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Hustlers forging their way to prominence

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

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

Athletes honored at Sports Awards banquet

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

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

Dufur shooters take aim on the state field

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

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

Athletics East breaks through in opener

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

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

TD track program doles out its team awards

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

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

12U Crush claims Tormaschy Tourney title

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

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

Huskies notch seven on all-league squad

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

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

After state loss, Sherman looks ahead to 2019

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

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

Jumpstart hoops camp opens signups

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

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

Basketball trio earns all-state recognition

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

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

Colton Walker signs with Bellevue University

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

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

Six Riverhawks secure all-league selections

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

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

Jumpstart track meet brings local kids together

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

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

Walk-off double lifts Sherman to victory

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

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

Avila has one final bout to set her legacy

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

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

TDCC golfers storm back for match play win

Back-and-forth they went, as The Dalles Country Club and Goldendale, Wash. Golf Club went toe-to-toe over two days on May 8-9 to determine the winner of the inaugural Columbia Gorge Championship Cup.

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

Huskies lose BMC title game

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

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

TD track gets four top-7 finishes at state

Justin Conklin, Emma Mullins and Paulina Finn each turned in top-5 finishes, and Mercy I’aulualo reached podium for her efforts in the shotput after picking up seventh place to highlight The Dalles High School at the OSAA 5A State Championships ending Saturday from Historic Hayward Field in Eugene.

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

State champions are crowned at 1A state meet

South Wasco County senior and multiple school-record holder Ana Popchock set a new state meet record, school record and personal record in the triple jump with a title-winning distance of 37-feet-4.75 inches to highlight final-day action at the 1A state championships Friday in Eugene.

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

Dufur’s Stelzer sets PR in 3,000

The Dufur boys’ track and field team was in 22nd place through one day with four points, as Tanner Masterson, Cole Kortge and Friedrick Stelzer were the main contributors. Masterson posted a mark of 11.61 seconds for fifth place in the boys’ 100-meter prelims and tacked on a personal-record 23.16 to end up second in the 200-meter prelims for a finals berth in both events.

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

Davis launches her way to a javelin title

It is a rarity that an athlete dominates a track and field event the way South Wasco County’s Madisen Davis did this spring. The junior capped a perfect season with nine wins in nine meets as she captured a javelin state championship with a top distance of 127-feet-1 inch, besting her nearest competitor, Adrian’s Shyanne Allaire (114-6), during opening-day action Thursday at the 1A OSAA State Track and Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene.

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

TD softball ends season on a promising note

The 2018 softball season has provided the fans and players with a little bit of everything, whether it was injuries, losing skids and everything else imaginable. That’s why last Friday’s dramatic victory was that much sweeter.

May 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Girls tennis picks up two wins at district tourney

One goal Debby Jones and her tennis players had for the district tournament was to win at least two matches. Natalie Varland and Lupita Contreras posted a No. 1 doubles victory and the No. 3 pairing of Pearl Guzman and Karla Najera added a win to their record to lead The Dalles girls’ tennis team at the two-day Special District 1 district tournament held at Sunriver in Bend.

May 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Telles wraps up state play in a tie for ninth

Down seven strokes through one day, The Dalles golfer Aidan Telles planned on playing his normal game, while also taking more calculated risks to get a chance at creeping closer to the top of the leaderboard.

May 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD baseball loses to Forest Grove, 5-4

The Dalles baseball team lost its fifth game of the season by three runs or fewer, as 6A Forest Grove staved off a late rally with the eventual game-winning run scored in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 5-4 victory Monday at Forest Grove.

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

TD tennis opens eyes at districts

With an entire varsity roster of unseeded players, The Dalles boys’ tennis coach Shea MacNab called last weekend’s district performance something to build on. Andy Lopez won three singles matches and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Ethan Martin and Devam Patel combined for three victories, including an upset of the eighth-seeded Mountain View duo to lead the Riverhawks at the 5A Special District 1 Tournament ending Saturday in Hermiston.

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

Telles tied for seventh through first round

The Dalles sophomore Aidan Telles carded a season-best 5-over par 77 for a seventh-place tie, seven strokes behind overall Leader, Marist’s John Pollock, in opening-round action at the OSAA 5A boys’ golf state championships Monday on the Emerald Valley Golf Club course in Creswell.

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

Big Sky stars settle the score at districts

MORO – Through the time and dedication put in during the regular season, several standouts from the Big Sky Conference had to settle the score at Saturday’s Special District 3 Meet in Moro, where new champions were crowned, and others maintained their stranglehold on the top spots.

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

TD gets athletes in 10 events to state meet

Samuel Alvarez claimed district titles in two long-distance events, Emma Mullins captured the 800-meter crown, and Kendyl Kumm tacked on top honors in the pole vault, as The Dalles track and field team racked up state berths in 10 events at the Columbia River Conference District Championships Thursday at Hermiston.

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

TD baseball drops Hermiston

The Dalles baseball team keeps its season alive with pitching and clutch hitting in a 9-2 victory over Hermiston Thursday from Bob Williams Field. Senior pitcher Jordan Wetmore allowed two unearned runs in a complete-game three-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks for his second win of the season, first in league.

