Central Over Stayton For First Win Of Summer

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Central got the band back together in a sense. When Wyatt Bateman delievered the first pitch against the Stayton Bandits Wednesday afternoon at Holland Park, Panther-grads Connor Laeng and Ruben Cedillo stood at third and first base respectively.  Donning the Central uniform for the first-time since the 2019 5A…

Broderick’s Olys Outduels Chase’s Valley Squad 2-1

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Sprague’s Broderick Stanaway had a gem going in Tuesday’s game against Valley. A no-hitter into the fifth, a one-hitter an out into the sixth as his Olympian squad led Valley 2-1 into the bottom of the seventh.  For six innings, Stanaway and West Albany’s Chase Reynolds led their defense’s…

Hyre, Vandals 18U Belt Five Homers

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– With the Fourth of July just right around the corner, the NW Vandals 18U squad brought out the fireworks in the Stars ‘n’ Stripes opening day Friday morning with their bats. The Vandals, in their first day back on the diamond, launched five home runs in pool play; three…

Valley Rallies By Central 10-6

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It wasn’t the prettiest of outing for the Central Baseball Club last Tuesday when they kicked off the Willamette Valley Men’s Baseball League High School Division-League against the Valley Squad at Holland Park.  The meeting resulted in a 13-3 defeat to the Valley team that evening. Fast forward to…

Valley Baseball Club Opens Season With Win Over Central

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Baseball has finally came back to Salem. On the hottest day of the year so far, the first game of the Willamette Valley Men’s League 16-plus High School league kicked off at Holland Field on the outskirts of town when the Central Baseball Club hosted the Valley Baseball Club….

Dallas Lady Dragons Bring Home Hardware

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com NEWBERG, Ore– It was a matter of digging deep in the mid-day heat at Jaquith Park Sunday afternoon for the Dallas Lady Dragons 14U going up against the Blaze. It was the end of their third week of games and the defense just ended the Blaze threat, which scored two runs…

The Mentalist

SALEM,Ore.– In sports, it could come down to the mental aspect of the game as much as the physical aspect of the sport that you are partaking in. Entering the Meet of Champions as an eighth-grader with Judson Middle School, Jordan Koskondy had strained her left quadricep entering the big meet that was to come….

Young, Gage Named To SOU Football All-Decade Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–North Salem’s Dylan Young and Sprague’s Devvon Gage were named to the Southern Oregon University Football All-Decade Team. Young, who played for the Raiders between 2013 and 2014 was an 2014 NAIA Second-Team honoree as he set the SOU Single-Season records in reception yards (1,704 yards) and 22 receiving Touchdowns…

Garcia Ready For Next Task At Hand

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Repeating as State Champion is a tough task to do when you factor in fatigue, other wrestlers gunning for you and the possible Championship hangover. Mixed in an injury as North Salem Antonio Garcia had with his knee banged up entering his Senior Year in the State Tournament following…

Toughness And Overcoming

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.– Silverton Swim Coach Lucky Rogers put it best:  Unbelievable. He’s coached at Silverton for five years now and remembers when Samantha Zurcher told him about coming down funny during dance practice, eventually finding out she had fractured her foot. Zurcher, then a sophomore, remembers telling her swim coach what’s…

Striving For The Record Books

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a season of promise for North Salem Junior Austin Cates. Coming off of a promising summer in which he PR’d at the USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympics with Valley Track Club, a jump of 12-feet-3.25-inch jump to win the State Title and breaking in a new 13-foot…

Bell Commits To Linfield

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.—  Silverton Head Coach Lucky Rogers remembers in between Emmett Bell’s sophomore and junior seasons with the Foxes, there was a spark in the pool. Following his Junior season, Bell approached Rogers after helping the 200-yard Medley team qualify for State, asking what he needed to do to do to…