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Tough shooting night hurts SWC

The South Wasco County Redsides shot 12 of 45 from the floor, 2 of 19 on 3-pointers and added 31 turnovers in a 48-30 boys’ basketball setback Tuesday at home against 2A Culver.

February 7, 2018 12:58 p.m. read more..


Sherman win streak snapped by Yakama Tribal

The Sherman Huskies were cruising through their league schedule, taking down the opposition with relative ease, with a 16-game winning streak. Tuesday in Toppenish, Wash., that run ended abruptly, as Yakama Tribal erased a 22-12 first-quarter deficit by outscoring Sherman by a 54-29 margin over the final 24 minutes to score a 66-51 triumph.

February 7, 2018 12:56 p.m. read more..


Pendleton girls too strong for TD

Just a shade past the midway point of the second period, The Dalles point guard Paulina Finn swished a jump shot to inch her squad to a 17-13 deficit. From that point on, however, the No. 11-ranked Pendleton Buckaroos went on a 43-17 run over the final 19 minutes to lock down a lopsided 60-30 triumph Tuesday in girls’ basketball action from Pendleton High School.

February 7, 2018 12:55 p.m. read more..


Riverhawks’ golden opportunity dashed

Last week, The Dalles Riverhawks defeated Hood River Valley and Hermiston in consecutive games and had a chance to jump into first place in the Columbia River Conference with a win over Pendleton. They had a chance to send a message, a chance to silence the naysayers, a chance to show they belonged in the league championship conversation. Instead, the No. 14-ranked Pendleton Buckaroos staked itself atop the CRC standings and dropped The Dalles down to third place following a 57-50 victory Tuesday at Kurtz Gym.

February 7, 2018 12:51 p.m. read more..


Ione scores 67-49 win over SWC

South Wasco County fell behind 21-16 through one period, 39-27 at the half and inched to within a 10-point deficit with three minutes left in regulation, but Ione went on an 8-0 run down the stretch to pick up its 67-49 boys’ basketball win Saturday in Ione.

February 6, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..


No. 2 Sherman drops Arlington

League play has been very favorable for the No. 2-ranked Sherman Huskies. In 12 games, Sherman is allowing 33.5 points a game, scoring 74.0 a matchup and posting an average margin of victory of 40.5 points, with Saturday’s 79-27 road rout of Arlington running the two-time defending champions’ winning streak to 16 games.

February 6, 2018 1:42 p.m. read more..


Complete performance vaults Dufur over Condon

Dufur put all the pieces together Saturday in their most complete offensive and defensive performance as Curtis Crawford posted a season-high 26 points and Cooper Bales picked up 11 points to help the Rangers secure their 70-62 triumph at home against Condon-Wheeler.

February 6, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..


Sherman blasts past Arlington

Jaelyn Justesen racked up 16 of her 18 points in the first three quarters as the Sherman Huskies used that outburst to jump ahead in that span, 41-26, to secure a 55-40 girls’ hoops win Saturday in Moro.

February 6, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..


No. 7 SWC keeps win streak going

With the district top spot sealed, the No. 7 South Wasco County Redsides are looking to ride out the final two games healthy, re-focused and ready to move into state action. If this current 13-game win streak is any indication, capped by Saturday’s 61-45 home victory against Ione, the Lady Redsides are hitting at all cylinders at the right time.

February 6, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..


Dufur girls topple Condon-Wheeler, 47-28

Over their last six games, the Dufur Rangers have won four times and are one game behind Horizon Christian, Sherman and Ione, so following Saturday’s 47-28 victory over Condon-Wheeler, the Rangers stayed within striking distance to make it a four-horse race for the final three district playoff spots.

February 6, 2018 1:31 p.m. read more..


Late flurry lifts SWC to victory

Kal Bailey scored seven fourth-quarter points and teammates Garrett Olson and Tuff Wilson added a field goal each, as South Wasco County broke open a 34-all tie with a 9-0 run in the final three minutes of regulation to lock down a 43-34 victory over Mitchell-Spray Friday in Maupin.

February 3, 2018 11:59 a.m. read more..


Sherman blows past Condon

Jacob Justesen scored 28 points, Treve Martin added 24, and Luke Martin rattled off 17 points to move the No. 2-ranked Huskies ahead for an 86-53 trouncing of Condon-Wheeler Friday in a league matchup held in Fossil.

