Price, Polanski, Blair Commit To Next Level

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The challenge was there for Cody Price following his AC Sprain Week 1 against Liberty to stay involved with his squad on the road to recovery. Over the next four weeks before returning their sixth-game of the year against McNary, Price had remained a vital part for the Sprague…

OSAA In Holding Pattern

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The OSAA will continue its holding pattern for the next few days of not canceling the Spring Sports season as they continue to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak in the State of Oregon. The tentative start date will be April 28, plus a tentative timeline how they would go about starting the…

Boys Basketball Academic All-State Teams

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com West Salem, Silverton, North Marion, several Salem-area schools in the PacWest Conference in 3A, Tri-River and Central Valley Conference’s in 2A made the Academic Top 10 List For Boys Basketball this Winter. 6A Sherwood 3.8 West Salem 3.72 Barlow 3.68 Mountain View 3.68 Lincoln 3.65 Grants Pass 3.61 Bend 3.59 Cleveland…

Playing More Soundly

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore– Hitting was South Salem Softball’s bread and butter last season, being the lead run producer entering the 6A playoffs last season, but the difficult thing for them was their defense that inhibited them overall. “Conversely we were giving up close to seven runs. We saw us being even better…

Academic All-State Top 10

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com West Salem Wrestling (seventh in 6A, 3.44), Silverton (ninth in 5A, 3.13), Cascade (fourth in 4A, 3.22), Jefferson (eighth in 2A/1A, 3.31) hard work in the classroom placed them in the Academic All-State Top 10 Wrestling Teams this Winter. Here is the complete list: Academic All-State Top 10 Wrestling Teams 6A…

Aiming For Another League Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  It’s a double-edge sword for the McNary Softball team entering this Spring in hopes to having the opportunity to repeat as Mountain Valley Conference-Champions. It’ll be hard to replace pitching, as MVC Pitcher of the Year Faith Danner graduated after the Celtics finished 20-9 overall and 13-1 in league,…

One Of The League’s Best?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The West Salem Softball team had a strong finish to the 2019 season, reaching the first-round of the 6A State Playoffs before falling to Westview in the first round last May. Starting 5-8 in 2019, the Titans wheeled off 11 wins in their final 15 games with a strong…

Next Man Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a rare mid-March day in which the sun was out, the field was dry and temperature was just right to knock off the rust of practicing in the gym throughout the Winter. The South Salem baseball team held an intra-squad scrimmage Thursday afternoon at Gilmore City Park,…

Saxons Erupt In Fourth Quarter For Quarters Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PORTLAND, Ore.– Anything is possible once you get to the Chiles Center. The seeding doesn’t matter, your journey to this point doesn’t matter. All that matters at this point is win if you want that State Championship Trophy. South Salem held a 30-29 lead with 7:08 left in the third and…

Scots Track and Field Returning Experience In 2020

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  Stephanie Urenda’s freshman year was an eye-opening experience coming from Waldo Middle School to the High School competition at McKay last Spring. Urenda admitted that she didn’t feel her best in a season in which she finished with five Top 2 finishes in the 100 meters and a fourth-place…

South Salem Takes Tough Playoff Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com It was a necessary evil in their journey for a Chiles Center-berth down the line for the South Salem boys basketball team Wednesday night. A win is a win true.  But their 58-37 win over Newberg was all but a smooth ride to the Sweet 16 in the process with the…

West Salem Picked Up Steam In Playoff Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Anything could happen in the playoffs.  It’s all about having the hot-hand and momentum to propel you to the next round of it all. With the game tied at 12 after the opening quarter between Sherwood and West Salem, it was a matter a mellowing out and resetting the…