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Ray Rodriguez

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Looking to overcome the long odds

TDW wrestlers have battled adversity on way to regional

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Tribe skiers locked and loaded

Both teams have two top-10 finishers to lead way to second-place outcomes

1A basketball teams are eyeing state bids

From the start of summer ball to the past three months of preseason and league matchups, five local teams have put all their chips in the middle with hopes of earning a spot in the state hoops mix during district action starting Thursday at Hermiston High School.

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Two for the road: Tribe duo to state

Erin Nelson and Ming Ou make name for themselves at weekend district meet

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Huskies get last spot in big dance

Kaseberg scores 22, grabs 19 rebounds as Sherman defeats Dufur in Big Sky tiebreaker

Ione boys pull away late at Dufur

With a chance to jump up to a No. 2 district seed with a win Saturday over Ione, the Dufur Rangers gave it all they had, but ended on the short end down the stretch in a 77-71 loss to the Cardinals in a non-league contest at Dufur. In the fourth quarter, Dufur was behind 57-48, but got to within a two-possession game twice with the ball, once at 74-70, but committed two turnovers in those moments to give the all back to Ione.

Dufur girls soar past Ione, 56-25

Since a pair of non-league losses at the beginning of the month, the No. 7-ranked Dufur Rangers have rattled off four consecutive victories by an average margin of 20.7 points to end the regular season.

SWC boys lose, but coach hopeful

Yes, the South Wasco County Redsides have lost three games in a row, but head coach Jim Hull has seen enough development and encouraging elements to feel confident his team can flip the switch in time for a deep playoff run.

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South Wasco girls dominate Horizon

SWC boys lose to Horizon; girls team adds lopsided win

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Nerdin’s 18 paces TDW boys

Zach Nerdin scored nine of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter and The Dalles Wahtonka added to a 31-27 halftime lead with runs of 10-8 and 18-14 for a 59-49 victory Friday in Columbia River Conference action over Hood River at Kurtz Gym.

Sherman can’t stop Horizon

For three quarters, the Sherman Huskies stayed right on task with No. 1-ranked Horizon Christian, but a 16-4 second-quarter run provided all of the cushion needed to propel the Hawks to their 19th consecutive win, 63-42, Friday night in a Big Sky boy’s contest in Hood River.

Guzman, Poirier lead Huskies

The Sherman Huskies secured the district No. 2 seed after using a strong first half to roll past Horizon Christian by a 39-22 count Friday in Big Sky conference girl’s basketball play in Hood River.

Rangers gut out win over SWC

Caleb Morris sinks late free throw to give Dufur a 64-60 season-saving victory

Not done: Sherman boys extends win streak

Huskies shrug off slow start to cruise past Central, 60-21

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Huskies grab a rivalry win on senior night

Sherman in good position to secure No. 2 district seeding

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Sherman boys keeps district hopes alive

Backs against the wall, Huskies come out with 73-65 win over South Wasco

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Sherman boys stay within striking distance

Team hits 8 of 10 free throws down stretch in win

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Big Sky basketball shuffle

Snowy, icy weather wreaks havoc on schedule, standings and playoff picture

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A fantastic journey

The Dalles native Dennis Everts basks in glory of Seahawks’ rise to Super Bowl title

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T-Dub skiers rally for second place

Boys, girls net five top-16 finishes, as each run up the Mount Hood Ski League ranks

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No. 7 Dufur gets cooking versus Horizon

Ghramm nets 10, as 11 players score in 49-28 win

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Rangers still making top gains

Dufur puts No. 1 Horizon Christian to the test in a 66-49 Big Sky Conference tussle

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T-Dub busts loose on winless Hood River

Defense holds Eagles to two field goals in the second half

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No. 4 Tribe recovers to drop HRV

Girl’s basketball team breaks open halftime lead with 28-7 run for a 54-21 victory

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Lady Rangers lose to St. Paul

The Dufur Rangers have now lost four of their last five games after a pair of setbacks against Lowell and St. Paul in 1A girl’s basketball action over the weekend and Monday.

Huskies start month in dominant fashion

Sherman girls have won seven of past eight contests

Huskies drop Griswold, 81-53

In the past 10 games, the Sherman Huskies have alternated wins and losses, going 5-5, but this next stretch on the slate will be a telltale sign of whether this group has the mettle to turn the corner and make a legitimate run into the playoffs.

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Ranger boys keep on rolling

Kortge, Caldwell bring inside presence for a combined 36 points in Dufur win

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TDW shrugs off pesky Pendleton

Emily Bailey rattled off another double-double with 14 points and 12 steals to lead The Dalles Wahtonka to a 44-32 winner over Pendleton in Columbia River Conference play Friday night at Kurtz Gym in The Dalles. TDW jabbed away early in the game with outputs of 12-5 and 11-6 to lead 23-11 at the half.

