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Dufur gets back winning feeling

Rangers slam down 22 aces in 3-0 sweep over Horizon

After losing four consecutive matches in sweep fashion to start the season, the Dufur Rangers turned the tables for their league opener, using the service game to dispatch of Horizon Christian in three games.

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Hawks hit speed bump in loss to Mac-Hi

TD soccer team cannot find its groove in 4-0 setback

Tuesday at Discovery Field in The Dalles, the Riverhawks misfired on five point-blank scoring opportunities and Mac-Hi broke open a 1-0 halftime lead with three second-half goals to secure a 4-0 win.

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Hawk defense punches back in win over Madras

TD football allows just 16 yards in 14-0 road victory; SWC football loses to Mapleton

Senior quarterback Dominique Seufalemua threw for 79 yards and two touchdowns, the rushing attack garnered 94 yards and the defense held Madras to 16 total yards, none passing, in a 14-0 road victory Friday in Madras.

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Sherman’s comeback attempt falls short

Huskies erase 20-0 halftime deficit, but loses, 36-34

Sherman battled back from a 20-0 halftime deficit and outscored Crane by a 34-16 margin in the final 24 minutes of action, but a two-point conversion pass with 33 seconds left in regulation fell short, as the Mustangs held on for a 36-34 victory Friday at Dufur High School.

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Officials facing crossroads

With numbers drop, fall sports are being affected

With the dwindling number of sports officials, high school sports athletic directors have been forced to move Friday football games to Thursdays and even Saturdays, creating a mad scramble with schedules and getting proper coverage. The numbers issue is not just gorge-area based, however, as communities in the Blue Mountain and Portland areas are suffering from a lack of adults willing to officiate youth contests.

McCall leads Hawk soccer

In their first game, The Dalles Riverhawks had Giselle Manzo enjoying a career-day with five goals. Thursday in The Dalles, all-league senior midfielder Brooke McCall had her chance to shine, as she scored five goals and added an assist to lead the Riverhawks to a 7-0 trouncing of Jefferson.

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Rangers moving on after a tough opener

Team to use first-game effort as a major lesson

DUFUR – Players from the defending champion Dufur Rangers exited the locker room after Friday night’s opening game with terse facial expressions and an air of seriousness.

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Waine and Carter build SWC’s gridiron dreams

Coaches bring sense of pride, hope to football team

MAUPIN – For three years, Dawson Herlocker has been a part of the foundation for the South Wasco County football team. As he approaches his senior year, the veteran now takes on the responsibility of being one of the voices in the locker room, showing leadership to a roster of 16 players, seven underclassmen, at the start of the 2016 campaign.

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Lady Redsides have something to prove

Coming off solid 2015, SWC aims for a bigger stage

MAUPIN – Last season was magical for head coach Donna Barton and the South Wasco County volleyball squad. The Lady Redsides won 16 matches and 54 sets overall, finished third in district and advanced to a second-round state playoff match for the first time since 2005.

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Riverhawks pick up solid home-opening win

Manzo, Lopez and Bonham lead offensive charge for TD

Aldo Manzo, Pedro Lopez and Brandon Bustamante each scored goals, but it was the stout play of the Riverhawk defensive quartet of Bustamante, Andy Lopez, Julian Quintan and Miguel Aguilar that held Redmond without a shot on goal in a 3-0 The Dalles boys’ soccer victory Tuesday at home.

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New mindset key to Sherman’s success

Skill is there, but Huskies are focused on conquering mental game

MORO – Talent and skill can only take a team so far. It is the mental side of the game that can be a slippery slope. For senior tailback Maverick Winslow, that was one of the biggest aspects he felt the Sherman Husky football team needed to adjust in order to make a state title run.

Lady Rangers lose two matches in Molalla

Dufur volleyball coach Jody Weaver is seeing some good things from her team in the first week of the season. Tuesday in Molalla, the Rangers were swept in a pair of matches against Country Christian and Kennedy in a volleyball double dual.

