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Ranger boys drop Culver to get in the win column

Down by a 19-12 score after one quarter of play, the Dufur Rangers used a 31-18 run over the final three quarters of play to defeat 2A Culver by a 43-37 final margin Tuesday in a non-league boys’ basketball game played at Dufur High School.

December 6, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..


TD is hoping to continue its rise

Getting off to a hot start is great, but The Dalles head coach Nathan Morris is still hoping his team can fine tune a few aspects of the game to get to an elite level. Dakota Murr racked up 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, Jacob Hernandez went off for 13 and the undefeated Riverhawks broke open a 28-20 halftime lead with a 35-27 run in the second half in a 63-47 triumph over Columbia, out of White Salmon, Wash. Tuesday in The Dalles.

December 6, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..


Riverhawk hoopsters pull off a home sweep

When The Dalles Riverhawks are executing their pressure defense, there is not much opposing teams can do. No. 12-ranked The Dalles forced 18 turnovers and gave up a season-low three field goals to take hold of a 47-12 win over Columbia, out of White Salmon, Wash. in girls’ basketball play Tuesday at Kurtz Gym in The Dalles.

December 6, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..


Sherman girls ready to respond

MORO – Sherman head coach Steve Bird is counting on his girls’ basketball team to get healthy and further progress over the next 10 days his team has off. This past weekend, the short-handed Lady Huskies split two games during Sherman Tournament action, defeating Stanfield by four points and losing Saturday versus 2A Grant Union.

December 5, 2017 1:57 p.m. read more..


Dufur cruises past Lyle, 49-16

Coming off a 43-point loss Friday against defending champion Nixyaawii, the Dufur Rangers rebounded with a dominant performance Saturday in a 49-16 girls’ basketball victory over Lyle. “It was great for us to get the win, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Dufur head coach Hollie Darden.

December 5, 2017 1:56 p.m. read more..


No. 2 Redsides take John Howey Memorial title

In their first two games, the No. 2 ranked South Wasco County Redsides are averaging nearly 13 points more and giving up 11.3 fewer points a game for two straight wins. On Saturday against Prairie City in the championship game of the second annual John Howey Memorial Tournament in Maupin, the Redsides racked up 21 field goals and held the Panthers to eight baskets, two in the first half, in a 50-24 triumph. “It was pretty impressive the way our girls defended,” said SWC head coach Lynn Cowdrey.

December 5, 2017 1:54 p.m. read more..


Redsides lose to Trout Lake by 35

On the final day of the John Howey Memorial Tournament, South Wasco County trailed Trout Lake, Wash. by a 21-12 score at the half, and could only muster nine second-half points in a 56-21 boys basketball loss Saturday in Maupin.

December 5, 2017 1:51 p.m. read more..


Sherman uses its depth to overwhelm GU

MORO – As the season wears on, senior point guard Jacob Justesen knows how important it is for the two-time defending champion Sherman Huskies to develop other weapons on the hardwood. Justesen scored 34 points and eight players hit the scorebook in an 83-52 Sherman Invitational title victory over 2A Grant Union Saturday in Moro.

December 5, 2017 1:49 p.m. read more..


SWC boys lose to North Lake

After a promising first quarter, where they enjoyed an 8-5 lead, the South Wasco County Redsides ran into foul troubles and committed untimely turnovers that allowed North Lake to pick up a 51-26 win Friday in first-day action at the second annual John Howey Memorial Tournament in Maupin.

December 2, 2017 11:32 a.m. read more..


Dufur drops opener to Nixy

With just three practices since the football team won a state championship, the Dufur Rangers hung around as long as they could in a 48-35 home loss to Nixyaawii Friday in boys’ basketball action at Dufur High School.

December 2, 2017 11:32 a.m. read more..


Defending champs snare first win

The two-time defending champion Sherman Huskies needed a quarter to get their bearings about them, but then hit the afterburners for a 52-28 run over the final three quarters of play in a 70-41 blowout victory over Stanfield Friday in first-day basketball action at the Sherman Invitational Tournament in Moro.

December 2, 2017 11:31 a.m. read more..


Lady Rangers take 68-25 loss

Nixyaawii used 18 points from Kaitlynn Melton and 17 by Mary Stewart in a 68-25 win over Dufur Friday in a girls’ hoops contest at Dufur High School.

