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January 30 Prep Basketball Scores

Boys Basketball

Stanfield 82, Sherman 80

Goldendale 54, Lyle-Wishram 40


Girls Basketball

LaCenter 65, Columbia 14

King’s Way Christian 54, Stevenson 49

Stanfield 46, Sherman 38

Stabbing Victim Identified; Suspect Makes Court Appearance

A man accused in the stabbing death of another man in The Dalles on Thursday made his first appearance Monday in Wasco County Circuit Court.  21-year-old Zoey Austin Pike, who lists his residence as The Dalles, received an indictment accusing him of murder and unlawful use of a weapon in the incident at 517 Liberty Street.  Pike is being held in NORCOR without bail, and the law firm of Morris, Stearns, and Sullivan was appointed to represent him.  Earlier in the day The Dalles Police Department said 21-year-old Nathaniel Orio Preyapongpisan was the victim who succumbed to injuries at the scene of the incident.  The release did not indicate where Preyapongpisan lives, but last week police indicated they believe the victim is from the Seattle area.  Pike will make next court appearance on February 22.

Lyle Schools Seek New M&O Levy

The Lyle School District is asking voters to approve a two-year replacement maintenance and operations levy worth slightly over one million dollars per year.  Superintendent Andrew Kelly says the levy would make up about 24 to 25 percent of the district’s budget, replacing the current M&O levy along with a three-year federal grant that is about to expire.  The estimated property tax rate for the levy is $2.99 per $1,000 of assessed property value, similar to the historical levels.  The levy proposal is on the February 14 ballot.

January 27-28 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Pendleton 70, The Dalles 35

Bend 69, The Dalles 47

King’s Way Christian 75, Columbia 51

Stevenson 87, Seton Catholic 82

LaCenter 68, Stevenson 61

Dufur 67, Mitchell-Spray 27

Dufur 56, South Wasco 33

Arlington 40, South Wasco 36

Horizon Christian 69, Condon-Wheeler 44

Sherman 68, Horizon Christian 55

Sherman 84, Ione 48

North Clackamas 55, Trout Lake 44

Yakama Tribal 58, Lyle-Wishram 42

Lyle-Wishram 56, Bickleton 52
Bickleton 51, Klickitat-Glenwood 50

Sunnyside Christian 69, Klickitat-Glenwood 35

Naches Valley 44, Goldendale 43


Girls Basketball

Pendleton 60, The Dalles 48

The Dalles 38, Bend 34

King’s Way Christian 41, Columbia 39

LaCenter 88, Stevenson 30

Dufur 51, Mitchell-Spray 13

Arlington 40, South Wasco 34

South Wasco 49, Dufur 28

Sherman 69, Ione 38

Horizon Christian 65, Condon-Wheeler 30

Horizon Christian 66, Sherman 20

North Clackamas 44, Trout Lake 29

Yakama Tribal 58, Lyle-Wishram 13

Klickitat-Glenwood 56, Bickleton 39

Bickleton 43, Lyle-Wishram 41

Sunnyside Christian 65, Klickitat-Glenwood  15

Goldendale 55, Naches Valley 44



Mountain View 55, Hood River Valley 12:  Justin Lane, Jason Shaner, and Justin Wilson recorded wins for HRV.


Hood River Valley finished tenth and The Dalles 18th in the Hood River Elks Tournament at Vannet Court.  Jason Shaner of HRV won the 126 pound division with four straight wins.  Mountain View won the team title.


Alpine Skiing

Hood River Valley won both the boys and girls races in a Mt. Hood League giant slalom at Mt. Hood Meadows.  Josie Peterson won the girls’ race to lead a group of five Eagles in the top seven.  The HRV boys placed five in the top ten, with Nash Levy leading that quintet with a second place finish.   The Dalles finished fifth in both races, with Martin Carter earning a fourth place finish individually in the boys’ race.


Nordic Skiing

Hood River Valley’s Leif Bergstrom finished third in the boys’ race and Daisy Dolan tenth in the girls race in Northern League competition at Mt. Bachelor.

21-Year-Old Arrested In Stabbing Death

A 21-year-old man has been arrested and lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility on suspicion of murder in a stabbing death on Thursday in The Dalles.  According to The Dalles Police Chief Pat Ashmore, officers were dispatched to 517 Liberty Street on a report of a stabbing, where they administered first aid to the victim until it was confirmed the victim was dead.  Officers took Zoey Pike, who lists his residence as The Dalles, into custody at the scene without incident and eventually arrested him for murder and unlawful use of a weapon.  No formal charges were filed and no court date has been set at this time, even though Ashmore anticipated Pike would appear in court on Monday.  The name of the victim has not been released, but police indicated that person is from the Seattle area.

