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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..

12U Stars finish third at district tournament

The Dalles 12U All-Stars were hoping for a better result over their week of games at the District 5 Tournament, but still salvaged a 3-2 record, with both losses to Bend North, to secure third place in the nine-team field. In those five games, TD had dominating pitching performances, comeback wins, and heroic efforts put forth by several players.

July 6, 2018 2:44 p.m. read more..

Young all-stars use 2018 as a learning lesson

The Dalles 10U All-Stars took a pair of losses during District 5 baseball play, losing to Bend South, 17-8 on Saturday, and 14-10 versus John Day River in Sunday’s elimination contest at Kramer Field. “I am proud of these kids. They gave everything they had. They competed hard against two very good teams,” TD head coach Corey Case said.

July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Big Sky netters set and spike at all-star event

In a two-week span, Chloe Beeson and Allie Noland were commended for their solid careers on the basketball and volleyball courts. The duo was joined by fellow Big Sky Conference athletes Ana Popchock and Annika Reitmann, at the fifth annual Oregon Athletic Coaches Association all-star volleyball series on June 23 on the campus of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Bend North gets two wins for 11U crown

Facing a high-powered Bend North offense, The Dalles 11U All-Star pitcher Cody Agidius had one of the best performances of his young baseball career. Agidius allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits, with four strikeouts, two walks and a hit by pitch in taking the losing decision in a 3-0 final score Sunday in District 5 baseball action at Kramer Field.

July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Bass ends college career with academic awards

The Dalles High School graduate Savannah Bass called her experience at Big Bend Community College a crazy ride. It was filled with athletic achievements on the volleyball court, where she earned the team’s Defensive Player of the Year honors. Bass, who graduated in late June with an Associates degree in Arts and Sciences, was named to the Vice President’s List and earned a Student-Athlete Academic Excellence award this past spring.

June 29, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Hustlers finding their rhythm on the field

In the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, CG Hustler rightfielder Michael Armstrong threw out four runners on the basepaths, three at first base and one at second, and smacked a solo home run in the team’s 9-8 come-from-behind, extra-inning victory at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles. “Mike has really been stepping it up this summer, which is nice to see,” CG Hustlers head coach Steve Sugg said.

June 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

CG Hustlers garner home split with Alpenrose

After Monday’s doubleheader sweep over West Linn, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers worked a two-game split versus Alpenrose, losing the opener by a 9-4 score and winning the nightcap, 18-0, in five innings Tuesday in American Legion baseball action from Bob Williams Field.

June 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Gridiron greats join forces for one final day

Over the years, football players from Dufur and Sherman have engaged in some classic battles on the gridiron, with the teams splitting four games. Saturday in Union, Dufur standouts Curtis Crawford and Ian Cleveland, along with Sherman’s Jacob Justesen and Treve Martin, cast aside their rivalry as teammates on the East squad at the 29th annual Eight-Man Classic played Saturday.

June 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

It’s a two-horse race for 11U bragging rights

The memorable district-championship run of 2017 was something for The Dalles Little League history books. As 10U All-Stars last year, TD defeated Bend North by a 9-5 margin in the title matchup and posted a 2-2 record at the Oregon State Championships for fourth-place honors.

June 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Young 10U Stars embark on their state quest

An important component to playing district baseball games in The Dalles is that players get the chance to eat in their own homes and sleep in their own beds, instead of camping out and braving the elements. The Dalles Little League’s 10U head coach Corey Case wants to fully use that homefield advantage to the best of his team’s ability.

June 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

12U Stars are gunning for a repeat effort

For several, if not all the members of The Dalles Little league 12U All-Stars, this is their last year to make it past districts, state, regionals and to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Sam Shaver knows every player has even more of a sense of urgency.

June 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD football opens eyes at Wildcat Camp

The Dalles football coach Steve Sugg had a chance to catch a full glimpse of his team, as 28 athletes attended the Wildcat Football Team Camp from June 17-24 on the campus of Linfield College in McMinnville.

June 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

14U Crush scores third place in West Linn

When standing back and observing the season, 14U Cherry City Crush coach Jeff Smith is not focused on his group’s 5-13-1 record, he is looking at the progression and the heart they have shown in several challenging tournaments.

June 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Pepsi wraps up banner season with BR crown

A true testament to any championship team is how they respond when their backs are against the wall. Team Pepsi had an opening-round loss and that meant either the players were going to fold up shop or dig deeper into their souls for a resounding response. Thankfully for coach Chad Smith, his squad chose the latter.

June 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Pepsi’s pitching paves way to a title berth

Last year around this time, Kade Wilson pitched his little league squad to a city championship. Wednesday, nearly a year to the day, the right-hander had the right stuff in leading Pepsi to a Babe Ruth championship berth.

