Scrappy Kanoff Commits To Linfield

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.– Sometimes it’s not the size of the dog, but the fight that’s in it. Cascade’s David Kanoff isn’t built like Elijah Nolan in the defensive backfield, or may not have the strength of an Ethan Coffey carrying the rock.  But he’s certainly as scrappy as scrappy can get out…

Renteria And The Fiery Passion

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  In Stayton, Soccer is King.  And Head Coach Chris Shields is front-and-center of it.  But also too, it’s family.  Everyone that has heard the Shields voice from the sideline during their time in the Eagles uniform, tends to come back to support their younger counterparts.  Wednesday afternoon, it felt…

The Emotional Relay

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Track is an emotional sport.  It’s where all the blood, sweat, tears you put in really does pay off.  Where the hard work and sacrifice when you punch in during practice pays off come payday on meet day. It was the District Meet Cascade’s Ashley Fraser’s freshman year in…

Living In The Moment

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Some call running their form of therapy.  Their form of meditation.  A moment of clarity washes over those people and it’s refreshing. For Cascade Sprinter Ashton Williams, it’s no different.  But when it comes to lining up for a 100-meter, 200-meter dash, that feeling amplifies. “Before the start of…

Sweet Home’s Tyler Looking For Ways To Improve

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SWEET HOME, Ore.–  Sweet Home quarterback Aiden Tyler has been finding ways to stay active during these crazy times. Going to Idaho for basketball tournaments, playing in the Oregon 7’s 7-on-7 league, lifting, etc.  Not to mention being a part of an ‘All-American’ bowl game in Texas and representing his small…

Veliz Stepping Up His Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ALOHA, Ore.–  As practice wrapped up Saturday afternoon at Aloha High School, Woodburn Junior Tomas Veliz found himself one of Team Alpha’s 14 players out in the practice finale’s ‘My best seven versus your best seven’. “It was good, there was a lot of energy.  A lot of competitiveness there in…

Payton’s Journey

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  North Marion’s Payton Meyers has shown some potential and talent during his sophomore season with the Huskies this past Winter.  On a team that went 20-5 overall, reached the 4A Quarterfinals and were close to a Tri-Valley Conference Title.  Falling to Gladstone 58-54 in the conference tiebreaker as both…

Best Of 2020

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com As the year draws to a close, usually it means a time to reflect.  For me, I usually like to share a few stories I wrote over the past 12 months that have some significance to them from the year.  With how 2020 has been, it’s hard to imagine even ten…

Embracing The Challenges

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Salem Academy’s Bailey Pedersen was tested once more following breaking her elbow in the May of 2019 thirty minutes into the second day of summer basketball while still at Cascade High School. “We were going up and down running plays and I was running cross court to fill in…

Missing The Game, Missing The Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.—  Prior to their last scrimmage against rival Cascade in October, Stayton’s Allie Hlavinka posted up a letter on the ‘Let them Play! Oregonians for Athletes’ page about how she’s wanting nothing more to play the sport she now loves and the struggles they are in staying positive. It wasn’t…

Bertsch’s Team-First, Defensive Approach To The Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Last year while in the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic in Ketchikan, Alaska, Cascade’s Jake Bertsch and Jacob Winstead were involved with a sideline picture memorable with the Cougar basketball team. It started with a montage of the bench celebrations on social media. “Me and Jacob Winstead were trying to…

Netter’s Ride

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  For a four-week span, everything felt as normal as it can be while North Marion’s Megan Netter. Her teammates Jaydan Sahlin and Mackenzie Agnew and Canby’s Kaiya Steyskal were at The Hoop in Salem playing in the NPJ’s Quads League back in September.  It was fun just getting back…