Championship streak ends with third-place finish

Championship streak ends with third-place finish

Crook County falls to eventual champion Sisters in the semifinal The Crook County Cowgirls fought...

Cowboy season ends with disappointing loss to Tigers

Cowboy season ends with disappointing loss to Tigers

Junction City dominates time of possession in defensive battle with CCHS The Junction City...

Cowboys ground Pelicans 41-14

Cowboys ground Pelicans 41-14

Crook County rolls to 35-0 lead then coasts to easy win over Klamath Union The Crook County...

Cowgirls pound Bulldogs, ready to defend title

Cowgirls pound Bulldogs, ready to defend title

Crook County defeats Sutherlin in straight sets to earn return trip to state tournament The Crook...

CCHS finishes 12th at state

CCHS finishes 12th at state

Liam Pickhardt leads Crook County efforts with 45th place finish Things went about like expected...

Cowboys keep season alive with win

Cowboys keep season alive with win

Shootout decides match after teams are tied following regulation and two overtime periods The...

CCC Cougars hold clinic, wrestle offs at Crook County

CCC Cougars hold clinic, wrestle offs at Crook County

Event is rare opportunity for Crook County youth to interact with collegiate wrestlers Crook...

Crook County blasts Estacada 51-0

Cowboys score 42 points in first half of rout against Rangers Playing in front of the home crowd...

Cowboys defeat Rangers, keep season alive

Cowboys defeat Rangers, keep season alive

Crook County in control throughout match despite missing starting forwards The Crook County...

Cowgirls whip Buffalos, win Tri-Valley League

Cowgirls whip Buffalos, win Tri-Valley League

Crook County wins league tiebreaker, earns playoff spot In possibly the most entertaining match...

District champions

District champions

Liam Pickhardt takes second overall as Cowboys surprise Molalla to take championship Going into...

Cowgirls defeat Rangers, clinch league playoff spot

Cowgirls defeat Rangers, clinch league playoff spot

Crook County defense doesn't allow a goal while offense takes advantage of opportunity in 1-0...

Cowboys knock off Cardinals 36-6

Cowboys knock off Cardinals 36-6

Big fourth quarter breaks open a close game as Crook County rolls over Corbett The Crook County...

Cowgirls defeat Rangers

Cowgirls defeat Rangers

Straight-set victory over Estacada earns Crook County a tie with Madras for Tri-Valley League...

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Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Brogan Howard works to turn Diego Vargas to his back during their 182 pound match during the scrimmage. Howard earned a fall with one second remaining in the second round.
November 25, 2014

Huge crowd attends Blue & Gold scrimmage

by Lon Austin
Near capacity crowd watches as Cowboys showcase their depth “I don’t think we’ve had a crowd like this in all the time I’ve been involved in the Blue & Gold,” Crook County Head Wrestling Coach…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Colbran Meeker carries the ball for a short gain against Gladstone. Meeker, who has started for the Cowboys since he was a sophomore, is one of just 12 seniors on this year's roster.
November 25, 2014

Cowboys take giant step forward

by Lon Austin
Crook County football team reaches playoffs for the first time in 17 years The Crook County High School football season didn’t end the way the team had hoped. After cruising through the regular…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Trayton Libolt, in blue, controls Pacer Quire during their 120 pound match in the Cowboys' Blue & Gold Scrimmage which was held Saturday night at Crook County High School. Libolt, a defending state champion, defeated Quire by technical fall in the third round of their match. Earlier in the evening, Libolt signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.
November 25, 2014

Meeker, Libolt sign national letters of intent

by Lon Austin
Meeker to wrestle at Oregon State, Libolt at Grand Canyon University Saturday night, immediately prior to the annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage, Colbran Meeker and Trayton Libolt signed national…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Faik Schubart plays the ball past Gladstone defender Brandon Ventura during the Tri-Valley League regular season. The Cowboys defeated Gladstone in a playoff to finish third in the conference.
November 20, 2014

Cowboys finish one win away from playoffs

by Lon Austin
Crook County misses out on state playoffs, but team is optimistic about the future The move from the Intermountain Hybrid League to the Tri-Valley League proved to be positive for the Crook…
Fast-hand Skully and The Kid celebrate before riding off into the sunset as stones rattle up the canyon and a coyote howls somewhere in the distance.
November 21, 2014

Outdoors in the Wild, Wild West

by Scott Staats Special to the Central Oregonian
The wild west is the perfect setting for a hunting and fishing western I’ve read lots of Westerns and have seen more than my share on the big screen but I’ve always wondered what a hunting or…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Miranda Holt goes up for a spike against Dufur during a match in the middle of the season. Holt was one of just two seniors on the Mitchell/Spary varsity roster.
November 20, 2014

Eagle/Loggers stumble in new league

by Lon Austin
Mitchell/Spray wins just one league contest despite having one of the most competitive teams in years Going into the 2014 season, the Mitchell/Spray volleyball team knew that they had their work…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Karlee Hollis goes up for a kill against Hidden Valley during the quarterfinals of the state tournament. Hollis is one of just three Cowgirls off of this year's team to graduate.
November 18, 2014

