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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.

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.

Early in a Class 5A Intermountain Conference girls basketball game last week, the underdog The Dalles High Riverhawks appeared to have a slight chance of an upset win over highly regarded Ridgeview.

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The Dalles and Hood River Valley, along with the rest of the Intermountain Conference teams, are jockeying for position in next week’s season-ending championship tournaments for baseball and softball.

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Hood River Valley’s Chloe Bullock and Crook County’s Alec Carne are the individual favorites in Wednesday’s Intermountain Conference district cross country meet at Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

Neither senior runner has lost a race this shortened season, which included mostly weekly dual or three-way meets among league opponents.

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Something had to give Friday in a season-ending Special District 4 six-man football matchup between the undefeated South Wasco County Redsides and the unbeaten Joseph Eagles. It was the defending six-man football champion Redsides who concluded the spring season unbeaten following a 45-0 blo…

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The culmination of Season 2 in Oregon high school athletics will mean a busy week for Gorge-area teams. There are no state playoffs this year, but leagues are conducting season-ending single-elimination tournaments.

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Extended pandemics have a way of adding perspective into a lot of things in life, especially those of double-masked football players. But there’s nothing like a high school rivalry to provide a needed respite in otherwise trying times.

Sarah Davies led Hood River Valley and Lucy Booth led The Dalles at the Alpine Skiing 2021 Oregon High School State Championships earlier this month at Mt. Hood Skibowl.

The Dalles — Inspired by Senior Day festivities while playing its final home game proved to be highly motivational for The Dalles football team last week. The Riverhawks (2-1) played nearly perfect in a 34-0 non-league victory over Class 6A Wilson Saturday afternoon at Sid White Field on the…

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It doesn’t seem to matter where Dufur plays – home or away - because the result is nearly always the same for the Rangers in Class 1A eight-man football.

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Following an impressive 27-6 season-opening win at Putnam, The Dalles High Riverhawks had hoped their momentum would continue in their home opener Friday against visiting La Salle. Things were on course until second-half turnovers and the high-flying Falcons derailed the Riverhawks, 41-6, in…

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