Gervais’ Vasquez Commits To Chemeketa

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  Bella Vasquez came bursting onto the scene as a freshman with an opposite hand lay-in for Gervais’ 26-24 win over Scio, had sent the Cougars to their first playoff appearance since 2012.  The lay-in completed a run from fifth-place to that automatic qualifier in the 3A PacWest Conference that…

OSAA In Holding Pattern

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The OSAA will continue its holding pattern for the next few days of not canceling the Spring Sports season as they continue to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak in the State of Oregon. The tentative start date will be April 28, plus a tentative timeline how they would go about starting the…

Central Valley Conference Girls Basketball List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Monroe’s Mirtha Lopez was named Player of the Year and the Dragon’s Head Coach Tony Parker.  Lopez and Jefferson’s Nashea Wilson were unanimous First-Team selections for their team. Monroe finished 2A State Runner-Up and Central Linn finished sixth in 2A.  Here is the full Central Valley Conference List: 1st Team: Mirtha…

2A Boys Basketball All-State Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Toledo’s Conner Marchant won the highest honor in Boys basketball as Player of the Year.  The Boomers Head Coach Eddie Townsend won Coach of the Year. Western Christian’s Payton Richardson and Alex Nicoli added to their accolades with first-team honors.  Kennedy’s Luke Hall capped a great Senior year with a Second…

Boys Basketball Academic All-State Teams

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com West Salem, Silverton, North Marion, several Salem-area schools in the PacWest Conference in 3A, Tri-River and Central Valley Conference’s in 2A made the Academic Top 10 List For Boys Basketball this Winter. 6A Sherwood 3.8 West Salem 3.72 Barlow 3.68 Mountain View 3.68 Lincoln 3.65 Grants Pass 3.61 Bend 3.59 Cleveland…

Thurston The Captain

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  Leaders and Captains find ways to get it done to help their team have a chance to win. During the third quarter of February 19’s Tri-River Conference league playoff game against Kennedy, Santiam’s Colin Thurston’s shoulder dislocated. It was the first of two dislocation’s the Wolverine Senior suffered…

Academic All-State Top 10

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com West Salem Wrestling (seventh in 6A, 3.44), Silverton (ninth in 5A, 3.13), Cascade (fourth in 4A, 3.22), Jefferson (eighth in 2A/1A, 3.31) hard work in the classroom placed them in the Academic All-State Top 10 Wrestling Teams this Winter. Here is the complete list: Academic All-State Top 10 Wrestling Teams 6A…

Waiting For The Next Jump

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.—“Just kind of taking a-day at the time, just keeping my ears open  and my eyes open.  I’ll be devasted, it’ll really hurt.  I am prepared.  I am prepared if it comes down to that,” Kaden Eggers said Monday afternoon. It was a picture-perfect Monday afternoon.  The sun was blazing…

Tri-River Conference Girls Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Kennedy’s Sophia Carley received Tri-River Conference Player of the Year as the Trojans won the 2A State Championship this Winter. Here is the Complete Tri-River Conference Girls Basketball Honors List: First Team Sophia Carley- Kennedy Celi Vasquez- Gervais Ellie Cantu- Kennedy Sarah Halgren- Western Christian Isabel Vasquez- Gervais McKenzie Dodge- Santiam…

Kennedy Brings Home 2A State Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.–  Kennedy left no doubt in their dominate 48-26 win over Monroe Saturday evening at the Pendleton Convention Center. The Trojans worked the inside game during the opening eight minutes while their defense did what do best: Shut down their opposition.  It was 17-4 after one. With how much of…

Santiam Rides Hot Hand For Fourth-Place

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.–  They remember the speech that their coach gave them before the start of their fourth-place game againt Oakland.  Don’t have any regret, it was their last game of the year. And boy did they make the most of it. In the first half of their 60-43 win over the…

Kennedy Returns To State Title Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The challenge was there against the quickness and athleticism of Bandon to get to the State Championship Game Saturday night.  All they needed to do was to play soundly against the Tigers. Kennedy has been known for their defense, but they had to work a few things around the speed in…