Central’s Mendazona Gearing Up For The Next Chapter

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  California baseball is a whole different animal.  The teams, the players, the competition is on a whole different level down in the Golden State and Central-Grad Peter Mendazona adjusted accordingly over the last two years. Playing at Feather River College in Quincy, California, about 83 miles east of Chico,…

Central-Grad Laeng Joins Salamanders

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  Central-Grad Connor Laeng has been making the most of this time off to heal up and prepare for the possibility of a Summer baseball season this year. It was announced Saturday evening that Laeng will be joining the Salem Salamanders this Summer in the Cascade Collegiate League, a wood-bat…

Central’s Mendazona Earns First-Team All-State Honors

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The Mid-Willamette Conference was well-represented in the State Honors this past shortened Winter season. Lebanon’s Ellie Croco and Meagan Mendazona were named to the All-State First team this year as the Senior Mendazona, who has committed to Utah State for basketball, helped lead Central to a 14-11 and 11-5 MWC record…

Mid-Willamette Conference Boys Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Silverton’s David Gonzales won Player of The Year while Foxes Head Coach Jamie McCarty won Coach of the Year.  Silverton opens the 5A Playoffs Wednesday night against Willamette at 8:15pm.  South Albany plays Crater at 6:30 and West Albany plays Wilsonville at 3:15, all games are at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis….

Panthers Closes Out Regular Season With Big Run Over Dallas

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  Central needed a win to clinch the third-place spot in the Mid-Willamette Conference Monday night when they traveled to Dallas in their regular season finale. West Albany sat a half-game behind the Panthers, owning the tiebreaking having swept Central this season.  A Panther loss would have pushed Central to…

Central Wins Fifth-Straight, In Two-Way Tie For MWC 2nd-Place

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CORVALLIS, Ore.—It wasn’t the prettiest of halves, but Central found a way to get it done leading Corvallis 20-12 at the halftime break Tuesday night. Their defense pitched a shutout in the second quarter of their 55-37 lead, knowing their eight-point halftime lead was still within reach of the Spartan team…

Central’s Late Rally Falls Short Against Wilson

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was their closest game of the year, but it was probably one of the hardest pills to swallow knowing how close they were to the win. Central, with only one senior on their roster, found themselves down 59-49 in the closing minutes of Wilson’s 64-58 victory in a…

Cascade Battles Central For Second Win Of Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  It resembled that of the old Cascade-Central battles back in the old Oregon West Conference-days as it came down to the wire between the two girls basketball team’s Friday night. The aggression presented by the two teams throughout the 32-minutes in the 4A Cougars 48-45 victory over the 5A…

Central’s Mendazona Signs With Utah State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONMOUTH, Ore.–  Central’s Meagan Mendazona has been through the gantlet of adversity in recent years that has challenged the Panther Senior determination leading into Thursday afternoon’s moment in the Panther Pit. Concussion, broken wrist, mono had sidelined Mendazona for some time with the latter making her miss the majority of her…

Mid-Willamette Conference Volleyball Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Ryann Gregg from Corvallis was named Player of the Year in the Mid-Willamette Conference while West Albany Head Coach Kellie Backer was named Coach of the Year.  Here is the complete list broken down by each position: Setter First team: Elijah Sanders West Albany Zaley Bennett Corvallis Second team Raena Hurtado…

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…

South’s Strong Offense Leads To Win Over North

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CORVALLIS, Ore.– Ryan Brown had a way to help spark the South game in the Oregon All-Star Game Saturday Night at Goss Stadium. Of his first three at-bats, he gave the South a 1-0 lead (first inning) and drove in runs in the third and fifth that helped the South squad…