December 2, 2017 11:31 a.m. read more..


Sherman wins a 39-35 nailbiter

The Sherman Lady Huskies led by a 35-29 score midway through the fourth quarter, and after Stanfield cut the deficit to 35-33 with a minute left, Sammie Lepinski rebounded a missed shot and Savanna Orendorff hit two clutch free throws to lead her squad to a 39-35 girls’ basketball victory over the Stanfield Tigers Friday at the Sherman Invitational in Moro.

December 2, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..


Lady Redsides shine

Abby Birman scored 15 points and Jada Myers added 12 in the South Wasco County Redsides’ 48-23 trouncing of North Lake Friday at the John Howey Memorial Tournament in Maupin.

December 2, 2017 11:29 a.m. read more..


No. 1 Riverhawks are off to a 2-0 start

The Brian Stevens-Kevin Dale era is passing the eye test with flying colors. Jodi Thomasian sank seven field goals, four in the second half, and added a 12 for 17 effort from the line for a career-best 26 points, as No. 1 The Dalles won its second consecutive game, 53-37, over Sandy in a girls’ basketball contest played Friday at Kurtz Gym.

December 2, 2017 11:28 a.m. read more..


Locals try out for Timbers Development Team

The Dalles Middle School student-athletes Mauricio Vega, Luciano Alvarado and Orlando Mora, along with Lyle native Jaeden Bullard, tried out for the Portland Timbers Olympic Development Team in a second session last weekend in Hillsboro.

December 1, 2017 2:58 p.m. read more..
 

TDMS athletes picked to play in all-state games

To help raise awareness and support for the more than 500,000 kids in foster care nationally, Portland-area coach Matt Williams came up with a plan to start the inaugural Oregon All-State Football showcase for the top middle school athletes from across the state in a three-game event on June 30, 2018 in Eugene. Representing The Dalles are seventh grade standouts, Mynoah Iaulualo, Kade Wilson, Dawson Heka and Styles DeLeon.

November 29, 2017 3:07 p.m. read more..


Smith earns prestigious invite

Local all-star baseball player Carson Smith recently participated in the Under Armour National Tryout and received an invitation to play in the Winter Classic Tournament on Dec. 26, in Vero Beach, Fla. along with 100 other athletes from across the nation.

November 29, 2017 3:05 p.m. read more..


Rangers achieve 1A football immortality

COTTAGE GROVE – In his 30 years as Dufur’s football coach, Jack Henderson has racked up a 254-87 overall record, with nine state championships, including three in a row twice, from 1999-2001 and 2015-2017.

November 28, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..


CGBA officially starts winter hoops campaign

Boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, from the fifth-through-seventh grades, representing the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy took part in the daylong Hermiston Youth Hoops Tournament last Saturday and Sunday, and produced good results for their season-opening event of the winter campaign. “I’m super-pleased with our performance this weekend,” said coach and program president Greg Cummings.

November 25, 2017 11:26 a.m. read more..


Rangers going full speed ahead in title tilt

DUFUR – The state championship game is upon us. On the field in Cottage Grove at noon Saturday, the Dufur Rangers are looking for their 20th straight win, 12th this season, a ninth state title in school history, third in a row, and the No. 5-seeded Hosanna Christian Lions are the final road block standing in the way of 1A football immortality.

November 25, 2017 11:25 a.m. read more..


TD girls’ soccer hands out season awards

Varsity seniors Megan Burdine, Emma Weir and Alexia Tapia were saluted one final time, and the quartet of all-Columbia River Conference winners Addie Klindt, Victoria Barragan, Molly Taylor and Courtney Hert received a round of applause for solid soccer campaigns during the girls’ year-end banquet last Friday at The Dalles Middle School.

November 25, 2017 10:57 a.m. read more..


TDMS seventh graders finish season undefeated

When visualizing the direction of The Dalles Middle School football program, coach Paul Beasley has greater long-term goals in line for his athletes, which span further than just wins and losses. This seventh-grade group of 27 finished with an undefeated 6-0 record and outscored their opponents by a 135-27 margin, posting shutouts in three games against Armand Larive (Hermiston), Sandstone (Hermiston) and Hood River, by a combined, 82-0.

November 22, 2017 2:08 p.m. read more..


