COACH V COACH: Ramirez ‘Beats’ Perkins In Catching Punts

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– As the sun sets over Salem and McKay High School Wednesday Night, Head Coach Josh Riddell and the team had a crazy idea to line up their offensive line and defensive line coaches Kenny Ramirez and Cory Perkins against each other in a ‘catch-beats-all’ game. The premise.  To catch…

STUN CITY: Regis Volleyball Looking To Build Further Under Summers In 2017

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Coming off a 2-16 overall and a 1-11 Tri-Rivers League season in 2015-2016, it was hard to believe that under first-year Head Coach Julie Summers that Regis Volleyball would be much better in 2017. More than they did that, the Rams found themselves in a league playoff game last…

THE CHAMPS ARE GEARING BACK UP

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Dating back to the 2013-2014 season, the Regis Rams were a fixture in the Final Four of the 2A Football Playoffs, reaching to the Big show twice entering the 2016-2017 season. They made it three-trips this past year, and call it a charm on finally reaching the big game…

Redemption

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SCIO, Ore.–  2016 started like any other year in recent memory of the double wing Scio Logger Football team: Strong and Powerful. But then, the unthinkable happen. Call it a unlucky break or what you will, but the injury bug bit hard on the Logger squad late in the season as…

Another State Run?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Entering last post-season, the Salem Academy Crusaders Football team weren’t expected to get to the 3A State Championship game, let lone get past teams like Vale (30-28), or Santiam Christian off a Colton Daniels-to-Rylan Stamback late score 34-28. Well, in 2017, they’re in similar territory with 13 names like…

The Player Turned Coach

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–About a year-and-a-half ago, Everett St. Clair was playing in his final home baseball game against rival Cascade in a 4-3 win over the Cougars as the then-senior finished up his final season and year at Stayton High School. That was May 11, 2016. Fast-forward to the Fall of 2016…

The House By The Field

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–As you enter the Football stadium and pass the concession stand facing the football field, you’ll noticed a door facing out at you. For most of this time, the room on the building was filled with random articles of stuff collected over time.  That was, until now. Thanks to the…

Wrapping Up The First Day

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–With summer winding down and Fall practice gearing up, the Stayton High School Football team are finding their groove with their new Head Coach in Randy Nyquist in time to prepare for the season to come ahead. “I think it came real easy, coach is real patient and it’s just…

Belichick and His Stayton Boys Ready For 2017

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–It’s a new year in Stayton for the Boys Soccer team and a year after seeing the six-year streak of winning the Oregon West Conference snapped, there’s a renewed sense of eagerness to get that title again and do what they do best: Win. Yeah, they were very young and…

Kicking off the 2K17 Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  As the football season kicked off Monday morning at 8am in Turner, the Cascade Cougars were wrapping up their first practice of the 2017 season a few hours later under a partly cloudy day as they look for their third Oregon West Conference Title in four years. It was…

Building From The Foundation And The Wild Card

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–It was surely a nice little foundation building year for the Scots of McKay.  Though 2-7 in 2016, take a look at this stat: Of those seven losses, five were by a touchdown or less.  A bounce here, a bounce there, the Scots could’ve easily been 7-2 and contending for…

Showcasing And Playing In The Pro Scout Day Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CENTRALIA, Washington.–The beast that is South Salem’s Aaron Zavala took his talents to the next level Sunday afternoon in what the Saxon called one of the most memorable moments of the weekend: Partaking in the Pro Scout Day Game during this past weekend’s tournament put on by Baseball Northwest. “Oh it…