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Manzo leads TD’s scoring surge

Senior scores career-high five goals in team’s 9-0 win

Giselle Manzo scored five goals and Emma Weir added two, as The Dalles girls’ soccer team jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 9-0 victory over Redmond Tuesday in varsity action at Redmond High School.

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New coaches, new Sherman attitude

Young roster primed to make big gains this year

With four new assistant coaches and new head coach Amy Huffman, the four Husky volleyball seniors, Emily Hill, Meghan Belshe, Stormy Rhodes and Ellie Davis want to instill a winning culture and a positive legacy for the younger group to take hold of.

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TD volleyball loses opener

The Dalles volleyball team had a 2-1 lead after three sets, but wound up losing 25-22 in the fourth and then lost 15-10 in the fifth set to lose its home opener to North Marion Monday night at Kurtz Gym.

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Rangers all business entering ‘16 season

Defending champions head into play with targets on their backs

DUFUR – Coming off a seventh state football championship and first since the 2006 campaign, the Dufur Rangers are taking a business approach to defending their crown. They lost a bulk of talented seniors and linemen, but return the 1A Player of the Year Bailey Keever and a group of 13 sophomores, who earned their stripes as freshmen last year.

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Hawk harriers are running with drive

Team of 44 focused on vaulting up to 5A state meet

Over the past few years, the female talent on The Dalles Cross Country team has been dominating the headlines with multiple league titles. State-qualifier and senior standout Jony Nelson and the Riverhawk boys feel they have the depth and talent to move to the top of the 5A classification.

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SWC starts with a pair of wins

Lady Redsides beat Trinity Lutheran and Triangle Lake; Dufur loses two in Athena

The South Wasco County Redsides got off to a fast start and never looked back Wednesday in their two-match season-opener, taking a three-game sweep over Trinity Lutheran and a four-set triumph over Triangle Lake in volleyball action in Bend.

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Riverhawks looking to blaze a new trail

After success in 2015, TD’s revamped team raises its expectations

Last year, the Dalles volleyball team rose to a level not seen before in two decades.

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Nelson Tire Factory wins NWPRD crown

Co-ed softball team caps year with 28-5 romp in finale

As a sponsor for nearly two decades, Nelson Tire Factory has had teams post top-3 and runner-up finishes in the past, but never a championship. Wednesday night at Kramer Field, this group finally climbed over the mountaintop as the champions of the North Wasco County Parks and Recreation Department Co-Ed Softball League after a 28-5 triumph over Domino’s Pizza sponsored, “McGlovin.”

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Classic invites the 1A’s best to Dufur

14 teams set to play over three days starting on Sept. 1

DUFUR – The long wait is nearly over. Only one week stands before the start of the 1A football season and the 16th annual Oregon Eight-Man Classic showcase at Dufur High School. Dufur football coach and athletic director Jack Henderson has put together three days of gridiron action featuring several of the elite 1A programs from across state, including Camas Valley, Crane, Adrian, Triad, Days Creek and the defending 2015 state champion Dufur Rangers.

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The time is now for Dufur volleyball

Team is revamped and ready for 2016 season

DUFUR – Through rigorous daily double practices over the past two weeks, Dufur volleyball senior Emily Grande-DePriest grows more and more impressed by the nine underclassmen, including seven freshmen, that will see added minutes on the hardwood this fall. They have an unrelenting drive to get back to Redmond for state, a good omen so early in camp.

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TD hopes extra work equals state playoffs

For The Dalles girls’ soccer team, it is all about fresh starts. Under the new offensive and defensive schemes implemented by new head coach Oscar Nunez, varsity assistant Cheri McCall and new junior varsity coach Amy Krol, the rebuilt roster has its focus squarely on early success and a berth into the postseason.

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Young Hawks ready to take 5A by storm

With new coach, soccer team is on an upward swing

With a new head coach in Matthew Dallman and a starting roster of five freshmen, four sophomores and five upperclassmen, The Dalles boys’ soccer team is not worried about a lack of experience, but will rely on teamwork and progression through the regular season

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Ready to wash

The Dalles High School cheer team members, pictured from left to right, Kendyl Kumm, Abbey Helseth, Meara Crawford, Jessika Nanez, Keagan Rice and others give themselves a round of applause after practice Wednesday at Sid White Field.

