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Redsides sputter in home loss

South Wasco County led 10-2 and 17-7 at different parts of the first half, but then Condon-Wheeler crept back into contention with the help of their pressure defense and outside shooting in a 61-38 win Friday in Maupin.

Sherman wins fifth straight

Kyle Fields scored a season-high 20 points, and the Sherman Huskies moved up to No. 3 in the 1A rankings after a 93-44 rout of Mitchell-Spray Friday in a Big Sky game played at Mitchell High School.

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Dufur defeats Horizon 53-45

After having their long winning streak snapped Thursday, the Dufur Rangers showed some bounce-back ability with a solid four-quarter performance in Friday’s 53-45 road triumph over Horizon Christian.

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The time is now for TD Riverhawk skiers

Athletes look forward to the official start of 2017 campaign on Saturday

Usually at this time of year, senior Sydney Reed is in the middle of her basketball season from her point guard position for the Dufur High School program. Instead of dribbling, passing and shooting 3-pointers, Reed is equipped with skis, a helmet and goggles at the start of 2017.

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Hoops excitement is coming to the gorge

A total of 15 teams are expected for tourney action this weekend

Over the past two months, six youth teams representing the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy have been putting in countless hours of work in preparation for some competitive hardwood action – four of these teams will get to have their game showcased this weekend.

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Hawk wrestlers net 18 wins at York Invite

Breckterfield, Preston and Urenda each earn top-6 in the standings

With inclement weather looming last weekend in Portland, the 30th annual Don York Invitational shoehorned 16 teams in 32-man brackets for a 535-match marathon Saturday. The Dalles posted 18 wins, 11 by pin, with Steven Preston, Andrew Richman, Glenn Breckterfield, Jonathon Urenda and Opath Silopath earning 15 of the victories.

Huskies can’t handle Horizon

Friday in Moro, the Huskies opened league action against Horizon Christian, and the Hawks jumped ahead 16-1 in the first quarter on their way to a 62-33 win.

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Sherman girls secure first league win over Ione

In what turned out to be a back-and-forth Big Sky Conference showdown, the Sherman Huskies eventually outlasted Ione with an 11-2 overtime surge to capture a 54-45 triumph Saturday in Ione.

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No. 5 Huskies run away from Ione, 78-25

Sherman off to a solid start with two straight league victories

Coming off a resounding four-quarter performance Friday against Horizon Christian, the defending champion Sherman Huskies came out hitting on all cylinders Saturday, as five players hit double figures in a 78-25 boys’ basketball road triumph against Ione.

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No. 5 Huskies lock down on Horizon Christian

Balanced attack is key in Sherman’s 71-45 romp

Coming off a string of three losses in four games while at a tournament in Honolulu, Sherman established momentum in the first quarter of play with a 17-7 run, using defensive intensity and a fundamentally sound style in a 71-45 rout of Horizon Christian Friday in Moro.

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Lady Redsides bounce back in dominant fashion

SWC uses second-half surge to upend Dufur

DUFUR – With a lack of size down on the blocks, South Wasco County coach Lynn Cowdrey knew that extra effort, guile and skill were necessary components his post players needed to bring for ultimate success.

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Defense turns up the pressure in victory

Dufur gets off to a quick start in league opening home triumph

DUFUR – After allowing 53 points in a season-opening win, the Rangers have allowed 42.8 points a game during their six-game winning streak, with pressure and transition baskets leading the charge.

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No. 5 Huskies go 1-3 at Punahou Invitational

The Sherman Huskies posted a 1-3 record in four games played at the Punahou Invitational Basketball Tournament held in Honolulu, HI., taking their lone victory over Kamehameha on Friday by a 69-67 score.

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TD shows some promise at Surf and Slam

Riverhawks show glimpses in recent California road trip

The Dalles girls’ basketball team was given an opportunity to travel to California for a weeklong tournament at the Surf and Slam Invitational in San Diego.

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Lady Rangers lose two contests

Hoops team goes 0-2 at Echo Holiday Tournament

Challenging themselves against two top-10 basketball programs, the Dufur Rangers came away with a pair of losses on Thursday and Friday at the Bounc’n Cancer Holiday Hoops Tournament in Echo.

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Creating lasting bonds through basketball

Australian travel team showcased in The Dalles

On a night of celebration and camaraderie, Kurtz Gym served as the Mecca of basketball.

Redside girls lose two games at Echo Tourney

SWC offense trying to find its groove in time for league play

The South Wasco County girls’ basketball team lost a pair of games to Echo and Nixyaawii at the two-day Bounc’n Cancer Tournament ending Friday in Echo.

