Oregon Teams Advance to Sweet 16

The Oregon State University women’s basketball team made history on Sunday in their game against Tennessee.

Tennessee had never lost in the tournament on their home floor and they were 57 and 0 coming into the matchup, but they can kiss that record goodbye.

The Beavers took them down, shocking the Vols 66 to 59.

The crazy thing about the matchup was three of Tennessee’s best players are from Oregon and played basketball at Oregon high schools. Five years ago the number one high school recruit in the nation was Mercedes Russell out of Springfield and she choose to take her talents to Tennessee. Jaime Nared and Evina Westbrook followed suit in the following years.

That gave Tennessee three starters from Oregon and the Oregon girls showed out. Russell led the way with 21 and 14 but it wasn’t enough. The Beavers overcame an earlier deficit and clawed out a 7-point victory. The Beavers were led once again by senior Marie Gulich who put up 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.

OSU now marches on to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year where they will face 2-seed Baylor in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday.

The Beaver’s aren’t the only Oregon team moving on. The University of Oregon Lady Ducks got off to a fast start against 10 seed Minnesota and never looked back.

Led by sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu with 29 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, the NCAA’s all time leader in triple doubles almost messed around and got another. Fellow sophomore Ruthy Hebard added 22 and 10 and the Ducks were up by as many as 34 before clearing the bench. They finished with a 101 to 73 victory.

The Ducks will now head to Spokane, Washington where they will face Central Michigan the 11 seed on Saturday.

 

March Madness

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.

Supper Club: The State of Our Schools

Recent nationwide studies have ranked Oregon near the bottom of the country when it comes to education spending and test scores so for this week’s Supper Club, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with a Bend-La Pine school board member, the president of Central Oregon Community College and the vice president of OSU-Cascades for a closer look at the state of our schools.

Thanks to Rebecca Johnson, Shirley Metcalf and Cheri Helt for joining us. A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

OSU-Cascades Hopes for Expansion

State lawmakers denied Oregon State University-Cascades the funding to expand the Bend campus last summer, which came as a shock to officials and the school donors who had been working to make a case for a new academic building.

However, there is new hope for expansion after governor Kate Brown requested 39 million dollars for the university in the upcoming legislative session.

The OSU-Cascades campus opened in 2016 but the university’s goal of expanding it’s facilities took a hit last summer when the state allocated the university just $9.5 million of the $69.5 million OSU-Cascades had hoped for.

“We’re asking in the 2018 session for $39 million to build the next academic building because that’s the most critical thing,” said Becky Johnson, vice president of OSU-Cascades. “if we don’t have space for students to be in classrooms and for faculty to have office space we simply can’t keep growing to meet the demands of the region.”

Late Friday, governor Brown announced an $88 million-dollar package of supplemental spending she wants for the Oregon higher education system and OSU-Cascades is slotted for $39 million of that if approved.

However, within hours of Friday’s announcement, at least one lawmaker was signaling his disapproval of the plan. Democratic representative Paul Evans of Monmouth County tweeted “There is still no logical rationale for added capacity at OSU-Cascades.”

House speaker Tina Kotek expressed a similar sentiment in July while explaining why only $9 million of the $1.3 billion dollar state bond package went to OSU-Cascades.

OSU Researcher Trying to Prevent the Deaths of Eagles Hit by Wind Turbines

A 2013 study published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin found that wind turbines kill an estimated 573,000 birds a year in the United States alone, including the once-endangered bald eagle and golden eagles.

That’s why the U.S. Department of Energy is looking for solutions to keep the birds from being struck by the giant blades of the turbines.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom looks at the work of an Oregon State University researcher who is spending time with the raptors at The High Desert Museum to come up with a solution to this deadly threat.

OSU Football Returns to Bend for Summer Camp

When most of us think “summer camp,” we picture lakes, camping, and roasting marshmallows by the fire. However, for the Oregon State University Football team, summer camp is a “trial by fire” to see who can crack the starting line-up during two-a-days under the hot, Central Oregon sun.

Anyssa Bohanan caught up with the players today at Summit High School where they’ll be practicing through the end of the week.

 

Oregon State Player Takes the Field for the Elks

Less than three weeks ago, analysts were calling the Oregon State Beavers one of the greatest college baseball teams of all-time. Then, their record-breaking season came crashing down with two straight losses in the College World Series.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom reports, one of those Beavers, a Central Oregon native, is back home this summer and playing for the Bend Elks.

The Central Oregon Connection to Oregon State Baseball

Oregon State Baseball fans might be checking flights for Omaha soon, as the #1 seeded Beavers make a serious run at at another National Championship, 10 years after they last won the College World Series.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom went to Corvallis to find the Central Oregon connection to the top-ranked college baseball team in the country with Ridgeview High School alum George Mendazona and Bend Senior High School alum Elliot Willy.