Central Edges West Albany For Homecoming Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  Central had to be checked in for this Homecoming Win.  West Albany didn’t make the 35-28 win easy and they had to stay with it mentally through the 15-or-so minute light outage delay, but they managed to do just that. Chase Nelson’s 52-yard Run after the lights came back…

Chemeketa Hands Linn-Benton Second Set Defeat Of Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ALBANY, Ore.–  The Chemeketa Volleyball team had done something that only Yakima Valley had done once this season and that’s to take a set from the defending NWAC Champions in Linn-Benton.  The Storm did so in a big rallying fashion, turning a 18-11 deficit into the 25-23 result that followed and…

Foreman’s Return

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com BAKER CITY, Ore.–For Central-grad Brayden Foreman, Saturday night was a long-time coming after having to end his High School prep career on short noticed due to a torn labrum.Having moved down to guard for the East-West Shrine Game in the first year that 5A has joined the traditionally 1A-4A All-Star Game…

Post 20’s Season Ends In Heartbreaking Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ROSEBURG, Ore.– Through all the adversity, the Post 20 Dirtbags had a chance to do some damage down to their final out of the season. Central’s Malachi McCormick slowed the Lobos bats in the 31 pitches the Panther-grad pitched after the Lobos rallied from 3-1 down to take a 5-3 lead…

Post 20 Dirtbags Take Series Over Mid-Coast

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  The Post 20 Dirtbags picked up their second Area-3 league series win of the season following their 4-3 win over the Mid-Coast Dungies Tuesday afternoon at Central High School. On the heels of their ten-inning victory Monday in Newport, the Dirtbags bounced carried that momentum in Tuesday’s doubleheader as Central’s…

Finishing Strongly

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a successful weekend for the Bat Company 16U squad making the move up to an 18’s tournament to close out their season. After dropping their first game to the Aloha Breeze 18A Saturday morning, whom they’ll later beat Sunday afternoon to reach the 18A/B State Tournament Final…

Independence Day Baseball

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com EUGENE, Ore.–  It’s been roughly an year-and-a-half since Central’s Joey Cole has pitched.  But with three pitches into his 22-pitch outing Monday evening, the Panther catcher and first-baseman got the Post 20 Dirtbags out of a jam against a stacked Utah Marshall team to close out an Independence Day doubleheader at…

Komes, Weeks Leads Dirtbags To Game 1 Win In Doubleheader

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  Central-Grad and current Chemeketa Community College pitcher Brandon Komes set the pace for the Post 20 Dirtabgs Monday afternoon at Central High School when they hosted the Las Vegas Aces 18U Gold team for a double header. Komes, pitching the first game, held the Nevada squad scoreless going into the…

Mid-Willamette Conference Softball League Honors

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Dallas’ Brandi Jackson was Co-Coach of the Year with Lebanon’s Mardy Benedict as the Dragons, Silverton and Central all fielded athletes on the first-team of the Mid-Willamette Conference League Honors. North Salem had three on the Honorable Mention list. Here’s the Complete List: Mid-Willamette softball awardsPlayer of the year: Trinity Holden,…

5A All-State Girls and Boys List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Springfield’s Danaeja Romero Ah-Sam won Player of the Year on the girls side with Crescent Valley’s Eric Gower winning Coach of the Year honors.  On the boys side Churchill’s Samaje Morgan was named Player of the year by the OBCA while Chris Roche of Wilsonville was named Coach of the Year….

Stayton’s Bridge, McNary’s Copeland Place At John Oliver Invitational

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  Stayton’s Hope Bridge is slowly piecing together with the Eagles entering the home stretch of their 2022 season. Two days after her 5:21.35 1,500-meter race against Woodburn and Newport, the junior distance runner was back at it Friday at the John Oliver Invitational at Central High School.  Competing in…

Central Wins Third-Straight Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  North Salem’s Corbin Torres came into a tough situation.  The rain was coming down, Kaeden Fitzgerald struggling to find his groove and Central threatening to turn the 3-0 lead into a wider margin with the bases loaded with one out. Torres held the rallying Panthers to two runs over…