Buff volleyball moving forward

Buff volleyball moving forward

In year two of the rebuilding process, expectations are rising Just a year after claiming...

Great expectations

Great expectations

Culver volleyball eyes yet another trip to 2A state finals When a sports program hits a level...

Buffs way ahead of schedule

Buffs way ahead of schedule

New coach Kurt Taylor has been able to install more things than planned Just a few weeks into...

Planets, nebulas, anything you want to see

Planets, nebulas, anything you want to see

Pine Mountain Observatory is a great place to look deep into the wonderfully dark, night sky I...

J.D. Alley going into SOU's HOF

J.D. Alley going into SOU's HOF

Culver wrestling coach will be inducted in Oct. 15 ceremony For J.D. Alley, 2016 has been a...

Attitude adjustment

Attitude adjustment

New Madras football coach Kurt Taylor selling positive vibes, and his team is buying To say that...


Madras Sports

August 24, 2016

Taylor right man for Madras

by Jeff Wilson
There once was a time when the greatest and most successful high school football program in the country called Odessa, Texas, home. Over the course of 30 years, no program in the U.S. could…
August 19, 2016

Finding a place to really call home

by Jeff Wilson
Nelsons committed to MAC swimming and making Madras home Madras has found itself on the wrong end of a couple of polls this year. Depending on who is asked, we live in one of the worst places in…
August 19, 2016

MST racks up impressive times

by Jeff Wilson
Thirteen members of the Madras Swim Team traveled to Coos Bay to compete against 330 swimmers in the 40th Annual Big Kahuna swim meet Aug. 5-7 and they had plenty of success. Ten-year-old Alexis…


August 19, 2016

Ceciliani, Ellsbury face off for 1st time

by Jeff Wilson
Both former Buffs on the field, each records a hit in series opener It’s not the first time that two Major League Baseball players from the same hometown have squared off against each other, and…
August 10, 2016

Simply amazing, Olympic National Park

by Lon Austin
It may be the seventh most visited national park, but you can still find plenty of solitude With more than three million visitors in 2015, Olympic National Park was the seventh most popular…
August 10, 2016

Ceciliani called back up by Blue Jays

by Jeff Wilson
Former Buff gets the call for second time One man’s pain is another man’s gain. The Blue Jays will be without one of their key defensive contributors for the next two weeks, as center fielder…
August 03, 2016

Hill Billy run set up to stun

by Jeff Wilson
Half marathon provides a challenging course, great views Central Oregon has been called a runner’s paradise, and for good reason. The climate is good, the views are better and there is no…
Buffs find new coach.
August 03, 2016

Buffs find their guy to take over football coach

by Jeff Wilson
Kurt Taylor takes reins of Buff football program Being in a position of having to find a new head football coach just a few weeks before the start of the 2016 season was not something Madras…
August 03, 2016

Madras team claims relay race title

by Jeff Wilson
Cascade Lakes Relays no problem for MADras Runners The Cascade Lakes Relays is one tough test of endurance and pride. Maybe that’s why some of the participants were not surprised to see a group…
MADRAS PIONEER PHOTO - Who will be part of the first class enshrined in the Madras Athletic Hall of Fame next February? That is anyone's guess at this point, but there are plenty of possible selections. Just a few that would warrant consideration include Jacoby Ellsbury, the multi sport standout who became a Major League star
July 27, 2016

MHS to start sports hall of fame athletic Hall of Fame ame OF

by Tony Ahern
First class set to be named this upcoming winter Jacoby Ellsbury? Sure, no brainer. But how about Dick Young, the 1921 graduate who was the dominant Central Oregon prep athlete of his day, led…

Don't miss the local news

Jul 27, 2016

Going to California

by Jeff Wilson
Trio of Madras water polo players headed to USA Junior Olympics There was a time when Julia Martinez was downright frightened by the thought of even attempting to play water polo. But after…
Jul 20, 2016

Cease resigns as MHS football coach

by Jeff Wilson
Search underway for replacement as start of 2016 season nears For the second time in just over two years, the Madras High football program is in need of a head coach. Sean Cease resigned from…
Jul 20, 2016

Lava Lands perfect place to learn geology

by Jeff Wilson
Area south of Bend tells the story of the region's violent, fiery beginnings When I decided to move to Oregon, I knew that the central part of the state was the only place I would even consider.…
Jul 20, 2016

WSNLL comes up just short

by Jeff Wilson
Juniors softball team works way through consolation finals before getting beaten The Warm Springs Nation Little League juniors girls softball team produced many great monents over the last…
JEFF WILSON/MADRAS PIONEER - Brandon Desjardins slides safely into third base Sunday afternoon during the championship game of the Buffalo Stampede summer baseball tournament. Desjardins and his Madras teammates went 3-0 during tournament play, including a 5-3 win over Ridgeview in the title game.
Jul 19, 2016

Madras cruises to Buffalo Stampede baseball title

by Jeff Wilson
Buffs' offense produces plenty of runs, team follows great pitching, defense to victory Taking a cue from the run that led the Madras baseball team into the state playoffs in the spring, the…
Jul 19, 2016

Observatory a blast of the past

by Jeff Wilson
Dee Wright Observatory, McKenzie Pass make for an interesting and easy day trip About five to six times a year, I travel over the Cascade Mountains to cover sporting events. I know the drive to…
Jul 07, 2016

Beamer run big hit, as usual

by Jeff Wilson
Beautiful day brings out big crowd for annual memorial Runners at this year’s Todd Beamer Memorial Run found almost perfect conditions in which to compete and the results reflected that. The…
Fans pack Hayward Field to watch the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Jul 07, 2016

Olympic Trials experience of a lifetime

by Jeff Wilson
Being a sports journalist has afforded me to see, cover and meet some very interesting things, events and people. I’ve been at high school football games in Texas that drew 35,000-plus fans.…
Jul 07, 2016

Mount Bachelor opens summer operation

by Jeff Wilson
Full schedule of summer activities to start July 8 Mount Bachelor is open for business this summer, with a full slate of outdoor activities for kids of all ages. The season officially started…
Jul 01, 2016

Always enjoying the best seat in the house

by Jeff Wilson
Duo has some of the best views when it comes to track meets What started out as a way to get the best seat in the venue has quickly turned into a second career for Margaret Sturza and Curt…