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Cross Country Meet is slated for Sept. 25

The 18th annual Jumpstart Elementary Cross Country races are fast approaching and more than 400 boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade are expected to join in on the fun, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Sorosis Park.

September 7, 2018 2:25 p.m. read more..


TD scores first goals in 3-3 tie with Putnam

Mired in a scoreless drought that eclipsed more than 207 minutes to start the season, The Dalles boys’ soccer team rebounded from a 3-0 halftime deficit with three unanswered second-half goals in a 3-3 draw versus Rex-Putnam Thursday in a non-league soccer match played at Wahtonka High School.

September 7, 2018 2:24 p.m. read more..


TD runners getting steps ahead of new league

The Dalles cross country team hustles in the new year with Hood River Valley, Pendleton, Crook County, Redmond and Ridgeview representing the new challengers in the Intermountain Conference. So that means returning state qualifiers Emma Mullins, Hanna Ziegenhagen, Samuel Alvarez, Rey Aviluz, Zack Ziegenhagen and the rest of the Riverhawks will need to be at the top of their game.

September 4, 2018 2:54 p.m. read more..


Olson accounts for six touchdowns to boost SWC

MAUPIN – For the first time in nearly 60 years, Oregon had six-man football at the high school level with a full slate of games across the state. Friday in Maupin, the South Wasco County Redsides and the Wheeler County Rattlers kicked off the fall season, with the Redsides taking a 46-0 win.

September 4, 2018 2:51 p.m. read more..


TD squander chances in loss to Hood River

When a team rushes for negative yards, commits four turnovers and goes 0 for 12 on third down conversions, the winning probability is next to zero. The Dalles football coach Steve Sugg looked back at his team’s home-opening 22-6 loss to Hood River Valley as one of learning lessons.

September 4, 2018 2:49 p.m. read more..


Youth Cross Country Meet is slated to run on Sept. 25

The 18th annual Jumpstart Elementary Cross Country races are fast approaching and more than 400 boys and girls from kindergarten-through-fifth grade are expected to join in on the fun, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Sorosis Park. Harriers from the Columbia Gorge, Wasco, Hood River and Sherman Counties are encouraged to run.

August 31, 2018 2:33 p.m. read more..
 

SWC loses its first match

On Thursday, South Wasco County opened its volleyball campaign with a three-set home loss to Joseph. The Eagles, who entered play with six tournament matches under their belts, seized momentum early on and cruised to wins of 25-15, 25-21, 25-21 for the sweep.

August 31, 2018 2:30 p.m. read more..


Dufur netters split first two matches in Athena

In their first two volleyball matches, the Dufur Rangers salvaged a split, winning a five-set thriller over Imbler Tuesday in Athena. Following a sweep loss against Weston-McEwen, Dufur battled it out versus Imbler with each team swapping wins in the first four sets.

August 31, 2018 2:29 p.m. read more..


Big second half vaults TD over Parkrose, 8-0

Last year, The Dalles girls’ soccer team started out 0-6-1 and still managed to catch fire at the right time to earn a state play-in berth. Although the team lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to St. Helens in the opening postseason round, the players and head coach Oscar Nunez feel the confidence and will to win are at an all-time high.

August 31, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..


Redside football takes on six-man challenge

Sweeping changes are coming for 1A football at the start of the 2018 season that will affect the South Wasco County football programs. The Redsides are playing 6-man football as part of an 18-team pilot program, marking the first time since 1959 that Oregon has participated.

August 28, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..


Dufur is not looking too far ahead in 2018

DUFUR – Before the first snap or first play from scrimmage, several pundits and experts are already crowning St. Paul as the 1A state champions. Down from the 2A classification, where they were the runners-up to Santiam, the Buckaroos are going to be a team to be reckoned with.

August 28, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..


TD ready for its new journey in the 4A ranks

The Dalles football team is breaking the seal on a new journey in the 4A ranks under head coach Steve Sugg. Instead of playing independent status, as the Riverhawks have for the past two seasons, the program now can vie for a league title and a state championship.

August 28, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..


IBC football tryouts opens door to big stage

FBU Oregon and Island Boy Camp are organizing a free tackle football tryout and mini-camp for sixth-through-eighth graders, who are Oregon residents, at four locations this summer for a chance to participate in an all-star showcase. From 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, all attendees will go to Wahtonka High School, located on 3601 West 10th Street in The Dalles, in their school-colored shorts and shirts with football cleats for drills.

August 24, 2018 2:19 p.m. read more..


