Regis’ Voltin Signs With Oregon State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Regis Head Coach Jeff Wiltsey got a bit choked up speaking Friday afternoon.  Tyler Voltin is a special breed.  Simple as that.  You could make an argument that his picture could be next to what a leader looks like by the way he carries himself, the decisions he makes…

Basargin’s Reflection

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MT. ANGEL, Ore.—  Kennedy’s Isaiah Basargin thought he would ever miss the aches and pains of playing sports as he does now.  But he knows what it means to him to have gone through that in order to be successful and being a part of the successful programs at Kennedy High…

The Trojan QB1

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MT. ANGEL, Ore.– It’s not too often that you’ll make a statement in sports, but Kennedy’s Dylan Kleinschmit had done it twice. As a sophomore Kleinschmit pitched a gem against rival Santiam.  Throwing a no-hit, 17-strikeout gem that was part of an incredible journey to the 2A/1A State Finals before falling…

Bishop Signs To St. Scholastica

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Regis Head Football Coach Jeff Wiltsey handed his starting quarterback a notecard that they, as football players, filled out.  It felt a lot like the De La Salle movie, ‘When The Game Stands Tall’ with what was on it with the goals on the card. Byron Bishop knew of…

Hill Of The Canyon

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  The longevity of success at any level, any classification is tough.  Especially the lower classifications like at 2A where Santiam is at. The past five years, the Santiam Boys’ basketball team have been on a tear.  One State Championship Title, placing sixth and fourth the past two years…

McKay’s Coburn Commits To USD

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The Journey of McKay’s Brian Coburn has it’s next chapter location set, and it’s in Southern California. San Diego to be exact.  The University of San Diego.  A great opportunity Coburn has pointed to as he has a destination beyond this year as a student-athlete. “This great opportunity that…

Zimmermann The Bulldog

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  There was a rain/snow mix Sunday in Keizer as the afternoon arrived at McNary High School for the Island Boy Camp’s practice for their squads.  From the fifth/sixth-grade teams to the Varsity squad, they wrapped up practice in the cold, blustery conditions. For West Albany’s TJ Zimmermann, he was…

Veliz Stepping Up His Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ALOHA, Ore.–  As practice wrapped up Saturday afternoon at Aloha High School, Woodburn Junior Tomas Veliz found himself one of Team Alpha’s 14 players out in the practice finale’s ‘My best seven versus your best seven’. “It was good, there was a lot of energy.  A lot of competitiveness there in…

The Growth Of Bos

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  For the first-time in his High School career nearly a year ago, Salem Academy’s Benett Bos got to experience something he was a fan for as an eighth-grader: Coos Bay. The dream destination for 3A teams playing at Marshfield and North Bend High Schools for the 3A State Championship. …

Reflecting Time As A Panther

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  I remember seeing River Thompson last year as a Senior with the Oregon School of the Deaf.  About my height, five-foot-sixish, maybe closer to five-foot-eight.  Red-dyed hair and glasses.  But damn that kid was physical. Going up against the Washington School of the Deaf in the rivalry game in…

The Two Amigos

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  The friendship between Gervais’ Auggie Guido and Brian Limage is described as a brotherhood between the two Cougar Seniors. “He is my brother no matter what I got his back,” Guido said. “Auggie is like my brother. I’m older so my little brother,” joke Limage, who is two months…

Aguilar The Guard

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com JEFFERSON, Ore.–  Jefferson’s Danny Aguilar was familiar with the members of the Lions Boys Basketball team by the time he entered his freshman year.  Having good chemistry with most of the players as Jefferson was looking to build off their 9-14 season the year before. The then incoming-freshman was in attendance…