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Huskies bring a rough and tumble attitude

With coach Mike Somnis, Sherman hopes to use physical edge

MORO – Back after a four-year break from coaching, Mike Somnis took a look at the size and physicality of his offensive line and knew he wanted to instill a three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust philosophy.

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Under new coach, Dufur hopes to raise the bar

Unbridled energy is fueling the Lady Ranger charge

DUFUR – After a one-year break, Kayla Bailey is back and ready to be a driving force behind the surge of the Dufur volleyball team. As one of four setters on the roster, Bailey is looking forward to the chance to take over the role vacated by graduated senior and all-state winner, Sydney Reed.

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SWC netters set high expectations for ‘17

Coming off a 20-win season, Redside girls are shooting for a state bid

MAUPIN – Toward the end of last season, a concussion sidelined Kyrsten Sprouse at the most inopportune time. With Sprouse on the bench, second-seeded South Wasco County lost two district matches to Dufur and Ione and were eliminated from postseason play. Looking to atone for last year, Sprouse played on a club team in Madras to further sharpen her skills and help the Lady Redsides get back into the playoff mix.

29th Aluminum Man is coming to TD

In the final triathlon race of the 2017 season, several of the Pacific Northwest’s top athletes will be on full display for the 29th annual Aluminum Man Triathlon on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Riverfront Park in The Dalles. The number of local competitors is usually high with triathlon enthusiasts spanning Goldendale, Hood River, Dufur, White Salmon and The Dalles, but there are a few from Vancouver, Portland and everywhere else from all over the Northwest.

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Dufur starts 2017 with more focus, desire

Back-to-back champion Rangers know a tough road is ahead

DUFUR – With a pair of championship rings already in his back pocket, Dufur senior Hagen Pence is looking for one more dance with destiny. He warns, however, that the 2017 season and 1A football landscape has changed during the offseason and the proverbial target is even larger, so the back-to-back state champion Rangers cannot afford to look too far ahead.

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Walla Walla Little League honored

Northwest squad earns World Series trip for first time in history

The Walla Walla Valley Little League team captured district, state and regional championships on its way to earning its first-ever berth into the Little League World Series.

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TD program headed in the right direction

Football team using final independent season to develop depth

By this time next year, The Dalles football team will be in a new league with a preseason goal of winning a state championship. With that in mind, head coach Steve Sugg and his coaching staff are dialed in on teaching the fundamentals, retaining athletes and putting this group in the best position possible to enjoy success in the program’s final year as an independent.

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TD hopes to stake claim to 5A supremacy

Staked with youth, Hawks are building toward a state qualification

Through the opening week of preseason workouts, Matthew Dallman sees a driven team that is a few steps ahead of the developmental curve they had during the first month and a half of his first year with the program in 2016.

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Positive vibes are the driving force behind TD

Riverhawks using team chemistry to continue their progression

Entering his second year as head coach of The Dalles girls’ soccer team, Oscar Nunez has noticed a different mindset amongst his players – there is a closeness and cohesion that was not there during the 2016 campaign.

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Young Riverhawks aiming for top net gains

Volleyball group has two seniors back for coach Fanene

As one of two returning senior veterans on The Dalles volleyball team, all-league hitter Kathryn Bradford is using this time to be a leader by example and a sounding board for the program with several underclassmen.

Kids triathlon set for Sept. 17 in HR

With just a month away, excitement is brewing for the seventh annual Gorge Kids Triathlon. This critical fundraiser event is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Hood River Waterfront Park, located at 650 Portway Ave. in Hood River.

Organization calls for more officials

Shortages could affect some athletic contests

Over the past seven years, there has been a decline in new officials joining up across all sports, so that has given the Mid-Columbia Officials Association more involved in recruiting new men and women from the surrounding communities.

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Volunteers giving a gift that lasts a lifetime

Fly fishing class opens new horizons for local youth

MAUPIN – What started as a senior class project has turned into a popular physical education curriculum. Back in 2008, South Wasco County senior Kris Belozer organized a fly fishing program to help local youth understand the rules and regulations of the sport, while fishing renown bodies of water across the Pacific Northwest. His goal is to establish a baseline where kids gain a love for an activity that will last a lifetime.

