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Stelzer, Kortge break through

Firstyear athletes punch state tickets: Keith Blake makes two events in final season

Coming in as a No. 4 seed and an underdog in the 110-meter hurdle event, Dufur freshman Cole Kortge was not sure how his day would end. In the hurdles, Kortge had a personal record time of 18.63 for second place, a shade more than a second behind Horizon’s Luke Holste, who had a 17.33. After he crossed the finish line in second place, Kortge jumped high in the air in celebration. “I didn’t think I would be that close, but I was able to fight through everything and finish well. After that third hurdle, I got that rush of excitement that let me believe that I could get first or second,” Kortge said. “It is always a goal to go to state with the mindset of winning my event. At the same time, I am still a freshman and I still have more goals to accomplish. Hopefully, this is a four-year deal and I can get better and better.” Blake picked up second place in discus with a throw of 122-6, and the senior got a wild card in the shotput, where he had a third-place toss of 42-3.5. Stelzer, a junior and first-year track athlete, earned a district championship in the 1,500 in a time of 4:24.35, and he qualified in 300-meter intermediate hurdles where he had a mark of 46.25. “I am really excited about going to state. I really wanted to make it and I have been pushing really hard for this spot and I am really stoked that I made it,” Stelzer said. “I was surprised that I could run long distances. I have been getting PRs in every meet except for one, so it has been encouraging. I cut 10 seconds today and that has me excited because I know I hope to get another PR at state.”

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Huskies get split

With a chance to pick up a Blue Mountain Conference title and a No. 1 seed heading into district play, the No. 8 Sherman Huskies salvaged a split with Irrigon Friday, a 5-0 loss and a 15-4 victory, in two games. With the opening-game setback, the Huskies square off against Dufur at 10 a.m. next Saturday at Quinton Street Ballpark for a chance to extend their season. “It is not the situation we wanted to be in, but it is what it is,” said Sherman coach Joe Justesen. “We have a chance to go to state, so we will need to battle tough against one of the best pitchers in the state and hope we can get some runs on him and get a win.” In Friday’s opener, Irrigon lefty Austin Rice tossed a no-hitter with three walks with eight strikeouts, as the Knights clinched league, 5-0. Sherman rebounded in the second game, using a seven-run seventh inning to grab a 15-4 win. Brett Troutman went 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBIs, Kyle Fields had three hits and four RBIs, and Jacob Justesen went 3 for 5 with three runs scored. Bradley Moe had one hit, a three-run double, as part of the seven-run seventh inning. Maverick Winslow lasted 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on four hits with a strikeout and a walk.

Hawks double up on Hood River

TD takes 6-3 win Friday on senior night

The Dalles seniors Grace Helyer and Ruthie Ford combined for five hits and two RBIs, as No. 9 The Dalles broke open a 1-1 tie with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning enroute to a 6-3 win Friday over Hood River Valley on senior night in The Dalles. TD’s win, coupled by Hermiston’s 12-2 loss Friday to Pendleton, gave the Riverhawks second place in league and a home state play-in matchup at home next Friday against St. Helens.

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TD seniors cap careers on a high note

Hawks miss playoffs, but end year with win over HR

In back-to-back years, The Dalles baseball team had its playoff hopes riding on outside elements. Last season, a coin flip determined the Riverhawks’ postseason fate. On Friday the 13th, the Hawks had solid pitching performances by seniors Colton Walker and Bailey Ortega and scored a 6-3 triumph over the defending state champions and the state’s No. 2-ranked baseball program.

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Cheer squad jumping into the new year

Coach Kelsey Sugg excited to have 36 in the program

Entering her second year as The Dalles’ head cheerleading coach, Kelsey Sugg has seen the numbers shoot through the roof, with previous and future state success as the launching ground for the signup barrage. Sugg, along with assistant coach Andrea Pena, announced the new batch of recruits primed to take center stage at sporting events and other venues throughout the 2016-2017 season. There were 42 participants, more than double the number from last year, who tried out for the team over a three-day span, so the choices were hard for the Riverhawk coaches, but 36 were selected to represent the crimson and gold.

