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CGBA to host two local tournaments

Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy president Greg Cummings is looking for more teams to sign up for two upcoming winter tournaments set for Jan. 13-14 and Feb. 24-25 at The Dalles Middle School.

December 27, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..

Cheer squad builds for the future

The Dalles cheer coach Kelsey Wallace envisions a large contingent of girls who want to be a part of the cheer family. After attracting more than 30 prospects from kindergarten-through-eighth grades at the annual youth cheer clinic on Dec. 14, the building aspect has just begun.

December 27, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..

TD girls are motivated to excel

Eight games into his first year as head coach of The Dalles girls’ basketball team, Brian Stevens has seen some good things and areas that need improvement. Overall, the team is 3-5 with a five-game losing streak, but the players have a desire to improve and put in the extra repetitions necessary to put up a good showing when Columbia River Conference play begins on Jan. 19 against Hermiston.

December 27, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..

Hawk hoops poised for a new year revival

Getting through the toughest part of the regular season schedule, playing four games in 11 days, The Dalles boys’ basketball team posted a 3-1 mark, with a three-game winning streak snapped last Friday by a 66-61 margin at home against No. 4-ranked Bend.

December 27, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..

An inspiring display of toughness and grit

Hagen Pence played 50 games and 200 quarters in his four-year high school career, and dealt with a separated shoulder, broken bones, torn ligaments, knee injuries and a dislocated elbow – and only missed two games. “I’m very amazed and proud of myself for being able to play the game like nothing ever happened,” Hagen said.

December 26, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Final quarter thwarts Dufur’s comeback

A 15-12 third-quarter run rallied the Dufur Rangers from a 23-15 halftime deficit to within 35-30, but Columbia went on a 24-5 fourth-quarter run to pull away for a 59-35 victory in boys’ basketball action Thursday at White Salmon.

December 23, 2017 noon read more..

Olson’s career day lifts Redsides to 52-50 victory

MAUPIN – Garrett Olson played the entire game, double and triple teamed. Olson scored a career-high 37 points and hit the eventual game-winning hook shot with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to lead South Wasco County to a 52-50 victory over Country Christian Thursday in Maupin.

December 23, 2017 noon read more..

Riverhawks place ninth at Adrian Irwin Invite

Steven Preston and Michael Parrish racked up a combined seven victories, five by pin, to secure top-3 placings, and The Dalles wrestling team totaled 78 points for ninth place out of 15 teams at the two-day Adrian Irwin Memorial Invitational ending Saturday in Redmond.

December 22, 2017 11:02 a.m. read more..

Running trio stands tall in national spotlight

While running stride-for-stride with such a competitive group, The Dalles High School freshman Dillon Dorado finished with a time of 18 minutes and 59.30 seconds for 238th in the 15-to-18-year old division and 146th in his 15-to-16 age category at the USATF Junior Olympic Nationals held on Dec. 9 at Apalachee Regional Park, Fla.

December 22, 2017 10:57 a.m. read more..

No. 3 SWC slips past Lyle, Wash.

Abby Birman scored 12 points and Allie Noland tacked on nine to lead the No. 3-ranked South Wasco County Redsides to a 49-38 win over Lyle, Wash. Monday in a non-league girls’ basketball game played in Maupin.

December 21, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

Perrydale defense gets upper hand against Dufur

DUFUR – On a few occasions this season, the Dufur Rangers have faced some pressure and trap defenses, which have caused them some difficulties. Saturday in the girls’ championship game at the Ranger Tournament, Perrydale hammered Dufur with a tough style of defense in its 51-34 victory.

December 21, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..

Huskies can’t stop Yakama Tribal

MORO – There were several factors that hurt the Sherman Huskies in an 82-42 girls’ basketball setback at the hands of Yakama Tribal Tuesday in Moro. “Poor shooting and turnovers cost us this game,” Sherman head coach Steve Bird said.

December 21, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Martin busts loose in Sherman’s blowout

MORO – Sherman head coach Gary Lewis had been patiently waiting for a scoring performance like Treve Martin put on Tuesday night against Yakama Tribal. Martin scored a season-high 29 points, including 18 in the second half, to give the No. 2-ranked Huskies the scoring boost needed for a 74-57 triumph Tuesday in Moro.

