Hudson Signs With SWOCC For Soccer

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.—Dayton’s Benji Hudson can be pretty emotional as an athlete.  The Pirates student-athlete wears it on his sleeve like a badge of honor almost through the good times and the bad times in the heat of battle. It’s a passion for the game, brings out character points out Hudson and…

3A/2A/1A Girls Soccer All-State Honors

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Oregon Episcopal Olivia Faucera was named Player of the Year and Plesant Hill’s Chris Hammond and Riverdale’s Gillian Gandy were named Co-Coaches of the Year in 3A/2A/1A Girls Soccer All-State Honors. Here’s the Complete List: First Team F Kendrick Dahlin, Sr., Catlin Gabel F Paige Edmonson, So., Sutherlin F Ryker Rothfus,…

Dayton Girls Fall To OES In State Semi’s

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com BEAVERTON, Ore.– Dayton’s Natalie Oliveria was thrown into a gauntlet about twenty minutes into the Pirates 3A/2A/1A State Semi-final bout with the Oregon Episcopal School.  The Aardvarks led 3-0 in their 6-0 victory Tuesday night in the Metro, scoring their first three goals within the first 18 minutes of the game. …

Dayton Advances To 3A/2A/1A State Semifinals

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.–  Adalynn Williams and her Dayton Pirate defense were on a tear Saturday afternoon with a trip to the 3A/2A/1A State Semifinals on the line. Sutherlin tested them, challenged them even.  Dayton’s defense however, moved and adjusted when they needed to.  Clogging the passing and shot lanes with Williams stopping those…

Dayton’s Kearns named Player of the Year In 3A/2A/1A Special District 2

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Dayton’s Kya Kearns won Player of the Year and Pat Myer won Coach of the Year.  Salem Academy/Kennedy won the Sportsmanship award. First team: Mya Haarsma Amity/Western ChristianKya Kearns     DaytonEvy Wright     Yamhill-CarltonTiearra Braithwaite     Yamhill-CarltonRebecca O’Dell           BlanchetPaola Covarrubias       DaytonOlivia Southard           Yamhill-CarltonYulisa Anguiano         DaytonKaitlin Bauldree         Salem Academy/KennedyEllie McMullen           Amity/WC Abigail Sambuceto    …

Amity’s Sambuceto Makes YC’s Win Tough Saturday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—Amity’s Abigail Sambuceto was on an absolute tear Saturday morning going into the afternoon against an aggressive Yamhill-Carlton attack. The senior goalkeeper had tamed the Tigers, keeping them at bay by reading and reacting to what was given in front of her with the two squads battling for the second-seed…

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…