▶️ Central Oregon high school football highlights for Week 5

It’s time for more high school football.

Below is a look at the scores from the fifth week of action for 2022 in Central Oregon, provided by ScoreStream.

A reminder that Bend-La Pine Schools have switched to an online ticketing only system this year. Cash will not be accepted at the gate. To purchase tickets you can click this link.
 
You can also find the full 2022 football schedules for Central Oregon High Schools at these links

Bend | Caldera | Crook County | Culver | La Pine | Madras | Mountain ViewRedmond | Ridgeview | Sisters | Summit

 

▶️ New team, same goal: Summit boys soccer makes statement in league opener

Tuesday was a big evening in boys soccer in Central Oregon as Summit and Ridgeview came into a match-up as the top two 5A high school teams in the state.

“We know what we can do, we know what we are capable of, and we are ready to take on anyone in the state,” said Summit senior Bowen Teuber.

With a championship mentality, Summit boys soccer knows how it feels to win. Last year, the program won the 6A state title. But this is not last year’s team. This is a whole new group.

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“With the group last year, it was just an incredible group. An anomaly is what we’ve been calling it,” said Summit head coach Joe LoCascio. “To think that it is something to replicate, something to follow up with, that was probably the last thing on our mind and the first thing in our minds to get over.”

The phenom of unique athletes may not be there. What is there is a talented group of collective, motivated players.

“We might not have the individual athletes like last year, but we are a whole team. We are all here to win. That’s all we want,” said Summit senior Aidan MacLennan. “We put all our effort into training, all our effort into games. It’s a family.”

Now in 5A, the Storm is in a lower classification and a new league.

The other teams, the league,” said Locascio. “It’s nothing compared to … can we do our absolute best this year as a Summit squad.”

In their league game, Summit defeated Ridgeview 6-0.

“Our goal is set as high as we did last year,” said Teuber. “Conference title. I think that we want to get back to that state title, even though it’s 5A we’re ready, we want that.”

Central Oregon high school football scores for Week 3

It’s time for more high school football.

Below is a look at the scores from the third week of action for 2022 in Central Oregon, provided by ScoreStream.

A reminder that Bend-La Pine Schools have switched to an online ticketing only system this year. Cash will not be accepted at the gate. To purchase tickets you can click this link.

You can also find the full 2022 football schedules for Central Oregon High Schools at these links

Bend | Caldera | Crook County | Culver | La Pine | Madras | Mountain ViewRedmond | Ridgeview | Sisters | Summit

 

▶️ Underdogs or top dogs? Caldera girls soccer remains unbeaten; Ranked No. 1

Only one undefeated girl’s soccer team left in Central Oregon, and it’s the team with the least experience.

They have never played at the varsity level before this season.

It’s the girls soccer team at Bend’s newest school, Caldera High.

“I have very high expectations,” said Caldera sophomore Camryn Wurth. “I think this is going to be a very good season for us. I’m just excited to see how we do against the other teams.”

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In their first two varsity games ever, they defeated last year’s 5A state champions and runner-up state champions.

“It’s an ideal start absolutely,” said Caldera girls soccer head coach Gavin Meyer. “Reasoning: I think we just have a lot of depth on our team, and so we have a deep bench, and all these girls are capable of starting, and that helps us out quite a bit.”

Last year, the new school opened with freshman and sophomores, playing only JV games. Now they are playing at one of the highest levels, without a single senior on the team.

“In some ways, it’s nice,” said Meyer. “Ignorance is bliss. We don’t know what the teams were like last year because we weren’t in this league, and we weren’t playing varsity teams. So we are just showing up and playing games.”

It’s a pack of wolves that’s hungry for success.

“You can put something in front of them, and they are going to do it right,” said Meyer. “These girls are goal-oriented, and they are looking for good outcomes.”

According to the players, they’re more than just a group of girls on a soccer field.

“We’re more than a team: we’re family,” said Caldera junior Sienna McCarl. “We are really well connected. We have been playing together for a while.”

A new team in a new league, still trying to prove their worth.

“I don’t totally know how well known we are, but we definitely are a new school and this is only our second year playing sports and being open in general, so we are still kind of making a title for ourselves,” Wurth said. “So, we definitely are a little bit of underdogs.”

Those underdogs are now the top dogs.

After the team’s 5-0 victory over Henley Thursday night, the Wolfpack is now the No. 1-ranked 5A team in the state of Oregon.

Conference play for Caldera starts next week as the Wolfpack take on Bend High School at home on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

▶️ Coaches, players react to shot clock coming to Oregon high school basketball

The pace for Oregon high school basketball is picking up as a shot clock is coming.

“I think it was just a matter of the timing with the change by the NHFS and, you know, some push by coaches and others to see it get done,” said Oregon School Activities Association Executive Director Peter Webber.

Last year, the National Federation of State High School Associations changed its rules on allowing a shot clock and states that weren’t following suit were out of the loop with the national rules committee.

