Delphian Pulls Away From Western Christian/Amity 5-2

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Delphian has traditionally had a strong boys soccer team, and they showcased it Monday afternoon against Western Christian/Amity. Their athleticism and speed kept the Pioneers on their toes in the Dragons 5-2 victory.  Something that Western Christian/Amity had kept pace with entering the second half when they took a…

Dayton Snapped Five-Game Skid To Pioneers

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—The last time Dayton defeated Western Christian was back on October 27, 2018, back when this year’s Pirates seniors were freshmen in a year where they reached the 3A/2A/1A State Quarterfinals. Since then, Dayton’s faced heartbreak, losing five-straight decisions to the Pioneers and seeing Western Christian take the Culminating Week…

O’Dell’s Goal The Difference In Blanchet’s Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Blanchet Catholic’s Rebecca O’Dell has been battling through a lower back injury since the 3A/2A/1A Special District 2 Conference Title game against Dayton this past Spring. Some days are better than others, but she’s still finding ways in making it happen to help her team come gameday as O’Dell…

Dayton Rebounds With Win Over Blanchet

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It is expected in recent years to see Blanchet Catholic and Dayton Girls Soccer battling for the 3A/2A/1A Special District 2 title.  And it’s always a battle when the two soccer strongholds meet. For how young the Cavaliers are this year, they found themselves in second-place.  Chasing the Pirates ahead of them…

Dayton Pushes Winning Streak To Six With 2-0 Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.–  With the firepower that Dayton has, it’s not surprising that teams will try to do whatever they can to slow down the Pirates from running away with the lead. On Monday night Salem Academy/Kennedy loaded up the defensive back-end.  Eight players here, nine players there playing defense.  Creating headaches…

Salem-Area Cross Country Round-Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com West Salem and South Salem had strong performances at the Northwest Classic Saturday.  Scio’s Athena and Blanchet’s Emma Lutz finished in the Top 20 at the 1A-4A NW Classic race.  Sprague and Cascade had strong showings at the Merriwether and Oregon City on Friday and Saturday. Here’s some notables from the three big…

Dayton Wins Third Game Of Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.–  Benji Hudson stepped up big for Dayton in the second half against Horizon Christian of Tualatin Monday afternoon. Hudson and Tyler Spink struck quickly in the opening seven minutes of their 4-1 victory over the Eagles, but couldn’t add to their lead with Horizon’s Isaiah Jewell cut the then 2-0…

Western Christian Soccer Back At It

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  2017 Western Christian-grad Seth Williams knew that the team he was inheriting was special.  But damn, he was surprised by season’s end when they finished 13-0 and won the 3A/2A/1A Cumulative Week Playoff Championship Game. Known as a boys basketball power, the boys soccer success was just one of…

Western Christian Takes Title, Finishes Undefeated

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore–  In a weekend that featured overtimes and penalty kicks across the 4A and 3A/2A/1A landscape, the 3A/2A/1A Boys Soccer State Championship lived up to that standard in more ways than following suit to the norm of the day. It was the trilogy between Western Christian/Amity and Dayton.  Saturday night…

Regis’ McLoughlin’s Places Ninth

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com LEBANON, Ore.–  Regis’ Julia McLoughlin went out strong and probably a tad-bit fast in her final prep Cross Country race Saturday afternoon, but she had found herself in the front pack of the 3A/2A/1A Cross Country State Race. “Honestly a lot better than the whole season.  I went out and stayed…

Dayton Wins Battle With Blanchet For District Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.–  The girls of Blanchet Catholic and Dayton Girls soccer left it all out on the field in the Pirates 2-0 victory Saturday afternoon in the 3A/2A/1A Special District 2 District Title game. The physicality, the drive, the passion was evident in Dayton’s 2-0 District winning victory to the Cavaliers. …

Western Christian Boys Soccer Wins District Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@jmac1989 DAYTON, Ore.–  It was totally different from their first meeting down the road at Western Christian.  They traded the mudpit for turf and a slow-moving ball to fast moving at Dayton High School. But the result was still the same.  The Pioneers of Western Christian defeating the Pirates of Dayton High…