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Arlington inches past SWC boys

South Wasco County enjoyed an early lead and had several chances to get back in control late, but critical missed shots led to a 40-36 boys’ basketball loss to Arlington on Friday.

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Sherman cruises to win

No. 2 Huskies keep control of Big Sky standings

MORO – Max Martin, Isaiah Coles, Treve Martin and Maverick Winslow combined for 53 points and the No. 2-ranked Sherman Huskies built a 45-23 halftime lead and coasted to an 84-48 triumph over Ione Friday in a Big Sky Conference contest played at Sherman High School.

SWC loses second straight contest

Abby Birman and Allie Noland scored eight points each, and Ana Popchock went for five, but South Wasco County could not contain Arlington’s Megan Hauner in a 40-34 loss Friday at Arlington High School.

Dufur defense smothers Mitchell

Playing without Chloe Beeson, the Dufur Ranger defense worked fits on Mitchell-Spray, holding the Eagle Loggers to two field goals over the final three quarters in a 51-13 win Friday at Dufur High School.

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Husky offense nets season-high in points

Seven players hit field goals to help team secure 69-38 win over Ione

MORO – The Sherman offense was hitting on all cylinders Friday night in Moro, as four players hit double figures and seven hit field goals in a 69-38 girls’ basketball victory over Ione.

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Swimmers reach new heights in Hood River

TD scores 10 top-3 places, four wins on Saturday

HOOD RIVER – Molly Nelson and Natalie Varland each had individual wins, and both the boys and girls 200-yard freestyle relay teams added victories to lead The Dalles Swim Team at the Hood River Invitational Saturday.

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All rumble, no stumble for TD cheer team

Young group scores 177.7 points on way to first place

Usually with a young cheer team that is entering its first competition, there are nerves and jitters. Just the look in their eyes at the onset of action, however, gave The Dalles head coach Kelsey Sugg all the affirmation she needed. They were ready.

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Hawks hoping to bounce back

TD looks to climb back in the CRC mix at 7 tonight

The Dalles trailed 15-2 at one point in the opening quarter, and inched to within a 37-28 halftime deficit, but the Hermiston Bulldogs hit 15 second-half field goals, five 3-pointers to cap a 38-24 run to grab a 75-52 victory Wednesday at Kurtz Gym.

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TD wins 7 matches in Madras

Breckterfield and Urenda take home fourth-place honors

Jonathon Urenda and Glenn Breckterfield combined for seven wins, five by pin, and The Dalles wrestling wound up in a tie for 10th place in the 12-team White Buffalo Invitational Saturday in Madras.

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Carter takes it up another level at Ski Bowl

The Dalles skier leads way for third place in slalom event

Martin Carter, Preston Klindt, Matt Gragg and Liam Brewer secured top-20 finishes, and Petra van Kessel added a 19th-place outcome to headline the girls’ team in an Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association slalom event Saturday.

Rangers pummel Mitchell-Spray

Jackie Culp, Tabor McLaughlin, Curtis Crawford, and Kolbe Bales each hit double figures in the No. 9 Dufur Rangers’ 70-33 victory over the Mitchell-Spray Tuesday in Spray.

Redsides get back on track

SWC boys beat Horizon for third straight victory

Beating Ione and Mitchell-Spray was a nice boost of confidence for South Wasco County. Tuesday, the Redsides had a much tougher task at home against Horizon Christian, however. Ty Herlocker and Haven Stephenson combined for 38 points and 30 rebounds, as the Redsides jumped out to a 16-5 first-quarter lead on their way to their third straight win, 54-37, over Horizon Christian Tuesday in Maupin.

Bailey, Outlaw lead Dufur

Kayla Bailey scored 20 points, Alexus Outlaw added 16 to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 51-41 win over Mitchell-Spray Tuesday in a girls’ basketball game played in Spray.

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SWC suffers tough loss to HCS

Horizon Christian and South Wasco County battled to a 28-all draw through three quarters, but the Lady Hawks managed to use a 5-2 spurt in the final period to escape with a 33-30 win Tuesday in Maupin.

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TD gives highest honor to a former great

Team holds ceremony for wrestler Spud Simer Tuesday at Kurtz Gym

Before the start of Tuesday’s Columbia River Conference dual, in a front of a big crowd at Kurtz Gym, The Dalles wrestling program honored former wrestler Spud Simer in an emotional pre-match ceremony. Simer, 27, a 2007 Dufur High School graduate who died in a farming accident on July 30, wrestled under the tutelage of coach Kevin Kramer.

