McKay Takes Metro-Area Lineman Challenge Title, West Salem Seventh

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HILLSBORO, Ore.–  West Salem looked like they were keeping up with their Salem-counterparts in McKay in the Metro-Area Lineman Challenge at Hare Field Saturday in the Tug-of-War event to close out Saturday’s festivities. Anchored by Holden Whipple and with assistant coach Mike Baker and quarterback Jackson Lowery in their ear holes,…

The Rash-Classen Connection

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  It’s going to be an interesting year for the Stayton Eagles offense as the Ben Rash-Logan Classen continues to develop as the incoming seniors take a more leadership role entering the 2019 season for the young Stayton team. “I think it’s important, but I think it’s just as important…

Stepping Into The Challenge

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  West Salem’s Jackson Lowery has some big shoes to fill this season when he takes over the signal calling duties from Simon Thompson when the Titans open the season September 6 against Lake Oswego at home. And for the Junior Varsity Quarterback that’s making the move up to the…

Good Practice For The Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com WOODBURN, Ore.–  It’s rare when you get to practice wet ball situations during the dry days of summer.  But thanks to a rare summer storm system that rolled into the area Tuesday that turned the summer days into more of an October, midseason feel as the second week of 7-on-7 at…

Saxons Wrap Up Team Camp

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—Injuries last Fall hurt the South Salem season in 2018 as the Saxons went 2-7 overall and 0-4 in 6A Special District 6 Conference play. Head Coach Scott Dufault reminded his team when they wrapped up their team camp midday Friday that their 2-7 record still burns and that they…

Jefferson Opens Spring Football Under New HC Gilgan

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com JEFFERSON, Ore.– First-Year Jefferson Head Coach Kaleb Gilgan joked with one of his athletes Monday that, “You’re going to get strong”. And as they finished up their agility drills to start practice, roughly 120 push-ups were given out for messing up the drill. Accountability that the 2009 Sherwood-graduate is trying to…

Salem Academy Signs Seven To College Athletics

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Following their quick assembly for their ASB Election, Salem Academy recognized seven student-athlete’s for their Letters of Intent to the collegiate level. Of the seven, two were going to the next level for music as Emilie Reed and Clara Williams signed their Letters of Intent following their third-place State…

Central Signs Nine Athletes In Tuesday’s Signing Day

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  The four senior baseball players sitting awaiting to sign their Letter of Intents Tuesday afternoon in the gym at Central High School have seen a lot. Three head coaches in three years, the third being current Head Coach Tom Roberts last season when they were Juniors, they’ve stuck with…

Leeper Introduced As Salem Academy Head Football Coach

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s funny how things work out. When Jed Leeper came to Salem, Oregon from Missouri in 2014, the Salem Academy football team Varsity Head Coaching job was open to be filled. Some would say it’s better to sit on something and wait until it feels right.  That’s what Leeper…

Young Signs With IFL’s Arizona Rattlers

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It wasn’t too long ago, nearly two years ago, that North Salem and Southern Oregon University alum Dylan Young was in a professional training camp in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Calgary Stampede before a hamstring injury hampered the Salem-native’s chances of continuing his football career at…

South’s Adam’s Commits To Utah State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– It didn’t seem too long ago that Ashton Adams was a quarterback slinging the ball around as a second-, third-grader playing Youth Football for Alex Fuimaono. Now fast forward ten-years the South Salem Senior was signing his Letter of Intent to play as a lineman for Utah State University…

St. Paul Finishes Second in 1A After Battle With Dufur

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HILLSBORO, Ore.– Getting to the State Championship game is probably one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities you’ll get as an athlete. Just being in that high electricity environment and playing for the name on your jersey. For St. Paul, who saw last year end by the team whose made a return to…