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All Stars are taking lofty dreams to Prineville

TDLL teams bring talent and skill to forefront

Three teams. Three dreams. One goal. The Dalles Little League announced its 12U, 11U and 10U All-Star teams for the start of District 5 baseball action on June 24 in Prineville. Deric Anthony leads the 13-player 12U team as head coach, Mike Wilbur is on board for 11U squad in his first year and Ken Brock has 13 of the top 10U players ready to roll for a chance at district, state and beyond.

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Bringing new energy to Dufur cheer

Peterson is excited about future of the program

DUFUR – Being a part of Dufur High School has always given Kelsey Peterson a sense of pride – The scarlet and white colors coursing through her veins. Now Peterson and co-coach Lisa Harris have a chance to breathe new life into a cheerleading program moving forward, taking over for Britt Beeson, who stepped down after leading the program for the past nine years.

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Athletics East runners bolt out of the blocks at Linfield

Five harriers from across the gorge fare well at invite

Back for another summer running season is The Dalles Middle School standout Emily Johnson, and she is joined by Ellie Rising, Maddie Nichols, David Cribbs and Hunter Nichols to form the 2016 version of Athletics East Running Club. This past weekend, the five harriers took part in the West Coast Invitational at Linfield College in McMinnville and posted several personal records and first-place finishes in their first major event of the summer.

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All Star trio gathers for one final dance

Garrett, Bradford and Ford are celebrated in softball event

Moments after Sunday’s doubleheader, The Dalles head coach Steve Garrett and senior Ruthie Ford shared a special final moment together reminiscing on the dozens of snapshot memories they shared together. In a snap of the fingers, four years had flown by.

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Hustler roster has coach feeling excited

Legion baseball team is loaded with talent from the gorge

This year, more than any other, there are reasons for optimism for the 2016 Columbia Gorge Hustler baseball team. A main reason for this level of unbridled enthusiasm is based on the depth and quality of arms throwing from the mound.

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Swim Team starts Monday; other events happening this weekend

Soccer and football holding Saturday signups; Rainy Day Funda run set for Saturday morning

TD Swim Team starts on Monday The Dalles Swim Team begins its 2016 season on Monday, June 13, at the Ted Walker Memorial Pool in The Dalles.

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Keever, Reed take home Ranger of the Year honors

Both juniors made marks in athletics and academics

Given the amount of talent and success of Dufur High School’s sports programs, taking home Ranger of the Year honors is always tough to do. Many great athletes of the past have had their names called. Thursday night at Dufur’s year-end celebration, junior Sydney Reed was named as the 2016 Ranger Girl of the Year and Bailey Keever was recognized as the 2016 Ranger Boy of the Year.

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A matter of faith and belief

Bass turns to God to guide her on path to Big Bend

Savannah Bass was unsure whether or not her volleyball career would continue after high school. But, she always had faith that God would guide the way. Through the urging of her friend Morgan Goslin, Bass decided to message Big Bend Community College coach Joni Nagy. As fate would have it, Nagy had an open roster slot available. After a rigorous tryout and scrimmage with the team in late April, right at the end of the session, Nagy printed out a scholarship offer to Bass, to serve as the Viking’s new setter.

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Husky hoops honors

Team recognized at Wasco Memorial Parade

Players representing the Sherman High School defending 1A state champion boys’ basketball team were recognized for their accomplishments at the Wasco Memorial Day Celebration. In the photo are, from left to right, Treve Martin, Isaiah Coles, Max Martin, Jacob Justesen, Reese Blake, Wyatt Blevins, head coach Bill Blevins, Keenan Coles, Luke Martin and Katey Blevins. At the two-day event, there was a memorial service at the Depot, a military flyover, go-kart races, games, raffles and book sale, a classic car invitational, a petting zoo and fun jumpers. Dewey Thomas served as the parade’s grand marshal.

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Ford, Bradford are off to all-star game

TD duo and coach Steve Garrett earn trips to inaugural all-star showcase in Eugene

The Dalles seniors Ruthie Ford and Maddy Bradford have been selected to play in the inaugural Senior All-Star Softball Games held on Sunday, June 5 at Jane Sanders Stadium on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. The Riverhawk tandem was selected based on winning first-team, all-league honors as players during the regular season. TD skipper Steve Garrett has been selected as a coach and he will be joined by Putnam coach Chad McGowan.

