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Riverhawks secure three state ski berths

Through a tough ski season marred by a lack of snow and limited practice time, The Dalles trio of Matt Gragg, Louis Red Cloud and Maddie Gragg all qualified as individuals for Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state action in both slalom and giant slalom events. Both the boys and girls teams missed out on going to state for the alpine races by one place.

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

Netters see work pay off in tourney win

There is no replacement for constant repetitions. That’s why playing offseason sports is to crucial to the development of high school programs across the state. Volleyball athletes from The Dalles and Dufur, representing the 18U Cherry City Juniors Volleyball Club, won their second straight tournament championship, the latest coming in the gold bracket this past Sunday at the Prineville Tournament.

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

Teachers make their marks

The Dalles High School honored Ajay Rundell, Ty Wenzel and Leroy Tharp for their hard work and dedication put toward helping student-athletes during the past year earlier this month in a ceremony held on Feb. 16 at Kurtz Gym.

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

Sherman players prepared for Baker City challenge

The 1A state tournament field is set. Eight squads are aiming for three consecutive wins to hoist championship blue. As far as the mindset of the two-time defending state champion and No. 2-seeded Sherman Huskies (25-2 overall), all-state point guard Jacob Justesen said this team is going in fully focused on their first opponent, No. 7 Prairie City (21-3) at 8:15 p.m. Thursday in Baker City.

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

Blake serving as Sherman’s heart and soul

MORO – At the start of the 2016-2017 basketball season, Reese Blake felt queasy, with some chest pain and dizziness, unsure what was going on. This winter on the hardwood, the Sherman senior is a key piece to a basketball squad that captured its third district crown and is vying for its third consecutive state championship.

February 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Henderson excited about football changes

The 1A football season will be much different with changes recently approved by the OSAA Football Ad Hoc Committee. Those moves affect the future of local programs such as South Wasco County, Sherman and Dufur, and many others across the state. “I like what has happened with the Ad Hoc Committee’s work,” Dufur football coach and athletic director Jack Henderson said.

February 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Following loss, Redsides feel the best is coming

MAUPIN – Saddened to see her high school basketball career come to an end following a 37-24 state loss to Hosanna Christian Friday, South Wasco County senior Ana Popchock could only think of the positives from what it meant to be a part of something special.

February 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Huskies earmark fourth straight Baker trip

MORO – Back in 1989, Doug Martin and Joe Justesen claimed state championships in football and basketball. Nearly 30 years later, their sons, Treve Martin and Jacob Justesen, are looking to lock down a third consecutive 1A state boys’ basketball championship. “Just like anything, going back to Baker is a surreal feeling,” Treve said.

February 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Big Sky girls earn awards

Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball players were honored after tournament action concluded last Saturday in Madras with several big names making the cut.

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

TD cheer has one final shot at redemption

In the competitive cheer world, there is a thin line between winning and second place. Luckily, The Dalles cheerleaders have one last opportunity to show their heart and pride this weekend at the United Spirit Association Spirit Nationals at the Anaheim Convention center in Anaheim, Calif.

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

Before Baker, Sherman must deal with Grand View

Moments after the final buzzer rang in Sherman’s 74-44 victory over Condon-Wheeler last Saturday, there wasn’t a lot jumping around in celebration – three straight district titles is a nice thing, but this team has loftier goals to accomplish. The drive for a third consecutive state championship starts at 4 p.m. Saturday against No. 16-ranked Grand View Christian Academy in Moro with a trip to Baker City hanging in the balance.

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

TD girls edged out by HRV

A state play-in berth was riding on the line. The Dalles girls’ basketball team fell behind by a 13-0 margin in the first half and fought to even the score at 43-all, but a free throw, followed by a missed buzzer-beater gave Hood River Valley a state-play-in clinching 44-43 win Tuesday in Hood River.

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

TD has play-in hopes dashed by Hood River

Hood River Valley staked itself to a 17-point cushion at one point, but The Dalles stormed back to cut the lead down to five points with two minutes remaining, but could not get any closer in what was a 64-53 road triumph for the Eagles Tuesday on senior night at Kurtz Gym in The Dalles. “It was super-frustrating losing to Hood River in my last game at home,” TD senior Dakota Murr said.

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

No. 6 Joseph takes control in state sub-round win

MORO – As the curtain closes on a promising breakthrough for the Sherman girls’ basketball program, head coach Steve Bird is looking forward to a productive offseason with all but three players returning for play next winter.

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

Thomasian signs on to play at Clark College

In her freshman year as a softball player, Jodi Thomasian came up to the plate in a pressure situation with a runner at second base. Thomasian will use the relentless drive and passion at Clark Community College in Vancouver, Wash., where she accepted scholarships to play both softball and basketball for the Penguins.

