The Road to Hillsboro: 6A Volleyball

Summit High School‘s Storm and Bend Senior High School Lava Bears faced off last night in a cross-town rivalry. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom has the highlights of the last night’s game.

Summit and Bend Keep Volleyball Rivalry Alive in 6A Competition

Bend Senior High School‘s Lava Bears knew that this year’s road to state would be their toughest yet with the jump up to 6A competition. But despite the competition in the Salem area, Bend’s biggest road block to their state title is proving to be right here at home.
 
Bend’s own cross-town rival the Summit High School Storm currently sits atop the mountain conference bracket. The two schools renew their rivalry with their last big test before post-season play begins.

Summit Student Balances Football and National Guard

He was out for the first three games of the season but Jeremiah McCray is back on the field at Summit High School, just in time for homecoming. However the senior defensive end has been busy for good reason, he was at basic training in Georgia as part of the National Guard.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom is live from the field at Summit High with more on the story.

Lava Bears Look to Defend State Titles

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.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom joined us live from Bend Senior High School tonight, where the Lava Bears were hosting the Mountain View High School Cougars.

Rip City Rally

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.

Match Up: Madras vs. La Pine

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.

Protecting Players from Concussions

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.

Scrimmage in the Smoke

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.

Player Safety

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.