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TD track sending five to state meet

Seibel, Nearing, Mullins and Thomas making first-ever trips

Avery Cardosi already had one event in the bag on opening day, and she added state qualifications in two events Thursday at the Columbia River Conference District Championships at Hermiston High School. The Riverhawk senior placed second in the 400-meters with a final time just a shade over a minute, and just a second behind Hood River Valley’s Kassidy Davidson (59.22). Cardosi was also one of the key cogs in the 4x400-meter relay team along with Bailey Nearing, Emma Mullins and Athena Thomas that hit a mark of 4:17.49 for second place behind Hermiston (4:12.02). The 4:17.49 put up by Cardosi, Nearing and company was a season-best by nearly eight seconds. “It took a lot of dedication and a lot of extra practice to work on 4x400 techniques,” said Nearing, a sophomore making her first trip to state. “We definitely knew deep down we could do it and we got it.” Joining Cardosi and the relay team is junior Kayla Seibel.

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Cardosi earns state bid

TD senior hits 16-feet-2.75 inches to win long jump

One day into Columbia River Conference Track and Field action in Hermiston and The Dalles track standout Avery Cardosi is already making reservations for Eugene. Just moments after qualifying for the 400-meter finals with a time of one minute and 1.37 seconds, Cardosi, on her third attempt, hit her top distance in the long jump of 16-feet-2.75 inches, a mark three inches better than Pendleton’s Kiara Glover to claim her district championship.

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Dufur bats are heating up during four-game win streak

In their first 18 games of the season, the Dufur Rangers had scored 106 runs, including an average of four in four straight losses to Heppner and Sherman to end the month of April. As the calendar switched to May, however, the Ranger bats have caught fire to the tune of 51 runs in their current four-game winning streak.

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Telles off to state after solid district golf finish

Junior golfer cards a 158 to earn sixth-place honors

Playing against Pendleton’s Haley Greb, Crater’s Daniele Giles and Summit’s Olivia Loberg brings the best out in The Dalles’ Iliana Telles. Telles carded a two-day total of 158 to secure sixth place and an individual state qualification at the Special District 2 Golf Tournament ending Tuesday at Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River.

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Irrigon’s late rally stuns Sherman

Rice gets clutch hit to lead Knights to a 3-2 win

MORO – Ace pitcher Brett Troutman and the Sherman Huskies were two outs away from sealing a comeback win and moving a step closer to winning the Blue Mountain Conference. But in the top of the seventh inning, a bad bounce single, followed by another single and a bases-clearing double by Austin Rice turned the tide in Irrigon’s favor. Rice’s late heroics, and 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief by Hayden White gave the No. 7 Knights a 3-2 victory over the No. 8 Huskies in a league baseball game played Tuesday in Moro.

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Huot, Popchock set records to lead SWC girls

Redsides score 141 points for first place at Arlington Inv.

In back-to-back weeks, Chloe Huot and Anna Popchock each broke school records, and the South Wasco County girls’ track and field team notched four wins and five seconds to win the Arlington invitational with 141 points Saturday in Arlington. Huot clinched a record-breaking height of 5-feet last week in Condon, and then added a 5-1 Saturday to re-set the record, which had been on the books since 1975.

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Dufur baseball clinches third

The Dufur Rangers slugged out 19 runs on 25 hits to complete a two-game sweep over Culver Friday in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action in Culver. The wins help seal third place and a district berth. Dufur won the first game, 4-1, and took the nightcap, 15-4. Monday at Dufur City Park, the Rangers won their fourth straight game, 21-9, over 3A Riverside. Dufur (9-13, 6-6 league) heads to Union for two games starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Read Wednesday’s Chronicle for the full story.

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TD golfers vault to the big dance

Team gets a 656 for fifth, 12 shots over Ridgeview

It has been a long time coming for The Dalles boys’ golf team. The seven-year state drought is now over. Chase Snodgrass placed sixth overall, Tyler Vassar and Mark Felderman combined for an average of 165 on the scorecards, and the Riverhawks had a two-day tally of 656 to grab fifth-place honors at the 5A Special District 2 Golf Tournament ending Saturday at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Redmond.