TD boys get one win in Astoria

At the three-day Vince Dulcich Memorial Tournament last week in Astoria, The Dalles boys’ basketball team went 1-2, finally taking a 63-54 victory Thursday over Molalla.

SWC boys drop two close games

At this point in the season, South Wasco County head coach Jim Hull is worried less about the standings and more about overall progression. At the Bounc’n Cancer Tournament in Echo, South Wasco County lost games to Echo and Nixyaawii by an average margin of 2.5 points, and had late chances to pick up wins.

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Dufur climbs in the rankings after wins

No. 13 Rangers take two tourney victories in Echo

After an opening night loss to Perrydale, the Dufur Rangers have been steadily progressing under first-year head coach Ron Townsend. At the Bounc’n Cancer Tournament held in Echo on Thursday and Friday, the Rangers ran their winning streak to five games and moved up to No. 13 in the 1A rankings, following two lopsided victories over Nixyaawii and Echo.

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TD wrestling aims to bring in big numbers

Beasley has visions for high school program

The Dalles wrestling coach Paul Beasley had been part of the turnaround for the middle school over the past few years, so now he brings vast knowledge of the sports, attention to detail and an emphasis on good behavior and academics for the high school team.

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Forest Grove beats TD

Playing without all-league guard Dakota Murr, The Dalles Riverhawks kept pace with Forest Grove in the first half, but the 6A Vikings fired out for 51-18 run in the second stanza in a 94-44 victory Thursday.

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Sherman quartet picks up all-state honors

Sherman had a two-game stint in the postseason, but had four players make a lasting impression to opposing coaches and administrators for their representation of Husky football.

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Dufur defeats Klickitat

Holding on to a 34-31 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Dufur Rangers hit five field goals and went 7 of 12 from the free throw line as part of a 17-6 run to defeat Klickitat by a 51-37 margin Tuesday in a non-league girls’ basketball game played in Klickitat.

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Reed caps career with state recognition

Over the years, many of the top players in the state have donned the Dufur Ranger colors, earning countless league and state honors, along with league crowns and state championships. Sydney Reed can now add her name to that esteemed group of former Dufur greats.

Watson’s three leads TD girls

Sierra Watson hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to help lead The Dalles girls’ basketball team back from a nine-point fourth quarter deficit in a 47-46 victory Tuesday against Milwaukie.

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Hawk comeback falls short against Sisters

Hoops team cannot hit big shots down the stretch

The Dalles trailed by 19 points late in the third quarter and cut its deficit down to eight points two minutes into the fourth period, but the Sisters’ Outlaws went on an 11-2 run down the stretch for a 48-30 victory Wednesday in a non-league boys’ basketball game played at Kurtz Gym.

Streaking Rangers take third straight win

Uhalde, Crawford and Lucas net 46 points in 61-38 victory

Three days ago, the Dufur Rangers got off to a hot start and handled the Klickitat Vandals with relative ease. Tuesday’s result was pretty much a carbon copy, as three players hit double figures, and the Rangers captured their third consecutive win of the season with a 61-38 victory over Klickitat.

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High hopes are fueling Lady Husky charge

MORO – Although the Sherman Husky roster is young, with 11 underclassmen, six freshmen, senior shooting guard Emily Hill is looking forward to a successful final season with her teammates and second-year coach Steve Bird.

Huskies lose two at Klamath Falls

The Sherman Huskies lost games to Hosanna Christina (64-28) and Cascade Christian (35-24) this weekend in Klamath Falls.

SWC drops Gilchrist and Lyle

Coming off a one-point loss to Dayville-Monument, South Wasco County used defense and balanced scoring to dispatch of Gilchrist and Lyle-Wishram in a pair of non-league girls’ basketball games. Saturday, Allie Noland led with 11 points, Abby Birman went off for eight and Madisen Davis and Kiana Moody had six points each in SWC’s 33-23 win over Gilchrist.

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Girls get important court time

Dufur, Sherman and SWC are establishing chemistry

The Dufur Rangers exploded for a 66-51 win Saturday at home against Klickitat, but could not keep the offense going in Monday’s 64-29 loss to 2A Culver in a pair of girls’ basketball games played. In their Saturday matchup, the Lady Rangers had 27 field goals, three 3-pointers, and shot 9 of 20 from the line.

Redsides salvage a weekend split

Ty Herlocker has a career night with 29 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the senior sank two pressure free throws with 5.5 seconds left in regulation to lead South Wasco County to a 52-51 win over Culver Saturday.

