Supper Club: The Impact of OSAA League Reclassification

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.

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.

The Center Foundation Player of the Game: Justin Kerr

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.

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

The Center Foundation Player of the Game: Matt Van Tassel

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.

Threat at Bend Senior High

Bend Police Increasing Presence at Bend Senior High Tuesday After Report of School Threat

Administrators at Bend Senior High School released the following letter to parents and students on Monday night to warn them about a police investigation involving a reported school threat, and the increased presence that Bend Police will have on campus on Tuesday when students return from the three-day holiday weekend:

February 19, 2018

Dear Bend Senior High School families,

In recent days, we have seen students and community members responding to, and talking about, the terrible act of violence that took place at a Parkland, Florida high school. For those who work and attend school in classroom environments every day – or send their students to school every day – we may find that events like the tragedy in Parkland feel close to home and raise intense emotions.

This weekend we talked with a student who reported overhearing two other students talking about general school attacks in ways that were perceived to be threatening to the Bend Senior High School learning environment. Bend Police Department and school administrators spent countless hours throughout the weekend attempting to follow up on this lead. The students who were said to have made these remarks were not identified and the single witness statement did not yield a viable lead. We will continue to investigate any new information that becomes available.

I share this with you tonight so that you are aware that we will have an increased police presence at Bend Senior High School tomorrow, which is the date that the reporting student said the two youth were allegedly discussing violence could take place at our school.

We and our partners at Bend Police Department have invested many resources into looking into this tip – all hours that we give willingly and with passion as we want to do everything we can to keep our students and schools safe.

That said, we have an opportunity for a ‘teachable moment’ where we can talk to our students about tone that is appropriate to use when having conversations with others about the tragedies that we are too frequently seeing on our mobile devices, on social media and on television.

It is my hope that you can help to reinforce to your student that if they see something, they should always say something. Please encourage your students to contact the main office, talk to a staff member or counselor, or use the SafeOregon tip line that they can find under the First Step icon on their iPad desktops at any time. (Parents, you can download First Step on your own device. Search for First Step OR in your app store.)

This single incident is not indicative of the Bend Senior High School culture or students. We, and our law enforcement partners, believe that our school will be safe for all students tomorrow. Patrols and police presence will be increased in an abundance of caution. Additionally, we understand that in informing our community of this threat we run the risk of other students copying this behavior. However, we felt it was important to communicate with our parents about this situation tonight.

Thank you for your support of our Lava Bear community.

Sincerely,

Bend Senior High School Administration Team

The Center Foundation Player of the Game: Brian Warriner

Maybe it’s the bright lights of the TV cameras. Whatever the motivation, Brian Warriner came up big when Bend needed him.

With the score tied at 41-41 in the fourth quarter, Warriner scored 10 consecutive points to lead the visiting Bend Senior High School Lava Bears to a critical 55-45 victory over Summit High School in an Intermountain Conference boys’ basketball clash Friday Night.

With the junior post leading all scorers with 16 points, Bend kept its hopes alive to win the IMC championship and earn a bye for the first round of playoffs. For his efforts, Warriner earned The Center Foundation Player of the Game honors for the third time this season.