▶️ Nationally ranked Bend High softball team breaks records during playoff win

For Bend High softball, a historic run for a state title began Monday night.

The team took on the Franklin Lightning and won 14-0 in five innings.

“They were a really good team to face in the first round,” said Bend High senior Lena Zahniser. “We did a pretty good job hitting the ball and had an amazing pitching outing by Addi.”

Monday night’s victory saw the Lava Bears break the school record for most wins in a single season with 27.

They are ranked second in the state of Oregon and ranked 15 nationally.

Head coach Tom Mauldin says he believes this is the softball team’s first home playoff game and home playoff victory ever.

“People will call and say tell me about your team, tell me a little bit about the character and I tell them they are all characters,” said Bend High softball coach Tom Mauldin. “I say that jokingly, but they are a very stellar group, they are very solid. We have a very high GPA as a team. I like to think that teams that have high GPAs are very coachable.”

Bend has won 41 of their last 42 games and as a team broke the school record for most home runs in a season with 40 and counting.

The Lava Bears are led by sophomore pitcher Addisen Fisher, who threw a no hitter Monday.

▶️ Bend Sophomore Addisen Fisher throws perfect game in 13-0 win over Summit

“She is a freak of nature,” said Bend catcher Sophia Weathers. “Her energy has different levels where she can crack down on any team.”

Fisher has already broken the school record for most strikeouts and most no hitters thrown in a season.

She’s cracking down on the most career strikeouts record.

“She can be scary, but her energy and her passion for softball really is like an engine to the team,” said Weathers.

▶️ Bend High softball ready for state title run

According to the players the team’s success stems from an important factor.

“We like each other, which a lot of teams can’t say but we show up and we actually have fun and we enjoy it and it makes it a lot easier to play well together when you like each other,” said Zahniser.

The Lava Bears are now matched up against Mountainside in the second round of the playoffs.

The game is at home Wednesday.

▶️ Two Deschutes County horses euthanized after contracting Equine Herpevirus

Two Deschutes County horses contracted Equine Herpevirus or EHV-1 while attending separate events in Eugene.

“This virus feels like it’s becoming a little bit more transmissible than what it used to, so we have to be on a little higher alert for biosecurity,” said Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Bend Equine Medical Center Wendy Krebs.

The first horse tested positive on May 4th and the second May 16th.

“Could certainly have been horses that they contacted there at the show or it could have been horses here in Deschutes County,” said Krebs. “We don’t know of any commonality in the two horses that were here being exposed to each other. So, It’s unknown at this point.”

Krebs says the EHV-1 virus is not uncommon, but things turn much worse if horses contract a more rare Neurological variant called EHM.

EHM stands for Equine Herpevirus Myeloencephalopathy and so that essentially means a disease of the brain and spinal cord caused by the EHM and it does that specifically by forming micro blood clots to the circulation of those structures and so it impairs their functionality,” said Krebs. 

The two horses were both humanely euthanized and both ranches are currently under quarantine, which lasts a minimum of 28 days.

The virus is mainly transmitted between horses through sneezing and coughing.

“It can persist in the environment for up to seven days, sometimes even longer under ideal conditions and so we do worry about it being a pretty darn infectious one unfortunately,” Krebs added.

Krebs says several horse shows here in Deschutes County have been canceled out of an abundance of caution and with larger events, like rodeos starting soon, the virus will be monitored closely.

“So, we don’t know of it bridging over to the rodeo horse population at this point and hopefully it will not go there, but we will see what the next couple of weeks brings and if it does start to spread more widely, that might be a consideration,” she said. “I certainly hope not.”

Horse owners are being advised to be cautious themselves.

“I think it is a good time to be prudent and keep your horse home for a little bit until we know the full extent of what this outbreak may or may become,” said Krebs.

More information can be found on the  Bend Equine Medical Center Facebook page.

You can read the full statement by the Bend Equine Medical Center here:

According to the Oregon State Veterinarian’s office, equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) has been confirmed in two Deschutes County horses. EHM is the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). Both horses have been euthanized.

The deceased horses were not under the care of Bend Equine Medical Center; however, we’d like to share the following statement from the Oregon State Veterinarian, Dr. Ryan Scholz:

“A horse from Deschutes County tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) on May 4, 2022. Confirmation came from an out-of-state laboratory. The horse had recently attended the Oregon Horse Center at the Prairie Arena in Eugene from April 22-25. The horse has not attended any other events since that time. EHV-1 can cause upper-respiratory disease, neurological disease, abortions, and/or neonatal death. This horse showed neurological symptoms but did not show signs of nasal discharge or an elevated temperature. Unfortunately, due to delayed reporting, this case was only recently shared with the department.