December 21, 2017 1:16 p.m. read more..

Lady Hawks lose fourth straight

Late in the fourth quarter, The Dalles girls’ basketball team erased a nine-point lead and inched to within five points, but misfired shots, ill-timed turnovers and missed free throws proved to be too much to overcome in a 42-31 loss against No. 15-ranked Milwaukie Tuesday at Kurtz Gym.

December 20, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

Murr plays hero in No. 11 TD’s comeback

Dakota Murr made one field goal in the fourth quarter. He made it count. With his team down 62-61 and time running out, Murr drained the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to give the No. 11-ranked Riverhawks a 64-62 victory over Milwaukie Tuesday in a boys’ basketball thriller played at Milwaukie High School.

December 20, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Sherman loses to 3A Cascade

Stepping up in class against 3A Cascade Christian in the championship round of the Holiday Hoops Classic, the Sherman Huskies could not get the bounces to go their way in a 55-49 loss Saturday in Klamath Falls.

December 19, 2017 2:38 p.m. read more..

Lyle picks up win over SWC

South Wasco County was held without a first-quarter field goal and outscored 44-26 in the second half by the Lyle Cougars in a 79-32 loss Monday in non-league boys’ basketball action from Maupin. Garrett Olson scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Redsides, who made 10 field goals, three 3-pointers, and shot 9 of 20 from the line.

December 19, 2017 2:37 p.m. read more..

Basketball without boundaries

Monday night at Kurtz Gym, the sport of basketball saw no boundaries. In a showcase evening of boys and girls basketball, The Dalles High School hosted an Australian Traveling team in three exhibition games, where the scores did not matter – the primary theme of the night was on bonding over athletics, along with fellowship, friendship and creating lasting bonds.

December 19, 2017 2:32 p.m. read more..

Shots don’t fall in 64-33 Husky loss

The shots were not falling for the Sherman Huskies. As a team, they shot 14 of 61 from the floor, 10 for 34 in the second half, and made 4 of 14 free throws in a 64-33 loss to Hosanna Christian on the first day of the Holiday Hoops Classic Friday in Klamath Falls.

December 16, 2017 11:35 a.m. read more..

No. 12 Dufur gets a lopsided win over North Lake

Alexus Outlaw, Kierstin White and Jessica Brown each surpassed double digits, and the Dufur Rangers cruised to a 25-10 halftime lead enroute to a 52-24 drubbing of North Lake Friday in the opening round of the Ranger Basketball Tournament at Dufur High School.

December 16, 2017 11:34 a.m. read more..

No. 1 Sherman keeps on chugging

The No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies kept their hot start to the season going with a 59-42 victory versus Hosanna Christian Friday in the opening round of the Holiday Hoops Classic in Klamath Falls.

December 16, 2017 11:33 a.m. read more..

Dufur defense leading the charge

The Dufur boys’ basketball team has won two games in a row and are using defense to spark their play. During this streak, the Rangers have allowed 23 field goals and an average of 33 points a contest.

December 16, 2017 11:31 a.m. read more..

Hawks show grit in defeat of St. Helens

Faced with a size disadvantage against St. Helens, The Dalles Riverhawks used hustle and heart to settle the score. Dakota Murr and Josh Nisbet combined for 45 points, and the No. 17-ranked Riverhawks added several clutch layups in crunch time and hit 6 of 9 fourth-quarter free throws to capture a 70-67 victory over the Lions Friday night at Kurtz Gym.

December 16, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..

Riverhawk football athletes score year-end awards

Names were called out for accolades and kind words from head coach Steve Sugg at The Dalles football team’s year-end banquet held last Tuesday at Wahtonka High School. Along with the 15 varsity and junior varsity awards given out, there was a gift exchange, games and food served for football players and their families.

December 15, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..

CGBA sends five squads to Hoops Classic

Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy coordinator Greg Cummings has entrusted coaches Deric Anthony, Ken Brock, Lindsay Brock, Phil Hukari, Mike Cates and Andrew Voodre to help mold and shape the future basketball standouts across the gorge. It takes hours of practices, scrimmages, games and tournaments, but Cummings is seeing some great progress.