Sherman splits two

The Sherman Huskies split two home games Friday against Heppner in league play in Moro. The No. 5 Huskies the first game, 5-4, but lost the nightcap, 10-9. In the opener, Jacob Justesen threw a complete-game five-hitter with three strikeouts and five walks to get the win. He also added a double, a run scored and an RBI, as the Huskies scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win it, as an error on a ball hit by Justesen allowed Wyatt Stutzman to score the game-winner. Kyle Fields added a hit, a run and an RBI, and Stutzman went 1 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. Heppner got off to a fast start in the second game, scoring four runs in the second inning and three more in the third to go ahead 8-2. Sherman chipped away and crept to within a 10-9 deficit with three runs in the fifth frame. Still down one run in the seventh, Brett Troutman led off with a single, but then Sherman hit three consecutive flyouts to end the rally. Bradley Moe had three hits, scored twice and drove in two runs to lead Sherman’s 10-hit attack. Maverick Winslow added a hit, three walks and three runs. Sherman (16-5 overall, 7-2 league) hosts Irrigon at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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TD golf in fifth

The Dalles boys’ golf team had a 327 to place fifth overall in regional tournament action at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Redmond. Chase Snodgrass had a 75, Tyler Vassar shot an 80 and Mark Felderman was good for an 86. Jacob Ford carded an 87 and Darsh Patel went for a 96. Second-day play was Saturday, and the top five teams go to state.

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Riverhawks flying high after home win

TD is one win from clinching a playoff berth

Two years ago, Bailey Ortega was a varsity golfer. After Friday’s six-inning masterpiece against No. 13 Hermiston, the senior pitcher is cementing his name atop the Columbia River Conference all-league list. Ortega tossed six innings of two-hit ball with two strikeouts, as he outdueled Hermiston ace R.J. Robles in The Dalles’ 5-1 victory at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.

Hawks end league with a loss

Top 2 doubles, Pashek at singles win against HRV

Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli finished their league season undefeated. Robin Pashek is hitting her fever pitch down the stretch. And the newly-formed No. 2 doubles tandem of Emma Smith-Ell and Rebekah Kohltfarber appear to be rising. That core group scored wins, as The Dalles girls’ tennis team finished the regular season with a 5-3 loss on the road to Hood River Valley Thursday.

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Basketball all-stars earn 1A state praise

Sherman’s Max Martin named Player of the Year

Through relentless work and dedication to the sport of basketball, Sherman guard Max Martin has evolved into one of the most feared scorers in the 1A classification. Add to that his defensive upgrades, his passing abilities, leadership qualities and overall hoops IQ, the junior has displayed steady improvement over the years. Martin was named the 1A Oregon Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year and a first-team all-state honor for all of his individual and team accomplishments this season. “None of this would have been possible without the help of all my teammates and my coach, Bill Blevins,” Martin said. “He was Coach of the Year for a reason. He works his tail off getting us in the best possible position to win every single game we play.” Blevins had his name called as 1A Coach of the Year and Husky point guard Jacob Justesen and junior teammate Isaiah Coles picked up second-team recognition. South Wasco County senior guard Travis Hayes earned a third-team all-state award for his play during the 2015-2016 campaign.

TD girls play strong

The Dalles girls’ tennis team made sure to put exclamation point on a solid league campaign with an 8-1 win over Pendleton Tuesday in The Dalles. “Real solid efforts all around,” said TD coach Debby Jones. “Pendleton is a lot younger this year as opposed to past years and we were determined to show respect, but dominance all at the same time.” Robin Pashek defeated Jenna Senter by scores of 6-1 and 6-2 at No. 1 singles, and at No. 2, Brittany Bernstein added a 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 triumph over Brandy Brown. Yahira Alvarez also needed three sets to upend Gabby Cuthbert, winning 6-4, 5-7, 10-4 at No. 4 singles, and Natalie Varland defeated Kelsey Cartnell 8-2 in a No. 5 pro-set match. Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli breezed past Anne James and Isabelle Chapman, 6-0 and 6-0 in their No. 1 doubles match, and the No. 2 duo of Emma Smith-Ell and Rebekah Kohltfarber outworked Denae Smith and Jessie Patterson by scores of 6-2 and 6-2. Abby Minnick and Ellie Trujillo tacked on a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles, and Cassie Vazquez and Tiani Langston dominated their No. 4 doubles match over Bradi Reynolds and Heather Wilcox, 6-1 and 6-0. TD was in Hood River tonight for its final league match, and then head to Bend for the two-day district tournament starting on May 13.