January 27 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Hermiston 69, Hood River Valley 61:  The Bulldogs used a solid third quarter run to to take control of the game.  Xavier Rambo led Hermiston for the second straight night with 21 points, while J.J. Mears had 16 points and Dakota Kurahara 15 for HRV.

King’s Way Christian 68, Columbia 56:  King’s Way shot 53 percent from the field on the way to the Trico League win.  William Gross topped the Bruins with 17 points.


Girls Basketball

Hermiston 55, Hood River Valley 25:  Three Bulldogs scored in double figures in grabbing the victory.  Emily Curtis topped the Eagles with 7 points.

Columbia 50, King’s Way Christian 43:  Kathrin Hylton topped CHS with 14 points as the Bruins moved into third place in the Trico League.

Stevenson 52, Seton Catholic 41:  The Bulldogs grabbed their first Trico League with, as Kaitlyn Rathgeber had 14 points.

CGCC Finishes Master Plan

Columbia Gorge Community College’s Institutional Master Plan is finished.  Chief Academic Officer Lori Ufford says staff, faculty, students, employers, and community members participated in developing the plan.  Ufford says the plan brought out a series of specific goals, including ensuring the class schedule meets the needs real-world needs of students, increasing Hispanic enrollment, better coordination of student services, instruction, facilities, the business office, information technologies, and the college’s foundation, and designing a comprehensive marketing plan to increase public awareness of the college’s abilities.  Ufford says the plan identifies many other goals and activities, but the one’s she outlined will be the top priorities for this year.  Keys to those efforts will be a “Student Success Team” to review internal processes and recommend improvements, and using a “guided pathways” model to identify for each student the most timely and cost-effective route to completion of a degree or certificate.

WS Valley School District Seeks M&O Levy Passage

The White Salmon Valley School District will be asking for a slight increase in its replacement maintenance and operations levy on the February 14 ballot.  The district is asking for $2.78 million dollars in 2017-18, an increase of $150,000 from this year, and then increasing by $50,000 each of the following two years.  District Superintendent Jerry Lewis says the increase will cover a variety of funding needs, including hiring a full-time English Language Learners teacher to support students in kindergarten through eighth grade, providing professional district development, supporting sixth grade outdoor school and the K-12 after-school program, and funding the music program for instrument repair and replacements.  Property tax rates for the levy are projected at $2.52 per $1,000 dollars of assessed value for the life of the levy, up from $2.42 this year, but that number is down from the $2.61 projected when the current levy was approved three years ago.

Oregon Legislators Introduce Mt. Hood Land Swap Bill

Oregon Congressmen Greg Walden and Earl Blumenauer and Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced legislation to get a long-discussed Mt. Hood land swap finalized.  Wyden and Merkley introduced the Mt. Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act in the Senate to help resolve a decades-long dispute over proposed land development on the northeast side of Mt. Hood, while Walden and Blumenauer introduced the bill in the House of Representatives.  The bill would allow development of 107 acres of the mountain while protecting 770 acres – a land exchange that was approved eight years ago and should have been completed more than six years ago.  The Forest Service has taken steps to complete the exchange, including releasing a draft Environmental Impact Statement last November, but the legislators say this bill is still needed to ensure the process is completed without further delay.  In 2009 Congress passed a broad public lands bill that included the Mt. Hood land exchange as part of the Mt. Hood Wilderness designation.  The bill directed the U.S. Forest Service to complete the exchange within 16 months.  Multiple delays over the past several years have led to conservation and development uncertainty, community frustration, and a lawsuit against the Forest Service.

January 25 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Basketball

Hermiston 75, The Dalles 52:  The Bulldogs won the Columbia River Conference season opener for both teams at Kurtz Gym.  Xavier Rambo led the Bulldogs effort with 25 points and eight rebounds.  Dakota Murr had a big game for the Riverhawks with 30 points and ten rebounds.  Hermiston had a big shooting night, making over 53 percent from the field.



Pendleton 54, Hood River Valley 25:  Justin Lane and Justin Wilson recorded two of the four Eagle victories by fall.