***UPDATE ON SATURDAY – Summit High School Cross Country Girls are National Champions after winning the Nile Cross Nationals in Portland in Saturday morning***
The Summit High School Girls’ Cross-Country team has been ranked Number One in the country for the past month, but on Saturday, they get a chance to win that top spot at the national competition in the Portland area.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom caught up with three of the runners before they left town for their title shot.
It was a rough weekend for Beavers and Ducks fans…but Central Oregon Daily’s resident Cougar fan Eric Lindstrom wasn’t too upset about this weekend’s outcomes.
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.
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.
Kevin Ochoa-Limbeck stepped into the ring in his first attempt to win the Junior National Golden Gloves Championship in Mesquite, Nevada over the weekend. After two days of fighting the 13-year-old Redmond resident made it to the final round, but fell short of winning the title. Ochoa-Limbeck lost to Ariel Semano from Arizona. Ochoa-Limbeck will be back in the ring for the U.S. Championship in December.
Central Oregon Daily’s Dorrell Wenninger Hosts a Bend Elk For the Summer
The Bend Elks opened their summer season at home on Friday against Cowlitz.
When the players aren’t on the field during the season, they are staying at the homes of Bend residents who have volunteered to host them for the summer.
One of those hosts is Central Oregon Daily’s Chief Meteorologist, Dorrell Wenninger, who is hosting an Elks pitcher named Brennan Patterson.
In Oregon March Madness is all about with women with University of Oregon and Oregon State University women’s basketball teams both still in the running. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom tells us what to expect from the Lady Ducks and Lady Beavers.
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.
13-year-old Redmond boxer Kevin Ochoa-Limbeck had lost close decisions in the finals of the last two silver gloves championships, but the third time was the charm.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom shows us how the Redmond boxer won a national title in Missouri over the weekend.
Kevin got a welcome home celebration fit for a champion on Sunday afternoon. 75 friends, family, and fans showed up at Redmond airport to congratulate Kevin on his national title when he arrived back home from Missouri. Kevin says he hopes to fight for the U.S Olympic boxing team in the future.