Gervais’ Vasquez, Hanson Sign To Play College Basketball

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.—The highlight of their first three years of playing basketball at Gervais High School was making it to Pendleton last Winter as Juniors. Their goal was to reach the final site, and their fourth quarter rally against Stanfield had made it a reality as they sat in the gym in…

Bringing The Energy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  Lindy Wing knows a thing or two of the game of Volleyball.  Playing it.  Coaching it. But now she’s taking over the program she not too long ago was a player on at her alma mater at North Marion High School.  A year ago, she was an assistant under…

Entering Year 2 In Goal

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.– Stayton’s Karlee Tyler was once had play goalie as an eighth-grader before moving out into the field as a midfielder her freshman year, but once Sylvia Gomez graduated following the 2017-2018 season there was a need in goal. Enter Tyler. The Eagles bridged their Oregon West Conference-Title campaign with…

North Marion’s Hammack Signs With New Mexico State University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  It was the icing on the cake on the eve of her Senior Year of soccer starting.  North Marion’s Mya Hammack made it official Sunday afternoon on a homemade indoor basketball court, signing her Letter of Intent to play soccer at Division-1 New Mexico State University. Signing on the…

Grateful For The Opportunity

By Jeremy McDonad jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  Saturday was supposed to be Northwest University’s doubleheader against Western Washington University, but thanks to five inches of snow already on the ground the twin-bill of games was postponed. “It definitely hurt getting that message, for sure. We have had some injuries going around the team so not playing…

Pires The Athlete

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Regis’ Emaleigh Pires has done it all. She played 11 years of soccer with Keizer Soccer Club, ran track at Crossler Middle School in Salem in the sixth-grade, then St. Mary’s and a year at Regis.  Pires played softball for Fire and Rise travel softball teams as well as…

North Marion’s Christenson Commits To UCC

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.—North Marion’s Dani Christenson will be taking her talents to the next level, committing to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg for next season. Having played for the Huskies, playing as a right wing, North Marion went 11-4-2 in 2019 during her Junior Year.  Reaching the 4A State Semi-Final Round before…

Fahndrich And Being A Part Of The WC Family

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Coming out of her freshman year at Western Christian, Sydney Fahndrich was a second-team pitcher for the Pioneers as the then-Western Mennonite School went 7-14 and 5-13 in league play.  In their conference that year, Central Linn reached the 2A/1A Semi-Final round while League Champion Kennedy went on to…

Wiltsey And The Underdogs

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Regis’ Sara Wiltsey was a part of some special moments on the basketball court her Junior Year back during the 2019-2020 season. She hit the game-winner against Yoncalla with a second remaining and set up Alicen Ditter’s game-winner to take down then number-one Central Linn on January 24, 2020. …

Returning To The Court

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s strange to think about, picking up a new sport and succeeding at it as quickly as Salem Academy’s Dylainee Carmony did when she entered High School and tried out for the Crusaders Soccer team.  Making the squad as the Varsity goalkeeper. “Soccer ended up coming pretty easily after…

Third And Final Time

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AMITY, Ore.–  With signing, you would need to show some kind of facial and emotional importance to what you are interpreting to others.  For Amity’s Gabby Rolston, the straight-faced multi-sport athlete knows it’s easier said than done when it comes to signing out words. But it is coming easier for the…

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…