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Facing three 6A schools and an undefeated 5A Putnam through four non-league games, The Dalles baseball has been very competitive with three of those losses by two runs or fewer, two by one run.

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Ready to rise another level in the varsity tennis circuit, The Dalles boys squad swept four doubles matches and claimed three of four on the singles side to secure a 7-1 triumph over McNary Monday in Keizer.

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Last year, The Dalles girls golf team combined for a 521 to place sixth at the Riverhawk Invitational, but then cut 62 strokes off their scores by dropping to a 459 in opening-round play at the Class 5A Special District 2 Tournament in May. One event into the season and they have already shattered that mark.

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Isaac Anthony dazzled in his first-ever varsity start on the mound. The freshman southpaw held Culver scoreless on two hits, four walks and nine strikeouts across five innings. Once he exited the game, Culver’s bats came alive and Bulldog reliever Tadd Anderson retired 12 in a row over the final four frames to help his team storm back from an early 7-0 deficit for a 10-7 comeback in extra innings Wednesday at Kramer Field in The Dalles.

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With only one day of outside practice, The Dalles boys tennis team won three matches each in singles and doubles play to pull off a 6-2 victory on the road in Portland Thursday at Parkrose High School.

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The Dalles girls tennis team posted straight-set wins in all four singles matches, and the No. 2 doubles team of Karla Najera and Pearl Guzman added a three-set win to give the Lady Riverhawks a 5-4 victory against Parkrose in Thursday’s varsity opener in Portland.

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In Thursday’s season-opener, TD got hits from six different players and left seven runners on base, four in scoring position, in what was a 5-1 loss to Putnam.

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From the first game to the second, The Dalles baseball coach Steve Sugg noticed a big difference.

TD committed six first-game errors and stranded seven runners on base in a 5-1 loss last Thursday and then bounced back with seven errorless innings, as they squandered a 5-3 lead through five and a half innings of a 6-5 loss to 6A Gresham Friday.

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With some pep in their step following a demonstrative 30-1 mercy-ruled win at Milwaukie last Wednesday, No. 7-ranked The Dalles needed extra frames to finally shrug off pesky Gresham in Friday’s 12-6 road varsity triumph.

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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.

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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.

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The Dalles High School has been running its Riverhawks Athletics-Staff Appreciation program for the past two years in an effort to highlight instructors. The sports department asks senior athletes to nominate a district staff member who has been influential in their education.

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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.

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When putting the past five years into perspective, Sherman head coach Gary Lewis called it a collaborative effort from parents, community members, coaches and players. The No. 1-ranked Huskies wrapped up a fifth consecutive Baker City trip with a 1-2 record, losing 59-52 Saturday versus Damascus Christian to secure sixth-place honors at the 1A state playoffs.

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Bad weather and a lack of playable days halted the completion of the 2018-2019 IMC schedule, so RPI became a determining factor in moving Ridgeview to third place and a final state berth, while The Dalles was dropped to fourth place and out of the postseason mix.

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The elimination of the requirement for the entire pivot foot to be in contact with the pitcher’s plate is among the changes approved for the 2018-19 high school baseball season.

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Coach Dane Klindt wanted his senior skiers to end their careers on a high note and they did just that.

Louis Red Cloud, Ethan Martin and Petra Van Kessel-Ervin all placed in the top-15, led by Red Cloud, who wound up less than 10 seconds from first place, ending in fifth overall, in last weekend’s giant slalom event Saturday on the Reynolds Course at Mount Hood Meadows.

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Looking to earn their first Baker City bid since 2004, the Dufur Rangers fell behind by a lopsided 16-3 score through one quarter and trailed 51-30 after three periods in what was a season-ending 66-49 loss to Prairie City (25-2) in tonight’s state second round boys hoops contest Friday in Prairie City.

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MORO – While everyone outside their locker room had doubts as to how realistic any Baker City berths were at the start of the season, the Sherman Huskies held steadfast to the belief that anything was possible as long as they put in the work and stayed united. That extra drive was all they needed to pick up a fifth consecutive trip to Baker.

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Caleb Lingel, Bailey Holste and Derek Johnston combined for 40 points and the No. 4-ranked Horizon Christian Hawks scratched across a 49-43 win over Crosshill Christian Friday in second-round playoff hoops action in Hood River.

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Following last Thursday’s 54-37 home romp against Crook County, The Dalles ended up on the losing end of a 55-45 score in their second Intermountain Conference matchup Saturday at No. 1-seeded Redmond (12-8 overall, 5-1 league.)

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MAUPIN – It was a classic heavyweight bout between two power programs scratching and clawing for a trip to Baker City. After 36 grueling minutes of overtime action that featured five ties, nine lead changes, 47 fouls called, 56 free throws attempted and four foul outs, a late 3-pointer by Crane’s Elizabeth Jenkins sent this contest to an extra session and the Mustangs outscored South Wasco County 4-1 to preserve a 48-45 victory.

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As of Monday afternoon, many aspects of the Intermountain Conference’s final playoff berths were still up in the air. Last week, The Dalles boys basketball team (9-11 overall, 2-3 league) split its first two district contests, beating Ridgeview 59-49 Thursday and losing 83-48 at Pendleton Saturday.

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MORO – The No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies scored 73 points in two district games last weekend in Madras and could not get their shots to fall. Tuesday was a different story, however. Luke Martin and Caleb Fritts combined for 33 points, the Huskies had four players hit double figures and they nearly matched their two-game district total in a 66-44 state sub-round home romp against North Clackamas Christian Tuesday in Moro.

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Cooper Bales and Trey Darden rattled off 11 points each, Daniel Radcliffe added six and the Dufur Rangers jumped out to a 22-10 halftime lead and came away with a 39-31 upset road victory over the No. 11-ranked Joseph Eagles in state sub-round action Tuesday in Joseph.

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Playing for the first time in 18 calendar days, The Dalles boys basketball team fell behind 35-23 at the break and could not dig themselves out of an early hole, as they lost by a 66-57 margin to Hood River Valley in 5A action Tuesday in Hood River.

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It’s that time of year again. Buddy Bowl, The Next Door, Inc.’s annual fundraiser for youth mentoring programs—now in its second year, and formerly called Bowl for Kids Sake—is scheduled for March 2 at Orchard Lanes in Hood River.

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MADRAS — Dufur and Arlington were playing to continue their seasons in Saturday’s third place district matchup, and the Rangers received a spark from some unheralded players to come out on top.

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MADRAS – With a state berth on the line, the Ione Cardinals broke open a 28-23 lead entering the fourth quarter with a 17-6 run to pull off the 45-29 victory over the Dufur Rangers in girls play Saturday.

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MADRAS — It was a year of transition for South Wasco County, as Carly Johnson took the post as the girls basketball program’s new head coach. Friday and Saturday, No. 9-ranked SWC picked up back-to-back wins over Dufur (50-29) and Echo (44-41) to score a second straight district championship in Big Sky Conference basketball play at the Buffalo Dome in Madras.

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MADRAS – The Sherman Huskies shot 33 percent from the floor, committed 17 turnovers and had a season-low point total in their 45-35 loss to Horizon Christian Saturday in the boys district title game in Madras.

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The Dalles scored a season-high 193.3 points to earn runner-up honors at the OSAA coed small division state championships Saturday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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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.