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Defending champs off to a great start

14U Crush wins Newberg Tournament softball crown

Entering 2016, the Cherry City Crush softball team knew it had to approach matters as the hunted as opposed to the hunter. The 2015 ASA 12U state champions are a year older and wiser in the 14U ranks, and have answered a lot of those questions through 19 games with a 14-5 record. This past weekend, the Crush slugged six home runs, outscored their opponents by a 67-22 margin and amassed a 4-1 record in the Gold bracket to claim a Newberg Tournament title.

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Local events upcoming from youth soccer, football, car washes and a boat ramp dedication

Local events upcoming from youth soccer, football, car washes and a boat ramp dedication

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Jumpstart Camp teaches all aspects of the hoops game

Five-day event starts on June 20 at Dufur High School

If a player wants to maximize their overall skill level in the game of basketball, extra work in the offseason is necessary. Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 20, the week long Jumpstart Basketball Camp will start its 23rd season of giving youths from grades 2-9 the opportunity to hone in on their hoops attributes in a five-day program held at Dufur High School. Costs to attend this event are $90 before June 10 and $100 after up until the capacity 150 is met.

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CB Rodeo Club Team vaults into state mix

Patnode, Brumley and Harrison off to Prineville

The Columbia Basin Rodeo Club had three of its five high school members pick up state qualifications and also had Condon Elementary School sixth grader Kallyn Wilkins crowned as the Oregon Junior High State Pole Bending champion. Bryce Harrison, of Condon, earned his state bids in two events, and Morgan Brumley, a sophomore out of Dufur, is headed to state in both pole bending and barrel racing. Joely Patnode, a junior from Arlington High School, punched her state tickets in barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping. Patnode and partner, Jacee Currin, are also going to state in the team roping event.

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Hawk seniors celebrated for years of commitment

Veterans led team to 34 wins, 413 runs in last 2 years

Still feeling that pain in their hearts after Friday’s loss to Lebanon, there was a common philosophy talked about by The Dalles senior Grace Helyer, head coach Steve Garrett and junior Kathryn Bradford. It encompasses much more than a win or loss – it is the bond and sisterhood of being a Riverhawk softball athlete. Helyer, an all-league catcher and infielder, said the season ending loss was tough to take, especially given that there was a strong belief TD had a chance at winning a 5A state softball championship.

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TD bounced in quarterfinal heartbreaker

Softball team commits four errors, strands 10 in 7-5 loss

In a 5A state quarterfinal matchup that featured 17 hits and 10 errors, both The Dalles and Lebanon battled tough for two ties and three lead changes through seven innings. The final lead change ended up making the difference for the No. 1-seeded Lady Warriors. Kaylee Peters slugged a home run and Lauren Christie followed with a two-out RBI single to plate Renel Koker and then Christie, in her third inning of relief, escaped a bases-loaded, no out jam in the top of the seventh inning to help preserve a 7-5 Lebanon victory Friday afternoon in Lebanon.

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Kolbe Bales leads the Dufur Rangers to state playoffs

Lefty fans 13 in 10-0 win over Sherman

HERMISTON – Dufur pitcher Kolbe Bales suffered an early-season injury and it appeared that it would hurt the Rangers’ postseason chances. Looking back, maybe that injury could serve as a blessing in disguise. Bales tossed five innings of one-hit ball with 13 strikeouts, and the Rangers broke open a 4-0 lead with six runs in the fifth inning for a 10-0 mercy-ruled win over Sherman Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference district baseball action at Armand Larive Middle School in Hermiston.

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Long relay team sets PR at 5A state track meet

Mullins, Thomas, Nearing and Cardosi get a time of 4:15.33

In her final track meet, The Dalles senior Avery Cardosi had one last bus trip, one weekend to break bread with her teammates and a last chance to pick up some hardware at the state track and field event at Hayward Field in Eugene. Cardosi placed eighth in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:00:99 and earned seventh place in the long jump with a distance of 16-feet in her individual events.

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Pielli and Wilson make TD history

Tennis duo leads program to first placing in 25 years

The coupling of Kiana Pielli and Johanna Wilson started out as an experiment. Two months and 27 matches later, it ended in The Dalles girls’ tennis history. For the first time in 25 years, The Dalles girls' tennis team placed at state, as the top duo of Pielli and Wilson took home third-place honors after defeating Wilsonville’s Hanna Hellig and Madi Wardle in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.

