The Challenge Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Every year there’s adversity to replace Seniors.  Who’s going to step up and who’s going to fill in. North Salem Volleyball, entering their second season in 5A, went from the old-Greater Valley Conference to probably the toughest conference in the State let lone 5A in the Mid-Willamette Conference.  They…

North Marion Wraps Up Summer At Colton

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com COLTON, Ore.–  Their offense was electrifying, boosting some excitement entering the first week of official practice to complement their defense coming out of Friday’s 7-on versus 2A’s Colton. “It’s going really good, we had a really fun day today.  I don’t know this year has been really different,” said Joe Torian….

The Return Of Schudel

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SCIO, Ore.–  When Senior Night rolled around on October 18 against Salem Academy, it looked as if Scio’s Aspen Schudel had played her last game in the Black and Orange Logger colors. The then-Junior was about to head off to Oklahoma, moving there, only to be back in Scio entering her…

Barker The Lineman?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  It’s weird to think the combination of starting Quarterback and Defensive End at the Varsity level in 6A. This season, McNary’s Erik Barker is returning to his Pop Warner roots for his Senior season playing Quarterback and Defensive End as the longtime QB1 of the Celtics took reps at…

One Last Relaxing Week Before Try-Outs

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  This week is more of a tune-up entering the long-haul that is the Volleyball season that officially kicks off Monday across the State. Coming off their second-place finish in 2018 in 6A, Sprague wrapped up their second day of their Kids Camp with the Middle Schoolers handing off to…

No Pressure Entering 2019

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.– DeAndre Broxterman had a tough way to end his sophomore season for the Sheridan Football team as the six-foot, 180-pound lineman left the Spartans Quarterfinal game against eventual 2A State Champions Kennedy with a knee injury in 2018. It was at the tail end of one of those great…

Silverton Wraps Up Team Camp Saturday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONMOUTH, Ore.–  The nine-ball drill towards the end of their camp at Western Oregon University provided some great experience for Silverton for inside the 18-foot box. Defensively, how to read and stop those close-range shots with traffic around them.  Offensively, how to capitalize on those shots when they present themselves in…

Ramsay Takes Over Scio Program

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SCIO, Ore.–  Lori Ramsay’s name is familiar around the Greater Stayton area with the Santiam Canyon Volleyball Club, knowing local coaches in the area like Jefferson’s Sydney Poorman, Regis’ Julie Summers, Stayton’s Michael Woodley and former Scio Head Volleyball Coach Cheyenne Summers, Julie’s daughter. So the name recognition to the girls…

Getting After It

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s weird to say, think and fathom that the Sprague Football team went 2-7 coming on the heels of an second-round and Quarterfinal appearance the last two years entering 2018. But, as they close in to August 30’s jamboree at Sprague High School, they haven’t forgotten one of the…

High Expectations, New Faces

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com WOODBURN, Ore.–  Over the last two-, three-years the expectations for the Santiam Football team has been anything short of high. After going 10-18 between 2013 and 2015 and no postseason visits, the Wolverines have since went 28-8 with a Quarterfinals visit and two finals appearances over the last three seasons entering…

West Defeats East 43-10

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com BAKER CITY, Ore.–  St. Paul’s Justin Herberger entered his third All-Star Game this summer with the 1A-4A Shrine Game at Baker High School Saturday night.  The athlete known as Herbie had already played in the 8-Man All-Star Game and the Small School Baseball All-Star Game entering his final prep game before…

Warm-Up For the 3-on-3 Tournament

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  During her freshman season for Sprague, Baylee Butler had showed off some of her athleticism on the court for the young Olympians this past Winter. And as the incoming sophomore prepares to help Sprague bounce back from their tough 0-24 season in 2018, Butler once again showcased that athleticism…