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In his career, Tyler Vassar tallied eight medalist titles, had two top-10 state finishes, and as a sophomore, he played a big part in helping The Dalles boys golf team to its best state outcome in program history, second place. All of those positive memories will be his driving force at the collegiate level.

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The Dalles golfers, pictured from left to right, Samantha Stansbury, Aidan Telles and Tyler Vassar wrapped up the season at state tournaments this past Tuesday, with Telles in a tie for third place and Vassar ending up tied for eighth place in a field of 58 golfers at Trysting Tree in Corval…

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DUFUR – They were young, wet behind the ears and made some rookie mistakes, but through it all, the Dufur Rangers are off to state. With their pitching, the young Rangers could be a problem this year, let alone the future.

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MORO – Saturday marked a historic moment for the Dufur boys and girls track teams. Both groups captured Big Sky Conference championships in the same season, a first for the girls since 1999, while the boys last accomplished their title feat in 2007.

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Last year, The Dalles did not have a single team win, were scratching for individual victories and every player was eliminated in the first round of district action. This past weekend at the Intermountain Conference girls tennis tournament on the Ridgeview High School campus in Redmond, every player was in at least the second round or better and four out of the eight quarterfinal matches between singles and doubles were filled with Hawk players.

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In his first year coaching, Sergio Lopez-Galvan wasn’t sure what to expect heading into districts. Devam Patel and Ethan Martin notched a state doubles qualification with fourth place and The Dalles had 19 points to grab third at the Intermountain Conference boys tennis tournament in Redmond.

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HOOD RIVER – Tyler Vassar and Aidan Telles already had a state berth in the bag, but the duo wanted to play well enough to get their entire team qualified for state play.

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While Samantha Stansbury is off to state next week, The Dalles girls golf team had its best two days of golf, scoring-wise, to finish second at the Intermountain Conference/Northwest Oregon Conference regional championship tournament ending Tuesday at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville.

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The Dalles short relay runner Jenna Miller, in front, waits for teammate Kristine Carter to pass the baton in Friday’s Dean Nice Invite in Gresham. The Lady Hawks placed in 11 of 18 events to take ninth place out of 16 teams.

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he Dalles boys and girls put up 22 personal records, 19 top-5 finishes, placed in 25 of 36 events and the senior duo of Justin Conklin and Emma Mullins each had wins at Friday’s Dean Nice Invitational in Gresham.

“If you look at some of those results, I am really impressed with how our kids did and where they are right now at this point in the season,” TD head coach Garth Miller said. “In this meet, it wasn’t just a few kids who stepped up, we stepped up as a team, on both the boys and girls side, so it was really good.”

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Once again, history was made by Dufur High School as Cole Kortge, Abraham Kilby, Tanner Masterson and Asa Farrell produced a time of 44.01 seconds at the Regis Community Twilight Meet Friday in Stayton, beating their old mark of 44.58 set on April 19.

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Track and field athletes representing the Big Sky Conference were at different venues this past weekend for their final tune-ups before district action at 10:30 a.m. this coming Saturday in Moro. Above is Asa Farrell of Dufur High School.

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The Sherman girls tennis team placed second as a team and had Savannah Moe take first place and the doubles team of Gabriela Rubio and CJ Johnson pick up second place at the 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 4 Sub-District Tennis Tournament at Tri-Cities Court Club in Kennewick, Wash. and qualifi…

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Over a week span, The Dalles girls tennis squad had a tournament in Bend, followed by league matches versus Pendleton, Crook County and Ridgeview.

On Thursday in Prineville, TD swept four doubles matches and split at No. 1 and No. 3 singles to defeat Crook County, 6-2.

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In two league matchups with Pendleton, the Lady Buckaroos have been able to get the close wins when it counted. Earlier in the season, Pendleton won 11-10 on total sets won, and Tuesday, they secured three doubles victories and tacked on a pair of wins on the singles side, two of those decisions coming in close third-set tiebreakers in a 5-3 triumph.

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Coming off a 7-1 loss last week at Redmond, The Dalles boys tennis team played short-handed this past Tuesday, but still scored a 5-0 win at home over Pendleton with every match decided by straight sets.

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Intermountain Conference golfers competed in the final league event of the season to determine state and regional qualifiers Monday at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville. Medalist for the event was Isaac Buerger from Ridgeview with a 75, followed by Brodie Kuizenga from Crook County and Aidan Telles from The Dalles with 79’s.

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Up against 19 6A programs out of the 34 in attendance, The Dalles track and field team posted 13 personal records and six season-best marks at the 55th annual Centennial Invitational Meet held Saturday in Portland.