Lady Rangers get past Sherman

The Dufur Rangers jumped out with a 16-8 lead through one quarter of play and rode that advantage to a 38-24 win over Sherman in Big Sky girl’s basketball play Friday night in Dufur.

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TDW boys lose by 11 to Pendleton

The first-place Pendleton Buckaroos used 14 points from Joel Boozer and broke open a 26-20 halftime lead with a 30-25 run in the second half to post a 56-45 win Friday over The Dalles Wahtonka in Columbia River Conference boy’s play in Pendleton.

SWC too strong for Griswold

Travis Hayes continued his torrid shooting pace with seven 3-pointers for a team-high 23 points to lead No. 12 South Wasco County to a lopsided 95-29 romp over Griswold in Big Sky Conference boy’s hoops action Friday in Maupin.

Morris, Caldwell open up in Dufur’s win

The Sherman Huskies fell behind 20-9 after one quarter, and battled back to within four points late in the fourth quarter, but the Dufur Rangers hit some late shots and fought off the rally to preserve a 71-57 victory Friday in Big Sky Conference boy’s basketball play at Dufur High School.

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The building is just beginning

Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy bringing along 50 youths for the love of sport

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Reaching for the top

Dufur football team has six athletes recognized as all-state football recipients

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Tribe swim team sets high standards in La Grande

Allie Wood notches first and second in her top events

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TDW skiers cruise to top efforts at Mt. Hood

Three-shot cushion nets win in 38th annual Best Ball event

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Eagle Indians get four on Hermiston

Short-handed roster still has wrestlers fighting good fight for postseason berths

Lady Rangers lose in a foulfest

The No. 6-ranked Dufur Rangers were whistled for 25 fouls, which led to an 18 for 35 rate from the free throw line in City Christian’s 57-44 win in a non-league girl’s hoops tussle in Portland.

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Dufur boys split in Portland

Rangers use 15-6 run in third to win

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Tribe wrestlers finding a rhythm

Joe Linebarger, Eric Morales lead way with top-3 ouputs at River Elks Invite

Hayes leads SWC to 86-53 victory

With its latest matchup deadlocked at 30-apiece with a minute left in the opening half, the South Wasco County Redsides amped up their play for a 56-23 run in the final two quarters and changed enroute to an 86-53 win over No. 19 Umpqua Valley Christian in a boy’s basketball contest Tuesday night at St. Paul High School.

Sherman girls keep pace in West

The Sherman Huskies moved to within a game of first-place Dufur after getting a double-double from Katie Poirier, as a 17-6 third-quarter run helped the squad pull off a 49-34 win Tuesday in Big Sky Conference action in Arlington.

Lady Rangers lose big in Portland

The No. 6-ranked Dufur Rangers lost their second consecutive road game by double digits in a 57-44 setback Tuesday night to City Christian in non-league girl’s basketball play in Portland. The Rangers’ (13-4 overall, 7-1 league) have a chance to get back into a groove at 6 p.m. Friday with a league tussle at home versus second-place Sherman.

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Kaseberg has hot night in Husky road win

Junior sinks free throws to lead Sherman past Arlington

Redsides open up scoring floodgates

South Wasco County head coach Jim Hull called Saturday’s lopsided home win over Central Christian important for the team’s psyche. With a goal of districts still on their minds, all of the games in league are extremely important.

Dufur uses its physical play in 55-41 win over Condon

Jake Kortge scored a game-high 22 points and the Dufur Rangers sank 8 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to help with a 55-41 win over Condon-Wheeler Saturday in a 1A Big Sky Conference tussle at Condon High School.

Condon works a win over Dufur

The No. 5-ranked Dufur Rangers could not find their groove Saturday, as the No. 1 and undefeated Condon-Wheeler Knights turned numerous turnovers into easy scoring chances for a 72-44 victory in Big Sky Conference girl’s hoops action in Condon.

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SWC blasts past Central Christian, 46-19

Roxanne O’Neal scored a season-high 16 points, Zoe Morelli added 10 and the South Wasco County Redside girl’s basketball team used the first three quarters to impose their will in a 46-19 blowout of Central Christian Saturday in Maupin.

Huskies will way to win over Nixy

When all else fails, get the ball down low. That was mantra stated by the Sherman Huskies, as starting posts Katie Poirier and Janet Guzman combined for 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead their team to a 40-35 victory over Nixyaawii Friday in a Big Sky Conference girl’s basketball showdown in Moro.