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Rising stars aim to break through 13U

Group is focused on executing the fundamentals

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Babe Ruth Stars ready for regional field

14U softball hopes past experience pays dividends

Crush falls short at state

The Dalles’ 14U Cherry City Crush softball team won its first two tournament games by scores of 10-9 and 10-1, but wound up on the losing end of back-to-back games this weekend, a 7-6 loss to the Eugene Lightning, and a season-ending 7-3 loss to the West Linn Spirit.

New events coming for youths and dults

New events coming this summer

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Against all odds: TD captures district title

10U All Stars drop Bend North twice on Saturday

PRINEVILLE – Bend North has been a thorn in the side of The Dalles Little League. That 10U group eliminated them from postseason play in 2015, and earlier in tournament action, posted a 16-4 mercy-rule win. Needing to win two games in order to keep its season alive, TD’s 10U All Star team scored mercy-ruled wins of 16-3 and 12-2 Saturday over Bend North to capture a District 5 Championship in games played at Parr Lumber Field in Prineville.

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Hustlers score fifth league win

Legion team uses three-run rally in eighth for 8-6 victory

The Columbia Gorge Hustlers battled back from a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the fifth inning and added three more in the eighth and staved off a late rally to defeat Putnam 8-6 in American Legion baseball action played at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.

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Katie-Rose storms soapbox derby scene

TD sixth-grader eyeing All-American World Title

On the surface, Katie-Rose Mason is your typical middle school girl. She enjoys biking, hiking, playing the ukulele and the fiddle. Get her in her bright red soapbox derby car and she morphs into ‘Hurricane’ Katie Rose. Just one year into her young career as a soapbox racer in the stock class, Mason already has a first-place finish and she earned Queen of the Hill at the Oregon All-American Championships last month in Salem.

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Affordable Homes captures Majors championship

Abby Williams scores game-winner to lift team to a 15-9 finals victory

The third time was definitely a charm for Meghan Rowland. She had helped lead her Babe Ruth softball team to a championship in her first two campaigns, but wound up on the losing end both times. Wednesday she was able to hoist a championship trophy, as her Columbia Gorge Affordable Homes squad broke open an 8-8 tie with four runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth to defeat Spooky’s Pizza by a 15-9 score in a Majors Division contest played at Sorosis Park.

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14U Crush cruises to NAFA Tourney title

Softball squad heads to state with a full head of steam

Nothing is going to stop the runaway train known as the Cherry City Crush 14U softball team. This past weekend in Newberg, the Crush squad did everything from throw no-hitters, hit home runs and play solid defense to finishing 5-0 to capture the 2016 NAFA National UFO Tournament.

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TD’s murderers’ row toppling its district foes

In two wins, 10U Stars have scored 53 runs in seven innings

So far, The Dalles’ 10U All Stars have been an unstoppable force on the diamond. In seven innings, spanning two games, The Dalles Little League 10U All Stars have scored 53 runs, pounded out 39 hits and received 12 walks in reeling off back-to-back lopsided District 5 wins in Prineville.

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Athletics East trio continues scorching run

Bullock, Johnson and Rising to make regionals run

Emily Johnson, Chloe Bullock and Ellie Rising have enjoyed a successful summer under the sun. After last weekend’s performance in Portland, the summer just got a little better. At the USATF Junior Olympic State Championships at Jesuit High School, the local trio of runners representing Athletics East all scored top-10 finishes to advance to regional competition in Seattle.

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12U Stars aim for the future

Little League All Star players representing The Dalles’ 12U team gather for a group photograph last week in Prineville. The group was eliminated in two games.

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Hustlers bounce back in style

Backed by Harvey’s gem, CG squad takes a 7-4 road victory

Coming off two losses Sunday by a 24-5 margin to Mound Time, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers found a way to respond just 24 hours later in a 7-4 league win over the Northwest Stars Monday in an American Legion baseball game played at Wilsonville High School.

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Golf stars come out for Sasquatch event

Rende and Schanno take 1st overall net championship

Many of the Pacific Northwest’s top female golfers converged to The Dalles Country Club for two days of golf play during the 42nd annual Sasquatch. When the final scores were tallied, the duo of Sue Rende and Dixie Schanno scored the tournament’s overall net championship, and Naomi Moss and Dolly Wilkins were tops in the overall gross division.

