Kantola The Senior

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONMOUTH, Ore.—Being fourth in line of a family line to go through a school like Kennedy Kantola has been with Central High School made the experience coming into High School and playing a smooth one. “it’s been a smooth transition between school and sports because of having all of my siblings…

Central, North Salem Putting In Work In Springfield

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.–  As Central’s day ends against Mid-Willamette Conference-foe North Salem, both playing as ‘Central Football Club’ and ‘North Salem Football Club’, the Panthers Justin Girod lined up at quarterback while starting quarterback Chase Nelson was out at receiver. “I’ve never played quarterback before, but it was pretty fun coming out…

Wild Wild West League Returns For Year 2

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PORTLAND, Ore. (January 25th, 2021) — The Wild Wild West League will enter its second season this June, 2021. Two new teams representing the culture and history of the Pacific Northwest will be joining the Wild Wild West League in 2021, the Portland Rosebuds and the Willamette Wild Bills. The Portland…

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…

Playing For A Cause

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  The Dallas Lady Dragons Volleyball program raised over 4,000 dollars in their Halloween Breast Cancer Awareness tournament Saturday at the Sand Pits at LaCreole Middle School. With the pandemic challenged the Dallas Volleyball program’s annual Pink-Out game, the squad went another route to make it happen. With 12 Co-Ed…

Cole’s Setting A Tone

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.– Central’s Emily Cole came out of her sophomore year with two big statement games, and both came against the two teams who met in the 5A State Final in 2019. Against Dallas, 5A State Runner-Up, Cole held the Dragons to one-hit while striking out 14 Dallas batters April 12,…

Former McKay HC Sanderson Takes Central Job

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  Mr. Intensity is back. After taking a year-off from coaching, the self-proclaimed basketball junkie in Dean Sanderson has returned to the High School realms as the new Head Coach of Central High School after Tim Kreta stepped down a month ago. “I’m looking forward to a new opportunity at…

McCarty’s GymClub Edges Lowery’s Titans For Oregon 7’s Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AMITY, Ore.–  McKay’s Northeast Royals 7-on-7 were an execution of a play or two away from possibly forcing overtime against the All-Star cast of GymClub Sunday afternoon at Amity High School.  The only kryptonite for the Royals, playing into GymClub’s benefit down the stretch in their championship victory on this day…

Vandals Set Pace Early Versus Bat Company

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It didn’t ring home until towards the end of the NW Vandals 16U’s 14-0 win over the Bat Company 18-Loiler Saturday night was the uniqueness of the first three batters of BC’s lineup. They were all left-handed batters.  Aliyah Wiltsey (West Salem), Carley Schlag (Sprague) and Peyton Foreman (Central)…

Stayton Sweeps Central At Home

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  The air quality had lowered just enough Friday to proceed with the Salem Baseball Academy’s weekend opener at Stayton High School Saturday morning between Stayton and Central High School. With just enough time to trim the grass after two weeks of it sitting due to the poor air quality…

Vasas, Vandals Over Cole’s Blaze United

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Central’s Emily Cole has continued to prove herself as a work-horse in the circle once more as the Oregon Blaze United 18U squad wrapped up pool play at the Jag Labor Day Classic at Wallace Marine Park in West Salem. When she entered the game against a hard-hitting NW…

Laeng Transfers To Ventura College

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– Central-grad Connor Laeng was always the last one to leave for the Central Baseball Club over this summer. A shoulder impingement over the Spring had sidelined the former Panther baseball player, forcing him to withdraw from playing with the Salem Salamanders this summer. But as he healed up, he…