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Sherman boys, SWC girls each get fourth at state

Teams hit PRs on the big stage of Hayward Field

Hayward Field had plenty of highlights on opening day Thursday in Eugene. The Sherman boys’ team and the South Wasco County girls’ team added to those top performances with fourth-place finishes at the 1A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Track and Field State Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.

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Fired up Hawks take play-in slugfest

No. 9 TD totals 14 hits to beat St. Helens, 9-7

Earlier in the week, The Dalles outfielder Lori Cimmiyotti received news that she was an honorable mention pick in the Columbia River Conference voting. Cimmiyotti felt slighted. So she took her frustrations out on St. Helens. Cimmiyotti went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs, as the No. 9-ranked Riverhawks pounded out 14 hits to defeat St. Helens by a 9-7 margin in state softball play-in action Friday at 16th Street Ballpark.

Loca l briefs of upcoming events this weekend

Booster Club golf, Cherry Crush and Dance recital all planned

Booster Club to host Golf Classic The Dalles Booster Club is holding its inaugural TD Booster Club Golf Classic at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Dalles Country Club. This a shotgun start and all community members are welcome to attend this fundraiser. Each team consists of four players in a scramble format. There will be side games, contests and prizes available. Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the event. Costs are $500 for a team and $125 for an individual. For more information, call, Daniel Bonham at 541-506-9185 or send an email to daniel @thedallesboosterclub .com. Jumpstart Track Meet on tap The 15th annual Jumpstart Elementary School Track Meet is open for all boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade at the Wahtonka Track from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. There is no entry fee and if kids stop by before 6 p.m., registration is not necessary. Ribbons are offered for the top five boys and girls in each event. For information or to volunteer, go to jumpstartyouthactivities@ gmail.com. Dance Academy holding recital The Dalles Dance Academy will be involved in its year-end recital open to the public starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at The Dalles High School Auditorium. Cost is $4 per person and the money raised goes towards the Riverhawk cheerleading program.

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Christiansen off to OHSET regionals

Dufur senior places third at state event in Redmond

Dufur senior Zach Christiansen qualified for regionals after picking up third-place honors in the Steer Daubing event at the OHSET State Championships in Redmond at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo in Bank of the Cascades Event Center in Redmond last weekend. Christiansen had a first-go time of 1.413 seconds, and then had a second-go time of 2.511 for his 3.924 total with two caught cows for his high placing. The senior also placed 16th overall in Individual Flags, where he posted a 10.026, less than two seconds off the state-record time of 8.291 set by Roseburg’s Emily Spence. Christiansen sets his sights on the regional event on Sunday, June 19 at Moses Lake, Wash. where he competes against the top-5 athletes from Oregon and Washington. Dufur equestrian head coach Siri Olson had Christiansen and fellow senior Kaylee Martilla on her roster this season, but both participated in all three OHSET events in Redmond, and had some solid runs, scores and times. “It has been a pleasure work to with these two outstanding seniors this year,” Olson said. “They have shown nothing but dedication and hard work at every practice. Their continued improvement throughout the season in their individual events and in their team events is representative of how a team works together. These two seniors will be sorely missed.” Olson said the program would not have had the amount of success it did without the generosity of local businesses such as Morrow County Grain Growers, Mid-Columbia Producers, C.H. Urness Motors, J.W Underground Inc., Ultimizers Inc., and Optimist Printers.

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TD boys’ tennis has a good showing at districts

Two doubles, one singles make run to second day

The Dalles boys’ tennis team had two doubles teams and a singles player move in to second-day action at the 5A Special District 1 Tournament ending Saturday in Hermiston. Jesus Barajas and Brandon Bustamante defeated their Hood River Valley opponents in three sets, by scores of 7-5, 2-6, 10-8 to advance into the quarterfinals. After a second-round bye, they lost 2-6, 3-6 to a Hermiston team, but moved onto play for Day 2.

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Rager caps career with 1A shotput title

SWC senior has 47-feet-3 inch final throw at state

As a freshman, Ellis Rager’s first shotput attempt sailed 30-feet-6.5 inches. In his first two years, his best district finish was sixth place. As an upperclassman, the South Wasco County senior has been on top of the 1A world. Thursday, Rager put an exclamation point on a stellar career with a personal-record shotput toss of 47-3 to capture his second consecutive state title at the 1A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Track and Field State Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. It was amazing how far he had come. “It goes to show hard work and a weight program can get you almost anywhere in life,” Rager said. Rager and Dufur senior Keith Blake were embroiled in a shot-for-shot battle through the first two rounds.