Redsides enter play with a motivated mindset

MAUPIN – All-state middle blocker Jada Myers looks around the gymnasium and sees a lot of familiar faces and several new ones. Although the landscape is much different than a year ago, the senior is not making any excuses — she is even more motivated to help the South Wasco County Redsides win a championship.

August 24, 2018 2:13 p.m. read more..


Lady Rangers trying to get over district hump

DUFUR – Since taking home a Big Sky Conference district championship in 2014, the Dufur volleyball team has had three consecutive runner-up finishes. Second-year coach Kristin Whitley fields a roster of three seniors, five juniors, a sophomore and a freshman, including all-league winners Sydnee Byers, Trinity Blake and Mikayla Kelly that aspire to take a monumental step forward.

August 24, 2018 2:12 p.m. read more..


FBU-IBC football tryouts slated

FBU Oregon and Island Boy Camp are organizing a free tackle football tryout and mini-camp for sixth-through-eighth graders, who are Oregon residents, at four locations this summer for a chance to participate in an all-star level showcase. From 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, all attendees will go to Wahtonka High School, located on 3601 West 10th Street in The Dalles, in their school-colored shorts and shirts with football cleats for drills.

August 21, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..


TD swimmers hit top levels at Bend Open

The Dalles swim team finished off the summer season with ninth-place honors, as the group of 39 combined for 19 top-10 placings, six in the relays, and Lydia DiGennaro, Kendall Webber, Maverick Varland, Kaiya Doty, Rhett Loughmiller, Thatcher Dray and Skyler Coburn added solid ‘B’ times at the three-day Bend Open ending Aug. 12.

August 21, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..


Hert brings passion to Babe Ruth baseball

Up at the crack of dawn, sometimes in cold conditions, Butch Hert would climb aboard his mower and manicure the diamonds at Kramer Field. For more than four decades, it has been the same routine – It is a labor of love.

August 17, 2018 2:24 p.m. read more..


Program adds options for athletes

DUFUR – From baseball to basketball, Dufur High School graduate Steven Begay loves to bring the game to local youths. Earlier this summer, he coached a 12U group, called Slammin’ Salmon, to a 6-0 record, where they outscored opponents by a 120-42 margin to secure first place at the Blazers Rip City 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Portland. “I have always enjoyed coaching,” Begay said.

August 14, 2018 2:56 p.m. read more..


Title caps memorable run for McGlovin

It has been a long road on the softball field for Rocky Linebarger, as countless close calls and bad breaks kept him from winning Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation Adult Softball League championship. At long last, he finally earned title No. 1.

August 14, 2018 2:51 p.m. read more..


TD United grabs third at Mount Hood Challenge

Following two straight losses, The Dalles United girls’ soccer team finished off tournament play with back-to-back wins by a combined 10-0 margin for third place in 11U Silver Division action at the Mount Hood Challenge ending Aug. 5. Coach Oscar Nunez fielded his group for three days of tough competition in an event that featured more than 400 teams.

August 10, 2018 3:18 p.m. read more..


Dance Academy makes history in Seaside

The Dalles Dance Club Academy made history at the Grand Championships in Seaside last weekend by receiving the highest-scoring group awards in the Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced and Accelerated Advanced classifications, marking the first time ever a program has swept all levels in the event’s 37 years.

August 10, 2018 3:17 p.m. read more..


CG Hustler growth provides reasons for optimism

Columbia Gorge Hustlers head coach Steve Sugg put his ‘A’ baseball team through a meat grinder of a schedule, with games in Washington, on the coast and everywhere else. This summer, the Hustlers racked up a 29-17 overall record, a Zone 2 championship and a 1-2 finish at the recently-completed American Legion State Tournament in North Bend.

August 3, 2018 2:25 p.m. read more..


Babe Ruth All-Stars hold their heads up high

PORTLAND – Numbers can be deceiving. In the case of The Dalles 13- to 15-year-old All-Stars during the Babe Ruth Regional Championships last week in Portland, the team went 2-2 overall, scored 33 runs on 34 hits and the pitching staff gave up nine runs, six earned, on 17 hits in that same span, but the team did not make it through pool play.

August 3, 2018 2:24 p.m. read more..


DiGennaro takes step forward in Long Course event

Saddled with shoulder pain, Lydia DiGennaro brushed aside her ailments and put up all-time best 50-meter freestyle ‘A’ times at the 2018 OSI Arena 11-years-old and over Long Course Championships held July 26-29 at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham.

July 31, 2018 2:21 p.m. read more..


TD United quartet helps lead Beaverton to 2nd

At Cook Park in Tigard, Ariana Gonzalez, Bryce Newby, Stella Lujan and Lilyana Gonzalez, from The Dalles United, signed on for girls’ soccer action in a co-op with Beaverton Westside at the Lake Oswego Nike Cup this weekend and advanced all the way to the title match, eventually losing on penalty kicks to Lake Oswego.

