Making The Most Of The Time Given

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.— Friday was just another day in helping the Canyon for Regis’ Sara Vetter.  Working with a teacher from Santiam High School up in Mill City setting up backpacks full of essential materials for people on the mend from the recent Wildfires from September. The backpacks were just one of…

South’s James Graduates Early

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The craziness of 2020 has continued. News broke out of South Salem Thursday afternoon that Hilary James, a two-time conference Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019 as well as an All-State Selection in 6A as a sophomore and Junior, has decided to forgo her Senior Year of…

Taking Advantage Of The Extended Offseason

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–  Silverton freshman Justina Semerikov knows a thing or two of success entering Silverton High School. Since moving to Scotts Mills in 2015 from Mentor, Minnesota Semerikov has been apart of league champions in basketball (seventh and eighth-grade), Volleyball in eighth-grade.  Her team won the Silverton jamboree against bigger schools…

Santiam’s Leon Dedicated To The Craft

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—Being the child of a local legend coach can be hard, yet beneficial if you want to take advantage of it. Santiam’s Jenessa Leon’s dad, Robert, is well-known around the Stayton and Cascade High School soccer scene.  Having been an assistant coach at Stayton and Cascade in recent years with…

Hammack The Competitor

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  November 5, 2019 will forever stick with North Marion’s Mya Hammack. Fog draped around the Woodburn High School turf field.  It’s the first-round of the 4A State Playoffs against Stayton, overtime. Hammack was just fouled on her way to the net with ten seconds left inside the box, setting…

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…