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As Andrew Richman, Steven Preston, Austin Greene and JR Scott prepare for 5A state wrestling action next weekend, The Dalles head coach Paul Beasley announced that his program received a prestigious OSAA Sportsmanship Award for their activity, which includes 100 OSAA Cup points for the school.

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Last time The Dalles boys and girls basketball teams played a live game was on Feb. 1 against Ridgeview. Since then, however, both teams have had two games canceled and rescheduled multiple times due to snowy weather and dangerous road conditions, which creates a bit of turmoil, as they have played in just four Intermountain contests, while Redmond, Ridgeview and Crook County have each completed six tilts and both Hood River Valley and Pendleton have finished five games.

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In their second-to-last ski event of the season, The Dalles skiers made some gains on the Middlefork Course last Saturday at Mount Hood Meadows, with Louis Red Cloud and Petra Van Kessel-Ervin shining bright in their slalom finale.

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Ahead of the third annual The Dalles Winter Classic scheduled for Feb. 23-24, the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy is riding a stretch of successful opening finishes at last month’s Gorge Hoops Invitational.

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HOOD RIVER – Seniors McKenna Bailey and Jaeden Biehn feel it in their hearts that The Dalles swim team could be a thorn in the sides of the rest of the Intermountain Conference. The Riverhawks racked up 38 personal records, had a couple of swimmers just get edged out of wild card contention and the girls team placed third for their best finish in recent memory at the IMC District Championships held Friday at the Hood River Aquatic Center.

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The Dalles wrestling head coach Paul Beasley was emotionally spent following two days of district action this weekend in Pendleton.

There were tears of joy, consoling hugs to athletes that were unable to qualify for state and there was a feeling of pride that the program is headed in the right direction.

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Abby Birman totaled 15 points, Jade McCoy rattled off eight and the seventh-ranked South Wasco County Redsides showed no mercy in a good matchup against No. 12 Perrydale last Saturday in Maupin.

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Inclement weather moved Tuesday’s Dufur girls basketball game to Wednesday in their second-to-last matchup of the year, and the Lady Rangers outscored Mitchell-Spray 12-4 in the second half of a 38-17 win at Spray.

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The Dalles ski team struggled a bit last Saturday during slalom action on the Ski Bowl Course, but the group has nearly a month to fix a few fundamental aspects before state on Mar. 6-8.

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Daniel Radcliffe scored 15 points, Trey Darden reeled off 10 and the No. 17-ranked Dufur Rangers picked up a lopsided 65-30 win over Mitchell-Spray Wednesday in Spray.

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Four players hit double figures and the Sherman Husky defense limited No. 6-ranked Horizon Christian to 14 of 44 from the field (31 percent) to lock in a league-clinching 50-34 victory Wednesday in Hood River.

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If a top athlete is willing to sacrifice stats and accomplishments for the betterment of the team, great things happen.

For the first time since 2013 when Kauone Sefo was an honorable mention pick, The Dalles High School had one of its football players earn a spot on the OSAA 4A All-State Team, as Dalles Seufalemua received second-team offensive lineman honors and chalked up an honorable mention award for his output on the defensive line.

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Kilee Hoylman and Lauryn Belanger combined for 41 points and The Dalles girls basketball team broke open a 29-25 halftime lead with a 31-23 second-half run to defeat No. 19 Ridgeview by a final count of 60-48 in league play Friday at Kurtz Gym.

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Last week, The Dalles wrestlers were road warriors with league duals at Ridgeview and Hood River, and Saturday at the White Buffalo Invitational in Madras, the team had a season-high eight placers, led by seniors Andrew Richman and JR Scott, who won a combined five matches, four by pinfall, to take top honors in their respective weight classes.

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With this weekend’s IMC district meet looming large, The Dalles swim team put up 22 personal records in a final workout last Thursday at the Hood River Aquatic Center.

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DUFUR – The No. 2 ranked Sherman Huskies won their 12th game in a row Saturday, beating No. 19 Dufur, 52-32, in Big Sky Conference boys hoops play at the Ranger Dome.

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An inaugural event to provide services to the homeless drew about 100 people Jan. 30, far exceeding the organizers’ expectations. Called the “Community Connection,” the event was created by The Dalles Housing Solutions Coalition to not only reach the homeless, but those who can help the homeless.

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The roller derby match between the Gorge Roller Girls and the Storm City Roller Girls at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center last Saturday drew fans from around the Gorge.

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Last week, The Dalles wrestlers were road warriors with league duals at Ridgeview and Hood River, and Saturday at the White Buffalo Invitational in Madras, the team had a season-high eight placers, led by seniors Andrew Richman and JR Scott, who won a combined five matches, four by pinfall, to take top honors in their respective weight classes.

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With an opportunity to tighten their hold on second place in league, The Dalles Riverhawks could not find a groove as they were defeated by Ridgeview Friday in Redmond.

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Kilee Hoylman and Lauryn Belanger combined for 41 points and The Dalles girls basketball team broke open a 29-25 halftime lead with a 31-23 second-half run to defeat No. 19 Ridgeview by a final count of 60-48 in league play Friday at Kurtz Gym.

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With this weekend’s IMC district meet looming large, The Dalles swim team put up 22 personal records in a final workout last Thursday at the Hood River Aquatic Center.

