Annual Cycling Event Canceled for the 2018 Season

In the world of cycling, the Cascade Cycling Classic has become one of the premier and unique stops for riders from all over the globe. Yet, for the first time in nearly 40 years, the event has been canceled.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom caught up with one of the organizers of the C.C.C today to find out why it’s being shut down this season.

Signing Day

Nine Student-Athletes From Mountain View High School Commit to Colleges

It is that time of the year when student-athletes across the country commit to the colleges and universities who are offering them scholarships, and today was signing day at Mountain View High School. 

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom chatted with a few of the students and Anyssa Bohanan caught up with football player Riley Straly who has fielded numerous offers before signing a letter of intent to go to Independence Community College in Kansas.

You’ll still have an opportunity to see Riley play before he heads to Kansas later this summer. He’s just one of 36 players from across the state of Oregon that’s been invited to be a part of the Les Schwab Bowl which is taking place June 16th.

 

NAME

COLLEGE

LOCATION

SPORT

Camri Reinhart

Azusa Pacific

California

Acro-tumbling

Taiton Fox

Austin College

TEXAS

WATER POLO

Brandt Waller

GEORGE FOX

NEWBERG

FOOTBALL

Riley Straly

Independence Community College

Kansas

FOOTBALL

Matt Van Tassell

OIT

Klamath Falls

Basketball

Reed Sehorn Hurst

Whitworth

Spokane

Track

Aja Perks

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

Volleyball

Violet Mills

New Hope Christian College

Eugene

Volleyball

Kayla Berg

Wenatchee Valley

Wenatchee, WA

Softball

Ready to Rumble

Bend Fighter Makes His Professional Boxing Debut

Chris Johnson got a late start to his boxing career, making his first Golden Gloves appearance as a 22-year-old, but late last year, the 25-year-old Bend fighter became a father for the first time, and he decided that is was now or never, if he was ever going to take his shot at becoming a professional boxer.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom followed Chris “The Truth” Johnson, all the way from the opening days of training camp in Bend to the final bell of his first professional fight in Medford.

Tree Well Warnings After Deaths on Mt Bachelor

How to Avoid Dangerous Situations on the Mountain

Mt. Bachelor officials say they are putting a priority on warning skiers and snowboarders about the dangers of tree wells after the deaths of two people in separate incidents on the mountain last Friday. 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan takes a closer look at the accidents that claimed the lives of two young Oregonians.

Mt. Bachelor officials, as well as those who have experienced being trapped in a tree well, say that one of the safest things that you can do to avoid dangerous situations on the mountain is to have someone skiing or snowboarding with you, especially is you are making a run near the trees.

Tree Wells Cause Two Deaths at Mt. Bachelor

MT. BACHELOR OFFICIALS CONFIRM TWO DEATHS IN ONE DAY

On Friday a female skier was found in tree well just hours after the death of male snowboarder, also found in a tree well. Mt Bachelor officials issued this press release at 12:23am on Saturday morning:

“Following the death of an adult male snowboarder on Friday, a second guest fatality has occurred at Mt. Bachelor.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday, Mt. Bachelor ski patrol received a report of a missing adult female skier who had become separated from her friends.

Mt. Bachelor ski patrol launched a search with Deschutes County Search and Rescue (SAR) and after several hours of searching, crews located the missing skier at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday evening in a tree well near the more-difficult White Bark run in the vicinity of the Cloudchaser lift. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a separate incident earlier Friday, at approximately 12:00 p.m., an adult male snowboarder was discovered in a tree well in the West Bowls, an experts-only area near the Northwest lift.

Ski patrol members arrived and performed CPR while transporting the snowboarder to the West Village base area. He was transferred to the care of local emergency response personnel, who pronounced him dead at 1:14 p.m.

Members of the Mt. Bachelor ski patrol and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office are investigating both incidents.” 

“Our entire mountain community is shocked and saddened,” said John McLeod, Mt. Bachelor’s president and general manager, in the press release. “To have two unrelated incidents in the same day is unthinkable. We are heartbroken and our deepest condolences go out to the affected families and friends.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed the identities of both the skier and snowboarder. The snowboarder was identified as 24-year-old Bend resident Alfonso Braun.

Search and Rescue personnel said Braun was found buried in about six feet of snow around noon on Friday in the West Bowls, an expert-only area off of the Northwest chairlift. After repeated attempts at CPR, emergency medical personnel pronounced Braun dead at the West Village parking lot.

