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Soccer League opens up registration

The Gorge Soccer League – The Dalles Youth is scheduled to run a pair of in-person registration dates from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 and 14 at Chenowith Elementary School in the cafeteria.

March 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wheatfield run features feverish finishes

Racing fans had a chance to get up close and personal with many of the top harriers in the gorge at last weekend’s Wheatfield 3k, 8k and half-marathon run/walk held Saturday at Petersburg School in The Dalles, and they were not disappointed, as 59 participants put on a good show across three distances.

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

After top winter, TDST is ready for summer

With one final chance to put up a captivating performance, The Dalles swim team did not disappoint. At the season-ending Oregon City Spring Forward Meet held on March 10-11, the local group racked up 12 top-5 finishes, including a team-best second-place output by Lydia DiGennaro in the 100-meter butterfly, a third out of Kendall Webber and fourths from Salma Ladkani and Sky Coburn.

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

Vassar earns medalist at Riverhawk Invite

The Dalles golfer Tyler Vassar is familiar with taking home medalist awards, as he captured back-to-back Indian creek Invitational titles as a freshman and sophomore. Friday, he scored another medalist crown, but did so in impressive fashion with a one-under par 70, 12 strokes ahead of teammate Aidan Telles at the Riverhawk Invitational at The Dalles Country Club.

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

Huskies leave John Day with a 2-1 record

Steamed after a heartbreaking, one-run loss to Homedale, ID., the Sherman Huskies took their frustrations out on Nyssa in a 13-0 mercy-ruled drubbing in final-day baseball action at the 2018 Iron Triangle Tournament Saturday in John Day.

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

TD girls score third place at Big River Invite

The Dalles head coach Amy Wilson knew her team could improve their collective scores. A few days of practice cemented her claims. From Tuesday’s tournament-opening score of 521, The Dalles girls’ golf team combined to drop 33 strokes off its total for a 488 and third-place honors at the Big River Invitational in Umatilla.

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

Vassar, Telles lead TD to 4th place

First-year varsity golfers Jonathan Snodgrass, Spencer Taylor and David Adams had a touch of nerves at the start of Thursday’s Big River Invitational. Snodgrass carded a 104, Taylor finished his tournament at 120, and Adams came through with his 124, to follow up Tyler Vassar, who placed second overall after a 76, and Aidan Telles placed third overall with his 81 to give The Dalles fourth place in Umatilla.

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

Sherman track is rising up

Owen Christiansen scored a victory, and the trio of Makoa Whitaker, Keenan Coles and Mercedez Cardona chipped in runner-up finishes, as the Husky boys were third and the girls fourth at the Condon-Wheeler Relays Wednesday in Condon.

March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Racing elite highlight St. Patrick’s Day run

As the crowd gathered for the 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day River Trail run/walk, many of the runners knew the competition was going to be tough. Former high school standouts, collegiate athletes and state champions such as Randall Jones, Greg Glesener, Luke Conklin and Ben Iremonger, to name a few, were part of the cast of 107 characters gathered at Lewis and Clark Park last Saturday, ready to try their best to claim top status.

March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

SWC girls grab win at C-W Relays

Ana Popchock picked up a personal record of 16-feet-8-inches to take first place in the long jump and Madisen Davis had a top toss of 116-11 for top billing as the South Wasco County girls’ track team rattled off 54 points to take first place at the Condon-Wheeler Relays Wednesday at Condon High School.

March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD track stays on its hot streak

With a pair of victories in his back pocket from the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational, The Dalles standout Justin Conklin improved on his times and heights against much stiffer competition this time around for first-place outputs in the high jump and 110-meter hurdles at the Sherwood Opener Wednesday at Sherwood High School.

March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

The Dalles misses out on chance to defeat Ridgeview

The Dalles baseball team tallied six hits, six walks and a hit batter, but stranded six runners on base, four in scoring position, and had two runners thrown out at third base in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss at No. 11-ranked Ridgeview.

March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Sherman explodes on Union/Cove

The duo of Jacob Justesen and Brett Troutman combined for six hits, three runs scored and seven RBIs in the Sherman baseball team’s 11-0 mercy-ruled victory on the road against Union/Cove Tuesday.

March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Golfers get season started at Riverhawk Invite

As an inexperienced freshman on the varsity golf circuit, Samantha Stansbury had the lowest score of her teammates and Lydia Evans finished with a 135, as The Dalles Riverhawk golfers averaged a 134.2 on the scorecards, with the top four putting up 521 strokes for sixth place at Tuesday’s Riverhawk Invitational at The Dalles Country Club.

March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Bats bring some sting in Riverhawk romp

Last season, The Dalles softball team needed eight games to score 43 runs and didn’t earn its first win until April 22. So far this spring, the Riverhawk bats have come alive with 44 runs scored through four games, they are already one win from matching their 2017 total and moved up to No. 5 in the 5A rankings following a 25-3 mercy-ruled dismantling of Redmond in non-league softball action Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.

March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD Dance Academy trio earns $250 scholarships

When the bright lights were on, The Dalles Dance Club Academy standouts Tora Timinsky, Olivia Prado and Bridget Donnell put on their best performance. At the Jump Dance Convention in Portland March 9-11, the trio received $250 scholarships to attend an upcoming dance convention invite to be held in San Diego, Calif. later this year.

