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May 13-14 Prep Sports Roundup

Baseball

The Dalles 6, Hood River Valley 3:  The Riverhawks scored all their runs in the second inning on five walks and three errors to win their final regular season game, but Pendleton’s win over Hermiston eliminated the Riverhawks from post-season contention.

Sherman split with Irrigon, losing game one 5-0 and winning the second contest 15-4.

Dufur sweeps Union 13-3 and 14-4

SCAC Tournament:  Cle Elum 2, Goldendale 1

 

Softball

The Dalles 6, Hood River Valley 3:  The Riverhawks clinch the second spot in the Columbia River Conference, and will host a play-in game later this week.

 

Track and Field

Horizon Christian nipped Sherman by two points to win the boys’ title at the Big Sky Conference district track and field meet.  South Wasco was fifth and Dufur seventh.  Luke Holste won both hurdles events for the Hawks, while Sherman’s Isaiah Coles won the long jump and triple jump.  Griswold won the girls’ championship, with South Wasco second, Horizon Christian third, and Sherman fifth.  South Wasco won both relays while Ana Popchock won the triple jump and 200 meters.

 

Columbia won the Trico League girls’ track and field title.  Stacia Bell won the shot and discus, Lauren Thieseis the high jump, and Alondra Casarez-Garcia the 100 meter hurdles to lead the Bruins.  Stevenson was sixth with event wins from Isabella Pitcher in the triple jump and Rachel Zolp in the pole vault.  In the boys competition, Kalama nipped Columbia by one-and-a-half points for first, while Stevenson was third.  CHS won the four by 400 meter relay, while Lincoln Krog won the triple jump and high jump and Luke Nichols the pole vault for Stevenson.

 

Boys Soccer

Southwest Washington Class 1A Boys’ Soccer Tournament

Hoquiam 1, Columbia 0:  The loss ends the Bruins’ season.  CHS finished the season with a 13-4 record and the Trico League title.

 

Tennis

Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli of The Dalles finished second at the Special District 1 tournament at Sunriver to advance to the state tourney this coming weekend at Portland Tennis Center.

 

Two Goldendale girls’ doubles teams reached the quarter-finals in the SCAC West tennis tournament that was delayed by rain on Saturday in Yakima.  Competition continues today.

 

Boys Lacrosse

Grant 12, Hood River Valley 6

Hood River Valley 15, Hermiston 6

Travel Oregon Plans Seminar In The Dalles

Travel Oregon will hold a seminar in The Dalles next week to help visitor-related organizations and businesses learn where resources are available.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson says the event will be a chance to learn what the state’s tourism promotion organization has to offer, including how to find the resources to allow a business to benefit from visitors.  The seminar will be on May 26 at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles.  Registration is required, for sign-up information call the Chamber at 541-296-2231.

 

Senate Bill Includes Tribal Housing Funding

The Energy and Water Appropriations bill that passed the Senate Thursday includes funding for tribal housing along the Columbia River.  Language in the bill urges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to use the funding provided in the bill to develop a plan for the construction of a new tribal village at The Dalles Dam.  Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Washington Senator Patty Murray, along with Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, have been calling for the Corps to address the need for adequate housing and infrastructure at tribal fishing access sites formed during the construction of The Dalles, Bonneville, and John Day dams.  The bill also includes funding for small ports along the Oregon coast, deployment of electric vehicles, language to help address the loss of habitat for the spotted frog in Central Oregon, and an amendment that restores funding for wind energy research and development to the level of current fiscal year instead of an originally proposed 15 million dollar cut.

Phillipi Park To Reopen To The Public Memorial Day Weekend

Phillipi Park on the John Day River will reopen to the public on Memorial Day weekend.  The boat-in park was closed in 2013 by the Army Corps of Engineers due to budget issues, but a group of people who have used the park have been working to reopen the popular location.  The Opal Foundation is a non-profit agency that has been working to get the funds to restore and operate the park, and Executive Director Darrell McSmith says in working with the Corps work has been done this spring to get the park ready for use.  The Foundation is trying to raise $250.000 to complete major repairs and improvements to the park.  Information is available at the group’s website, opal-foundation.org.

Guthrie Tribute Concert May 20 At Discovery Center

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will host a musical tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Woody Guthrie Bonneville Power Administration Columbia River Collection next Friday night (May 20).  Musicians Bill Murlin and Joe Seamons will perform many of the 26 songs Guthrie wrote 75 years ago while working for the BPA.  Murlin worked in the BPA’s public information office, and unearthed and assembled all the Guthrie song sheets and recordings from the 1941 Columbia River Collection.  The performance will be May 20 at 7 p.m. in the Discovery Center, with an optional dinner scheduled for 6 p.m.  Tickets for the dinner and concert are $26, or $10 for the concert only, and reservations are required by Wednesday.  Call 541-296-86000, extension 201, or go online to gorgediscovery.org.

