Salem Academy Girls Win Westside Winter Jam Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TIGARD, Ore.–  Tough way to start the season.  Lexi Herber and Celia James both were out with injuries for the tournament, challenging the Salem Academy to once again adjust their lineup.   It felt like deja vu from last year’s Westside Winter Jam when two of their key players went out the…

Dallas’ Rotter Steps Up, Scores 24 In Defeat

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  With injuries to Brock Dunkin and Emilio Miranda, Dallas’ Coven Rotter knew how important for him, or any one on the squad, to be that guy to step up. For Rotter, he was that guy, scoring 24 points, rebounded and just overall putting his body out there.  Having to…

Amity Wins Road Trip At DLSNC

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PORTLAND, Ore.–  Amity had an easy ebb-and-flow with their defense and flowing it into their offense Saturday afternoon at De La Salle North Catholic.  Settling into an up-tempo pace to help lead them to a 31-20 halftime lead they evolved into a 45-23 lead in the Warriors 57-42 road victory. The victory was their second…

Sprague Looking To Rebound After Defeat

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The Sprague Boys Basketball team just kept fighting until the end against Roseburg in their home opener.  Holding leads 17-15 after one, 33-29 at the halftime break even on the Indians Friday evening.   Even when they were down in the fourth quarter, the Olympians kept it to around five…

Santiam Falls In OT Heartbreaker at Silver Cross Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com LEBANON, Ore.–  It was a heartbreaking way to open the season for the Santiam Girls Basketball team at the Silver Cross Tournament at East Linn Christian Academy.  They fought back from a 13-7 halftime deficit to build a 25-17 lead with 4:25 left in the game.  Hitting their shots, playing crisper…

Maza, Blanchet Spoils Courtney’s Lions Home Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com JEFFERSON, Ore.–  Blanchet’s Daniel Maza has been on a tear two games into his senior season with the Cavaliers.  The guard’s offseason work is paying off in many ways as he scored 39 points Wednesday night against Valley Catholic in Blanchet’s tough 69-60 in their season opener and duplicated that once more…

Blanchet Girls Basketball Gets First Win Of Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The Blanchet Catholic Girls Basketball team rebounded well from the press defense of Valley Catholic on Wednesday as they jumped out to a 32-13 halftime lead on 1A’s Willamette Valley Christian of Brooks Thursday night at home. The Warriors came out a lot more soundly and physical than they did…

South Salem’s Isham Signs With Air Force Academy Volleyball

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  All the hard work, from the classroom work, the offseason work with the Silverton Bearcats and NPJ to go with the in-season work has finally paid off for South Salem’s Brooksie Isham as she signed her Letter of Intent to play Volleyball at the Air Force Academy Wednesday afternoon…

Defending Champs Cougars Open Season With 70-50 Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Cascade’s Landon Knox had himself a game in his first game at the 4A-level, scoring 20 points and had flown around the court, fighting for rebounds and steals to help the Cougars with a relatively strong win to open the 2022-23 season.  Making the transition from 1A basketball from…

Gervais Rolls In Sandoval’s First Game As HC

By Jeremy Mcdonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.– New Coach, new scheme, no problem for the Gervais Girls Basketball program as they opened the Enrique Sandoval-era with a dominant 58-14 win over Yamhill-Carlton High School Wednesday night. Leading as much as 31-6 at halftime as Olvia Boyd led the way with 16 points for the Cougars as…

Young Western Christian Looking To Make Their Move

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  As a freshman, Lucas Zook played an important part in helping the Western Christian Boys Basketball, contributing a point and a rebound in the second overtime period of his nine points,four rebound and two steal performance in the win.  A win, still crazy to think about nearly a year…

Chemeketa Women’s Basketball Has Balance Going Into Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Last season playing with Central Wyoming College had taught 2021 South Salem-grad Malyah Bolden a few lessons before she transferred back to Oregon, now playing for her hometown Chemeketa Community College this season. “Just bringing in some experience from my past college and coming home is nice,” Bolden starts. …