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

TD golfers aiming to take the 5A by storm

Just because Chase Snodgrass and Mark Felderman are not on the roster, The Dalles boys’ golf team should not be an afterthought when it comes to challenging for a 5A state championship.

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

TD softball gets a home win against Bend

The Dalles softball team had an offensive explosion in its first game with an 11-5 victory and rallied for a 3-3 tie in the nightcap of Saturday’s non-league doubleheader at 16th Street Ballpark in The Dalles. Coming off a 6-5 loss earlier in the week, first-year head coach Kim Kiser liked the resiliency her group showed in its dominant opening-game effort.

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

Wilson building confidence in her golf team

Toward the end of the 2017 season, Eliana Ortega found her stride on the gold course and repeatedly set new career marks. During Special District 2 Regional action last season at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Redmond, Ortega carded a personal-record of 115 on the first day and then followed that up with a 127 for a two-day total of 242 to lead the Riverhawks. “This year, I am coming in with much more confidence,” Ortega said.

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

Dufur pulls off comeback win

The Dufur Rangers trailed all game long, but had a golden opportunity to pull off a thrilling late comeback. Justin Eiesland was the right man to lean on.

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

Liberty outlasts TD softball, 6-5

Facing a state-qualifying 6A Liberty, The Dalles had very little margin for error if they planned to win. The Falcons took advantage of a few late miscues to break open a 5-all tie in the bottom of the seventh inning for the 6-5 triumph Wednesday in a softball contest played at Hillsboro Stadium.

March 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Mondragon roars to TD’s lone win versus Redmond

With just four players having previous varsity experience, The Dalles girls’ tennis coach Debby Jones knew it was going to be an uphill battle against a more seasoned Redmond squad. Dalia Mondragon won her first match of the season, and three other matches were three set points from forcing tiebreakers in TD’s 7-1 loss Wednesday at The Dalles High School.

March 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Riverhawks can’t crawl out of early hole

With the help of six errors by The Dalles defense, 6A Gresham held leads of 4-1 and 6-1 in the first two innings and jumped ahead by as much as 9-1 through three and a half frames in their 11-3 varsity baseball victory Wednesday at Bob Williams Field. “We did not come ready to play in the first couple of innings,” TD head coach Steve Sugg said.

March 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Eiesland makes it look easy in his Ranger debut

Justin Eiesland’s Dufur debut was a smashing success. The senior slugger went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a run scored and six RBIs to lead the Rangers to a 14-10 victory over 3A Riverside in varsity baseball action Tuesday from Boardman.

March 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TDMS girls gain ground for future success

When taking over as coach at The Dalles Middle School, Nate Timmons just wanted to make a difference. With Timmons and assistant coach Josh Stahly on the sidelines this winter, the eighth-grade girls’ basketball team used its stifling defense and all-around skill set to garner wins in eight of 10 games played.

March 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wetmore, Nelson pitch TD to win

Jordan Wetmore and Ben Nelson combined for a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and four walks to help give The Dalles baseball squad a 5-0 shutout win over Reynolds Monday in Fairview.

March 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Hawk track is bubbling over with excitement

Mercy I’aulualo wrapped up her freshman track and field season with third place in the shotput and discus events after personal-record tosses. So far in two weeks of practice under the new coaching duo of Neticia and Aleluia Fanene, I’aulualo is already hitting her marks, which is giving her the motivation to pencil herself in for state competition. “Last year really showed me that I can do what I set my mind to and that I can beat anybody that is in my way,” I’aulualo said.

March 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Hawks looking ahead toward bright future

There was a valuable lesson learned from last season. The Dalles softball seniors Emma Weir, Jodi Thomasian and Kathryn Bradford all have the mindset of moving forward and not looking back.

March 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD baseball has lofty goals for 2018 season

From the end of the season, a 3-2 state play-in loss to Putnam on May 19, a handful of baseball players from The Dalles High School were still active for summer and fall ball and were also in the cages over the winter getting extra swings in. That preparation was geared toward making a 2018 postseason run.

March 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

New-look Rangers poised to make some noise

DUFUR – The Dufur Rangers were an inning away from clinching a state championship berth. Now, without Kolbe Bales, Bailey Keever and Connor Uhalde, the Rangers are not conceding this season at all – they are even more driven to show what they are made of.

March 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Thomasian and Finn earn all-league honors

Jodi Thomasian and Paulina Finn were the prominent scoring options for The Dalles girls’ basketball team this season, and coaches from the Columbia River Conference had to devise game plans on how to stop this dynamic duo. Thomasian notched double figures in seven of the Riverhawks’ nine league matchups, while Finn rattled off 10 points or more in five of the seven league matchups she was active for.

March 10, 2018 noon read more..

Three TD players gain spots on CRC list

While evaluating this past winter, The Dalles boys’ basketball coach Nathan Morris liked the progress his group showed. The Riverhawks also had an increase in all-Columbia River Conference winners, from two to three, as Dakota Murr chalked up his third straight first-team award and teammates Jacob Hernandez and Josh Nisbet secured second-team honors.