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MORO – Saturday’s Sherman Invitational showcased what looks to be a nice little rivalry between Dufur and Sherman’s relay squads, as the Ranger boys took first place ahead of the Huskies in both the 4x100 and 4x400 events. (Also covers Dufur girls and South Wasco County.)

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Maddie Troutt broke a 9-all tie with a two-out RBI single to score Emma Smith as part of a four-run bottom of the sixth inning, and Kilee Hoylman escaped a late rally attempt with a strikeout and a fly out with the tying run at third base in The Dalles’ 10-9 second-game comeback victory over Hood River Valley in IMC softball action Friday from 16th Street Ballpark. (Also covers TD and Dufur baseball.)

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The third time may prove a charm in a years-long effort to replace and repair two boat ramps at Pine Hollow Reservoir. After two rounds of bids came in at $140,000 over, and then $75,000 over, the $210,000 budget the South Wasco Park and Recreation District has for the boat ramps, changes to the project scope have brought the bid amount much closer to the budgeted amount, an official said.

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In NASCAR, the Daytona 500 is the premiere event, the pièce de résistance of the cup series and the race every driver looks to. For off-road racers, such as Hood River resident Todd Walter, the Mint 400 is held to the same prestige. Todd Walter has been trying to get into the Mint 400 desert race for several years, and finally overcame his “curse” this spring.

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As district play quickly approaches, The Dalles girls tennis team is on a major roll. Over their last five matches, the Riverhawks are 4-1 with their only loss coming on April 20 versus Pendleton, where the contest ended deadlocked at 4-4, but the Bucks scored the 11-10 win based on total sets.

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Over the past three matches, The Dalles boys tennis team has gone 2-1 with wins over Ridgeview and Hood River Valley and a 7-1 loss on the road against Redmond in Tuesday’s varsity contest.

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Isaac Buerger picked up medalist recognition with his 73 and the Ridgeview Ravens won their third straight tournament after shooting a combined 340 for a 24-stroke win today at an Intermountain Conference tournament played at The Dalles Country Club. (Also covers girls golf.)

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The Dalles pitchers gave up nine hits and walked 11 batters, while the offense mustered just four hits in the team’s 12-2 mercy-ruled loss in six innings in Pendleton Tuesday. (Also covers Dufur and Sherman.)

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Early on, it appeared as though The Dalles softball team was headed towards a blowout home victory over No. 5 Pendleton. Third-ranked TD led 10-2 through three innings and 11-4 after five, but the Lady Bucks rallied for six runs on six hits in the top of the sixth to get to within 11-10, the Hawks answered with a single run in the bottom half and Kilee Hoylman escaped a jam in the seventh frame to preserve the 12-11 win in IMC softball action Tuesday from 16th Street Ballpark.

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History was made Friday at Bob Williams Field, as The Dalles pitcher Michael Armstrong tossed a perfect game against Ridgeview. The junior right-hander stymied the Ravens to the tune of six strikeouts on 60 pitches and got some defensive help, as Conner Baughn made all the right calls at catcher, Dominic Smith made two acrobatic plays at third base and Dalles Seufalemua added some scoops at first to keep Ridgeview off the board in a 16-0 mercy-ruled victory.

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After losing 8-0 in Friday’s opening game, The Dalles softball team needed a boost from Kilee Hoylman. The junior hurler answered with a gritty effort against the state’s No. 1-ranked softball squad, as she allowed one unearned run and pitched a complete-game, four-hitter with one walk and one strikeout in the Lady Riverhawks’ 2-1 upset of the Ridgeview Ravens Friday in an Intermountain Conference showdown in Redmond.

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Cole Kortge, Abraham Kilby, Tanner Masterson and Asa Farrell re-wrote Dufur track and field history Friday in Hermiston. At the Kiwanis Twilight Meet, the Ranger quartet shattered a 26-year-old 4x100-meter relay record with a time of 44.58 seconds for third place, beating the previous mark set in 1993 by Gabe Bales, Brandon Jones, Bryan Jones and Jake Zachariasen (44.7.)

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Competing against 14 other schools from Washington and Oregon, The Dalles track and field squad tallied a combined 30 personal records and the girls totaled 51.5 points for fourth place at the Kiwanis Twilight Invitational Friday in Hermiston.

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Sherman head coach Joe Justesen knew there would be plenty of teachable moments this season with his inexperienced roster.

Saturday, the Huskies salvaged a split with Pilot Rock with a 4-1 opening-game win and a nine-inning 2-1 loss in 2A baseball action in Moro and The Dalles.

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Tyler Vassar hit birdies on 14 and 15 and shot a 74 for medalist honors, his second in the past three tournaments, Aidan Telles, who had one birdie, added an 81 for third place, and The Dalles boys golf squad combined for a season-best 345 to secure second place in Intermountain Conference play Monday at Eagle Crest in Redmond.

