Take a Knee

Police Brutality and Racial Profiling Protests Hit Close to Home

A Madras teenager says Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players were an inspiration for his recent protest of police brutality and racial profiling during the National Anthem at an assembly at Madras High School. His protest came only a few weeks before the NFL officials announced they would be requiring players to stand during the National Anthem or the entire team would be fined.

Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton and Anyssa Bohanan have more on the NFL’s decision and why one Central Oregon teen chose to take a knee.

Super Bowl LII Live Experience

Central Oregon Daily Takes You to Downtown Minneapolis

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom takes us to the Super Bowl Live Experience in Downtown Minneapolis. We also take you behind the scenes at Super Bowl Opening Day where Eric got to chat with Mountain View High School alumni Jacob and Cody Hollister. He also caught up with former University of Oregon player Patrick Chung and our reporter Allison gets a rave review from New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch.

National Anthem Protests Spark Nationwide Debate

It was a moment that sports fans had been anticipating for nearly two days over the weekend. After President Trump suggested NFL owners should fire any players who protested during the national anthem, athletes from several different sports took to social media and expressed their support of the players, setting up a potentially pivotal moment before Sunday’s NFL games.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker went to The Hideaway Tavern, a sports bar in Bend, to see how local fans would react.

NE Patriots Keep Bend Native on 53-Man Final Roster

Mountain View High School alum Jacob Hollister practiced today as a member of the regular season roster for the New England PatriotsThe undrafted rookie free agent beat out other rookies and veteran James O’Shaughnessy at training camp to secure the 3rd-string spot at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.

The Boston Globe’s beat reporter for the Patriots, Jim McBride, spoke to Central Oregon Daily on Saturday after the roster decision was announced. “Jacob really impressed from the moment camp started and was one of the offensive surprises of the summer,” said McBride. “He provides the Patriots with that athletic, stretch-the-field tight end to complement Rob Gronkowski and Dwyane Allen and his work on kick coverage teams is a big bonus.”

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker is in Foxborough today and got a chance to talk with Jacob before practice. Allison will have live reports from Foxborough on Central Oregon Daily on Monday (Labor Day) at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on KOHD and 7 p.m. on KBNZ

Bend Native Clears Waivers and Joins Patriots’ Practice Squad

Wide receiver Cody Hollister is back on the practice field with the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts today after being signed to the team’s practice squad.

The Mountain View High School alum was cut on Saturday, but coaches told him they would sign him to the practice squad if no other team picked him up off waivers. As a practice squad member, Cody will attend all team practices and meetings and training sessions, but he will not be in uniform for any of the games unless he gets promoted during the season, which can happen at any time.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker is in Foxborough today and got a chance to talk to Cody before he returned to the practice field. Allison will have live reports from Foxborough on Central Oregon Daily on Monday (Labor Day) at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on KOHD and 7 p.m. on KBNZ

Hollister Twins “On the Bubble” as Patriots’ Coaching Staff Makes Final Roster Cuts This Weekend

The heat is on Friday night for hundreds of young football players as they wait to find out whether they will make the final roster cuts in the NFLTeams have until 4 p.m. EST on Saturday to reduce their rosters from 90 players to 53. Two of those players are twin brothers from Bend, who played in their final preseason game for the New England Patriots on Thursday night and made quite an impression on the Patriots’ coaches and fans.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker is in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where she has the latest on Mountain View High School alums, Jacob and Cody Hollister.

Hollisters’ Final Push for NFL

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker was at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts less than an hour before kickoff of the New England Patriots final preseason game vs. the New York Giants on Thursday night to talk with Jim McBride, the Patriots Beat Reporter for the Boston Globe, about what the game meant to Jacob and Cody Hollister’s chances of making the final roster after the 90-man squad is cut down to 53 this weekend.

Twin Brothers from Bend Make a Combined Five Catches in Final NFL Preseason Game with the Patriots

Jacob and Cody Hollister, twin brothers from Bend and Mountain View High School alums, took advantage of the last opportunities they had to secure a roster spot on the defending champion New England Patriots during the team’s final preseason game versus the New York Giants on Thursday night.

Jacob started the game at tight end and made one catch during the opening drive, and finished the game with four catches for 26 yards and a TD, leaving him with a total of 12 catches in the preseason for the Patriots. He’s fighting for the third TE spot behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, but the other tight end fighting for that same spot, James O’Shaughnessy, had two catches for 38 yards and also saw a lot of action throughout the game.

Cody started the night by catching a nine-yard touchdown pass on the Patriots’ opening drive of the game, and it was a pretty difficult grab with a defender all over him, but he managed to hold on to the ball and keep both feet in-bounds in the end zone. That was his only catch of the game, but it was an impressive one. He ended the preseason with two catches. He’s vying for the fifth and sixth wide receiver spots after a season-ending injury to Julian Edleman last week left another possible receiver spot open at the bottom of the depth chart.

Both Hollisters got on the field throughout the game which ended with a 40-38 victory by the Giants.

Every NFL team must cut its roster from 90 players to 53 by 4 p.m. EST on Sunday, so we will see if the Hollisters’ effort was enough to land them on that final roster. If not, there is a chance they could end up on the 10-man offensive practice squad, which would keep them with the team, and give them a chance to be promoted to the squad in the event of an injury at their positions during the season.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker is in Foxborough, Massachusetts tonight and will be talking to Jacob and Cody after the game, and you can see her interview with the Hollisters on Friday on Central Oregon Daily.

Hollister Twins Fight for Spots on Patriots Team

From the time they started playing football in youth leagues in Bend, Oregon, it was the dream of twin brothers Jacob and Cody Hollister to someday play in the NFL. Now, the Mountain View High School alums might be one game and one big play away from making that dream a reality.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker has a preview of the New England Patriots‘ final preseason game, and what the Hollister twins need to do to make one final lasting impression on the coaches.

***PROGRAM NOTE – Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker will be live in Foxborough before, during and after the Patriots’ final preseason game to track all of Jacob and Cody’s plays and see if they can play their way on to the final 53-man roster. Watch for her updates on our Facebook page throughout the day and watch her live reports from Foxborough during the game on Central Oregon Daily on Thursday at 6 p.m. on KOHD and 7 p.m. on KBNZ.***

Twin Brothers from Bend Have One More Preseason Game to Make an Impression on the New England Patriots

On a night when the biggest headline was a possible serious injury to their starting wide receiver, Julian Edelman, the New England Patriots also got to see Mountain View High School alum, Cody Hollister (#81), make his first preseason catch.

Edelman went down with a knee injury during the first drive of the Patriots’ 30-28 victory over the Lions in Detroit on Friday night. That paved the way for WR Chris Hogan to have a big night with four catches for 70 yards, and it may have opened the door for Cody Hollister to get more playing time, and he took advantage of the opportunity with his first catch of the preseason for 31 yards. It was the only time he was targeted during the game.

Cody’s brother, Jacob (#48), was the Patriots’ leading receiver in the team’s first game with seven catches and made one catch in the second preseason game as he tries to earn the #3 tight end spot on the roster behind veterans, Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.

The Hollister brothers graduated from Mountain View High School, and Jacob went on to play tight end at Wyoming while Cody played wide receiver at Arkansas. Neither player was picked during the NFL Draft, but the Patriots immediately signed both brothers as undrafted free agents after the draft ended.

The Hollister brothers get one more chance to make an impression on Patriots’ coaches in the team’s final preseason game on Thursday night in Foxborough versus the New York Giants. After that, the team’s roster will be cut from 90 players to 53 by 4 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 3.