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TD softball nets CRC honors

Bradford on 1st team; Five on 2nd squad

The Dalles girls’ softball team managed three wins, two in league and still finished one win shy of qualifying for the state playoffs.

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Hull celebrates Illinois journey

Maupin native makes history in Hoop Shoot competition

While Maupin native Jason Hull did not win a national championship, he can take pride in knowing he was one of top-12 free throw shooters across a nation of more than half a million participants between the ages of 8-13.

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Sherman dismantles Kennedy, 11-4

MORO – Forging ahead without injured all-state catcher Bradley Moe Sherman head coach Joe Justesen has had to move players around with hopes of finding the right fit for the stretch run. Since Moe’s injury, the No. 7-ranked Huskies have won four of their last five games, including an 11-4 opening-round state playoff victory Wednesday in Moro against No. 10 Kennedy.

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Dufur vaults to the quarterfinals

No. 1 Rangers drop Bandon, 8-5

No. 1-seeded Dufur learned a valuable lesson from Wednesday’s 2A/1A state opener against 16th-seeded Bandon – if you take anything for granted, it could come back to bite you.

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Riverhawk tracksters give coach hope for the future

Team posts solid marks at 5A state meet held in Eugene

With all but one athlete celebrating a first state track and field meet experience, The Dalles head coach Garth Miller feels that the 2017 campaign is a good first step toward great things to come.

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At long last, Sherman advances to state playoffs

Huskies pull off dramatic comeback win against Pilot Rock

The No. 7-ranked Huskies erased a five-run, fifth-inning deficit with a 13-run sixth inning, followed by a two-run seventh to complete the 15-5 comeback triumph Saturday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball semifinal played Saturday at Bob White Field in Pendleton.

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Dufur wins first district title since 2008

Bales’ arm helps lead Rangers in a 5-0 victory over Sherman

With a chance to win their first district crown since 2008, Dufur baseball coach C.S. Little sent out his ace starter Kolbe Bales to get the Rangers over the mountaintop. Bales tossed six innings of three-hit ball with 13 strikeouts and no walks, as the No. 1-ranked Rangers defeated No. 7 Sherman by a 5-0 margin for the district crown in action Saturday at Bob White Field in Pendleton.

Wood, Conklin kick off 5A meet

The Dalles freshman Tressa Wood placed eighth in the 3,000 meters this morning with a personal-record time of 11 minutes and 15.63 seconds at the 5A OSAA State Track and Field Championship in Eugene, improving on her old PR set at districts last week in Hermiston (11:23.34).

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1A track teams finish successful spring campaigns

Sherman and Dufur boys finish top-10; SWC girls end up ninth

On the final day of 1A state track and field action in Eugene, the Sherman 4x100-meter relay team placed second, Ezekiel Stelzer added a second-place run in the 1,500 and South Wasco County junior Ana Popchock set a school record in the triple jump to lead their respective teams.

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Riverhawks lose state play-in heartbreaker

TD cannot finish its comeback bid in 3-2 setback to Putnam

MILWAUKIE – One play, one hit, one bounce, one break. That’s all that stood between The Dalles baseball team from a state play-in upset win over No. 7 Rex-Putnam.

Track stars break seal at state

Sherman, Dufur and South Wasco County put on a good showing at Historic Hayward Field for the 1A 2017 OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Track and Field Championships.

Belshe making her state move

Sherman senior scores 4th at district tournament

Sherman senior Meghan Belshe placed fourth overall during the Special District 4 4A/3A/2A/1A Tournament held last Friday and Saturday at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. “I am very excited to go to state for the second time,” Belshe said.

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Pielli picks up state berth, as TD is second at districts

Hawk senior goes 4-1 in a third-place tennis effort

Kiana Pielli went 4-1 to clinch third place and a singles state berth and The Dalles girls’ tennis team picked up second-place honors after play this weekend in Hermiston.

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Track team is prepped for state showcase

TD athletes have clear goals in mind for successful run in Eugene

Molly Nelson is taking one final bus ride as a Riverhawk. Nelson is headed to state in Eugene as part of the 4x400-meter relay squad, and she is joined by teammates Shyanne Cady, Elizabeth Tapia, Tressa Wood, Jenna Miller, Emma Mullins, Justin Conklin, Julian Hernandez and Cameron Perez for action on Friday and Saturday at Historic Hayward Field.

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Historic finish for Riverhawk boys’ golf

The Dalles places second at state in the program’s best team outcome

Without the bells and whistles of most golf programs across the state, The Dalles boys’ golf team paved the way for success in 2017 with grit, passion, skill and motivation as their calling card. Chase Snodgrass finished third overall, Tyler Vassar was tied for ninth and Mark Felderman ended up tied for 15th to help lead the Riverhawks to second place and their best finish in program history at the 5A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires State Golf Championships in Banks.

