You can't beat Yellowstone for the wildlife and scenery

You can't beat Yellowstone for the wildlife and scenery

Yellowstone is something you definitely want to put on your bucket list It must have been because...

Focus on 'fun'damentals

Focus on 'fun'damentals

Rimrock volleyball camp works to teach fundamentals in a fun way The annual Rimrock Volleyball...

Fledgling flag football league still needs players

Fledgling flag football league still needs players

Crook County Parks & Rec. District offering flag football league for this fall When a group of...

Bates earns All-American honors at Fargo

Bates earns All-American honors at Fargo

Four other Crook County athletes also compete at USAW Nationals in Fargo N.D. Hayden Bates is an...

The end of a coaching era

The end of a coaching era

Grant Patterson has retired from coaching after nearly 40 years of working with high school...

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Prineville's Sports

Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The Crook County Cowgirl volleyball team runs a three-ball drill during a recent practice. The object of the drill, which is cooperative is to keep all three balls alive and crossing the net. The team was able to successfully keep all three balls alive for two minutes and 30 seconds before the coaching staff added a fourth ball into the mix.
August 29, 2014

The quest for another state championship

by Lon Austin
Despite youth, volleyball team strives to win ninth-consecutive state title The Crook County High School volleyball program is used to winning state championships. After eight-consecutive state…
Photo Credit: PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY DOUG SMITH - Blake Bartels stiff-arms a defensive player en route to a big run during the annual Football Blue & Gold Scrimmage Saturday night. Bartels is expected to be the Cowboys' starting quarterback this year.
August 26, 2014

Starters look strong at Blue & Gold Scrimmage

by Lon Austin
Team moves the ball at will during portions of Saturday scrimmage Pleased would be just one of the adjectives that the Crook County High School football coaching staff used Saturday night…
August 26, 2014

It's raining, it's pouring, so I must be on vacation

by Lon Austin
It seems like I have a knack for choosing vacations times with questionable weather Those of you who know me realize that on my vacations it seems like there is a little grey cloud that follows…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Christian Hernandez goes up for a header during the second day of practice. The Cowboys are excited about moving to the Tri-Valley League this year.
August 21, 2014

Fall sports teams gear up for season

by Lon Austin
Practices started on Monday, first opportunity to see CCHS athletes in action is Saturday's football Blue and Gold Game The fall sports season kicked off Monday with the first official day of…
Photo Credit: CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - J.D. Larimer played two years of baseball at Treasure Valley Community College as well as playing for the Bend Elks in the summer. Larimer has signed a letter of intent to play at North Dakota State.
August 21, 2014

Larimer signs to play at North Dakota State

by Lon Austin
Former Crook County High School baseball player Jerren Larimer has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at North Dakota State University in Fargo. North Dakota State is an NCAA Division I…
Emily Benton
August 21, 2014

Benton signs to play with Centralia Community College

by Lon Austin
Crook County High School softball star to pitch for Centralia Crook County High School pitcher Emily Benton has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Centralia Community College.…
August 20, 2014

Epoch adventures in the Pleistocene

by Scott Staats Special to the Central Oregonian
If Neanderthals had kept a daily journal, it would make archaeologists' jobs a lot easier. Life in the Pleistocene Epoch wasn’t easy. However, to the hairy inhabitants, (both human and…
August 20, 2014

Getting ready for the season

by Lon Austin
Goal of annual volleyball camp is to give teams a jump on the start of the season Each year volleyball teams from around the state descend on Prineville immediately prior to the start of the…
August 20, 2014

Pigskin football camp teaches skills

by Lon Austin
Football players from second grade through high school work on skills at annual camp Thunder boomed, lightning struck and heavy rain dampened fields on Monday afternoon, Aug. 11, delaying the…
Photo Credit: PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY WANDA HENRY - Aaron Henry, a midfielder for the Redmond Panthers stands ready to play during their league season this spring. Henry lives in Crook County, but played for Redmond because Crook County doesn't have a lacrosse team.
August 15, 2014

