By Jeremy McDonald
North Salem’s Izayra Arreola (North Salem Girls Tennis), Sprague’s Sophia Honse (Softball), West Salem Aliyah Wilsey (Softball), McNary’s Colby Sullivan (Boys Golf) and South Salem’s Danny Alvarado (baseball) were honored by the Salem Sports And Breakfast Club for the Week of April 30.
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from North Salem Girls Tennis, is Izayra Arreola. Izayra is a captain for the Vikings. Iza won both her matches last week and now has won 3 consecutive matches despite playing those matches with a thigh injury and shin splints. Coach Jim Baldwin added, “as captain, she has taught and encouraged the new players, as she strives to improve her own game at each practice. And she accomplishes this while maintaining a 3.73 GPA and working full time.” Congratulations Izayra from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from Sprague Softball, is Sophia Honse. Sophia, a junior, is the Oly’s starting pitcher. In the 3-1 loss to McNary, she had 14 strikeouts against one walk while helping her cause with 4 hits of her own and scoring 3 runs. In the 6-5 win over Dallas she struck out 16. This season from the plate she has 3 homeruns, 11 RBIs, and is hitting .562. Coach Chelsea Qualls adds, “Sophia has stepped up as a junior, works hard every day, and powers through all the changes that have been made for this season, becoming a better player every day. Congratulations from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Sophia!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from West Salem Softball, is Aliyah Wilsey. Aliyah, a senior, is the starting pitcher for the Titans. She recorded 24 strikeouts in 15 innings in week #1 – a 7-0 win over South Salem and a 12-10 8-inning loss to West Albany. For the season Aliyah has pitched 34.2 innings, recording 38 strikeouts and a 3.99 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .220 batting average. Coach Ty Nicholson added, “Aliyah is a leader on and off the field. Over the last 4 years it’s been a pleasure coaching her and watching her grow not just as a softball player but also becoming a young lady. Aliyah is the ultimate team player, always there to support, pick up, and mentor her teammates. Aliyah plans to attend Clackamas Community College to further her education and softball.” Congratulations from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Aliyah!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from McNary Boys Golf, is Colby Sullivan. Colby is a sophomore for the Celts. In the Salem-Keizer match at Cross Creek last week he shot a 69, recording a 1 over 37 on the front and lighting it up on the backside where he hit 5 birdies and scored a four-under 32 for a total round of 69. Coach Lomax added “This year with many of our seniors gone (graduated early), there was an opportunity for our younger players to demonstrate leadership. This came from a newcomer, Colby Sullivan. Colby moved from Virginia to Oregon when his father, Chip Sullivan, became the General Manager at McNary Golf Course. Colby began making phone calls to players from previous years to introduce himself and begin building relationships. He is an incredible young man who is encouraging of all his teammates and has had a positive impact on our whole program.” Congratulations from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Colby!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from West Salem Boys Track and Field, is Jack Meier. Jack, a Freshman, is a distance runner for the Titans. In the 3,000-meter race against South on Monday, Jack won with a time of 9:25.78 placing him now 2nd in the conference in the 3k and as one of the top freshman distance runners in the state. Coach Lindsey Dalton added that “Jack continues to show us his dedication to running and the willingness he has to push his limits every week. Congratulations from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Jack!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from South Salem Baseball, is Danny Alvarado. Danny, a senior, catches for the Saxons. In the opening week he hit .571 with two home runs, giving him a career total of 17 despite losing his entire junior season to Covid shutdown. He caught all 20 innings in the week, and allowed only two stolen bases and caught one attempt. During the first 7 games of the season Danny is “slashing” at .474/.600/1.158 with a double, 10 RBI, 8 runs, 6 walks, and he’s thrown out 3 attempted-steals. All of this while calling all pitches and helping the pitching staff average 9 strike-outs per game. Coach Price added that Danny has “become the leader of the team, providing much-needed stability as one of only four players on the current roster who entered the season having played varsity baseball.” Danny will head to Wenatchee Valley Community College (WA) this fall, where he will have an opportunity to continue his playing career. He was also a 5th round draft pick (20th overall) for the inaugural Mavericks League, which kicks off its season this May at Volcanoes Stadium. Congratulations from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Danny!