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With two tournaments left in the regular season, The Dalles golfer Rainie Codding is right on the edge, points-wise, but needs a final charge to rank within the individual top-4 of the combined 14-team Intermountain and Northwest Oregon Conferences. Across 18 holes, Codding posted four pars and one birdie and carded a personal-record 92 for second-place honors at Monday’s Crook County Invitational, held at Meadow Lakes Golf Course in Prineville.

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Tuesday’s one-run loss was frustrating for The Dalles baseball team. The Riverhawks had their 5-0 lead through five and a half innings erased, as Crook County rallied for two runs in the sixth and four in the bottom of the seventh inning, capped by a walk-off, two-out, bases-loaded double in a 6-5 final in Intermountain Conference play from Prineville.

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Since losing two games in a row to Bend and Reynolds, The Dalles softball team has been a runaway freight train. Maddie Troutt and Grace Schatz combined for five hits, four runs scored, and 11 RBIs, and Bailey LeBreton tossed four scoreless frames in the Riverhawks’ 15-0 mercy-ruled victory over Crook County Tuesday, in IMC action from 16th Street Ballpark.

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In a six-team meet in Hood River, The Dalles boys and girls track and field combined for 64 personal records Wednesday at Henderson Stadium. (Also covers Dufur.)

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Russell Peters drove in Isaac Anthony with a two-out, RBI double, Peters later scored on a passed ball, and Anthony retired the side in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Dufur Rangers a 6-5 comeback win over Sherman Tuesday in Moro.

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There’s no better cure for a team than winning, especially in crucial league matchups. Ever since coming back from Arizona, the No. 19-ranked Riverhawks have rattled off four consecutive wins, including Intermountain Conference baseball sweeps of 12-9 and 15-5 over No. 3 Redmond Friday at Bob Williams Field.

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At the beginning of the year, The Dalles senior Jaeden Biehn set big goals for herself.

It wasn’t going to be an easy feat, however—it was going to take hours and hours of preparation.

Biehn posted two gold medals and qualified for state in three events, is an alternate in four others and earned a $250 college scholarship after picking up High Point Athlete for Timed Events at the three-day Oregon High School Equestrian Teams event, held April 5-7 at the Rim Rock Riders Event Center in Powell Butte.

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In their third meet of the year, the South Wasco County girls reeled off a win, two seconds and three thirds to net a third-place team total of 69.5 points at Saturday’s Jeff Agar Memorial Track and Field Invite in Trout Lake, Wash.

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Daisy Brown, Mercedez Cardona, Owen Christiansen and Luke Martin all scored wins, and the Sherman boys track and field team totaled 82 points to grab second place at Saturday’s Jeff Agar Invite in Trout Lake, Wash.

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Facing several big schools and tough competition from Oregon and Washington, The Dalles track and field team set 19 personal records and 12 season-bests at Saturday’s Willamette Falls Invitational in Oregon City. (Also covers Dufur.)

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While Hood River Valley and The Dalles worked through wind and rain to a 4-4 deadlock, due to set win totals, the host Eagles racked up a 69-57 game difference for their league triumph in boys varsity action Tuesday at Hood River.

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A nice inter-conference rivalry is brewing between The Dalles’ Tyler Vassar and Ridgeview’s Isaac Buerger. One week after Vassar picked up a medalist title by three strokes at the Redmond Invitational, Buerger sank a 20-foot putt on the 18th hole to claim first place over Vassar by one stroke at Monday’s Hood River Valley Invitational.

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Over the last few years, Hood River Valley has been a thorn on the side of The Dalles girls tennis team. Tuesday was another story. In four doubles matches, TD cruised to a lopsided sweep and finished its 7-1 romp by scoring three of four singles wins in a varsity contest played at The Dalles High School.

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The Dufur Rangers ended their four-game losing streak in a lopsided manner Tuesday by rapping out a 20-hit effort to dispatch Stanfield 15-3 in five innings.

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Mac Abbas homered and later scored the eventual game-winning run, Ben Nelson retired the last six batters he faced and Michael Armstrong threw out a runner at home in The Dalles’ 5-4 victory against 6A Mountain View Tuesday in Bend.

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2018 state qualifiers back in action and a handful of others had personal records and season records at Tuesday’s five-team track and field meet held at Sid White Field.

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Rainie Codding and the cousin duo of Bella and Lydia Evans shot their tournament personal records and The Dalles girls golf squad combined for a season-best 425 to finish in seventh place at Friday’s Eagle Crest Invitational in Redmond.

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No. 9-ranked The Dalles girls softball team eclipsed 10 runs for the fifth time in eight games after Saturday’s 15-5 mercy-ruled win over Heritage, Wash. from 16th Street Ballpark.

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