May 12 Prep Sports Roundup

Track and Field

Hood River Valley won the Columbia River Conference boys’ track and field championship for the second straight year, holding off Hermiston by three points.  HRV’s Parker Irusta was named the CRC’s boys track and field athlete of the year after wins in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and long jump.  Justin Crosswhite was also a multiple event winner for the Eagles, taking first in the 1500 and 3000 meters.  The Eagles earned a total of nine first place finishes and 13 entries into the state 5A meet next weekend in Eugene.  The Dalles boys finished in fourth.  In the girls’ competition, Hood River Valley was third and The Dalles fourth as Hermiston won the team championship.  HRV received wins from Kassidy Davidson in the 400 meters, Katie Kennedy in the high jump, and the four by 100 meter relay squad, while The Dalles’ Avery Cardosi won the long jump.  Hood River qualified eight female entries for the state meet, while The Dalles advances four.  There is the possibility for more to advance once results from other Class 5-A district meets are received.

 

Goldendale’s boys were third and the girls tied for fourth in the SCAC West Sub-District meet at Cle Elum.  The Timberwolf boys earned five first place finishes, with Brian Golding sweeping the hurdles races, Dillon Rising taking both distance runs, and Michael Jagelski won the 800 meters.  Zillah won both team titles.

 

Boys Soccer

Southwest Washington Class 1-A District Tournament Semi-Final

Toledo 3, Columbia 1:  Toledo scored two late second half goals to comeback and defeat the Bruins for the second time in a week.  The Bruins take on Hoquiam at noon on Saturday in Montesano with a state tournament berth on the line.

 

Short Outage Scheduled In Pine Grove Area

Hood River Electric Co-op customers in the Pine Grove area and some on the east side of Odell will experience a brief power outage lasting less than five minutes on Sunday morning.  The interruption in service will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday.  Any questions or concerns can be directed to Clinton Curtis of Hood River Electric Co-op at 541-354-1233.

Kansas Man Arrested And Charged In Parkdale Burglaries

A Kansas man has been taken into custody facing charges in connection with a number of burglaries in the Mountain Shadows Drive area south of Parkdale.  The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office says deputies began receiving reports of burglarized homes on Mountain Shadows Drive on Tuesday totaling more than half a dozen incidents.  38-year-old Craig Allan Pagenkopf was located in the forest adjacent to the area, and was arrested and lodged at NORCOR on multiple burglary and theft charges.  An extensive ground and air search led to the recovery of a large cache of property stolen from area residences.  U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement assisted the Sheriff’s Office with the investigation and recovery of property.

Man Arrested After Chase Into Upper Valley

A 33-year-old Salem man was arrested early Wednesday morning after taking law enforcement officers on a chase that reached the Parkdale area.  Deputies arrested thirty-three year old Thomas Leonard Berry of Salem.  According to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office…the Washington State Patrol was pursuing a van reported stolen out of The Dalles late Tuesday night when it crossed over the Hood River Toll Bridge, causing damage to a gate at the toll booth.   It continued southbound on Highway 35, and after losing the vehicle for a short period of time, a deputy found the stolen van still southbound on Highway 35.  Another pursuit began with speeds reaching around 85 miles per hour, and the vehicle turned south onto Cooper Spur Road with the pursuing deputy losing sight of the stolen van near Parkdale.  Just prior to 1 a.m., a Baseline Drive resident reported a prowler, and deputies located him and took him into custody, determining he was the driver of the stolen vehicle.  Berry was lodged at NORCOR on several charges including Attempt to Elude a Police Officer and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.  Deputies recovered the stolen vehicle, a 2005 Ford Van, from an orchard on Cooper Spur Road.

Driver Injured In Highway 14 Accident

A Yakima man was injured on Thursday when the log truck he was driving on Highway 14 went off the roadway.  According to the Washington State Patrol, 43-year-old Michael Selberg was taken by LifeFlight to Peace Health Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.  The WSP says Selberg was traveling westbound on Highway 14 about eight miles east of Stevenson when his truck drifted onto the westbound shoulder and struck the guardrail.  The vehicle continued into the ditch, struck the embankment, and spilled its load of logs.  The accident occurred just after 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

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