July 31, 2018 2:18 p.m. read more..


12U girls lose in 3-on-3 semifinals

Columbia Gorge Ballers, Makaila Miller, Maddie Brock, Jackie Begay and Sydney Newby dressed down in the 11-team, 10-12-year-old classification and went 3-0 to vault into the semifinals, but lost 17-5, to earn a top-4 finish at the two-day Blazers Rip City 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Portland.

July 31, 2018 2:17 p.m. read more..


Local 12U hoopsters take home 3-on-3 title

Even without sharp-shooting guard Nolan Donivan, nothing was going to stop Henry Begay, Andre Niko, Trevor Lewis and Riley Brock from avenging last season’s second-place finish. That 12U group, called Slammin’ Salmon, amassed a 6-0 record and outscored opponents by a 120-42 margin to secure first place at the Blazers Rip City 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament ending Sunday in Portland.

July 31, 2018 2:04 p.m. read more..


TD shines in John Day

The Dalles swim team racked up four relay wins and 11 individual victories, led by two wins each by Kennedy Abbas and Thatcher Dray and four firsts and three seconds from Lydia DiGennaro at the three-day John Day Invitational ending July 22. The team’s last meet of the season will be in Bend on the weekend of Aug. 11-12, so with the boys and girls combining for second place in the standings, coach Scott McKay is looking forward to his group making a big splash to close out the summer.

July 27, 2018 3:38 p.m. read more..


CG Hustlers outlast Roseburg in 10 innings, 4-3

Twists and turns and an emotional roller coaster ruled the day Thursday for the Columbia Gorge Hustlers. Ben Nelson pulled off multiple Houdini acts on the mound in seven scoreless innings of relief and he ended up scoring the game-winning run on a two-out RBI single by Dalles Seufalemua to lead the Columbia Gorge Hustlers to a 4-3 victory in 10 innings against Roseburg at the American Legion State Tournament in North Bend.

July 27, 2018 3:31 p.m. read more..


Babe Ruth Stars get things going in Portland

The Dalles 13-15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars posted a 1-2 record in their first three pool play games of the Babe Ruth Regional Tournament in Portland, ending Thursday’s action with a 3-0 loss to Idaho by no-hitter. Although the team finished without a hit, they had chances to get within striking distance, but left five runners on base, three in scoring position, including one at third base in the fifth inning. In five of the seven innings, TD had at least one runner on base.

July 27, 2018 3:27 p.m. read more..


Six cheer members named All-Americans

With fires creating chaos around the Greater Columbia River Gorge area, The Dalles cheerleading squad approached last weekend’s National Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp with heavy hearts. They dedicated their performances to those impacted. The Riverhawks fielded 31 athletes for action at their annual camp from July 17-20 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, as 14 members were nominated for All-American honors and a handful of others received various camp awards.

July 24, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..


10U Westside Timbers net first at Beaverton Cup

Coach Oscar Nunez formed 10U and 12U girls’ soccer teams, called Westside Timbers The Gorge, for action at the three-day Beaverton Cup last weekend with the two groups combining for a 5-2-2 record and a 21-9 scoring margin. “The level of competition these gorge girls took on was super-intense,” Nunez said.

July 24, 2018 2:24 p.m. read more..


Hustlers tuned up for legion state tourney

NEWPORT – The Columbia Gorge Hustlers wrapped up baseball action at the Newport Tournament with a 1-3 record and posted double-figure hits in every game and totaled 30 runs, finishing the weekend with a 15-8 loss on Sunday to Lower Columbia Basin. Head coach Steve Sugg liked the way the offense executed in the four games, but looked to the defense and pitching as key components to the team’s success at the upcoming American Legion Tournament this week in Coos Bay.

July 24, 2018 2:18 p.m. read more..


Swimmers get stronger

Across the board, a majority The Dalles swim team showed vast improvements on their times at the 52nd annual Pendleton Open from July 6-8 in Pendleton. Of the impressive group of swimmers, all of TD’s points were scored by the 9-year-old and under swimmers with Sam Ford, 7, scoring the most points at 28.

July 20, 2018 2:54 p.m. read more..


All-Stars expect a tough challenge at regionals

Hunter Padberg said he and his teammates are not settling on one accomplishment, they have their hearts set on much more. Even with a state championship in the bag, the focus of The Dalles’ 13-15-year-old All-Stars is putting together another all-around slate of games at the Babe Ruth Regional Tournament at David Douglas High School in Portland.

