Gervais Girls Improves To 3-0 On Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.– The expectation was to come out strong every game. But 48-11 1:14 left in the third quarter strong?  Unfathomable. Gervais knew in their 67-28 win over Yamhill-Carlton that the Tigers were going to come out strong and they needed to do the same.  And behind their defense, offense and…

Willamina Rallies To Win Third Game Of Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com WILLAMINA, Ore.–  It was crazy that by games end that it was 31-26 Willamina in a game in which 14 minutes earlier Yamhill-Carlton led the Bulldogs 17-9. That was the 5:49 mark of the third quarter and the Tigers Aliya Seibel had left her mark in the game scoring nine of…

Dayton Battles Hawaii’s Radford For Second Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TIGARD, Ore.–  Radford’s athleticism presented a challenge worthy for improvement for a Dayton squad that lost starters in Lukas Findley, Braden Nowlin and Jayden Howard from last year’s third-place team. The Rams of Hawaii connected on three three-pointers in the opening frame of the Pirates 67-58 win with Radford leading 16-10…

Learning From It

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TUALATIN, Ore.–  Seeing the press in the second-game of the season was a good eye-opener for Salem Academy entering their game Friday evening at the Westside Winter Jam Tournament. Entering the second quarter against Creswell, the Crusaders led the Bulldogs 11-8 before the press threw Salem Academy into a loop they…

Year Two Of The New PacWest

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The biggest difference in their 65-55 loss to Santiam Christian in the first round of the 3A playoffs was their rebounding game. “Boxing out, it’s important because last year we played Santiam Christian, they got a lot of second chance points and it helped us not win the game,…

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…

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…

Imig Returns To Salem Academy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Monday’s practice marked Salem Academy’s Derek Imig return to the Crusaders Girls Basketball program. The 2002 Salem Academy graduate had been part of the Crusader program prior four years prior in the late 2000’s, helping guide the Crusaders to the 2008 State Championship and a third-place finish in 2010…

Amity’s Season Comes To End In Quarters

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AMITY, Ore.–  With a team like Rainier or Amity, give then opportunities and they’ll take advantage of them. Put the two against each other as they were in the 3A Quarterfinals, even one mistake could prove to be the difference maker. The Warriors made two in the first half as the…

Blanchet’s Barchus Signs To Division-II CSU-East Bay

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  A few short years ago playing 12U softball, a left fielder was going after a fly ball with two outs and runners on base when the unthinkable happened: The left fielder tripped going after the ball.  The runners, scored and forced the five-run mercy rule.  The left fielder laid…

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…