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TD golfers are looking toward a bright future

Young core showed some progression through spring season

During basketball season, The Dalles senior Iliana Telles sustained a catastrophic ACL injury that cut short the end of that season along with her varsity golf campaign. The news was painful, but she found a way to give back through coaching — and the results were promising.

Sherman goes for 12 top-3 places in Madras

Reese Blake and Desiree Winslow racked up a win apiece, and the rest of the Sherman track and field team rallied for 12 other top-3 performances Saturday at the Madras Invitational.

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Hawk girls finish off strong

TD using a strong effort for success at districts

The Dalles girls’ tennis coach Debby Jones said Friday’s season-ending home match in The Dalles was a perfect test with district coming up on Friday. In this varsity matchup, The Dalles and Oregon Episcopal School battled to a 4-4 deadlock, were tied in sets at 8-8, and through the total of games won, OES, the 2016 4A state runner-up, grabbed a 59-56 triumph.

Popchock leads Lady Redsides

The Redsides racked up four firsts and five seconds to finish second in the standings with 95 points at the Arlington Invitational Saturday.

Dufur track shines

Asa Farrell and Ezekiel Stelzer picked up two wins apiece, and Makenzie Dunn added a 100-meter run to lead the girls, as the Dufur track team rattled off 14 top-3 outcomes at Saturday’s Arlington Invitational.

Rangers run winning streak to 20 games

Coming off a two-game sweep against Sherman, the Rangers hit the field against 3A Riverside and pounded out 14 hits, received 12 walks and stole eight bases in a six-inning, 19-9 mercy-ruled win Monday at Dufur City Park.

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Dufur gets sweep over Sherman

No. 1-ranked Rangers move league record to 14-0

In Saturday’s Blue Mountain Conference doubleheader against Sherman, the Rangers had 26 hits and outscored the Huskies 22-6 in a sweep at Dufur City Park.

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Late rally keeps Riverhawks’ season alive

TD scores four in the seventh to defeat Hermiston

The Hawks scored four runs on a walk, three singles, a double and a sacrifice fly to take a 6-5 lead and senior reliever Johnny Miller recorded the final three outs to help his team stay alive in the postseason.

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Sherman girls’ tennis rises to sub-district championship

Belshe, Moe and Johnson place first in their brackets

The Sherman girls’ tennis team won 10 matches to claim first place honors, Meghan Belshe won a singles title, and the No. 1 doubles team of Savannah Moe and C.J. Johnson romped to first place with four victories at the 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 4 Sub-District Tournament completed Saturday at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

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Hawk golfers advance to 5A state tourney

The Dalles finishes tied for third at district championships

From the start of the season, The Dalles seniors Chase Snodgrass and Mark Felderman were dead-set on making a return trip to state in golf. Through two days of playing under harsh conditions, the two veterans will realize their dreams and aspirations.

Jumpstart track meet set for May 23

The District 21 Elementary School Physical Education team wants to keep kids active during the summer months, so the timing of the 17th annual Jumpstart Track and Field Meet comes at the perfect time.

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Hawks lose season finale

TD turns its attention to next week’s 5A district tournament

In their final regular-season match, under warm conditions, the Riverhawks managed one singles win and had the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams pick up third-set tiebreaker victories in a 5-3 road loss to the Eagles in a league match played Thursday.

Justesen plays hero for streaking No. 9 Sherman

Recently named as an all-state basketball player, Sherman’s Jacob Justesen showed he can dazzle in multiple sports. The junior held seventh-ranked Pilot Rock to one run on two hits in 5 2/3 innings, made a highlight-reel defensive play and capped his day with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the No. 9 Huskies to a 3-2 victory Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball game at Pilot Rock.

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The Dalles Gorge Soccer League is blazing a new trail

Dallman is excited about future of new youth league

The Dalles Soccer Club is scheduled to run on-site registration from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Chenowith Elementary School. Through meetings and discussions, The Dalles Soccer Club has decided to switch from AYSO to Gorge Soccer League (GSLTD).

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Dance Academy strikes gold in Portland

All levels of kids shine at Onstage New York event

The Dalles Dance Club Academy attended the biggest regional dance competition in the region last weekend in Onstage New York at the Portland Convention Center, in what is considered the ultimate talent search and competition.

Stelzer, Farrell pace Dufur boys

Asa Farrell and Ezekiel Stelzer had two top-3 marks apiece, with Stelzer winning the 3,000 meters, and the Dufur Ranger boys’ track team totaled 56 points for fourth place at the Nike Sherman Invitational Meet in Moro.

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Huskies fare well at Nike Sherman Invitational

At the 19-team Nike Sherman Invitational Saturday in Moro, the Sherman Huskies put up nine top-5 finishes and added 15 personal records, as the boys’ track and field team totaled 46 points to finish in a sixth-place tie.