The change in rules allowed states to use the shot clock and remain in compliance.

“You hear different things from different coaches; you hear some are really in favor of it. It will pick up the pace,” said Webber. “We heard from people who are not in favor of it. That they think there will be some issues as far as exasperating the differences between teams that are really skilled and good and teams that aren’t.”

Monday morning, the Oregon School Activities Association voted to add a 35-second shot clock comes the 2023-24 season.

“I think it is a great thing for the game,” said Mountain View girls head coach Jon Corbett. Make it more fun for the kids to play, make it more fun for most fans to watch other than the ones that like to watch a grind it out kind of game. I think it is more fun to coach as well.”

“At Bend High, we are excited for the trajectory a shot clock will provide our girl basketball players,” said girls head coach Maria Ramirez. “A shot clock will reward defense and enhance the level of play and skill necessary for players to compete.”

A few local players and coaches were all for it and admitted it would change the game’s strategy both offensively and defensively, especially late in the game.

“It will keep the game moving, and we’ll get more shots, more opportunities to score and it will just keep the game going more faster,” said Mountain View sophomore Brady Kennedy.

“It will make the game definitely more competitive, it will make it more fast paced and you will have to get open a lot more, find a good shot and pass around a lot,” said Mountain View junior Ian Prictor.

“There are a lot of coaches out there that will like to burn, 4, 5, 6, maybe even the whole fourth quarter sometimes, and it really makes it not a whole lot of fun to watch, so this will be good, it will be a really good thing,” said head girls coach at Mountain View Jon Corbett.

Not all classifications were in favor of a shot clock, however.

Only four of the six were in the majority, as most of the 4A and 2A classifications did not want it.

“I think for the coaches that aren’t comfortable playing at that speed, I am sure there is a downside to that,” Corbett said. “Maybe they have had a system in place for 10, 15 years, and now they have to readjust that, but I think in the long run, they are actually going to really enjoy having to learn some new things. It changes how you practice. There is a lot to it. I think most people would think, hey more offense, but it really, it changes a lot of aspects to what you are doing.”

A few athletic directors told Central Oregon Daily News they are worried about the logistics and cost of now having to add a shot clock.

Mountain View High School Athletic Director Lance Haas says there will be extra costs involved as they will have shot clocks that work with their system but will need to add them and the electric system since they’ll be on top of the backboards.

Schools will have their choice of what type of shot clocks to get,” said Haas. “You can get some that just sit on the floor, or you can get the ones that mount to the back of the baskets. It will be up to individual schools.

OSAA says they will try and help schools find the best fit and cost for each school.

Shot clock added to Oregon high school basketball starting in 2023-24 season

Oregon high school basketball is picking up the pace as a shot clock is coming.

The Oregon School Activities Association executive board voted Monday morning to approve a 35-second shot clock starting in the 2023-24 season.

The shot clock is only for varsity games.

Adding a limited time before having to shoot the ball significantly changes high school basketball in Oregon.

Those who like a fast, up-and-down pace won’t see much change to their strategy. But coaches who want to control the ball and wait for the right shot are in for a big difference, especially come the fourth quarter.

▶️ Central Oregon football teams gearing up for season, square off at jamboree

Teams from across the High Desert competed in a football Jamboree at Redmond High School on Thursday.

Redmond, Sisters, Caldera, La Pine, and Madras squared off before the start of the season.

“Did great, our players were running hard, defense was real good out there, were fast, I have a good feeling about this season,” said Sisters High senior quarterback Easton Moore.

“I feel like our pocket was there, we threw it good, had a couple touchdowns in the air, now we just need to work on the run game,” said Redmond High senior running back Kyle Littlejohn.

“Gets us ready for the that game speed before game one, you know,” said Madras High senior quarterback Drew Boyle.

A last tune up before the real games begin.

Something maybe needed a little extra this year with so much change to this year’s conferences.

All of the Bend schools will be in the same conference as Redmond and Ridgeview this year at the 5A level.

“It’s going to be cool, a lot more people, bigger crowds, it’s going to be a lot more exciting,” said Littlejohn. “A different level of competition with Summit and a bunch of different teams coming around. It’s going to be awesome.”

That includes a team with no seniors this year, Bend’s newest school, the Caldera High Wolfpack.

“We don’t have a lot of expectations, we are the underdogs, but I hope we can go out and fight and maybe go to the playoffs this year,” said Caldera High sophomore Brady White.

Sisters is also going down a classification, now in the same league as La Pine.

One team is looking to turn things around.

“I feel good about it. Last year we didn’t have our best record, but this year we will do a lot better,” said Moore.

The other team is looking to remain on top.

“This year’s team, we are a gritty bunch, we have been playing together for a while. We have some big shoes to fill from last year’s team that went to the semifinals,” said La Pine senior quarterback Colton Campbell.

