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Sherman ready for quarterfinal battle

Coming off a lopsided 66-34 romp over Triad in their opening-round state playoff game, the No. 6-ranked Sherman Huskies are turning their full attention to a North Douglas team that is riding a 10-game winning streak.

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Hawk girls load up CRC roster

McCall, Manzo and Barragan are first team recipients

The Dalles girls’ soccer team accomplished a lot under the tutelage of first-year head coach Oscar Nunez and seven athletes were rewarded for their hard work through the 2016 season with all-Columbia River Conference honors.

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Riverhawks shine at state meet in Eugene

Six boys hit times less than 18 minutes; Girls’ team scores 10th

On a rainy day in Eugene, The Dalles cross country teams each came through with top-10 performances, with the boys putting forth six times of less than 18 minutes for a sixth-place tie at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires 5A State Cross Country Meet at Lane Community College.

Girls’ hoops to host a tryout on Nov. 11

The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy is opening the doors for its first girls’ traveling team with a tryout session slated to run from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at The Dalles Middle School.

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Huskies march on to next round

Facing a pesky Triad Timberwolves team, the Sherman Huskies had to reach down in the reserves to pull off a 66-34 victory Friday in a 1A state playoff football matchup played in Moro.

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Rangers air it out in toppling of Falls City

DUFUR – No matter the sport, teams have the tendency to look too far ahead when it comes to facing an opponent they have previously beaten by a large margin. Not the Dufur Rangers. Dufur racked up 505 yards of offense and the defense allowed six first downs, 95 yards of offense, posted six sacks and forced 16 negative-yardage plays in a 54-2 drubbing of Falls City Friday in a 1A state football contest played in Dufur.

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Husky success lies in the trenches

Playoff game against Triad starts at 6 p.m. Friday in Moro

The sixth-ranked Sherman Huskies are flying high with an eight-game winning streak entering the first round of the 1A state playoffs, and head coach Bill Blevins is looking forward to rolling out his sixth-ranked football team for battle against the No. 12-ranked Triad Timberwolves for a start time of 6 p.m. Friday night in Moro.

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SWC caps a solid year with four on Big Sky list

Allie Noland takes home first-team recognition

Allie Noland was a first-team pick, Jacqueline earned second-team status and the sophomore duo of Kyrsten Sprouse and Jada Myers were honorable mention selections to the Big Sky Conference all-league team.

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Riverside gymnasts compete at Tiki Tumble

Academy team is a united force at its recent meet in Hillsboro

The vault runway at the Tiki Tumble meet set the stage for many rewarding moments. Riverside’s level 3 gymnasts increased their running speed, impressing the judges and performing their best vaults of the season so far.

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Rangers ready for playoff football

No. 5 Dufur hosts Falls City at 7 p.m. Friday

The first step is at 7 p.m. Friday, as No. 14 Falls City rides into Dufur winners of three of its last four games to chalk up their first postseason appearance in 34 years.

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Riverhawk runners are in business mode

Vibe has been good during week of state preparation

Leading up to the final cross country race of the season, the biggest for this group of 16 runners, including seven seniors, head coach Bob Thouvenel said the vibe in practices this week has been workmanlike and hyper-focused.

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Queens of the court

LeBreton, Thomasian and Brdford earn all-league honors

The Dalles volleyball players, pictured from left to right, Bailey LeBreton, Jodi Thomasian and Kathryn Bradford, were honored with all-league awards for their play during the 2016 fall season

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Sixth grade All Stars dominate La Grande

Stifling defense is key to Saturday’s 18-8 victory

Even with just five days of preparation The Dalles sixth grade youth football team put up an impressive performance Saturday in an exhibition game played at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

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Dufur swept in 1A playoff tilt

Serving and hitting miscues hurt Rangers in playoff loss

With a chance to extend their season another week, the Dufur Rangers could not find any continuity or flow in their three-set 1A state playoff loss to Crosshill Christian Saturday in Turner.

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TD girls look to build off top year

Team has season end after a 6-0 setback to Hillsboro

In Saturday’s 6-0 state-play-in loss to No. 6 Hillsboro, first-year head coach Oscar Nunez caught a glimpse of the future, as 12 of the 18 players on the final roster were either freshmen or sophomore athletes getting their first taste of postseason play.

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TD soccer has season end in play-in round

Boys lose to Wilsonville by a 4-0 score

Although the Riverhawks came up just short in its state play-in soccer match Saturday, Dallman commended his group for giving it their all for 80 minutes of playoff action against No. 5-ranked Wilsonville.

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Sherman breaks down Elgin, 51-0

Offense and defense too much

The Sherman Huskies rushed for 134 yards in the first quarter and the defense held Elgin to -43 yards of offense overall in a 51-0 non-league football win Friday in Elgin.

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No. 5 Rangers blast past hapless Mitchell-Spray

Dufur scores seven times in first quarter of a 62-7 victory

The Rangers racked up 339 yards and scored seven touchdowns in a span of eight minutes and 16 seconds of the first quarter on their way to a lopsided 62-7 Big Sky Conference romp.

