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April 21 Prep Sports Roundup

Hood River Valley 2, Pendleton 1 (8 innings):  Patrick Harvey scored when Pendleton misplayed Dallas Buckley’s sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Eagles the series win over the Buckaroos.  Kam Walker gave up only three hits over seven innings on the mound for the Eagles.
The Dalles 10, Hermiston 8:  The Riverhawks scored five runs in the fourth inning to take control of the game and win their second out of three contests over the Bulldogs.
Columbia splits with LaCenter, losing game one 10-1 but winning the nightcap 5-3 for the Bruins’ first Trico League victory of the season.
Castle Rock sweeps Stevenson, taking the opener 5-4 in nine innings and then taking game two 14-3.
Dufur sweeps Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 10-0 and 20-1.
Goldendale splits with Kittitas, winning game one 13-3 but losing the second contest 19-8.
The Dalles 6, Hermiston 2:  The Riverhawks went on the road to complete a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs, and will play their next three games against the league’s other 3-0 team, Pendleton.
Pendleton 18, Hood River Valley 5
LaCenter sweeps Columbia 10-1 and 15-0
Castle Rock sweeps Stevenson 10-7 and 11-4
Track and Field
Hood River Valley defeated The Dalles in a Columbia River Conference dual meet at Sid White Field, winning the boys competition 73-63 and girls 72 1/2 to 63 1/2.  The Eagles dominated both the boys and girls sprints to gain the win.  Sebastian Barajas won two events for the HRV boys, including a school record effort in the shot put, while Sant Strassheim won both hurdles races for the Riverhawks.  On the girls’ side, Katie Conklin won three events for The Dalles, while Audrey Marble won twice for the Eagles.
Goldendale’s boys defeated Granger and LaSalle but lost to Zillah in an SCAC West meet.  Brian Golding won both hurdles races for the Timberwolves.  The Goldendale girls defeated Granger but lost to Zillah and LaSalle.  The Timberwolves’ Ocean Bryan won the 300 meter hurdles.
Boys Soccer
LaCenter 1, Columbia 0:  The Wildcats handed the Bruins their first Trico League loss of the season.
Stevenson 4, Seton Catholic 2:  The Bulldogs are now tied for second in the Trico with LaCenter.
Girls Lacrosse
Lincoln 14, Hood River Valley 9
Boys Tennis
LaSalle 4, Goldendale 0
Girls Tennis
LaSalle 5, Goldendale 0

Cherry Fest Preparation Continues

Preparations for this weekend’s Northwest Cherry Festival continue at a quick pace, with the big three-day event beginning on Friday.  This year’s expansion to three days after focusing on Saturday in previous years and a move of the center of the festival to First Street has organizers hoping this will be the biggest year ever for the event.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson says success would be great attendance, positive feedback, and community participation.  Farquharson says festival vendors have been excited about the move to three days, with a greater chance for sales and exposure.

Drought Declaration Opens Up White Salmon Water Options

With Klickitat County having received a drought declaration from the state, White Salmon Mayor David Poucher says it opens up options to bring water to the city if it is needed this summer.  Poucher says Buck Creek, the City’s main water source, is flowing at only 35 percent of normal, and he says that has municipal officials looking at what their options are just in case.  He pointed out anything they would do for an emergency should be able to be done quickly, and not be intended to last a long time.  Poucher noted the current Buck Creek level is lower than back in 2001 and 2005, which were also drought years.

Turkey Causes Power Outage

Twenty-four hundred Northern Wasco County PUD customers lost power Monday morning when a turkey flew into power lines, causing protection devices to open at the PUD’s 10th Street Substation.  The outage occurred around 6 a.m. Monday.  Power was restored in stages, with about 1,400 customers regaining electricity within 45 minutes and another 750 were back up by about 8:30 a.m.  About 250 customers on Mill Creek south of West 23rd Street were without power until about 10:15 a.m., when repairs were completed.

Chenowith Road Home Destroyed By Fire

A double-wide mobile home was destroyed by a Sunday afternoon fire in The Dalles.  Dave Laphof of Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue says the fire occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 4109 Chenowith Road.  The mobile home was fully consumed by fire by the time crews were able to arrive.  Two adults and two children occupied the home, and all got out safely.  Laphof says the fire started rekindling this morning and crews were called in to extinguish the hotspot, so the investigation into what caused the fire has not yet begun.

Port of HR Looks To Property Development

Coming off its spring planning session, the Port of Hood River Commission is moving into a new phase.  The Port spent 2014 concentrating on finishing capital projects that were underway.  With those moving toward completion, Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says emphasis will return to property development, especially with the Port’s acquisition of the Lower Hanel Mill expected to close in early July.  McElwee adds the vision for the nine-and-a-half acres include locating distribution, warehousing, and light industrial manufacturing, with the Port selling some of the property and retaining one or two lots to develop itself to meet a demand for leased property.