Athletics East trio picks up nationals invite

Facing off against a group of 37 competitive runners in the 15-to-18-year old classification, The Dalles trio of Sam Alvarez, Michael Lantz and Dillon Dorado qualified to participate in the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships after standout regional performances this past Saturday at Woodland Zoo Park in Seattle, Wash.

November 22, 2017 2:05 p.m. read more..


Dufur heads to 1A championship game

HILLSBORO – Early last Tuesday morning on his way to school, Dufur junior Abraham Kilby hit some black ice on the road, skidded to an embankment and flipped three times into a ditch. Medically cleared by doctors, and after getting the final affirmation from head coach Jack Henderson on game day, Kilby dressed down for Saturday’s 1A state semifinal football game against Falls City, and posted five tackles with two sacks, one of those coming on a fourth down play late in the third quarter that kept his team ahead 38-22, in what was a 58-28 victory at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.

November 21, 2017 2:28 p.m. read more..


SWC wraps up banner season with awards

The South Wasco County volleyball team won 25 matches, claimed two tournaments, lost only one match from Sept. 9 until the state tournament, won a district championship and scored a sixth-place trophy at the 1A state tourney in Redmond.

November 18, 2017 11:55 a.m. read more..


Five Hawk players earn spots on CRC list

The Dalles boys’ soccer team enjoyed a breakthrough fall season and five players, along with head coach Matthew Dallman, were rewarded for their standout performances through the regular season.

November 17, 2017 1:14 p.m. read more..


Rangers are ready to continue historic run

The last time Dufur played Falls City in August, it was a 50-12 blowout win at the Dufur Eight-Man Classic as the Rangers expanded on a 20-6 halftime lead with 22 unanswered points. That victory and the second-half dominance had some highlight moments, but heading into Saturday’s semifinal game it could be a double-edged sword.

November 16, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..


The Dalles Booster Club is looking for volunteers

The Dalles High School Booster Club has a mission to encourage excellence for all students involved in athletic activities, stimulate a positive community image, promote student health and a healthy competitive spirit at TDHS by providing resources, promoting parent and community involvement in a strategic partnership designed to enhance the development of all athletic activities.

November 15, 2017 1:45 p.m. read more..


Athletics East qualifies nine for regionals

For their first cross country race off the fall campaign, runners from the Athletics East Running Club rose to the challenge at the Oregon USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympic State Championships this past Saturday on the campus of Corbin University in Salem.

November 15, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..


DiGennaro earns swim honors

This past summer, Lydia DiGennaro participated in summer swim sessions for The Dalles Swim Team and had several top finishes in multiple events. She shined brightest at the Pendleton Open this past July with a personal-record of 24 minutes and two seconds in the 1,500-meter freestyle to secure a No. 3 ranking amongst all the other 12-year olds.

November 14, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..


Dufur makes its run to 1A semifinals

DUFUR – Being part of a program that has won eight state championships, Cole Kortge knows what is at stake every time he and his Dufur Ranger teammates step on the gridiron. Saturday at Dufur High School, Kortge and the No. 2 Rangers led 26-0 at the half enroute to a 50-12 victory in a 1A state football quarterfinal matchup against No. 7 Adrian-Jordan Valley.

November 14, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..


Husky football gets nine on Big Sky roster

MORO – For a football team that wound up with a 5-4 record, a No. 10 ranking, second place in league and a state-playoff berth, the Sherman Huskies had nine players pick up Big Sky Conference awards, four on both sides of the ball, and Jacob Justesen was voted on as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.

November 11, 2017 11:46 a.m. read more..


Hawk harriers celebrated

The Dalles cross country coach Bob Thouvenel offered praise and well-wishes to his athletes, his assistant coaches and community members at the team’s year-end banquet Thursday night at the Riverenza Café in The Dalles. Cross country runners received team honors, such as Most Inspirational, Most Improved and Most Outstanding.

November 10, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..


TD cheer puts on a competitive show

In their first foray into the competitive cheer world, The Dalles’ Emily Adams and Nathan Nañez showed they belong. That duo, plus veteran seniors Kendyl Kumm and Jessika Nañez put on a dazzling display last Saturday at the Oregon Cheerleading Coaches Association All-State competition at Thurston High School in Springfield.

November 10, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..