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No. 3 Sherman wallops Heppner

Troutman excels, Fields hits slam to lead Huskies

Kyle Fields provided the muscle. Ace pitcher Brett Troutman tapped dance on a minefield, but made the pitches down the stretch to give the No. 3 Huskies their sixth consecutive win, 5-2, over Heppner Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball matchup played in Heppner.

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Sisterhood of the flying rackets

TD’s tennis duo is making their mark in the 5A ranks

Johanna Wilson is the boisterous and gregarious player. Kiana Pielli is the shy, demure athlete. Their styles on the tennis court are different in many ways, but also very similar – they want to win. This season, the duo has combined forces and skill set for a dominant run through their schedule with a 15-1 match record and a 30-2 set-win differential. What started as an afterthought early in the season has reaped plenty of benefits for The Dalles’ No. 1 doubles team.

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Dance Academy puts on gold medal performance

Team fares well at Onstage New York in Portland

Gold awards were flying for members of The Dalles Dance Academy this past weekend at the Onstage New York Dance Competition held at the Portland Convention Center. TD received top awards in the Teen, Junior and Mini-Division, in areas such as Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater and Solo, as its competition came from approximately 50 studios around the Pacific Northwest and 861 dancers in this regional event.

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TD baseball, softball take losses to Hood River

Even with setbacks, teams have chances for postseason berths

Maddy Bradford threw another complete-game gem, but Hood River Valley pitcher Hannah McNerney made the right pitches and the defense stood strong with several highlight-reel plays to help the Eagles hold on for a 2-1 Columbia River Conference softball victory Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.

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Dufur reels off home victory over Culver

Bales strikes out 12 in four innings; Rangers get 11-4 win

Riding a four-game losing streak, the Dufur Rangers held leads of 4-0, 6-1 and 10-2 through the first three innings, and used that initial surge to dispatch Culver 11-4 in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action Tuesday at Dufur City Park.

Winslow sets Sherman High record in pole vault

Junior hits the 12-foot-7 inch mark to lead boys to third

Sherman junior Maverick Winslow set a school record of 12-feet-7 inches in the pole vault and the rest of the boys’ team racked up nine top-5 outputs at the Condon-Wheeler Invitational Saturday in Condon. Added to that, Sherman had a triple jump win by Keenan Coles and a career-best of 55.42 seconds in the 400-meters by Treve Martin to lead the Sherman boys’ track team to third place .

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Hawk track stars set 20 PRs at Dean Nice Invite

Boys net 13 career-bests Friday at meet in Gresham

Facing six other 5A programs and six 6A schools, The Dalles track and field team racked up 20 personal records at the Dean Nice Invitational Friday in Gresham. Emily Morin, Paige McLeod and Ivorie Taylor set their high marks, as did Ethan Shubert, Gabe Lira, Glenn Breckterfield and Orion Smith.

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Road sweep puts TD back in CRC mix

Bradford gets two wins, hits home run to lead the Hawks

HOOD RIVER – Facing a turning point to the season, The Dalles senior Maddy Bradford put the team on her back and willed them to a doubleheader sweep Saturday by scores of 2-0 and 9-5 in a Columbia River Conference softball matchup played on the road against Hood River Valley. In 17 innings pitched, Bradford struck out 16, allowed 13 hits and three earned runs, and also chipped in three hits, including a home run and two RBIs. From the opening pitch, head coach Steve Garrett knew Bradford was dialed in.

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TD rallies the troops in final four-game stretch

Baseball team still alive for a shot at the 5A playoffs

HOOD RIVER – This is it – A four-game season. After losing two games Friday night by scores of 4-1 and 9-0, The Dalles baseball team is mired in a streak of six losses in the past seven contests to fall into last place in the Columbia River Conference. With some rebound performances, some help and continued togetherness, there is still a chance to climb back into the postseason mix.

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Red-hot Huskies post two-game sweep

No. 3 Sherman has won five in a row; still chasing Irrigon

DUFUR – The Sherman Huskies rattled off 23 runs and 24 hits Friday in wins of 7-6 and 16-6 over the Dufur Rangers to run their winning streak to five game in a pair of Blue Mountain Conference games played at Dufur City Park.

