By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.—Another week has brought a new wave of honorees at the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week. This week’s honorees include: North Salem Wrestler Antonio Garcia, McNary Basketball Player Boston Smith, McKay Basketball Player Leva Mike and South Salem Basketball’s Victoria Stafford.
Here’s each of SSBC’s honoree’s information from this past week from Salem Sports and Breakfast Club:
Our Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is from North Salem Wrestling – Antonio Garcia. Antonio, a junior, wrestles at 220 for the Vikings. Antonio started off the season hot by beating Lebanon’s returning state finalist in the Cascade tournament.
He then went on to place 2nd this past weekend at one of Oregon’s premier tournaments – the Army Strong Coast Classic at North Bend HS. He lost by one point in the closing seconds of the “criteria” double overtime. The two wrestlers were very evenly matched and Antonio essentially lost due to a coin flip. A mentor and hard worker, Antonio is now the state’s top ranked wrestler in his class.
Our Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is from McNary Boys Basketball – Boston Smith. Boston, a senior, plays post for the 2-0 Celts.
In the season opening 71-61 win over Madison, Boston scored 24, hitting a perfect 11 for 11 from the field, while grabbing 5 boards. In this week’s 83-70 win over Gresham Boston had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Boston is a two-year starter for the Celts and was a 2nd team all-Greater Valley Conference pick last year.
Our Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is from McKay Girls Basketball – Leva Mike. Leva, a senior, is a team captain and plays guard and wing for the 2-2 Scots. In the 46-38 win over Reynolds, Leva scored 23 including three from beyond the arc.
She also had four boards and four assists. In the 55-43 win over Jefferson, she went 7-for-11 from the field for 21 points including 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point land. She also grabbed 7 boards and 3 steals.
Our Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is from South Salem Girls Basketball – Victoria Stafford. Victoria, a junior, is a captain and plays post for the 2-1 Saxons. In the 55-41 win over Glencoe, Victoria put up a career high 21 points.
In the first three games of the young season, she is nearly averaging a double-double with 13 points, 9.7 boards, 2.3 assists, and two steals a game.