More Than Just A Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.–  It’s weird to think that this upcoming weekend would have been State Championship Weekend. For Dayton, the only thing that had stopped them seeking their sixth-straight 3A State Championship appearance and tenth since 2002 was COVID-19.  But even the virus couldn’t stop the Pirates from honoring five of their…

Garrison Adjusted, Prepared For Next Opportunity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MCMINNVILLE, Ore.–   Four years seems to fly so fast nowadays. Four short years ago, Dayton’s Payton Garrison had arrived on the Pirate campus after spending the bulk of his playing career in the Yamhill-Carlton school district. Moving to a new school was hard no doubt.  Learning a new system is tougher,…

Fuller Signs With College of the Redwoods For Football

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.–  California is the hub of College football.  The Four-Year Level and even at the two-year level. The two-year level, as Dayton’s Kody Fuller will be playing at next year at the College of the Redwoods for football, got athlete’s that are Division-I caliber guys that are about a year…

Dayton’s Cicerone Commits To North Idaho

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.–  Playing for a coach like Rob Umbenhower for three years can be a intimating experience with the stern demeanor the former Dayton High School Head Softball coach had strolling the baselines and dugout out.  But kids come out confident because of his coaching. The Pirates Sofia Cicerone knew her…

3A Boy Basketball All-State Honors

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com De La Salle North Catholic’s George Sadi won 3A Player of the year and Oregon Edward Kirk of Oregon Episocal won Coach of the Year as the 3A Boys Basketball All-State Honors have been released. Here’s the full list: First team, Trey Foster,.  St. Mary’s Charles Wilmolt, OES Tyler Frieze, Creswell….

Dayton Takes Back-And-Forth Game From Scio

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.—Hard to imagine that down 9-2 after the first quarter Scio had that it would be a much of a game against Dayton in the Pirates PacWest Conference 46-32 win Wednesday night. The Loggers had rallied the troops in the second quarter, taking a 16-13 lead with 57 seconds remaining…

Dayton Pulls Away From Amity For Rivalry Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.– It was as expected when Dayton and Amity met Friday night. Physical and heated play on the court was met by the passion from the rival crowds off of it in the Pirates 61-56 win over the Warriors as the first loop of PacWest Conference play draws to an…

Dayton Wrestling Takes Senior Night Over Harrisburg

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.– Dayton Wrestling set the tone early against Harrisburg in the match-up against number three in the Pirates and number six in the Eagles Tuesday night in Dayton. It was Senior Night as well for Dayton coming off of their second-place finish at the Oregon Classic Dual Meet Championships when…

Dayton Rallies Twice For Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  Dayton found ways to get back to the game Thursday night at the Dutch Bros Christmas Classic Cascade Christian High School against Hidden Valley. Their 62-50 victory may  suggest a late pull away, in which it kind of was, but at one point in the second quarter (down 12…

Dayton Battles Hawaii’s Radford For Second Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TIGARD, Ore.–  Radford’s athleticism presented a challenge worthy for improvement for a Dayton squad that lost starters in Lukas Findley, Braden Nowlin and Jayden Howard from last year’s third-place team. The Rams of Hawaii connected on three three-pointers in the opening frame of the Pirates 67-58 win with Radford leading 16-10…

Heating Up At The Right Time

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  For both Salem Academy/Western Christian Girls and Dayton Girls Soccer entering their3A/2A/1A Special District 2 game Tuesday night, there was that one game that helped spark their season around. With the Crusaders, who’s program had never won more than four games in a given season since starting up the…

Dayton Slips By Amity’s Defense For Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.–  Amity’s nine goals allowed through their first nine games ranks up there with some noteworthy teams like Oregon Episcopal, Catlin Gabel and Santiam Christian entering their Monday night game with Dayton on the road. It’s raised havoc on teams this season as the Warriors had only allowed two squads…