Area athletes named to ODP team — Nine players from Central Oregon have been selected for the Pacific Northwest USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program. The local players include five who were chosen for the women’s team: Kayanna Heffner and Katie Simpson, both juniors at Bend’s Summit High School; Haley Houghton and Rachel Haney, both juniors at Redmond Proficiency Academy who compete for Redmond’s Ridgeview High; and Teagan Perkins, a senior at Redmond High. Four Central Oregon players were named to the ODP men’s team: Aiden Soles, a senior at Summit; Kyle Alhart, a sophomore at Summit; and Noah and Nathan Cox, both juniors at Bend’s Mountain View High. All but Houghton, who is with the Cascade Water Polo Foundation in Redmond, play with the Bend Waves Water Polo Club. After taking part in weekend training sessions, the area players will compete in their respective 2013 East/West ODP Championships — the girls this Friday through Sunday in Geneva, Ohio, and the boys March 22-24 in Henderson, Nev. The ODP serves as a feeder system for USA Water Polo’s national teams.


Volunteers needed for PPP — Organizers with the 2013 U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle report that more than 500 volunteers will be needed to put on the annual multisport race from Mount Bachelor to Bend, and anyone wishing to help can sign up online to do so. Prospective volunteers can go to www.pppbend.com and click on the “Volunteer” section. Volunteers will receive a PPP volunteer shirt. In its 37th year, the Pole Pedal Paddle is a fundraiser for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. The race includes alpine and nordic skiing, cycling, running and kayaking/canoeing. For more information, contact Suzanne at MBSEF at funatppp@gmail.com.

— Bulletin staff reports