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Riverhawks on Year 1 of rebuilding project

Football team starts daily doubles with 50 on roster

Over the next two years, The Dalles football team will play an independent schedule, so head coach Steve Sugg is looking forward to the opportunity to teach, mold and shape an up-and-coming roster of 30 underclassmen to build for the future.

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TD’s belief factor on high

The Dalles head football coach Steve Sugg (middle) offers words of encouragement for his 40 players who were in attendance at Wednesday’s practice on Sid White Field.

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Dakota Murr: Working toward a goal

TD hoops player wraps up summer AAU schedule

Dakota Murr has high expectations for himself and The Dalles boys’ basketball program over the next few years. In order to meet or surpass those goals and aspirations, he was on the hardwood this spring and summer playing on an Elite level team and in AAU Tournaments across the West region.

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Riverhawk Strong

The Dalles athlete J.R. Scott successfully deadlifts upwards of 400 pounds, while Dalles Seufalemua (back) and Dufur’s Abraham Kilby cheer him on during Saturday’s Gorge Gauntlet Competition at Amaton Field.

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Sawyer to be inducted into HRV Hall of Fame

Baseball coach led the Eagles to their first state title in 1980

Long-time The Dalles coach and hitting instructor, Doug Sawyer, will be inducted into the Hood River Valley High School Hall of Fame in a ceremony set to take place on Sept. 23 and 24.

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All for the love of the game

TD’s softball duo savors experience on travel squad

Through the summer, Kathryn Bradford and Jodi Thomasian traveled 6,200 miles across the United States in softball tournament games and also logged 214 miles, twice-a-week, to Hillsboro for practices – all for the love of the game. They enjoyed great moments, shared life experiences and improved their game to the level where they can take hold of prominent leadership roles for The Dalles softball team next spring. The long road trips are tiring, but it is all worth it in the end.

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Dufur Valley running field puts on impressive display

Group of 65 harriers show up for fundraiser

In his first year as race coordinator of the Dufur Valley 5k and 10k event, Ty Wyman was happy with the turnout and final results put up by the 65 running participants. With the Wasco County Fair coming up Saturday morning, Wyman has high hopes for another high turnout.

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Vassar dominates sub-regional golf event

TD athlete scores 151 points for first place honors

The Dalles golfer Tyler Vassar is not one to put his clubs away for the summer. He has been on the links, playing in tournaments and working on his craft at The Dalles Country Club in an effort to sharpen up his game. All of that work paid off in spades at the 14-15-year old Drive, Chip and Putt Sub-Regional Championships ending Aug. 9 at Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro.

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Sports officials needed for the 2016-17 season

Bob McFadden welcomes men and women to join association

Since the 2010 sports season, there has been a steady decline in referees and officials across all sports. Mid-Columbia Football Officials president Bob McFadden is calling on men and women from across the gorge to be contributing to the community and get involved in interscholastic sports.

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Huffman makes her triumphant return

Sherman graduate eyes success as new Husky volleyball coach

MORO – In their first three seasons as varsity volleyball players, incoming seniors Brittney Orendorff and Emily Hill have been part of a Sherman volleyball program that has won 15 of 62 matches. With new head coach Amy Huffman back at the helm, the standout duo is looking forward to finishing their high school careers with a playoff berth and possibly more.

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Breaking down volleyball fundamentals

Coach Fanene impressed with skills displayed at camp

Just looking at all the fresh faces reminded Sierra Watson of the good old days when she was a young pup learning the ropes on the volleyball court. This past week, at Riverhawk Volleyball camp at The Dalles Middle School, the incoming senior was the wily veteran lending tidbits of wisdom to her fledgling brethren.

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TD Swim Team goes in for its final fury

Young group wraps up summer on a high note at Bend Open

Competing against a stout field this past weekend at the Bend Open Swim Invitational, The Dalles Swim Team head coach Scott McKay liked what he saw from his young group in their final event of the summer season. At the Juniper Swim and Fitness Center Sunday afternoon, TDST scored 11 top-15 finishes, four in the top-5, including a 25-yard freestyle victory by Rhylie Van Matre in three days of action in Bend.