June 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD swim team gets set for summer season

The countdown is on the for the official start of the summer swim campaign. From Friday-through-Sunday, The Dalles swim team sounds the bell on 2018 with the 67th annual Ted Walker Invitational at the North Wasco County Aquatics Center.

June 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Four Huskies pick up all-state baseball spots

MORO – Playing alongside state champion athletes Jacob Justesen and Treve Martin made Bradley Moe a better all-around player. The recent Sherman High School graduate recently had his name called as one of four players from the Husky baseball program as members of the 2A/1A Oregon Baseball Coaches Association 2018 All-State Team.

June 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

12U Crush cruises to Father’s Day crown

With the temperature rising close to the 90s, there was nothing going to cool off the streaking 12U Cherry City Crush softball squad. The group posted a .435 team batting average and scored 56 runs, and the pitching duo of Kennedy Abbas and Zoe LeBreton limited the opposition to 13 runs, 10 earned, on 21 hits with 34 strikeouts, as the Crush cruised to a 5-0 record and championship honors at the two-day Father’s Day Tournament ending Sunday in West Linn.

June 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

All-Stars put a bow on basketball careers

Basketball players from across the state had one final time to wear their school colors at the two-day 1A Oregon Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Series Tournament this past weekend in Sisters. Dufur’s Chloe Beeson and South Wasco County’s Allie Noland were part of an East girls’ team that picked up two wins over the West for top honors, while the Sherman duo of Jacob Justesen and Treve Martin played to a 1-1 record, losing in the championship to the High Desert and Old Oregon League combination for runner-up status.

June 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TDLL names off its three All-Star squads

The Dalles Little League has enjoyed a solid hold on District 5 Tournament dominance over the past few years and fielded three all-star teams this year that have visions of continuing that successful trend. Last weekend at Kramer Field, league commissioner Nickie Hage announced the 12U, 11U and 10U squads and their coaches, and those groups will be on full display in front of their home crowd for a week of pool play and bracket contests.

June 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Crush scores 2nd at Donald Duck Tourney

Mother Nature played a role in last weekend’s Donald Duck Birthday Tournament. Saturday and Sunday in Newberg/Salem, the 10U Cherry City crush softball squad cruised to a 4-0 record, but rain washed out the championship game, so head coach Roger Hoylman and the players showed a gesture of sportsmanship in deciding to give the first-place trophy to the Sherwood Fireballs and the Crush took home runner-up honors.

June 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Nañez is Alabama-bound for DYW event

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of emotion and accomplishment for Jessika Nañez. And while her competitive dance and cheer days are over, The Dalles High School graduate is gearing up for another competition 2,559 miles away in Mobile, Ala. for the 61st Distinguished Young Women National Finals on June 28, 29 and 30 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.

June 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Crawford and Beeson named Rangers of the Year

DUFUR – Recent Dufur High School graduates Curtis Crawford and Chloe Beeson were stalwarts in every sport they played. Last week at Dufur High School, athletic director and superintendent Jack Henderson served as the Master of Ceremonies in the school’s year-end awards banquet and presented awards and scholarships to several students and athletes. Crawford and Beeson were each presented with Ranger of the Year awards for their standout 2017-2018 sports seasons.

June 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Bohn’s Printing battles back for minors crown

Bohn’s Printing and Griffith Motors traded leads throughout Saturday’s classic minors-division slugfest. But, Bohn’s Printing erased a 7-6 sixth-inning deficit with two runs, capped by a walk-off run scored on a wild pitch by Dominic Cotterill in an 8-7 victory.

June 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Jumpstart camp still has spots available

Starting at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. starting on Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29, the Jumpstart Basketball Camp will start its 25th season of giving youths from grades 2-9 the opportunity to hone in on their hoops attributes in a five-day event at Dufur High School.

June 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Hustlers capture third at opening tourney

While players on the Columbia Gorge Hustlers admit there are plenty of improvements to make, going 3-2 and placing third overall in their opening tournament is a good place to start. In those five American Legion contests, the Hustlers racked up 35 runs on 53 hits for a team batting average of .333, capping the three-day Ashlee Hodgen Memorial Tournament in Pendleton with a 15-3 mercy-ruled victory over the Hermiston Heat.

June 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Hustlers forging their way to prominence

With the start of summer baseball underway, the telltale sign of whether the Columbia Gorge Hustlers are ready to take that next step lies in mindset. Dalles Seufalemua and Ben Nelson feel like the offense, defense and pitching is there, but to challenge for a postseason spot, it all lies between the ears.

June 8, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Athletes honored at Sports Awards banquet

Completing his first year as athletic director of The Dalles High School, Matt Morgan gave credit and offered praise to several people who have made his job easier as he transitioned into his demanding role. Wednesday evening at The Dalles Middle School, Morgan, athletic department secretary Alyson Vennewitz, along with coaches Steve Sugg, Bob Thouvenel and Jim Taylor presented plaques to award recipients.