 


Central Oregon High School games week one:

5A

Mountain View vs Canby 

Redmond vs Hood River Valley

Ridgeview at Springfield

Caldera vs Pendleton

Summit at Tualatin (6A)

Bend at Lincoln (6A) Thursday 9\1

4A

Crook County at Philomath

Madras at Sweet Home

3A

Sisters at Burns

La Pine at Corbett

2A

Culver vs Weston McEwen

  • 7 p.m. start time

A long travel time, Crook County, Madras football put in Greater Oregon League

▶️ OSAA proposal moves Bend high schools to 5A, joining Redmond, Ridgeview

▶️ After OSAA’s decision, 2A schools including Culver playing 9-man football

High School football is back on the High Desert, but for one team, things are totally different.

“(Our) Little town from Culver is not going to change OSAA’s mind,” said Culver head football coach Brian Silbernagel. “OSAA is kind of geared to take care of the bigger classifications and so it is what it is and we’re just going to move forward with it.”

For the Culver Bulldogs and the rest of 2A schools, the 11-man game of football is no more.

An ad hoc committee for the Oregon School Activities Association decided it’s time for a change.
Making all 2A schools play 9-man football.

“A couple different reasons behind that,” said OSAA Executive Director Peter Webber. “In the past there have been a couple of schools that have played 9-players. Mainly at the sub-varsity level, but occasionally at the varsity level when they just don’t have enough kids. We’ve seen the size of those rosters shrink.”

Webber says another big factor besides the decline in participation numbers is the flexible schedule 9-man football provides.

“You can have 9-player teams playing an 8-player team,” he said. “You can play an 11-player team one week, you can play a 9-player team the next week and you can do that a lot more easier than say, an eight to eleven.”

With Culver being the smallest Central Oregon football program and with the closest 2A team being over two hours away, Bulldog head football coach Brian Silbernagel disagrees with that.

“It’s kind of the opposite for us,” Silbernagel said. “When we’ve had JV games cancellations in the valley with our league. I have always been able to pick up 11-man games over here with our JV team whether it was Sisters, Madras or Crook County.”

With major differences from playing 9-man then back to 11-man football, Silbernagel thinks those local make-up games aren’t an option anymore.

“Trying to make the leap from JV 9-man to 11-man for one week or one game, it’s just not very fair to the athletes I believe.”

Webber said in January a survey taken by the OSAA had 32 of 35 schools in favor of 9-man football, including Culver.

“Whether that was the coach, or the A.D. or somebody else, I don’t know,” Webber said.

“I’m an 11-man guy,” said Silbernagel. “I thought we should have remained there, but it is what it is. OSAA made their decision, so we’re embracing it and going forward with 9-man.

The players admit the game will be different, but to them it’s still football.

“Honestly, it’s better because you get more space to run and basically do what you want,” said senior running back Isacc Solis.

“We have to really make due with what we got, but deep down, yeah, it’s the same game deep down,” said senior fullback Ethan Russo.

“To me it’s nothing much besides two less lineman on the field, but either way, it’s just, same rough sport,” said senior center Max Jimes.

The guard or tackle lineman position are the two taken out to play 9-man football.
Culver opens up the season at home September 9th against Weston-McEwen at 7 p.m.

 

▶️ Severe volleyball referee shortage a big issue with season almost here

High school volleyball on the High Desert is in trouble.

“There is a huge shortage of officials,” said Ridgeview High School Athletic Director Randi Viggiano. “Whether that’s people leaving the profession, whether that is people leaving the area, but I believe we have 10 in all of Central Oregon.”

Only 10 officials for 17 schools in Central Oregon. With two officials needed for each game.

“To be honest, I don’t know how it is going to happen,” said Central Oregon Volleyball Commissioner Kelly Havig. “I put all the schedules in and a week from Tuesday on the first play date for regular matches, it came up that I needed 28 officials to fill the day. I have six.”

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Havig has been in discussion with the Oregon School Activities Association about the shortage — even making suggestions that coaches might need to ref junior varsity games.

“Hopefully, we can figure out a plan,” Havig said. “As it stands right now, I don’t have certified officials for are the requirements that OSAA has.”
Volleyball isn’t the only sport with a referee shortage, it’s all upcoming fall sports.

Viggiano says canceling games because of the shortage is a last resort. Rescheduling games, however is not only expected, but already happening.

“You will see some Friday night football games being played on Thursdays and Saturdays,” said Vigganio. “You know, moving soccer games to different dates just to spread out the officials.”

With all of the Bend and Redmond High Schools in the same conference (Mountain Valley) this season, officials have no breaks because even away games will still be in Central Oregon.

“You know they just have to cover more games,” said Viggiano. “Madras and Crook County are in the same conference. So, yeah it definitely puts a bigger strain.”

Viggiano encourages anyone who wants to help or to become an official to reach out to their local athletic directors.