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Family bond holds TD football together

Team using this season as a launching pad to success

Football meant so much more for The Dalles seniors Dominique Seufalemua, Jordan Lutu, Julian Hernandez and John Zarnekow. To see their season end in a 14-12 loss to 6A Glencoe, marked the end of an era, but the unrelenting love of the game, respect for the coaches and the brotherhood amongst teammates will be everlasting.

Dufur defense looking to pounce

Defense has been the name of the game during Dufur’s three-game winning streak. Over the past 12 quarters, the Rangers have allowed just two touchdowns and have outscored their opponents by a 194-14 margin.

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Redside football has another victory within reach

The South Wasco County Redsides are one win away from ending the year with a two-game winning streak and have a chance to finish the regular season fifth in the Big Sky Conference standings.

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Huskies hit the road to Elgin

Although tonight’s 1A tilt between Sherman and Elgin has no bearing on the final rankings, Husky head coach Bill Blevins still sees this gridiron matchup as an opportunity to iron out the small details in time for the postseason next week.

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Hawks aiming to cap season with a win

The Dalles Riverhawks have one more chance to snap their five-game losing streak with a 7 p.m. senior night matchup against the 6A Glencoe Crimson Tide tonight, Oct. 28.

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Redside, Ranger football has another victory within reach

SWC team can secure fifth in league with a win over Ione; Dufur defense looking to pounce

The South Wasco County Redsides are one win away from ending the year with a two-game winning streak and have a chance to finish the regular season fifth in the Big Sky Conference standings.

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Sherman Huskies hit the road to Elgin

No. 6 Sherman hope to build on seven-game streak

Although tonight’s 1A tilt between Sherman and Elgin has no bearing on the final rankings, Husky head coach Bill Blevins still sees this gridiron matchup as an opportunity to iron out the small details in time for the postseason next week.

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Hawks aiming to cap season with a win

The Dalles hosts Glencoe for a senior night clash at 7 p.m. tonight

The Dalles Riverhawks have one more chance to snap their five-game losing streak with a 7 p.m. senior night matchup against the 6A Glencoe Crimson Tide tonight, Oct. 28.

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Banner day for The Dalles cross country

Both of TD’s cross country teams qualify for state meet

Wednesday, under rainy skies and sloppy terrain, the Riverhawk boys notched three top-10 finishes for second-place honors and their first trip to state since The Dalles and Wahtonka were combined in 2003-2004.

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Lady Rangers now one win away from Redmond

No. 12 Dufur travels to play at Crosshill at 4 p.m. Saturday

Wednesday in Dufur, the No. 12-ranked Lady Rangers took a big first step toward reaching their goal of reaching Redmond with a three-set home sweep over Damascus Christian in a 1A state sub-round volleyball match played at Dufur High School.

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TD has season cut short in St. Helens

Team is swept in 5A state play-in volleyball match on Tuesday

Tuesday in St. Helens, the Riverhawks hit the hardwood for a 5A state play-in match against the No. 13-ranked Lady Lions looking for a chance to extend the season. However, St. Helens won the match in three sets, by scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-18.

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Dufur scores second in Big Sky

Rangers lose to Arlington; to host a sub-round match

The Lady Rangers swept past South Wasco County in three sets to advance to the district championship, but ended up losing in three to eventual district champion Arlington in the finals Saturday in tournament action at Kurtz Gym in The Dalles.

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Riverhawks ready to shock the 5A world

TD focused on play-in tilt against No. 5 Wilsonville

With the regular season in the books after Tuesday’s 6-0 loss to Hood River Valley, The Dalles boys’ soccer coach Matthew Dallman is looking forward to rolling out his team for the playoffs and this weekend’s state play-in date against No. 5-ranked Wilsonville.

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Historic night for TD’s fifth and sixth graders

Maroon team gets program’s first-ever league crown

For four quarters, The Dalles dominated both sides of the ball, using its big-play offense and suffocating defense to defeat Hood River Blue by a 30-0 margin Saturday at Columbia High School in White Salmon.

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TD Maroon secures second straight title

Team holds off White Salmon for a 24-16 triumph

With three minutes and 26 seconds left in regulation, Nolan Cates landed the knockout blow, hitting the end zone on a 30-yard touchdown run to seal a 24-16 triumph in a third and fourth grade youth football championship game played Saturday in White Salmon.

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Ranger defense stymies Ione in another shutout

Over the past eight quarters, Dufur defensive coordinator C.S. Little has his group playing at a high level. The Ranger defense forced two turnovers, four punts and held Ione to 135 yards and just two plays of more than 20 in a 62-0 whitewash Friday in a Big Sky Conference matchup played on senior night at Dufur High School.