February 3, 2018 11:59 a.m. read more..
 

Sherman girls stay in control

Clinging to one of the final playoff spots, the Sherman Huskies stormed back from a 9-6 first-quarter deficit with a 34-17 spurt in the final three quarters to beat Condon-Wheeler, 40-26, in Big Sky girls’ hoops play Friday in Fossil.

February 3, 2018 11:57 a.m. read more..


Lady Rangers get road triumph

With a favorable schedule in two of their final three regular season games, the Dufur Rangers are in control of their own district playoff destiny. As it stands, the Rangers remained one game behind both Horizon and Sherman for the fourth slot after a 53-18 road drubbing of Arlington Friday.

February 3, 2018 11:56 a.m. read more..


Redsides put the screws to Mitchell-Spray, 49-10

The South Wasco County Redsides had a defensive effort for the ages in Friday’s home game against Mitchell-Spray, holding the Eagle-Loggers to one field goal and forcing 30 turnovers in a 49-10 blowout win in Maupin.

February 3, 2018 11:54 a.m. read more..


TD girls show heart in close loss

Off the heels of a 32-point loss the last time The Dalles girls’ basketball team played Hermiston, the Riverhawks climbed back into contention late in the fourth quarter down 48-46 with 22 seconds left, but Jazlyn Romero swished four consecutive free throws to give the Lady Bulldogs a 52-46 win Friday.

February 3, 2018 11:53 a.m. read more..


TD vaults into second after 91-85 victory

In big games, the stars rise to the top. For The Dalles Riverhawks, there weren’t one or two contributors that came up clutch against Hermiston, it was Henry Lee, Dakota Murr, Javier Hernandez, Oscar Fernandez, Josh Nisbet and Jack Bonham who gave this group the necessary spark to pick up a 91-85 triumph Friday in Columbia River Conference hoops action at Kurtz Gym.

February 3, 2018 11:49 a.m. read more..


Moe realizes dream of college baseball

On a cold December morning last year, Bradley Moe wanted to get on the diamond for some extra repetitions ahead of the upcoming baseball season. With no teammates or coaches around, the Sherman High School senior called on his mother Shannon Devore for some batting practice and soft toss. Just thinking about that moment — his mother dressed down in a heavy coat with mittens on and a stocking cap covering her head, evoked an ear-to-ear smile. It is not something a lot of other mothers would do, but Moe has plans to take the sport of baseball as far as he can, maybe even professionally, and so through that level of commitment from someone he loves, he vows to pay it forward at the next level, where he accepted a scholarship offer to play baseball for Clackamas Community College.

February 2, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..


Riverhawk quartet scores huge wins versus HRV

In a second and final Columbia River Conference home dual of the season, The Dalles wrestling team had a better overall performance since a 75-12 setback to Hermiston on Jan. 17, as Steven Preston, Glenn Breckterfield and JR Scott each notched victories in a 60-15 loss to Hood River Valley on senior night Wednesday at Kurtz Gym.

February 1, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..


TD cheerleaders clap back in Clackamas

Winning back-to-back competitions by an average of 5.5 points did not sit well with members of The Dalles cheer squad. At the Cavalier Cheer Invitational in Clackamas, TD got its groove back in a major way with top honors by a final margin of 183.9-132.5 over second-place Hood River Valley.

February 1, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..


Scott and Preston place for TD at Robert Paul Invite

JR Scott scored runner-up honors and Steve Preston added a pair of wins to capture sixth place at the Robert Paul Invitational Saturday at Sandy High School. “We want the team to get an idea of what it will take to qualify for state at our regional tournament, the toughest in the state at any level,” TD coach Paul Beasley said.

January 31, 2018 1:53 p.m. read more..


Redside boys give Horizon a scare

Playing short-handed, South Wasco County head coach Jim Hull made a defensive switch with Marshall Bell at the top of the 1-3-1 formation. SWC stayed close with Horizon Christian through the first three quarters, erasing a 27-20 halftime deficit with an 18-12 third-quarter rally to get to within a 39-38 deficit, but the Hawks put together a 17-11 spurt in the final period to secure a 56-49 victory Tuesday in Maupin.