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2016 Columbia River Softball and Baseball Conference All-League List

2016 Columbia River Softball Conference All-League List 1ST TEAM - PITCHER Lauren Richards (10) Pendleton Hannah McNerney (10) HRV Maddy Bradford (12) The Dalles CATCHER Zoe Munn (10) HRV Jamie Hinkley (12) Hermiston INFIELD Ruthie Ford (12) The Dalles Ellie Richards (12) Pendleton Kiersten Murphy (12) Pendleton Kalan McGlothan (10) Pendleton Ellery Jones (11) Hermiston

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Sherman tennis offers bright glimpse to future

Belshe, Moe, Rubio and Ambriz are key returners

Coming off four straight wins at the 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 4 Sub-District Tennis Tournament at Tri-Cities Court Club in Kennewick, Wash., Sherman junior Meghan Belshe had her season cut short in the consolation round of the District Tournament at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario. Belshe, who defeated Umatilla’s Sidney Webb in straight sets in their sub-district final, did not have the same luck this time around. Webb scored a three-set marathon win over Belshe, coming back from a 3-6 loss in the opener, with wins of 6-1 and 6-2 in the last two sets. Two weeks ago in Kennewick, Wash., Belshe, a No. 3 seed, defeated Amanda Carrillo, of Stanfield, in straight sets by scores of 6-1 and 6-4, and then she dominated Gema Juarez, of Riverside, 6-4, 6-2 to vault into the semifinals. In that match, Belshe hit the court against the No. 2 seed, Mac-Hi’s Elise Griffith, in a three-set showdown. Griffith won the opening set by a 6-3 margin, but Belshe quickly turned the tables in the second set with a 6-3 win of her own to send the match into a decisive third set. Belshe was in cruise control from there, picking up a 6-2 third-set victory to move into a final match against Webb. Against Webb, Belshe won 6-3 and 6-2. Another Sherman highlight came off the rackets of Hollee Kaseberg and Elvia Rubio, who placed fourth overall in the sub-district tournament as a No. 4 seed. Kaseberg and Rubio dropped their Riverside opponents by scores of 6-0 and 6-3 to move into the quarterfinals where they squared off with the No. 5 seeded team, out of Weston-McEwen. Kaseberg and Rubio won the opening set by a 7-5 margin, and then moved into the semifinals after a 6-3 second-set win. They were defeated by the No. 1-seeded Chavez sisters, from Stanfield. Then they lost to the Mac-Hi team of Rodriguez and Cuellar. C.J. Johnson and Savannah Moe won their first match of the tournament in their first-ever sub-district trip, by scores of 6-3 and 6-4 over their Ione opponents, but then fell to the No. 2 seeds, Rodriguez and Cuellar, in three tough sets. Rodriguez and Cuellar won the first set 7-6 on a tiebreaker, but then Johnson and Moe rebounded for a 6-1 win to send the match into a third-set tiebreaker round. The Mac-Hi duo was finally able to outlast Johnson and Moe by a 6-2 margin in the third set. “I'm so proud of these girls, they battled hard and this result should not take away from their season,” Rolfe said. “These three made it further than any other 1A school in our region.” For the boys players, Hunter Kaseberg and Senior Carlos Ambriz came out on top in their first match against their Weston-McEwen opponent in two sets, 6-2 and 6-1. They wound up on the losing end against their Ione opponents in a second-round contest. First-year player, Luke Lawrence, a senior, won his first singles match against an Ione player by a 6-3, 6-2 edge to move on. He could not keep the momentum going, however, as he lost 3-6, 6-7, the second set on a tiebreaker. “I’m so thankful for what I was able to achieve in my first tennis season and so glad that Carlos and I came out,” Lawrence said. “I’m excited to see how Gabby (Rubio), Amy (Dabulskis), C.J. and Savannah do next year after they all improved so much this year. I think it shows that you can achieve anything you want through hard work.” Seniors Garak Casper and Colten Busler played strong against their Mac-Hi opponents in the opening round, but wound up losing 5-7, 1-6 to end their season. Rubio, a freshman, lost in the first round of her girls’ match 4-8 in a close pro-set match, and Dabulskis lost her first-round match by a 3-8 tally.

