By Jeremy Mcdonald
North Salem’s Jordan Koskondy (Girls Track and Field), Sprague’s Sophia Honse (Softball), South Salem Tennis’ Andi Yao and Nidhi Nagaraj, South Salem’s Cole Weiland (baseball) and West Salem’s Jack Meier (Track and Field) were honored by the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club for the Week of April 22.
Here’s the press release:
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from North Salem Track and Field, is Jordan Koskondy.
Jordan, a junior, so far this season has compiled 1st place rankings in the Mid-Willamette Valley Conference for six events: 100-meter hurdles (#1 for 5A; #2 for Oregon); 300-meter hurdles (#1 for 5A); 200 meters (#3 for 5A); shot put (#2 for 5A); high jump (#2 for 5A); long jump. #2 in Mid-Willamette for 400-meters.
Five of the seven events listed are ones that she competes in at the United States of America Track and Field (USATF) Club events during the summer season. She competes as a heptathlete and holds the title of All-American in the heptathlon. She finished 7th in Houston, Texas at the AAU National Junior Olympic Championships in only her third time competing in the event.
The Heptathlon includes 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meters, long jump. Javelin, and the 800-meters. Jordan competes in the individual events for the Vikings during the high school spring season and then from the end of May to July Valley Track Club – Oregon.
Congratulations Jordan 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 senior, is a captain for the Olys and off to a great start this season. She currently leads her team in batting average (.545), RBIs (25), and HR (9). In her last 4 games, Soph has helped her team by hitting .714 with 14 RBIs, 1 double, and 5 homeruns. In addition to her major offensive contributions, as the Olys #1 pitcher she is also a huge part of the Sprague defense. In her last 20 innings in the circle, she has only allowed 5 runs, striking out 32, and holding opponents to a .119 batting average. In addition, her last two outings in the circle have resulted in two no hitters. From coach Maddie Oliver, “Soph’s stats are only part of what she brings to the record. Her leadership skills on and off the field have also been a big part of our success this season”.
Honse has committed to play softball at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois next season.
Sophia was also honored as an AOTW during the 2021 softball season.
Congratulations Sophia from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athletes of the Week from South Salem Tennis are Andi Yao and Nidhi Nagaraj.
From coach Nancy Cox, “Andi and Nidhi are sophomores on my team who have shown so much growth in the last year. They played #1 doubles against Sprague and pulled out a huge win against a very tough team, 7-5, 6-0. They followed up that win with a close 3 set win against West’s #1!! That score was a tight 6-0, 2-6, 7-5. Both are excellent students and excel in everything that they do. They will both be attending DECA Nationals this coming week. Their on-court chemistry is solid and their understanding of doubles strategy is impressive. They enjoy playing together, communicate well, and keep each other up and positive. Both of them have played singles and doubles for the team and are an asset wherever they are put in the lineup. I am so lucky to have these two wonderful young ladies on my team. They are a delight to be around and can really bring it on the court.”
Congratulations to Andi and Nidhi from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from South Salem Baseball, is Cole Weiland.
In three games last week, Cole hit .500 with 2 homeruns, 5 RBI, 4 runs scored, and 3 bases on balls. Against #3 Summit on Saturday, he helped the Saxons win game one, 7-6, by hitting a first-inning homerun and eventually earning a 2-inning save to seal the victory. He hit his second homerun of the day in the first inning of the second game, which was a game-tying homerun at the time. On the season, he’s hitting .389 / .477 / .722 with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR, 12 RBI, and 3 stolen bases. According to coach Max Price, Cole “[is] a model teammate who brings relentless positivity to the Saxon Baseball program.”
Congratulations Cole from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from West Salem Track and Field, is Jack Meier.
Jack, a sophomore for the Titans, won the 3000 meters at the Chehalem Field and Track Classic on Friday (4/15). He won in a meet record and personal best time of 8:50.27. This places Jack #2 all time at West Salem and the current top time in the Mountain-Valley Conference.
This is Jack’s third AOTW honor. He has been honored previously for both Track and Field and Cross Country.
Congratulations Jack from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!