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Dufur boys place third in Arlington

Friedrick Stelzer racked up two wins, Cole Kortge was first in the 110-meter hurdles and Tanner Masterson placed second in the 100 and 200 to give the Dufur boys’ track and field group 82.5 points and third place after Saturday’s 1A meet in Arlington. Stelzer crossed the finish line in two minutes and 14.34 seconds for top honors in the 800 meters and picked up a personal-record time of 4:31.91 to get a 1,500-meter triumph.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Sherman teams net seven wins

As impressive as the South Wasco County girls have been this spring, both Sherman teams are racking up solid finishes ahead of this Saturday’s district championship. Makoa Whitaker notched an individual victory and the two relay squads earned wins to get the boys’ 85 points for second place,.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Sweep gives Sherman No. 1 district seed

Earlier in the season, Sherman seniors Trey Homer and Bradley Moe both agreed that the Huskies are far from a finished product. After Saturday’s two-game road sweep by scores of 6-0 and 12-5 at Culver, it appears that the No. 5-ranked Huskies are hitting their peak at the right time of the year with the No. 1 Blue Mountain Conference district seed and a state berth.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD’s Murr caps career with all-state honors

Whether he was alone in a gym perfecting his craft, on the court with his teammates for practice or under the bright lights on game nights, Dakota Murr gave everything he had to The Dalles High School. After capping a regular-season with his third consecutive first-team all-Columbia River Conference award, Murr earned all-state honorable mention recognition for the second year in a row.

May 4, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD pushes through in final track tune-up

With Columbia River Conference district meet coming next week, The Dalles track and field squad tallied 16 wins and 27 personal records in a final tune-up with Parkrose and St. Helens Wednesday afternoon at St. Helens High School. Justin Conklin, Paulina Finn and Emma Mullins are all ranked in the top-5 of the entire 5A classification, and several others are highly-ranked in the league rankings.

May 3, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD boys tennis aims high for regional success

In their 8-0 loss to Columbia River Conference champion Hood River Valley, The Dalles had four matches that could have gone either way, but were counted as close losses in Wednesday’s league finale at The Dalles High School. Andy Lopez lost his No. 2 singles match against Sawyer Bogard by scores of 3-6, 5-7; and at No. 4 singles, Salvador Garcia had a chance to gain an early edge in the first set, eventually losing in a tiebreaker 6-7 (4); and Hood River’s Jacob Kaplan completed the two-set sweep by a 6-2 margin in the second set.

May 3, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD tennis almost nets three victories in loss at HRV

Dalia Mondragon scored a three-set tiebreaker win at No. 2 singles, and The Dalles girls’ tennis team nearly had two other wins in doubles play, but lost in tiebreakers in a 7-1 road loss to Hood River Valley in a varsity match Tuesday at Hood River. “Despite the score, this was a great outing for us, especially for our doubles teams,” TD head coach Debby Jones said.

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD baseball loses to Hood River, 19-3

Although The Dalles baseball team is dealing with three straight losses to Hood River Valley, the third a 19-3 setback at home Tuesday, they can control their own postseason destiny with victories over Pendleton and Hermiston in the next two contests. “We got to get these next two if we want to get in the playoffs, there’s no question about it,” TD head coach Steve Sugg said.

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Softball rally comes up short

No. 4-ranked Hood River Valley led by a 7-1 margin through four and a half innings of action and held off a late Riverhawk rally in its 10-6 varsity softball victory Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


No. 8 Huskies gut out home win

With sole possession of first place on the line, the No. 8-ranked Sherman Huskies used a complete-game effort by Brett Troutman and 10-hit offensive attack to inch past No. 10 Culver Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball clash in Moro. The Huskies led 5-2 through the first five innings, but the Bulldogs rallied for two unearned runs in the top of the sixth to make it a 5-4 score with the tying run at second base and no outs.

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Cherry Festival Run attracts nearly 100 harriers

Nearly 100 harriers turned out for the Cherry Festival 3k, 5k and 10k, Run/Walk held at Dry Hollow Elementary School in The Dalles last Saturday with the 3k event producing the closest finish, as the top four runners were separated by less than three minutes.

May 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Hawks net seventh at Crook County Invite

Leading up to Monday’s final regular-season tournament, The Dalles boys’ golf team had averaged 414 on the scorecards, but have shaved down several strokes along the way, going from 435 on April 16 to 393 last week in Creswell. Aidan Telles placed sixth with his 79, Tyler Vassar added an 80 for seventh, and Spencer Taylor dropped 12 strokes from last week in Creswell to score a personal-record 102 to help the Riverhawks to a 371 and seventh place at the Crook County High Invitational at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville.

May 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Huskies are making big moves

On a team with players from Sherman, Condon and Arlington, it can take some time before all the pieces gel. It appears the No. 10-ranked Huskies are picking the right time to get in a groove, as they extended their winning streak to eight games after a two-game sweep over Dufur by finals of 13-3 and 10-0 Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action in Moro.

