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TD’s new regime has program thinking big

Riverhawks start year with 48 athletes and coach Steve Sugg

After a decade-long departure from the game, Hall of Fame baseball coach Steve Sugg is back. His return has the community of The Dalles abuzz and that energy helped draw nearly 60 players for tryouts.

TD Little League is holding its annual cleanup

Program is offering lunch to all volunteers on March 18

The Dalles Little League is breaking ground on a new 2017 season, so the organization is sending an alert out to all parents and volunteers for Kramer Field to help with the annual field cleanup day starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18 at Kramer Field in The Dalles.

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Softball team starving to get back in action

TD has solid core group of athletes ready to take on the 5A division

Although The Dalles softball team is set to hit the field without five graduated seniors, returning all-league centerfielder Kathryn Bradford likes what she has seen thus far from the young Riverhawks.

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Basketball celebrated at annual banquet

Overlooking a full attendance of basketball players and their parents in the commons at The Dalles Middle School, The Dalles head basketball coach Nathan Morris can see the high school and youth programs taking that next step over the next few years.

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TD’s OISRA state run ends in 8th place

In his fourth and final try on the Mount Hood Meadows Course for the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Race Association state championships last Thursday and Friday, The Dalles senior Martin Carter posted his best finish ever to lock down 21st place overall out of the 93 male participants and help the Riverhawks secure eighth place in the team standings.

Parental stronghold critical to Sherman’s success

When looking back at any championship high school team and the success they have had over time, parental involvement is just as important as the talent on the field or court.

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Championship destiny complete

Sherman beats Powder Valley for second straight 1A hoops crown

BAKER CITY – In front of a capacity crowd at Baker City High School in the 1A state basketball championship game, the Sherman Huskies fulfilled lifelong aspirations of capturing a 1A state title, their second straight, in a 78-57 victory over Powder Valley.

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Sherman defense claims state berth

BAKER CITY — Max Martin held Perrydale's Haylen Janesofsky to one field goal over the final 18 minutes and 42 seconds of regulation, as the No. 1-seeded Huskies used defense and transition baskets to pull away from the Pirates by a 59-35 score Friday in 1A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires state semifinal boys’ basketball action in Baker City.

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Athlete scholars honored

Paul Beasley appears to have a hold on The Dalles wrestling program, and now his point of emphasis is to continue laying down those building blocks for a foundation of success for the long haul.

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SWC girls finish perfect season

Junior high group drops Culver by 11 to cap a 9-0 hoops campaign

Before its final test of the regular season on Feb. 14 in Culver, The South Wasco County Middle School ‘A’ girls’ basketball team last logged an official practice on Jan. 31. Having an extended break from action did not deter this group from completing a perfect season, as the Lady Redsides stormed past the Bulldogs by a 47-36 margin to complete a perfect 9-0 hoops campaign.

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Stelzer signs on at College of Southern Idaho

Senior inks a scholarship for cross country and track

In just one year of cross country, Ezekiel Stelzer displayed an untapped potential that College of Southern Idaho cross country and distance track coach Lindsey Anderson can’t wait to develop. On the track for Dufur, Stelzer won a 1,500-meter Big Sky District title after a mark of 4:24.35 on May 14 in Moro, and six days later at state, he set a career-best of 4:22.25 for fifth place.

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Defending champs cruise to the semifinals

Sherman gets revenge on N. Douglas in a 31-point state playoff win

In November, the Sherman Huskies suffered through a heartbreaking playoff loss on the football field to North Douglas. Nearly four months later, the defending champion Huskies exacted a little bit of revenge – on the basketball court.

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TD girls lose play-in matchup to Putnam

Riverhawks go scoreless in fourth quarter of their 37-25 playoff loss

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Putnam boys cruise

MILWAUKIE – Rex-Putnam used their size in the paint and outside shooting to dominate The Dalles in an 88-43 state play-in victory Tuesday in a 5A matchup in Milwaukie.

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A long and winding road to recovery

Sherman’s Jacob Justesen is hitting his stride after knee injury

As Jacob Justesen writhed in pain and screamed in agony, the home crowd, packed in for a state football playoff game, on a cold Nov. 4 night, was in a stunned silence.

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Time runs out on Dufur

Rangers can’t hold late lead in loss to Powder Valley

The Dufur Rangers were a little over two minutes away from a return to Baker City. So close, yet so far. Dufur battled back from a six-point fourth-quarter deficit to take a 52-50 lead with time running out, but Powder Valley ended the game on a 7-0 run to capture a 57-52 victory Friday in a boys’ state first-round hoops contest played in North Powder.

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No denying Sherman’s drive for Baker City

MORO – For the third consecutive year, the No. 1-ranked Huskies punched their ticket to Baker City after posting a 78-32 first-round state boys’ basketball victory in Moro.