A second horse from Deschutes County became symptomatic on May 13. The infected horse attended a show on May 6-7, also at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene. Confirmation of EHV-1 came from the Oregon State University Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on May 16.

Both horses were humanely euthanized and both ranches are currently under quarantine. The required quarantine will last a minimum of 28 days.

Equine herpesvirus information:

The EHV-1 virus is highly contagious and is spread via aerosolized secretions from infected coughing horses, by direct and indirect contact with nasal secretions, and fetal fluids. EHV-1 typically has an incubation period of 2-10 days. Respiratory shedding of the virus generally occurs for 7-10 days but may persist longer in infected horses.

Following basic biosecurity practices is an important factor in reducing risk of exposure to all contagious equine diseases. Basic biosecurity measures to follow to decrease potential disease spread at equine events include:

  • Limit horse-to-horse contact.
  • Limit horse-to-human-to-horse contact.
  • Avoid use of communal water sources.
  • Avoid sharing of equipment unless thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses.
  • Monitor your horse for clinical signs of disease and report any temperature over 102°F to a veterinarian.”

▶️ Keeping tradition alive: Native American students craft moccasins at MHS

At Madras High School, a Native American Student Union (NASU) group is learning how to make traditional moccasins.

Sewing and beading. Keeping tradition alive.

“One put good feelings into their work by their laughter and everything and have a gift that they can keep on giving,” said Charlene Dimmick with the Papalaxsimisha Cultural Center about what she hopes the kids get about the program.

NASU was created In partnership with the “On Track” Program through Oregon Health & Science University.

“I’m hoping that they feel excited to learn something that they might not have the opportunity to learn at home,” said Jillisa Suppah with the Papalaxsimisha Cultural Center. “Also, I am hoping it helps with other needs such as emotional or mental health.”

The Papalaxsimisha program hosts events and a place to learn for Native American students.

“It’s very calm and comforting,” said Madras High sophomore Noelani Kalama. “Just making moccasins, crafting you know.”

The program is held both after school and during lunch once a week in the classroom of long time languages arts teacher Clark Jones.

“My goal is that it becomes a safe place for people to be and it’s a place where they can bounce ideas off of, they can basically, hopefully learn a little bit more about culture and history,” said Jones.

▶️ Keeping the language alive; Indigenous language class returns to Madras High

From cutting to beading, since the spring term, moccasin making has been underway.

“I am just starting and I am now putting lines on,” said Madras High sophomore Monicah Jackson-Palmer.

“I have been trying to learn how to do things like triangle patterns and slowly trying to go into feather patterns,” said Madras High junior Annamarie Caldera.

Keeping the cultural skill and the Native American tradition alive.

“I think it is something important to hang on to especially as the generations go on and a lot of people aren’t participating in it anymore,” said Kalama.

The program will continue throughout the school year, and hopes to continue in Warm Springs during summer.

▶️ Live and in-person, Chamber of Commerce hosts Bend State of the City

Mayor Sally Russell gave an update on what the City of Bend has accomplished and struggled with over the past few years and what’s to come at the Bend State of the City event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday night.

“It’s a moment in time when you look at what we have all accomplished together over the last year, actually three years since COVID and what’s to come,” said CEO of the Bend Chamber of Commerce, Katy Brooks.

For the first time since the pandemic the event was a live, in-person event.

Around 70 people were in attendance and 150 more or so registered to watch online.

“With a city that is growing as fast as we are, the stuff that is coming, is coming fast and we all feel it. So, it is great to hear from our elected officials and from our mayor what the city is doing to keep up with that growth,” said Brooks.

Mayor Sally Russell spoke about what the council has done during her term.

“This past year we changed the fireworks code, we completed the GO bond project list, we actually adopted an integrated water system water plan with a focus on conservation and worked on middle housing development code changes,” said Russell.

A presentation also took place on topics such as housing, wildfire resilience, and the transportation bond.

The event finished with a 16 question and answer portion.

“See how far we can dive down and get to the bottom of some people’s interests or concerns or opportunities that they see, that we don’t hear all the time,” Russell said.

Russell recently announced she is stepping down as mayor.

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Wednesday is her last day.

“I’m really proud of all the things that I have done with planning commissioners and elector’s and also the city staff over this time. So, now it’s time to open it up and let somebody else step into this space and take it forward,” said Russell.

▶️ Redmond baseball splits doubleheader with Ridgeview, Sisters defeats Caldera

The Redmond Panthers hosted the Ridgeview Ravens in baseball Friday night.

Ridgeview (15-8) defeated Redmond (13-11) in the first game 9-3, while the Panthers won the second game 7-5.

Summit (15-8) lost to Sprague (19-6) 6-1 and 6-5.