January 31, 2018 1:50 p.m. read more..
 

No. 7 SWC gets past Horizon

The No. 7-ranked South Wasco County Redsides were ahead 27-20 at halftime, and then finished off Horizon Christian with a 23-19 second-half output to post a 50-39 win, their 11th straight, in Big Sky girls’ basketball action played in Maupin.

January 31, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..


Dufur still in district hunt after beating Sherman

The Dufur Rangers had lost four of their last five games and were on the outside of the district picture looking in. After Tuesday’s 47-44 win over Sherman, the Lady Rangers are one game behind Sherman and Horizon Christian for the fourth and final district spot with four games left on the schedule.

January 31, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..


HRV nets 51-38 road triumph

Right when it seemed like The Dalles was about to make a hard-charging comeback, Hood River Valley guard Haylee Baker sank a pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers to cap a 16-10 run and give the Eagles a 51-38 girls’ basketball victory, the program’s first league win over a seven-year span, Tuesday in The Dalles.

January 31, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..


Rivalry games bring energy to Kurtz Gym

Jacob Hernandez missed two days of practice due to a sprained wrist. Hernandez hit a pair of clutch fourth-quarter 3-pointers, and he and teammate Josh Nisbet combined for 27 second-half points as The Dalles Riverhawks overcame a 33-29 halftime deficit with a 43-33 run in the final 16 minutes to dispatch of Hood River Valley, 72-66, Tuesday in Columbia River Conference hoops action at Kurtz Gym.

January 31, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..


Rangers lose to surging Cardinals

The Dufur Rangers finished the second half on a 34-31 run, but the Ione Cardinals had already built a 30-15 halftime lead to turn in a 61-49 triumph Saturday in Big Sky girls’ basketball play in Ione.

January 30, 2018 1:59 p.m. read more..


Dufur boys hang on to beat Ione

The Dufur Rangers led 35-15 through one half of play, and fought off a rally attempt by Ione, but had enough left to secure a 61-53 boys’ basketball triumph Saturday at Ione High School.

January 30, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..


SWC defense makes its resounding statement

MORO – With the stakes raised in a contentious Big Sky Conference battle featuring South Wasco County and Sherman, the No. 8-ranked Lady Redsides battled to a 26-all halftime tie, but tightened up defensively, holding the Huskies to five second-half field goals as part of a 38-16 second-half rally to secure a 64-42 road triumph Saturday in Moro.

January 30, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..


There’s no stopping this Husky juggernaut

MORO – As the wins pile up and the Sherman Huskies continue to coast through their Big Sky Conference schedule, head coach Gary Lewis knows that his group is inching closer to its peak level. The No. 2-ranked Huskies won their ninth straight Big Sky Conference game, 13th overall, in a 71-26 blowout victory over South Wasco County Saturday in Moro.

January 30, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..


Sherman keeps up its solid pace

The Sherman Lady Huskies kept pace with Ione in a second-place tie in the league standings after a lopsided 60-16 romp over Mitchell-Spray in a Big Sky girls’ hoops matchup played Friday in Spray.

January 27, 2018 11:35 a.m. read more..


Horizon steals victory at Dufur

The Dufur Rangers went 6 of 15 from the line and managed four first-half field goals, seven overall, in a 30-29 loss to Horizon Christian Friday in a girls’ basketball contest played at Dufur High School.

January 27, 2018 11:34 a.m. read more..


SWC rallies to defeat Condon

As the state’s No. 10 1A squad, the South Wasco County Redsides are going to get a fight every night. Condon-Wheeler had upset on its mind, ahead 13-12 through one period, when SWC flipped the switch on a 46-18 run over the final three quarters to win, 58-31, Friday night in Maupin.

January 27, 2018 11:33 a.m. read more..


Huskies roll to 12th straight win

When the Sherman Huskies play its unrelenting offensive and defensive style, they are unbeatable. The two-time defending champions came out swinging early with a 31-2 first-quarter lead and kept Mitchell-Spray to three second-half field goals in an 89-23 dismantling of the hapless Eagle-Loggers Friday from Spray.

January 27, 2018 11:33 a.m. read more..


