Road Warrior Sparts Look To Two Seniors To Lead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.–  Cesar Casillas admits that this season is bittersweet, having played Varsity for the past three years and with this being his final year as him and Nik Wittrock return as they only two Varsity returners for the Sheridan Boys Basketball team. “Sad, but we’re going to do what we can…

Stayton Looking Towards The Next Step

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–Stayton’s Garrett Callsen had himself a State Tournament to remember as a junior this past year.  Averaging 15.7 points a game and 9.7 rebounds a game as well, knowing that Jacob Axmaker and Gabe Wigginton were going to be well accounted for. It was a good learning experience too for…

South Salem Host Red And White Day

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–The annual Red and White Night gives the South Salem Basketball Programs, both boys and girls basketball teams, an opportunity to show what they got for the home crowd prior to the start of the season. Similar to what you see during Falls Sports, i.e. the Blue Day at McNary, Black…

Downey The Leader

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.– Santiam’s Ezra Downey is just a natural when it comes to the game of basketball.  The athleticism is there, the Basketball IQ is there as well as he prepares for one last season with the Wolverine basketball program this season. Being on Varsity since his freshman year, the…

Silverton’s Retooling

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–¬† The Silverton Boys Basketball team will look vastly difference going into the 2022-23 season following the graduation¬†of nine seniors and a new coach in Tyler Allen taking over the program from Jamie McCarty. The Foxes return three players who swung up from Junior Varsity in Eli Haugen, Tyler Mansour…

The Underdog Olympians

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The Sprague Boys Basketball team will be looking to play the Underdog-role this year with how little the Olympians are returning going into the 2022-23 season.  They graduated eight seniors from last year’s 16-10, 6A Playoff team. The one returner is Matt Weiner, who’s entering his senior year with…

Regis Gearing Up For Season Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  The Regis Boys Basketball team will have a lot of offensive firepower this season.  Isaiah Koehnke, Noah Koenig and Diego Aguilar, who transferred in this school year from Jefferson anchor the offense with their speed and their shooting ability.  Defensively they’re just as fast and scrappy as they finished…

Crusader Boys Basketball Motivated For Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–The Salem Academy Boys Basketball team came within a missed Jaren Oglesby’s jump-shot at the buzzer in winning the 2A State Championship this past season.  Falling to Tri-River Conference opposition Western Christian in a double-overtime thriller in Pendleton. The play and the result hurt for sure, but Oglesby went back…

Building Up Their Team Chemistry

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Winning the Capitol City Classic last season at Willamette University really helped send the West Salem Boys Basketball team down the right path as they went 18-7 and reached the second round of the 6A State Playoffs last season.  A tournament that they are returning to on December 16-21 before…

Chemeketa Men’s Basketball Gearing Up For Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– South Salem-grad Kieran Pruett stepped up as a leader for the young Chemeketa Community College Men’s Basketball team Wednesday evening during their practice, by joining the shirtless team to give the squad some energy during the last few minutes of practice.  One of the few returners on the young…

Capitol City Classic And Its Local Twist

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The West Salem Boys Basketball team will be looking to defend their Capitol City Classic Title this December at Willamette University.  The Titans became the first Oregon-based team to have won the tournament, now entering its seventh-year, to win the Title as they hope to do it again this…

Central Starts Kids Camp Monday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– It was a good way to start the last week before the real work begins with try-outs and the season with the Central High School Boys Basketball team hosting Kids Camp.  Monday was the first day and about eighty kids were in attendance, going station-to-station working on drills with members…