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TD tennis picks up third at districts

Pielli and Wilson score state bid after finals berth

During the regular season, The Dalles girls’ tennis team accomplished a lot of firsts and built on a solid foundation with a group of more than 30 tennis players on the roster. This past weekend at Sunriver, the Riverhawks added even more highlights to a stellar campaign. The doubles duo of Kiana Pielli and Johanna Wilson vaulted into the championship rounds, the team had seven athletes competing on the second day, a school record, and the team placed third overall behind Bend and perennial district champion, Summit.

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Dufur offense keeps chugging along

Rangers rack up 27 runs on 23 hits in wins over Union

With Blue Mountain Conference action coming up this Saturday, the Dufur Ranger baseball team added on to its season-high winning streak with a 13-3 and 14-4 doubleheader sweep over Union Saturday in a non-league matchup played at Armand Larive Middle School in Hermiston.

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TD golfers looking to build momentum for ‘17

Riverhawks return all but one player to varsity roster

Chase Snodgrass ended up tied for 11th place with a 153 and The Dalles boys’ golf team totaled 656 for a sixth place tie with Sandy at the two-day OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab 5A State Golf Tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. In his 36-hole effort, Snodgrass, a junior, had 26 pars, eight bogeys, one double bogey and a birdie on the seventh hole on the second day. Freshman Tyler Vassar wound up 26th out of 53 golfers, and added 19 pars, and two birdies in his 36 holes of golf for a total of 161, and Mark Felderman, another junior, went for 16 pars and a birdie and had a total score of 166 to secure 36th place.

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Telles captures second place at state

TD junior cards a 73 on second day at Quail Valley

Already behind the eight-ball through the opening day of state golf action, The Dalles golfer Iliana Telles started off second-day play with two straight bogeys. Over the next 16 holes, however, the junior rebounded with nine pars and four birdies to tally the lowest total amongst the field for a 73 and a two-day total of 150 to end up tied for second place at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab 5A State Golf Tournament ending Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course.

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Track stars excel on district day in Moro

SWC girls, Sherman boys each get 2nd place finishes

Nine teams and nearly 100 track and field athletes made the journey to Moro on Saturday looking to extend their seasons for another week. On the local front, Sherman captured five district championships, four on the boys’ side to rack up 131 points and finish in second place, just two points behind Horizon Christian. Dufur is sending three athletes to state in five different events, as Ezekiel Stelzer and Cole Kortge are making their first trips to Eugene and senior Keith Blake is making one final run after qualifying in the Shotput and Discus. The South Wasco County boys’ team had Brody Myers and Ellis Rager claim district crowns, and Ana Popchock led the girls’ team with two titles in the 200 and Triple Jump. The girls’ team had two relay championships and also had good enough times and marks in four other events to pick up wild card berths. In all, the Lady Redsides scored 116 points for second place, 49 points in back of district champs, Griswold (165). “This was such a competitive meet,” said Dufur junior Ezekiel Stelzer. “When you have so many good athletes here giving it their all, it makes it so much more fun and exciting. You want to challenge yourself against the best and I think we saw that from everyone here today.” SWC girls score four titles A dislocated knee cap and patella tendinitis injuries this season was not going to stop South Wasco County’s Jacqueline Noland from her drive to excellence and a state trip. Finally cleared this week for action, the freshman placed second in the 400 and 800, and was also a key component to district titles in the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay races to help lead the Redsides to second place as a team. “I am really glad I got to do track this year, but it has been unfortunate with my knee,” Noland said. “I did not think I was going to be able to compete, but through physical therapy and hard work and doing all of the right things, I was able to compete. I am glad I got to do it. I am very thankful to get this opportunity to come to districts and make it to state in my freshman year.” Noland placed second in the 400 with her time of one minute and 5.38 seconds and she added another second in the 800 at 2:42.29. The 4x100-meter relay team of Bailey Hahn, Chloe Huot, Jada Myers and Noland picked up first place in 54.51, and in the 4x400-meter relay, Tatum Hahn, Huot, Myers and Noland went for first place with a time of 4:33.14. “We have been having really hard practices and we are all going really hard all the time. Because of that, we have had a very competitive relay team,” Noland said. “All of us are really fast and the team is really young. It is good to have competition, so I think we have put together a really good team and we followed through with it and got a win.” Huot cleared 4-9 for fourth in the high jump to earn her wild card berth. Kyrsten Sprouse made it to state on the wild card side with her mark of 54.04 for third place in the 300-meter hurdles. Bailey Hahn is a wild card pick in the 100-meter hurdles, where she was in fourth place with a 17.85. Popchock won her first district championship in the 200 meters, where she had a time of 27.36, and she added another first-place outcome in the triple jump with a distance of 33-10. Popchock was a wild card pick in the long jump with her third-place finish of 15-6.5. Earlier this season at the Condon Invitational on April 30, the sophomore set a new record in the 200-meters with a time of 26.92. Since this is her second state trip, Popchock is hoping to get better results. She feels the best is yet to come. “I really love being able to push myself further than I have before,” Popchock said. “I am really impressed that I have been able to compete at such a high level this year because I didn’t really expect to go this far. I do put a lot of pressure on myself with expectations, but I really just want to do my best. I want to have a really good experience and fun, but also, I want to win. It would be nice to go out there and be successful.” Brody Myers notched a district title in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:05.41, and fellow senior, Ellis Rager, hoisted gold for his efforts in the shotput with a distance of 44-9.25. Coming up on the one-year anniversary of the death of long-time coach John Howey, Rager was able to set a personal record earlier this season at 46-1, but he has been dealing with a finger issue that has lowered his average throw to around the mid-44s. Saturday, he had his best throw in nearly a month, capturing his seventh first-place win of the year. “It means a lot to me,” Rager said. “It has been hard not really having a coach this year. Howey was a big part of my success. It is all now coming to the realization that it has been one year since I lost my coach. It is a lot different, but I am glad I was able to win shot, so this goes to him. It is a great honor.” The 4x400-meter relay team of Michael Cuevas, Mathew Gragg, Travis Hayes and Brody Myers grabbed second place and a state berth with final marker of 3:44.86 to give SWC 60 points and fifth place.