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The roller derby match between the Gorge Roller Girls and the Storm City Roller Girls at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center last Saturday drew fans from around the Gorge. The Gorge Roller Girls are in their second season of play with the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), an international organization with over 400 active leagues.

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Things were encouraging through the first three quarters, as the Dufur Lady Rangers led by five points midway through the third quarter, until No. 7-ranked South Wasco County amped up the defense and went on a 30-6 spurt at one point in the second half to close out the game by a 50-30 girls basketball final Tuesday in Maupin.

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Of The Dalles’ 18 swimmers competing at Saturday’s La Grande Invitational, 14 posted personal records and there were 22 all-time best times recorded, as both the girls and boys combined for 465.5 points and a tie for third place with Baker City in the five-team field.

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MORO – In a showdown between the last two undefeated Big Sky basketball teams, Tyler Jones, Luke Martin and Wade Fields combined for 35 second-half points and the No. 2-ranked Sherman Huskies broke open a 29-27 halftime lead with a 41-29 run in the third and fourth quarters of their 70-56 victory over No. 8 Horizon Christian Tuesday in Moro.

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The Dufur Rangers outscored South Wasco County in every quarter of play and started out on runs of 18-10 and 19-8 in the first two periods to pick up a 72-41 victory Tuesday in Maupin.

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A mature bald eagle spreads its wings while perched in the area of the John Day Dam in this photo captured by the photographic team of Gary Elkinton and Carl Gentry, both of The Dalles.

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Of The Dalles’ 18 swim athletes competing at Saturday’s La Grande Invitational, 14 posted personal records in at least one event and there were 22 all-time best times recorded, as both the girls and boys combined for 465.5 points and a tie for third place with Baker City in the five-team field.

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Louis Red Cloud had The Dalles ski team’s best finish since 2017, scoring third place out of 36 participants, and the quartet of George Harrison, Ethan Martin, Petra Van Kessel-Ervin and Hannah Biehn each had top-20 outputs in Mount Hood League giant slalom action Saturday on the Middlefork Course at Mount Hood Meadows.

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DUFUR – The Dufur Lady Rangers extended their win streak to six games, vaulted to No. 22 in the rankings and climbed into a third-place tie with Echo after league victories over Ione and Mitchell-Spray this past weekend.

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The Dalles had its five-game winning streak snapped against Tyler Newsom, Dakota Sams and the No. 11-ranked Pendleton Buckaroos, 81-60 in boys basketball action Friday at Kurtz Gym.

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Steven Preston scored a tournament victory, Austin Greene placed second, JR Scott added a third-place showing and The Dalles wrestling team chalked up sixth place at the nine-team Hood River Elks Invitational Saturday in Hood River.

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The Dalles ski team started the regular season with giant slalom and slalom events aboard Mount Hood Meadows and put up a combined eight top-20 times, including five at last weekend’s slalom race on the Stadium Course.

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All signs pointed to the Dufur Rangers stacking another win to their record in search of third place in the Big Sky Conference standings. Wesley Goad and the Arlington Honkers had other ideas. Goad sank two free throws with eight seconds remaining in regulation and the Rangers had two chances for a last-second game-winner, but could not execute down the stretch in a 55-54 loss Tuesday in Arlington.

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All the Dufur Lady Rangers needed was fast-paced opening half to impose their will on Arlington. Dufur peppered Arlington for a 33-15 halftime lead and staved off a second-half rally to secure a 36-27 triumph Tuesday in girls basketball play in Arlington.

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Back in May 2017, Katherine Kramer shared a Facebook post where she wrote a breakup letter to softball. Part of it stated that for 15 years, she had one true love and it turned out to be one of the worst breakups in her young life. All those years on the diamond took its toll on her physically, however, and she just couldn’t go on. While that decision was a moment of clarity in so many ways, the sport and everything it entails kept calling her name from afar, but in a different capacity — as a coach.

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JR Scott took home first place, Andrew Richman and Mauricio Carrera each tallied runner-up finishes, and Steven Preston claimed fifth place to lead The Dalles wrestling team to 92.5 points and seventh place overall at the 10-team Tigard Invitational Saturday. For Richman, it was his first finals appearance in his four-year career and Carrera’s first title berth in three campaigns. “I am so proud,” TD coach Paul Beasley said.

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The Dalles girls basketball team had leads in all four quarters of play and limited No. 16-ranked Redmond’s 6-foot-1-inch standout post Ava Kitchins to five points, but could not finish the deal in a 48-39 loss on the road in Redmond Friday, snapping its three-game winning streak.

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Visitors gather across from The Dalles Dam powerhouse during the annual Eagle Watch event at the dam visitor center. Bald eagles migrate into the area every winter, attracted by a run of shad, a small but abundant fish with a deeply forked tail.

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Kendall Webber picked up a win and a second in two individual races, and The Dalles girls swim team racked up 10 top-5 finishes for third place at last weekend’s Riverhawk Invitational held in Hood River. Added to the girls’ efforts, the short-handed boys group had six swimmers active with Will Evans, Bryce Harris and Grant Loughmiller guiding the team to 112 points for fourth place.

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As the years go on, Matthew Dallman hopes to see Gorge Soccer Futsal continue to grow. The GSF program, which features boys and girls from nine-years-old to high school seniors, expanded from 17 local teams in 2017-18 to 30 this past winter in seven different age groups with multiple squads hailing from Goldendale, Wash., White Salmon, Wash., Hood River and The Dalles.