Zimmermann The Bulldog

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  There was a rain/snow mix Sunday in Keizer as the afternoon arrived at McNary High School for the Island Boy Camp’s practice for their squads.  From the fifth/sixth-grade teams to the Varsity squad, they wrapped up practice in the cold, blustery conditions. For West Albany’s TJ Zimmermann, he was…

Going Up A Weight Class

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILWAUKIE, Ore.–  The freshman of the IBC’s ’99 Problemz’ came out with a mission to show they belong with the Varsity division Saturday afternoon at La Salle High School. They beat Premier 14-7 and pulled away from the Valley Capitals in their second game of the three-game pod. “I think we…

Valley Baseball Club Finishes Third In Arizona

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CHANDLER, Ariz.–  The Salem-based Valley Baseball Club traveled down to the Grand Canyon State this past weekend, going 3-1 at the Baseball Showcase MLK Tournament.  Finishing third in the tournament after a slow-start to the tournament. An off-inning against New Level College Prep that plated four runs in the fifth-inning had…

Van Well Up For The Challenge

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  It was a rare January afternoon Wednesday in which it wasn’t raining in Northern Oregon. In actuality, it felt like an April or a late October day with the Sun out and clouds overhead as the Dallas Volleyball squad took to the sand pit next to LaCreole Middle School. …

Valley Capitals Go 2-1 In Rose City Rumble Winter League Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILWAUKIE, Ore.–  The Salem-based Valley Capitals slowly came to life late in their Rose City Rumble Winter League, hosted by EForce, opener against ETA Silver starting with a West Salem Brooks Ferguson touchdown strike. Ferguson’s touchdown strike with under three minutes left in the game was followed by a defensive stand…

Horn’s Resiliency

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Entering her Senior Year at North Salem, the Vikings softball catcher Kaitlyn Horn has learned not to take anything for granted.  Last season, her Junior year, being canceled, taught her how to be resilient and not to take anything for granted when it comes her way. “With knowing how…

Adjusting To The Adversity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.— Something was up with the right shoulder of Dallas’ Morgan Dippel going into her Junior year of High School.  She knows her throwing mechanics aren’t necessarily the best, but is something she has been conscious about since the outfielder was little. The injury in question occurred sometime between the…

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…

Staying Active Through The Craziness

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–  For Silverton’s Jacob Moore, who along with Bella Moore, Mitch Magill, Cody Magill, Steven Powell and 2019-Grad Austin Moore, went up to the Santiam Canyon to lend a helping hand to the cause in helping those in need.  Cutting, loading up and delivering three-and-a-half cords worth of wood to…

Morrison The Wrestler

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  Wrestling is life.  Life is wrestling. It teaches you more than that two-point takedown or turning a pin.  It teaches you the off-the-mat life lessons of not giving up. For Dallas’ Cael Morrison, wrestling has meant so much to him entering his Senior year with the Dragons Wrestling team…

Staying In The Moment

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–  Azusa Pacific University announced Tuesday that their football program will be cut stemming from the rising cost of travel and the lack of local play for California’s lone Division-II football squad.  It left athlete’s like first-year freshman and 2020 Silverton-grad Jackson Clements looking for a new home if they…

Capitol City Classic Canceled For 2020

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Silverton, Central, West Salem and Cascade were all were expected to partake in the 2020 Capitol City Classic this season, with the 4A Cougars making their debut in the annual tournament at Willamette University in Salem. This year’s tournament, which featured teams from Texas, California and Washington as well…