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Sherman adds to its hardware

Huskies pick up five district titles

Noticeably favoring her heavily-braced right leg, Sherman junior Brittney Orendorff still managed to score a district championship in the pole vault with a height of 8-6. Orendorff has damage to her LCL ligament and has had constant tendonitis flare-ups through volleyball and basketball and track. Her knee pops out of socket every time she puts any weight on the right side of her body. “There has been some setbacks as far as the injury goes,” Orendorff said. “I have not been able to compete fully and do my absolute best, but I am thankful enough to have a fantastic set of coaches that have done anything and everything to help find ways to tape my knee, support it, and create ways for me to not push myself over the limit, but still allow me to practice and compete.” Sherman freshman Desiree Winslow placed second overall in the 100 meter dash where she posted a time of 13.61 and she was also a wild card selection in the pole vault with her top height of 7-0 to give Sherman 70 points for fifth place in the standings. Winslow is headed to state in two events, and while she is still new to the track and field game, she is using next week’s meet as a business trip.

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Stelzer, Kortge break through

Firstyear athletes punch state tickets: Keith Blake makes two events in final season

Coming in as a No. 4 seed and an underdog in the 110-meter hurdle event, Dufur freshman Cole Kortge was not sure how his day would end. In the hurdles, Kortge had a personal record time of 18.63 for second place, a shade more than a second behind Horizon’s Luke Holste, who had a 17.33. After he crossed the finish line in second place, Kortge jumped high in the air in celebration. “I didn’t think I would be that close, but I was able to fight through everything and finish well. After that third hurdle, I got that rush of excitement that let me believe that I could get first or second,” Kortge said. “It is always a goal to go to state with the mindset of winning my event. At the same time, I am still a freshman and I still have more goals to accomplish. Hopefully, this is a four-year deal and I can get better and better.” Blake picked up second place in discus with a throw of 122-6, and the senior got a wild card in the shotput, where he had a third-place toss of 42-3.5. Stelzer, a junior and first-year track athlete, earned a district championship in the 1,500 in a time of 4:24.35, and he qualified in 300-meter intermediate hurdles where he had a mark of 46.25. “I am really excited about going to state. I really wanted to make it and I have been pushing really hard for this spot and I am really stoked that I made it,” Stelzer said. “I was surprised that I could run long distances. I have been getting PRs in every meet except for one, so it has been encouraging. I cut 10 seconds today and that has me excited because I know I hope to get another PR at state.”