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Dufur girls take loss to Arlington

Arlington’s Megan Hauner scored 14 of her 27 points in the first half, as the Honkers built a 28-14 halftime lead on their way to a 50-30 victory over Dufur Saturday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball game played at Dufur High School.

Sherman drops two weekend sets

The Sherman Huskies fell to sixth place in the Big Sky Conference after a pair of girls’ basketball losses over the weekend to Arlington and Condon-Wheeler.

Allie Noland, Kiana Moody lead Redsides past Mitchell

Allie Noland continued her torrid play with a game-high 17 points, and Kiana Moody dropped nine points to lead the South Wasco County Redsides to a 50-17 drubbing of Mitchell-Spray Saturday in Maupin.

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SWC nets second straight victory

After four straight losses to start league play, South Wasco County enjoyed a solid weekend with two lopsided wins, capping their streak Saturday night in a 50-16 home romp against Mitchell-Spray.

Dufur extends its winning streak

The Dufur Rangers won their fourth consecutive game Saturday in a 64-50 triumph at home against Arlington.

Huskies on top of Big Sky standings

For two quarters, Condon-Wheeler gave the Sherman Huskies all they could handle. Ahead 25-21 at the half, the No. 2-ranked Huskies put the Knights away with a 23-11 third-quarter run in a 65-46 victory Saturday in Condon.

Hawk boys lose to La Grande

Dakota Murr, Eric Flores and Josh Nisbet combined for 37 points, but The Dalles Riverhawks could not contain a La Grande team that went on a 39-21 run in the second half in a 65-44 final Saturday in The Dalles.

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TD girls lose CRC opener to Hermiston

Columbia River Conference play kicked off for The Dalles and Hermiston girls’ basketball teams Monday night, with the host Bulldogs breaking open a 22-21 halftime lead, on a 31-14 run over the final two quarters in a 53-35 win.

Dufur drops home heartbreaker by 1

Through the first round of Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball games, there is a four-team race for top honors, with a half a game separating Arlington, South Wasco County, Horizon Christian and Condon-Wheeler. Even after Friday’s one-point home loss to Condon-Wheeler, the Dufur Rangers are sitting in fifth place, still within contention of a district berth.

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Balanced attack leads Lady Redsides

Nine players hit baskets in SWC’s 43-28 road victory

The Lady Redsides lost to Arlington by 27 points on Thursday to snap a three-game win streak, but dominated play from the opening tip in a 43-28 victory over Ione Friday night.

Stephenson breaks out for SWC

South Wasco County head coach Jim Hull knew it was a matter of time before Haven Stephenson would get his breakout game. The senior big man scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half, and he added 15 rebounds to help the Redsides to a 55-31 drubbing of Ione Friday in a Big Sky boys’ basketball game played in Ione.

Rangers defeat Condon by 30

The Dufur Rangers moved into second place in the Big Sky Conference after picking up a dominant 80-50 triumph over Condon-Wheeler Friday at Dufur High School.

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No. 1 Huskies capture eighth straight win

Max Martin tallied 25 points, the inside duo of Kyle Fields and Isaiah Coles added a combined 31 points to lead the No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies to a lopsided 84-49 victory over Arlington Friday in Moro.

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Fifth-graders show no mercy on way to title

CGBA squad goes 4-0 and outscores teams by a 192-43 margin

When a team outscores opponents by a 192-43 margin, chances are good that tournament success will follow. That is exactly what the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy fifth-graders put forth in scoring four consecutive wins and a tournament title at the inaugural Gorge Hoops Invitational ending Sunday at The Dalles Middle School.

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TD all-stars keep winning legacy intact

Sixth-grade group wins title game over White Salmon, 40-17

At a recent AAU tournament played in Hermiston, sixth graders from the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy went winless in four games. This past Sunday at the Gorge Hoops Invitational, this group, coached by Ken Brock and Phil Hukari, left nothing to chance, going 5-0 with an average margin of victory of 19.6 points to capture championship honors.

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TD football continues tradition of giving back

Players and coaches shovel snow for three days last week

While the temperature outside was in the teens with record amounts of snow on the ground, players and coaches from The Dalles football program helped clear 32 driveways and walkways of excess snow in a show of outreach and giving back.

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Skiers start well in regular-season opener

Six skiers from TD, Dufur and SWC finish in the top-15

Under solid conditions atop the Meadows Course, ski team members from The Dalles, Dufur and South Wasco County had six top-15 finishes in a Mount Hood Ski League slalom race Saturday.

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Local kids come out on top in Elks district contest

Facing athletes from Baker to The Dalles, the local duo of Julie and Jason Hull, in middle, won their respective age divisions at the Elks Hoop Shoot District Free Throw contest held Sunday in Hermiston.

