Preparing For St. Paul, Season Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PERRYDALE, Ore.–  It’s hard to imagine that Bailey Savage is the shorter sister at a shade over six-foot-two with her older sister, Dallas-grad and UCLA redshirt freshman Tristan Savage, is six-foot-seven. There’s not too many of either Savage’s height walking around in 1A however as the younger Savage improved entering her…

New Faces Of West Salem Girls Soccer

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  When the season kicks off here in about two weeks, a familiar Salem face will be taking over the West Salem Girls Soccer program in 2012 South Salem-grad Whitney Pitalo at the helm. With Audrey Kagey, Bianca Andrade, Aubri Morales and Meli Cortez joining the former Saxon and University…

Finding That Killer Instinct

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–  It’s weird to think that a program that has seen four playoff appearances in the last four seasons will have three different Head Coaches during that span. Kate Trimble, who came in last season late in the summer training season from Scio, continued the Silverton Volleyball streak of recent…

Holding Each Other Accountable

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  McKay Head Coach Brandis Piper wanted his team to run and finish up these 16 plays that he scripted out for his offense at the end of practice Monday afternoon.  It’s part of high-tempo offense he wants to bring to the Scots as McKay went through the final two…

Tobiasson Pulls Double Duty

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Ariel Tobiasson sent a blooper to the left corner of the scout kickoff return team in front of her as it lands on the ground Monday morning to start the Fall Sports Season at Cascade High School. The incoming Cougar sophomore, who was coming off the heels of a…

The Challenge Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Every year there’s adversity to replace Seniors.  Who’s going to step up and who’s going to fill in. North Salem Volleyball, entering their second season in 5A, went from the old-Greater Valley Conference to probably the toughest conference in the State let lone 5A in the Mid-Willamette Conference.  They…

North Marion Wraps Up Summer At Colton

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com COLTON, Ore.–  Their offense was electrifying, boosting some excitement entering the first week of official practice to complement their defense coming out of Friday’s 7-on versus 2A’s Colton. “It’s going really good, we had a really fun day today.  I don’t know this year has been really different,” said Joe Torian….

The Return Of Schudel

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SCIO, Ore.–  When Senior Night rolled around on October 18 against Salem Academy, it looked as if Scio’s Aspen Schudel had played her last game in the Black and Orange Logger colors. The then-Junior was about to head off to Oklahoma, moving there, only to be back in Scio entering her…

Barker The Lineman?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  It’s weird to think the combination of starting Quarterback and Defensive End at the Varsity level in 6A. This season, McNary’s Erik Barker is returning to his Pop Warner roots for his Senior season playing Quarterback and Defensive End as the longtime QB1 of the Celtics took reps at…

One Last Relaxing Week Before Try-Outs

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  This week is more of a tune-up entering the long-haul that is the Volleyball season that officially kicks off Monday across the State. Coming off their second-place finish in 2018 in 6A, Sprague wrapped up their second day of their Kids Camp with the Middle Schoolers handing off to…

No Pressure Entering 2019

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.– DeAndre Broxterman had a tough way to end his sophomore season for the Sheridan Football team as the six-foot, 180-pound lineman left the Spartans Quarterfinal game against eventual 2A State Champions Kennedy with a knee injury in 2018. It was at the tail end of one of those great…

Silverton Wraps Up Team Camp Saturday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONMOUTH, Ore.–  The nine-ball drill towards the end of their camp at Western Oregon University provided some great experience for Silverton for inside the 18-foot box. Defensively, how to read and stop those close-range shots with traffic around them.  Offensively, how to capitalize on those shots when they present themselves in…