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home : sports & recreation July 21, 2018

Climbing Four In One Cone
"Green, green, it's green they say on the far side of the hill...." Go ahead, sing along if you want; it's true! If you can bear to drive past yet more miles and miles of charred forest, it is green just over the hill - specifically, just over McKenzie Pass. So, that's where this week's hike takes us.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Fly fishing only on Metolius River?
There's a proposal afoot to make the entire Metolius River fly fishing only. The move is spearheaded by Lake Oswego resident Chris Foster, who has fished the Metolius for decades; he believes that such a change in fishing regulations would better protect the river's redband trout while putting a big dent in the ongoing problem of bull trout poaching.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Bow hunters on safari at Hoodoo
African animals scattered on ski slopes and bow hunters riding chair lifts is not what you'd expect to see at Hoodoo, unless it's time for the North American Longbow Safari, which returned to Sisters Country July 7 and 8. The event was last hosted here in 2014.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Young Sisters wrestlers shine in long season
It takes a lot of dedication to become a champion club wrestler. The training is tough, and the long season of strenuous competition is a grind. And you hardly ever get to eat ice cream.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Athlete making a mark on state scene
Brody Anderson started his first year of track in the 8th grade, running for Sisters Middle School through Sisters Park & Recreation District. He ran well his first year and enjoyed the new sport he was participating in. By the end of the year he was running well enough to secure a third place in the district championships in the 100 meters and placed first overall in the 200 meters. He then went to the middle school state championships where he placed third overall in the 200 meters.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Whychus Creek Trail system suffering user abuse
I was disheartened to learn from Gary Guttormsen that various portions of the relatively new Whychus Creek Trail system are already suffering from user abuse. Guttormsen is the trails coordinator for the Sisters Trails Alliance (STA) and spends a great deal of his time volunteering to help keep the local trail systems in top shape. Foremost among his concerns were horrendous amounts of trailside dog poop and outright vandalism.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Running commentary
Summer is here and the opportunities for runners in Central Oregon seem endless. So, whether you are a year-round resident of Sisters Country or here for a visit there are trail recommendations and events galore.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Visiting North America's deepest canyon
When we returned from our trip to Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, I realized that not many people seem to know that North America's deepest canyon is right here in Oregon. Several people asked me where I had been last week; and, when I said "Hells Canyon," the most common response was, "Where's that?"
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Rush and Nordell earn Coach of the Year honors
First-year Sisters High School (SHS) varsity volleyball Coach Rory Rush and Project Unify Coach Josh Nordell were honored at the 83rd annual Oregon Athletic Coaches Association (OACA) Awards Banquet last month. Rush was selected as the 2018 4A Volleyball Coach of the Year and Nordell, along with Brandon Kneebone of Milwaukie High School, were selected Unified Sports Coaches of the Year.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Brigham to play volleyball for Boise State
Jessie Brigham, a stand-out volleyball player for the Sisters High School volleyball team the past four years - the dominant presence and anchor in the back row - has officially signed a letter of intent with Boise State. She will switch from Outlaw to Bronco this summer.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Flatiron Rock: an easy hike in the Badlands
Although we're seeing trails opening up in the high country, it's still worth taking note of alternative areas that are (nearly) all-season hiking destinations. After all, not every day lends itself to a high mountain expedition.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Whychus Creek Trail impacted by Milli Fire
I had been lulled into thinking that our friendly almost-in-town hike along Whychus Creek was one last little bastion of safe green space among our thousands of acres of scorched forest in Sisters Country. Alas, I learned last week that that's not entirely the case.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Learning life lessons on two wheels
When Tom Lyons was a child he couldn't have cared less about his bicycle. If you know him today, you would find that hard to believe. Then, it was no more than a mode of transportation and a way to hang with his friends. But today it has become an extension of himself - one he uses to encourage and inspire local kids to be and do more.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Sisters salutes...
Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Dane Moorehead - a 2008 graduate of Sisters High School - won the National Guard Best Warrior Region VI 2018 competition on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 15.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Running commentary
A lot of my writing over the years has been centered on track meets held at historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene - from Outlaws winning state titles to Ashton Eaton setting the decathlon world record.

No other place has seen more sub-four-minute miles than Hayward Field.

Now with just one meet remaining at the venue before a complete overhaul of the facility, people are wondering if the magic will remain.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Middle school track wraps up season
The Sisters Middle School track and field team finished the 2018 season Wednesday, May 16, at the Central Oregon Mid-Major District Championship held at Reed Stadium in Sisters.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Kicking off summer Stampede-style
In a fury of mountain bikes, spectators, the gallop of a horse, and the crack of a pistol, summer in Sisters kicked off early on Sunday morning. The unofficial start to the season began with the Sisters Stampede celebrating it's ninth running of the annual event.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Cyclists set to stampede into season
It's setting up to be just about perfect for the annual Sisters Stampede Mountain Bike Race, which has become Sisters' unofficial kickoff to the summer recreation season.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tennis players lose in state quarterfinals
Jed Kizziar represented the Outlaws at the boys 1A/2A/3A/4A state championships held in Corvallis at Oregon State University on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19. So did the doubles-duo Hawley Harrer and Rylee Weber, who competed for the Outlaws in the girls' championships.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Outlaws track girls win district, finish eighth at state
On the heels of winning its fourth consecutive Sky-Em District championship, the Outlaws girls track and field team placed eighth at the state meet May 18 and 19 at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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