Buffs make progress at state wrestling

Buffs make progress at state wrestling

Madras closed out its 2014-15 wrestling season with not an impressive showing at that state...

Pichette, Stacona are two of a kind

Pichette, Stacona are two of a kind

I have been a sports journalist for a lot of years, more than I care to count. While I have...

Madras state bound

Madras state bound

Boys happy to make trip back to big dance Shorthanded is not the thing to be at this point of the...

Madras state bound

Madras state bound

Girls back in round of 16 for a second time To say Zach Lillebo was nervous before last...

Twice as nice

Twice as nice

Culver claims second consecutive state title; 8th in last nine years Holding a comfortable, yet...


Madras Sports

March 04, 2015

Unsung heros pile up points at state

by Jeff Wilson
The participants in the finals of the Oregon Wrestling Championships usually have the biggest crowds making the loudest cheers during their matches. Those select few that make it to the final…
March 04, 2015

Locals shine at first OHSRA meet

by Jeff Wilson
This past weekend the Tri-County High School Rodeo Club competed in its first rodeo of the season, competing at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene. The team, which is made up of high school…
Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Culver's Johnny Espeland waits for confirmation from the referee that he has won his semifinal match by pin, which he did. Espeland went on to win the district title at 145 pounds.
February 25, 2015

Right on schedule

by Jeff Wilson
Bulldogs run away with district title; send 15 to state The more a team wins, the bigger the target on its back becomes. No one knows this better than the Culver wrestling team. Fresh off yet…
Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Wrestling Culver's Clay McClure has not been easy for anyone this year. Entering the state tournament, McClure, a two-time defending champ, has yet to be scored on by anyone in his classification.
February 25, 2015

Right on schedule

by Jeff Wilson
McClure's drive for a third crown still alive Life is good for Clay McClure. He is about as all-American as kids come these days. Star quarterback on the Culver football team, state champion…
Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Madras senior Mariah Stacona watches yet another 3-point shot fall through the net during Friday night's Tri-Valley Conference finale against Corbett. Stacona made seven 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 35 points.
February 25, 2015

Rip City

by Jeff Wilson
Stacona rains down on Corbett with 35 points If there was ever a way to put an exclamation point on the end of the regular season, Mariah Stacona did it Friday night. The Madras senior went off…
Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - The Buffs' defense was so good last week against Molalla that Indians' guard Andew Daniels was forced to try backhanded-layups that had no chance of going in. The Buffs closed out Tri-Valley Conference play with an 8-2 record and await an opponent for this week's first-round play-in game.
February 25, 2015

Buffs must play the waiting game

by Jeff Wilson
A home play-in game is a given, but an opponent won't be named until today Madras seems to have found its mojo and it is coming at the right time. After tripping up a bit, losing twice in a span…
Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Hannah Lewis was one of a few Culver starters that didn't go down with an injury this season.
February 25, 2015

Dogs' season ends

by Jeff Wilson
CHS girls come up just short in league tourney The pieces were in place this year for the Culver girls basketball team to make a deep run into the 2A state playoffs. Unfortunately for the…
February 25, 2015

Madras bowlers bow out of state

by Jeff Wilson
The Madras girls bowling team finished off its first trip to the state tournament in style over the weekend, bowling a total of 30 games before being finally eliminated on Sunday. The 16-team…
February 25, 2015

Happy endings

by Jeff Wilson
Gemelas closes out career with two more medals Sophie Gemelas is content. And that is all that matters. After picking up two more state medals over weekend at the 4A/3A/2A/1A state swimming meet…
Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Madras senior Sophie Gemelas works her way to the 100-yard breaststroke title Saturday during the Special District 3 swim meet. Gemelas will make her fourth trip to the state meet.
February 18, 2015

State bound, again

by Jeff Wilson
Buffs' Gemelas wins twice at district meet In most sporting events, the ending brings closure — a team or individual knows the outcome almost immediately. But for the members of the Madras swim…

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Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Madras senior Katie Quinn works on her game during a practice session Sunday night at Madras Bowl. The Buffs head to state this weekend.
Feb 18, 2015

Relishing that one last chance

by Jeff Wilson
Madras girls bowling team has a final opportunity to claim a crown This weekend’s state bowling tournament may end up being a little bittersweet for the Madras girls club team. Sure, the Buffs…
Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Madras football players Chris North, left, and Kyle Brooks unpack the new weight brackets that will help upgrade the Buffs' weight room.
Feb 18, 2015

Making over a program

by Jeff Wilson
New equipment should help lay a strong foundation for Madras sports When Sean Cease first stepped foot on the Madras High School campus, he saw things that he could change. As the school’s new…
Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Recently called up to the varsity level, Madras freshman Kaliyah Iverson has seen plenty of playing time over the last week.
Feb 18, 2015

Moving forward

by Jeff Wilson
Buff girls must focus on the task at hand, now Just a few minutes after Madras’ 42-23 Tri-Valley Conference loss to Gladstone, coach Zach Lillebo talked about the future — one that would include…
Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Madras guard Shae Yeahquo defends the Madras’ side of the court during last week’s Tri-Valley Conference game with Estacada.
Feb 18, 2015

Buffalos still have plenty to play for

by Jeff Wilson
Madras needs to win out to secure second place in conference play The fate and the destiny of the Madras boys basketball team is now clearly laid out. It’s not the path they would have liked,…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/FOR THE PIONEER - Hayden Manu keeps his opponent under control on his way to placing fourth at 285 pounds. The state meet is Feb. 27-28 in Portland.
Feb 18, 2015

Madras has four qualify in wrestling

by Jeff Wilson
Oppenlander, Manu, Vincent and DuPont are headed to Portland It’s been a tough year for wrestlers and their teams competing in 4A Special District 1, what with Crook County accomplishing what it…
Feb 18, 2015

Bulldogs dominate predistricts

by Jeff Wilson
Culver sees 11 make the finals, wins seven divisions in final tuneup If the Class 2A/1A Special District 1 wrestling predistrict tournament was any indication, maybe it's best that the district…
Feb 18, 2015

Dogs keep powering on

by Jeff Wilson
Despite even more injuries, Culver girls poised to make Columbia Basin tourney run Just when Scott Fritz feels that his team is getting to the point he wants them to be at, something bad seems…
Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Culver's Levi Vincent has his sights set on winning a state title this year. While he has never placed at the state wrestling meet, don't bet against him this year.
Feb 11, 2015

Tough enough

by Jeff Wilson
Levi Vincent is still looking for his defining moment The great Roy McAvoy once said that when a defining moment comes along, you either define the moment or the moment defines you. Levi Vincent…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/THE PIONEER - Madras High School guard Chad Lindgren and Crook County guard Blake Bartels try to avoid each other while going after a loose ball Friday night in Prineville during 4A Tri-Valley Conference basketball action. The Buffs overcame an early deficit only to falter late and lose their first conference game of the season. The loss opens up many possible scenarios for the playoffs now, with three teams, Madras, Crook County and Gladstone, in the mix for the top three spots.
Feb 11, 2015

Buffs take a step back

by Jeff Wilson
Loss to Cowboys opens up multiple possibilities The path to a league championship just got a little more complicated for the Madras boys basketball. OK, so maybe complicated isn’t the right…
Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - The Buffs' Hailey Sloan has been a big part of the team's bench so far this year.
Feb 11, 2015

Buffs keeping a steady pace

by Jeff Wilson
MHS has a huge game looming this week The wins that the Madras girls basketball team keeps piling up may not seem real appealing right now, but they are adding up nicely. Entering the final two…




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