TD cheer is holding tryouts

The clock is ticking for the start of a new season of hope for The Dalles Cheer team. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week, TD head coach Kelsey Sugg and assistant Andrea Pena are conducting three days of tryouts at Kurtz Gym on 1201 Washington St. in The Dalles. “Andrea and I are super excited for a new year and have lots of fun and exciting new things planned for the 2016-2017 school year,” Sugg said. All prospective cheerleaders need to pick up and complete their tryout packets in the main office of The Dalles High School, The Dalles Middle School and St. Mary’s Academy. There will also be a mascot tryout during these days for male or female students wishing to show off school spirit, energy and enthusiasm for football and basketball games next season. No dance or prior cheer experience is needed to participate or join. At tryouts, individuals will be learning a tryout dance, a cheer, and doing some stunting. The first two nights consists of just learning and the final night is performance night where they will get to perform everything they have learned. “We are really hoping the girls are getting excited for a new year, and we are trying our best to get the word spread how fun this program is going to be this year,” Sugg added. Also, anyone who brings a friend to the opening tryout day on Tuesday will be entered in a Dutch Bros gift card. For additional information on the program or tryout dates, email coach Sugg at kelseyesugg@live.com.

Husky netters play well against Stanfield

Casper and Ambriz, Busler lead boys to win

The Sherman boys’ tennis team enjoyed success Monday in a road match against The Dalles and continued their solid recent run with a 2-1 pro-set win over Stanfield Tuesday in a varsity match played in Stanfield.

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Hawks come up just short against HRV

Martin and Lopez win at No. 3 doubles in a 5-3 loss

While names like Will Coy, Alex Lopez, Ethan Martin and Pedro Lopez highlighted the varsity action in Wednesday’s 5-3 league match loss on the road against Hood River Valley, The Dalles boys’ tennis coach Shea MacNab was most impressed with one of his up-and-coming standouts, Sanjay Ramanathan. Ramanathan, who has not had the chance to play much this season, put on a dazzling display in his junior varsity match, taking a close 9-7 pro-set loss for his efforts.

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Festival Run attracts record crowd

More than 200 sign up for TD XC fundraiser run

A record total of 206 runners made the trip to Dry Hollow Elementary School for the Cherry Festival 3k, 5k and 10k run/walk, putting top times and performances out for bragging rights and prize ribbons. “It was a very good turnout,” said event coordinator Bob Thouvenel. “We had great weather for running and everyone finished in time to go to the parade. This event was probably our best turnout in about three to four years.”

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Hard work paying dividends for TD tracksters

Veterans and youngsters set solid marks against HRV

A mix of The Dalles upperclassmen and underclassmen were on full display Tuesday on senior night for a Columbia River Conference track and field dual at Sid White Field, and more than 25 picked up personal records. TD head coach Garth Miller likes to see his older and young kids stepping it up, establishing depth and putting themselves in position to be legitimate contenders when the districts roll around on May 11-12 in Hermiston.

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Hawks on losing end versus Hood River

Top doubles, No. 1 singles win, but HRV gets 5-3 win

Still fielding a short-handed roster, The Dalles girls’ tennis team had Robin Pashek come out strong on the singles’ circuit, and the two doubles teams of Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli and Rebekah Kohltfarber and Ellie Trujillo added big wins, but Hood River Valley came out on top by a 5-3 margin in a varsity league matchup played at The Dalles High School.

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TD baseball loses 4-2 to Pendleton

With a final chance to finish ahead of Pendleton in the standings, The Dalles notched seven hits and received four walks, but stranded eight runners on base, including the bases loaded in the seventh inning of a 4-2 loss to the Bucks Tuesday at Robert L. White Field in Pendleton. Down by two runs, the Hawks had the bottom of the order facing Pendleton reliever Kai Quinn. Ortega led off with a single to right field, and one out later, Johnny Miller hit a single to left field to put two runners on base. After a flyout to right made it two outs in the inning, Colin Noonan reached on a walk to load the bases for Kellen Mathisen. Mathisen and Quinn battled for six pitches. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, the Buckaroo righty got the called third strike for the final out to end the threat. TD led 1-0 through one inning, but Pendleton tied it at 1-apiece in the second, and then used a two-run fourth to jump ahead, 3-1. TD added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Dawson Hoffman to score Cash Mathewson. With Miller on third base and Hoffman at first, Noonan bounced into a double play to end the inning. Ortega had two hits in three at-bats, and Colton Walker went 1 for 2 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Noonan went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run, and Daniel Peters added a hit and a walk. Bate tossed five innings of seven-hit ball with two strikeouts and five walks. He allowed four runs, two were earned. TD (8-10 overall, 2-4 league) heads to No. 4 Hood River Valley (15-4, 5-1) for a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Friday. The Eagles lost 9-1 Tuesday to Hermiston.

