One Last ‘Be The Light’ For Gervais Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  Over the past few weeks, the lights have lit up the Gervais Football field in honor of the Class of 2020 on Friday night’s. And as the sun set on this early June day, kid’s trickle into the football field as Head Basketball Coach Ben Schultz, a Gervais-Grad, spins…

West Salem’s Wilch Signs At OSU For Lacrosse

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  There was once upon a time in which West Salem’s Matt Wilch did not play Lacrosse. That lasted about four weeks as Wilch tried his hand at Track and Field his freshman year. Having played Lacrosse since the seventh-grade, the Titan Senior knew his heart belonged with the helmet…

Garcia Ready For Next Task At Hand

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Repeating as State Champion is a tough task to do when you factor in fatigue, other wrestlers gunning for you and the possible Championship hangover. Mixed in an injury as North Salem Antonio Garcia had with his knee banged up entering his Senior Year in the State Tournament following…

Toughness And Overcoming

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.– Silverton Swim Coach Lucky Rogers put it best:  Unbelievable. He’s coached at Silverton for five years now and remembers when Samantha Zurcher told him about coming down funny during dance practice, eventually finding out she had fractured her foot. Zurcher, then a sophomore, remembers telling her swim coach what’s…

The Last Go-Around

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  For the Seniors coming from Cascade, Stayton and Regis, the second wind of life they’re getting entering next weekend in Boise, Idaho is closure to a tough Spring and a tough way to end their High School careers. The amount of games are uncertain at this time with at…

Striving For The Record Books

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a season of promise for North Salem Junior Austin Cates. Coming off of a promising summer in which he PR’d at the USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympics with Valley Track Club, a jump of 12-feet-3.25-inch jump to win the State Title and breaking in a new 13-foot…

Bandits Finding A Way

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  The Boys of Summer are back. As the weekend comes to a close Sunday, the Stayton Bandits converged on Turner City Park for one of their first practices of the summer season.  12 kids were out in the afternoon sun knocking off the cobwebs from the quarantine for the…

Hmura Reminiscences On Time With Zenith Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Soccer has gave South Salem’s Allison Hmura a lot of life lessons as the Saxon Senior prepares for her next journey at Linfield. It taught her how to work in a group, problem solve and how to be a leader on-and-off the field.  So as her club season, with…

Ebbs Wins Oregon Gatorade Softball Player Of The Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  McNary’s Taylor Ebbs picked up a major award entering her Senior Season with the Celtics: Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for Oregon. The organization picks out Top 5 nominations and send out an email to the coaches letting them know they have a player on the list.  The…

Overcoming Injury To College-bound Runner

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Injuries are always scary, but broken bones are terrifying. Running has always been in South Salem Senior’s Mackenzie Caprino’s life, ever since she was five years old.  Competing with Salem Track Club, running in Middle School and eventually to the High School level with the Saxons. But, as her…

South’s Olsen Signs With South Virginia University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  As the sun sank on the late-May evening, a small gathering gathered at a house just off of Croisan Creek in South Salem to see Saxon Senior Gretchen Olsen sign her letter of intent to play basketball at Southern Virginia University starting this upcoming school year. Four years ago…

Bell Commits To Linfield

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.—  Silverton Head Coach Lucky Rogers remembers in between Emmett Bell’s sophomore and junior seasons with the Foxes, there was a spark in the pool. Following his Junior season, Bell approached Rogers after helping the 200-yard Medley team qualify for State, asking what he needed to do to do to…