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…

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…

3A Girls Basketball All-State Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Clatskanie’s Shelby Blodgett won Player of the Year while the Tigers Head Coach John Blodgett won Coach of the Year honors. Here is the complete 3A State list: First team Shelby Blodgett-Clatskanie Jadyn Vermillion-Sutherlin Olivia Sprague-Clatskanie Allie Hueckman-Burns Matyson Siddoway-Vale Kiersten Haines-Sutherlin Second Team Chevelle Boyd- De La Salle North Catholic…

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…

Salem Academy Boys Returns To Coos Bay

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The eerie chant of ‘Salem, Salem, Salem’ will be making another trip to Coos Bay this March as the Salem Academy boys basketball team clinched their first trip back to the Southern Oregon coast in three years. With the game tied at 18 in their 54-46 victory Saturday evening,…

Salem Academy’s Strunk Signs With UofO

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The University of Oregon Track and Field team just picked up one of the 3A’s best throwers Thursday morning. Salem Academy’s Mason Strunk was a sophomore when he threw at Hayward Field before the renovation project began going into his Junior season. “I just remember when I went there…

Dayton Takes Back-And-Forth Game From Scio

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.—Hard to imagine that down 9-2 after the first quarter Scio had that it would be a much of a game against Dayton in the Pirates PacWest Conference 46-32 win Wednesday night. The Loggers had rallied the troops in the second quarter, taking a 16-13 lead with 57 seconds remaining…

Moore’s Cavs Outlast Workinger’s Loggers In OT

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Two young teams with two stellar athlete’s went at it Monday night at Blanchet Catholic. Scio entered the game with the most wins in a season (nine) that they’ve seen in recent years, having topped out at eight wins in 2014 and 2016 prior to this season’s success.  Led…

Workinger Surpasses 1,200 Career Points Wednesday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SCIO, Ore.–  What were you doing in 1975? It was the year before the bicentennial, Gerald Ford was in office and gas was 53 cents a gallon. It was also the last time that the Scio High School Basketball team had one of their own eclipsed the 1,200-point barrier when Gregg…

Salem Academy Remains Unbeaten In League

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Current Salem Academy assistant coach Ben Brown had a old saying when he was the Head Coach of the Crusader Girls Basketball program: Be the Hunter, not the Hunted. Call it the bullseye on their backs as well as they improve to 8-0 in PacWest Conference play following their…

Scio Wrestles Under The Light For Senior Night

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SCIO, Ore.–  Scio came out swinging in their final dual of Senior Night Wednesday night. The room was dark, the lone light source coming from the large light above that draped the mat and the wrestlers below. The Loggers struggled a bit out of the gate against Douglas/Santiam, dropping their first…