Sisters varsity took on Caldera J.V., defeating the Wolfpack 10-6.


Redmond (3-22) hosted Ridgeview (13-10) in softball defeating the Ravens 15-0 and 12-2.

Corbett (11-9) bested the White Buffalos (12-11) in Madras 13-0 and 9-3.

Up next

On Tuesday, May 17, Mountain View and Bend square off at 4:30 p.m.

The games are at Bend Senior High.

In baseball, Ridgeview hosts Redmond at 4:30 p.m. and in softball, Redmond hosts Ridgeview, also at 4:30 p.m.

Crook County softball (10-11) hosts Pendleton (20-2).

▶️ ‘Indescribable’: 19 Mountain View athletes sign college letters of intent

For most high school athletes, the chance to play at the next level might only be a dream. Thursday night, that dream became a reality for several Mountain View High students.

The high school held an athletic signing day, where 19 athletes signed letters of intent to play at the college level.

“To finally sign that piece of paper, the feeling is indescribable,” said former Mountain View quarterback Jacoby Moss.

Moss signed to play football at Eastern Oregon University and says this day was unlike any other.

“Putting that helmet on for the first time is an amazing feeling and I knew from there on, that was what I wanted to do,” Moss said.

A dream, playing at that next level.

“Today was honestly surreal. I remember watching my older teammates when I was a freshman do signing day and thinking, that is so cool, I really hope that is me one day,” said Celia Espinoza, who committed to Santa Barbara City College for volleyball.

RELATED: End of an era: 2016 Bend North LLWS teammates play last game as seniors

Signing day might have been a dream for some of these players, but not too long ago a nightmare was sitting on the sidelines.

“It is unbelievable the fortitude that each one of these have had to keep going because a couple years ago it was pretty bleak looking,” said Mountain View Athletic Director Lance Hass during the event.

COVID-19 happened and sports were on hold.

“It was scary just not knowing if you were going to be able to get back into the gym and what it would look like, who would be there, who’s not going to be there.,” said Espinoza.

For many athletes like Espinoza, a seed of doubt was planted in her mind.

“Thinking, is this it, is this over,” asked Espinoza. “Especially as you get older and not knowing if you are going to play at the next level.”

This year’s group of Oregon high school Athletes had to fight through arguably more adversity than most.

“You’re just contemplating if you want to keep going and to have that push to walk back in and get back to it even though it never really went back to normal it was hard to find,” she added.

Despite a pandemic, shortened seasons, and spectator limitations, these athletes fought through it all and now have signed to play at the next level in front of family and friends.

“Don’t let anyone stop you, don’t let a coach or another player or somebody else ever tell you that you can’t because you can. Work hard, be a good teammate and be a good person on and off the court and you will be guaranteed to find a good fit somewhere,” Espinoza said.

▶️ End of an era: 2016 Bend North LLWS teammates play last game as seniors

In 2016, a team of Bend North Little Leaguers made it all the way to the Little League World Series. Twelve youngsters were playing baseball on the biggest stage in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Seven players from that team continued their baseball careers. Four ended up at Mountain View High School and three at Summit.

They aren’t all on the same team anymore, but for many, it’s an end of an era as they are in their senior seasons.

“Just those guys, that whole team is one of the best experiences of my life,” said Julian Mora, a senior at Summit High School. “I think about it a lot still to this day.”

“You were there with your brothers pretty much every day, hanging out with everybody. It was a lot of fun,” said Mountain View High School senior Aaron Platner.

“It felt like a dream,” said Mountain View senior Blaine Causey. “I remember being eight years old watching the little world series being like, it would cool to go there.”

“Williamsport was crazy because it was with all these guys, you know, we just got really close and bonded with each other and I gotta do it with some of my really close buddies and I had a blast,” said Summit senior Joe Shutz. “It’s something that I am going to look back on my whole life and totally remember it.”

“It started out every day just coming and putting in the work, but once kind of got in the games, you kept rolling, I don’t know. It was really fun,” said Zach Reynolds, another Summit senior. “It was a dream.”

“As soon as we got into regionals, we soon realized it was going to get a lot tougher and we had to win certain games, once you are in that moment, you aren’t worried about wins and runs, just playing in that moment,” Declan Corrigan, a Mountain View senior.

The Bend North team lost two games, but won one in that World Series — their final game against Italy, 6-2.

“In the moment, it didn’t really feel like anything because we never experienced that, but looking back at it you really see how crazy it really was,” said Chase Terry of Mountain View.

▶️ Bend-La Pine Schools hosts joint Military Recognition event for seniors

From high school to the military, that’s the path several Central Oregon students have chosen.

Monday Night Bend-La Pine Schools hosted its first ever joint military recognition event.

