The Push For A League Title?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Two things are for certain entering the 2019 season: The Cascade Boys Basketball team are going to run.  The Oregon West Conference is wide open. In their intra-squad scrimmage at Monday’s Cascade Winter Sports Showcase, they needed an minute rest with about six minutes left in their scrimmage after…

From Alaska To Lower 48

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  This time last year McKay junior Skye Miller was playing up in Anchorage, Alaska for East Anchroage, helping the Thunderbirds to a 13-11 record her sophomore year last season. Fast forward nearly a year, Miller’s down in the Lower 48 preparing for her first-year playing for a Lady Scots…

Raising The Expectations

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– For what it was worth, the 2018-2019 season for the Sprague Girls Basketball team was a dang good learning experience from first-year, first-time Head Coach in Jami Morris to the girls on the court. For a program that has been to the first-round of the postseason three times (2009,…

Kennedy’s Back In The Finals

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HILLSBORO, Ore.–  When Kennedy took the ball over after Brody Ballard’s second touchdown rush of the game and the second half that had Monroe up 12-7 on the Trojans, the butterflies and nerves were there of course. But, as they began to march down the field in their 14-12 comeback win,…

Lynk’s Return And A Saxon Powerhouse?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s been a longtime coming for Emorej Lynk. Two days shy of the one-year anniversary of tearing a ligament in his knee, Lynk was back on the court going full-speed on the surgically repaired knee he tore in the 2A State Finals against Santiam last November. “It felt good. …

New Wrestling Coach, Young Team At Jefferson

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com JEFFERSON, Ore.–  It’s weird to think two years ago Troy Thomas was the Head Coach at McKay High School, seeing then-junior David Rubio reach the first of two State Finals and his lone State Title win. Fast forward two years and an assistant coaching stint at West Salem, Thomas is back…

The Surprise Pick Of The MVC?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  When Ethan Flannigan went into the stands against Bend February 2, breaking his hand bracing for the fall, the Sprague Olympian Boys Basketball squad was thrusted into the future of sorts without their Senior big-man. Flannigan being their lone senior on a squad that reached the first-round of the…

Building From Last Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—It’s hard to replace eight Seniors in general if you are a Varsity basketball program. It’s even harder when all eight played an important factor to getting to the 6A Play-in round that Winter of 2018 year for the McKay Scots Boys Basketball team. Malachi Sterling was a freshman swinging…

Worst Signs With Chemeketa

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.– It was a good learning year for Cascade’s Maddy Worst to break out of her shell as she signed her Letter of Intent to Chemeketa Community College for Volleyball. Worst, the more quieter sister on the court this season for the Cougars alongside sophomore sister Brookelyn, stepped up her…

Using Their Speed For 2019

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  The expectations are still the same for North Marion, but the route and how they will get there will be a very different one in 2019. The goal of getting back to Forest Grove and contenting for a 4A title has been the same after their sixth-, third-, and fourth-place…

Looking For The Repeat

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– There is nothing more thrilling than going the distance and winning a State Championship. No, not just the distance, not overtime or double overtime, straight-up triple overtime and winning by a 3-2 decision over a guy you’ve battled three times before. North Salem’s Antonio Garcia did just that in…

Bouncing Back After Beaverton

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Here is the scary thing about last year’s South Salem 20-6 team, they return all but one including the Co-Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year in Hilary James. Entering his third year at helm after taking over from a legend in Nick McWilliams, Adrian Lewis was impressed to…