Arm-wrestlers make worlds
July 1, 1997 Prineville armwrestlers excelled once again in June at the National Pro-Am Armwrestling Championships in North Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Billy Wilson and Dobbs Pressley each per formed well enough to qualify for the Gold Bear World Armwrestling Championships, April 3, 1998 in Moscow, Russia. Pressley's performance at last year's national competition also qualified him for the world championships.
Pressley placed first as a left-hand amateur in the 0-132-pound division, and he was third as a right-hand pro in the 0-132-pound division. Wilson was second in the amateur right-hand 133-154-pound division.
"I felt really good, but I took on a tough guy that beat me," Wilson said. "It was exciting, and it was the best time I've had there. Even last year didn't compare."
The pair of local armwrestlers is coached by Steve Jeffryes of Redmond, a two-time defending national champion who won his masters 155-165-pound division.
July 4, 2002 The Crook County High School rodeo team has been so successful in recent years that getting CCHS cowboys and cowgirls into the post season hasn't been a matter of if, but a matter of when.
This year, 10 have extended their seasons from Prineville, five qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo in Farmington, New Mexico, set for July 21-28, and another handful for the Silver State event in Fallon, Nevada, which opened Tuesday and continues through July 7.
It wasn't a small task. For a berth to New Mexico, competitors had to place in the top four of any event after the year-end standings, while a trip to Fallon was locked up by placing fifth through eighth.
CCHS rodeo is led by bareback state champion Mitchell Rickman and team roping state champion Brandon Beers.
July 6, 2012
Steven Campbell blazed to a time of 1:26:33 to easily win the annual Splash N Dash.
The Blair Family finished close behind in sec ond place with a time of 1:26:45. Team Carney and Cooley finished nearly two minutes back in third place with a time of 1:28:21. Dave and Liam Pickhardt wound up fourth in 1:29.13. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot rounded out the top five with a time of 1:33:42.
The race, which has become an annual Prineville Fourth of July tradition, features a 500-yard swim, 11-mile bike ride, 1.75-mile paddle on the Crooked River, and a 4-mile finishing run. Racers can choose to compete individually, or as two- or four-person teams.
"It went so smooth this year," said race organizer Ernie Brooks. "People I didn't even know were calling to offer to help. Our volunteer help was absolutely amazing."
For the second consecutive year, competitors had a choice of competing in the Splash N Dash, or in a triathlon. Although the triathlon still has fewer participants than the traditional event, it is growing in popularity. This year, 34 individuals or teams entered the Splash N Dash while 20 individ uals or teams competed in the triathlon.
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