A local high school coach is tearing a page right out of the college playbook to generate excitement in his school’s football program.
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.
Mike Ficher, COTV sports announcer, Josh Cordell, centraloregonathlete.com, and Grant Lucas, Bend Bulletin sports reporter, join us to revisit the OSAA decision to change the Bend high schools’ league to 6A.
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Picking up the slack for injured sharpshooter Brock Mesarich, Justin Kerr poured in 20 points, including 4 from beyond the arc, to lead host Bend Senior High School to a 65-42 victory over St. Helens High School of the Northwest Oregon Conference in a Class 5A boys basketball play-in game Wednesday night.
For his efforts, the junior guard earned The Center Foundation Player of the Game honors. With the win, Bend will play a first round playoff game Saturday.
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
Altering shots, demonstrating leadership and scoring 20 points, Matt Van Tassel led visiting Mountain View High School to a 74-55 victory over Bend Senior High School in a key Intermountain Conference boys basketball game Tuesday night.
For his effort, the reigning IMC Player of the Year earned The Center Foundation Player of the Game honors.
The win guarantees at least a co-championship for the Cougars. Mountain View hosts Summit High School Friday in a game that will decide the #1 seed—and a bye—for the play-in round of the class 5A post-season tournament.
There is a change of schedule for COTV Sports coverage for TONIGHT’S high school basketball games. We will air the Mountain View High School @ Bend Senior High School boys basketball game LIVE, with the PreGame starting at 6:45 p.m. and the Tip Off at 7 p.m.. If you can’t be there, be sure to tune in to BendBroadbandchannels 11 or 611 HD.