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Once the two days of daylong basketball action are completed, Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy coordinator Greg Cummings is spent.

So much goes into the planning and organization of a smoothly-run tournament, so while he was exhausted after the third annual Winter Classic on Feb. 23-24, he celebrated the volunteers, the coaches, the officials and everyone who had a hand in making everything run like clockwork.

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Elizabeth Olivan, Jocelyn Olivan and Bridget Donnell all earned scholarships and several others added gold medals, as The Dalles Dance Club Academy competed and took classes at the Jump Tour Dance Convention held March 7-10 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

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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.

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Brick by brick, the building of a powerhouse football program is taking shape in The Dalles. That is why it was an important first step for 11 athletes to earn the chance to participate in the Football University/Island Boy Camp National Championships last week in Tacoma, Wash.

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For The Dalles Middle School seventh grader Owen Withers, earning a spot on the Football University Oregon Screamin’ Eagles is a reflection of his hard work and dedication to the game of football. It would not be possible without the help of so many that have guided him to greater heights over the past few years. After a tryout on Sept. 16, Withers was one of 11 fifth through eighth graders selected to represent the football program and community for an all-star showcase game next month in Seattle, Wash.

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The numbers were good, and the competition was even better, as 290 boys and girls from kindergarten-through-fifth grade gathered for the 18th annual Elementary School Cross Country races on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Sorosis Park.

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Local football athletes will have a chance to showcase their talents in a rare tryout this Sunday afternoon. Football University of Oregon and Island Boy Camp are organizing a free tackle football tryout and mini-camp for sixth- through eighth-graders, who are Oregon residents, at four locations for a chance to participate in an all-star level showcase.

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The 18th annual Jumpstart Elementary Cross Country races are fast approaching and more than 400 boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade are expected to join in on the fun, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Sorosis Park.

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The 18th annual Jumpstart Elementary Cross Country races are fast approaching and more than 400 boys and girls from kindergarten-through-fifth grade are expected to join in on the fun, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Sorosis Park. Harriers from the Columbia Gorge, Wasco, Hood River and Sherman Counties are encouraged to run.

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The Dalles Middle School student-athletes Mauricio Vega, Luciano Alvarado and Orlando Mora, along with Lyle native Jaeden Bullard, tried out for the Portland Timbers Olympic Development Team in a second session last weekend in Hillsboro.

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For their first cross country race off the fall campaign, runners from the Athletics East Running Club rose to the challenge at the Oregon USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympic State Championships this past Saturday on the campus of Corbin University in Salem.

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The 21st annual Jumpstart Elementary Cross Country races are fast approaching and more than 300 boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade are expected to join in on the fun, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Sorosis Park.

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The Dalles Youth Football Camp is opening up registration for boys and girls from the first-through-eighth grades. The camp runs from 6-8:30 p.m. starting on Aug. 17 until Aug. 19 on Sid White Field on the Wahtonka campus.

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The Dalles Youth Football Camp is opening up registration for boys and girls from the first-through-eighth grades. The camp runs from 6-8:30 p.m. starting on Aug. 17 until Aug. 17 on Sid White Field on the campus of Wahtonka High School.

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Even with just five days of preparation The Dalles sixth grade youth football team put up an impressive performance Saturday in an exhibition game played at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

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For four quarters, The Dalles dominated both sides of the ball, using its big-play offense and suffocating defense to defeat Hood River Blue by a 30-0 margin Saturday at Columbia High School in White Salmon.

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With three minutes and 26 seconds left in regulation, Nolan Cates landed the knockout blow, hitting the end zone on a 30-yard touchdown run to seal a 24-16 triumph in a third and fourth grade youth football championship game played Saturday in White Salmon.

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The Dalles Maroon defeated Goldendale 28-0 last week and will play White Salmon for the championship at 6 p.m. The Dalles Maroon fifth and sixth grade team beat The Dalles Gold by a 14-12 margin on Saturday to move into the finals against Hood River Blue with action starting at 7:30 p.m.

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In what's considered by most people as a fun and family-oriented sport, over 250 motorcyclists compete every Thursday in Portland races, including the Barrier family of The Dalles.

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PORTLAND – The Oregon School Activities Association recommended its 249 football-playing high schools enroll into USA Football’s Heads Up Football program last year. This year, the OSAA will become the first state high school activities association in the country to require it. USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the country. Nearly 1,000 high schools spanning 44 states signed up for USA Football’s Heads Up Football program in 2014.

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Emily Johnson, Chloe Bullock and Ellie Rising have enjoyed a successful summer under the sun. After last weekend’s performance in Portland, the summer just got a little better. At the USATF Junior Olympic State Championships at Jesuit High School, the local trio of runners representing Athletics East all scored top-10 finishes to advance to regional competition in Seattle.

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The Fort Dalles Days 3k and 5k run is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16 at Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

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Booster Club to host Golf Classic The Dalles Booster Club is holding its inaugural TD Booster Club Golf Classic at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Dalles Country Club. This a shotgun start and all community members are welcome to attend this fundraiser. Each team consists of four players in a scramble format. There will be side games, contests and prizes available. Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the event. Costs are $500 for a team and $125 for an individual. For more information, call, Daniel Bonham at 541-506-9185 or send an email to daniel @thedallesboosterclub .com. Jumpstart Track Meet on tap The 15th annual Jumpstart Elementary School Track Meet is open for all boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade at the Wahtonka Track from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. There is no entry fee and if kids stop by before 6 p.m., registration is not necessary. Ribbons are offered for the top five boys and girls in each event. For information or to volunteer, go to jumpstartyouthactivities@ gmail.com. Dance Academy holding recital The Dalles Dance Academy will be involved in its year-end recital open to the public starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at The Dalles High School Auditorium. Cost is $4 per person and the money raised goes towards the Riverhawk cheerleading program.

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The Dalles Leadership Council of SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) will hold its annual funraiser for local programs, A Taste for Literacy, on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Sunshine Mill in The Dalles.

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Tom Conklin wants to keep kids active during the fall months, so the timing of the seventh annual Jumpstart Elementary School Cross country Meet is perfect in many ways. The event, which is sponsored by the Jumpstart Youth Organization and District 21 Physical Education Specialists and is free of charge, runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 on the grounds of Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

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Tom Conklin wants to keep kids active during the fall months, so the timing of the annual Jumpstart Elementary School Cross country Meet is perfect in many ways. The event, which is sponsored by the Jumpstart Youth Organization and District 21 Physical Education Specialists and is free of charge, runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 on the grounds of Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

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The North Wasco County Parks and Recreation Department is scheduling a trip to the Rose Garden for an NBA Basketball game that pits the Portland Trail Blazers and the Milwaukee Bucks.