A local high school coach is tearing a page right out of the college playbook to generate excitement in his school’s football program.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom heads to Madras and Warm Springs K-8 Academy for a new “Signing Day” event designed for middle school football players.
Madras High School football coach Kurt Taylor says his problem is not unique, and that’s because of the overall decline in young boys playing football. Every high school coach has to find new ways to get kids excited about their football programs.
In the world of cycling, the Cascade Cycling Classic has become one of the premier and unique stops for riders from all over the globe. Yet, for the first time in nearly 40 years, the event has been canceled.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom caught up with one of the organizers of the C.C.C today to find out why it’s being shut down this season.
An Oregon rancher in Baker County has been given approval by ODFW officials to use lethal force on two wolves from a new pack called the “Pine Creek Pack” in Northeastern Oregon after multiple depredations took place to the ranchers’ cattle on private property.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has the details.
Officials at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife were scheduled to update the state’s wolf management plan back in January, but the vote was delayed during a meeting of the ODFW commission last December.
The Oregon State University women’s basketball team made history on Sunday in their game against Tennessee.
Tennessee had never lost in the tournament on their home floor and they were 57 and 0 coming into the matchup, but they can kiss that record goodbye.
The Beavers took them down, shocking the Vols 66 to 59.
The crazy thing about the matchup was three of Tennessee’s best players are from Oregon and played basketball at Oregon high schools. Five years ago the number one high school recruit in the nation was Mercedes Russell out of Springfield and she choose to take her talents to Tennessee. Jaime Nared and Evina Westbrook followed suit in the following years.
That gave Tennessee three starters from Oregon and the Oregon girls showed out. Russell led the way with 21 and 14 but it wasn’t enough. The Beavers overcame an earlier deficit and clawed out a 7-point victory. The Beavers were led once again by senior Marie Gulich who put up 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.
OSU now marches on to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year where they will face 2-seed Baylor in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday.
The Beaver’s aren’t the only Oregon team moving on. The University of Oregon Lady Ducks got off to a fast start against 10 seed Minnesota and never looked back.
Led by sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu with 29 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, the NCAA’s all time leader in triple doubles almost messed around and got another. Fellow sophomore Ruthy Hebard added 22 and 10 and the Ducks were up by as many as 34 before clearing the bench. They finished with a 101 to 73 victory.
The Ducks will now head to Spokane, Washington where they will face Central Michigan the 11 seed on Saturday.
Bend Girls Advance to Semifinals in 5A Playoffs
The 6th-seeded Bend Lava Bears upset #3 seed Central 26-23 in a low-scoring affair in Corvallis on Tuesday night to advance to the Semifinals of the Oregon School Activities Association 5A Girls Playoffs.
Bend will face 2nd-seeded La Salle Prep on Thursday at 3:15pm at Gill Coliseum.
Tomorrow, two Central Oregon boys teams will play in the Quarterfinals of their tournaments.
First, the #8 seed Sisters Outlaws will take on the top-seeded Banks Braves in the 4A Playoffs at Forest Grove High School at 1:30pm on Wednesday.
Then, back in Corvallis, 6th-seeded Mountain View High School will face the #3 seed, Thurston, at 6:30pm on Wednesday in the 5A Quarterfinals.
Chris “The Truth” Johnson made his professional boxing debut in the Medford area over the weekend.
Central Oregon Daily followed the Bend boxer’s training camp from the early days to the fight last Saturday night. If you missed Chris’ story when it aired on Tuesday night, Central Oregon Daily is airing an extended version on Sunday night at 6 p.m. on KBNZ-CBS and 11 p.m. on KOHD-ABC.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom takes us on a tour of the Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show. The Sportsmen’s Show continues through Sunday at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds.
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The Summit High School Storm went on the road for their play-in game on Wednesday night and upset Parkrose 55-54 to advance to the First Round of the OSAA 5A Basketball Playoffs on Saturday.
With the Storm’s victory, there will be three IMC teams in the 5A Boys Playoffs – Summit, Bend and Mountain View High School
The Bend Senior High boys beat St. Helen’s 65-42 in a home play-in game on Wednesday night.
A slow start for both teams ended with an 11-10 deficit for Bend at he end of the first quarter, but the Lava Bears used a 20-8 second quarter to take a 30-19 halftime lead, and they never looked back.
Justin Kerr had 20 points including four 3-pointers, and Brian Warriner has 18 points to lead the Lava Bears.
Bend advances to the first round of the OSAA 5A basketball playoffs on Saturday.
In Girls Basketball news the matchups were set for 5A Girls Basketball Playoffs.
Oregon School Activities Association has released the matchups for the First Round of the 5A Girls Basketball Playoffs on Friday.
The Bend Lava Bears will host Lebanon, while the Ridgeview High School (Redmond, Oregon) Ravens will go on the road to play at Springfield.
Both games tip-off at 6pm.
High School Basketball Playoffs Tip-Off This Week
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom takes a look at the playoffs in high school basketball with several games on tap over the next few days.
Here is the full 5A and 4A playoff schedule for boys and girls:
Boys 5A Play-In Games
St. Helens at Bend 5:30pm
Summit at Parkrose 6pm
Girls 5A Play-in Games
Putnam at Ridgeview TBA
Summit at Hillsboro 5pm
Girls 4A Playoff Game
#9 Valley Catholic at #8 Madras 6:30pm
Boys 4a Playoff Games
#16 Madras at #1 Banks 3pm
#9 Henley at #8 Sisters 5pm
New Short Film To Highlight Bend’s Environmental Center
The Environmental Center is on a mission, and they’re trying to spread the word in a new short film that will debut as part of the Mountain Film Festival at Tower Theatre this weekend.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has a preview of the festival and the film.
The festival is already sold out for Saturday night’s showings but there are still a few tickets left at the box office for Friday night’s show.