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Ft. Dalles Days run scheduled

The Fort Dalles Days 3k and 5k run is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16 at Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

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Hustler bats respond with fury

Legion group snaps skid with 14-hit barrage in win

Coming off a stretch last week where they lost three of four games, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers were looking for a rebound performance. They got it and then some.

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Camp shines a light on local youths

Jumpstart Hoops event wraps up its 23rd season

DUFUR – The 23rd annual Jumpstart Basketball Camp in Dufur breezed by this week, with many campers coming away better players and teammates after sharpening their skills under the tutelage of a solid cast of veteran coaches. Headlined by coordinator Tom Conklin, Brian Stevens and several local coaches from across the gorge, more than 150 athletes from across the Greater Columbia River Gorge and beyond were on hand to soak in those years of knowledge as the foundation of basketball fundamentals in five days of clinical tutorials.

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Sasquatch event set for Saturday

Sasquatch event set for Saturday

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Sugg gets a cheer day to remember

TD graduate to perform at Saturday’s Les Schwab Bowl

Ever since she received notice in April, The Dalles High School cheerleader Taylor Sugg has been brimming with excitement for an opportunity to represent Riverhawk Nation on a big stage. Sugg, a 2016 graduate, gets her chance to shine at 5 p.m. this Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium for the 69th annual Les Schwab Bowl for the South team.

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Sharing the gridiron for one final thrill

Christiansen, Stutzman and Smith take all-star victory

Last November Wyatt Stutzman walked off the field in tears as his Sherman Huskies suffered a 24-22 playoff defeat to Powers. He felt, at that moment, he would never play football again. Saturday, Stutzman, a recent Sherman graduate, had one final chance to strap on his No. 33 uniform to represent a community he gave his blood, sweat and tears for.

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10U Cherry Crush serves up Father’s Day treat

Softball team goes 5-0 to take Classic in West Linn

The 10U Cherry City Crush Softball team entered the 2016 campaign with one goal in mind – winning state. If this past weekend’s dominant 5-0 performance at the Father’s Day Classic in West Linn is any indication, this group of seven third-year players and five newcomers is ready for the challenge.

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Wilson looks forward to all-star opportunity

Recent TD grad to play in 69th Les Schwab Bowl

The Dalles High School graduate Devin Wilson is counting down the days before he gets one final chance to hit the football field in Saturday’s 69th annual Les Schwab Bowl at Hillsboro Stadium. He will be the first football player since Ray Niko in 2011 to earn such an honor, so he plans to make full use of this opportunity, not just to continue to play at an elite level, but to also serve as an example to all of the football players from across the gorge.

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Wilson looks forward to all-star opportunity

Recent TD grad to play in 69th Les Schwab Bowl

The Dalles High School graduate Devin Wilson is counting down the days before he gets one final chance to hit the football field in Saturday’s 69th annual Les Schwab Bowl at Hillsboro Stadium. He will be the first football player since Ray Niko in 2011 to earn such an honor, so he plans to make full use of this opportunity, not just to continue to play at an elite level, but to also serve as an example to all of the football players from across the gorge.

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One final journey for TD’s 12U All Star hardballers

Agidius and company look to put stamp on 2016

For many on The Dalles 12U All Star roster, this is their last chance to get to the state playoffs. It will not be an easy task by any stretch, but they believe in each other and their coach, Deric Anthony.

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11U Stars enter play as a District 5 wild card

Six-team bracket has some talented standouts

The Dalles 11U All Stars are the wild card team of the District 5 Little League tournament. While they are going into playoff action with the intent on winning, head coach Mike Wilbur wants his athletes to enjoy the responsibility of being examples of the community.

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10U All Stars ready for their next challenge

Team wants to make its district point in Prineville

The countdown for Prineville begins. For The Dalles’ 10U Little League All Stars, many of the players expressed a high level of excitement for the opportunity to play on the big stage and be a part of something special. Most of all, this group, coached by Ken Brock, is going in with a little bit of chip on their shoulders.

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CG Hustlers get one win in weekend doubleheaders

Team splits Friday, loses 2 to Advanced Metal Saturday

The Columbia Gorge Hustlers salvaged a split with Advanced Metals Friday, and then came up on the wrong end of a two-game sweep loss Saturday to Showtime in a pair of American legion baseball doubleheaders played at Bob Williams Field. In their opening game, the Hustlers led 5-2 and 6-3, but Advanced Metals scored four runs in the top of the sixth and held on for a 7-6 win.