The ceremony was held at Mountain View High School and around 20 students were recognized.

“So, it’s a little bit of a transition and I hate to say I am nervous, but I am,” said army enlistee and Mountain View senior Cody Ford.

Ford has known he wanted to go into the military as long as he could remember.

Five generations of his family enlisted into the navy, but he wanted to go a different route and join the army.

“A lot of it at the time was job security, the army could get me a contract, the one that I wanted being a Black Hawk mechanic,” Ford said.

Ford hopes to work on those military helicopters before becoming a pilot.

Families, friends and classmates showed up to support seniors joining the armed forces.

“Seeing all my other classmates and people I know go up, it really just, really brightens up my day completely,” said ROTC Mountain View sophomore Riley Latta. “Ford has been a very big part of my life. Watching him go up is honestly the biggest part in why I came here.” 

Even though the event was hosted by Bend-La Pine Schools, students from Redmond and Crook County High School were also celebrated at the event.

“It was one of our ways we can say, hey we see you, we appreciate you, we love your plan and we support you,” said Career Program Manager at Mountain View High School Jenn Williams.

Several speakers like superintendent Steven Cook and different military presenters acknowledged students joining the airforce, army, marines, naval academy and the navy.

Brother and Sister Aiden and Kysten Kenline leave for the Military Entrance Processing Station or MEPS Wednesday

“My friends who have already gone off and did it, didn’t get anything like this, so I think it is a really cool thing to do,” said Navy enlistee from La Pine High School Aiden Kenline.

They are both enlisting in the navy.

Aiden hopes to become an air crewman.

“You get to fly in a helicopter everyday,” said Aiden. “That sounds like a pretty good job, but also I like to be physical. I don’t like to just sit around and do a desk job or anything, so air crew seemed like a good way to go for me.”

Sister Kyrsten with her eyes set on becoming a hospital corpsman.

“It suits me,” Kyrsten said. “I want to be able to help people. It suits my personality and I feel like I will do a lot of good that way.”

▶️ Cascade Lakes Highway to open May 16

Thursday morning gates to the Cascade Lakes Highway were placed in its final checkpoint before being fully opened.

There is a gate closing the road that is currently near Elk Lake Resort and one near Mount Bachelor.

“This gate here gets moved up as they plow,” said resort owner Joie Frazee. “So it starts down at South Century . It can even be at Burgess, South Century, 14 miles down, 3 miles down, goes here and then it can actually be put just down past Elk Lake also.”

Frazee is ready and excited to get things going at his seasonal destination and Thursday the time to open arrived.

“The gate at Deschutes Bridge opened up today, so people as of today have access to at least Lava, possibly little Lava lake, at least this part of the highway,” said Frazee.

Frazee was on top of things, plowing early to get a head of the game, but late snowfall nearly erased his hard work.

“Twice I had to snowmobile in, get the back hoe and plow my way back out because I couldn’t make it back in again,” he said. “So, we did get an additional 30 inches.”

With camping season around the corner and drought still impacting Central Oregon severely, Frazee sees these late seasons as a positive.

“We are excited to have the, at least the late weather that we are getting because you got to take any moisture you can get up here,” he added.

The Gates at the Cascade Lakes Highway will open on Monday May 16th at 8 a.m.

The date was selected to alleviate traffic for the Pole Pedal Paddle event which runs Saturday the 14th.

▶️ Bend Sophomore Addisen Fisher throws perfect game in 13-0 win over Summit

Bend Sophomore Addisen Fisher pitched a perfect game against Summit High (7-7) Tuesday night, helping the Lava Bears defeat the Storm 13-0 in five innings.

Fisher struck out all 15 batters she faced.

The Lava Bears also tied the school record with 26 homers this season, with nine games left to play.

Bend has won 38 of their last 40 games played.

They are now 18-1 this season and are the No. 2 ranked 6A softball team in Oregon and ranked No. 19 nationally.

Their only loss came from South Salem, 7-2 in their previous contest.

Bend plays Mckay next in a doubleheader Thursday at home, starting at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Summit plays against South Salem in a doubleheader Wednesday at home at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

In baseball, the Summit storm came into their matchup with Bend ranked #7 in Oregon, but the Lava Bears came out ready to play.

Bend took a 3-0 lead over Summit in the first three innings of play.

In the top of the fifth inning a grounder between first and second by James Cecil scored a run and a few plays later, another hard hit grounder, another RBI, this time by Trenton Karpstein put the Lava Bears up 5-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth inning.

Summit was able to score two runs in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth inning, but the now 9-9 Lava Bears upset the Summit Storm 5-3.

Summit takes on West Salem at home Saturday in a double header at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Bend plays La Salle at home Thursday at 4:30 p.m.