The Challenge Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Every year there’s adversity to replace Seniors.  Who’s going to step up and who’s going to fill in. North Salem Volleyball, entering their second season in 5A, went from the old-Greater Valley Conference to probably the toughest conference in the State let lone 5A in the Mid-Willamette Conference.  They…

Barker The Lineman?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  It’s weird to think the combination of starting Quarterback and Defensive End at the Varsity level in 6A. This season, McNary’s Erik Barker is returning to his Pop Warner roots for his Senior season playing Quarterback and Defensive End as the longtime QB1 of the Celtics took reps at…

One Last Relaxing Week Before Try-Outs

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  This week is more of a tune-up entering the long-haul that is the Volleyball season that officially kicks off Monday across the State. Coming off their second-place finish in 2018 in 6A, Sprague wrapped up their second day of their Kids Camp with the Middle Schoolers handing off to…

Getting After It

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s weird to say, think and fathom that the Sprague Football team went 2-7 coming on the heels of an second-round and Quarterfinal appearance the last two years entering 2018. But, as they close in to August 30’s jamboree at Sprague High School, they haven’t forgotten one of the…

Warm-Up For the 3-on-3 Tournament

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  During her freshman season for Sprague, Baylee Butler had showed off some of her athleticism on the court for the young Olympians this past Winter. And as the incoming sophomore prepares to help Sprague bounce back from their tough 0-24 season in 2018, Butler once again showcased that athleticism…

Preseason Games To Watch For Around Greater Salem-Area

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com So I approached this was solely focusing on preseason/non-league games going through the first four weeks of the season (September) in the general Greater Salem-area.  Some schools like Sheridan and Amity I included since I cover them ever so often to the best of my abilities. I did a ‘Good Travel…

McKay Takes Metro-Area Lineman Challenge Title, West Salem Seventh

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HILLSBORO, Ore.–  West Salem looked like they were keeping up with their Salem-counterparts in McKay in the Metro-Area Lineman Challenge at Hare Field Saturday in the Tug-of-War event to close out Saturday’s festivities. Anchored by Holden Whipple and with assistant coach Mike Baker and quarterback Jackson Lowery in their ear holes,…

McNary Rallies By Silverton 4-2

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–  Regann Donahue has been playing out of position this summer for the McNary Girls Soccer team this summer.  Instead of playing out in the center midfield region, the incoming senior found herself in goal for the Celtics for much of the summer. Wednesday night to close out the 4-H…

Stepping Into The Challenge

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  West Salem’s Jackson Lowery has some big shoes to fill this season when he takes over the signal calling duties from Simon Thompson when the Titans open the season September 6 against Lake Oswego at home. And for the Junior Varsity Quarterback that’s making the move up to the…

CFC Athletica Advances To NWPL Championship Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The great season by the Capital FC Athletica squad has landed the squad in the Northwest Preimer League Championship Game following their 3-1 victory over Yakima United Sunday afternoon at the CFC Facility off of State Street. “Oh it’s such a great feeling, especially with this team because we…

Good Practice For The Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com WOODBURN, Ore.–  It’s rare when you get to practice wet ball situations during the dry days of summer.  But thanks to a rare summer storm system that rolled into the area Tuesday that turned the summer days into more of an October, midseason feel as the second week of 7-on-7 at…

Saxons Wrap Up Team Camp

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—Injuries last Fall hurt the South Salem season in 2018 as the Saxons went 2-7 overall and 0-4 in 6A Special District 6 Conference play. Head Coach Scott Dufault reminded his team when they wrapped up their team camp midday Friday that their 2-7 record still burns and that they…