New Year, Still Grounded

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  If it wasn’t known, by November 12, 2019 it was cemented.  Jayden Esparza was one bad man on the pitch. Playing opposite of Kevin Hernandez as a freshman, the now-Junior came into his own last season as a sophomore in leading a Stayton Eagle offense to 4A’s second-highest output…

Sprague’s Hernandez Signs With Willamette

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Saul Hernandez had confidence during his Senior Year that the Sprague Boys Soccer team had the potential to get into the 6A Postseason. There were games like North Salem and Mountainside that they were in it.  With the Vikings, they were up 3-1 before tying by match’s end while…

‘Be The Light’-Movement Starts In Stayton

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–Barely four hours after the OSAA made it official that the 2020 Spring Sports season, I found myself pulling into Stayton High School at 8:30pm, putting on my press pass for the first time in about a month and started walking towards the lights at the football stadium. But I…

The Beard Signs To Multnomah University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The dream for Robbie Phillips to play at the collegiate level has came to fruition when he said his Letter of Intent to play soccer at Multnomah University Friday afternoon at the Capital FC soccer facilities. What is even cooler for the Dallas Senior as he just had wrapped…

Farr, Capital FC Host ‘Thankful For Goalkeeper’ Camp

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Jordan Farr is use to pressure as he returns home after playing with the USL’s Indy Eleven in Indianapolis, Indiana this past season where he had five clean sheets to his name. It’s been two years since his Senior Season with Corban University where he set the career record…

Western Christian’s Richardson Signs to Seattle Pacific University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– If anything, their 65-61 loss to Columbia Christian was all that they needed to bounce back the following season to take down the Knights for the 2A State Championship. And as Western Christian was about to open their title defense, one of their own in Payton Richardson sat in…

Battle Of Powers At State Goes To Woodburn

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HILLSBORO, Ore.–When word spread that Woodburn was dropping from 5A to 4A, the question became when will we see the Bulldog-Stayton matchup in the finals. Here’s the challenge to it too.  Toss in two times they’ve met in the Oregon West Conference-league play and you got, in theory, a battle.  No…

Titans Sign Six Wednesday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– James Friedman travels up to Portland on the regular for his four-and-a-half gymnastics practice every day.  It’s grueling when you get out of practice at 8:30 every night, but it paid off. But as Friedman signed his Letter of Intent to compete at the University of Iowa for gymnastics, he…

Esparza’s Goal Lifts Eagles Over Marist In OT

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com EUGENE, Ore.–  When Jayden Esparza struck in the 94th minute of Stayton’s 1-0, Overtime thriller over the one-seed in Marist Catholic, he was swarmed by his Eagles teammates in a game where both teams came awfully close of breaking the 0-0 tie. The Spartans Sam Bell had saved seven Stayton shots…

North Salem’s Season Comes To An End In Heartbreaking Fashion

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HILLSBORO, Ore.–  When Diodone Kilongo struck in the 70th minute, it was acculmation of hard work that North Salem had put in throughout the second half. Down 1-0 entering the second half to Hillsboro in their season ending 2-1 loss on the road, the Vikings set sail on the pressure with…

Silverton Advances To Quarterfinals

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–  Silverton Head Coach Marty Limbird was talking to his team during the halftime of their 5-0 5A State Playoff Opening Round win over Ridgeview about staying disciplined entering the back-end of Wednesday’s game. Leading 2-0 entering the second half with goals from Ezra Braford and Britton Ullan, one goal…

OWC Girls Soccer List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Stayton’s KJ Nyquist won Player of the Year as the Eagles reached the 4A State Playoffs for the third-straight year.  Woodburn’s Andrea Whiteman won Coach of the Year, the Bulldogs went 9-1-2 in Oregon West Conference play in 2019. Here is the complete OWC List: Goalie Carla Zamora Woodburn 2nd team…