By Jeremy Mcdonald
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club honored Sprague’s Brandon Stinnett (Baseball), Sprague’s Breanna Morris (Softball), Salem Academy’s Grace Hinkle (Girls Basketball), West Salem’s Jarrod Coy (Boys Swimming), South Salem’s Kayden Wagner (Baseball) and McNary’s Natalie Macik (Softball)
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Salem Sports and Breakfast Club (since 1954)
Les Schwab (since 2013) Athletes of the Week
April 7th, 2023
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from Sprague Baseball, is Brandon Stinnett.
Brandon, a senior, is an infielder, 3-time varsity letterman, and captain for the Olympians who are currently 9-3 and ranked #15. During the course of 4 games played in Arizona during spring break, Brandon went 9-16 with a .562 batting average. He drove in 7 runs, had 4 extra base hits, and stole 2 bases. According to Coach Buccheit, “He was a menace for opposing pitchers and a competitor at the plate. He was also flawless at shortstop, making tough plays look routine.” Brandon is also a 2-time 1st team all-conference player.
Congratulations Brandon, from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from Sprague Softball is Brenna Morris.
Brenna is a 9th grader playing outfield for the Olys. Over spring break, in her 17 plate appearances Brenna batted an impressive .615 with 2 doubles, 4 walks, and had 7 stolen bases in 7 attempts. Of the 36 totals runs scored by the Olympians over the 4 games, she was responsible for scoring 10 of those runs. Her athletic abilities are only half of what makes her a student-athlete. Brenna also has a 4.0 g.p.a while taking honors classes.
Congratulations Brenna, from Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from Salem Academy Girls Basketball, is Grace Hinkle.
The Crusaders finished 4th in the state this past season and Grace, a senior, was no small part of their success. But Grace’s story is more than her statistics. Coach Imig describes Grace “as an all-world talent and has the motor to match.” She was a large part of the 11-0 start to the season. Unfortunately, she began dealing with some health issues towards the end of December and was sidelined for four weeks. Grace returned to the court for limited minutes as the Crusaders ended league play and headed into the playoffs. She was limited to about 12 ½ minutes a game but, nevertheless, was extremely productive, averaging 8 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist and steal in those limited minutes. She also shot 77% from the field but more importantly “provided a huge morale boost for the Crusaders by being back on the floor.”
Congratulations to Grace from Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from West Salem Boys Swimming is Jarrod Coy.
Jarrod, a freshman, holds school records in the 1000 free-style and the 200 butterfly. He is also part of the undefeated 200 free-style relay and swam on the 200-medley relay as well as the 400 free-style relay. Jarrod is also a club swimmer and is ranked nationally in his age group for the 1000 free-style. At districts he won both the 200 and 500 free-style as well as swimming on the winning 200-medley relay, and the 200 free relay. At state he was seeded 17th in the 200 free and 7th in the 500 free. The 200-medley relay took 10th, he finished 10th in the 200 free, bettering his seed by seven spots, and his 400 free relay took 7th. His 200 free time is 3rd all-time at West. Jarrod had an outstanding freshman season.
Congratulations Jarrod, from Salem Sports and Breakfast Club.
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from South Salem Baseball is Kayden Wagner.
Kayden, a senior, is a left-handed pitcher for the 7-1 and 10th ranked Saxons. In the four-game tournament up at Mountainside High School over spring break, Kayden was vital to South’s success. In the game one victory against Sandy, he threw two innings in relief to record the save, throwing just 28 pitches. Then, three days later, he started on the mound in our final game against Ida B. Wells. In the 2-0 victory, he threw six shutout innings, allowing just four baserunners. His final stat line for the week: 1 win, 1 save, 8.0 innings pitched, 5 hits allowed, and a 0.875 ERA, throwing just 97 total pitches. Kayden will be attending Seattle University next year and continuing his baseball career.
Congratulations Kayden, from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club!
The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week, from McNary Softball is Natalie Macik.
Natalie is a 9th grader who plays second and pitches for the Celts who currently sit at 6-3 and ranked #11. At the spring break Jesuit/Mountainside tournament, Natalie hit .429 and threw 16.1 innings with a 1.286 ERA. In the 10-0 win over Central Catholic, Natalie threw a perfect game and went 3-3 with a double and 2 RBI.
Congratulations Natalie, from Salem Sports and Breakfast Club.