The Dalles girls tennis goes 3-1 at Bend Tourney

This past Friday and Saturday, The Dalles girls’ tennis team had an opportunity to sharpen up its skills in four matches against Crescent Valley, Bend, Pendleton and Mountain View at the two-day 5A Dual State Championships held in Bend.

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TD comes up just short against HRV, 5-3

Riverhawks take top two singles, No. 2 doubles match

Looking at the end results of Tuesday’s league match against Hood River Valley, The Dalles girls’ tennis coach Debby Jones saw some encouraging efforts from a few of her top names in a 5-3 loss to the visiting Eagles.

The Dalles cheer team holding annual tryouts

Coach plans on adding a competitive JV team

The Dalles cheerleading program is back in action with three tryout days this week from 6-8 p.m. starting tonight and running through Thursday at The Dalles Middle School.

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No. 2 Dufur drops the hammer on Pilot Rock

Rangers now 17-0 after sweeping past former No. 1 Rockets

DUFUR – With first place on the line, Pilot Rock pitcher Levi Thieme headlined a No. 1-ranked Rockets team for a Saturday doubleheader against seventh-ranked Dufur in a battle pitting two of the best baseball teams in the 2A classification.

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Hawks playing their best at the right time

Golf team combines for a season-best 307 to end up in 2nd place

While Summit remains the odds-on favorite to claim a 5A state championship, The Dalles boys’ golf team appears to be playing at an elite level at the right time of year.

Dufur boys third in Condon

Led by the four victories put up by Asa Farrell, Cole Kortge and Derek Frakes, the Dufur boys’ track team racked up 70 points to claim third place at Friday’s Condon-Wheeler Invitational.

Redsides post five wins at CW Invite

South Wasco County track standouts Ana Popchock, Michael Cuevas and Dawson Herlocker scored wins, and the boys and girls picked up eight personal records at the Condon-Wheeler Invitational Friday in Condon.

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Hawks hit final numbers at Dean Nice

TD track squad sets 15 personal records in Friday’s event

In a final varsity prep event Friday in Gresham, The Dalles track and field team totaled 15 personal records and seven top-5 performances at the Dean Nice Invitational.

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Crush 10U showing potential

The 2017 Cherry City Crush 10U softball team opened its season this past weekend with a tournament in Newberg and went 0-4 in the combined ‘B/C’ level bracket, but coach Bob Delaney sees a limitless potential on the roster of 12 young players.

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12U Sluggers cruise to Cherry Festival championship

Baseball team clinches title with a 9-3 win over Bend

The Dalles’ 12U Sluggers team put all the elements of pitching, defense and hitting together and that level of precision baseball equaled a tournament championship, the first for this group in 2017.

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Hawk golfers rise up for third at Quail Valley

Snodgrass shoots an even-par 72 for second

Chase Snodgrass carded a season-best 72 for second place overall, and the Riverhawk boys’ golf team combined for a 324 to capture third place at the State Preview Tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks on Wednesday.

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Kramer, Rolen receive Hall of Fame call

TD coaches inducted for lifetime achievement in wrestling

This past Saturday in Tigard, former wrestling coaches Kevin Kramer and Roger Rolen were inducted into the Oregon chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for their lifetime achievement in the sport, joining past selections Rich Rolen and Dennis Radford.

Coles leads Sherman

Keenan Coles chalked up a pair of second-place finishes in the long and triple jump, and a third in the 100-meter race at the Pepsi Invitational Saturday in Union.

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Top times highlight festival event

Taylor and Ford duke it out in Saturday’s 10k

Tevin Taylor, Erin Ford and Russell Loughmiller matched each other stride-for-stride in the final stretches of the 10k race this past Saturday for the 2017 Cherry Festival 3k, 5k and 10k run and walk held on the field at Dry Hollow Elementary School in The Dalles.

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TD scores 18 personal records

Track team continues high rise at Kiwanis Invitational

Julian Hernandez added another win to his record, Sam Alvarez hit a personal record and the girls’ 4x400-meter relay team of Jordyn Hattenhauer, Jenna Miller, Bailey Nearing and Aileen Luna-Lopez dropped a second-place marker of four minutes and 36.61 seconds at the Kiwanis Invitational Saturday in Hermiston.

Jesch and Miller on top

Mike Jesch carded a 67 in his opening round and he finished with a 69 on the second day and joined forces with Jason Miller for a gross score of 135 to win The Dalles Country Club 2017 Men’s Kickoff ending Sunday.

TD has promising effort in Madras

The Dalles boys’ tennis team traveled to Madras Saturday for a double dual against Bend and Mountain View, as the team posted a handful of wins, which gave head coach Shea MacNab a feeling of optimism.

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Hawks post another sweep over Pendleton

Wednesday’s effort has coach excited about district tournament

Facing a Pendleton team they had beaten in sweep fashion just two weeks ago, The Dalles dominated singles and doubles action to capture a 6-0 boys varsity win on Wednesday at The Dalles High School.


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