Sherman girls take loss to Perrydale

Playing at David Douglas High School against a Perrydale team that was on a winning streak, the Sherman Huskies were outscored 33-19 in the second half in their 45-23 loss Monday in a non-league girls’ basketball game played in Portland.

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TD cheer is focused, ready for first event

As one of two active seniors on The Dalles cheer team, Keagan Rice is anxiously waiting for a chance to compete for a state championship. Although still a month away from state, the Riverhawk cheerleaders get their opportunity to find their groove in a season-opening event this Saturday at David Douglas High School.

Dufur girls lose by 12 to Horizon

The Dufur Rangers gave Horizon Christian all they could handle, but the Lady Hawks were able to fight them off with an 18-9 fourth-quarter run in a 59-47 victory Friday in Dufur.

Lady Huskies dominate Mitchell

Using defense to open the door for transition baskets, the Sherman Huskies fell behind 12-9 through one quarter, but then outscored Mitchell-Spray by a 47-29 margin over the final three quarters to earn a 56-41 win Friday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball matchup played at Mitchell High School.

Redsides pick up solid Big Sky victory

Trailing for most of Friday’s game, Jada Myers hit a clutch 3-pointer to give South Wasco County girls’ basketball team its first lead of the game, and from there, the Redsides made a final defensive stand to hold on for the 26-23 triumph over Condon-Wheeler.

Redside girls beat Sherman, 41-32

South Wasco County got off to a hot start offensively for a 19-4 lead after one quarter and rode that surge to a 41-32 win over Sherman Saturday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball contest played in Moro.

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Lady Rangers stand tall in Ione

Dufur sinks 18 field goals in its 52-42 Saturday win

Chloe Beeson scored 17 of her points in just three quarters, and the Dufur Rangers had seven players hit field goals in a 52-42 win over Ione Saturday in a Big Sky Conference showdown at Ione High School.

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No. 12 Dufur blasts Ione by 30

Connor Uhalde set a season-high with 30 points, and sophomore guard Tabor McLaughlin had one of the best games of his career to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 67-37 victory over Ione Saturday in a Big Sky Conference battle in Ione.

Husky boys cruise past SWC

Four players amassed double figures, and the Sherman Huskies broke open a 37-16 halftime cushion with a 23-6 third-quarter spurt in a what turned out to be a 70-34 blowout victory over South Wasco County Saturday afternoon in Moro.

With return of Justesen, Sherman beats up on Perrydale

All-state point guard Jacob Justesen made his return to the lineup and scored 13 points, and the No. 3-ranked Sherman Huskies motored past Perrydale by a 76-48 score Monday in a non-league boys’ basketball game played at David Douglas High School.

Dufur girls drop Sherman by 23

DUFUR – Chloe Beeson scored 15 points, and the backcourt duo of Kayla Bailey and Alexus Outlaw added 12 points apiece to lead the Dufur Rangers to a resounding 51-28 victory over the Sherman Huskies Thursday in a league contest played at Dufur High School.

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Sherman gets road win at Dufur

Boys team runs winning streak to four games

DUFUR – In a marquee matchup pitting two of the top Big Sky Conference teams who were riding season-high winning streaks, the Sherman Huskies outlasted the Dufur Rangers by a 61-48 margin Thursday night in Dufur.

Redsides sputter in home loss

South Wasco County led 10-2 and 17-7 at different parts of the first half, but then Condon-Wheeler crept back into contention with the help of their pressure defense and outside shooting in a 61-38 win Friday in Maupin.

Sherman wins fifth straight

Kyle Fields scored a season-high 20 points, and the Sherman Huskies moved up to No. 3 in the 1A rankings after a 93-44 rout of Mitchell-Spray Friday in a Big Sky game played at Mitchell High School.

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Dufur defeats Horizon 53-45

After having their long winning streak snapped Thursday, the Dufur Rangers showed some bounce-back ability with a solid four-quarter performance in Friday’s 53-45 road triumph over Horizon Christian.

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The time is now for TD Riverhawk skiers

Athletes look forward to the official start of 2017 campaign on Saturday

Usually at this time of year, senior Sydney Reed is in the middle of her basketball season from her point guard position for the Dufur High School program. Instead of dribbling, passing and shooting 3-pointers, Reed is equipped with skis, a helmet and goggles at the start of 2017.

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Hoops excitement is coming to the gorge

A total of 15 teams are expected for tourney action this weekend

Over the past two months, six youth teams representing the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy have been putting in countless hours of work in preparation for some competitive hardwood action – four of these teams will get to have their game showcased this weekend.

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