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Husky hoopsters cruise to tourney crown

Sherman goes 8-0, including final win over Triangle Lake

MORO – Last year, the Sherman Huskies won their own tournament and eventually won a 1A state championship. If you are a believer in good omens, this past weekend’s performance at the Sherman County Invitational Basketball Tournament was one. The Huskies went 8-0 with each win by double digits, including a lopsided 78-57 triumph over Triangle Lake in the championship Sunday in Moro.

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The Dalles Little League Brackets and Rosters

District 5 Playoffs in Prineville

Here is your The Dalles Little League 10U District 5 Playoff bracket for play next weekend in Prineville

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Pepsi scores Babe Ruth championship

Beeks and Buell come through in team’s 5-4 win

On a roster that features Henry Lee and Dalles Seufalemua, it was first-year players Taylor Beeks and Jacob Buell making the big plays in the pressure moment that made the difference for Team Pepsi. Buell reached on an error, allowing Beeks to score the game-winning run, as Pepsi came away with a 5-4 victory over Hood River, Northwest Graphic, in their Babe Ruth championship game played Friday at Kramer Field.

Making the Big Sale

Cheerleaders representing The Dalles High School were out in full force Friday for the opening day of its annual rummage sale on the front lawn of The Dalles High School. The team will be there until 4 p.m. today, and will be out front Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in an effort to raise money for the program. In the picture are, starting on top, from left to right, Crysta Harris, Kendyl Kumm, Abbey Helseth, Keagan Rice and Carey Stone. On the bottom are, from left, Sophia Pullen, Willow Drake, Sakari Bova, Bryonna Otzoy, Jenifer Salinas- Deras, Mackenzie Smith. Interested parties can still drop off items for sale today and can do so Saturday as well. For more information, email kelseyesugg@live.com Contributed photo

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Lee helps lock down finals bid for Pepsi

Pitcher escapes late jam in Pepsi’s 10-9 triumph

With the game on the line, his team ahead by one run and ECE threatening with runners in scoring position in the top of the sixth inning, Pepsi pitcher Henry Lee needed to do whatever it took to get his team to the championship game. The crowd was divided, cascading Kramer Field with cheers and boos, but the young pitching phenom had to settle in and will his team to victory. Lee escaped the sixth inning jam with back-to-back strikeouts, and then struck out the side in the top of the seventh to help Pepsi secure a 10-9 win over ECE in its Babe Ruth semifinal matchup.

Pepsi beats ECE to earn BR finals berth

It is coming down to the wire for many of the top Babe Ruth baseball teams. With championship week on the schedule for The Dalles Babe Ruth Organization, there have been several close matchups so far, including a pair of one-run elimination baseball playoff games played Wednesday night at Kramer Field in The Dalles. In first round play, White Salmon defeated Hood River Gray by a 5-4 and, in the semifinal rounds, Pepsi defeated ECE in a tough showdown, 10-9 to advance to Friday’s title game. On the other side of the bracket, Hood River Green squares off against White Salmon in the semifinals at 6 p.m. tonight for a chance at earning a finals berth against Pepsi. There have been five games played so far in a single elimination format to determine the Babe Ruth League champions. Pepsi started play as the No. 1 seed, since they only lost one game during the regular season and wound up with an impressive 11-1 overall record. The second and third place teams, ECE and Hood River Green, were both tied with identical 9-3 records. In the first day of play, Pepsi doubled up on Big Sky by an 8-4 margin and then Hood River Green cruised to a lopsided victory over Lyle.

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Bats swing for the fences

Players representing The Dalles Little League named The Bats from the Rookie/Coach Pitch division enjoyed a breakthrough season under head coach Dave Johnson. The players and coaches are, pictured from left to right, starting in the top row, Coach Johnson, Cayden Whitaker (9), Jeremiah Salazar (8), Andrew Westin (8), Reese Kenslow (8), Colton Churchill (9), and Coach Doug McKinney. In the bottom row are, from left, Boston Johnson (7), Brody Taylor (7), Camden Dooley (7), Ryan Henrikson (6), Ava Barker (7), Mason Ramsey (7), and Carson Ramsey (8), Not pictured is Owen Synder (8). Contributed photo

