By Jeremy McDonald
With New Years fast approaching the next week, it’s that time of the year to reflect on some of the interesting stories from this past year.
But all-in-all, great moments as we enter 2020. Here is the Top 7 Stories of 2019:
- McKay’s Sanderson Steps Down. Say what you will about the guys coaching, but when I started the site in October, 2015 Sanderson invited me in to cover the team after former McKay and current Jefferson Head Wrestling Coach Troy Thomas put a bug in his ear about me just trying to get my foot in the door writing somewhere. And thanks to Sanderson, I got to see and eventually work my way into covering the SKSD basketball scene five years ago.
- North Salem Hands Lee Final Home Win. Similar to Sanderson, my path’s crossed with (hopefully and he is in my book) Hall of Fame coach Chris Lee over at North. With numbers barley big enough to field a Varsity squad his last two years, Lee took the squad to the postseason and it was truly weird knowing that faithful day in the Spring it was his final home game ever after covering his squad for five years (including a few summer league games along the way).
- Doing It For Cade. In her final throw of her High School career before going to Western Oregon University for Volleyball, 2019 McKay-Graduate Shay Coons thought of her brother Cade who had recently passed on as she went down the runway. Her final throw, thinking of her brother, helped her finish sixth in the State javelin competition.
- Santiam Snaps 24-year Playoff Drought. In an ‘IT’-like occurrence, the Wolverines of Santiam snapped a 24-year playoff drought in the Spring as they made it to the postseason for the first time since 1995. (Quotes from both teams)
5. Stayton Stuns Woodburn For Third Place. Entering the fourth-quarter of the 4A State Championships third-, fifth-place game Woodburn led Stayton 36-26 and were in full control of the game. It was the Bulldogs first time bringing home a trophy since 1995 and it was since 2007 since the Eagles did the same. Out of left field however, Stayton stormed back on a 17-0 run as the Eagles went on to win 49-42 for third-place in State. (Quotes from both teams)
6. Silverton, Kennedy Goes The Distance. As the playoffs were about to come around for the Fall Sports season in 2019, 2A Powerhouse Kennedy traveled ten minutes down the road to Silverton to face their 5A counterparts in the Foxes. Silverton, who found themselves in another grueling season in the toughest league in all of Oregon in any classification, took the Trojans to the distance as Kennedy eventually went on to win the 2A State Title. (Quotes from both sides)
7. Stayton Senior American JBO Defends State Title Over North Marion. North Marion had reached the State finals following Will Van Vleck’s game-winning hit over Sweet Home in Oregon City. But the Eagles, who were looking for their second-straight undefeated season, weren’t about to have a repeat of having to comeback from behind for the title as they did the year before as they kicked off the game with a big first inning in their repeat performance. (Quotes from both sides)