June 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Dufur shooters take aim on the state field

DUFUR – Competing against parents and Dufur High School student athletes, Dufur School District principal Leo Baptiste claimed two victories in six heats of Annie Oakley competition. Baptiste joined the Dufur High School clay target team and their parents for a barbecue potluck and competition on the property of Stan Ashbrook in what lead advisor Robert Wallace said was a family fun day for the kids ahead of state competition on Saturday, June 23 in Hillsboro.

June 6, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Athletics East breaks through in opener

The Athletics East track group broke the seal on the Junior Olympic slate with a solid opening performance at the two-day Portland Track Festival this past weekend at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. While facing male and female runners from 49 other clubs ranging in ages from eight and under through 18, Conor Blair, Emily Johnson, Vivian Harrah and Liz Tapia either matched or surpassed their personal records and combined for a handful of top-5 finishes, as this marked the first year AE athletes participated in field events.

June 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

12U Crush claims Tormaschy Tourney title

The 12U Cherry City Crush ended pool play at 1-2 and capped Saturday’s action on the wrong end of an 18-3 mercy-ruled loss against Wenatchee, Wash. On Sunday, however, the Crush rebounded with fire, as they motored past Selah and Yakima in bracket action by a combined 25-6 margin to stake claim to first place in the silver division of the Tormaschy Memorial Tournament this past weekend in Selah.

June 4, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD track program doles out its team awards

The Dalles track and field team broke through during the spring season under head coach Garth Miller with an increase in district champions and state qualifiers. With these highlights, the Riverhawks can now move ahead with their solid core of returners and newcomers to take the program to newer heights. At the team’s year-end banquet held last Wednesday at The Dalles Middle School, Miller announced league, state and team awards for his standouts.

June 4, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Huskies notch seven on all-league squad

MORO – Over the last three years, the Sherman Huskies have secured their spot as one of the state’s premier baseball programs. In that span, the team is 51-19 overall and 29-8 in league, while outscoring opposing teams by a 637-348 margin with state quarterfinal berths in 2017 and 2018. This spring, Sherman went 16-4 and amassed a perfect 9-0 record in league, so it was a given that the all-league list would be dominated by Husky players.

June 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

After state loss, Sherman looks ahead to 2019

PILOT ROCK – Friday’s 2A state quarterfinal baseball matchup pitted No. 3 Pilot Rock against No. 6 Sherman in what was a closely-contested affair. The Rockets battled back from a 1-0 deficit with a four-run fifth frame and managed to hold off a late-inning rally for a 4-2 triumph in Pilot Rock.

May 29, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Jumpstart hoops camp opens signups

Starting at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. starting on Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29, the Jumpstart Basketball Camp will start its 25th season of giving youths from grades 2-9 the opportunity to hone in on their hoops attributes in a five-day event at Dufur High School.

May 29, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Basketball trio earns all-state recognition

Time has flown by for senior athletes Jacob Justesen, Treve Martin and Allie Noland. From the early days of running around in gyms or concrete slabs on the playground, the game of basketball provided each of them a level of joy, frustration and life lessons that is unmatched. Justesen, Martin and Noland were recently voted on as 2017-2018 1A Oregon Basketball Coaches Association All-State athletes for their solid winter seasons.

May 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Colton Walker signs with Bellevue University

Baseball will always be No. 1 for Colton Walker. For the past two seasons at Blue Mountain Community College, Walker put in the extra work, stayed dedicated and motivated and improved on several aspects of his pitching to put himself in a position to move up to a four-year program.

May 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Six Riverhawks secure all-league selections

For The Dalles baseball coach Steve Sugg, this season was all about growth and progression with his young and inexperienced group, so after punching a state play-in berth, he called it a major accomplishment and two steps forward on the road to future success.

May 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Walk-off double lifts Sherman to victory

MORO – Jacob Justesen drove in the game-winning run and Brett Troutman kept his team close with another clutch pitching performance, but Cal Homer had the big hit to start the eventual game-winning rally.

May 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Jumpstart track meet brings local kids together

As the years fly by, the number of participants taking part in the Jumpstart Elementary School Track and Field Meet has grown considerably, especially from last year’s 65 to nearly 80 this past Wednesday at Sid White Field in The Dalles.

May 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Avila has one final bout to set her legacy

From her amateur fighting career to starring in an award-winning documentary to her journey as a professional MMA fighter, the past nine years have been a crazy whirlwind for Glena Avila. She never felt like she would have as much of an impact she has on the sport and with others who dare to dream big.

May 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Huskies lose BMC title game

The No. 6-ranked Sherman Huskies had their 12-game winning streak snapped after a 4-1 loss to Pilot Rock in the Blue Mountain Conference district championships Friday at Bob White Field in Pendleton.

May 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


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