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

Dufur’s Crawford jumps from 8-man to Div. III

When thinking of the male influences in his life, Dufur senior Curtis Crawford names off his teammates and coaches, his father, Rick Crawford, grandfather, Ron Townsend and family friend, Russ Pishion as crucial mainstays in his development. But, mama is No. 1. It is that stronghold and positive example that has given Curtis a will to expect the best from himself, as he approaches the next phase of life as a football player at George Fox University, where he is slated for duties as a receiving tight end at the Division III school.

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

Huskies pull off historic district three-peat

MADRAS – Although blessed with a solid core of returners, there were some questions as to whether or not the Sherman boys’ basketball team had the depth and firepower to make up for the loss of four graduated seniors.

February 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD’s Scott locks in fifth-place honors at state

JR Scott went 3-1 in consolation action to pick up fifth place, and senior teammate Glenn Breckterfield went 1-2 in his final matches at the OSAA State Wrestling Championships at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

February 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

SWC scores first district crown since 1983

MADRAS – The South Wasco County Redsides have always used a team-first approach to athletics. Playing without injured Jada Myers, the Lady Redsides had three players foul out and two other finish with four fouls, and still had enough to come away with a 51-41 victory over Sherman to capture their first Big Sky Conference championship since the 1983 season.

February 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Football has several changes ahead of fall year

PORTLAND (OSAA) — Players in high school football who are detected with missing or improperly worn equipment during playing action will be removed from the game for at least one down, unless the improper equipment is directly attributable to a foul by the opponent. This revision in Rule 1-5-5 and other related rules was one of five rules changes for the 2018 season recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 19-21 meeting in Indianapolis.

February 19, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..

TD skiers get two races atop Timberline

Due to the lack of snow this year, The Dalles ski team has missed out on every race on its schedule, except one, which meant coach Dane Klindt’s crew had to pull double duty last Sunday in a pair of giant slalom runs on the Paintbrush Course at Timberline Ski Resort.

February 19, 2018 1:51 p.m. read more..

TD Booster Club has expansion hopes

The Dalles High School Booster Club has a mission to encourage excellence for all students involved in athletic activities, stimulate a positive community image, promote student health and a healthy competitive spirt at TDHS by providing resources, promoting parent and community involvement in a strategic partnership designed to enhance the development of all athletic activities.

February 16, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..

Spots open for CGBA tournament

Just eight days remain until action begins for the second annual Winter Classic Basketball Tournament, which is scheduled to run on Feb. 24-25 at Kurtz Gym and The Dalles Middle School.

February 16, 2018 1:31 p.m. read more..

Wilson takes reins as TD girls’ golf coach

Through her work with a traveling PGA Junior League in tournaments, training sessions and camps as the PGA golf professional at The Dalles Country Club, Amy Wilson has seen a burgeoning stockpile of talented golfers rising up the ranks over the years. Now, she can finally put that expertise to action as the new head coach of The Dalles High School girls’ golf program.

February 16, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..

Valentine’s run gets harriers ahead of the field

Greeted by sunny skies, 70 local harriers had a chance to shine under top conditions for the 11th annual Valentine’s Day 3k, 5k and 10k River Trail run/walk at Lewis and Clark Festival Park in The Dalles with several putting out solid numbers along the way.

February 15, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..

Court queens get a chance to make their mark

The South Wasco County girls’ basketball team opened eyes during the regular season with 21 wins and a 15-game winning streak. It appears that the Lady Redsides are hitting their stride at the right time for Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball competition at Madras High School.

February 15, 2018 1:36 p.m. read more..

Rally comes up short for TD boys

Down 33-24 with one quarter left to play, The Dalles boys’ basketball team outscored Hermiston by a 17-13 margin and wound up just shy of completing a comeback in a 46-41 loss Tuesday at Hermiston High School.

February 14, 2018 2:03 p.m. read more..

Riverhawk girls basketball takes loss versus Hermiston

In their first game without starting point guard Paulina Finn and a handful of players saddled with illness, The Dalles kept pace with No. 14-ranked Hermiston until the fourth quarter, when the Bulldogs used a 14-7 run to get the 39-31 victory Tuesday in Columbia River Conference girls’ basketball action at Kurtz Gym.

February 14, 2018 2:02 p.m. read more..

Huskies gunning for state at district tourney

This is the big time. The scene is the Buffalo Dome in Madras, Friday and Saturday, with hundreds of fans energized for action-packed basketball. The Sherman Huskies have been there and done that on their way to back-to-back district and state championship crowns, so the veteran players on the roster know how to handle any situation that is thrown their way.

February 14, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..

