Payton’s Journey

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  North Marion’s Payton Meyers has shown some potential and talent during his sophomore season with the Huskies this past Winter.  On a team that went 20-5 overall, reached the 4A Quarterfinals and were close to a Tri-Valley Conference Title.  Falling to Gladstone 58-54 in the conference tiebreaker as both…

Best Of 2020

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com As the year draws to a close, usually it means a time to reflect.  For me, I usually like to share a few stories I wrote over the past 12 months that have some significance to them from the year.  With how 2020 has been, it’s hard to imagine even ten…

Embracing The Challenges

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Salem Academy’s Bailey Pedersen was tested once more following breaking her elbow in the May of 2019 thirty minutes into the second day of summer basketball while still at Cascade High School. “We were going up and down running plays and I was running cross court to fill in…

Missing The Game, Missing The Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.—  Prior to their last scrimmage against rival Cascade in October, Stayton’s Allie Hlavinka posted up a letter on the ‘Let them Play! Oregonians for Athletes’ page about how she’s wanting nothing more to play the sport she now loves and the struggles they are in staying positive. It wasn’t…

Becoming A Leader

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ST. PAUL, Ore.—  It’s been a few years since St. Paul’s Jordan Caldwell has played basketball, her freshman year to be exact was the last year she dribbled a ball in a Buckaroos uniform as a member of the St. Paul JV squad. Now as a Senior, she’s excited to be…

Staying Active Through The Craziness

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–  For Silverton’s Jacob Moore, who along with Bella Moore, Mitch Magill, Cody Magill, Steven Powell and 2019-Grad Austin Moore, went up to the Santiam Canyon to lend a helping hand to the cause in helping those in need.  Cutting, loading up and delivering three-and-a-half cords worth of wood to…

Working On The Little Things

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Sprague Sophomore Gavin Nguyen was just one of four freshmen on the Olympian Varsity roster in 2019, splitting time between Junior Varsity and Varsity during his first-year at the High School level. Nerves were there, but within a few weeks the comfort level increased.  Some of the upperclassmen like…

Being A Part Of A Machine

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MT. ANGEL, Ore.– Kennedy’s Hailey Arritola have been apart some special moments when the Trojans have reached the top of the 2A mountain, bringing home the OSAA State First-Place trophy.  State Championship wins in Basketball (twice), Softball (in 2019) and Volleyball this past Fall as a Junior, and that’s just the…

Bertsch’s Team-First, Defensive Approach To The Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Last year while in the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic in Ketchikan, Alaska, Cascade’s Jake Bertsch and Jacob Winstead were involved with a sideline picture memorable with the Cougar basketball team. It started with a montage of the bench celebrations on social media. “Me and Jacob Winstead were trying to…

Aguilar The Baller

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com JEFFERSON, Ore.– Jefferson’s Jace Aguilar is just getting back into the lab, working on his craft in preparation of a crazy 2021 year ahead.  Working with Ryan Vargas at Clutch Time working on the finer details of his game close to home in Albany. Almost two months ago Aguilar was in…

Netter’s Ride

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  For a four-week span, everything felt as normal as it can be while North Marion’s Megan Netter. Her teammates Jaydan Sahlin and Mackenzie Agnew and Canby’s Kaiya Steyskal were at The Hoop in Salem playing in the NPJ’s Quads League back in September.  It was fun just getting back…

Morrison The Wrestler

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  Wrestling is life.  Life is wrestling. It teaches you more than that two-point takedown or turning a pin.  It teaches you the off-the-mat life lessons of not giving up. For Dallas’ Cael Morrison, wrestling has meant so much to him entering his Senior year with the Dragons Wrestling team…