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Bringing together a group of eight sixth graders and a fifth grader from local communities such as Hood River, White Salmon, Mosier, North Bonneville and The Dalles, The Gorge Elite Basketball team captured its fourth tournament championship last weekend in Hood River and qualified for the 500-team state tournament this weekend in Spokane, Wash., but action was halted due to the Coronavirus scare.

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Head coach Jesse Alsup had his third grade boys basketball team called the Splash Brothers hitting on cylinders last week, as they cruised to a perfect 4-0 record to grab first place at the season-ending Columbia Gorge Classic Tournament put on by Flames Basketball last Sunday in Hood River.

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The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy also had a handful of other teams showcased on the hardwood at the Columbia Gorge Classic and the Pacific League Tournament last weekend to complete the 2019-2020 winter hoops session, with the seventh grade boys taking first place, and three other earning runner-up honors.

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SILVERTON – Down 37-12 at the half, The Dalles girls basketball team amped up the defensive tenacity and limited Silverton to six second-half field goals by only two different players, but could not get enough shots to fall to log a major threat as they worked a 20-16 second-half run in a season-ending 53-32 loss to the top-ranked Foxes in 5A state sub-round action Friday in Silverton.

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Following non-stop action at the Eastern Oregon Middle School Regional Tournament Saturday in Boardman, the trio of Summer Schellinger, Wesley Neely and Jacob Berkovich will be representing The Dalles Middle School at the Oregon Middle School State Championships this Saturday in Woodburn.

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Equestrian teams from Dufur and The Dalles had their season-opening meet at the three-day Oregon High School Equestrian Teams event held Feb. 21-23 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, and the squads combined for seven top-10 finishes.

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The Dalles boys basketball team ended up fifth at 2-8 in league play, with two of those losses by nine points or less and had Jacob Hernandez pick up the team’s only all-Intermountain Conference award for his stout play this winter.

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George Harrison placed ninth, Lucy Booth tacked on 12th place honors and The Dalles rattled off six top-25 two-run times at their final regular-season race on Feb. 22 atop Mount Hood Meadows on the Middlefork giant slalom course.

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The moment was not too big for the Dufur Rangers.Many of the players have been on the big stage before in football, but facing No. 3-ranked Life Christian in a hostile environment, on the road, was a new level of challenge.

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The Dalles girls basketball players Kilee Hoylman, Rainie Codding, Lauryn Belanger, Jenna Miller, Grace Schatz, Mercy I’aulualo, Pearl Guzman, Dalia Mondragon and foreign exchange student, Esther Ortiz, were showered with flowers, candy and balloons Tuesday night in an emotional pregame ceremony before action against Hood River Valley at Kurtz Gym.

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The Dalles’ first-year coach Greg Cummings said that his first year as varsity head coach of a 5A program was definitely a learning year for him.

Just like an athlete, though, he plans to put in the extra work to grow and develop, so he can be even better for the 2020-2021 season and beyond.

The Hood River Valley swim teams wrapped up their incredibly successful 2019-2020 season with strong showing at OSAA 5A Swimming State Championships in Tualatin Feb. 21-22.

With bleachers nearly full and an electric atmosphere at Vannet Court, Hood River Valley’s varsity boys basketball team defeated The Dalles 64-55 in the season’s final game. Christopher Dirks, Eagles’ head coach, said the crowd’s energy played part in Tuesday’s victory.

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The Ione/Arlington Cardinals shot 66 percent for the game on 31 of 47 from the floor and hit a torrid 16 of 20 second-half shots in Saturday’s 74-68 win over the Redsides.

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It has been 15 long years since the Dufur girls basketball program has been relevant in the Big Sky Conference’s upper echelon.

After Saturday’s 50-44 victory over Echo in the district championship game, this young core could be on the top of the heap for many years to come.

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In his career, wrestling has taken Dusty Dodge from The Dalles to Goldendale and now back to The Dalles.

Life has been a whirlwind, but he takes so much more away from his experiences that will last him through the test of time.

Last Saturday, the Hood River Valley Eagles flew into the Intermountain Conference Wrestling Championship at Ridgeview High School. Eight HRV Eagles qualified for state: Lauraine Smith, Carson Farlow, Jaime Rodriguez, Chad Muenzer, Javier Galvez, Maverick Geller, Abraham Tinajero and Cody Durham.

Blue skies and warm temperatures provided perfect conditions for the OISRA Nordic State Championships Feb. 21-22.  Races were held at the Mount Bachelor Nordic Center. The team left early Friday morning after preparing their gear at the wax barn the day before.

Hood River Valley High School’s January athletes of the month are Aryn Dahlstrom, Madaket Greenleaf, Javier Galvez and Maverick Geller. All are in the wrestling program except Greenleaf, who swims for the Eagles.

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