Jefferson’s Grantom Competes One More Time

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.–  It was Jefferson’s Hannah Grantom’s last meet of her prep career. The recent Lion-grad had just started to do the pole vault last year and since had seen a two-foot improvement from her seven-foot-four-inch PR as a Junior and had hit nine-feet-six-inches jumping when the Coronavirus closures hit as…

Saturday Round-Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Stayton-grad Jared Mitchell threw a complete-game, two-hit, six-strikeout gem against the Olympians of Sprague Saturday as the Bandits won their second of two games at Holland Youth Park 10-0.  Stayton eeked out a 3-2 win over Central in their doubleheader opener, the Panthers Issac White and the Bandits Wyatt…

Competing In Springfield

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.—North Salem’s India Wilson experiences with Cross Country and gymnastics had helped steer the Viking Junior into the sport of Pole Vaulting. One sport gave her discipline in Cross Country.  Gymnastics gave her the motivation in trying new and exciting things like Pole Vaulting. “Cross Country has given me discipline…

Green Scores In Extras For 6-4 Win Over Blue

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—It was hard for sure to follow the performance that McNary’s Danny Okada had in seven-innings of work. The Celtic Senior struck out four over the first seven innings of the game, but his 105-pitch count had knocked the Green Squad’s pitcher out of the game going into the eighth…

Ending Summer The Right Way

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–  There is no doubt that the Coronavirus Pandemic was the Debbie Downer at the party for everyone as the school year drew to an end.  Especially the Seniors. But as things began to open up this summer, those few Seniors who had their Spring sports taken away from them…

Gates, Williams Compete At All-Comers Meet

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.– Mask were required until they lined up at their blocks. After their race, they have to wait in lanes to get a disposable mask before leaving the track. They were split up in heats, no too different from their normal track meets. Lone difference is that they have a lane to…

Old Friends Having Fun

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Is Father Time really undefeated?  Does the old guy still have a trick or two up his sleeve? Through the first four innings of the Titans-Central game, six if the seven runs came from one of each squad’s alumnus as West led 5-2 over the Panthers. Noah Juarez, on his way…

OSAA Splits Up 2020-2021 Into Four Seasons

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The OSAA has released it’s schedule for the 2020-2021 season in ‘quarters. August 17-January 3, Sports/Activities permitted will not be designated by the OSAA but rather will be at the discretion of the local school district, provided they are allowed by the Governor’s Office, OHA, ODE, and the school adheres to…

Valley’s Clutch Hits Slips By Stayton’s Stout Defense

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Plays were made Tuesday evening at Holland Youth Park that could land themselves on Sportscenter Top 10. From the Stayton Bandit’s Wyatt Connally’s line-out and tag out at first for a double play, to Valley’s Ricky Alvarado’s two-run home run in Valley’s 3-0 win, the roughly 90-minute game was…

Loughary, Oregon Royal Upperclassmen Finish Fourth

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  The Oregon Royal Upperclassmen squad had just rallied back to tie with the Washington Kelly Tuesday morning at Keizer Little League 2-2. The squad had rally bats, but couldn’t squeeze out their third win in Pool Play as the squad turned and burned for the fourth-fifth place game.  Going…

Back In The Dugout

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  You know when you get Neil Forste as a coach, the 1987 North Marion graduate will be looking for you to step up your game and live up to your potential.  You can see the after-effects of playing for Huskie-legend Randy Brack in his coaching. This summer has been…

Dayton Announces New Head Football Coach

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.–  Jacob Peterson’s fondest moment came this past Fall when, as defensive coordinator of the Newberg Tigers, traveled down to Medford and took down the third-ranked South Medford Panthers during the 2016-2017 season. Stunning the squad in Spiegelberg Stadium on that November night as Newberg reached the 6A second-round before…