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Tourney bringing big crowds

SWC, Dufur and Sherman competing in 14-team event

South Wasco county, Dufur and defending 1A state champion Sherman will get an opportunity to show off their skills this week for the Sherman County Basketball Invitational in Moro. With the loss of Brody Myers, Ellis Rager and Travis Hayes, the Redsides have Nick Ward, Haven Stephenson, Ty Herlocker and Skyler Anderson, Keith Kegel and Dawson Herlocker back for coach Jim Hull. “We always look forward to the tournament,” Hull said. “There are always a number of top 1A teams there. It helps show our team what is necessary to compete at a high level for next year.” The Dufur Rangers have a new coach in Ron Townsend overseeing the further development of Connor Uhalde, Ethan Wetherbee, Travis Lucas, Curtis Crawford and a slew of returning freshmen. Sherman coach Bill Blevins has his championship roster intact with Keenan Coles, Max Martin, Treve Martin, Jacob Jusetsen, Kyle Fields, Isaiah Coles and Luke Martin looking to make a repeat run. “If you are a 1A basketball fan, Sherman County is the place to be this week,” Blevins said. “We have some competitive teams from both Oregon and Washington here.” Games run from 4-9 p.m. today in Moro.

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CBRC is sending three to Silver State

Harrison, Brumley and Patnode off to Winnemucca

Columbia Basin Rodeo Club members Bryce Harrison, Morgan Brumley and Joely Patnode each had top-10 performances this past weekend at the state rodeo finals in Prineville to earn spots in the Silver State International Rodeo from June 27 to July 3 in Winnemucca, Nev. Harrison qualified in steer wrestling and calf roping, Brumley punched her SSIR tickets for pole bending and barrel racing, and Patnode is headed to Nevada in breakaway roping and barrels, and partner, Jacee Currin, will make the trip with Patnode for team roping.

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14U Crush secures 2nd at NAFA Challenge

Softball squad goes 4-1 in tourney play in Newberg

Playing under scorching conditions, the 14U Cherry City crush maintained their momentum with a 4-1 record and second-place honors at the NAFA 14U B Division West Coast Challenge in Newberg. “I can’t be more proud of our girls,” said Crush coach Leroy Tharp. “They go into these tournaments against some of these teams that come from bigger cities that draw the best kids from all those schools, and compete at a high level. I love the fact that those teams know that they have a battle on their hands and draw that kind of respect from our small community. It’s a great feeling.”

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Hustlers drop home opener to Champion

Legion squad is held to just five hits in their 7-2 loss

With an opportunity to hit the field for the first time this season, Columbia Gorge Hustler head coach Chris Loyd was able to gauge and evaluate his group in its home opener Monday at Bob Williams Field. Even though the Hustlers fell by a 7-2 margin to Champion, the first-year coach said he liked what he saw from an offensive standpoint and continued his excitement about his pitching staff. In all, the Hustlers totaled five hits, received two walks and had his players reach on five Champion errors, but left six runners on base.

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Cubs offense proves to be an unstoppable force

Minors Cubs total 16 hits in their 12-6 title victory

Last season, head coach Michael Cates had to deal with the heartache of a one-run loss in a championship game. This year, his Cubs left nothing to chance. Finley Corbin and William Lee went a combined 6 for 6 with three RBIs and five runs scored to lead the Hanks Auto Cubs to a 12-6 victory over the Les Schwab Rockies Saturday in Minors baseball action at Kramer Field.

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Angels flying high after Majors crown

Evans and DeLeon notch 12 strikeouts in 3-1 victory

Shane Floyd capped his Little League career with three city championships. Each one is more meaningful than the next, but Saturday’s 3-1 Angels win over the Cardinals made it even more special. “It was really fun. It feels good to accomplish something we have been working hard all season for,” Floyd said. “We had some hard practices with the coaches and we struggled a little bit, but we came out in the end, so it feels pretty good.”

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TD girls’ basketball camp set for Wed.

