Santiam Drops Tough Elite 8 Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.–  Santiam knew the talent of Toledo entering the game, but they embraced the challenge as they turned a 20-13 first quarter hole into a 31-24 lead thanks to a 18-4 swing as they held a slight 32-30 halftime lead over the third-ranked Boomer squad that have only lost one…

Complete MVC Boys Basketball Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Here is the Mountain Valley Conference honors list for 2019 that was given to me by a coach. Jaden Nielsen-Skinner won Player of the Year and Eric Lungu won Defensive Player of the Year. South Salem’s Tyler Allen won Coach of the Year as the Saxons advance to the…

West Salem’s Season Ends After Playoff Loss To Westview

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—Westview’s athleticism proved to be problematic for West Salem Tuesday night to open the Class 6A First Round. The Wildcats athleticism helped them create a 15-point lead during the second quarter only to see it reduced to 11 by halftime after a Kieran Pruett three-pointer to close out the first…

Salem Academy, Blanchet Catholic Final Home Practice Of Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– For much of the lower classifications, Tuesday was the last practice on home turf before departing for the final site locations. For Blanchet Catholic and Salem Academy, it was their last practices before departing for Coos Bay Wednesday with them kicking off Elite 8 play Thursday evening. Senior Crusader…

McKay’s Sanderson Steps Down

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– It’s going to be weird when the 2019-2020 season rolls around to not see the polo shirt-wearing, khaki pant wearing Dean Sanderson roaming the McKay bench after 10 years at the helm of the McKay Royal Scots program. But all that screaming, foot stamping and…

Verastegui Gets POY, Bodine COY In TVC

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  The North Marion girls nearly swept the first-team honors as four Huskies were named to the First-Team All-League Team.  Of the four, North Marion also got the Player of The Year in senior guard Mar Verastegui. “Honestly, it’s something that I never thought I would get and it feels…

Jimenez POY, Wagner COY In TVC

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  After a great regular season that featured strong performances by North Marion High School, the Huskies Boys Basketball team were honored with two big honors in the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. Sergio Jimenez was named Player of the Year after help leading North Marion…

Gervais’ Season Comes To An End Versus Grant Union

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com JOHN DAY, Ore.–  The experience of Grant Union showed itself against the young nucleus of Gervais in the first round of the Class 2A State Playoffs Saturday in the High Desert. With four juniors and five seniors to six sophomores that played for the Cougars, mixed with Grant Union’s intensity the…

Salem Sports And Breakfast Club February 22

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–Here are the Salem Sports And Breakfast Club honorees for this week, February 22. The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from South Salem girls basketball, is Gretchen Olsen. Gretchen, a junior and team captain, plays wing for the 12-1 Mounatin Valley Conference champion Saxons….

North Marion’s Morcom Signs LOI To Multnomah University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  The setter is an important position on the volleyball court.  He or she depending if it’s Boys Volleyball or Girls Volleyball is like the Point Guard of the play and assist their teammates in more ways than not. Two years ago, North Marion’s Emma Morcom made the move from…

Brown’s Comeback, Runion’s Redemption

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AMITY, Ore.– Wednesday marked their last hard day in the Blue Gym before the State meet this weekend in Portland. It was their practice in general for the season with state starting up in less than 48 hours. For Amity’s Blake Runion, it’s his second trip to the State in just…

Ferguson To PLU, Brown To Oregon St.

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Fourth-grade was the first time that South Salem’s Ryan Brown and Noah Ferguson played with one another, but they’ve been playing against each other dating back to when both were in the first grade. And so, it wasn’t surprising that when it came down to them signing their Letter…