The Bend Lava Bears volleyball team is coming off back-to-back state championships at the 5A level. However they, and the other Bend high schools have jumped up to 6A, and the Lava Bears are out to prove that those state titles were no fluke.
Portland Trailblazers Visit Bend
The Portland TrailBlazers, partnered with Moda Health, are in Central Oregon for the next few days, trying to inspire kids to get more active with the annual Rip City Rally. Trailblazers’ players, coaches and staff finished up their visit in Bend today with a free Rip City Fair in downtown. If you missed them in Bend it’s not too late, the team will continue its tour of Central Oregon – heading to Prineville and then to Madras.
On Wednesday, opening ceremonies in Prineville, Oregon will begin at 4pm on Elm Street between Second and Third streets next to Pioneer Park.
On Thursday, opening ceremonies in City of Madras will begin at 4pm at City Hall.
An old football rivalry is being renewed tonight. The Madras High School White Buffaloes are in La Pine to play the Hawks in a 3A match up. Both teams started their season in spectacular fashion and both hope to keep the early season momentum alive. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom joins us from the field at La Pine High School with more on tonight’s match up.
Local High School Hopes New Tech Will Protect Football Players
Parents across the country have been pulling their kids out of football leagues after recent studies showing the dangers of head injuries caused by hard tackles. Summit High School in Bend is hoping to protect their players and save the sport they love by trying out some new helmets that could help coaches keep their players safe on the field.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has more from the field at Summit High School.
OSU Players and Fans Not Phased by Haze
The Oregon State Beavers are preparing for their season opener against Ohio State with a series of public scrimmages across the state, and today they were in Bend.
The green and white at Summit High School was replaced by orange and black on Thursday afternoon as the Oregon State Beavers invaded campus to hold an inter-squad scrimmage.
The usual familiar backdrop of the Cascade Mountains was replaced with smoke and haze but the show went on, and players and fans alike seemed unphased.
The beavers had moments throughout the scrimmage where they looked sharp, and others, not so much. We’ll blame it on the smoke. Overall the trip was a success and a great chance for fans to see their team up close and personal.
The Beavers kick off their season at number 5-ranked Ohio State on September 1st.
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.