Heppner Takes Battle Of Defenses Over Kennedy For 2A Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HERMINSTON, Ore.–  This was what you hoped for when the two best defense’s in 2A met Saturday afternoon at Herminston. When Jayden Wilson scored from two-yards out to push Heppner’s lead to 12-0 with 5:35, Wilson’s 57-yard scamper on the second play of the game was the lone scoring strike by…

St. Paul Finishes Second In 1A

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HERMINSTON, Ore.—Think about it, for Seniors like a Mitch Curtis, TJ Crawford or Saul Martinez, being in the playoffs this late in the year has become an expectation. Their sophomore year, St. Paul were semi-finalist in 2A and were State Finalist their Junior and now Senior seasons. “It’s something cool to…

Santiam Mixture Of Young And Old Looks For Pay-Off In 2019-20

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–At the 2A level, it’s hard to replace two starters and a key bench player from a deep playoff push as Santiam Boys Basketball has to this season. Jesse Sendlinger and Trevor Whitmire started with Dustin Keys coming off the bench as the three racked up 191 of the…

Looking To Their Youth

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–One thing is for sure, Santiam Girls Head Coach David Plotts will make sure his Wolverines Basketball Varsity squad will be ready to go come game day this season to the best of their abilities. Losing five seniors is no easy task to fill. Filling the shoes of Jasmyn…

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,…

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…

Western Christian’s Richardson Signs to Seattle Pacific University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– If anything, their 65-61 loss to Columbia Christian was all that they needed to bounce back the following season to take down the Knights for the 2A State Championship. And as Western Christian was about to open their title defense, one of their own in Payton Richardson sat in…

Bringing the Fire

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  There was a rumor that freshman Izzy Boyd has a fiery, competitive side to her as Gervais’ Girls basketball season kicked off Monday evening. For a squad coming off of their second Field of 16 appearance in three years and as much as Boyd’s hatred to lose, the freshman…

Embracing the Journey

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.– Every coaches worse nightmare occurred for Sheridan Boys Basketball with them peaking early. Yes the Spartans qualified for the Round of the 16 for the first time since 2012, but Sheridan didn’t win a game in the month of February. Granted, they played the 2A Champions in Western Christian,…

Looking To Build From Last Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  Ben Schultz put last year’s 0-24 season best: Baptism by fire. Yes they could’ve gone Junior Varsity and got some experience that way, but eventually the squad had to work their way back up to the Varsity-level one day even with that route. “We went into the season telling…

Week 9 Predictions

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Last Week: 8-6 Season Total: 69-35 As the regular season wraps up, here are my predictions for this week 6A West Salem over Sprague by 10 McNary over South Salem by 8 5A West Albany over Silverton by 3 Dallas over Central by 21 4A North Valley over Crook County by…

Chemawa Finishes Interesting Season 4-2

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Try to imagine this. You’re part of a team of 14 kids dressed down for the first Varsity game of the 2019 season at the 2A Level and halfway through the first quarter of the game, the game was called. Injuries are apart of football yes, but when Chemawa…