Player Safety

Death of College Football Player Brings Safety Concerns to Forefront

A University of Maine football player died after collapsing on the field during the first practice of his freshman year. The incident has put the spotlight back on safety for players across the sport.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom got a chance to talk to a local high school coach about how this tragedy and this summer’s heat and haze are affecting his football team.

So far this summer the Madras High School football team has had six days of full practices and at least three of those days, including today, have been spent inside because of the air quality.

Repairs Wrap Up on Historic Gym

It’s been a year-and-a-half since snow collapsed the roof of the historic gym at the Highland School at Kenwood Elementary. However tonight construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the new gym, which put some modern elements on the inside while keeping the look and charm of the old gym on the outside.

While there are new upgrades and the building is taller due to the new slanted roof, the total facility is the same square footage.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan got a sneak peak at the new gym earlier today.

Local Boxer Falls Short of National Title

Kevin Ochoa-Limbeck stepped into the ring in his first attempt to win the Junior National Golden Gloves Championship in Mesquite, Nevada over the weekend. After two days of fighting the 13-year-old Redmond resident made it to the final round, but fell short of winning the title. Ochoa-Limbeck lost to Ariel Semano from Arizona. Ochoa-Limbeck will be back in the ring for the U.S. Championship in December.

Ridin’ For a Title

Central Oregon Teenage Rodeo Athletes in Wyoming for National Finals

The NHSRA National High School Rodeo Finals are in Rock Springs, Wyoming this week and at least five Central Oregon teenagers are there, vying for a national title in their events.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom met two of them, Kennedy Buckner from Powell Butte and Hope Luttrell from Prineville, as they prepared for the biggest competition of their young careers.

Preview: Road to Redemption

New Documentary on La Pine High Baseball Team Debuts on July 4th

Tune in on Wednesday, July 4th, when Central Oregon Daily debuts a new 30-minute documentary called “Road to Redemption”, a six-month journey with La Pine High School student-athletes who turned a devastating loss in the football playoffs to an inspiring run for the state title in baseball.

Here’s a preview of this Special Edition of Central Oregon Daily airing on July 4th at 3pm, 3:30pm and 6pm on KOHD-ABC and 7pm on KBNZ-CBS.

High School Coach Creates His Own Signing Day for Incoming Freshmen

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.

Oregon Teams Advance to Sweet 16

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.