South’s Olsen Signs With South Virginia University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  As the sun sank on the late-May evening, a small gathering gathered at a house just off of Croisan Creek in South Salem to see Saxon Senior Gretchen Olsen sign her letter of intent to play basketball at Southern Virginia University starting this upcoming school year. Four years ago…

Making The Most Of The Opportunity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  We’ve heard the phrase, ‘The new normal’ the last eight, nine, ten weeks since the lockdown went into effect in Mid-March. Now the dust is settling from that time, the question is becoming what is to come of it?  We’re still in recovering as the State is opening up…

Awaiting The Opportunity Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.— It was a weird situation when Silverton’s Riley Traeger was competing at the USATF National tournament last summer at Sacramento, California. Yes, following her second throw at the javelin she led in the event, but the Foxes Senior was frustrated entering her final throw at the competition during that…

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…

1A State Girls Basketball List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Crane’s Kelsie Siegner, St. Paul’s Erin Counts and Joseph’s Sabrina Albee were named Co-Players of the Year.  Crane’s Stub Travis was named Coach of the Year. First Team Kelsie Siegner- Crane Erin Counts-St. Paul Sabrina Albee- Joseph Riley Davis- Crane Isabelle Wyss- St. Paul 2nd Team Sydney Lawrence-Perrydale Lizzy Grandle- Country…

Central’s Mendazona Earns First-Team All-State Honors

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The Mid-Willamette Conference was well-represented in the State Honors this past shortened Winter season. Lebanon’s Ellie Croco and Meagan Mendazona were named to the All-State First team this year as the Senior Mendazona, who has committed to Utah State for basketball, helped lead Central to a 14-11 and 11-5 MWC record…

Nyquist, Ensign, Hammack Named To 4A Girls Basketball All-State Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Imagine being a Senior on a team that was young in Varsity minutes and having to step up as a leader. Stayton’s KJ Nyquist had to do just that adjusting into more of a leadership role her Senior Year as the Eagles, under first-year Head Coach Wendi Nyquist, as…

2A Girls Basketball All-State Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  It’s not easy to garner All-State Honors, let lone doing it with going up against the 2A Player of the Year in Kennedy’s Sophia Carley all four years. Santiam’s McKenzie Dodge got Honorable Mention her Senior Year, joining Carley, Ellie Cantu (Kennedy) and the Vasquez sisters from Gervais…

Gervais’ Vasquez Commits To Chemeketa

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  Bella Vasquez came bursting onto the scene as a freshman with an opposite hand lay-in for Gervais’ 26-24 win over Scio, had sent the Cougars to their first playoff appearance since 2012.  The lay-in completed a run from fifth-place to that automatic qualifier in the 3A PacWest Conference that…

Central Valley Conference Girls Basketball List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Monroe’s Mirtha Lopez was named Player of the Year and the Dragon’s Head Coach Tony Parker.  Lopez and Jefferson’s Nashea Wilson were unanimous First-Team selections for their team. Monroe finished 2A State Runner-Up and Central Linn finished sixth in 2A.  Here is the full Central Valley Conference List: 1st Team: Mirtha…

Crosshill Christian’s Bell Signs With Northwest Unviersity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Crosshill Christian Girls Basketball Head Coach Scot White had two things him and his coaching staff repeated every day at practice for their squad: “All it takes is all you have” and “Hard Work Makes Dreams Come True”. Kaylee Bell lived up to the billing, those two sayings, as…

3A Girls Basketball All-State Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Clatskanie’s Shelby Blodgett won Player of the Year while the Tigers Head Coach John Blodgett won Coach of the Year honors. Here is the complete 3A State list: First team Shelby Blodgett-Clatskanie Jadyn Vermillion-Sutherlin Olivia Sprague-Clatskanie Allie Hueckman-Burns Matyson Siddoway-Vale Kiersten Haines-Sutherlin Second Team Chevelle Boyd- De La Salle North Catholic…