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TD drops hammer on Hood River

Riverhawks end losing skid with a 44-15 home romp

Brooke McCall scored 14 points, Kailin Hoylman added 10 and The Dalles Riverhawks throttled Hood River Valley by a 44-15 margin in a Columbia River Conference girls’ basketball game played at Kurtz Gym.

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Speedy Badgers eliminate Lady Redsides

No. 5-ranked Powder Valley nets 60-20 1A state sub-round victory

POWDER VALLEY – The South Wasco County Redsides had a memorable playoff run this winter, racking up 13 wins, a third-place finish in districts and the program’s first state berth since 2002 under first-year coach Lynn Cowdrey.

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A win and a play-in berth on senior night

After Hood River loss, The Dalles boys qualify for postseason

The Dalles High School basketball players not only celebrated a 13-point win over Crook County, but more importantly, a monumental accomplishment, an official state play-in berth for the first time since 2011-2012, as Hood River Valley suffered defeat at the hands of No. 8-ranked Pendleton. The Dalles coach Nathan Morris is excited about the opportunity his group has in front of them.

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Dufur outmuscles Country in sub-round victory

DUFUR – Senior guards Bailey Keever and Connor Uhalde may pick up most of the headlines, but the Dufur Ranger post players Curtis Crawford, Kolbe Bales, Tabor McLaughlin and Travis Lucas have put in a workmanlike effort to help put this team within range of a Baker City berth. That quartet combined for 18 points and controlled the paint in a 63-38 victory over Country Christian Tuesday.

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The Dalles flips the script against HRV

Dakota Murr sets record in Riverhawks’ comeback win

The last time Hood River Valley and The Dalles faced off on Feb. 10, Riverhawk junior Dakota Murr fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, so Josh Nisbet and Eric Flores stepped up to help the team pick up a critical league win. Tuesday night in Hood River, Murr put his team, the program and community on his back in a record-setting performance that all but assured the Riverhawks a state play-in berth.

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Lady Redsides show resolve in punching state ticket

SWC advances to state for the first time since 2002 season

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‘Wrecking crew’ defeats Hawks

The two-man wrecking crew of Connor Uhalde and Bailey Keever combined for 51 points on 16 of 33 shooting to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 57-38 win over Horizon Christian Friday in a Big Sky Conference district playoff game played at the Buffalo Dome Friday in Madras.

Redsides fall to Horizon Christian

Playing against one of the state’s most prolific offenses, across all divisions, the South Wasco County Redsides held Horizon Christian to 17 of 55 shooting, 5 of 22 in the second half, but the offense could not get anything going against the contentious Hawk defense in what was a 44-30 loss Friday in Big Sky district action in Madras.

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Huskies blow out Honkers in Madras

While it took a quarter for the Sherman offense to get its shots falling, the defense blitzed Arlington for 32 minutes in an impressive 71-31 Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball opener played in Madras.

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TD cheerleaders are gearing up for 2018

In the end, there were 15 cheerleaders from The Dalles High School that gave everything they had to help the program capture its 13th state title.

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Runners brave the February chills

Crowd of 79 takes part in Valentine’s Day event

Two days before the 10th annual Valentine’s Day Trail event, The Dalles saw a complete snow whiteout. However, the temperatures took a sharp turn and reduced the snow on the trail to nothing, so 79 running enthusiasts had the opportunity to participate in the 3k, 5k and 10k run at Lewis and Clark Park.

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Boys swimming building for future success

Hermiston’s boys’ team inched ahead of Pendleton by a 93-91 margin to take the CRC crown, and Hood River Valley (79) and The Dalles (24) made up the top-4 team outcomes.

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Swimmers looking forward to state chance

It looked as though the state journeys of seniors Hannah Weeks and Molly Taylor were dashed. In a stroke of luck, however, the Riverhawk duo, along with Bree Webber and Natalie Varland were given wild card invitations for this weekend’s OSAA State Swimming Championships at the Mt. Hood Aquatic Center in Gresham.

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Hull duo is off to regionals

Julie Hull picks up her victory in a shoot-off

The South Wasco County brother and sister tandem of Julie and Jason Hull each moved on to the Northwest Regional finals after impressive free throw shooting displays at the Elk’s State Championship Hoop Shoot held last Saturday at Alder Creek Middle School in Milwaukie.

TD girls come up just short

Kailin Hoylman scored 16 points, and the duo of Brooke McCall and Jodi Thomasian combined for 17, but it was not enough, as The Dalles girls’ basketball team took a 54-46 loss Tuesday on the road to No. 11 Hermiston.