Muddy battle could await Dufur and Adrian

DUFUR – With rain pelting the area earlier in the week and a forecast for rain on Friday night, weather and field conditions could play a key factor in Saturday’s OSAA 1A State Football Quarterfinal matchup at 1 p.m. between the No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers and the No. 7 Adrian/Jordan Valley Antelopes.

November 9, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..


Hawk soccer picks up four all-league bids

The Dalles girls’ soccer team is steadily making its jump as one of the upper echelon programs in the 5A division. Victoria Barragan and Addie Klindt were named as Columbia River Conference first-team winners, and both Molly Taylor and Courtney Hert earned second-team honors from opposing coaches for their standout performances this fall for The Dalles girls’ soccer team.

November 9, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..


Four Huskies named as Big Sky’s top athletes

MORO – In the always-competitive Big Sky Conference, the Sherman Huskies finished fourth in the league standings at 3-4, amassed a 7-6 overall record and earned a district tournament invitation. For those improvements, the Lady Huskies had Desiree Winslow and Sammie Lepinski pick up first-team all-league awards, and the duo of Jaelyn Justesen and Savannah Moe were second-team recipients.

November 8, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..


Trio of TD netters achieve all-CRC status

With a young roster of five underclassmen, four juniors and two seniors, The Dalles volleyball team increased its win total from four to six, won more sets, jumping from 20 in 2016 to 25 this season, and ended up ranked 24th in the 5A classification, a jump from No. 27 in 2016.

November 8, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..


Redside netters secure sixth-place state honors

Over the past four years, South Wasco County head coach Donna Barton played an integral part in getting the volleyball program playing at a high enough level to compete with the rest of 1A classification. After a 25-win campaign, the program’s first Big Sky Conference District title and a No. 8 ranking, Barton can walk away feeling a sense of accomplishment.

November 7, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..


Riverhawks make their marks at state meet

Emma Mullins and Hanna Ziegenhagen each finished in the upper third of the 99 female runners, and the boys’ team combined times for a ninth-place outcome amongst 13 other squads at the OSAA 5A State Championships Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.

November 7, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..


Redsides drop state opener in 4

Under the bright lights of the 1A volleyball scene, the South Wasco County Redsides scratched and clawed their way to a close four-set loss to No. 2-seeded Country Christian in opening-round state action Friday afternoon in Redmond.

November 4, 2017 11:53 a.m. read more..


No. 2 Rangers deliver their knockout blow

DUFUR – On a chilly Friday night, the two-time defending champion Rangers were a sea of red renegades ready to send a message to any and all in the 1A classification, that the road to the blue trophy leads to Dufur High School, as all phases of the game stood tall in a 72-0 triumph over the No. 15 Lowell Red Devils.

November 4, 2017 11:52 a.m. read more..


Lady Rangers net 5 on Big Sky Conference list

DUFUR – Never in her wildest dreams did Dufur senior Chloe Beeson think she would take home Player of the Year honors. It was a humbling award she shares with her teammates and first-year coach Kristin Whitley.

November 3, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..


Hawk runners set high state expectations

Through the last handful of seasons, The Dalles cross country coach Bob Thouvenel has seen the number of athletes soar, and with that, the in-roster competition has raised the expectations, created a family bond and helped drop the times dramatically. At last week’s Columbia River Conference District meet in Pendleton, six of the seven male participants set personal records, the girls’ duo of Emma Mullins and Hanna Ziegenhagen chalked up individual state berths and the team set 27 personal records overall.

November 3, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..


Huskies taking a business-like approach to state

A 312-mile trek awaits the No. 10-ranked Sherman Huskies, as they make a trip east for their 1A state playoff-opener against the seventh ranked Adrian-Jordan Valley Antelopes at 3 p.m. Mountain Time at Adrian High School. While the moment is huge for the Huskies and the football team, head coach Mike Somnis said the team has taken a business-like approach to this road opener.

November 2, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..


Defending champs ready to roll with Lowell

For the past two seasons, the Dufur Rangers have been on a magical run, with back-to-back state championships to their credit. Through eight games, the undefeated and No. 2-ranked Rangers remain a prolific top-8 offense and defense with added depth, and more skill players to utilize in big moments.

November 2, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..


TD steadily putting building blocks in place

Looking to keep their season alive, The Dalles boys’ soccer team could not stop Sandy’s Ryan Escareno, as he netted three opening-half goals in a 4-0 state play-in shutout victory Saturday in Sandy.

November 1, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..


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