Camp scheduled to be at The Dalles Middle School

The Dalles girls’ basketball program is offering its annual three-day fundamental hoops camp from 8:30-11:30 a.m. starting Wednesday, June 15 at The Dalles Middle School in the gym. Boys and girls will be taught different parts of the game by coaches along with current and former players. This camp is open for boys and girls from the fourth-through-eighth grades, and the cost is $50 per person. There will be competitive drills, techniques taught, scrimmages and other aspects of the game covered. With the fees, every participant will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, call coach Dan Telles at 541-993-3319. TD XC starts summer workout The Dalles Cross Country team will begin its offseason running program starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 13 at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. This is open to all runners who are in middle and high school, including St. Mary’s Academy students. During June, the plan is to meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. On Monday and Friday, the team will practice at Sorosis Park, and on Wednesday nights, they will work out at Lewis and Clark Park on 1st and Union Street. For additional information on these workouts, to volunteer or to join, call TD cross country head coach Bob Thouvenel at 541-298-1119. Youth football signups on tap The Dalles Youth Football organization has registration open for youths from first grade through sixth. There is an $80 early bird price until June 15 and the price goes up to $100 price for tackle athletes from grades 3-6. For flag football for boys and girls in grades 1-2, the costs start at $40. Parents will be asked to volunteer time working in different parts, ranging from front gate duties, concessions, cleanup, coaching and other areas of need that may arise. All paperwork must be filled out and insurance papers completed before the first game. Parents can log on to www.eteamz.com/thedallesyouthfootball to print from the handouts tab.

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Jumpstart camp is fast approaching

More than 150 boys and girls expected to sign up

If a player wants to maximize their overall skill level in the game of basketball, extra work in the offseason is necessary. Starting at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. on Monday, June 20, the Jumpstart Basketball Camp will start its 23rd season of giving youths from grades 2-9 the opportunity to hone in on their hoops attributes in a five-day event at Dufur High School. Cost to attend this event is $100 until the capacity of 150 is met. Some of the areas instructed include ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defense. Program coordinator Tom Conklin will have the kids give their undivided attention to details, attentively listening to each word their coach offers. Several former or current athletes from across the area will be on hand for individualized instruction. While an athlete may be blessed with speed and size, possess solid inside skills or a deadly 3-point shot, Conklin said none of those attributes matter if a player cannot mesh with his or her teammates. “We spend a lot of time teaching about the character of an athlete,” said Tom Conklin. “First or last place, it does not matter. When the game is finished, how will others remember me as a player? Will coaches see me as a class act? We select specific quotes that guide each of our five days of camp. These quotes stem from a deep experience that defines struggle ultimately providing the success we were hoping for, but not sure we’d attain.” Along with the opportunity to work together to practice their new skills, the aim of the camp is predicated on emphasizing the fundamentals, developing proper mechanics and gaining valuable game experience. Campers acquire and carry the knowledge over for a chance to get a solid start to their upcoming seasons. In the end, there is no better tool than getting on the hardwood. “In the process, I realized kids and all folks love to work towards a goal,” Conklin added. “In the process or journey, they develop much more than an outcome. The journey is what makes the person, not really the prize. When a person wins a running race, they, in my opinion, won because they reaped the reward of the process or developmental benefits of striving for a goal.” Early in the morning, the athletes sit down for a speech from one of the coaches, and then the instruction begins. After a break, the kids get an opportunity to use their skills in friendly scrimmages, with coaches emphasizing proper techniques on the sidelines. Once all of the daily work is completed, the campers get a chance to soak up some sunshine at Dufur City Pool for a dip in the drink. The money raised helps fund the Jim Schultz Scholarship program at Dufur schools and many of the other Dufur sports programs. In addition, Conklin said he felt extremely blessed to raise money from the Jumpstart track and cross country races, the hoops camp and other yearly events so he can cut checks for Home at Last, the Salvation Army, The Dalles River Trail Project and other programs. Interested parties can email questions to Jumpstartyouthactivities @gmail.com or log on to Jumpstartcamps.com.

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Saying goodbye is never easy

J.R. Runyon steps away from baseball after 11 years

Baseball has been a part of J.R. Runyon’s life for the past three decades. The sport represents the fabric of his being, bringing the joys, the smell of the grass, the memories and the moments he shares with his immediate family, his friends and the kids he helped shape and mold the past 11 years as a coach at The Dalles High School. That’s why the decision to step down as head coach of The Dalles baseball program was such a difficult decision. “Baseball has always been a part of my life, whether I am playing or coaching,” Runyon said. “There are no words to describe my love for the game. When you love something so much and it is a big part of your life, it is going to be tough to be without it. It is going to be really tough.”