Sherman goes 1-1 at Hoops Classic

The Sherman Huskies had their win streak snapped at 24 games after posting a split this weekend at the Holiday Hoops Classic in Klamath Falls.

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Rangers rounding into form after big wins

Team cruises past Klickitat and Culver by an average of 28 points

Coming off a four-game break in the schedule, the Dufur Rangers had a chance to play games against Klickitat and Culver and came away with a pair of victories by an average of 28 points to move up in the 1A rankings.

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League champions flood the ballot box

MORO – With a talented roster of athletes, the Big Sky Conference champion Sherman Huskies won nine games, finished sixth in the 1A state rankings and just missed out on a state semifinal berth after a close playoff loss to North Douglas.

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Big Sky Conference loaded with local talent

Dufur's Kever and Sherman's Winslow take home Player of the Year awards

The votes have been counted and both Sherman and Dufur football are well-represented in the 2016 Big Sky Conference all-conference voting. Dufur senior Bailey Keever was named as the Offensive Player of the Year, and Sherman linebacker Maverick Winslow won the Defense Player of the Year award in leading the district champions.

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Dufur takes home several Big Sky awards

Pence, Keever and Cleveland are top picks on both sides

Bailey Keever, Ian Cleveland and Hagen Pence picking up first-team all-Big Sky Conference awards on both sides of the ball, T.J. Kennedy was a first-team selection at defensive end, and Keever earned Offensive Player of the Year honors.

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Talented Rangers ready for district flight

DUFUR – With a new head coach on the sidelines, the Dufur Rangers have depth on the roster, a focused mindset and the appearance of an upstart hoops team that can make the big jump into the Baker City state mix in March.

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Hawks pick up 16 wins at Oregon City tourney

Sherman takes sixth straight in dismantling of Arlington

Under first-year head coach Paul Beasley, The Dalles wrestling team is off to a solid start to season after scoring 16 match wins and seven top-15 finishes, including 10th by Logan Manciu and sixth by Jonathon Urenda at the 18-team Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Tournament last Saturday in Oregon City.

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Rangers have postseason on their minds

Although breaking in 5 freshmen, team leaders see potential

Playing an underdog role last season, the Dufur Rangers won six games and finished one victory short of earning a trip to the Big Sky District Tournament.

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Turkey Trot draws 330 harriers

Big crowd comes through for Mosier fundraiser run

A record crowd was in attendance for the Hood River 3k, 5k and 12k Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 24 held at the Mosier Twin Tunnels.

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Riverside gymnasts finish the year strong

All levels shine bright at the state meet in Eugene

And the competition turned out to be tough indeed. Over 20 teams congregated in the Willamalane Sports Center in Eugene. Among them were the best compulsory-level gymnasts in the state of Oregon.

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NWPRD opens winter activities

Hoops and soccer clinic being held

Even during the winter months, the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation Department has openings for several youth activities, adding a basketball seminar and soccer tutorial to the long list of upcoming events.

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TD stages a comeback

No. 9 Hawks use 19-11 run in fourth to defeat Dallas

With a two-point setback last Friday to Sandy still hanging over their heads, The Dalles coaches Dan Telles and Craig Compton wanted to see spirited response from their girls’ basketball team Tuesday against the Dallas Dragons.

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Deep ball helps lead Hawks to first win

Team hits on 13 3-pointers in their 85-69 road victory

The Dalles Riverhawks trailed by three points at the end of the first quarter, but over the next 16 minutes, spanning the second and third quarters of play, the team had its stroke going enough to grab a lead and hold on for an 85-69 victory over White Salmon, Wash. Tuesday in a road clash at Columbia High School.

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Local hoops teams hit the hardwood

Sherman, SWC take Saturday wins; Dufur loses

Sherman, SWC take Saturday wins; Dufur loses

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Huskies score tournament championship

Sherman uses fourth-quarter surge to beat 2A Stanfield

Huskies score 85-67 romp over Stanfield in the championship game of the Sherman Invitational; Rangers take road loss at Perrydale; SWC splits a pair of tourney games

TD girls upended by Sandy

The Sandy Pioneers went 0 for 4 from the free throw line in the final 45 seconds, but The Dalles Riverhawks could not get the baskets down the stretch in a 36-34 loss Friday in a girls’ hoops game played in Sandy.

Sandy boys pull away from TD

The Dalles Riverhawks fought tough with Sandy through the first two quarter of play, but the Pioneers were able to create some distance with a 24-6 third-quarter run on their way to a 73-54 victory Friday in a non-league boys’ basketball contest played at Sandy High School.


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