Fire And Ice, Thurston Invited To All-Star Series

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The brotherhood of Payton Richardson and Alex Nicoli reached its mountaintop. Since the sixth-grade Nicoli and Richardson had played over 500 games together over AAU ball and School Ball.  Games were won and lost together; a State Championship was brought to Western Christian their Junior Year. And as they…

Western Christian’s Nicoli Signs With Missouri Baptist University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  As his signing ceremony was coming to a close in the parking lot at F&W Fence facing 16th Street in North Salem Saturday, Western Christian’s Alex Nicoli grabbed the microphone one more time. He made a statement already, but the Pioneer Senior had almost forgot to thank Head Coach…

Garrison Adjusted, Prepared For Next Opportunity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MCMINNVILLE, Ore.–   Four years seems to fly so fast nowadays. Four short years ago, Dayton’s Payton Garrison had arrived on the Pirate campus after spending the bulk of his playing career in the Yamhill-Carlton school district. Moving to a new school was hard no doubt.  Learning a new system is tougher,…

Gym Project Bumped Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  The Stayton Boosters and North Santiam School District have decided to move up their latest project at Stayton High School with the recent school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past five years, Stayton High School has added a turf field, hitting facilities for their baseball and…

Leaving His Mark Off The Basketball Court

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.— Western Christian’s Alex Nicoli wanted to leave his mark somehow off the court of basketball. Yes, he played in three State Championship Games and left his mark on the court the past four years with his three-point shot and strong defense with the Western Christian Basketball program on-the-court. The…

1A Boys All-State Basketball Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Triad’s Michael Irvine was named 1A Player of the Year and Timberwolves Head Coach Jason Young was named 1A Coach of the Year.  Crosshill Christian’s Andrew Stoddard and Evan Dallum were named to the Second-Team All-State Team and Falls City’s Jason Lafayette was All-State Honorable Mention First Team Michael Irvine-Triad Matt…

Moore Signs With George Fox University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—Imagine being an undersized sophomore, going up against a stud athlete like a RJ Veliz everyday in practice.  How will you respond? Blanchet Catholic’s James Moore had the job to go up against Veliz everyday in practice his sophomore year as the Cavaliers finished third in the 3A State Playoffs…

Gonzales Named First Team All-State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–  Silverton’s David Gonzales has wrapped up his High School prep career with first-team State Honors after receiving Player of the Year and First-Team honors in the Mid-Willamette Conference this past Winter. Foxes Head Coach Jamie McCarty knows how much Gonzales has worked, speaking to his Leadership-traits to help lead…

Molan Has Unfinished Business

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.– The Oregon West Conference Player of the Year Award and being named Second-Team All-State as a Junior is all groovy and all, but Cascade’s Carson Molan has more to prove as he enters the off-season before his Senior year in the Black and Yellow outside of awards. “I mean…

Saxons Galbraith Commits To Lane CC

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  South Salem has had a long history of success, and to be apart of it like Trey Galbraith has been the past four years has been a treat to live up to that history and the school name across his jersey during Basketball season. “South Salem has a very…

3A Boy Basketball All-State Honors

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com De La Salle North Catholic’s George Sadi won 3A Player of the year and Oregon Edward Kirk of Oregon Episocal won Coach of the Year as the 3A Boys Basketball All-State Honors have been released. Here’s the full list: First team, Trey Foster,.  St. Mary’s Charles Wilmolt, OES Tyler Frieze, Creswell….

Stayton’s Axmaker Bounces Back From Injury

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Imagine in your second AAU tournament going into your sophomore year, coming off of playing nine minutes at the Final Site in the 4A playoffs a few months earlier in their third-place finish at State and a freak accident happened. Stayton’s Jacob Axmaker was making a save, making sure…