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

Dufur’s Kolbe Bales named Freshman of the Year

When he first set foot on the Western Oregon University baseball field, Kolbe Bales was unsure of what to expect. The Dufur High School graduate played some big games in the 2A/1A classification and picked up numerous awards, including a first-team all-state selection and Player of the Year honors.

May 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Telles off to state after ninth-place finish

After struggling in his final few holes, there was uncertainty as to whether Aidan Telles would qualify for state. When the final tallies were announced, however, Telles finished tied for ninth place with a 166 to earn his state bid at the two-day 5A Special District 2 Golf Tournament ending Tuesday in Creswell on the Emerald Valley Golf and Resort course.

May 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Academy stars stand out at Onstage New York

The Dalles Dance Club Academy attended the biggest regional dance competition in the Pacific Northwest this past weekend for the three-day Onstage New York event May 4-6 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland and walked away with several awards for their solid all-around performances.

May 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD golfers ready to bounce back next year

As the season wore on, The Dalles girls’ golf team remained diligent in using extra practice time and participation on challenging courses to improve every aspect of their game. Sunday and Monday, the Lady Riverhawks were on Sunriver’s Woodlands Course and posted a two-day total of 931 for 10th place at the Class 5A Special District 2 girls golf championships.

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

Dufur swept by Heppner

The Dufur Rangers capped Blue Mountain Conference baseball play with losses of 11-5 and 15-5 in Heppner Saturday to finish 0-9 in league action for the season.

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

Sweep gives Sherman No. 1 district seed

Earlier in the season, Sherman seniors Trey Homer and Bradley Moe both agreed that the Huskies are far from a finished product. After Saturday’s two-game road sweep by scores of 6-0 and 12-5 at Culver, it appears that the No. 5-ranked Huskies are hitting their peak at the right time of the year with the No. 1 Blue Mountain Conference district seed and a state berth.

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

SWC girls score team title at Arlington Invitational

Ana Popchock had a perfect capper to her storybook regular season with four wins, Madisen Davis won her seventh straight javelin event and the South Wasco County girls’ track and field squad racked up 98 points for a team title at the Arlington Invite Saturday.

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

Sherman teams net seven wins

As impressive as the South Wasco County girls have been this spring, both Sherman teams are racking up solid finishes ahead of this Saturday’s district championship. Makoa Whitaker notched an individual victory and the two relay squads earned wins to get the boys’ 85 points for second place,.

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

Dufur boys place third in Arlington

Friedrick Stelzer racked up two wins, Cole Kortge was first in the 110-meter hurdles and Tanner Masterson placed second in the 100 and 200 to give the Dufur boys’ track and field group 82.5 points and third place after Saturday’s 1A meet in Arlington. Stelzer crossed the finish line in two minutes and 14.34 seconds for top honors in the 800 meters and picked up a personal-record time of 4:31.91 to get a 1,500-meter triumph.

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

TD’s Murr caps career with all-state honors

Whether he was alone in a gym perfecting his craft, on the court with his teammates for practice or under the bright lights on game nights, Dakota Murr gave everything he had to The Dalles High School. After capping a regular-season with his third consecutive first-team all-Columbia River Conference award, Murr earned all-state honorable mention recognition for the second year in a row.

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

TD pushes through in final track tune-up

With Columbia River Conference district meet coming next week, The Dalles track and field squad tallied 16 wins and 27 personal records in a final tune-up with Parkrose and St. Helens Wednesday afternoon at St. Helens High School. Justin Conklin, Paulina Finn and Emma Mullins are all ranked in the top-5 of the entire 5A classification, and several others are highly-ranked in the league rankings.

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

TD boys tennis aims high for regional success

In their 8-0 loss to Columbia River Conference champion Hood River Valley, The Dalles had four matches that could have gone either way, but were counted as close losses in Wednesday’s league finale at The Dalles High School. Andy Lopez lost his No. 2 singles match against Sawyer Bogard by scores of 3-6, 5-7; and at No. 4 singles, Salvador Garcia had a chance to gain an early edge in the first set, eventually losing in a tiebreaker 6-7 (4); and Hood River’s Jacob Kaplan completed the two-set sweep by a 6-2 margin in the second set.

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

No. 8 Huskies gut out home win

With sole possession of first place on the line, the No. 8-ranked Sherman Huskies used a complete-game effort by Brett Troutman and 10-hit offensive attack to inch past No. 10 Culver Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball clash in Moro. The Huskies led 5-2 through the first five innings, but the Bulldogs rallied for two unearned runs in the top of the sixth to make it a 5-4 score with the tying run at second base and no outs.

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

Softball rally comes up short

No. 4-ranked Hood River Valley led by a 7-1 margin through four and a half innings of action and held off a late Riverhawk rally in its 10-6 varsity softball victory Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.

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

TD tennis almost nets three victories in loss at HRV

Dalia Mondragon scored a three-set tiebreaker win at No. 2 singles, and The Dalles girls’ tennis team nearly had two other wins in doubles play, but lost in tiebreakers in a 7-1 road loss to Hood River Valley in a varsity match Tuesday at Hood River. “Despite the score, this was a great outing for us, especially for our doubles teams,” TD head coach Debby Jones said.

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


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