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…

Best Of 2020

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com As the year draws to a close, usually it means a time to reflect.  For me, I usually like to share a few stories I wrote over the past 12 months that have some significance to them from the year.  With how 2020 has been, it’s hard to imagine even ten…

Bertsch’s Team-First, Defensive Approach To The Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Last year while in the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic in Ketchikan, Alaska, Cascade’s Jake Bertsch and Jacob Winstead were involved with a sideline picture memorable with the Cougar basketball team. It started with a montage of the bench celebrations on social media. “Me and Jacob Winstead were trying to…

Aguilar The Baller

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com JEFFERSON, Ore.– Jefferson’s Jace Aguilar is just getting back into the lab, working on his craft in preparation of a crazy 2021 year ahead.  Working with Ryan Vargas at Clutch Time working on the finer details of his game close to home in Albany. Almost two months ago Aguilar was in…

Capitol City Classic Canceled For 2020

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Silverton, Central, West Salem and Cascade were all were expected to partake in the 2020 Capitol City Classic this season, with the 4A Cougars making their debut in the annual tournament at Willamette University in Salem. This year’s tournament, which featured teams from Texas, California and Washington as well…

The Two Jersey Wearing Guard

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PERRYDALE, Ore.–  It was weird to see around the 1A Perrydale program during the 2019-2020 season Chandler Campos having to wear two separate jerseys, one for home games and another for away games. What happened was during their December 27 game against Joseph, the then-Junior Pirate went up for a rebound…