Sports

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There is a new energy across the board for The Dalles softball team. Katherine Kramer is back as head coach and she has a fired up group that is looking to get back on track, following two seasons where the varsity team posted an 11-39-1 record under two different coaches.

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At the start of last season, The Dalles Riverhawks had a roster of six sophomores, a freshman, a junior and five seniors, who combined to clinch a state play-in spot for the second consecutive year. With the departure of those veterans, there is still a talented core of athletes who played summer ball and got those critical repetitions ahead of 2019.

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Louis Red Cloud finished his alpine skiing career in 35th place in two giant slalom runs, and he added a pair of fifth-place freestyle finishes in skiercross and slopestyle last week at Mount Hood Meadows. Friday, at the OISRA State Championship giant slalom on the Middlefork Course, Red Cloud started with a 1:09.20 and added a 1:11.18 to get a two-run time of 2:20.38, which was 16.14 seconds behind winner Tucker Scroggins of Central Catholic (2:04.24).

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While the snowy weather proved to be an adventure on the roads, The Dalles equestrian team had a promising first showing to start the 2019 campaign. Jaeden Biehn posted a pair of individual top-8 finishes and joined up with Erika Burdine and Haja Anis for four top-4 outputs, including fourth place in Team Penning, at the three-day Oregon High School Equestrian Teams event held from Feb. 22–24 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.

For a decade, Paul Beasley and his assistant coaches have wanted to build The Dalles High School wrestling back to its successful past. This past year, the varsity program achieved several goals, which included winning a dual meet, getting a top-10 finish in a tournament, and sending four wrestlers to the OSAA State Tournament, all things that have not happened in the past 10 years.

Already facing an uphill playoff battle on the road against top-seeded Churchill, The Dalles boys basketball team trailed 28-10 after one quarter and could not recover in its 100-54 state-playoff loss Friday in Eugene.

Gorge Life

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The Dalles High School Theatre Department presents a tale as old as time, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays, March 14-16 and March 21-23, at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees March 16 and March 23. Read more

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Local performing arts group Serious Theater has announced they are extending their production run of “The War of the Worlds” an additional weekend thanks to positive feedback received from audiences. Read more

Jenni Donahue, an instructional aide at Parkdale Elementary, was chosen as the SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) Volunteer of the Year for the program’s Northeast Area, which serves Baker, Gilliam, Hood River, Morrow, Umatilla and Wasco counties. Read more

Opinion

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To the editor:

As the head coach for The Dalles Ski team and a parent of children who have participated in many school and community sports I would like to show my support for Ray Rodriguez. I have worked with Ray and observed him working hard to promote local athletic programs and athletes. Ray always shows support for the athletes in every program, whether they are state champions or struggling. Read more

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To the editor:

An inter-governmental agency, the Association of Oregon Counties, posts board of directors’ meeting notices, agendas, meeting packets (support materials) and draft minutes for the previous meeting online chronologically, all together in one place. What a splendid idea for local government! Read more

To the editor:

I was fired from my radio show gig yesterday by the general manager at a local radio station for poo pooing both our local hospitals. I had been plugging an alternative clinic, and apparently someone complained to the management, and here we are. Read more