Western Christian Soccer Back At It

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  2017 Western Christian-grad Seth Williams knew that the team he was inheriting was special.  But damn, he was surprised by season’s end when they finished 13-0 and won the 3A/2A/1A Cumulative Week Playoff Championship Game. Known as a boys basketball power, the boys soccer success was just one of…

Settling Back In

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdoanld73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Best way to describe the Spring 2021 season would be chaotic for the Stayton Eagles Volleyball team. New Head Coach in Ruth Palfenier.  The Pandemic throwing a monkey-wrench into both the new coach and her new team settling in with one another with the restrictions and the uncertainty if…

Another Year Under Them

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– Central was incredibly young this past Spring on the football field with seven seniors that year and a slew of sophomores and juniors that made up their Varsity roster. It was a good experience for those making the move up to the Varsity roster as the Panthers lone win…

Cascade Preparing For A Strong Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.– Cascade could be onto something this season if they play their cards right.  Sisters will be strong once more with Grace Vohns, Sweet Home will be tough despite graduating eight Seniors and Philomath.  The Warriors will be equally as tough as they’re in the same boat as the Cougars with…

Lee’s Development For McKay Football

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s strange to imagine that senior Chansse Lee had just picked up the sport of football just three years ago, being one of the top weapons offensively for the McKay Football team this past Spring.  He collected 22 receptions for 388 yards and three touchdowns in the six games…

Reloading The Ranks

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  West Salem’s Brooks Ferguson enters his senior year with the Titans a little more well-rounded.  Transferring in from Central High School before his junior year, he had an unique season in his first year with West in being able to learn the complex system and play different positions as…

Dallas Volleyball Returns Strong Core

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  If you pay attention to the game of Volleyball, you’ve probably heard things along the way of ‘first to five’ ‘let’s get to ten’ and so on and so forth.  As Dallas wrapped up their first week of practice, their first practice as a team following the completion of try-outs…

Wolverines Preparing For The Season Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  Santiam has been know for their running game, occasionally popping out for a pass play. Third day into the Josh Ruby-era with the Wolverines, Santiam flowed with the split-back formation, working on a few of the ten plays they’ve installed over the past 72 hours.  Matt Brady’s execution…

Blanchet Girls Soccer Eyes Strong Season Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ALEM, Ore.–  The Blanchet Catholic Girls Soccer team has been kind of an under-the-radar program in recent years.  Six-straight ten-win seasons and six-straight trips to the 3A/2A/1A playoffs that included a Semi-Final appearance in 2018 before the Covid-shortened season snapped the streak. However the Cavaliers, short-handed and all during the six-week season, went…

Anderson To Lead Senior-Heavy Sheridan Squad

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.–  This might be the year that Sheridan’s Gavin Anderson will turn it to another level. The incoming Spartan senior took over the quarterback duties from Kaden Eggers and Elliot Henley midway through his sophomore season as Sheridan reached the 2A State playoffs for the second year-in-a-row, going 6-3 on the…

Preparing For Round 2 Of Football ’21

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  By the last hour of the first practice of the 2021 Fall Season, Sprague’s David Sherman received the first battle scare of the season.  Going through the pad-less practice with a bandage just below his left eye Monday morning. “It feels pretty good just to get back out here. …

Last Few Hacks Of Summer Ball

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ORTLAND, Ore.–  South Salem-Grad and former Chemeketa first baseman Kaiden Doten is entering the twilight of his baseball career with at least four more games left with the Portland Gherkins.  Three regular season games and at least one in the four-team Wild Wild West League. Baseball has been his life, having played it…