• Roughriders pick up first win: The Bend Rugby Club won for the first time in the 2012-13 season on Saturday, defeating the Rogue Valley Rugby Club 36-17 in Bend. Joel Abbott and Mike Gamm led the Roughriders with two tries apiece, while Mike Hunter added a try, three conversions and a penalty kick. Peter Liddell also had a conversion. Bend Rugby Club, now 1-5 overall, 1-2 in the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union Division III standings, is off until the season resumes in February.
They arrive from every corner of Oregon — and even from across the country — on a remote gravel road just outside the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. Thirty cars line the small parking area at Whitewater Trailhead 68 miles east of Salem, their owners stepping into the bright sunlight on a recent Saturday wearing hiking boots and carrying backpacks for a journey into one of the… ... more