Playing for the love of the game

by Lon Austin
Redmond players continue to play hard despite struggling to win contests When Aaron Henry was a sophomore at Redmond Proficiency Academy he was looking for a new sport to try. One day, Henry saw…

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Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Hoyt Kudlac hits a beach ball during the annual Crook County Parks & Recreation District ABC Tennis program at Crook County High School. The program usually has two summer sessions. However, due to the construction of new tennis courts at the high school this year's progarm has just one session which wraps up next week.
Aug 18, 2014

For the love of the game

by Lon Austin
Popular Crook County Park & Recreation program teaches tennis skills The excited voices of racquet wielding youth echo across the playing area as the Crook County Park & Recreation summer tennis…
A regulation lacrosse field is the same length as a football field counting the end zones, but 10 yards wider.
Aug 18, 2014

America's game

by Lon Austin
Lacrosse is probably the oldest game in America Ask most sports fans in the United States to name America’s game and they will probably say either football or baseball. Ask Canadians and you may…
Aug 18, 2014

Fall high school athletic practice starts August 18

by Lon Austin
Students must have fees paid and all paperwork in order before practicing The start of the fall athletic season is rapidly approaching so now is the time for prospective athletes to make sure…
Photo Credit: PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY ALLIE THURMAN - Thomas Burleigh swims the boys 13-14 200 freestyle during the Cascade East District Meet which was held in Burns this past weekend. Burleigh finished second in the event.
Aug 08, 2014

Prineville Swim Team takes third at district meet

by Lon Austin
The host High Desert Swim Club of Burns wins Cascade East District Championship, Lakeview finishes second High Desert Swim Club, of Burns, swept to victory in last weekend’s Cascade East…
Photo Credit: SCOTT STAATS SPECIAL TO THE CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The wild and scenic Salmon River has some good whitewater as well as some quiet sections to relax and take in the scenery.
Aug 05, 2014

A float down Idaho's Salmon River can be both relaxing and…

by Scott Staats Special to the Central Oregonian
A unique experience awaits anyone wanting to explore some of the most remote and rugged areas of the country The roaring sound of big rapids around a bend in the river always gets the heart…
Aug 05, 2014

Crook County cowboys in hunt to reach National Finals Rodeo

by Lon Austin
Brandon Beers, Charly Crawford, and Sean Santuccio all near the top of the PRCA standings in their respective events The first week in July is frequently called “Cowboy Christmas” because of the…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Bailey Parrott swims the butterfly en route to one of his six individual wins at the John Day Invitational Swim Meet. John Day won the race, while the Prineville Swim Team finished third. The meet was the final one before the Cascade East District Championships which will be held starting tonight in Burns.
Aug 01, 2014

Swim team finishes third at final meet before district

by Lon Austin
John Day earns first win of the year at meet while Lakeview finishes second The Prineville Swim Team tuned up for the Cascade East District championships with another third-place finish. “All of…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Marcinda Norris, who plays second base for the Mudslingers, tosses the ball to second for a force out of a base runner from Whiskey Girls. Whiskey Girls went on to win the contest.
Aug 01, 2014

For the Children Softball Tournament raises more than $3,700

by Lon Austin
The annual For the Children Softball Tournament was held in Prineville on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 to 27. The women’s softball tournament raised more than $3,700 to support For The Children,…
by: SCOTT STAATS SPECIAL TO THE CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kieger Gorge
Jul 29, 2014

Steens Mountain A unique desert experience

by Scott Staats Special to the Central Oregonian
Steens Mountain is one of the most isolated places in the lower 48 states Standing on the 9,773-foot high summit of Steens Mountain, I look out at the virtually endless view of eastern Oregon…
by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Tanner Maryanski attempts to avoid a tag at third base during one of the Cowboy 14U summer baseball games.
Jul 29, 2014

Travel baseball teams prepare players for high school ball

by Lon Austin
Travel baseball teams struggle to win games, but lay groundwork for future success The success or failure of this year’s Crook County Cowboy Baseball program can’t be measured in wins and…



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