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Telles scores medalist honors

The pressure was on Iliana Telles on the back-nine, as Pendleton’s Shelby and Haley Greb were hot on her trail down the stretch. Telles hit her shots and carded a 77 to claim her second medalist award of the year, besting the Greb sisters by one stroke at Tuesday’s Pendleton Invitational held at Pendleton Country Club. Under blue skies with minimal winds on slow greens and a deep rough, the Riverhawk junior shot a 41 on the front-nine and was tied with Shelby Greb at the top of the standings, and two strokes ahead of Haley. Haley Greb rebounded with a 35 on the final nine holes, Telles tallied a 36 and Shelby Greb had a 37. La Grande’s Trinity McCarthy finished fourth with an 82, five shots behind Telles. TD player Abby Walker had the second-best score with a 55-52 for a season-best 107. Telles and the Riverhawks hit Quail Valley Golf Course for a tournament on Monday, May 2.

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The Dalles golfers capture Seaside Invitational

Felderman, Snodgrass and Patel lead in a 10-stroke win

The trio of Mark Felderman, Chase Snodgrass and Darsh Patel finished in the top-6 overall and The Dalles boys’ golf team captured championship status by 10 strokes over Seaside High School at the Seaside Invitational Golf Tournament played Monday at Astoria Golf and Country Club. Felderman carded a 78 on the day, six shots off the top pace, and added an eagle chip from 80 yards out on the par-5 12th hole to secure fourth place individually. Snodgrass totaled a 79, Patel added an 82 and Jacob Ford finished with an 89 for the top-4 TD scores. Freshman Tyler Vassar rounded out the team with his 93. “I am very pleased with how the boys played,” said TD head coach Kent Smith. “They continue to show improvements in some of the areas we have been working on. Our drives are hitting fairways, our chips are getting there and we cutting down on those extra putts that had been hurting us. It is a very nice way to end our final tournament before regionals.” Seaside’s Aaron Richardson and Ilwaco’s Blake Kukula wound up tied for first place with even-par 72s, but Richardson claimed medalist honors in a playoff. Carter Lee, of Tillamook, had a 77 for third place, and Felderman, Snodgrass and Patel capped the individual standings. As a team, The Dalles had a 328, a margin of 10 strokes better than Seaside, who had a 338 for second place. Jack Eggars had a hole-in-one on the 17th hole and helped Scappoose to a 351 for third place. Taft (380), Tillamook (384), North valley (397), Astoria (403), Cottage Grove (407), Banks (413), Ilwaco (417) and Kennedy (462) made up the team rankings. The Dalles has 10 calendar days to prepare for regionals on May 6-7 in Bend. “I am excited and I know the boys are too. We have had a pretty good season up to this point and I know they want to keep their season going,” Smith said. “We will keep working on things and hope for the best in Bend. It is going to be tough, but I know these guys will be up for the challenge.”

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No. 5 Sherman blanks Dufur, 10-0

Quick start, Troutman’s pitching lead Husky charge

MORO – When the stakes are raised, the Sherman Huskies can always rely on ace pitcher Brett Troutman. The sophomore right-hander retired the first 11 batters in a row, and finished five innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts, as the No. 5-ranked Huskies rode a six-run first-inning barrage to a 10-0 mercy-ruled win over the Dufur Rangers Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball game played in Moro.

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TD boys golf wins Seaside Invitational

The Dalles boys golf team captured its second tournament title in the past three events, as Mark Felderman and Chase Snodgrass shot less than 80 and senior Darsh Patel scored an 82 to lead the hawks to a 328, 10 strokes ahead of Seaside at the Seaside Invitational Monday afternoon at Astoria Golf and Country Club. Jacob Ford added an 89 for the fourth total on the Riverhawks scoring list, and Tyler Vassar totaled a 93 for the day. Seaside's Aaron Richardson won medalist honors in a playoff. as both he and Ilwaco's Blake Kukula ended up deadlocked with an even-par 72 for the day. Felderman, who eagled the par-5 12th hole with a chip from 80 yards out, led TD with a 78. Snodgrass had a 79. Scappoose golfer Jack Eggars hit a hole-in-one on the 17th hole. After The Dalles, Seaside (338), Scappoose (351), Taft (380), Tillamook (384), North Valley (397), Astoria (403), Cottage Grove (407), Banks (413), Ilwaco (417) and Kennedy (462) rounded out the team standings. TD has some time off until heading to Bend for regional action starting on May 6.

