SSBC Athletes of the Week For September 10

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The first edition of the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club of the school year has came. McKay’s Chansse Lee (Football), Sprague’s Amity Rogers (Girls Soccer), McNary’s Tessa Fisher (McNary) and North Salem’s Jerrik Wangler (Football) were honored by the SSBC on September 10. Here’s the press release. First Athletes…

Santiam Takes Monroe To Overtime

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONROE, Ore.– Monroe may have been ranked third in the recent OSAA Coaches Poll, but boy did Santiam, who received votes themselves, take the Dragons the distance. Not just the distance, but overtime Friday night.  The 34-28 overtime result in favor of Monroe showed the measuring stick in where the Wolverines were…

Saxons Crack 40 For Third Time In Five Years In Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  All three faucets were on fire for South Salem Saturday afternoon against Jefferson in their 42-0 win to open up the season. Their defense stepped up.  Levi Willhite had two sacks, Braedy Vogt and Carter Boyles flew around to halt the Democrats running attack.  The Saxons punt return took advantage of two…

Olympians Pull Away In Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CORVALLIS, Ore.–  Sprague made things interesting for themselves in their first outing of the Fall 2021 season. They controlled the first half of their 41-20 victory Friday night on the road.  Dictating the pace with their run defense and their run offense behind Riley Davis had eventually opened up the passing game for…

Kennedy Kickoffs The Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MONROE, Ore.–  Kennedy showed glimpses of the Trojans of old Friday evening at Monroe.  The explosive plays.  Strong at the line going to the skills position players. Owen Bruner had a run for 25-yards and followed that up with a 39-yard touchdown reception from Riley Cantu. A Elijah Traeger-Stephan Salinas connection went 35-yards as well….

Gervais’ Line Ingredient For Success?

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  The Gervais line will be bringing the size and height this season for it’s pro-run offense. Second-year Head Coach JJ Navarette’s system is simple.  Run the ball to open the pass plays.  The Cougars have always been a pro-run team and had came to life late in their four-game…

Another Year Under Them

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– Central was incredibly young this past Spring on the football field with seven seniors that year and a slew of sophomores and juniors that made up their Varsity roster. It was a good experience for those making the move up to the Varsity roster as the Panthers lone win…

Lee’s Development For McKay Football

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s strange to imagine that senior Chansse Lee had just picked up the sport of football just three years ago, being one of the top weapons offensively for the McKay Football team this past Spring.  He collected 22 receptions for 388 yards and three touchdowns in the six games…

Reloading The Ranks

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  West Salem’s Brooks Ferguson enters his senior year with the Titans a little more well-rounded.  Transferring in from Central High School before his junior year, he had an unique season in his first year with West in being able to learn the complex system and play different positions as…

Wolverines Preparing For The Season Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  Santiam has been know for their running game, occasionally popping out for a pass play. Third day into the Josh Ruby-era with the Wolverines, Santiam flowed with the split-back formation, working on a few of the ten plays they’ve installed over the past 72 hours.  Matt Brady’s execution…

Anderson To Lead Senior-Heavy Sheridan Squad

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.–  This might be the year that Sheridan’s Gavin Anderson will turn it to another level. The incoming Spartan senior took over the quarterback duties from Kaden Eggers and Elliot Henley midway through his sophomore season as Sheridan reached the 2A State playoffs for the second year-in-a-row, going 6-3 on the…

Preparing For Round 2 Of Football ’21

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  By the last hour of the first practice of the 2021 Fall Season, Sprague’s David Sherman received the first battle scare of the season.  Going through the pad-less practice with a bandage just below his left eye Monday morning. “It feels pretty good just to get back out here. …