Duck Bus will travel for spring game — The Oregon Club of Central Oregon will offer a bus to Eugene this Saturday for the University of Oregon’s annual spring intrasquad football game at Autzen Stadium. The game kicks off at 11 a.m. Riders can also attend the UO vs. Stanford baseball game at PK Park starting at 2 p.m. The bus will depart from the Bend Duck Store at 7 a.m. and will make a passenger stop at Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters at 7:30 a.m. The bus is scheduled to depart Eugene at approximately 4:30 p.m. Passengers ages 21 and older can ride the bus for $45, which includes admission to the football and baseball games. For more information or to register, visit www.oregonduckclub.org or call 541-728-0685.
Bend criterium series on tap — The Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation Criterium Series has set race dates for the 2013 season. Those dates — all Wednesdays — are: June 12 and 26; July 10, 24 and 31; and Aug. 7, 14 and 21. All races in the series, sponsored by Desert Orthopedics, will be held at Summit High School in Bend in the early evening. MBSEF plans to stage Cat 1-5 and junior races at each event. Riders can compete in multiple races held the same day and will earn points toward their series standing each time they race. For more information or to register, visit www.obra.org or call 541-388-0002.
Chainbreaker slated for May — The 16th annual Cascade Chainbreaker mountain bike race is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, on private timberland west of Bend near Shevlin Park. The roughly 12-mile course includes a mix of singletrack and dirt roads. The event offers various racing categories for junior riders and adults. For more information or to register, visit www.obra.org or call 541-318-6188.
Registration open for Deschutes Dash — Registration is now open for the 10th annual Deschutes Dash Weekend Sports Festival, scheduled for July 13-14 in Bend’s Old Mill District. The multisport event includes Olympic and sprint-distance triathlons (swim, bike, run), duathlons (run, bike, run), Aqua Bikes (swim, bike), 10K and 5K running races, and youth events. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefits The Center Foundation. Visit www.deschutesdash.com for more information or to register.
Spring Paddlefest set for May — The annual Spring Paddlefest, hosted by Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, will take place May 3-5 in Bend. The three-day event includes lessons and demos of kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. A festival featuring boating businesses and demos will be held Saturday at Riverbend Park. For more information or to register for lessons, visit www.tumalocreek.com or call 541-317-9407.
Locals shine at Medford race — Two Central Oregon runners placed first in their respective race divisions at the 2013 Pear Blossom Run, held April 13 in Medford. Travis Neuman, 18, won the 5K division in 15 minutes, 17 seconds. Neuman, a senior at Summit High School in Bend, was the first of 1,870 runners to cross the finish line. Marci Gage, 25 and of Bend, was the first of 690 female participants to finish the 10-mile race; her time was 58:03.
Local pool player heads to nationals — Curtis Mayo, 45 and of Bend, will compete in the 9-Ball Shootout of the American Poolplayers Association’s National Singles Championships, to be held this Thursday through Saturday in Las Vegas. Mayo is a member of APA Cascades and participates in league play at the Moose Lodge in Bend. For more information, visit www.apacascades.com.
Local takes second — Courtney Miller, 17 and of Bend, placed second in her age group’s all-around division at the gymnastics Region 2 Championships, staged April 12-14 in Shoreline, Wash. Miller, who competed in the Senior C age group, is a member of the Cascade All-Star Gymnastics team of Bend. She will advance to the Junior Olympic National Championships, to be held May 9-12 in Minneapolis.
Locals compete in national event — More than two dozen Central Oregon snowboarders and skiers competed in the 2013 USA Snowboard Association National Championships, staged recently at Copper Mountain, Colo. The snowboard competition took place March 30-April 4; the freeski competition was held April 6-9. The majority of Central Oregon participants compete for Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation in Bend. Hunter Hess, 14 and of Bend, won the boys 10-12 overall freeski division. Hess, who skis for MBSEF, was also the halfpipe champion in his age division. Fellow MBSEF skier Mary Daubenschmidt took first in the girls 13-15 halfpipe division. In the same division, local skier Gabrielle Ward won the rail jam. See individual scores in Community Sports Scoreboard, below.
Blues rout Columbia County — The Bend Blues notched their third consecutive victory Saturday with a 52-12 drubbing of Columbia County in a Rugby Oregon Varsity Premiership high school boys match in Scappoose. Ben Klein led the Blues with four tries. Michael Hageman scored three tries, Keegan Bloss scored two, and Noah Nagle added one for the winners. Gunner Crawford had two conversions for Bend, whose record improved to 4-2.
—Bulletin staff reports