May 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

No. 11 Sherman vaults into first

The Sherman Huskies moved up to No. 11 in the rankings after a two-game sweep over Dufur by finals of 13-3 and 13-0 Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference action in Moro.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD girls score fifth place at Dean Nice Invite

On the track with seven 6A, seven 5A and two 4A Washington programs at the 16-team Dean Nice Invitational, The Dalles girls’ squad put up 49 points to capture fifth place in track and field action Friday in Gresham.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

JV golf squad nets 476 in Astoria

Head coach Dan Telles fielded a four-person junior varsity group for tournament action Monday and they combined for a 476 to grab fourth place at Astoria Country Club.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD golfers show 22-stroke improvement

Wednesday’s Marist Invitational at Emerald Valley Golf Club gave The Dalles boys’ golf team an opportunity to get the lay of the land before regional and state action in two weeks. Aidan Telles scored fifth-place honors following his 78, and teammate Tyler Vassar added an 80 for a three-way tie for sixth place, as the Riverhawks total a 22-stroke improvement with a 393 to get seventh place at Creswell.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD softball drops seventh straight

Entering the final month of the season, The Dalles softball team is facing a good amount of adversity. During their seven-game losing streak, the Riverhawks have been outscored 99-24, capped by an 18-1 mercy-ruled setback against Ridgeview Thursday at 16th Street Ballpark.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Lady Hawks take a 7-1 loss to Pendleton

With members of The Dalles boys’ tennis team showing up in full force as a show of school spirit and support, Arlette Santillan posted a singles victory and The Dalles girls’ tennis team increased its set win total in its previous league match from 38 to 46 in a 7-1 loss to Pendleton Wednesday in varsity play at The Dalles High School.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Records fall in Glenwood

With a triple jump record already in the bag, South Wasco County senior Ana Popchock was in the mood for more. The standout senior shattered an 11-year old 300-meter hurdle record with a personal-record time of 47.42 seconds for first place, breaking the previous mark set by Annie Larlee in 2007 (47.60), by .18 seconds at the Mount Adams Invitational Wednesday in Glenwood, Wash.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Sherman boys take flight

Keenan Coles and Mercedez Cardona each posted wins, and several others added runner-up finishes to lead the Sherman Huskies in Wednesday’s Mount Adams Invitational from Glenwood, Wash.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD wins one at Wilsonville

The Dalles girls’ tennis team squared off against a tough Wilsonville team on the road Monday and had the No. 1 doubles tandem of Lupita Contreras and Natalie Varland step up their game with an impressive three-set triumph, as Wilsonville tallied an 8-1 home victory.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Softball has rally cut short, 11-7

The Dalles softball can take a lot from Tuesday’s loss – they kept fighting until the very end. Down 11-1 through four and a half innings, TD scored a run in the fifth and added five in the sixth to get to within a four-deficit, but could not finish the roaring comeback in what ended up being an 11-7 loss to No. 7-ranked Hermiston at 16th Street Ballpark.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Sherman throttles Dufur, 20-2

The No. 9-ranked Sherman Huskies captured their sixth consecutive win, after a 20-2 mercy-ruled triumph over Dufur Tuesday at Dufur City Park.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Gonzalez’s gem has Hawks trending upward

With their backs against the wall, The Dalles Riverhawks needed a breakthrough performance to climb back into postseason contention. Jose Gonzalez was the right man for the job. The senior right-hander tossed a complete-game, four-hitter with one walk and five strikeouts with no earned runs, and also added two hits and three RBIs to help lead the Riverhawks to a 5-2 victory over Hermiston in baseball action from Bob Williams Field.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Hawks place 11th at High Desert Challenge

Monday’s High Desert Challenge proved to be a challenge for The Dalles boys’ golf team that had hit the links against a highly-skilled field without the services of Jacob Ford. Tyler Vassar carded a team-best 82 on his scorecard for 17th place, and Aidan Telles followed with his 85 to score 23rd place, out of 57 golfers on the par-72 Tetherow Golf Club Course in Bend.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD takes road sweep loss

In two games at Hermiston Saturday, The Dalles softball squad lost the first game, 7-6, and ended up losing the nightcap in mercy-ruled fashion, 15-5, in Columbia River Conference play in Hermiston. Faced with a five-game losing skid to start league, TD head coach Kim Kiser knows things will turn around enough for her team make a late-season postseason charge.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Riverhawk girls score season-best

With each passing tournament, The Dalles head coach Amy Wilson continues to be amazed. The Lady Riverhawks had two personal bests from Lydia and Bella Evans, Samantha Stansbury posted her best tournament score, and Jaeden Biehn was two strokes behind her top marks, as they combined for a team-best 475 at Monday’s Mountain View Invite at Awbrey Glen Golf Club in Bend.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Dufur loses two versus Culver

The Dufur Rangers mustered just six hits, one walk and a hit by pitch and 18 strikeouts in a doubleheader sweep loss by final scores of 6-0 and 10-0 to Culver in league action Friday at Dufur City Park.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD baseball nearly sweeps, but settles for split

A bounce here or a big hit there and The Dalles baseball team could have pulled off a doubleheader sweep or been swept. As it was, through six hours of varsity action, the Riverhawks lost the first game by a 7-6 score on a walk-off hit by pitch, but then rebounded in the second game with two runs in the top of the seventh to secure a come-from-behind 7-6 victory and the split Saturday in Hermiston.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Dufur fares well at two meets

The Dufur Rangers had tough meets at the Condon-Wheeler Invite and the Portland Christian Invitational on back-to-back afternoons and totaled four wins and five seconds, as the boys scored top-5 outcomes at both venues. At Friday’s Condon-Wheeler Invite, the 4x100-meter relay squad of Asa Farrell, Abraham Kilby, Anthony Thomas and Tanner Masterson set their season-best with a final time of 45.49 to take first place.