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Huskies get split

With a chance to pick up a Blue Mountain Conference title and a No. 1 seed heading into district play, the No. 8 Sherman Huskies salvaged a split with Irrigon Friday, a 5-0 loss and a 15-4 victory, in two games. With the opening-game setback, the Huskies square off against Dufur at 10 a.m. next Saturday at Quinton Street Ballpark for a chance to extend their season. “It is not the situation we wanted to be in, but it is what it is,” said Sherman coach Joe Justesen. “We have a chance to go to state, so we will need to battle tough against one of the best pitchers in the state and hope we can get some runs on him and get a win.” In Friday’s opener, Irrigon lefty Austin Rice tossed a no-hitter with three walks with eight strikeouts, as the Knights clinched league, 5-0. Sherman rebounded in the second game, using a seven-run seventh inning to grab a 15-4 win. Brett Troutman went 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBIs, Kyle Fields had three hits and four RBIs, and Jacob Justesen went 3 for 5 with three runs scored. Bradley Moe had one hit, a three-run double, as part of the seven-run seventh inning. Maverick Winslow lasted 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on four hits with a strikeout and a walk.

Hawks double up on Hood River

TD takes 6-3 win Friday on senior night

The Dalles seniors Grace Helyer and Ruthie Ford combined for five hits and two RBIs, as No. 9 The Dalles broke open a 1-1 tie with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning enroute to a 6-3 win Friday over Hood River Valley on senior night in The Dalles. TD’s win, coupled by Hermiston’s 12-2 loss Friday to Pendleton, gave the Riverhawks second place in league and a home state play-in matchup at home next Friday against St. Helens.

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TD seniors cap careers on a high note

Hawks miss playoffs, but end year with win over HR

In back-to-back years, The Dalles baseball team had its playoff hopes riding on outside elements. Last season, a coin flip determined the Riverhawks’ postseason fate. On Friday the 13th, the Hawks had solid pitching performances by seniors Colton Walker and Bailey Ortega and scored a 6-3 triumph over the defending state champions and the state’s No. 2-ranked baseball program.

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Cheer squad jumping into the new year

Coach Kelsey Sugg excited to have 36 in the program

Entering her second year as The Dalles’ head cheerleading coach, Kelsey Sugg has seen the numbers shoot through the roof, with previous and future state success as the launching ground for the signup barrage. Sugg, along with assistant coach Andrea Pena, announced the new batch of recruits primed to take center stage at sporting events and other venues throughout the 2016-2017 season. There were 42 participants, more than double the number from last year, who tried out for the team over a three-day span, so the choices were hard for the Riverhawk coaches, but 36 were selected to represent the crimson and gold.

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TD track sending five to state meet

Seibel, Nearing, Mullins and Thomas making first-ever trips

Avery Cardosi already had one event in the bag on opening day, and she added state qualifications in two events Thursday at the Columbia River Conference District Championships at Hermiston High School. The Riverhawk senior placed second in the 400-meters with a final time just a shade over a minute, and just a second behind Hood River Valley’s Kassidy Davidson (59.22). Cardosi was also one of the key cogs in the 4x400-meter relay team along with Bailey Nearing, Emma Mullins and Athena Thomas that hit a mark of 4:17.49 for second place behind Hermiston (4:12.02). The 4:17.49 put up by Cardosi, Nearing and company was a season-best by nearly eight seconds. “It took a lot of dedication and a lot of extra practice to work on 4x400 techniques,” said Nearing, a sophomore making her first trip to state. “We definitely knew deep down we could do it and we got it.” Joining Cardosi and the relay team is junior Kayla Seibel.

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Cardosi earns state bid

TD senior hits 16-feet-2.75 inches to win long jump

One day into Columbia River Conference Track and Field action in Hermiston and The Dalles track standout Avery Cardosi is already making reservations for Eugene. Just moments after qualifying for the 400-meter finals with a time of one minute and 1.37 seconds, Cardosi, on her third attempt, hit her top distance in the long jump of 16-feet-2.75 inches, a mark three inches better than Pendleton’s Kiara Glover to claim her district championship.

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Dufur bats are heating up during four-game win streak

In their first 18 games of the season, the Dufur Rangers had scored 106 runs, including an average of four in four straight losses to Heppner and Sherman to end the month of April. As the calendar switched to May, however, the Ranger bats have caught fire to the tune of 51 runs in their current four-game winning streak.

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Telles off to state after solid district golf finish

Junior golfer cards a 158 to earn sixth-place honors

Playing against Pendleton’s Haley Greb, Crater’s Daniele Giles and Summit’s Olivia Loberg brings the best out in The Dalles’ Iliana Telles. Telles carded a two-day total of 158 to secure sixth place and an individual state qualification at the Special District 2 Golf Tournament ending Tuesday at Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River.