The full release from the Sheriff’s Office, released at 12:47am is below:

“At approximately 12:00pm today, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel were dispatched to Mt. Bachelor for a report of a snowboarder found buried in the snow. Other skiers in the area began working to uncover the snowboarder, who was found to be unconscious and not breathing. Mt Bachelor Ski Patrol members arrived and began performing CPR while transporting the snowboarder to the West Village parking lot. The snowboarder, 24 year old Alfonso Braun of Bend, was pronounced deceased once being transferred into the care of awaiting emergency medical personnel.

Alfonso was found in the West Bowls, which is an expert-only area off of the Northwest chairlift. Weather at the time was reported to be mostly cloudy with light snow showers. Snow conditions at the time consisted of “unconsolidated powder”.

An investigation at the scene determined Braun had separated from his friends, snowboarding into a treed area. Braun snowboarded into a tree well, becoming buried in approximately six feet of snow, head first, where he was later found. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Detectives with the assistance of the Medical Examiner’s Office are further investigating this accident.”

The Sheriff’s Office also released the name of the skier found Friday. The skier was identified as 19-year-old Eugene resident Nicole Panet-Raymond.

Search and Rescue personnel said Panet-Raymond became separated from her friends around 3:30pm on Friday afternoon, and five hours later around 8:30pm, she was found in a tree well in the more-difficult White Bark run near the Cloudchaser lift. Panet-Raymond was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The full press release from the Sheriff’s Office, which was released at 1:02am on Saturday, is below:

“On March 2nd, 2018, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Mt. Bachelor ski patrol received a report of a missing adult female skier who had become separated from her friends.

Mt. Bachelor ski patrol launched a search with Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and after several hours of searching, crews located the missing skier, 19 year old Nicole Panet-Raymond, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Nicole was located in a tree well near the more-difficult White Bark run in the vicinity of the Cloudchaser lift. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cell phone forensics were utilized in assisting searchers to locate Nicole. She was found buried in approximately six feet of snow, approximately 10 yards off of the White Bark run.”

Fatalities at ski areas resulting from falls into tree wells are fairly uncommon and McLeod said it was “exceptionally rare” for two unrelated incidents to occur in the same day at one ski area. Prior to Friday’s incidents, the last tree well fatality at Mt. Bachelor occurred in 2002.

Tree wells are an area of loose snow at the base of trees that pose a risk to skiers, snowboarders, hikers and snowshoers. The wells are often invisible from the surface but falling into one could cause injury or death due to suffocation.

Those participating in winter activities should be aware of the danger and avoid trees, since they mark tree wells, and always go out with a partner and maintain visual contact.

 

 

On to the Playoffs

 

The Summit High School Storm went on the road for their play-in game on Wednesday night and upset Parkrose 55-54 to advance to the First Round of the OSAA 5A Basketball Playoffs on Saturday.
With the Storm’s victory, there will be three IMC teams in the 5A Boys Playoffs – Summit, Bend and Mountain View High School

The Bend Senior High boys beat St. Helen’s 65-42 in a home play-in game on Wednesday night.
A slow start for both teams ended with an 11-10 deficit for Bend at he end of the first quarter, but the Lava Bears used a 20-8 second quarter to take a 30-19 halftime lead, and they never looked back.
Justin Kerr had 20 points including four 3-pointers, and Brian Warriner has 18 points to lead the Lava Bears.
Bend advances to the first round of the OSAA 5A basketball playoffs on Saturday.

In Girls Basketball news the matchups were set for 5A Girls Basketball Playoffs.

Oregon School Activities Association has released the matchups for the First Round of the 5A Girls Basketball Playoffs on Friday.
The Bend Lava Bears will host Lebanon, while the Ridgeview High School (Redmond, Oregon) Ravens will go on the road to play at Springfield.
Both games tip-off at 6pm.

 

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

Decision Day

Central Oregon Student-Athletes Make Final Choices Among College Scholarship Offers

It’s that time of the year where student athletes all over Central Oregon are getting ready to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives – where to go to college.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with one of the most heavily-recruited football players in Bend, Mountain View High School’s Riley Straly, to see how he is weighing his options.
Riley says he is hoping to make a decision by the end of the week and as soon as he does, we will let all of you know so you know which team to root for this Fall!

3-Diculous: Madras White Buffaloes’ New Approach to Basketball

The boys’ basketball team at Madras High School is making a playoff run with the help of an unusual style of play they have dubbed “3-diculous”.


Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom looks at how the White Buffaloes have used a fast-paced offense and high-pressure defense to become the top-scoring 4A team in the state.