THE DALLES — Take a Harvest Moon walk, Monday, Sept. 20 under the full moon on The Dalles’ Riverfront Trail. Enjoy a one hour interpretive nature walk with a Columbia Gorge Discovery Center astronomer and guide.

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An improving The Dalles girls soccer team seeks its first win in a nonleague contest at home Thursday at 4:30 p.m. against the Hillsboro Spartans (0-0-1).

The Riverhawks (0-1-1) had a good start in their opening game of the season, a 1-1 tie against the Class 3A Riverside Pirates (1-1-1) Aug. 30 at the Wahtonka soccer field. The Dalles, guided by Coach Colby Tonn, was unable to keep the momentum from the opener and lost 6-0 to Scappoose (2-0-1) Sept. 7 at Otto Petersen Elementary School in Scappoose.

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A Jekyll-and-Hyde start to the girls soccer season has afforded Hood River Valley Coach Amanda Orand to focus on practice plans with different emphasis points.

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After beginning the season with a win, The Dalles High Riverhawks (1-1) boys soccer team had hopes of making it two in row in a nonleague matchup Sept. 9 on the road against the No. 7- ranked Parkrose Broncos (1-1-1) in Portland. But the Broncos’ ball movement and more experience lineup were among the factors in Parkrose’s 1-0 win.

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There will be no easing into the Intermountain Conference volleyball schedule for Hood River Valley and The Dalles when they open league play Thursday on the road.

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The highly regarded South Wasco County High Redsides volleyball team has certainly proved that it’s one of the top contenders at the OSAA Class 1A level — recent proof was a five-match win streak.

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Columbia High’s season-opening cross country meet brought a smile to Coach Mike Hannigan’s face, but don’t expect the Bruin coach to go easy on his young team because of it — in fact, it might lead to the exact opposite.

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Hood River Valley responded to an increase in the competition level last Friday, winning a nonleague football game against visiting Scappoose, 39-21.

In the Eagles first game of the season, they handled business against the Hillsboro Spartans, but their week two match up featured a team ranked in the top-10 of the state according to OregonLive. The Scappose Indians are coached by Sean McNabb and his son, Luke handles quarterback responsibilities. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches, the senior quarterback McNabb is an intimidating figure. This week in practice the Eagles emphasized controlling the Indians ground attack.

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Sherman County and Dufur will resume their football rivalry for the first time since 2017 with a game 7 p.m. Friday at Dufur High School.

Dufur won last week via forfeit over the Lyle/Wishram/Klickitat High Cougars (1-1). The Cougars had COVID health and safety concerns, and they had only 10 of their 16 players available for the contest. Sherman lost a nonleague game Friday at DeSales Catholic School in Walla Walla, Wash., 60-20.

After two years of competing in the OSAA Class 1A six-man football Special District 4, the Sherman County Huskies (0-1) returned to eight-man football against DeSales. Their season-opening contest against Crane was canceled Sept. 4.

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The Dalles High Lady Riverhawks volleyball team had a very successful debut to the 2021 season as they won a non-league match 3-0 over the North Marion High Huskies (0-1) Sept. 2 at the Wahtonka High campus.

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The Dufur High Rangers football team has enjoyed phenomenal success recently, including winning four straight Class 1A eight-man football state championships from 2015-2018 and reaching the state quarterfinals the last 10 years.

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Hood River Valley’s juggernaut of a non-league boys soccer schedule continues Thursday with the Eagles’ home opener against West Albany.

The Eagle girls squad will play at West Albany the same evening.

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The Dalles junior Juan Diego Contreras continued his elite running last weekend, finishing second overall and leading his Riverhawks’ teammates to fourth place in the featured event Saturday at The Ultimook Race in Tillamook.

The early-season meet, because if its beautiful setting at Hydrangea Ranch, and unique, challenging yet fun course, is a favorite spot on many cross country schedules.

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At halftime of their Class 5A season-opening non-league game versus the Forest Grove Vikings, The Dalles High Riverhawks football team had a good chance of getting a win, while trailing just 6-0. Unfortunately for The Dalles, the difference between the second half and the first half was like the difference between night and day.

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It’s all-hands-on-deck in more ways than one for Columbia High’s young football team this season.

The Bruins graduated a large and talented senior class and will rely on numerous underclassmen this fall. What’s more, head Coach Dan Smith is on leave for another couple of weeks, so the Bruin assistant coaches are also having to step up into new roles.

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The defending six-man football state champion (2019) South Wasco County High Redsides continued their recent success last spring as they went undefeated at 5-0. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, there wasn’t any playoffs though and so there wasn’t an official state champion.

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For the first time in two years, The Dalles High Riverhawks volleyball team is competing in its first official OSAA Class 5A traditional fall season. The 2020 season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The short six-week spring season in March and April wasn’t sanctioned by the OSAA due to COVID restrictions.

For the first time in two years, The Dalles High Riverhawks volleyball team is competing in its first official OSAA Class 5A traditional fall season. The 2020 season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The short six-week spring season in March and April wasn’t sanctioned by the OSAA due to COVID restrictions.

