Gervais’ Vasquez Commits To Chemeketa

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  Bella Vasquez came bursting onto the scene as a freshman with an opposite hand lay-in for Gervais’ 26-24 win over Scio, had sent the Cougars to their first playoff appearance since 2012.  The lay-in completed a run from fifth-place to that automatic qualifier in the 3A PacWest Conference that…

Tri-River Conference Girls Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Kennedy’s Sophia Carley received Tri-River Conference Player of the Year as the Trojans won the 2A State Championship this Winter. Here is the Complete Tri-River Conference Girls Basketball Honors List: First Team Sophia Carley- Kennedy Celi Vasquez- Gervais Ellie Cantu- Kennedy Sarah Halgren- Western Christian Isabel Vasquez- Gervais McKenzie Dodge- Santiam…

Gervais Snaps 25-Year Drought, Onto Pendleton

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  26 long years it’s been since the Gervais Girls Basketball team held a home playoff game. They won State that year, 1994. Last time they went to Pendleton for the final site before Friday? 1995. The house was packed Friday night.  The pressure was on following Stanfield’s strong third…

Gervais Clinches Playoff Spot, Kennedy Next

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  Colton has been a tough challenge for Gervais in past years, throwing monkey wrenches in each of the last two years for the Cougars by splitting their league games. Entering the second quarter of their 54-31 win in the Tri-River Conference League playoffs, they were an Olivia Haines missed…

Kennedy Holds Off Gervais In TRC Showdown

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  Gervais put Kennedy on-watch when the Cougars jumped out to a 26-18 halftime lead on the Trojans Friday night. On-watch in that, when they’re on, Gervais can compete with the best teams in 2A despite the 45-40 result in favor of their Mt. Angel opposition. “We knew we had…

Gervais Wins 16th Game Of Year At North Douglas

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DRAIN, Ore.—North Douglas’ trap defense presented problems for Gervais in the Cougars 48-30 win over the Warriors in the two squad’s non-league match-up Thursday night at North Douglas High School. The Warriors trap defense had forced the Cougars offense into turnovers and had built a brief 6-2 lead before Gervais shook…

Gervais Rebounds From First Loss

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Coming off of their first loss of the season to North Marion Friday afternoon, the question became how will they respond?  How can they answer with Isabella Vasquez, their starting post, out with an sprained ankle? In front of them for third-place in the Crusader New Years Invitational Black…

North Marion Gets Close Game Win, Hands Gervais First Loss

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Close games have been a House of Horrors for the North Marion girls basketball program this season. Of their six losses this season, three of them were of two points variety, including two losing at the buzzer. Prior to Katie Ensign’s three-pointer that brought the Huskies to within one…

Gervais Knocks Rust Off, Pulls Away From Amity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Its been 12 days since Gervais had played in a game, and the rust showed through the first two quarters and chance against Amity in their 56-38 Thursday afternoon at Salem Academy. At one point early in the third quarter the hot hand of the Warriors, who entered their game…

Gervais’ Defense Holds Chemawa’s Jackson In Check In Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Gervais knew how talented Chemawa’s Angel Jackson was entering their Tri-River Conference league opener Monday night. Jackson had already produced a 37-, and a 31-point game this season for the Braves, but was held to 12 points in the Cougars 66-28 win on the road. “I felt like it was…

Gervais Girls Improves To 3-0 On Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.– The expectation was to come out strong every game. But 48-11 1:14 left in the third quarter strong?  Unfathomable. Gervais knew in their 67-28 win over Yamhill-Carlton that the Tigers were going to come out strong and they needed to do the same.  And behind their defense, offense and…

Bringing the Fire

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  There was a rumor that freshman Izzy Boyd has a fiery, competitive side to her as Gervais’ Girls basketball season kicked off Monday evening. For a squad coming off of their second Field of 16 appearance in three years and as much as Boyd’s hatred to lose, the freshman…