By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Here are the athlete’s for this week’s Salem Sports And Breakfast Club for the week of February 8.
Our Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is from North Salem girls basketball – Aaliyah Fitzke. Aaliyah, a senior, plays guard for the 8-10 Viks. In the 45-40 win over Corvallis last week Aaliyah really stepped up offensively. She scored 19 points, hitting 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, while grabbing nine boards. An honorable mention all Greater Valley Conference selection last season, Aaliyah – an excellent defender – is averaging over seven boards and three steals a game. Aliyah will be joining the National Guard upon graduation. Her head coach is Anna Marchbanks.
Our Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is from Sprague boys basketball – Ethan Flanigan. Ethan, a senior and 3-year varsity letterman, plays forward for the 5-4 Olys. Ethan, the lone senior on the team, was having a strong senior season until last Saturday when he broke his hand versus Bend, bringing his high school basketball career to a close. To that point Ethan had averaged 14 points per game while hitting 89% from the free throw line, 50% from the field, and 45% from beyond the arc. He is also averaging four boards a game. Ethan hopes to play basketball in college and is evaluating several options. His head coach is Jordan Graneto.
Our Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is from West Salem boys basketball – Justin Scoggin. Justin, a junior, plays point guard for the 7-2 Titans. In Wednesday’s 59-44 win over McNary he had 22 points and 6 boards. For the season Justin is averaging 21.4 points per game and 5.6 rebounds while also dishing out over 3 assists per game. The Titans are currently 13-6 on the season and 7-2 in league and ranked #13 in the state. Justin’s head coach is Travis Myers.
Our Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is from Sprague wrestling – Jacob Luna. Jacob, a senior who plans to attend Oregon State University next year and pursue mechanical engineering, wrestles at 220 pounds for the Olys. He has a season record of 12-3 and is undefeated in dual meets this season. A high school All-American, he finished as runner-up in the Reser’s Tournament of Champions. Jacob is a two-time conference placer and earned 1st team all-conference honors in football on both sides of the ball. Jacob’s head coach is Nolan Harris