Dufur baseball picks up road split

Kolbe Bales slugged a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning and shut down Heppner in the home half to help lead the Dufur Rangers to an 11-10 comeback win Saturday in a Blue Mountain Conference doubleheader played in Heppner.

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No. 6 Huskies victorious in a road battle with W-M

Sherman nets big sweep by scores of 9-6 and 10-4

The sixth-ranked Sherman Huskies trailed early in two games Saturday against Weston-McEwen, but made the plays when it mattered most in picking up a two-game sweep by scores of 9-6 and 10-4 in a non-league baseball matchup in Athena. In the second game, the Sherman defense made top plays to keep the TigerScots at bay.

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Ortega’s gem lifts Riverhawk hardballers to win

Senior fans 7 in TD’s first-game triumph over Pendleton

The Dalles baseball team salvaged a split Saturday at home against Pendleton, winning the opener 4-2 and losing the nightcap by a 15-8 margin in a Columbia River Conference doubleheader at Bob Williams Field. Bailey Ortega continued his torrid pitching in the opening game, as he allowed two runs in the first inning, but shut down the Buckaroos the rest of the way.

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TD scores twinbill split with Pendleton

Softball team snaps 10-game streak in 9-8 comeback win

Coming into Saturday’s doubleheader with a 10-game losing streak against Pendleton, The Dalles Riverhawks stormed back from a 7-0 first-inning deficit with three runs apiece in the first, third and fifth innings to complete a 9-8 comeback victory in the opening game at 16th Street Ballpark.

Wiley wins Festival 10k

The Dalles Chronicle news reporter Derek Wiley outlasted a large group of local runners to capture first place in Saturday’s Cherry Festival 10k race in The Dalles. Wiley had a final time of 45 minutes and 29 seconds to grab his top spot in the order of finish. Close to 100 runners from across the Columbia River Gorge and beyond signed up for this TDHS Cross Country fundraiser event at Dry Hollow Elementary School. Under top conditions, the runners were able to put up solid marks in the 3k, 5k and 10k races.

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Sugg earns spot on Oregon State’s dance team 

State champ gains an edge against 50 participants

The senior and former all-state recipient and state champion, now will get her chance to shine at Oregon State University as a dance team member on the cheerleading team.

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Cimmiyotti makes her move to Linfield

TD senior plans to play volleyball at Div. III school

There were times where she felt like cashing in her chips and moving on, but she has always been taught to fight to achieve a goal. That mentality has paved the way for a future at Linfield College, where The Dalles senior signed on to play volleyball and major in business.

TD golfers score 2nd place

Led by Chase Snodgrass’ 70, The Dalles boys’ golf team scored a season-best 310 to finish in second place at the Hermiston Invite Thursday at Big River Golf Course in Umatilla. Mark Felderman had a 75, Tyler Vassar totaled 79 and Jacob Ford hit 85 on his card. Darsh Patel had a final tally of 87 to round out the team. Read Sunday’s Chronicle for the story.

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Wildcats on the prowl

The Dalles Middle School track athlete Jaden Campanella (left in the yellow) hands the baton off to Jesse Larson during their 4x100-meter relay practice run this week at Thompson Track in The Dalles.The middle school sixth, seventh and eighth graders are set to host Dufur and Sherman for a meet starting at 3:30 p.m. today at Sid White Field on the Wahtonka campus. RaeLynn Ricarte photo

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TD equestrians qualify 9 for OHSET state meet

Dean is top rookie; Howell earns high point award

All nine participants representing The Dalles picked up state qualifications after posting a season-high point total in their third OHSET meet of the season this past weekend at the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond. In all, the Riverhawks won six trophies, including gold medals in Canadian Flags, Drill and In-Hand Obstacle Relay.

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