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The Dalles misses on its late chance in 61-57 setback

The Dalles boys’ basketball team gave the No. 11 Hermiston Bulldogs a scare Tuesday night in a nip-and-tuck Columbia River Conference contest played at Kurtz Gym. “It was fun to see how our guys just kept fighting and clawing their way until the end,” said TD coach Greg Cummings. “Our guys played hard for 32 minutes.”

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Both TD ski teams punch an OISRA state ticket

Carter, Brewer and Pashek vault boys to third place in the standings

Both The Dalles boys’ and girls’ ski team members put together solid enough times this past Saturday on the Middlefork Course at Mount Hood Meadows to qualify for the OISRA state meet.

TD girls thwarted by Pendleton

Karen Jesch gave The Dalles girls’ basketball team its first lead of the second half, 39-38, with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Pendleton finished the game on an 11-4 run to lock down a 49-43 win Saturday at Kurtz Gym.

Sherman girls end up fifth in league

MORO – Desiree Winslow and Emily Hill combined for 41 points to lead the Sherman Huskies to a 55-37 victory over Condon-Wheeler Friday in a league contest played Saturday afternoon in Moro.

South Wasco County girls secure No. 3 district seed

Redsides play against Horizon at 3 p.m. Friday in Madras

HOOD RIVER – Playing without Jacqueline Noland, Jada Myers and Ana Popchock, South Wasco County ended up losing by a 51-34 margin to Horizon Christian in a girls’ hoops matchup Monday in Hood River.

TD boys lose big in Pendleton

Coming off an emotional triumph over Hood River Valley on Friday, The Dalles boys’ basketball team could not find its flow in an 86-45 loss on the road to Pendleton Monday.

Rangers capture No. 2 seed

Dufur jumped out to a 16-0 lead with the pressure defense holding Arlington without a point through one quarter of action in a 55-36 win in a Big Sky boys’ basketball contest played in Arlington Saturday.

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No. 1 Sherman ends on a top note

MORO – Kyle Fields tallied a season-high 24 points, including a second-half slam dunk, to help lead the No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies to a dominating 81-34 win over Condon-Wheeler Saturday in Moro.

South Wasco loses last game to Horizon Christian

HOOD RIVER – With a chance to lock down a Big Sky Conference district play-in game against Arlington, the South Wasco County Redsides came up short in their final game of the season, a 54-38 loss to Horizon Christian Monday in Hood River.

Redsides pull off comeback win

Down 45-44 with four minutes remaining, the South Wasco County Redsides outscored Ione by a 12-5 margin with Ty Herlocker and Nick Ward playing hero to lead the team to a 56-50 home victory Friday night in Maupin.

Strong start leads No. 1 Huskies

From the opening tip, the No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies seized control and never let go as they dominated Arlington by an 84-38 margin Friday in a 1A matchup played at Arlington High School.

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Dufur boys score big win

Coming off a lopsided loss Thursday to Sherman, the Dufur Rangers fought off a sluggish start to defeat Condon-Wheeler by a 74-52 margin Friday in a Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball game played in Fossil.

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Lady Hawks knock off HRV

Brooke McCall and Kailin Hoylman scored 10 points apiece and seven different players hit field goals to lead The Dalles Riverhawks to a 45-29 win over Hood River Valley in a Columbia River Conference girls’ basketball matchup played Friday at Kurtz Gym.

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The Dalles boys pull off home sweep of Hood River

Playing for their playoff lives without all-league guard Dakota Murr, The Dalles Riverhawks had other players rise up to the challenge to help fend off Hood River Valley.

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Sherman makes big shots in triumph over Dufur

MORO – Desiree Winslow scored 19 points, Emily Hill added 14 and the Huskies moved into fifth place in the Big Sky Conference after a 54-49 victory over Dufur Thursday in Moro.

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No. 1 Huskies fight past pesky Rangers

Sherman uses 41-16 run in second half to secure a 74-45 home victory

MORO – With just two games left in the regular season, Sherman coach Bill Blevins would like to see his team starting to hit its stride in time for a deep postseason run. Leading up to Thursday’s Big Sky Conference contest against No. 10 Dufur, Blevins has seen his group get off to slow starts, and the trend continued, as the Rangers trailed 33-29, before the Huskies came out firing away for a 41-16 second-half run to secure a 74-45 win in Moro.

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TD Cheer using Despain as an inspiration

Team hopes extra boost leads to the program’s 13th state title

Although injured and unable to perform with her teammates at state this weekend in Portland, The Dalles cheer senior Lauryn Despain has chosen not to sulk about her missed opportunity. She is using this time to act as a mentor, a teacher and an inspiration to the girls she has been around since Day 1.

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Mother Nature forcing teams to scramble

Record snow affecting fans, players and administrators

As the snow keeps falling at a record pace, several high school sports have had practices and games rescheduled or canceled, leaving players and coaches frustrated and administrators scrambling to move games around in an effort to complete the winter slate.

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