Aiming For Another League Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  It’s a double-edge sword for the McNary Softball team entering this Spring in hopes to having the opportunity to repeat as Mountain Valley Conference-Champions. It’ll be hard to replace pitching, as MVC Pitcher of the Year Faith Danner graduated after the Celtics finished 20-9 overall and 13-1 in league,…

One Of The League’s Best?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The West Salem Softball team had a strong finish to the 2019 season, reaching the first-round of the 6A State Playoffs before falling to Westview in the first round last May. Starting 5-8 in 2019, the Titans wheeled off 11 wins in their final 15 games with a strong…

OSAA Extends Sports Suspension Until April 28

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The OSAA has announced Wednesday afternoon that they’ll extend the Spring Sports Suspension until April 28, addressing adjustments to Track and Field which will be split up amongst two locations, (Mt. Hood CC 4A-6A and Western Oregon University for 1A-3A). The Speech and Solo Music Championships have been sadly been canceled….

TRC Boys Basketball Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Western Christian’s Payton Richardson won Player of the Year in the Tri-River Conference in 2020,  the Pioneer Senior was joined by teammate Alex Nicoli on the first-team.  Santiam had Chaz Storm and Colin Thurston on the first-team, Luke Hall (Kennedy) and DeEldon Paulk (Sheridan) round up the first-team. Here is the…

Waiting For The Next Jump

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.—“Just kind of taking a-day at the time, just keeping my ears open  and my eyes open.  I’ll be devasted, it’ll really hurt.  I am prepared.  I am prepared if it comes down to that,” Kaden Eggers said Monday afternoon. It was a picture-perfect Monday afternoon.  The sun was blazing…

Tri-River Conference Girls Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Kennedy’s Sophia Carley received Tri-River Conference Player of the Year as the Trojans won the 2A State Championship this Winter. Here is the Complete Tri-River Conference Girls Basketball Honors List: First Team Sophia Carley- Kennedy Celi Vasquez- Gervais Ellie Cantu- Kennedy Sarah Halgren- Western Christian Isabel Vasquez- Gervais McKenzie Dodge- Santiam…

Once We Get Back To Normal…What If?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Guarantee as soon as the dust settles on this piece, something will come out that will blow up what I’m going to say in the next few sentences. And yes I know I’ll get a lot of shit for making it about sports at this time (Remember:  Stay safe.  Wash your…

OWC Girls Basketball Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Philomath’s Sage Kramer won Player of the Year in the Oregon West Conference for Girls Basketball this season.  The Sophomore is joined by Warriors Head Coach Ben Silva, who received Coach of the Year Honors. Here is the complete Oregon West Conference Girls Basketball List: First Team Sage Kramer- Philomath KJ…

Tri-Valley Conference Boys Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com In a crazy year, crazier things happened in the Tri-Valley Conference as Gladstone and North Marion had to battle it out for the number-one seed out of the league playoffs.  For their hard work Jude Ashpole (Gladstone) and Sergio Jimenez (North Marion) were named Co-Players of the Year and the Gladitors…

Next Man Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a rare mid-March day in which the sun was out, the field was dry and temperature was just right to knock off the rust of practicing in the gym throughout the Winter. The South Salem baseball team held an intra-squad scrimmage Thursday afternoon at Gilmore City Park,…

Sports Will Find A Way

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Jeff Goldblum’s interpretation of Jurassic Park’s Ian Malcolm put it best: ‘Life finds a way” I was listening, seeing the chaos Coronavirus is leaving behind in the sports world while I was getting my lift in at the 24-Hour Fitness in Salem today and this line popped into my head as…

Big Spots To Fill For Dallas Softball Entering 2020

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  Filling five holes will be difficult to do for Dallas Softball this year.  But it’s not too much of a steep task entering the 2020 Spring. Losing Seniors Jenessa Parnell, Emma Classen from the outfield, stud pitcher Kaelynn Simmons and Adrian Lee behind the dish to graduation plus Genevieve…