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.

 

March Madness

In Oregon March Madness is all about with women with University of Oregon and Oregon State University women’s basketball teams both still in the running. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom tells us what to expect from the Lady Ducks and Lady Beavers.

Surviving a Tree Well

A Central Oregonian Shares His Story of Escaping a Harrowing Fall Into a Tree Well

Since the death of two Oregonians at Mt. Bachelor last week, officials there have put a priority on warning visitors about the dangers of tree wells. That’s why La Pine resident and longtime skier Jack Reynolds wanted to share his story with Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings about the time he almost died in a tree well, because he hopes to help prevent future tragedies.

Ready to Rumble

Bend Fighter Makes His Professional Boxing Debut

Chris Johnson got a late start to his boxing career, making his first Golden Gloves appearance as a 22-year-old, but late last year, the 25-year-old Bend fighter became a father for the first time, and he decided that is was now or never, if he was ever going to take his shot at becoming a professional boxer.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom followed Chris “The Truth” Johnson, all the way from the opening days of training camp in Bend to the final bell of his first professional fight in Medford.

Playoff Update

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.

On to the Playoffs

 

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.

 

Playoff Picture

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

Tuesday

St. Helens at Bend 5:30pm
Summit at Parkrose 6pm

Girls 5A Play-in Games

Tuesday

Putnam at Ridgeview TBA
Summit at Hillsboro 5pm

Girls 4A Playoff Game

Friday

#9 Valley Catholic at #8 Madras 6:30pm

Boys 4a Playoff Games

Saturday

#16 Madras at #1 Banks 3pm
#9 Henley at #8 Sisters 5pm

Decision Day

Central Oregon Student-Athletes Make Final Choices Among College Scholarship Offers

It’s that time of the year where student athletes all over Central Oregon are getting ready to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives – where to go to college.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with one of the most heavily-recruited football players in Bend, Mountain View High School’s Riley Straly, to see how he is weighing his options.
Riley says he is hoping to make a decision by the end of the week and as soon as he does, we will let all of you know so you know which team to root for this Fall!

3-Diculous: Madras White Buffaloes’ New Approach to Basketball

The boys’ basketball team at Madras High School is making a playoff run with the help of an unusual style of play they have dubbed “3-diculous”.


Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom looks at how the White Buffaloes have used a fast-paced offense and high-pressure defense to become the top-scoring 4A team in the state.