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Huskies score first league title since 2011

MORO – The last time Sherman enjoyed a Big Sky Conference championship, Scot Stroud, Kyle Burnett and Riley Brown were on the field representing Husky Nation in 2011. Friday on Homecoming night in Moro, a new chapter was written with Isaiah Coles, Kyle Fields and Maverick Winslow penning the foreword.

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After loss, TD netters focusing on play-in

Volleyball team hits road Tuesday versus St. Helens

Two days after emptying the emotional tank in a Columbia River Conference finale against league champion Hood River Valley, The Dalles volleyball team could not find its groove in Thursday’s four-set non-league loss at home against 4A Scappoose.

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Baby toaster delivered

The Dalles High School student-athlete Cory Cameron, on far left, helps deliver a toaster baby, while fellow cooks, pictured from left to right, Mark Felderman, Dawson Hoffman and David Wring offer assistance to patient John Miller, in middle, at Thursday’s volleyball match.

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Riverhawks put in final tuneup at Crossover Meet

Team sets 19 personal-bests at Lents Park in Portland

The Dalles quartet of Bill Burns, Savannah Strassheim, Ezekiel Stelzer and Paige McLeod led the charge as the cross country team amassed 19 personal-bests and seven season-bests at the PIL/MHC Crossover Meet hosted by Franklin High School Wednesday in Portland.

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Matinee slugfest on tap for SWC

Team looking to secure first league win of the season against Mitchell-Spray

All things being equal, Friday afternoon’s 1A football contest between South Wasco County and Mitchell-Spray appears to be a winnable game for head coach Mike Waine and the Redsides.

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Big Sky league title up for grabs in Moro

Sherman and Perrydale set for a physical battle Friday

At 7 p.m. Friday in Moro, the No. 7 Huskies hope to exact revenge on Haylen Janesofsky, Daniel Domes and the No. 13 Perrydale Pirates in a Big Sky Conference football matchup, where the winner claims a league championship.

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Hawk girls wallop on Pendleton, 4-1

Manzo and McCall score two goals each to lead The Dalles soccer

Riding a streak of six losses in their past seven games, The Dalles got two goals apiece from seniors Brooke McCall and Giselle Manzo in a 4-1 girls’ soccer victory Tuesday in a Columbia River Conference soccer match played at Pendleton High School.

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Hood River takes four-set win

TD volleyball team battles tough, but loses in four sets

The Dalles volleyball team did its best to try and spoil senior night in Hood River, but the Lady Eagles managed to score a four-set win Tuesday at Vannet Court in Hood River.

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Redsides lose to No. 1 Arlington

The South Wasco County Redsides won their opening set against No. 1-ranked Arlington, but the Lady Honkers battled back to lock down a four-set victory Tuesday in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match played at Arlington High School.

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Rangers solid against Mitchell

Dufur has momentum heading into district play

The Dufur Rangers were all business against Mitchell-Spray in their senior night match. After celebrating the contributions of veterans Sydney Reed and Emily Grande-DePriest, Dufur came out swinging for 29 kills and 17 aces in a three-set sweep over the Eagle-Loggers by an average margin of 11 points per set.

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Hawks qualify for postseason in 7-0 rout

Soccer team uses pressure to dominate Pendleton

Needing a win to advance, the Riverhawks came through with a dominant performance in a 7-0 shutout victory over Pendleton Tuesday in a Columbia River Conference match played in The Dalles.

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Youth football dominance

The Dalles hs two teams vaulting into championship round

The Dalles Maroon defeated Goldendale 28-0 last week and will play White Salmon for the championship at 6 p.m. The Dalles Maroon fifth and sixth grade team beat The Dalles Gold by a 14-12 margin on Saturday to move into the finals against Hood River Blue with action starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Basketball Academy to hold traveling team tryouts

First session is starting up at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 30

The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy will again be organizing boys traveling basketball teams this winter for local boys from the third-through-eighth grades with a tryout session slated to run from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 at The Dalles Middle School.

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SWC climbs up to No. 11 in the 1A ranks

Volleyball squad is riding a season-best nine-match winning streak

MAUPIN – The South Wasco County Redsides won their ninth consecutive match and jumped up to No. 11 in the 1A rankings after wins over Damascus Christian and Trinity Lutheran Saturday in a non-league double dual played Saturday in Maupin.

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Huskies keep soldiering ahead

At one point in the season, Arlington was a top-10 team riding an undefeated record. Then they faced Dufur last week. The rising No. 7-ranked Sherman Huskies added to the Honker woes with their running game carving up 354 yards on 28 carries in a resounding 69-6 drubbing Thursday in Big Sky Conference football action in Arlington.

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Riverhawks have their late rally attempt cut short

Pressed into action due to an injured right throwing thumb to senior Dominique Seufalemua, The Dalles sophomore Oscar Fernandez nearly led the Riverhawks to a thrilling comeback in a 27-20 loss to Woodburn on Homecoming night Friday at Sid White Field. Fernandez threw two touchdown passes and added a rushing score, but his seven interceptions, including the eventual game-deciding pick with less than a minute left in regulation ,sealed the team’s fate.

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