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Volleyball squads making all the big swings

Echo, SWC, Sherman and Dufur lead the Big Sky

Big Sky volleyball players, from left to right, Holly Miles, Kayla Bailey and Jaelyn Justesen, lead their teams for a possible district title and a state berth next Saturday in Echo. With the top-4 teams all but wrapped up, Echo held a slim lead over South Wasco County, while both Dufur and Sherman are neck-and-neck in third and fourth place, well ahead of Ione, Condon-Wheeler and Mitchell-Spray.

Photo by Ray Rodriguez
Big Sky volleyball players, from left to right, Holly Miles, Kayla Bailey and Jaelyn Justesen, lead their teams for a possible district title and a state berth next Saturday in Echo. With the top-4 teams all but wrapped up, Echo held a slim lead over South Wasco County, while both Dufur and Sherman are neck-and-neck in third and fourth place, well ahead of Ione, Condon-Wheeler and Mitchell-Spray.



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Local runners from across The Dalles hustle for position at the 18th annual Elementary School Cross Country race held on Sept. 25 at Sorosis Park. Between Dry Hollow and Colonel Wright, there were 217 of the 290 participants signed up for this free event, which focuses on keeping kids active during the school year.

South Wasco County chalked up a home sweep over first-place Echo Saturday and finished off Condon-Wheeler in three games Tuesday to stay ­in contention for the Big Sky Conference’s No. 1 district seed.

In Saturday’s match, the No. 16 Lady Redsides took advantage of a weary Echo Cougar team that played earlier at Dufur, and enjoyed a three-game sweep by scores of 25-12, 25-13 and 25-17.

Jada Myers had seven kills, four aces and two blocks, and Kyrsten Sprouse checked in with five kills, six aces and a block to pace the Redsides.

Madisen Davis went for four kills and two aces; Laurynn Davis led SWC with six aces; Reese Millis and Hailey Anderson added two kills, and both Holly Miles and Jade McCoy tacked on a kill apiece.

In Fossil Tuesday, SWC overcame some struggles in a four-game road victory over Condon-Wheeler by final marks of 25-12, 18-25, 25-9 and 26-24.

Madisen Davis had seven kills and five aces; Sprouse kicked in seven kills, three aces and two blocks, and Myers had six kills and five aces.

Laurynn Davis powered for seven kills and seven aces and Jenna Wraught dished off 30 assists to go with four aces.

SWC wraps up the regular season at Mitchell-Spray at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Mitchell.

Rangers sweep past Ione

DUFUR – As of Tuesday night, the Dufur Rangers had a half game lead on the Sherman Huskies ahead of their final showdown at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Moro.

In Tuesday’s league contest at Ione, Dufur made quick work of the Lady Cardinals by tallies of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-15 for a three-game sweep, the team’s seventh of the year.

At home on senior night last Saturday, Dufur played a spirited match versus Echo and nearly pulled off the five-set victory, ultimately losing the fifth game, 15-7.

The Rangers won the first game by a close 27-25 margin, but Echo responded with wins of 25-13 and 25-10 to jump ahead 2-1 in the match.

Dufur sent the match to a fifth game following a 25-23 fourth-set victory.

As a team, the Rangers racked up 46 kills, nine aces and 106 digs, as Mikayla Kelly led the way with 18 kills, an ace, a block and 16 digs.

Kalie Ellis dropped 14 kills, an ace, a block and three digs; Kayla Bailey was good for four kills, two aces, 12 assists and 27 digs, and Sydnee Byers worked for five kills, an ace and 21 digs.

Trinity Blake picked up three kills, an ace, 25 assists and 11 digs; Maddy Smith totaled a kill, three aces and six digs, and Reghan Smith had a kill and seven digs.

Sherman loses to Echo in four

With the senior group of Desiree Winslow, Emma Stutzman, CJ Johnson, Savannah Moe and Shelby Reed taking charge, the Sherman Huskies salvaged a split in their last two matches, last losing Tuesday in four close games at Echo.

In all four sets, the average margin of victory for either team was 2.5 points, so the Lady Huskies played their part in giving the first-place Cougars a run for their money.

Echo put up final scores of 25-23 and 25-22 to take a 2-0 lead in the match, until Sherman seized a little bit of momentum with a 25-22 triumph in the third game.

Looking to send the match to a decisive fifth game, the Huskies and Cougars battled to a 23-23 draw, but could not get any closer, as Echo rattled off the final two points to get the 25-23 win and the match.

Sherman, who lost at Dufur on Sept. 25 in sweep fashion, looks to exact some revenge in Tuesday’s tilt in Moro on senior night.

TD pushes Pendleton to five

The Dalles Riverhawks put up a fight in their Intermountain Conference clash with Pendleton, pushing the fourth-place Buckaroos to five games in a volleyball loss Tuesday at Kurtz Gym.

Down 2-1 in the match following a 25-13 third-game margin, TD trailed 22-16 at one point, but then used four consecutive kills, one by Audrey Synon and three from Bailey LeBreton to get to within 23-22.

Both teams traded points in the final part of the fourth game, with the Bucks scoring a 25-24 lead, serving for the match.

LeBreton dropped a kill to tie it, a Pendleton violation gave TD a 26-25 lead, and LeBreton capped the comeback with a kill for a 27-25 win to force a fifth game.

After a taking a 3-0 lead early, the Hawks and Bucks swapped kills back-and-forth over the next 15 points, as Synon hammered a kill to put TD ahead, 10-9.

Pendleton would rack up the final six points, three on kills and a block, followed by a TD error, to secure the 15-10 decision.

After TD took the opener, 25-20, Pendleton posted wins of 25-20 and 25-13 to go out in front, 2-1.

The Hawks totaled 54 kills in the match, with LeBreton hammering home 27 kills and eight digs.

Charlie May added eight kills, three blocks and a dig, Lauryn Belanger had eight kills and a block.

Synon ended up with seven kills, three blocks and 23 digs, and Kilee Hoylman tallied three kills, an ace and a team-high 26 digs.

Maggie Justesen had two aces, a block and eight digs, Jaeden Biehn chipped in an ace and 14 digs, and Eliana Ortega put up an ace and 16 digs.

Next week, The Dalles travels to Redmond for a match at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and then finishes out with a tough road date at Hood River Valley at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.



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