lyle-Wishram Friday in a non-league baseball game played in Lyle.

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Late TD rally falls short, 8-5

Down 8-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning, The Dalles Riverhawks scored four runs and had a runner on first base with two outs, but Redmond reliever Austin Cable induced a game-ending flyout to right field to cap an 8-5 victory Friday in a non-league baseball contest played at Redmond High School.

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TD times out well at E.C. Classic

Track squad nets 12 top-5 finishes

The Dalles track and field team posted 12 top-5 finishes, including 10 from the girls’ team, against 6A and 5A competition Friday at the East County Classic held at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham. Kayla Seibel had the best outcome for the girls, taking third place in the triple jump with a leap of 31-feet-1.5 inches, Avery Cardosi added a fourth in the long jump at 16-1.25 and sophomore standout Bailey Nearing hit a career-best in the 400-meters with a final time of one minute and 7.5 seconds.

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Hawks have an appetite for destruction

4th-ranked softball squad blisters Redmond, 24-3

The Dalles Riverhawks have that certain look in their eyes. That fire in their bellies burning hot, with an appetite for destruction. Kathryn Bradford, Maddy Bradford and Hannah Wallis went a combined 12 for 14 from the plate, and the No. 4-ranked Riverhawks rattled off a season-high 24 hits in a 24-3 mercy-ruled drubbing of Redmond Friday in a softball matchup at Redmond High School.

Cleanup day scheduled by TD Little League

Program offering lunch to all volunteers who attend Saturday

The countdown to opening day begins. The Dalles Little League is breaking ground on a new 2016 season, so the organization is sending an alert out to all parents and volunteers for Kramer Field to help out with the annual field cleanup day starting at 9 a.m. this Saturday at Kramer Field in The Dalles.

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TD girls learn lessons from Thursday’s road loss

Tennis team falls just short against Wilsonville

Entering Thursday’s varsity tennis match against Wilsonville, The Dalles girls’ tennis coach Debby Jones knew her group would have its work cut out. Wilsonville swept through singles play, but the Riverhawks claimed wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles in a 6-2 loss against the host Wildcats.

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Ortega mows down La Salle Prep

Senior righty scatters three hits in six-inning effort

Pitching against an offense that that scored five or more runs in five of its nine games, The Dalles senior Bailey Ortega needed to be on his top game. He was and then some. Ortega scattered three hits and struck out three, and was supported by an errorless defense that turned two double plays and added several sterling plays in an 8-1 victory over La Salle Prep Thursday at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.

Gorge Bike Race rolls into The Dalles

The 2016 Gorge Roubaix Bike Race and Ride rolls into The Dalles this weekend with two days of racing Saturday and Sunday as well as a Sunday fun ride. In its fourth year, the event has grown to nearly 400 participants coming from as far away as Colorado and Canada, as well as all over the Pacific Northwest.

Redside track secures seven victories at Culver Invite

Rager gets two winners; senior sets career mark in shotput

Just two meets into the 2016 campaign and South Wasco County senior and defending 1A state shotput champion Ellis Rager already looks poised for a repeat run at the top spot. Rager had a first-place throw of 46-feet-1 inches, a career-best and he tacked on a distance of 120-08 for top honors in the discus event to lead the Redside boys at the Culver Invitational Wednesday in a six-team track meet.