Short-handed Hawks set solid times at districts

HOOD RIVER – If The Dalles swim team was going to give itself a chance to do some damage and have several athletes make the big jump to the state meet, all systems needed to be firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, head coach Shea MacNab had to do some last-minute re-shuffling to his roster due to three varsity swimmers knocked out of action with illness issues and, because of that, two relays were scratched, and the group missed out on between four-to-six finals swims at last weekend’s Columbia River Conference District Swim Meet at the Hood River Aquatic Center in Hood River. Nonetheless, the Riverhawks posted 10 top-5 finishes, Natalie Varland had a second and a third, Will Evans chalked up fourth, and three relays placed third or better.

February 13, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..

Riverhawk duo earns wrestling state bids

JR Scott endured his share of physical challenges through the wrestling season, as lingering sickness nearly derailed his state-championship hopes. As time has gone on, however, Scott is rounding into form, entering Special District 4 Wrestling Tournament in Redmond with a streak seven wins in his last eight matches.

February 13, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..

Dufur dominates Mitchell-Spray

Alexus Outlaw, Chloe Beeson and Raymona Meanus scored 10 points each, and the Dufur Lady Rangers took a step closer to a possible postseason bid after cruising past Mitchell-Spray, 61-9, Friday in a Big Sky girls’ basketball contest played in Dufur.

February 10, 2018 noon read more..

SWC cruises past Arlington, 57-17

Every player had at least one field goal, and the South Wasco County Redsides won their 14th consecutive game, 57-17, versus Arlington in a Big Sky Conference contest played in Arlington.

February 10, 2018 11:59 a.m. read more..

Huskies close to district spot with a 19-point win

In the big moments, Desiree Winslow stepped up to the challenge with 16 points, nine in the second half, as the Sherman Huskies broke open a 20-17 lead with a 31-15 second-half run to notch a 51-32 victory against Ione Friday in Moro.

February 10, 2018 11:59 a.m. read more..

Honkers hit 13 threes in victory

The Arlington Honkers had their shooting touch working to the tune of a season-high 13 3-pointers in a 74-36 win over South Wasco County Friday at Arlington.

February 10, 2018 11:58 a.m. read more..

Rangers post win over Mitchell

Cooper Bales and Curtis Crawford combined for 26 points to give the Dufur Rangers all the offensive push they needed to outlast Mitchell-Spray by a 63-8 margin Friday on senior night in Dufur.

February 10, 2018 11:57 a.m. read more..

HRV boys turn the tables on TD

Ready to make amends for a loss Tuesday against Pendleton, The Dalles boys’ basketball squad led Hood River Valley 36-30 at the half and 54-47 through three quarters. The Eagle defense then allowed five fourth-quarter field goals, while the offense delivered 10 field goals, three 3-pointers, and shot 12 of 15 from the line in a 34-14 run to defeat the Riverhawks 81-67 Friday at Vannet Court.

February 10, 2018 11:56 a.m. read more..

TD girls fight back to defeat Hood River

With three minutes left in the first quarter, time was stopped for 20 minutes as The Dalles point guard Paulina Finn had a bloody gash to her forehead with her skull exposed after colliding with teammate Bailey LeBreton on a loose ball. After facing that level of adversity in a must-win game, The Dalles girls’ basketball team rallied behind Finn with a 17-9 fourth-quarter run to take hold of a 45-42 triumph over Hood River Valley Friday in a Columbia River Conference matchup played in Hood River.

February 10, 2018 11:52 a.m. read more..

Motocross mindset unifies local families

When Dillon Waddington is on a motocross bike, he is home. There’s the thrill, the adrenaline rush, the strategy, and being in the heat of battle on a dirt track. There’s not much else in life that can fill that void.

February 9, 2018 1:42 p.m. read more..

Kiser brings hope, energy to TD softball program

Through her coaching career, Kim Kiser had the opportunity to coach under some veteran head coaches and soaked in the necessary knowledge to lead a program to newer heights. Kiser previously led varsity teams at Camas and Hockinson High School and served as a defensive specialist on the Western Oregon University staff, so her experience will be huge benefit as she takes over the head coaching duties of the softball program at The Dalles High School.

February 8, 2018 1:51 p.m. read more..

TD’s youth swimmers blast off in Hillsboro

Lydia DiGennaro and Kaiya Doty finished first or second in a combined nine events, and Lillian Dupuis, Maverick Varland, Carter Randall, Skyler Coburn and Danner Varland each had a hand in top-10 times to highlight The Dalles swim team at the two-day Heat Blast-Off Invitational ending Sunday in Hillsboro.

February 8, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..

Sherman loses big to Yakama

With game against Ione and Horizon Christian still left on the docket, the Sherman Huskies were able to slip in a non-league hoops contest against Yakama Tribal Tuesday in Toppenish, Wash. and came away with a 68-22 loss.

February 7, 2018 12:59 p.m. read more..

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..


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