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.

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


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

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.

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.