Simply amazing, Olympic National Park

Simply amazing, Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is the seventh most visited park in the National Park System, but still has...

 Heidi Lea named CCHS girls basketball coach

Heidi Lea named CCHS girls basketball coach

Long-time assistant coach is named to replace Randy Hutchins as coach Long-time girls assistant...

Lava Lands perfect place to learn geology

Lava Lands perfect place to learn geology

Area south of Bend tells the story of the region's violent, fiery beginnings When I decided to...

Ryan McCarthy runs basketball camp at CCHS

Ryan McCarthy runs basketball camp at CCHS

University of Alaska Anchorage head women's basketball coach puts on clinic at Crook County Ryan...

Bullfighting

Bullfighting

Former high school rodeo star, Logan Blasdell, makes the switch from riding bulls to bullfighting...

Roundup sees fast times

Roundup sees fast times

Dean Gorsuch ties steer wrestling record with a time of 3.6, while Caleb Smidt, Jake Pratt, and...


Prineville's Sports

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Victor Villagomez prepares to kick a ball during practice Friday afternoon. Villagomez was the Cowboys' leading scorer last year and is one of just three seniors who are on this year's roster so far. The Cowboys are still looking for more players prior to their first game, which is scheduled to be at home against Columbia Christian on Tuesday, Aug. 30, beginning at 4 p.m.
August 23, 2016

Cowboys looking to add more players to team roster

by Lon Austin
CCHS boys soccer team needs more players in order to field both varsity and JV squads First-year head coach Jeremy Logan is looking for more players. Last Friday afternoon, his CCHS boys soccer…
LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Riders leave the starting line for the 120-mile Ochoco Gravel Roubaix race Saturday morning just as the sun rises. The annual race attracted more than 170 riders to compete at four different race distances.
August 23, 2016

Ochoco Roubaix sees quality competition

by Lon Austin
Now in it's second year, the Ochoco Roubaix is seeing growth and an influx of quality racers The Ochoco Gravel Roubaix bicycle race is attracting riders from throughout the West. Now in its…
LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Joe McInturff carries the ball around left end during the Cowboys' Blue and Gold scrimmage on Saturday night. The Cowboy offense looked sharp most of the night as all the freshman, JV, and varsity teams moved the ball well. The Cowboys have a jamboree at Redmond High School this Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m., then open the regular season the following Friday when they take on Phoenix in a 7 p.m. home game.
August 23, 2016

Offense looks sharp at Blue and Gold scrimmage

by Lon Austin
With just five days of practice the Crook County football team sows the ability to move the football The Crook County Cowboy football team showcased their offense Saturday evening at Ward Rhoden…


LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Quarterback, Heath Pickhardt fakes a handoff to fullback Jacob Kasberger during position work at a practice Wednesday evening. The Cowboys will showcase this year's team at their annual Blue and Gold Burger Bash and Scrimmage this Saturday at Ward Rhoden Stadium.
August 19, 2016

Cowboys look to make deep run at state playoffs

by Lon Austin
Crook County has big goals for this year's football season including league title The Crook County Cowboys have finished second in the Tri-Valley League each of the past two seasons, reaching…
LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Abby Smith sets the ball during a drill Wednesday morning at volleyball practice. Smith, a senior, has started each of the last three years for the Cowgirls, who hope to make another run at the state title this year.
August 19, 2016

Cowgirls aim for the top

by Lon Austin
After placing third each of the last two years the Cowgirls look to reclaim the state volleyball title The Crook County Cowgirl volleyball team has high expectations. The Cowgirls have won the…
August 19, 2016

Prineville Cowgirls place in final rodeos of the season

by Lon Austin
Cowboys from Prineville also find success at Silver State International Rodeo Several members of the Tri-County Rodeo Club finished their rodeo season at national rodeos this summer. Individuals…
LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Bailey Brown attempts a ride during Saturday's Mutton Bustin' at the Crook County Fair. Brown, who competed in the 4-5 age group, failed to place in the event. Brown was one of more than 50 youth who took part in the annual competition.
August 16, 2016

Mutton Bustin' competition attracts more than 50 riders

by Lon Austin
Charlea Giovanini is repeat winner in the four to five age group, while Max LeFevre wins older group The annual Mutton Bustin’ event at the Crook County Fair continues to grow. This year’s…
PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON JUNIOR GOLF - Members of the Oregon team pose with the trophy they won for taking first at the annual Hogan Cup.
Team members include Mayson Tibbs (second from left), Craig Ronne, Spencer Tibbits, and Samuel Pyon.
August 16, 2016

