New Wrestling Coach, Young Team At Jefferson

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com JEFFERSON, Ore.–  It’s weird to think two years ago Troy Thomas was the Head Coach at McKay High School, seeing then-junior David Rubio reach the first of two State Finals and his lone State Title win. Fast forward two years and an assistant coaching stint at West Salem, Thomas is back…

The Surprise Pick Of The MVC?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  When Ethan Flannigan went into the stands against Bend February 2, breaking his hand bracing for the fall, the Sprague Olympian Boys Basketball squad was thrusted into the future of sorts without their Senior big-man. Flannigan being their lone senior on a squad that reached the first-round of the…

Building From Last Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—It’s hard to replace eight Seniors in general if you are a Varsity basketball program. It’s even harder when all eight played an important factor to getting to the 6A Play-in round that Winter of 2018 year for the McKay Scots Boys Basketball team. Malachi Sterling was a freshman swinging…

Worst Signs With Chemeketa

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.– It was a good learning year for Cascade’s Maddy Worst to break out of her shell as she signed her Letter of Intent to Chemeketa Community College for Volleyball. Worst, the more quieter sister on the court this season for the Cougars alongside sophomore sister Brookelyn, stepped up her…

Using Their Speed For 2019

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  The expectations are still the same for North Marion, but the route and how they will get there will be a very different one in 2019. The goal of getting back to Forest Grove and contenting for a 4A title has been the same after their sixth-, third-, and fourth-place…

Looking For The Repeat

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– There is nothing more thrilling than going the distance and winning a State Championship. No, not just the distance, not overtime or double overtime, straight-up triple overtime and winning by a 3-2 decision over a guy you’ve battled three times before. North Salem’s Antonio Garcia did just that in…

Bouncing Back After Beaverton

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Here is the scary thing about last year’s South Salem 20-6 team, they return all but one including the Co-Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year in Hilary James. Entering his third year at helm after taking over from a legend in Nick McWilliams, Adrian Lewis was impressed to…

Western Christian’s Richardson Signs to Seattle Pacific University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– If anything, their 65-61 loss to Columbia Christian was all that they needed to bounce back the following season to take down the Knights for the 2A State Championship. And as Western Christian was about to open their title defense, one of their own in Payton Richardson sat in…

Bringing the Fire

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  There was a rumor that freshman Izzy Boyd has a fiery, competitive side to her as Gervais’ Girls basketball season kicked off Monday evening. For a squad coming off of their second Field of 16 appearance in three years and as much as Boyd’s hatred to lose, the freshman…

Imig Returns To Salem Academy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Monday’s practice marked Salem Academy’s Derek Imig return to the Crusaders Girls Basketball program. The 2002 Salem Academy graduate had been part of the Crusader program prior four years prior in the late 2000’s, helping guide the Crusaders to the 2008 State Championship and a third-place finish in 2010…

Team Oregon Preparing For Hall Of Fame World Youth Championship Games

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  The elements this time of the year can be really challenging in terms of trying to get a nice grip on the football. There are only a handful of practices left before the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade teams of Team Oregon travel to Canton, Ohio for the Hall of…

Battle Of Powers At State Goes To Woodburn

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HILLSBORO, Ore.–When word spread that Woodburn was dropping from 5A to 4A, the question became when will we see the Bulldog-Stayton matchup in the finals. Here’s the challenge to it too.  Toss in two times they’ve met in the Oregon West Conference-league play and you got, in theory, a battle.  No…