Just in time, MAC finds new coach

Just in time, MAC finds new coach

Doug Calvin tapped to lead Madras Aquatic Center's water polo team Doug Calvin is coming out of...

Culver Redneck Obstacle Course

Culver Redneck Obstacle Course

Brandon Hawes slides through one of the many obstacles during last year’s Culver Redneck...

Time to make a dash

Time to make a dash

Registration for annual triathlon in full swing For the seventh time, athletes from around the...

Camo craze starting to get a bit out of hand

Camo craze starting to get a bit out of hand

It used to be you’d see people wearing camouflage only during the hunting season. Now it...

Almost Done

Almost Done

Progress on the new Madras High School stadium continues to be made. In the last week, work crews...

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Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Madras Aquatic Center water polo players, from left to right, Mikayla Weinke, Melissa Field and Sophie Gemelas were just a few from Madras took part in the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics in Calif., last week.
August 06, 2014

Holding their own and more

by Jeff Wilson
Madras water polo players enjoy USA Junior Olympics It was hard for Sophie Gemelas to have any expectations. It's not every day someone from Madras gets the opportunity to play in the USA…
by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Tucker Hill of Klamath Falls competes in saddle bronc riding Saturday night at the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo. The rodeo played to a packed house both nights.
August 06, 2014

Jefferson County Rodeo plays to a packed house

by Jeff Wilson
Two-day event full of solid rides More than 140 participants competed in the two-day rodeo for a payout totaling more than $15,000. And some Jefferson County cowboys and cowgirls stepped up and…
Photo Credit: SCOTT STAATS PHOTO - Rafters and kayakers can enjoy the simple beauty of a trip down the Salmon River in Idaho.
August 06, 2014

Idaho's Salmon River makes for a great float

by Scott Staats
The roaring sound of big rapids around a bend in the river always gets the heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing. And there were plenty of opportunities for that on a six-day float trip my…
August 06, 2014

Time off can be a good thing

by Jeff Wilson
When I first heard about the Oregon School Activities Association’s Moratorium Week, I had to chuckle. I’m sure most of you know exactly what that is — a full week during the school year, one…
August 06, 2014

Ringering captures top prize in men's club golf tourney

by Jeff Wilson
Brian Ringering was the big winner this weekend as he claimed the overall title in the 2014 Madras Men’s Association Club Championship held at Desert Peaks Golf Club. Ringering fired rounds of…
August 06, 2014

Sedentary behavior costs you all the time

by Trevor Groves
“This person sees more money in a day than any bank teller,” John Robinson, the safety coordinator of Brigh Wood Corp., shared with me on a recent tour of the cut plant. John was giving me a…
August 06, 2014

CHS football to host kids camp

by Jeff Wilson
The Culver High School Pigskin Football Camp has been scheduled for Aug. 11-14 at the CHS stadium. The camp, which is open to all kids in grades fourth through eighth, will provide all campers…
by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Members of the Lady Warriors basketball take a break from practice to flash the hang loose sign to parents and friends. The team left Warm Springs on Monday for the World Youth Basketball Tournament in Hawaii. Team members are, left to right on the back row, Laila Smith, Annalise Whipple, Erika Olivera and Jocelyn McCarthy. Center row:  Kaliyah Iverson, Chloe Smith, Jalaney Suppah, Mary Olney and Vijay Bryant. Front row: Vanessa Culps, Lynden Harry, Niyallee Cochran and Jackie Zamora-Heath.
July 30, 2014

Ready to hang loose

by Jeff Wilson
Warriors off to Hawaii for World Youth Basketball Tournament Anytime a trip to Hawaii is in order, it comes as something of a reward. But for a group of Jefferson County girls, spending a week…
Candy Yow
July 30, 2014

Hunting is not just a man's endeavor

by Scott Staats
For many years, maybe even as far back as the first caveman, hunting has been traditionally carried out by the males of our species. However, things are changing today as women are representing…
July 30, 2014

Lesson learned about Desert Peaks

by Jeff Wilson
If I have learned anything in all my years in the sports journalism profession, it has been to think before you speak. That applies to simple questions about how I think a football team will…

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by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Construction on the bleachers at the new Madras High School sports stadium continues. The facility should be complete by the White Buffalos' season opening football game on Sept. 12.
Jul 23, 2014

New stadium almost done

by Jeff Wilson
Field will be ready for Sept. 12 football opener Construction on the new Madras High School sports complex is nearing completion. The new track has been completed with lanes and starting…
by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Thirteen members of the Jefferson County summer golf program turned out for the final day Monday at Desert Peaks Golf Club. After weeks of instruction, the group capped off the program with a nine-hole tournament followed by a barbecue.
Jul 23, 2014

Keeping golf dreams alive

by Jeff Wilson
Jefferson County junior program wraps up another season Carl Lindgren feels the same thing this time every year. He wonders if he got his message through, hoping that the kids he has been…
by: SCOTT STAATS PHOTO - The base of Lava Butte's south side is the source of the huge lava flow.
Jul 23, 2014

Black Rock Trail offers up some unique views

by Jeff Wilson
There is something to the saying “Get outside and get yourself some fresh air.” Between chilly rain showers, the ponderosa pine forest had a scent that can only be described as fresh. Manzanita…
by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Reese Rollins, of Redmond, sticks a landing after doing a flip during the wakeboarding competition Saturday morning on Lake Billy Chinook. The Sundance Watersports Club had its annual tournament on the lake over the weekend.
Jul 23, 2014

Riding the waves

by Jeff Wilson
Skiers and wakboarders from around Central Oregon used the arm of the Crooked River on Lake Billy Chinook as their water playground over the weekend. The Sundance Watersports Club held its…
Bobby Mote
Jul 23, 2014

Mote back in the hunt

by Jeff Wilson
Former Culver bareback rider chasing fifth world title While most of Jefferson County readies for its biggest rodeo of the season this week, one of its native sons will not make the trip back…
Jul 23, 2014

There are good and bad guys all around

by Jeff Wilson
I have been fortunate enough in my sports writing career to meet some incredibly nice people. They range from professional and collegiate athletes, to high school kids. The coaches are that way…
Jul 23, 2014

A little high-intensity work is a perfect health option

by Trevor Groves
“Do you want to see my taser?” asked my running partner as we were driving down a narrow Forest Service road to our backcountry destination for a 17-mile run along a river route more often…
by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - With a solid background in aquatics, new recreation director Gregg Markwardt looks to give the community more stuff to do.
Jul 16, 2014

A fresh start

by Jeff Wilson
MAC looks to live up to new reputation The potential is limitless. Joe McHaney knows that. There is so much that the executive director of the Madras Aquatic Center wants to do with the facility…
by: PIONEER FILE  PHOTO - Blaine Florence cuts a turn during last year's Sundance Water Sports tournament on Lake Billy Chinook.
Jul 16, 2014

Love of the spray

by Jeff Wilson
Wake boarders, skiers to hit Lake Billy Chinook this weekend Everyone knows that one of the state's most popular water skiing venues is Lake Billy Chinook. Certainly the Sundance Watersports…
Bobby DeRoest
Jul 16, 2014

Search begins for new MAC swim coach

by Jeff Wilson
One of the first things that Madras Aquatic Center Executive Director Joe McHaney must do this summer is find a replacement for the departing Bobby DeRoest. DeRoest posted his resignation last…




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