The First Hundo-Wins

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.-  “It just means you’ve been around for a while,” smiles Cascade Head Coach Justin Amaya. “I was thinking about that, but what it really comes down to is being fortunate enough to be around talent and kids who understand the game of basketball. Having some really good assistant coaches.” For…

Woodburn Battles Wilsonville In WIT Final Sunday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com WILSONVILLE, Ore.–  Woodburn rose to the occasion coming out of the gate of the 2022-23 season by reaching the Championship Game in the highly competitive Wilsonville Invitational Tournament Sunday evening.  The Bulldogs took down Hood River Valley and Bend, the latter being sixth-ranked in the first coaches polls last week, to…

Defending Champs Cougars Open Season With 70-50 Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Cascade’s Landon Knox had himself a game in his first game at the 4A-level, scoring 20 points and had flown around the court, fighting for rebounds and steals to help the Cougars with a relatively strong win to open the 2022-23 season.  Making the transition from 1A basketball from…

Chemeketa Women’s Basketball Has Balance Going Into Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Last season playing with Central Wyoming College had taught 2021 South Salem-grad Malyah Bolden a few lessons before she transferred back to Oregon, now playing for her hometown Chemeketa Community College this season. “Just bringing in some experience from my past college and coming home is nice,” Bolden starts. …

Chemeketa Falls In Heartbreaker To Wenatchee Valley

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Friday evening’s game with Wenatchee Valley showed the potential that this young and scrappy Chemeketa Men’s Basketball team is capable of as they kick off their three-day home endeavour at The Storm Center.  Falling to a Knights team, coming off a 2022 NWAC Semi-Final appearance, 62-61 on this evening after…

Randall Takes Over Cougars GBB Program

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.– Nick Randall has been around the game of basketball what seems like forever.  Coaching at his Alma Mater at North Medford and Phoenix before making the move up to the Salem-area. Bumping into Cascade legendary coach Mark Steven’s four years ago, Randall joined the Cougar Girls Basketball program.  Learning…

Stayton Looking Towards The Next Step

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–Stayton’s Garrett Callsen had himself a State Tournament to remember as a junior this past year.  Averaging 15.7 points a game and 9.7 rebounds a game as well, knowing that Jacob Axmaker and Gabe Wigginton were going to be well accounted for. It was a good learning experience too for…

OWC Girls Soccer Honors

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com North Marion’s Saylor Swanson won Player of the Year and the Huskies Ben Bonser won Coach of the Year honors for the Oregon West Conference. Here’s the complete list First team Briana Aguilar-Newport Saylor Swanson- North Marion Kamilia Grimmer- Philomath Piper Thompson-Newport Diana Brunell-Cascade Caile Lader- North Marion Vanessa Valenzuela- North…

Chemeketa Men’s Basketball Gearing Up For Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– South Salem-grad Kieran Pruett stepped up as a leader for the young Chemeketa Community College Men’s Basketball team Wednesday evening during their practice, by joining the shirtless team to give the squad some energy during the last few minutes of practice.  One of the few returners on the young…

Capitol City Classic And Its Local Twist

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The West Salem Boys Basketball team will be looking to defend their Capitol City Classic Title this December at Willamette University.  The Titans became the first Oregon-based team to have won the tournament, now entering its seventh-year, to win the Title as they hope to do it again this…

Cascade VB Finishes State Runner-Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.–  It’s hard to get to the State Finals once, let-alone twice as Cascade had in back-to-back years with last years State Championship win and their State Runner-Up appearance this season. A band of youthful players with some experience, also playing with two seniors in Lucreatia Benolken and Meah Carley to lead…

North Marion Advances To 4A State Semi-Finals

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CANBY, Ore.– Scappoose just kept pushing tempo, challenging North Marion on both sides of the ball in the two squads 4A State Quarterfinals.  They kept the Huskie offense, anchored by Calie Lader and Saylor Swanson. In check.  The Indians offense kept Ally Coulombe on her toes, working to keep Scappoose off…