Wearing The Uniform One More Time

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  In the world we’re living in nowadays, what happens tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.  It’s a friendly reminder to live for the moment today. Over the course the past few weeks both Cascade and Stayton have trained in part of the OSAA Season 1 guidelines, the Stayton boys and girls have…

Dallas’ Doig Commits To Western Oregon University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  Dallas’ Maddie Doig has made it official: She’ll be continuing her athletic career as a member of the Western Oregon University softball team after her Senior year this year with the Dragons. “This opportunity means the world to me. I’ve been wanting to go to WOU for such a…

South’s James Graduates Early

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The craziness of 2020 has continued. News broke out of South Salem Thursday afternoon that Hilary James, a two-time conference Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 as well as an All-State Selection in 6A as a sophomore and Junior, has decided to forgo her Senior Year of…

Bird Bounces Back From Injury

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  2020 hasn’t been kind to Cascade Zoey Bird. On June 18, while playing with her scooter, Bird had a dislocated rib-fib break in her right ankle.  Within the next 12 days Bird had to go to the ER and eventually had surgery to fix the ankle joint with a…

Competing Against Varsity Talent

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.–  It was a bittersweet way to end the Oregon 7’s 7-on-7 league for South Salem freshman Parker Williams and the Valley Capitals at the State Championships at Hamlin Sports Park Sunday.  Knowing they could have done better following their first-round defeat Sunday afternoon. “We didn’t have a great game…

Semerikov Putting In The Work

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.—Silverton’s Isaac Semerikov pointed out that Western Oregon University redshirt freshman and Woodburn-grad RJ Veliz, who Semerikov has been training with, has never beaten him in a game of one-on-one. In the crazy year that has been 2020, consistency has been crucial for Semerikov as he got done playing five…

Championship Sunday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.—It came down to one final weekend to leave it all out on the field because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed when it comes to come out and compete. Over 30 teams competed Sunday at the Hamlin Sports Complex for the ‘State Championship’ game in the High School level.  A mixture of…

Volleyball For A Good Cause

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AMITY, Ore.–  Riley Stearns has returned home to Amity High School.  After spending the last two years in Colorado, the Warriors Senior returned to the school she called home as a freshman three years ago.  Playing the Amity Volleyball Club’s Quad Tournament Saturday afternoon at Amity Middle School. “It’s great, it’s…

Taking Advantage Of The Extended Offseason

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–  Silverton freshman Justina Semerikov knows a thing or two of success entering Silverton High School. Since moving to Scotts Mills in 2015 from Mentor, Minnesota Semerikov has been apart of league champions in basketball (seventh and eighth-grade), Volleyball in eighth-grade.  Her team won the Silverton jamboree against bigger schools…

Back Brace Don’t Care, Koenig’s Return

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.—It felt like a football evening in Stayton at Stayton High School. It’s dark at 5pm, 5:30 in the evening.  The Oregon rain is off-and-on.  The lights of the stadium are on and buzzing. On the field, there were no popping of the pads.  No cheering of fans or the…

Strengthen The Weakness

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Pass Coverage is something that McNary’s Dyami Rios needed to work on entering his Senior season with the Celtic Football program.  But call it a blessing in disguise with the pandemic pushing back the start of his Senior Year and the emergence of the Oregon 7’s 7-on-7 league through…

Minor Victories And Having Fun

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PERRYDALE, Ore.–  In the world of 2020, you got to make do with what you are dealt with. Nonetheless, Monday afternoon at 4pm and on the football field at Perrydale High School with their mask on, the Pirates Volleyball team were making do with the hand their dealt with amongst the…