Looking To Rebound In 2018

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—The Saxon Day festivities was just wrapping up with the South Salem Saxon Varsity Football team took the field Saturday morning at South Salem High School. They were the last to go out as the Saxon Youth Football teams got their reps in on the warm turf field on this…

First Game-Like Action Of The Year To Close Out Blue Day

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.– As the seventh-annual Blue Day progressed and the McNary Soccer teams handed off to the freshman football team, inside the gym the Lady Celtics Volleyball team were scrimmaging in preparation for their jamboree on Thursday at McKay High School. The scrimmage, allowed McNary to see how they can improved entering…

Cascade Kicks-Off Season With Scrimmage

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.– Its that time of year where football season feels like it has finally arrived. At Cascade High School, the Cougars held their annual scrimmage Friday night in front of their home crowd for the first time to start emulating the process of preparing for a game on an average…

One Week Down, One More Till Jamboree

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  As they went out for Friday morning’s practice with helmets and jerseys in a walk through-like practice with evening practice later on and their intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at the High School, the McKay Scots Football team were just wrapping up their first week of practice for the season as the smoke…

Banging Heads With Week 1 Closing Out

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  At about the halfway mark of Thursday’s practice, the West Salem Football team did kind of a change of pace with their practice as they lined up in pairs of three’s with a ballcarrier on one side of the three-versus-three lineup. It was Oklahoma Drill-esc in nature as they…

Cascade Volleyball Varsity Carrying Four Frosh In 2018

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore– Cristina Williams never had much more than one freshman on her Varsity squad until this season. She has four this year. They have spunk, talent and athleticism as a big wave of freshman came into the Cascade Cougar Volleyball program this Fall. The summer was a good learning experience…

Using The Championship Game As Fuel

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore—If 2017 was anything, it was truly a rollercoaster of emotion the final two games of the season for the Santiam Wolverines. Faced with a long Cottage Grove High School field and an undefeated St. Paul Buckaroo defense in front of them that allowed just under 100 points all…

Three Days Into The Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  In 2017, the Central Panthers found themselves in game of eight points or less five times with wins against Glencoe (7-6), Dallas (21-14) and Sliverton (41-35) while losing one score games to Mountain View (28-21) and Crescent Valley (33-25). But, the experience in those games have served them well…

Preparing For Year 2

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.– Injuries during the 2017 season allowed the younger athletes of the Stayton Eagle Football team as they had to step up big as the Eagles reached the play-in round of the 4A playoffs after taking their bumps and bruises along the way as Stayton matured in experience entering 2018….

White Named Girls Head Coach At McKay

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The wait to name the successor to Arthur Horton III has come to an end. McKay named Jim White the Head Coach of the McKay High School Girls Basketball team after spending the past three years as Head Coach at Scio High School  where he went 25-44 and 16-20…

Young Gervais Gearing Up For the Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  The Gervais Football team enters the 2018 season with depth, but only two seniors in four-year Varsity player in Alejandro Contreras and the return of Angel Moreno after not playing in 2017. For the two seniors, it’s up to them to help set the pace and lead the team…

McKay’s Senior Heavy Class Looking To Leave Mark

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The summer time for Fall Sports can serve as a good momentum swing for the Fall season. The McKay Volleyball team, who are returning Varsity starters like Jasmin Zaragoza, Reina Garcia and Shay Coons and entered the first week of Fall Camp and try-outs with seven seniors in the…