April 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


SWC girls third at CW Invite

Following her record-breaking efforts at the Mustang Invitational last week in Heppner, South Wasco County senior Ana Popchock scored victories in both hurdles events and claimed first place in the triple jump to help the Redsides to 54 points and third place at the Condon-Wheeler Invite Friday in Condon.

April 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD racks up 35 personal records at Kiwanis Meet

The Dalles track and field team posted 35 personal records and the girls’ squad had 18 make podium, including wins by Emma Mullins and Paulina Finn to score third-place honors at the 10-team Kiwanis Twilight Invitational Meet Friday at Hermiston High School.

April 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Sherman nets six in top-5, one win

The Sherman teams had to contend with 18 other schools in their respective divisions, 13 from the 2A-through-5A ranks, and were able to rack up seven personal records at the 16th annual Portland Christian Invitational Meet Saturday in Portland.

April 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD girls take a step forward at Hermiston

Back on April 4, The Dalles girls’ tennis team could only muster 37 set points in an 8-0 home loss to Hermiston. Thursday, Arlette Santillan claimed a singles victory, and the No. 3 doubles tandem of Karla Najera and Pearl Guzman added a straight sets triumph, as the Lady Riverhawks racked up 44 set wins in a 6-2 loss at Hermiston High School.

April 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD drops match with HRV, 7-1

Earlier in the week, The Dalles hosted Hood River Valley in a league match and lost 7-1, with Arlette Santillan taking the team’s lone win Tuesday at The Dalles High School. Although the score appeared lopsided, the Riverhawks had three matches decided by third-set tiebreakers and two others dropped by an average margin of 2.25 points, both in straight sets.

April 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD quartet makes their marks

When Eliana Ortega is on her game, The Dalles girls’ golf team has the ability to put forth a collaborative effort to compete in every tournament. Ortega paced the Riverhawks with her season-best scorecard of the spring with a 118, as she shot a 56 on the front-nine and added a 62 on the final half for her solid totals in tournament action Thursday at Pendleton Country Club.

April 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Seniors honored at Riverhawk track meet

In a final show of appreciation, The Dalles track and field program offered congratulations and high praise to 15 seniors before a three-team meet held Tuesday at Sid White Field.

April 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Popchock and Davis stay on their record pace

Even under horrid weather conditions, Ana Popchock remained on fire. The South Wasco County senior shattered her old school record in the triple jump by almost a foot, and teammate Madisen Davis equaled her school-record in the javelin, as the Lady Redsides posted six wins on their way to third place at the Mustang Invitational Tuesday in Heppner.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Sherman boys third in Heppner

Owen Christiansen secured a win and two seconds in his individual events and Desiree Winslow added top finishes in the 100 and 100-meter hurdles in Tuesday’s Mustang Invitational in Heppner. Christiansen, a sophomore, earned his win in the long jump with a personal-record of 20-feet-3 inches to set the pace, and he was runner-up in the triple jump at 38-11 and the 100 meters with a personal-record mark of 12.42 seconds.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


No. 10 Sherman pours it on to beat Heppner

MORO – Whenever a big hit was needed, Sherman’s 7-8-9 hitters stood tall. The trio of Wade Fields, Jacob Shandy and Diego Valdez combined to go 7 for 10 with a walk, a hit by pitch, eight runs scored and six RBIs, as the No. 10-ranked Huskies scored five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to defeat Heppner in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action Tuesday in Moro.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


No. 10 Sherman gains an edge on Dufur

DUFUR – The No. 10-ranked Huskies scored six first-inning runs and rode the pitching of Trey and Cal Homer to secure a 13-0 mercy-ruled victory over Dufur in a non-league baseball contest played Friday at Dufur City Park.

April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
  

Farrell, Kortge lead Dufur boys

Dufur’s No. 1-ranked 4x100-meter relay team of Tanner Masterson, Abraham Kilby, Anthony Thomas and Asa Farrell set a personal-record time of 45.64 seconds for first place, Farrell tacked on a pair of wins, Cole Kortge won the 300-meter hurdles, and the Rangers tallied 10 personal records to grab third place out of 13 teams in Saturday’s Dick Horyna Invitational in Stanfield.

April 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Popchock wins three at Umatilla

Ana Popchock ran her first-place total to six on the season after scoring top honors in three events and teammate Madisen Davis put up a first-place finish in the javelin to lead the South Wasco County girls’ squad to 53 points for fifth place in the 16-team field at Friday’s River’s Edge Meet held in Umatilla.

April 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

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