Taking The Initiative

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s during these times that you see who your leaders are truly made of. Leading into the recent OSAA decision to push Fall Sports to two-month window in March and April on August 5, Salem Academy Senior Quarterback Brandon Reed and his fellow Senior Class had taken the initiative…

Valley’s Bats Struggle In Fall Ball Premiere

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  The talented Valley Baseball Club arrived at Volcanoes Stadium Monday afternoon for their doubleheader in the 18U Baseball Tournament. Coming off of their seventh and eighth-straight wins on August 22 against the Titans Baseball Club and the Stayton Bandits the VBC slowly jumped out to a 3-1 lead on…

Sheridan’s Huffman Signs With Bushnell For Track

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.—  Sheridan’s Taylor Huffman has made his decision on the eve of heading to college: Bushnell University. Over the past three years throwing the Spartan graduate had overcame the challenges of a new coach and ankle injuries to get to this point of signing to join the Beacons, remembering a…

Getting Back Into The Gym

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Volleyball is back in session in its court.  Well sort of. Monday marked the first day of the first session of the NPJ’s ‘quad’ league.  Four-on-four volleyball at The Hoop in South Salem. Split up into two hour-and-a-half sessions, eight teams of four girls, 64 total in the indoor…

Titans Over Bandits 12-4

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Bryce Campbell got his final career start on the bump for the Stayton Bandits Thursday evening. It was an emotional day for sure as the Regis-grad, who had two no-hitters as a Junior last Spring for the Rams, hung a zero on a stout Titans Baseball Club offense.  Picking…

Fall Ball Is Coming

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HUBBARD, Ore.–  Fall Ball is coming. As their first game approaches August 30, the NM Magic were holding their try-outs as they break into the 16U realm on the heels of at their 14U summer that ended a few weeks ago. A solid turnout of about 15-18 girls came out to…

Valley Pick Up Two Victories Saturday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The Valley Baseball Club set the found their groove early against the Olympian Baseball Club in their 11-2 victory Saturday afternoon and had carried it over to their 10-3 win over the Stayton Bandits in the following game. Entering the final week of the summer season on a five-game…

68th Annual East-West Shrine Game Honoree’s

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com August 1, 2020 was supposed to mark the 68th-annual East-West Shrine Football Game at Baker High School in Baker City, Oregon that features the best kids from 1A-4A from the 2019-2020 football season.  But due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the event hosted by Shriners, the annual highlight and closure of the…

48th Annual OBCA State-Metro All-Star Series

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s an honor for sure to be apart of an historic event like the Oregon Basketball Coaches Association State-Metro All-Star Series. 2020 was suppose to be the 48th-year of the series, pinning the best 5A/6A women seniors and the best 2A-6A men seniors against one another in a fun…

Jefferson’s Grantom Competes One More Time

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.–  It was Jefferson’s Hannah Grantom’s last meet of her prep career. The recent Lion-grad had just started to do the pole vault last year and since had seen a two-foot improvement from her seven-foot-four-inch PR as a Junior and had hit nine-feet-six-inches jumping when the Coronavirus closures hit as…

OSAA Splits Up 2020-2021 Into Four Seasons

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The OSAA has released it’s schedule for the 2020-2021 season in ‘quarters. August 17-January 3, Sports/Activities permitted will not be designated by the OSAA but rather will be at the discretion of the local school district, provided they are allowed by the Governor’s Office, OHA, ODE, and the school adheres to…

Valley’s Clutch Hits Slips By Stayton’s Stout Defense

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Plays were made Tuesday evening at Holland Youth Park that could land themselves on Sportscenter Top 10. From the Stayton Bandit’s Wyatt Connally’s line-out and tag out at first for a double play, to Valley’s Ricky Alvarado’s two-run home run in Valley’s 3-0 win, the roughly 90-minute game was…