December 15, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

Sherman dominates Trinity Lutheran

In their first game in 10 calendar days, the No. 3 Sherman Huskies came out a little slow against Trinity Lutheran, but then dropped the hammer down for a 48-36 run over the final three quarters for a 62-48 victory Tuesday in a boys’ hoops game held in Bend.

December 14, 2017 1:51 p.m. read more..

Riverhawks win 14 matches in La Grande

The Dalles wrestling team racked up 14 victories, JR Scott secured sixth place and Glenn Breckterfield added four wins on his way to a consolation championship at the two-day Muilenburg Wrestling Tournament held last weekend in La Grande. Of the 14 triumphs, the Riverhawks posted 10 pins, three decisions and a major decision, with Breckterfield supported by teammates Scott, Austin Greene and Andrew Richman, who had two wins apiece.

December 14, 2017 1:48 p.m. read more..

Dufur holds lead for road win

The Dufur Rangers nearly let another lead slip away but made the shots and the clutch plays for a 17-6 fourth-quarter run to defeat Klickitat, Wash. by a 49-37 margin Tuesday on the road at Klickitat High School.

December 13, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

TD boys snap two-game streak

Jacob Hernandez scored a career-high 18 points, Josh Nisbet broke out for 13 and Henry Lee Muscled up for eight to lead the Riverhawks to a 62-46 win Tuesday at Kurtz Gym. Leading scorer Dakota Murr wound up with 15 points but dealt with some foul troubles.

December 13, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

Olson scores 28 to lead SWC to its first win of ‘17

MAUPIN – South Wasco County had their best all-around performance last week in a 36-34 loss to Powers, but it was a quick glimpse into some promise. The good play continued Tuesday, as Garrett Olson scored a career-high 28 points, 16 in the second half and pulled down 10 rebounds and had three steals to lead the Redside boys’ basketball team to a 40-28 win over Monument-Dayville in a hoops contest played in Maupin.

December 13, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..

Dufur scores a season-high 50

Just three days earlier, the Dufur Rangers were dealt a 38-point loss at the hand of Powder Valley. Tuesday, eight different players drilled field goals, led by the guard trio of Kayla Bailey, Alexus Outlaw and Zoe Hester, as the Rangers opened with a 20-8 cushion through one quarter and rode that outburst to a 50-40 victory over Klickitat, Wash. Tuesday in a girls’ basketball road contest.

December 13, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

TD girls lose a heartbreaker

The Dalles girls’ basketball team led for the first three quarters and held as much as a nine-point lead but missed 10 free throws, including two front-end free throw attempts in a 47-46 loss to Ridgeview Tuesday in Redmond.

December 13, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..

No. 1 Redsides run winning streak to five

MAUPIN – SWC and Monument-Dayville played a gritty opening half, but the Lady Redsides expanded on their 16-14 lead with a 32-17 run in the second half to secure a 48-31 victory Tuesday in a non-league contest in Maupin.

December 13, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

No. 1 Redsides run streak to four

Things could not be better for No. 1-ranked South Wasco County. In their 4-0 start, the Redsides are averaging nearly 51 points a contest and using a variety of weapons a nightly basis to turn the tide in games. Saturday against Powers, Abby Birman scored 15 of her season-high 19 points in the second and third quarters, as the Redsides finished the final three quarters of play on a 42-15 run to capture a lopsided 51-19 triumph Saturday at the Pacific Girls’ Basketball Tournament held in Port Orford.

December 12, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

Rangers take their latest loss as a learning lesson

DUFUR – At this point in the season, Dufur girls’ basketball coach Hollie Darden is using this time to get his young team some added experience and learning more about the offensive and defensive sets rather than worrying about wins and losses.

December 12, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

SWC takes step forward in loss

Playing on back-to-back nights at the Pacific Crossover Tournament, the South Wasco County boys’ basketball squad put up a spirited four-quarter effort in a 36-34 loss to Powers Saturday from Port Orford.

December 12, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Miscues doom Dufur in 61-55 home loss

DUFUR – The Dufur Rangers had an eight-point halftime lead, and a 48-43 advantage entering the fourth quarter, but turnovers and rebounding spurred an 18-7 fourth-quarter rally by Powder Valley in a 61-55 boys’ basketball victory Saturday at Dufur High School.