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During the COVID-19 shortened spring football season, The Dalles High Riverhawks had a sensational start while winning two of their first three games, including a season-opening, 27-6, win March 12 over the Putnam Kingsmen. The Riverhawks are hoping to start their nine-game fall season with some momentum once again.

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The South Wasco County High Redsides have been one of the most dominating teams in the OSAA Class 1A Big Sky League recently and there’s every indication that they’ll continue to be the top contender again this season.

The Redsides reached the state playoffs three consecutive seasons from 2017-2019 and they probably would’ve made a fourth straight appearance in 2020. However, that season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Dalles and Hood River Valley cross country teams opened the 2021 fall season last weekend at meets in the Gorge and Wilsonville.

The Dalles hosted the 5,000-meter Riverhawk Run at Sorosis Park on Saturday morning. Junior Juan Diego Contreras looked in midseason form, leading the Riverhawks in 17 minutes, 10 seconds. Sophomore Leo Lemann was second in 18:26. The Dalles girls were led by senior Catie Wring, who finished in 25:15, two minutes ahead of junior Lucy Booth.

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Apologies in advance for mixing baseball - and a little later, boxing - with soccer, but here goes anyway. The late, great baseball icon Yogi Berra once said, redundantly: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Yogi wasn’t describing Hood River Valley’s boys soccer team, but he very well could have been.

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It’s a new season, there’s a new head coach and a couple of new players, but The Dalles High Riverhawk boys soccer team is hoping that they will continue to be one of the top contenders in the OSAA Class 5A Intermountain Conference standings this year.

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Apologies in advance for mixing baseball - and a little later, boxing - with soccer, but here goes anyway. The late, great baseball icon Yogi Berra once said, redundantly: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Yogi wasn’t describing Hood River Valley’s boys soccer team, but he very well could have been.

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HOOD RIVER — Juliet Thompson Hochman is a world class athlete. A New England native, Hochman played every- thing growing up; field hockey, basketball, softball, diving, tennis, soccer, horseback riding. She even played on the boys’ lacrosse team in middle school. But rowing is where Hochman found her “first” athletic life.

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Kids do grow up, and nobody probably can attest to that more than elementary and middle school teachers. That said, Brandon Bertram and Jill Pearson are in unique positions to monitor the ongoing running progression of Hood River Valley and The Dalles cross country runners.

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The Lyle/Wishram/Klickitat High Cougar football team concluded its spring schedule in March with a 2-2 win/loss record. The Cougars, guided by ninth-year Coach Antoine Montoya, will be seeking to continue to improve during the OSAA Class 1A eight-man football fall season.

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The Sherman County High Huskies football team has one its largest turnout of players as second-year coach Kyle Blagg welcomed a group of 24 athletes to the first practice on Aug. 16 at Sherman High in Moro. With more players, Sherman returns to the OSAA Class 1A eight-man football level for the first time since 2018. The Huskies competed the last two years in the Special District 4 six-man league.

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Because of COVID-19 restrictions, there weren’t any OSAA-sponsored football playoffs following the six-week spring season in April — and no official state champion. However, if there were playoffs, the unbeaten Dufur High Rangers would’ve been favored to win their 11th OSAA Class 1A eight-man football championship. That said, few would argue that it’s appropriate to refer to the Rangers as the defending champs.

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The Hood River Valley athletics program and director Trent Kroll will be awarded the Quality Program Award (QPA) by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). Kroll will accept the award during the annual National Athletic Directors Conference in Denver. During the conference, high school athletic directors from across the country will be in attendance to hear keynote speakers, network with other ADs and participate in workshops.

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Three players on Dufur High School’s 2021 baseball team were selected by coaches to the 2A-1A all-state team, which was released recently.

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Sign ups are now available for the Hood River Valley youth football league. You can find more information and the online sign up portal at hrvyouthfootball.com.

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The Hattenhauer Distributing sponsored Columbia Gorge Hustlers American Legion baseball team continued a successful summer league schedule, winning three more games last week to stay in contention for a possible state playoff berth.

The South Wasco County boys basketball team capped its best season in 15 years by taking third place in the Oregon Class 1A/Community Bank/Steens Baker County State Tournament last week at Baker High School and Powder Valley High.

The South Wasco County girls basketball team enjoyed its most successful season in 20 years by taking fourth place in the Oregon Class 1A Community Bank/Steens/Baker County State Tournament June 21-24 at Baker High School and Powder Valley High.

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Three Babe Ruth teams, with players from The Dalles, Hood River and White Salmon, played a full local season this spring despite the many challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Local Babe Ruth baseball finished off the season on June 16.

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The South Wasco County High Redsides boys and girls basketball teams had among their best finishes ever in the 2021 Oregon Class 1A state basketball tournament this week.

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Three area teams competed in Wednesday’s third day of the Oregon Class 1A boys/girls basketball state championship tournament July 23.

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