Tibbs helps lead Team Oregon to Hogan Cup championship

by Lon Austin
First time since 2008 that Oregon has won team title Crook County High School golfer Mayson Tibbs continues his hot summer. Tibbs, who will be a senior next year at CCHS, has already won the…
LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Paige Kump is fouled as she goes up for a shot by Tonie Abbott of the Southend Swifts, a visiting 18U basketball team from Essex, Great Britain. Skye Stack, far left, also plays defense on the play. The Swifts were in Central Oregon to help with a parks and recreation basketball camp in Sisters.
August 12, 2016

British basketball team visits Prineville

by Lon Austin
Game is part of a cultural experience for the English players Often, sports is about more than just who won and who lost. Such was the case last week when the Southend Swifts, a youth basketball…
LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Aspen Christiansen demonstrates correct digging technique to a group of incoming freshmen at the Rimrock Volleyball Camp. Christiansen, who will be a senior this year, is the CCHS varsity Libero.
August 12, 2016

Volleyball camp emphasizes fundamentals

by Lon Austin
Rimrock Camp gives young players a head start on the season The annual Rimrock Volleyball Camp was limited to just 72 players this year. Camp director Rosie Honl, the Crook County High School…

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Aug 12, 2016

OSAA fall sports practices starts on Monday, Aug. 15

by Lon Austin
In order to practice high school students must have all paperwork in order The official start of OSAA fall sports practice is Monday, Aug. 15. With the exception of the Crook County High School…
Aug 09, 2016

Backpacking trip was both extremely challenging and beautiful

by Lon Austin
I covered 24 miles in four days, part of the time, while packing more than 80 pounds and climbing up and down mountains As most of you probably know by now, my vacations don’t always go as…
Aug 09, 2016

Pigskin Football Camp generates excitement for fall season

by Lon Austin
Camp has nearly 180 participants counting all age groups The annual Pigskin Football Camp continues to grow. The camp, which is put on by the Crook County High School coaching staff, teaches…
LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Heath Pickhardt throws out a runner attempting to steal second during the Bend Bucks' final baseball game of the year. The Bucks, made up of both college and high school players, are the developmental team for the Bend Elks. Pickhardt was the youngest player on the team.
Aug 09, 2016

Youngest Buck

by Lon Austin
Heath Pickhardt quickly earns playing time with Bend Bucks When Heath Pickhardt went to Bend late this spring for a tryout with the Bend Elks baseball organization, he had no idea what to…
Aug 05, 2016

Storm charges back to win third-straight club championship

by Lon Austin
A chip in on the 18th hole completes late charge Over the weekend, Jeff Storm won his third consecutive Meadow Lakes Golf Club championship, with an amazing chip-in for birdie on his final hole.…
PHOTO COURTESY OF CASSIE HEHN - Jacob Hehn swims to first place in the butterfly at the Cascade East District Swimming Championships, which were held last Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Lakeview. Hehn was high point swimmer in the boys 15-18 age group, helping lead the Prineville Swim Team to a second place team finish.
Aug 05, 2016

Swim team takes second at district

by Lon Austin
Hehn, Freeman, and Ackley all win high point honors in their age group The Prineville Swim Team had its best competition of the year this past weekend at the Cascade East District Swimming…
LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Mayson Tibbs, who has played varsity golf at Crook County since his freshman year, won the first Oregon Golf Association Tournament of his career last Tuesday as he won the Central Oregon Junior by three strokes. The tournament was at Meadow Lakes on Monday and Juniper Golf Course on Tuesday.
Aug 02, 2016

Mayson Tibbs earns first OGA win

by Lon Austin
Prineville native wins by three strokes over Jacob Larson of Vancouver, Washington and Ben Gruber of Camas, Washington Mayson Tibbs has been playing in Oregon Golf Association tournaments during…
Aug 02, 2016

Athletic pay to play fees have been significantly reduced

by Lon Austin
Both Crook County high school and middle school students will see lower costs to compete in athletics in 2016-2017 school year The cost to participate in athletics at both Crook County high and…
Aug 02, 2016

Summer doldrums are nearly over as teams prepare for season

by Lon Austin
During the summer there are times when it is a struggle to find sports to cover As summer drags on each year, I am constantly amazed at how difficult it can be to fill a small town sports…
Jul 29, 2016

Volleyball team ties for fifth at Sacramento tournament

by Lon Austin
10 Cowgirls make the trip to California for huge tournament Some teams rest on their laurels during the summer, but not the Crook County High School volleyball team. Ten members of the squad…