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Irrigon’s late rally stuns Sherman

Rice gets clutch hit to lead Knights to a 3-2 win

MORO – Ace pitcher Brett Troutman and the Sherman Huskies were two outs away from sealing a comeback win and moving a step closer to winning the Blue Mountain Conference. But in the top of the seventh inning, a bad bounce single, followed by another single and a bases-clearing double by Austin Rice turned the tide in Irrigon’s favor. Rice’s late heroics, and 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief by Hayden White gave the No. 7 Knights a 3-2 victory over the No. 8 Huskies in a league baseball game played Tuesday in Moro.

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Huot, Popchock set records to lead SWC girls

Redsides score 141 points for first place at Arlington Inv.

In back-to-back weeks, Chloe Huot and Anna Popchock each broke school records, and the South Wasco County girls’ track and field team notched four wins and five seconds to win the Arlington invitational with 141 points Saturday in Arlington. Huot clinched a record-breaking height of 5-feet last week in Condon, and then added a 5-1 Saturday to re-set the record, which had been on the books since 1975.

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Dufur baseball clinches third

The Dufur Rangers slugged out 19 runs on 25 hits to complete a two-game sweep over Culver Friday in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action in Culver. The wins help seal third place and a district berth. Dufur won the first game, 4-1, and took the nightcap, 15-4. Monday at Dufur City Park, the Rangers won their fourth straight game, 21-9, over 3A Riverside. Dufur (9-13, 6-6 league) heads to Union for two games starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Read Wednesday’s Chronicle for the full story.

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TD golfers vault to the big dance

Team gets a 656 for fifth, 12 shots over Ridgeview

It has been a long time coming for The Dalles boys’ golf team. The seven-year state drought is now over. Chase Snodgrass placed sixth overall, Tyler Vassar and Mark Felderman combined for an average of 165 on the scorecards, and the Riverhawks had a two-day tally of 656 to grab fifth-place honors at the 5A Special District 2 Golf Tournament ending Saturday at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Redmond.

Sherman splits two

The Sherman Huskies split two home games Friday against Heppner in league play in Moro. The No. 5 Huskies the first game, 5-4, but lost the nightcap, 10-9. In the opener, Jacob Justesen threw a complete-game five-hitter with three strikeouts and five walks to get the win. He also added a double, a run scored and an RBI, as the Huskies scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win it, as an error on a ball hit by Justesen allowed Wyatt Stutzman to score the game-winner. Kyle Fields added a hit, a run and an RBI, and Stutzman went 1 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. Heppner got off to a fast start in the second game, scoring four runs in the second inning and three more in the third to go ahead 8-2. Sherman chipped away and crept to within a 10-9 deficit with three runs in the fifth frame. Still down one run in the seventh, Brett Troutman led off with a single, but then Sherman hit three consecutive flyouts to end the rally. Bradley Moe had three hits, scored twice and drove in two runs to lead Sherman’s 10-hit attack. Maverick Winslow added a hit, three walks and three runs. Sherman (16-5 overall, 7-2 league) hosts Irrigon at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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TD golf in fifth

The Dalles boys’ golf team had a 327 to place fifth overall in regional tournament action at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Redmond. Chase Snodgrass had a 75, Tyler Vassar shot an 80 and Mark Felderman was good for an 86. Jacob Ford carded an 87 and Darsh Patel went for a 96. Second-day play was Saturday, and the top five teams go to state.

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Riverhawks flying high after home win

TD is one win from clinching a playoff berth

Two years ago, Bailey Ortega was a varsity golfer. After Friday’s six-inning masterpiece against No. 13 Hermiston, the senior pitcher is cementing his name atop the Columbia River Conference all-league list. Ortega tossed six innings of two-hit ball with two strikeouts, as he outdueled Hermiston ace R.J. Robles in The Dalles’ 5-1 victory at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.

Hawks end league with a loss

Top 2 doubles, Pashek at singles win against HRV

Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli finished their league season undefeated. Robin Pashek is hitting her fever pitch down the stretch. And the newly-formed No. 2 doubles tandem of Emma Smith-Ell and Rebekah Kohltfarber appear to be rising. That core group scored wins, as The Dalles girls’ tennis team finished the regular season with a 5-3 loss on the road to Hood River Valley Thursday.

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