December 12, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

SWC gets stung by Pacific

With its size and athleticism, Pacific High School got off to a quick start and never looked back, as a 34-5 first-quarter lead paved the way for a 61-26 victory at the Pacific Crossover Boys’ Basketball Tournament Friday in Port Orford.

December 9, 2017 11:27 a.m. read more..

Early struggles hampering Dufur

A sluggish start by the Dufur Rangers opened the door for Ryan Patrick and the Damascus Christian Eagles to jump out to an 18-4 lead through one quarter in a 63-35 blowout win in non-league boys’ basketball action Friday at Dufur High School.

December 9, 2017 11:27 a.m. read more..

No. 2 SWC in cruise control

The South Wasco County Redsides moved up to No. 2 in the 1A rankings and kept their undefeated record intact following a 55-31 rout of Pacific Friday in opening-day girls’ hoops action at the Pacific Tournament in Port Orford.

December 9, 2017 11:26 a.m. read more..

Balanced attack sparks Dufur

Mikayla Kelly scored 13 points, Chloe Beeson tacked on eight and the No. 11-ranked Dufur Lady Rangers derailed an attempted Damascus Christian comeback with a 15-4 fourth-quarter run in a 45-31 win Friday at Dufur High School.

December 9, 2017 11:26 a.m. read more..

TD girls have win streak snapped by Glencoe

Coasting through their first three games with wins over Centennial, Sandy and Columbia, the stakes were raised to a higher level in Friday’s non-league basketball game against 6A Glencoe. No. 10-ranked The Dalles fought valiantly through the first two quarters, down 16-12, but the Crimson Tide hit 13 second-half field goals and their trapping defense flustered the Riverhawks for a 37-11 run in a 53-23 girls’ basketball victory at Kurtz Gym.

December 9, 2017 11:24 a.m. read more..

TD cheer is seeking donations for trip

Through Friday morning, The Dalles cheerleaders have received 32 donations for a total of $1,680, which is far from the the $5,000 needed to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a trip to California for Cheer Nationals in January. Hampered by school budgets and other monetary issues, the team is seeking funds to help offset the costs for hotels, airfare, meals, and entry fees, so coach Kelsey Wallace is looking to families, friends, and the community for help.

December 8, 2017 12:24 p.m. read more..

It takes a village to raise nine title banners

DUFUR – There’s a fun little rivalry going on in the Thomas household these days. Former football standout Ray Thomas won three straight state championships from 1999 to 2001 and nearly two decades later, his son, Anthony, matched that feat with three titles in a row. As a junior, Anthony has one more year of eligibility left to trump his father with a fourth 1A championship.

December 8, 2017 12:20 p.m. read more..

JR Scott takes first place at Woods Invite

JR Scott won five consecutive matches, four by pinfall, to pick up first place, Austin Greene added fifth-place honors, and The Dalles Riverhawks totaled 17 wins for 17th place at the 21-team Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Tournament ending Saturday in Oregon City.

December 7, 2017 12:06 p.m. read more..

Culver outlasts Dufur girls

Chloe Beeson scored 11 points, and Kayla Bailey poured in eight, but a 17-2 second-quarter run by Culver gave it a 34-13 halftime lead enroute to a 52-35 victory Tuesday at Dufur High School.

December 6, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..

Ranger boys drop Culver to get in the win column

Down by a 19-12 score after one quarter of play, the Dufur Rangers used a 31-18 run over the final three quarters of play to defeat 2A Culver by a 43-37 final margin Tuesday in a non-league boys’ basketball game played at Dufur High School.

December 6, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

TD is hoping to continue its rise

Getting off to a hot start is great, but The Dalles head coach Nathan Morris is still hoping his team can fine tune a few aspects of the game to get to an elite level. Dakota Murr racked up 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, Jacob Hernandez went off for 13 and the undefeated Riverhawks broke open a 28-20 halftime lead with a 35-27 run in the second half in a 63-47 triumph over Columbia, out of White Salmon, Wash. Tuesday in The Dalles.

December 6, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..


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