Reconvening At Willamette U

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The City of Stayton will be well-represented at Willamette University with their Football program once (and hopefully when) the NCAA Division-III and the Northwest Conference (NWC) kicks off this season. “It’s awesome,” said Tony Schoenborn.  “I really enjoyed my time at Stayton High School playing with Jerry (Daniels) and…

Hammack The Competitor

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  November 5, 2019 will forever stick with North Marion’s Mya Hammack. Fog draped around the Woodburn High School turf field.  It’s the first-round of the 4A State Playoffs against Stayton, overtime. Hammack was just fouled on her way to the net with ten seconds left inside the box, setting…

Kievit In The Lab

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– It’s the line where the battles are won and lost.  For the Sprague Olympian offensive line during this pandemic-extended off-season, the Olys linemen edged Sunset to win the Metro Line Challenge by one point.  Winning four events in the process of collecting 64 points, one point more than the…

Always Wanting To Get On The Field

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ADAIR VILLAGE, Ore.–  Aaron Nease is probably the closest thing to a real-life The Sandlot’s Benny Rodriguez.  The kid just looks for anyway to get onto the diamond to play, and plays everywhere. His prime positions are catcher and pitcher, but has played everywhere else.  Wherever the team needs him.  In…

Stepping Up To The Plate

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The big thing of note this past weekend’s Oregon 7’s 7-on-7 tournament was that of North Salem. Playing without two of their receivers and their quarterback in TC Manumaleuna out due to an combine happening Sunday, the Vikings ‘North Salem Football Club’ as they are playing under in the…

NM Magic 16U Finish Fall Ball 13-13

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  It felt like a December day at North Marion High School Sunday evening with how the wind was whipping around the softball fields. With the sun fading off to the East on the twilight of the Fall Ball season, many played more than the 26 games the NM Magic…

Titans Run Ends In Semi-Finals

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore. — In West Salem’s Titan Black’s victory over Pro Baller 7v7 Red Sunday afternoon at McKay City Park, a Pro Baller’s coach pointed out to his cornerback in front of him that Titan’s Jack Bennett was ‘there best guy right there;. Bennet, lining up at receiver next to the…

Arms To Build From

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  If the Stayton Eagles baseball team can get onto the diamond this Spring, they’ll have some solid arms on the hill to help guide them. Wyatt Connally and Danner Salisbury have shown those starter innings over the summer with Cody Leming, Ty Borde and company right behind them.  Connally,…

It’s The Hat

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  I’ve seen a lot through the last seven years, going on eight now, covering sports. Comebacks, buzzer beaters.  Hogs charging the field at halftime of a Homecoming Game even, that one ironically happened six-years ago on October 24, 2014 in California.  The Pig nearly took me out in the…

New Year, Still Grounded

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  If it wasn’t known, by November 12, 2019 it was cemented.  Jayden Esparza was one bad man on the pitch. Playing opposite of Kevin Hernandez as a freshman, the now-Junior came into his own last season as a sophomore in leading a Stayton Eagle offense to 4A’s second-highest output…

Saving Homecoming Week

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  Coronavirus has taken a lot away from kids the past few months, but one thing is for certain. They will find a way to make things happen. With COVID-19 ruining their ‘traditional’ Homecoming Week, the Seniors at North Marion High School gave the microscopic virus a good swift kick…

Dallas VB To Host Breast Cancer Awareness Halloween Quads Tourney

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.—  The sand courts have been a huge blessing for the Dallas Volleyball program this Summer and Fall.  Helping to keep the kids active and give them an huge opportunity to improve their skills on the Volleyball court at this point of the game. “They would have made an impact…