Volleyball season in review

by Lon Austin
Crook County remains one of Oregon's volleyball powerhouses It was an eventful year for the Crook County High School volleyball team. Crook County entered the season with a streak of…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Dylon Tankersley takes the snap from center during one of the Eagle/Loggers games this season. Tankersley is one of several key players that Mitchell/Spray loses to graduataion.
November 18, 2014

Eagle/Loggers find some success with jump to new league

by Lon Austin
Mitchell/Spray struggles against some of the states top teams, fares well against remainder of conference The Mitchell/Spray football team faced several challenges this year. With shrinking…
November 18, 2014

Cowboys rank as one of top wrestling teams in the country

by Lon Austin
This year's team could be even stronger than last year's record breaking squad Practice began Monday afternoon for the start of the winter sports season. The reality, however, is that most…
Photo Credit: SCOTT STAATS SPECIAL TO THE CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Gray Butte from McCoin Orchard.
November 11, 2014

Exploring the Grasslands - Past and Present

by Scott Staats Special to the Central Oregonian
A visit to the grasslands is an opportunity to see both beautiful scenery and a piece of Central Oregon history We’re reaching that purgatorial time of the year between autumn and winter when…

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Zach Smith
Nov 11, 2014

Four Cowboys earn first team all-league honors

by Lon Austin
Smith named to first team on both offense and defense Zach Smith led a strong contingent of Crook County players on the Tri-Valley League football all-league team. Smith, who was one of four…
Photo Credit: SCOTT STAATS SPECIAL TO THE CENTRAL OREGONIAN - A bull elk rests in an open area.
Nov 11, 2014

Elk populations in Central Oregon

by Scott Staats Special to the Central Oreognian
The trend is for more elk to spend their time off National Forest land So just how many elk are there in Central Oregon? Each year the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts surveys to…
Nov 18, 2014

Volleyball team has extraordinary season despite finish

by Lon Austin
Crook County showed character and toughness at state tournament There are those who have expressed dissatisfaction with the volleyball photo that the Central Oregonian ran on the front page of…
Photo Credit: KEVIN SPERL/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Cold temperatures greeted the 5K and 10K runners to kick off the Lord's Acre celebration at the Powell Butte Christian Church last Saturday. From left to right on the front row are J.J. Howard, winner of the 10K race, Jayden Goeman, third place in the 5K race, Luke Walker, who finished second in the 10K, Brennan Buckley-Noonan, second in the 5K, Chuck Coats, third in 10K race, and Camden Hammer, the winner of the 5K race. More than 100 runners and walkers participated in the event.
Nov 07, 2014

It's Hammer time at Lord's Acre

by Lon Austin
Summit High School runner Camden Hammer wins 5K race while Central Oregon Running Klub member J.J. Howard wins 10K at annual event When weather forecasts called for snow last Saturday race…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - When the Crook County Cowboys take on teh Junction City Tigers in a first-round playoff game tonight it will be the team's first playoff game since before most of the team was born. The last time the Cowboys made the playoffs was in 1997. Cowboy seniors Colbran Meeker, Trevor Rasmussen, Zach Smith, and Ryder Shinkle are part of a core group that has turned the program around in the last few years.
Nov 07, 2014

Cowboys take things one game at a time

by Lon Austin
lthough they want aanother shot at Gladstone, the Crook County Cowboys are focused only on Junction City as they prepare for Friday night's playoff Most of the Crook County High School football…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Karlee Hollis, Laken Berlin, and Kayla Hamilton hope to lead the Crook County Cowgirls to their ninth-consecutive state voleyball championship. The four-year varsity performers have each played a significant role in each of the last three state championships.
Nov 07, 2014

Cowgirl power

by Lon Austin
Crook County's three senior volleyball players plan on extending the Cowgirls championship streak to nine The Crook County Cowgirl volleyball team is riding the crest of a tremendous streak. The…
Photo Credit: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Diego Nunez plays the ball during a game earlier in the season. Nunez scored both Crook County goals in a 5-2, play-in, loss to the North Valley Knights on Saturday. The loss ended the Crook County season.
Nov 04, 2014

Cowboy post season run ends with 5-2 loss to Knights

by Lon Austin
Team plays much of match with just 10 players after receiving a red card in first half The Crook County Cowboys' soccer season came to an end Saturday with a disappointing 5-2 loss to the North…
Karlee Hollis
Oct 31, 2014

Hollis, Hamilton earn first-team Tri-Valley League honors

by Lon Austin
After winning the Tri-Valley League volleyball title, the Crook County Cowgirls were rewarded with two players on the all-league first team. Senior outside hitter Karlee Hollis and senior setter…
Photo Credit: PARKER LEE/GRESHAM OUTLOOK - Crook County defender, Gwyneth Ptomey plays the ball away from Estacada forward Payton Teach during the Cowgirls 7-0 loss to the Rangers in a league playoff match on Monday.
Oct 31, 2014

Rangers blast Cowgirls

by Lon Austin
Crook County eliminated from playoff contention with 7-0 loss at Estacada The Crook County Cowgirls soccer team was eliminated from post-season play on Monday when they lost a crucial match to…
Oct 31, 2014

Playing a young man's game with an old man's body

by Lon Austin
At some point in time every athlete has to make the decision to retire There comes a time in every athlete’s life when it’s time to hang it up. For many professional athletes, the decision is…



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