Crusaders Take Westside Winter Jam Title Over Jefferson

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TIGARD, Ore.–  The Salem Academy Girls Basketball team wasn’t quite expecting this start to their 2021-22 season, but they’ll take the 3-0 start.  Closing out the Westside Christian Westside Winter Jam with a gritty 44-34 win over former PacWest Conference foe Jefferson for the Title. Day one of the tournament, not…

Perry Burlison Tournament Round-Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.– The McKay Girls Wrestling and McNary’s Girls Wrestling team’s had strong showings at the Perry Burlison Wrestling Tournament.  The Scots saw team Sarahi Chavez (100), Angelina Paniagua (110) and Marilyn Mentado (130), Brenda Ceja (145) while the Celtics Alex Stanton (125) and Caitlin Saldivar (170) finished second.  McNary’s Desiree…

Lions Finish Third At Westside Winter Jam

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TIGARD, Ore.–  It wasn’t the start that they were hoping for the third-place game at the Westside Winter Jam Saturday night, but Jefferson certainly finished it off strongly.  Exiting their first tournament of the season sitting 2-1 on the year following their 55-38 win over Columbia Christian. But the final result was a…

Santiam Girls And Boys Advance To Championship Games

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com LEBANON, Ore.–  The Santiam boys basketball team had to dig deep against Clatskanie Friday afternoon at East Linn Christian for the Silver Cross Tournament. The Wolverines started hot against the Tigers, leading at one point 20-9 before the press of Clatskanie pulled the 3A Coastal Range Conference team up to pair…

Saxons Turning To Youth In 2021

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com South Salem has a lot of work to do entering this season and it starts Friday at Scappoose. But the good thing is, the jamboree at Salem Academy was what they needed.  They faced 3A juggernaut in Dayton, rallying late against Ron Hop’s squad who went 2-0 in the evening as…

Foxes Take Jesuit To Double-OT In Season Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–  Silverton made sure they made a statement to open the 2021-2022 season and that they’re going to be the same tough out that they’ve always been. They made sure that, despite the 53-51 double overtime defeat to Jesuit Wednesday night, that they made it as clear as crystal going…

Cascade’s Defense Slows North Marion’s Pace In Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gamil.com TURNER, Ore.–  Cascade’s defense brought the pressure with their press.  It had created turnovers from the North Marion offense that the Cougars, in turn, turned into points on their offensive opportunities in their 63-37 win. Cascade jumped out to a 15-4 first quarter lead with it, setting the tone to open the…

Rams Bring Back Senior Heavy Squad

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Regis Head Coach Jason Koehnke felt like his team got stronger throughout the six-week season this past Spring.  Capping a solid 9-6 season with a close 55-43 defeat to eventual 2A Title Week Champions in Salem Academy in the opening round of the June Madness. The Rams lose a…

Regis Girls Looking For Duplicate Success In Winter

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.—It was one of those years in which their defense was spectacular and it paid off for the Regis Rams this past Spring. With an already short-season and fighting for a spot in the 2A Cumulative Week Playoffs to boot, the Rams knew they could turn on their defense as…

Titans Returners Set The Tone For 2021

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a good learning experience for sophomore Sam Gagnon during her freshman year, finishing sixth at 110-pounds at the Girls South Regional Tournament this past Spring.  Gagnon walked in not knowing much about the High School scene as she does now as she now enters her second year…

OWC Boys Soccer Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Philomath’s Mark Grimmer won Player of the Year and Warriors Head Coach David Ellis won Coach of the Year. Philomath and Stayton were Co-Oregon West Conference Champions as the Eagles landed four players on the first team to the Warriors four. Here’s the Complete List: First Team Field Players Player Year…

Jefferson’s Bender, Frost Ready For Wrestling Return

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com JEFFERSON, Ore.–  The year off has helped further motivate Jefferson’s Jameson Bender and Gage Frost entering this season with the Lions. Their 2020 campaign’s, leading up to the Covid shutdown, didn’t end the way they wanted.  Bender (138) and Frost (126) finished sixth respectively to close out their sophomore and freshman…