SWC loses 66-34 to Condon

After holding Bryce Harrison and Hunter Winslow to nine first-half points, things looked promising for the South Wasco County Redsides, as they were down 30-16 at the half. Harrison, Winslow and Cooper Johnson then scored a combined 25 points in Condon-Wheeler’s 36-18 second-half spurt to pick up a 66-34 road victory Friday in Maupin.

January 27, 2018 11:32 a.m. read more..


Dufur falls to fifth place after 46-39 loss to Horizon

The Dufur Rangers fell behind 16-2 after one quarter of play, and still managed to creep to within a two-point margin several times in the second half, but could not get the shots to drop in their 46-39 loss to Horizon Christian Friday in a Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball contest played in Dufur.

January 27, 2018 11:31 a.m. read more..


Pendleton boys get 78-62 victory

Jacob Hernandez, Josh Nisbet and Oscar Fernandez combined for 46 points, but Dakota Murr was held to no second-half field goals, and the Pendleton Buckaroos broke open a 38-30 halftime cushion with a 40-32 second-half flurry to net a 78-62 win Friday in a boys’ basketball matchup played in Pendleton.

January 27, 2018 11:29 a.m. read more..


TD falls to 0-2 in CRC after Pendleton loss

The Dalles girls’ basketball team was held to five second-half field goals, and outscored 53-24 through the first three quarters of action in a 62-33 Columbia River Conference loss to No. 11-ranked Pendleton Friday at Kurtz Gym.

January 27, 2018 11:29 a.m. read more..


CGBA sixth-grade squad hoists title hardware

In their past nine games, the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy sixth graders have had a torrid unbeaten streak with back-to-back tournament championships, capped by a 4-0 performance at the Hillsboro Tournament last weekend at Century high School.

January 26, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..


A new challenge awaits Kathryn Bradford

Last offseason, The Dalles senior Kathryn Bradford had an athletic moment of clarity. She wanted to make a few technical changes, add to workout regimen and turn softball into much more than just an extra-curricular activity. Kathryn recently received a scholarship offer to play outfield on the Mount Hood Community College softball team, joining her older sister, Maddy, on the roster.

January 26, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..
 

Scott rises up for first place at HR Elks Invitational

HOOD RIVER – When looking at the 182-pound mindscape, The Dalles junior JR Scott figures to be one of the main threats to the competition. Scott moved his overall record to 18-3 on the year, as he won all three of his matches for championship recognition at the Hood River Elks Invitational Saturday.

January 25, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..


Swim coach encouraged by HRV Invite marks

Although dwindled down in roster size because of illness and injuries, The Dalles swim coach Shea MacNab found a way to shuffle things around with several athletes in different events in an effort to maximize their performances. Natalie Varland and Caleb Miller turned in runner-up finishes, and the varsity swimmers notched nine top-8 outputs at the Hood River Invite Saturday.

January 25, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..


TD cheer tumbles its way to a Rumble win

The Dalles cheerleaders have competed in two events and come away with back-to-back wins. Even with the top performance, head coach Kelsey Wallace and her athletes feel that they are not close to realizing their potential.

January 25, 2018 1:41 p.m. read more..


Boys lose, 78-61

With all-state guard Dakota Murr saddled with the flu, The Dalles boys’ basketball team could not find its road flow in a 78-61 road loss Friday at Hermiston.

January 24, 2018 1:59 p.m. read more..


TD hoops drop league game to Hermiston

With its first league test of the season, The Dalles girls’ basketball team fell behind by an 18-13 margin through one quarter and put itself in contention. Hermiston had other plans, however, as the Lady Bulldogs led 44-22 at the half, and finished on a 32-22 spurt to take a 76-44 win Friday in The Dalles.

January 24, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..


Hawk skiers get back to action at Meadows

While the lack of snow has made it a challenge for all ski teams to train, the show went on without a hitch for slalom runs this past Saturday. On the Gemini Course at Meadows, freshman Maddie Gragg had a good start to her ski career with ninth place, and the duo of Louis Red Cloud and Matt Gragg pulled out top-20 finishes, out of a field of 38.

January 24, 2018 1:56 p.m. read more..


Lady Huskies slip past Horizon

Makayla Macnab and Desiree Winslow tallied 10 points apiece, and Sammie Lepinski went off for nine to lead the Sherman Lady Huskies to their fifth consecutive win Friday, 44-40, over Horizon Christian.

January 23, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..

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