July 20, 2018 2:53 p.m. read more..


Heroes all around as Hustlers clinch league

Starting the bottom of the seventh inning down 7-2, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers battled back with a dramatic comeback to clinch a league title, as Baily Hajicek smacked a three-run triple to tie the score at 7-7, and after a walk to Michael Armstrong, Johnson executed a perfect RBI squeeze bunt, which plated Hajicek for the winning run in CG’s 8-7 win and two-game sweep over Hillsboro.

July 20, 2018 2:51 p.m. read more..


Stars can’t get the bounces in two losses

With The Dalles hitting the field against West Linn and Gresham-Barlow this weekend at the 14U Babe Ruth State Championships, there was a disadvantage in terms of cohesiveness and flow. In two state matchups, The Dalles was eliminated from postseason contention after losses to West Linn and Gresham-Barlow, capped by a season-ending 16-5 mercy-ruled loss Saturday in tournament play in The Dalles.

July 17, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..


Hustlers boost win total to 24 in Sunday sweep

The Columbia Gorge Hustlers lost the first two games at the Seaside Wood Bat Tournament to Seaside and Hood River by a combined 18-8 spread, but bounced back for a lopsided win against Madison and added a two-game sweep over league opponent, St. Helens, Sunday.

July 17, 2018 2:40 p.m. read more..


TD All-Stars capture state championship

Sometimes it is the smallest factors that can push teams over the top. In Saturday’s state-title clinching win over East Portland, The Dalles’ Keon Kiser engaged in a 12-pitch at-bat that not only led to the early departure of East Portland’s starter, but opened the door to a four-run third inning in what turned into a 13-3 mercy-ruled victory Saturday in Babe Ruth baseball action at Kramer Field.

July 17, 2018 2:38 p.m. read more..


Officials earn Les Schwab bids

Two long-time members of the Mid-Columbia Football Officials Association, Terry Stephens and Gene Saldivar, were selected to participate in the 71st annual 2018 Les Schwab Bowl at Hillsboro Stadium on June 16.

July 13, 2018 2:35 p.m. read more..


Hustlers climb up the league standings

In the opening-game of the three-day Seaside Tournament, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers have their six-game winning streak snapped Thursday by an 11-6 margin versus Seaside. The Hustlers (21-10 overall) totaled 10 hits and five walks and left nine runners on base, including the bases loaded in their three-run sixth-inning surge, where they got to within an 8-6 deficit, but an inning-ending strikeout short-circuited the rally.

July 13, 2018 2:30 p.m. read more..


14U Crush caps summer with third place

With a final chance to end the season on a positive note, the 14U Cherry City Crush softball squad tallied a 3-1 record for third place at the two-day Newberg Tournament ending July 1.

July 13, 2018 2:28 p.m. read more..


Elite Basketball Camp is coming soon

The Dalles girls’ basketball coach Brian Stevens will be hosting four co-ed Elite Basketball Camps this summer for boys and girls from kindergarten to 12th grade.

July 10, 2018 2:29 p.m. read more..


CG Hustler duo combines for no-hit effort

Playing in a highly-regarded wood bat baseball tournament at North Central High School in Spokane, Wash. last week, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers won their first four games to move into the semifinals, but had their streak short-circuited by the Kennewick Phantoms, 12-0, Saturday to wrap up legion action.

July 10, 2018 2:28 p.m. read more..


Three Babe Ruth teams set high expectations

Two years ago, Greg Cummings fielded a group of baseball players to a runner-up finish at state. With several of those athletes back, the expectations for the 2018 Babe Ruth All-Stars are higher. “I hate to say world series or bust, but that’s where I am going,” Cummings said.

July 10, 2018 2:26 p.m. read more..


Hustlers get back on track

Following a three-game losing streak, where they were outscored by a 27-6 margin, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers got back to their winning ways with a pair of wins in tournament action at North Central High School in Spokane, Wash.

July 6, 2018 2:50 p.m. read more..


Football players compete at all-state event

Getting their names in the minds of coaches from across the state, The Dalles Middle School football players, Andre Niko, Alo Heka, Mynoah I’aulualo and Jesus Arceo had an opportunity to participate in the inaugural Oregon All-State Football Showcase held last Saturday at Sheldon High School in Eugene.

July 6, 2018 2:49 p.m. read more..


TDGSA All-Stars on regional path to Idaho

With league action completed last week, The Dalles Girls Softball Association’s 12U All-Stars were in Boise, ID. this weekend for the 2018 Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth Regional Tournament.

July 6, 2018 2:47 p.m. read more..

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