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Dance Club sweeps field at Dance Magic

Academy team puts on record-setting performance in Seaside

In its final recital of the summer, The Dalles Dance Club Academy of Performing Arts team put forth a historic performance at the 34th annual Dance Magic this past weekend in Seaside. The Dance Club dominated every division with first-place finishes, an accomplishment only attained once over the past 22 years under the leadership of dance instructor Kristi Maley.

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Races aim to unite family and friends

Three local running events coming up this month

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Shadow softball wraps up first season

12U team had several top finishes this summer

The Gorge Shadows 12U softball team had a solid all-around performance in its inaugural season at the competitive level.

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Nurturing and teaching future stars

Coach Morris uses hoops camp to build TD program

The sounds included sneakers squeaking, basketballs bouncing, coaches directing and boys and girls talking, laughing and cheering each other on. Those were some of the sweet sounds for The Dalles boys’ basketball head coach Nathan Morris.

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Teaching the hoops basics

Basketball players had four days of learning the basics of the basketball game under the tutelage of The Dalles varsity head coach Nathan Morris (front) and assistant coach Greg Cummings this past week on the campus of The Dalles Middle School.

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Making memories that will last a lifetime

Babe Ruth softball makes return trip from Florida

There were thunderstorms, flight cancellations, days traveling on airboat through the Florida marshes and even a chance to make new friends. Memories that will last a lifetime, with many moments to cherish forever. The Dalles 14U Babe Ruth softball made its return trip from Jensen Beach, Florida on Wednesday, a closer group, a happy group and as writers of a groundbreaking new chapter of local softball history.

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Community is celebrated at Dolphin Dive

A total of 24 participants help raise nearly $1,300 in fundraiser

When a community and its athletes collaborate for a common goal, great things can happen. The first sign of good things to come was in June of 2015, when the North Wasco County Aquatic Center opened a new pool, funded by a community bond. The pool replaced a landmark that has been a community swimming staple for the past 80 years.

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Nunez brings a family vibe to TD soccer

Fostering togetherness should equal onfield success

To Oscar Nunez, nothing is more important in life than family. As a father of four girls and an AYSO coach for local youths over the past few years, he uses positive re-enforcement, encouragement and togetherness as his keys to coaching. The goal is to keep that trend as the new head coach of The Dalles High School girls’ varsity team.

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Babe Ruth Stars show heart at regionals

15U squad plays four games with 10 active players

Playing with only 10 players for four games in 15U Babe Ruth Regional action, The Dalles lost all four games and were eliminated from weekend bracket play Friday afternoon after losing by a 7-1 score against Columbia River Basin, out of Northern Washington, in a pool play matchup in Camas.. “We lost, but this was by far our best game of tournament,” said TD head coach David Hough. “They played their butts off in this game. It was close. They just had the timely hits.”

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Local events fast approaching

TD youth football signups ending on Sunday; Hoops camp begins Monday

Local briefs from across the Greater Columbia Gorge

TD’s 15U Babe Ruth loses third in a row

Team is eliminated from bracket play

The Dalles’ 15U Babe Ruth All Stars fell to 0-3 in regional action after a 10-3 loss Thursday to Montana in pool play baseball action in Camas, Wash.

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Locals bring light to Rocket Run

The annual Fourth of July Rocket Run held on July 4 in The Dalles attracted a large crowd to help raise funds for the annual firework display, sponsored by Mid-Columbia Health Foundation and MCMC Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery.

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Telles grabs first Dakotas Tour win

TD grad shoots 65 on final day for two-stroke triumph

Last summer, Damian Telles was at a crossroads, debating whether golf was in his future. Dealing with some personal matters, Telles, 25, contemplated stepping away from the game to begin a new life as a civilian in the working world. It all started with taking a step back in life, looking at the pictures and looking at what he had in front of him and what changes were needed in order to be better and move forward in whichever direction he decided to go.