Madras Girls Soccer Team Fights for a Playoff Spot

The Mountain View/Bend High School Civil War football game wasn’t the only big sports matchup in Central Oregon on Friday. The girls soccer team at Madras High School hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003, but this year they put themselves in contention for a spot in the postseason.

On Friday afternoon, it was “win or go home” for the Lady Buffaloes in a play-in game versus Yamhill-Carlton.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has the story.

***UPDATE – Madras White Buffaloes lose a heartbreaker to end their season. After being up 1-0 at Halftime, Madras gave up the tying goal in the 71st minute and after two scoreless periods of Extra Time, the game went to penalty kicks and Yamhill-Carlton outscored Madras 3-2 to win the game 4-3 and advance to the 4A Playoffs. Congrats to the Lady Buffaloes on a hard-fought season.***

Supper Club: Bend High Schools Move to 6A League

Big changes are in store for Bend high schools after a decision from the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) changed the schools’ league and competition level beginning next year.

For this week’s Supper Club, Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom sat down with three local reporters who cover high school sports to look at the impact of this week’s OSAA decision. Thanks to Grant, Joshua and Mike for joining us.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Battle of Two Undefeated Teams in La Pine Tonight

The La Pine High School Hawks head into their homecoming game with a perfect 5-0 record as they host the perennial powerhouse of the Mountain Valley Conference, Coquille, in a battle of two undefeated teams on Friday night.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom spent time on the practice field with the Hawks this week as they try to break their three-year losing streak against the Red Devils.

***SATURDAY UPDATE – La Pine beat Coquille 8-6 on Friday night to remain undefeated at 6-0 on the season.***

Latest OSAA Proposal Would Place Bend Schools with Schools in Salem

After almost 12 months of meetings, public comments and spirited debate, the Classification and Districting Committee of the OSAA submitted their final recommendations to the executive board this week. From the beginning, it became clear that all three Bend high schools were not wanted by any of the current leagues, because of the travel involved. The final recommendation from the committee places Bend Senior High SchoolMountain View High School and Summit High School with five high schools from Salem in a 6A conference called the Greater Valley Conference.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom spoke with a member of the committee, Dave Hood, who is also the athletic director for Mountain View High School, about the final recommendation.

Redmond’s high schools will remain in 5A in a different version of the Inter-Mountain Conference. The OSAA’s executive board will meet in Wilsonville on October 16th to make their final decision, and they could still make changes to the recommendation from the committee.

OSU Researcher Trying to Prevent the Deaths of Eagles Hit by Wind Turbines

A 2013 study published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin found that wind turbines kill an estimated 573,000 birds a year in the United States alone, including the once-endangered bald eagle and golden eagles.

That’s why the U.S. Department of Energy is looking for solutions to keep the birds from being struck by the giant blades of the turbines.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom looks at the work of an Oregon State University researcher who is spending time with the raptors at The High Desert Museum to come up with a solution to this deadly threat.

Twin Brothers from Bend Try to Make Their NFL Dreams Come True

If you had to name one NFL team that set the bar for the rest of the league since the turn of the century, it would have to be the defending Super Bowl champions, the New England PatriotsAs they get ready to play their first preseason game Thursday night, two rookies from Bend will step on the field, hoping to realize their dreams of playing in the NFL.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom gives us an update on the Hollister twins, Jacob and Cody, as they go through the hard knocks of an NFL training camp.

UPDATE: Bend’s own Jacob Hollister made a big impression in the team’s first preseason game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night with seven catches for 116 yards. The tight end is trying to earn a spot behind veterans Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. Jacob’s twin brother, Cody, had been nursing a sore shoulder in training camp this week and hopes to see some action in the 2nd preseason game next week.