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TD swimmers cap summer on a high note

Three athletes met ‘B’ times; Kaiya Doty establishes top ‘A’ marks

Lydia DiGennaro, Maisie Bandel-Ramirez, Maverick Varland, and Kaiya Doty each met ‘B’ time standards, Doty also added a solid ‘A’ time, and The Dalles swim team rattled off 17 top-10 finishes at the three-day Bend Invitational, ending Sunday in Bend.

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Telles captures TDCC golf championship

Veteran golfer keeps Paul Titus at bay with a two-day score of 158

For 36 holes covering two days in The Dalles, Dan Telles and Paul Titus battled back and forth for bragging rights. Telles rode a first-day, two-stroke lead to top honors at The Dalles Classic Club Championship ending Sunday at The Dalles Country Club.

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Somnis leaves TD with lifelong memories

Father of three named K-12 principal at Sherman Schools

Stepping into his new post as athletic director and vice principal at The Dalles High School in 2013, Mike Somnis had no idea what to expect. As he resigned his position in late June, after four years, he left Riverhawk Nation with lifelong friends, students who looked up to him and a community that offered the utmost respect and admiration for an administrator and parental figure who put everything he had into his career.

Wilson receives ITA academic honors

The Dalles High School graduate Johanna Wilson was one of six members of the Pacific University women’s tennis program to receive recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for its efforts in the classroom.

Aluminum Man running on Sept. 9

Northwest’s top harriers are expected to make trek to TD

In the final triathlon race of the 2017 season, several of the Pacific Northwest’s top athletes will be on full display for the 29th annual Aluminum Man Triathlon on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Riverfront Park in The Dalles.

TD youth football camp set for Aug. 17

The Dalles Youth Football Camp is opening up registration for boys and girls from the first-through-eighth grades. The camp runs from 6-8:30 p.m. starting on Aug. 17 until Aug. 19 on Sid White Field on the Wahtonka campus.

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Schools are making health a high priority

Students and coaches are educated on symptoms of heat issues

DUFUR – It is always safe to err on the side of caution. When it comes to sports activities, the biggest area of importance is athlete health, while physical activities are at a heightened level.

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Breathing new life into Ranger volleyball

Coach Kristin Whitley ready to keep legacy of success in place at Dufur

DUFUR – Kristin Whitley knows the legacy of the past and the success of the Dufur Ranger volleyball program has enjoyed in its history. She is not overwhelmed by stepping to the forefront, however, saying it is time to get to work to lead Dufur High School back to 1A prominence.

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Swimmers get laps in for Dolphin Dive

34 members swim the equivalent of 41 miles

With nearly half the roster in attendance, The Dalles swim team shattered last year’s lap and money total at its fourth annual Dolphin Dive fundraiser event held on Monday, July 17, at the Ted Walker Memorial Pool in the North Wasco Aquatic Center.

TD youth football camp set for Aug. 17

The Dalles Youth Football Camp is opening up registration for boys and girls from the first-through-eighth grades. The camp runs from 6-8:30 p.m. starting on Aug. 17 until Aug. 19 on Sid White Field on the Wahtonka campus.

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Swim team makes waves at John Day Meet

DiGennaro, Randall and Varland rack up 17 top-3 finishes

The standout trio of Carter Randall, Maverick Varland and Lydia DiGennaro combined for four firsts, 11 seconds and two third-place finishes to lead The Dalles swim team at the three-day John Day Invitational Meet ending Sunday in John Day.

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10U Stars leave state feeling optimistic

Several of the players are expected back for another run in 2018

PORTLAND – As one of the wild card teams entering district and state action, The Dalles 10U Little League team made believers out of a lot of people. With a group of seven 10-year olds and six 9-year olds, and only three players with previous all-star experience, The Dalles captured a District 5 title and wound up with a 2-2 record at the Oregon State Championships for fourth place honors.

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Cheerleaders are bringing school pride to Dufur

DUFUR – A new year brings feelings of optimism and excitement for Dufur head cheerleading coach Kelsey Peterson.

