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Powell Butte resident Brandon Beers has already cashed in on close to $40,000 worth of rodeo earnings in 2001

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - From the Archives20 years ago

Aug. 8, 2002

He's only 16, a mere junior, but Powell Butte resident Brandon Beers has already cashed in on close to $40,000 worth of rodeo earnings, and that was in 2001.

Beers has won two state team roping titles and has been to the High School National Finals Rodeo twice, with his most recent adventure coming last month in Farmington, N.M., where he took third in the nation out of 250 teams from all over the country, Australia and Canada.

15 years ago

Aug. 3, 2007

The Oregon Athletic Officials Association is actively recruiting officials for the upcoming high school fall sports seasons. The OAOA has an immediate need for officials for football, soccer and volleyball. In recent years, it has been a constant battle to recruit and keep an adequate numbers of officials to cover all local games and contests.

Two key issues seem to keep coming up when representatives of the officials associations are asked about recruiting officials. "They are not thrilled about going to games to officiate and then getting blitzed and beaten up (emotionally, not physically) about their officiating," said Bob Reichert, long-time Central Oregon official.

10 years ago

Aug. 3, 2012

Eleven-year-old Spencer Wilde held his hat high in the air.

As Wilde swung his hat toward the ground, 35 pairs of runners and horseback riders started out across an open meadow, beginning the 42nd Annual Ride and Tie World Championship..

Dust swirled in the air as runners and riders hit a dusty trail starting the 33-mile endurance race high in the Ochoco Mountains.

"I thought it went pretty well," said Ben Volk, Ride and Tie Association president, and part of the race's winning team. "It was a good course. We like to have the winning team finish in between four and four and a half hours and we were about 4:20, so that's about right."

Teammates took turns running along marked trails, or riding on horseback. Racers struggled with the heat along the trails near Bandit Springs.

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