Embracing the Journey

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.– Every coaches worse nightmare occurred for Sheridan Boys Basketball with them peaking early. Yes the Spartans qualified for the Round of the 16 for the first time since 2012, but Sheridan didn’t win a game in the month of February. Granted, they played the 2A Champions in Western Christian,…

Taking Over The Program

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Transitioning from a long-time, successful coach like a Tyler Allen is no easy feat to say the least.  It’s a giant hole, crater perhaps, to fill entering the first-year following Allen stepping down from the program following South Salem’s fifth-place finish and after eight years coaching the Saxons. With…

Warm-Up For the 3-on-3 Tournament

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  During her freshman season for Sprague, Baylee Butler had showed off some of her athleticism on the court for the young Olympians this past Winter. And as the incoming sophomore prepares to help Sprague bounce back from their tough 0-24 season in 2018, Butler once again showcased that athleticism…

McCrae Takes Over Scots Basketball Program

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Replacing a long-time coach like a Dean Sanderson is a hard task to do just because of the expectations set moving forward beyond that long-time coach. For KJ McCrae, a McNary-grad who took over the program on an interm-basis, the challenge of getting McKay back in the win column…

Salem Sports And Breakfast Club Honorees for March 15

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Here are the honoree’s from the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club for the Week of March 15: The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is from South Salem Boys Basketball – Eric Lungu. Eric, a senior, played guard for the Saxons. South wrapped up…

Stayton Stuns Woodburn For Third-Place

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com FOREST GROVE, Ore.–  It’s been a long-time since both Stayton and Woodburn had an opportunity to bring home a trophy. For the Eagles, it was 2007 the last time they’ve brought home a trophy and even though the Bulldogs were in the dance in 2011 it’s been since 1995 since the…

Woodburn Loses Close Battle With Banks In Semis

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com FOREST GROVE, Ore.– To think about, though the final was 58-50 in favor of Banks, the game didn’t feel too far off for Woodburn. Geez the Bulldogs, battling for a chance to play for the 4A State Title Saturday afternoon, turned a eight-point deficit into a scary one-point game after RJ…

Anundi Ices Stayton Boys Trip To Semi’s

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com FOREST GROVE, Ore.–  It was too close for comfort, but the Stayton Boys got it done Thursday night versus Henley down the stretch 57-53 to advance to the 4A State Semi-Finals Round against Seaside. The Eagles jumped out 20-9 after the first quarter, but slowly the Hornets swarmed back into the…

Silverton Slows Down Comets Despite Bittle’s Double-Double

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CORVALLIS, Ore.– A great week of practice led into a strong start to their Elite 8 opening 57-39 win versus Crater Wednesday night. Behind seven first-half three-pointers, two from David Gonzales and three from Grant Dunn the Foxes offense produced 34 first half points as they prepared all week for Nate…

OWC Boys All-League Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Stayton’s Kaleb Anundi was named Player of the Year in the Oregon West Conference this season with Head Coach Joesph Kiser being named Coach of the Year in the league as the Eagle Boys went 12-0 in conference play to win the conference Title outright. Full List: First Team…

Kennedy Takes Fourth Over Santiam

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.-  The last time Santiam and Kennedy met on February 13, the Wolverines squeaked out a 50-44 win to steal the second automatic bid out of the Tri-River League entering the Field of 16. Fast forward to Saturday morning, it looked as if Santiam would be running away with the…

Santiam Boys Playing For Fourth Versus Kennedy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.–  The consolation semi-finals are probably the most interesting games in the tournament.  The question becomes how do you respond after the first day loss Day 2 in order to get to the trophy game Saturday? Santiam led 16-6 within the first minute of the second quarter before Lost River…