March 10, 2018 noon read more..

Barrier scores second place at Horn Rapids

Riding high off a solid 2017 campaign, Bill Barrier jumped up in class for the start of the Pacific Racing Organization Northwest Motocross Series and followed up a fifth-place outcome by posting a pair of top-3 finishes to capture second place overall this past Sunday at Horn Rapids Motocross Park in Richland, Wash.

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

Myers and Noland celebrate all-state recognition

MAUPIN – Through her four-year volleyball career, South Wasco County senior Allie Noland has seen it all and been through it all. Noland and junior teammate Jada Myers received enough votes from opposing coaches to earn all-state honorable mention awards for their standout play last fall.

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

Hardwood heroes making strides this winter

On Feb. 24-25 in The Dalles, the second annual Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy Winter Classic had some encouraging results from local squads, as the CGBA sixth graders picked up their fourth tournament victory of the season and the newly-formed Big Sky All Stars, with players from Dufur and Sherman, claimed its first title.

March 6, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Huskies claim fourth place at state tourney

BAKER CITY – After Saturday’s season-ending 65-55 triumph against Hosanna Christian, Sherman senior Treve Martin stood with his teammates and coaches for celebratory photos. Instead of hoisting a big blue trophy, however, the team scored back-to-back consolation victories to claim fourth place at the OSAA 1A State Basketball Championships in Baker City.

March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Driven to make the most of their opportunities

BAKER CITY – Martin, Fields, Coles and Justesen are the last names synonymous with the Sherman boys’ basketball legacy, whether its contributions on or off the hardwood. Since many of the former and current high school athletes were young up-and-comers, many in the community have stepped up their efforts to ensure long-term success.

March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Huskies lose opener, but bounce back well

BAKER CITY – In their first-round matchup, the Sherman Huskies were blitzed by Dorran Wilson and No. 7-seeded Prairie City by a 68-53 margin Thursday in Baker City. “We just came out and under-estimated our opponent in the first round,” Sherman senior Reese Blake said. “It is tough. You win some and lose some. They happened to get the best of us.”

March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Equestrians saddle up for OHSET opener

The Dalles equestrian team competed in the first of three District Oregon High School Equestrian Team (OHSET) meets Feb. 16-18 in Redmond and posted 14 top-10 finishes. Some of those top performances were highlighted by first-place honors by the freestyle fours drill team of Tate Howell, Summer Kendall, Jaeden Biehn and McKenzie Shaw.

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

Riverhawks secure three state ski berths

Through a tough ski season marred by a lack of snow and limited practice time, The Dalles trio of Matt Gragg, Louis Red Cloud and Maddie Gragg all qualified as individuals for Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state action in both slalom and giant slalom events. Both the boys and girls teams missed out on going to state for the alpine races by one place.

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

Sherman players prepared for Baker City challenge

The 1A state tournament field is set. Eight squads are aiming for three consecutive wins to hoist championship blue. As far as the mindset of the two-time defending state champion and No. 2-seeded Sherman Huskies (25-2 overall), all-state point guard Jacob Justesen said this team is going in fully focused on their first opponent, No. 7 Prairie City (21-3) at 8:15 p.m. Thursday in Baker City.

February 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Netters see work pay off in tourney win

There is no replacement for constant repetitions. That’s why playing offseason sports is to crucial to the development of high school programs across the state. Volleyball athletes from The Dalles and Dufur, representing the 18U Cherry City Juniors Volleyball Club, won their second straight tournament championship, the latest coming in the gold bracket this past Sunday at the Prineville Tournament.

February 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Teachers make their marks

The Dalles High School honored Ajay Rundell, Ty Wenzel and Leroy Tharp for their hard work and dedication put toward helping student-athletes during the past year earlier this month in a ceremony held on Feb. 16 at Kurtz Gym.

February 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Blake serving as Sherman’s heart and soul

MORO – At the start of the 2016-2017 basketball season, Reese Blake felt queasy, with some chest pain and dizziness, unsure what was going on. This winter on the hardwood, the Sherman senior is a key piece to a basketball squad that captured its third district crown and is vying for its third consecutive state championship.

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

Henderson excited about football changes

The 1A football season will be much different with changes recently approved by the OSAA Football Ad Hoc Committee. Those moves affect the future of local programs such as South Wasco County, Sherman and Dufur, and many others across the state. “I like what has happened with the Ad Hoc Committee’s work,” Dufur football coach and athletic director Jack Henderson said.

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

Huskies earmark fourth straight Baker trip

MORO – Back in 1989, Doug Martin and Joe Justesen claimed state championships in football and basketball. Nearly 30 years later, their sons, Treve Martin and Jacob Justesen, are looking to lock down a third consecutive 1A state boys’ basketball championship. “Just like anything, going back to Baker is a surreal feeling,” Treve said.

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

Following loss, Redsides feel the best is coming

MAUPIN – Saddened to see her high school basketball career come to an end following a 37-24 state loss to Hosanna Christian Friday, South Wasco County senior Ana Popchock could only think of the positives from what it meant to be a part of something special.

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


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