Late rally stuns TD in opener

In Saturday’s loss, Hollywood/Rose City, out of Portland, jumped ahead 6-1 through one inning, but The Dalles chipped away at the lead, finally getting as close as a 7-6 deficit with a three-run top of the fifth, capped by a three-run home run by Cates. Down by one run, TD still had the bases loaded and two outs, but could not get the tying run home.

Stars bounce back with authority

Coming off Saturday’s loss, The Dalles came out swinging in a big way, using a 10-run first frame to defeat Ashland in a 13-0 mercy-ruled triumph Sunday.

Big start keeps TD’s year going

In Monday’s 12-5 victory over Del Norte, William Booth went 4 for 4 with four runs scored and four RBIs, Avery Schwartz added three hits, was hit by a pitch, scored a run and drove in another, and Sterling Coburn was 1 for 2 with a triple, two walks, a run scored and an RBI.

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10U Stars pick up two wins to stay alive

TDLL squad beats Ashland and Del Norte by a 25-5 margin

PORTLAND – The Dalles Little League 10U All Stars were one inning from a perfect record and a semifinals berth. As it is, the Stars lost their opening game to Hollywood/Rose City by a 12-8 score on Saturday, but rebounded for consecutive lopsided wins over Ashland and Del Norte, Calif. by a combined 25-5 margin to inch a step closer to playing in Thursday’s championship rounds at the Oregon State Championships in Portland.

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All Stars nab one win at regional tourney

13U Babe Ruth baseball squad beats Meridian in its final game

Following three consecutive losses at the start of the Babe Ruth Regional Tournament, The Dalles’ 13U team finished out strong with a 9-7 victory over Meridian, Idaho on Friday, as TD jumped out to a 9-0 lead and the pitching duo of Brock LaFaver and Jace Troutman staved off a late rally to give their team its lone victory.

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10U Stars ready for their final destination

Little League squad looks to keep streak going at state tournament

With two weeks to soak in the moment of capturing a District 5 title, The Dalles’ 10U Little League All Stars embark on another journey – the Oregon State Championships starting this Saturday at Erv Lind Field in Portland with a start time set at 6 p.m. against the District 1 winners.

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Football players take big strides at lineman camp

TD athletes get to work with former NFL blockers in Portland

Five players from The Dalles High School had the chance to learn the ins and outs of offensive and defensive line play from former NFL players at the three-day Trench Camp put on by Lewis and Clark College from July 14-16 in Portland.

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12U Stars make memories in 2017 season

District 5 champs lose at state, but take pride in their journey

After Tuesday’s 11-1 mercy-ruled loss to La Grande at the Oregon State Championships at Pioneer Park in La Grande, the memorable season abruptly came to a close. Head coach Ken Brock is not looking at the 2017 summer campaign as a failure whatsoever.

TD football to host its youth camp at Wahtonka High

Event’s main focus is on fundamentals of the game

The Dalles Youth Football Camp is opening up registration for boys and girls from the first-through-eighth grades. The camp runs from 6-8:30 p.m. starting on Aug. 17 until Aug. 17 on Sid White Field on the campus of Wahtonka High School.

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Standouts lead 14U squad to a National crown

Smith, Troutt and Hoylman get first-team awards; MVP for Hoylman

Still with the bitter taste in their mouths from a runner-up finish at the ASA State Championships, the Troutdale Rainbows left nothing to chance last weekend in Newberg. The Bows amassed a perfect 8-0 record, capped by an 8-4 triumph against Seattle FC to capture first place at the 2017 NAFA Nationals 14U ‘B’ Championships, ending Sunday at the Crater Complex.

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TD cheer ends camp with bevy of awards

Nañez and Kumm earn All-American honors in Corvallis

The Dalles senior Jessika Nañez stood shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow senior teammate Kendyl Kumm as All-American winners. While Nañez and Kumm earned recognition, Lorelay Berry (freshman), Mia Barber (freshman), Breanna Birchfield (freshman), Miguel Torres (sophomore), Emily Adams (freshman), Mackenzie Smith (junior), Sydney Fransen (sophomore), Megan Brace (freshman), Samantha Stanley (senior) and Jordyn Hattenhauer (junior) were nominated for such honors.

