Zimmerman The Bulldog

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  There was a rain/snow mix Sunday in Keizer as the afternoon arrived at McNary High School for the Island Boy Camp’s practice for their squads.  From the fifth/sixth-grade teams to the Varsity squad, they wrapped up practice in the cold, blustery conditions. For West Albany’s TJ Zimmerman, he was…

Going Up A Weight Class

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILWAUKIE, Ore.–  The freshman of the IBC’s ’99 Problemz’ came out with a mission to show they belong with the Varsity division Saturday afternoon at La Salle High School. They beat Premier 14-7 and pulled away from the Valley Capitals in their second game of the three-game pod. “I think we…

Scrappy Kanoff Commits To Linfield

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.– Sometimes it’s not the size of the dog, but the fight that’s in it. Cascade’s David Kanoff isn’t built like Elijah Nolan in the defensive backfield, or may not have the strength of an Ethan Coffey carrying the rock.  But he’s certainly as scrappy as scrappy can get out…

Saxons Isaac Making Most Of The Opportunity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Being a pitcher in the Mountain Valley Conference can be intimating with the bats coming from West Salem, McNary, Bend and even Sprague to face on a regular basis.  Even McMinnville, West Albany and Forest Grove had their challenges dating back to the old Greater Valley Conference days back…

Renteria And The Fiery Passion

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  In Stayton, Soccer is King.  And Head Coach Chris Shields is front-and-center of it.  But also too, it’s family.  Everyone that has heard the Shields voice from the sideline during their time in the Eagles uniform, tends to come back to support their younger counterparts.  Wednesday afternoon, it felt…

The Emotional Relay

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Track is an emotional sport.  It’s where all the blood, sweat, tears you put in really does pay off.  Where the hard work and sacrifice when you punch in during practice pays off come payday on meet day. It was the District Meet Cascade’s Ashley Fraser’s freshman year in…

Nease The Pitcher

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–For a pitcher, it’s these moments that you strive for with all the eyes on you.  McNary Senior Aaron Nease went to the Lone Star State of Texas to participate in the Baseball Factory Preseason All-America Event as a Pitcher Only out in Cypress, Texas. Having shown his athleticism on…

Valley Baseball Club Finishes Third In Arizona

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CHANDLER, Ariz.–  The Salem-based Valley Baseball Club traveled down to the Grand Canyon State this past weekend, going 3-1 at the Baseball Showcase MLK Tournament.  Finishing third in the tournament after a slow-start to the tournament. An off-inning against New Level College Prep that plated four runs in the fifth-inning had…

GymClub, Valley Capitals At Rose City Rumble Sunday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILWAUKIE, Ore.–  Every rep counts towards preparing for Las Vegas here in a month for the boys of the IBC GymClub as they came down to the wire against the Breed-squad from EForce. Canby’s Chance Miller had scored a receiving touchdown from McNary’s Jack McCarty and turned a Pick-6 to hand…

Wiltsey And The Underdogs

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Regis’ Sara Wiltsey was a part of some special moments on the basketball court her Junior Year back during the 2019-2020 season. She hit the game-winner against Yoncalla with a second remaining and set up Alicen Ditter’s game-winner to take down then number-one Central Linn on January 24, 2020. …

Living In The Moment

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Some call running their form of therapy.  Their form of meditation.  A moment of clarity washes over those people and it’s refreshing. For Cascade Sprinter Ashton Williams, it’s no different.  But when it comes to lining up for a 100-meter, 200-meter dash, that feeling amplifies. “Before the start of…

Van Well Up For The Challenge

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  It was a rare January afternoon Wednesday in which it wasn’t raining in Northern Oregon. In actuality, it felt like an April or a late October day with the Sun out and clouds overhead as the Dallas Volleyball squad took to the sand pit next to LaCreole Middle School. …