By Jeremy McDonald
West Salem’s Lorenzo Trejo De Dios (Boys Soccer), Salem Academy’s Aubrey Smith (Volleyball). West Salem’s Bella Snyder (Volleyball), and South Salem’s Julian Rivas Delgado (Boys Soccer) were honored by the Salem Sports and Breakfast Clun on October 15 for their success on the field of play.
Here’s the press release:
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week from West Salem Boys Soccer is Lorenzo Trejo De Dios. Lorenzo, a senior, is a midfielder for the Titans. Lorenzo scored a goal and assisted on the game winning goal in the league win over Mountain View. In last Tuesday’s match, down 1-0 with just 6 minutes remaining, Enzo assisted the game tying goal and helped build the game winning goal in the final minute of the 2-1 win over Bend. Coach Sean Young added, “Enzo is a class act, hard worker and an extremely creative person. On the ball, he is one of the trickiest players I’ve seen and is a master of the “step over” and “double scissor” move. Many players can do these in practice but hesitate to do it in game situations. Enzo has courage to spare and will try these moves in almost every game.”
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from Salem Academy Volleyball, is Aubrey Smith. Aubrey, a senior and team captain, is an outside hitter and defensive specialist for the 20-2 Crusaders. For the season Aubrey has delivered 204 kills and has a hitting percentage of .242. She’s scored 64 aces out of a total 356 serves and has a 93% serving percentage. Coach Melissa Holman added, “Aubrey is our second strongest hitter, but she NEVER leaves the court. She is also my best DS outside of our Libero. She is the definition of an outstanding all around player. Aubrey is a powerhouse in a small package. She often flies under the radar until her attacks come blazing in, hitting the floor. Our team wouldn’t be where we are if she wasn’t there leading us in the front and back row. While our #1 ranked team is packed with talent, Aubrey deserves to be recognized as a standout player on the Crusader Varsity Volleyball team.”
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from West Salem Volleyball, is Bella Snyder. Bella, a senior and captain, is an outside hitter for the 16-5 Titans. West is 5-1 in October going 3-0 in last weekend’s Clearwater Classic tourney. This past week, with 2 league matches and a tournament (21 sets total) Bella hit 81 kills with an attack rate of .310, accumulated 62 digs, serve received at a personal season high of 2.04 on 78 attempts, served and kept opponents serve receive at a 1.68 rate on 89 serve attempts. Coach Brittany Sweet added, “She was outstanding this week, and was a crucial part in our wins over the past week. Bella normally plays middle for club season but has stepped into the outside role for us here at West and has played all the way around for the last two seasons, which also means stepping into a serve receive role she normally doesn’t play. She is a strong player, and her energy and leadership on the court are unmatched. She plays for the girls around her and is the first to cheer on her fellow teammates. She is very deserving of this award this week!”
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from South Salem Boys Soccer, is Julian Rivas Delgado. Julian, a senior, is a forward for the #5 ranked 6-2-3 Saxons. Once again, we will turn the mic over to coach Eric Johansen who has the best nominations around! “Last week versus Mountain View, Julian scored a 51-minute hat-trick, adding an assist, in our 6-0 win. Julian scored his first off a re-directed shot in the third minute. In the 12th minute, Julian got his second from about 12 yards out. In the 32nd minute, Julian assisted our fourth goal. And then, eleven minutes into the second half, Julian competed his hat trick and was rewarded with a place on the bench for the rest of the match. At West Salem HS on Tuesday, with the score knotted at 1 – 1, Julian scored the match-winning second goal on a corner kick in the 29th minute of our 3 – 1 win. He received Man of the Match honors for his efforts. And, at McNary HS on Friday, after the Saxons were down nil – one at half-time, in the 53rd minute, Julian challenged the Celtic keeper for the ball, which was deflected towards sophomore forward Frank Kilongo, who scored the equalizer on an overhead kick. Julian’s efforts led to late fireworks – three more goals for the Saxons in the 4 – 1 win. Julian again received Man of the Match honors for getting us jump-started with the match-tying goal.” Julian is currently 2nd in team scoring with 4 goals and 3 assists for 11 points.