TD gets back on a winning track

In Sunday’s lopsided victory over Del Norte, Mason Caldwell smacked a home run, and the pitching quartet of Schwartz, Riley Brock, Maney and DeLeon combined for 10 strikeouts, as The Dalles broke open a 5-2 lead with five runs in the top of the sixth inning in its 10-3 win.

Slow start hurts TD in opener

Saturday, The Dalles fell behind by as much as a 10-1 margin through the first four and a half innings, but battled back for two in the fifth and five in the sixth in an 11-8 opening-round setback against Sprague.

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TD battling its way back into contention

12U team has won two in a row, but needs four more to reach finals

LA GRANDE – With its season on the line, The Dalles 12U All Stars used a standout defensive play in a critical moment to stave off a late rally.

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Hustler program is building for the future

Coach Ortega hopes summer ball leads to a pathway of success

With a pair of weekend doubleheaders still left to play in the season, Columbia Gorge ‘AAA’ Hustlers head coach Ed Ortega discussed the summer season and the future of the program. Although his team has gone through its share of ups and downs, Ortega is happy with the overall development this group has shown over the past two months of action.

TD swimmers continuously dropping times

Group of four sets ‘B’ time standards last weekend in Pendleton

After a successful opening act at the Ted Walker Invitational, ending Sunday, June 25, Maisie Bandel-Ramirez, Lydia DiGennaro, Kaiya Doty and Maverick Varland chalked up ‘B’ time standards to lead The Dalles swim teams a solid outcome at the 51st annual Pendleton Open.

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New challenges await TD at state tourney

12U squad faces a tough field starting Saturday in La Grande

At the start of last week’s District 5 Little League Tournament, head coach Ken Brock and his assistants, Ben Donivan and Phil Hukari, ushered out a group of young, determined 12U athletes, who were vying for a championship.

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TDGSA program in talks about future plans

Plans include age expansion and hosting ‘18 regionals

While the 2017 softball season ended with a 1-3 record at the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament, players and coaches of The Dalles Babe Ruth 14U squad discussed the past, present and future of softball in the local area.

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Johnson goes for the gold at regional meet

Incoming TD freshman gets two top-14 finishes

All summer long, Emily Johnson used her challenging slate of race events to prepare for regional competition. With a chance to move to the Nationals stage, the incoming The Dalles High School freshman notched a couple of top-14 finishes at the four-day USATF Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships ending Sunday in Spokane.

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TD’s 12U Stars win in a classic showdown

Sanchez gets walk-off single in a dramatic 15-14 victory

With the District 5 Little League championship on the line, a year of bragging rights up for grabs and a state berth hanging in the balance, Bend North and The Dalles engaged in a six-inning classic Saturday at the Umatilla Sports Complex in Redmond. The Dalles 12U Little League All Stars battled back from a 14-10 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, capped by a two-out, walk-off RBI single by Cesar Sanchez that scored pinch-runner Andy Maney in a 15-14 thriller Saturday in a winner-take-all baseball matchup.

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10U Stars take out Bend North for the title

Team uses its all-around game for a 9-5 win Saturday

Avery Schwartz went 5 for 5 with three runs scored, Nolan Cates allowed one run in three innings of relief with four strikeouts in The Dalles’ 9-5 triumph Saturday in the 10U District 5 Little League championship played in Redmond.

Hustlers trying to find their flow

Following a two-game sweep loss at the hands of the Portland Barbers on Wednesday, the Columbia Gorge ‘AAA’ Hustlers will look for some rebound performances in a pair of doubleheaders slated for July 10 and 12 at Quinton Street Ballpark.

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10U Stars in final battle

Team played Bend North Saturday for district crown

Regardless of outcome, The Dalles’ 10U Little League All Star head coach Michael Cates was proud with how far his team had come over the past month in preparation for the District 5 Tournament.

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All Stars wrap up regionals in White City

14U softball squad has 1-3 record in PNW tourney

Looking to take its second straight regional championship, The Dalles 14U All Stars managed a 1-3 record at the Pacific Northwest Regional Championships played in White City.

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