Cherry Festival Time Arrives

The expanded Northwest Cherry Festival will be starting in The Dalles.  The festival will now have a broader range of events to encompass the Friday through Sunday period rather than just Saturday.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson feels there is a renewed excitement for the festival.  The festival gets off to an early start Tuesday evening with the annual lip sync contest featuring local groups competing to benefit local charities, starting at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School Auditorium.  Admission is $5.  The event also features the crowning of Cherry Festival royalty.

April 17-18 Prep Sports Roundup

Track and Field

Hood River Valley won both the boys and girls titles at their Apple Blossom Invitational at Henderson Stadium.  Sebastian Barajas, Parker Kennedy, and Parker Irusta won two events each for the HRV boys, while Horizon Christian’s Salvador Ramirez won the 1500 meters and Goldendale’s Brian Golding took first in the 300 meter hurdles.  In the girls’ competition, HRV’s Jestena Mattson won three events and teammate Emily Viuhkola won the 400 meters, while Goldendale’s Ocean Bryan won the 300 meter hurdles.


South Wasco’s Isaiah Coles won the boys’ long jump and triple jump to lead the effort by area schools at the River’s Edge Invitational at Umatilla.  Dufur’s Jake Little won the boys’ javelin, and South Wasco’s Ana Popchock was first in the girls’ javelin.


Lyle-Wishram’s Gabe Montoya won the boys’ shot put and javelin, Josh Showalter took first in the boys’ pole vault, and MaeLynn Luke and Ellie Smith finished one-two in the girls’ javelin at the Kittitas Invitational.


Washougal won the boys’ title and Corbett the girls’ at the McKee Invitational in Stevenson.  Columbia finished second among the girls and third for the boys…while Stevenson was fifth for the boys and sixth for the girls.  Columbia’s Shawn Tardiff won the boys’ 200 and 400 meters and Stevenson’s Brandon Campbell took the pole vault, while the Bruin girls received wins from Claire Anderson in the 100 meters, Lauren Thiesies in the high jump, and Alondra Casarez-Garcia in the 100 meter hurdles.  Stevenson’s Madison McCrum was first in the girls’ triple jump.



Hood River Valley splits with Pendleton, winning game one 5-1 and losing game two 9-8

The Dalles splits with Hermiston, winning the opener 4-1 but falling in the nightcap 5-0.

Culver sweeps Sherman 5-2 and 14-10

Castle Rock 11, Columbia 1

Kalama 10, Stevenson 5

Sunnyside Christian sweeps Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 13-12 and 9-0

Zillah sweeps Goldendale 12-1 and 17-8



Pendleton sweeps Hood River Valley 15-2 and 9-0

The Dalles sweeps Hermiston 6-5 and 5-4

Kalama 5, Stevenson 3

Zillah sweeps Goldendale 14-0 and 13-0


Boys Soccer

Stevenson 6, King’s Way Christian 1

Columbia 2, King’s Way Christian 0


Boys Tennis

Hood River Valley 6, Philomath 2

Oregon Episcopal 5, Hood River Valley 3

Zillah 2, Goldendale 2

Kiona-Benton 4, Goldendale 1


Girls Tennis

Zillah 5, Goldendale 0

Goldendale3, Kiona-Benton 1


Girls Lacrosse

Westview 13, Hood River Valley 5

April 16 Prep Sports Roundup

Boys Soccer
Columbia 0, Toledo 0:  The Bruins remain in first place after the scoreless tie to wrap up the first half of Trico League season.  CHS is 4-0-2 in league play, while Toledo is 4-1-1.  The two teams will play again in Toledo
Boys Lacrosse
Hood River Valley 8, Putnam 5:  The Eagles have won five of their last six games to run their non-league record to 5-2.
Girls Lacorsse
Hood River Valley 14, Central Catholic 4:  Erin Meyer scored four goals as the Eagles moved their season mark to 4-5.
Boys Tennis
Hood River Valley 6, Hermiston 2

Klickitat County Commission Extends Marijuana Moratorium

Klickitat County Commissioners have decided to extend a moratorium prohibiting the production, processing, and sales of marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county for a maximum of another six months.  County Commissioner David Sauter says planning commissioners need more time to complete the work it has been assigned on the topic.  Sauter did indicate he hoped the report would be done in less than six months.  He noted many on both sides of the issue expressing a fatigue with the continued discussion, and desire for some kind of resolution.




Columbia Gorge Weather
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Sunday 40%
High 74° / Low 56°
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Monday 20%
High 79° / Low 60°
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Tuesday 10%
High 77° / Low 60°
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