Local skier excels at national event — Hunter Hess of Bend competed in the USA Snowboard Association Freeski National Championships, staged April 6-9 in Copper Mountain, Colo. Hess, 14, finished first overall in the boys 13-15 freeski division for his second overall title (in 2011, Hess won the boys 10-12 overall freeski division). He is also the 2013 halfpipe champion in his age division.
Oregon Rush becomes Bend FC Timbers — The Central Oregon-based Oregon Rush Soccer Club has recently announced that it will change its name to Bend FC Timbers, effective May 1. The club will partner with Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers, along with four other Oregon soccer clubs, as part of the Adidas Timbers Alliance. Through the alliance, the Timbers will share coaching resources and curriculum with member clubs to aid in player development. For more information, visit www.bendfctimbers.com .
Bend resident competes in CrossFit Games — Red Gilliland, 63, recently competed in the 2013 CrossFit Games Open. Gilliland, a part-time Bend resident, placed first in the Northwest region and 33rd worldwide for the men’s individual masters 60+ division. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that combines weightlifting, sprinting and gymnastics techniques. During the open competition, held March 6 through April 7, competitors completed one workout each week for five weeks. Participants submitted videos and weekly workout scores to the CrossFit Games website for evaluation. Gilliland, who also resides in the Eugene area, completed the workouts at Willamette Valley CrossFit in Springfield.
Film festival seeking submissions — The fifth annual Bend Bicycle Film Festival is currently seeking bicycle-related short films to be screened next month at the Tower Theatre in Bend. Locally produced entries will be accepted until 6 p.m. on May 15. The festival will commence at 7 p.m. on May 22; doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Tower Theatre box office in downtown Bend or online at www.towertheatre.org. Event proceeds and raffle tickets will benefit Bend Endurance Academy, a local nonprofit that offers cycling, nordic skiing and rock climbing programs for youth, juniors and adults. For more information, visit www.bendbicylefilmfestival.com or call Bill Warburton at 541-335-1346.
Local takes first — Chloe Green, 15 and of Bend, competed in the Horse Shows in the Sun Desert Circuit held Jan. 22 to March 17 near Palm Springs, Calif. Green, a student at Cascades Academy in Bend, placed first in the $1,500 HITS 3-foot Hunter Prix with 160 combined points, part of the Children’s Hunter Division. She also won the Smart Pak Children’s Medal and placed second in the Taylor Harris Medal, both in the junior Equitation Division. Green, whose competition horse is named Carlos, trains with Catherine Cruger of Some Day Farm in Bend.
Ex-Bend woman is a champion — Jetta Rackleff and her team, the Anaheim Lady Ducks, recently won the Senior B division of the USA National Senior Women’s Ice Hockey Championships in Oakland, Calif. The Lady Ducks shut out Team Connecticut 3-0 in the April 7 championship game at the Oakland Ice Center. Rackleff, 21, is a goaltender for the Anaheim-based team composed of women ages 14 and older. A graduate of Summit High School in Bend, Rackleff plans to attend college in the fall. She is currently pursuing ice hockey scholarships at several NCAA Division I schools. Rackleff resides in Irvine, Calif.
Local team third in national tournament — A seven-member coed tennis team finished third out of 16 teams in the 8.0 Senior Mixed Doubles Invitational. The tournament was part of the United States Tennis Association National Championships held March 22-24 at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Central Oregon team was composed of Megan Rau, Daina Vitolins, Rory O’Neill, Cheryl Towery, Greg Everson, Daniel Brown and Cathy Holley. The senior team (age 50 and over) represented the Pacific Northwest section and the Southern Oregon division, and practiced at Sage Springs Club & Spa in Sunriver.
Bend Blues win— Six different players scored for the Bend Blues in the boys high school rugby team’s 45-12 win over Linn-Benton on Saturday at Ponderosa Park in Bend. Michael Hageman led the Blues with two tries, and Seth Nelson, Ben Klein, Nolan Holmgren, Keegan Bloss and Jacob Fritz also scored for the winners. Fritz added five conversions for Bend, which improved its record to 3-2 in Rugby Oregon’s Club Championship Division.
—Bulletin staff reports