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Indoor soccer champs crowned

Gorge Indoor Soccer players celebrate championships at the recently completed league finals at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club. At the top left are the 7U champions named Real Madrid. To the right, at the top, is Team Azul, the champions of the 12U classification. On the bottom left, Team K and K Orchards took first place in the Men’s Second Division. On the bottom right, Team Atletico dominated the competition all the way to a Men’s First Division title. “I’m happy to see the youth developing skills to help them on their future in the sport,” said Indoor Soccer Director Izzy Quiroz. “These kids can play against the best out there and Indoor has helped all players get the playing time in order to get to the next level.” The season starts in September for all divisions. Call 541-340-9175 for information. Contributed photos

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TD quartet caps year with all-state status

Bradford and Noonan 2nd teamers; Ford and Hoylman on third squad

A span of one calendar year has made a difference for The Dalles junior Kailin Hoylman. Last season, Hoylman was a second-team all-league winner, but she kept working on her craft and was rewarded with first-team honors in league and capped 2016 with third-team all-state recognition for her play in the outfield. “I’m completely shocked and honored to receive this award, but I owe it all to my past and present coaches and teammates that I have had since I started playing sports,” Hoylman said. “They have always encouraged me to do my best and have supported me. They have helped make me the athlete I am today.”

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Dufur, Sherman stack the all-state roster

Bales on first team; Uhalde and Moe get 2nd team bids

Dufur and Sherman burst onto the Blue Mountain Conference scene this year with solid seasons and plenty of all-league representatives to show for it. Both teams combined for 27 wins and 416 runs scored, so being represented on the all-state list was a tip of the cap from opposing coaches across the state.

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A time to celebrate athletic achievement

Four senior standouts earn honors as TD Hall of Famers

Overlooking a large crowd of athletes, parents and coaches at The Dalles High School All Sports Awards ceremony Wednesday, Colin Noonan stood front and center, as varsity basketball coach Nathan Morris showered him with accolades and praise. It was the perfect way to cap a senior campaign. For the second straight year, Noonan was named as The Dalles’ Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. He picked up an Academic Excellence Award for his 3.94 grade point average, and after being named as a second-team all-state baseball winner, he etched his name in TD’s Hall of Fame. “You never really know what impact you make on anyone, because you are just playing and doing everything the right way, so to hear those things and being recognized is very humbling,” said Noonan, who will major in mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University. “It is a great feeling knowing that I can graduate now with an impactful last few years in high school.” In addition to Noonan, Lori Cimmiyotti, Maddy Bradford and Joe Linebarger had their names called as TD Hall of Famers. Cimmiyotti was a three-sport letter winner in volleyball, basketball and softball, had a 3.9 cumulative grade point average and was an Academic Excellence Award winner, a Female Scholar Athlete and a Hall of Fame recipient. The senior will be attending Linfield College and playing volleyball and plans to major in business. Bradford participated in volleyball and softball this year and maintained a 3.43 grade point average, including 3.67 in her senior year

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All Stars are taking lofty dreams to Prineville

TDLL teams bring talent and skill to forefront

Three teams. Three dreams. One goal. The Dalles Little League announced its 12U, 11U and 10U All-Star teams for the start of District 5 baseball action on June 24 in Prineville. Deric Anthony leads the 13-player 12U team as head coach, Mike Wilbur is on board for 11U squad in his first year and Ken Brock has 13 of the top 10U players ready to roll for a chance at district, state and beyond.

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Bringing new energy to Dufur cheer

Peterson is excited about future of the program

DUFUR – Being a part of Dufur High School has always given Kelsey Peterson a sense of pride – The scarlet and white colors coursing through her veins. Now Peterson and co-coach Lisa Harris have a chance to breathe new life into a cheerleading program moving forward, taking over for Britt Beeson, who stepped down after leading the program for the past nine years.

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Athletics East runners bolt out of the blocks at Linfield

Five harriers from across the gorge fare well at invite

Back for another summer running season is The Dalles Middle School standout Emily Johnson, and she is joined by Ellie Rising, Maddie Nichols, David Cribbs and Hunter Nichols to form the 2016 version of Athletics East Running Club. This past weekend, the five harriers took part in the West Coast Invitational at Linfield College in McMinnville and posted several personal records and first-place finishes in their first major event of the summer.

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