Blanchet’s Rasmussen Learning And Improving

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Regan Rasmussen finally got herself a full-season at the High School level after her freshman year was limited to six weeks due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the soon-to-be-junior at Blanchet Catholic made the most of it.  Helping aid the Cavaliers to a 9-10 record and to a second-round…

Jefferson Hires Karnes As New Head Football Coach

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com JEFFERSON, Ore.– Over the course of the last four years, Jefferson’s Jacob Karnes has worked his way up the High School ranks.  First starting as an assistant helping the line before taking over offensive line duties.   That quickly evolved into becoming an offensive coordinator this past year under former Head Coach Kaleb…

Getting Battle-Tested

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  The Dayton machine had themselves a battle with Cascade midday Saturday.  For the core returning from their fifth-place team in 3A, they had their eyes opened by how aggressive the Cougars were in Cascade’s nine-point victory at the Small School Showcase. But for the returners like Trae Wall, Boston…

The Crusader Four Sign Their Letter Of Intents

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore —  This was the moment they dreamed about.  Being able to continue their athletic careers beyond High School. For the four Salem Academy athletes Monday afternoon, their dream had came true at a school assembly in front of friends, family and the Crusader student body.\ “It’s so insane, I’m…

Blanchet’s Cinderella Run Ends In 3A Semi-Finals

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ADAIR VILLAGE, Ore.– Blanchet Catholic came in with some house money after stunning the top-seeded Cascade Christian Challengers on Friday.  But this one still hurts. History.  They made it.  This was the first time a Blanchet Catholic team has ever reached the Semi-Final round, having reached the 2A/1A State Quarters in 2008…

Quick Turnaround For Summer Ball

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Barley 12 hours after their High School seasons ended, Silverton’s McKenzee Petersen, Greyson Glivinski, Hannah Houts and Paisley Rains were back on the diamond, putting away their bittersweet 3-1 defeat to Dallas Friday with a 6-1 win with their Summer Club team called the Oregon Bombers 16A.  A Salem-based…

Scio Advances To First 3A Semi’s Since 2018

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SCIO, Ore.–  After a four-year hiatus, the Scio Loggers have returned to the 3A State Semi-Final round following their 11-6 win over Harrisburg/Mohawk Friday evening. The young crew used two home runs by Myleigh Cooper and a home run by Meagan Trissel to help lift the Loggers over a tough Eagles…

Brown Prepares For Last Season At Westmont College

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was almost like a blast from the past almost Tuesday in Salem Academy’s basketball gym. There was Sydney Brown.  Earbuds in.  Putting up shots.  Preparing for her redshirt-senior year at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. “It’s a beautiful city and one of the reasons why it’s drawing…

Simmons, Loggers Close Out Regular Season With Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SCIO, Ore.– Despite dislocating her shoulder three weeks ago sliding back into third base, Scio’s third baseman Erica Simmons was back at it for her Senior Night Friday afternoon. Being the lone senior on the Loggers roster this season, the pressure of the day was there.  But Simmons stepped up to…

SA’s James, Brown Brings Home District Titles

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MOUNT ANGEL, Ore.–   A lot of pressure was on Salem Academy’s Celia James coming down the stretch of her 400-meter race in the 2A Special District 2 District Race Saturday afternoon.  The freshman encountered a strong breeze on the backstretch, not as bad as the wind had been in prior days…

Scio Picks Up 12-0 Win Over Amity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AMITY, Ore.–  It felt quite like Groundhog Day for the Scio offense Wednesday afternoon against Amity. Granted this time they led 2-0 instead of trailing 1-0 going into the fourth inning of their 12-0 win over the Warriors, but it did test the Loggers defense to stay with it until their…

Lutz Preparing For The Final Push

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  The head wind during the home stretch of each of the four laps of the 1,500-meter race Friday afternoon at Regis High School for the Regis Community Twilight Meet was grueling.  But as grueling as it was as each of the 19 runners in the race to pace it…