West Salem’s Lawson Makes History

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– West Salem sophomore Reese Lawson took the next step in the Titan Girls Wrestling program.  One-upping 2021-graduate Anybeth Valenzuela’s making State with becoming the first West Salem Girls Wrestler in placing at State. Battling through the consolation bracket after her opening round loss to Douglas’ Zoey Smalley with three-straight…

SSBC Honorees For February 11

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club honored Talhaya Powers (Girls Basketball), McKay’s Sarahi Chavez (Girls Wrestling),McNary’s Max Blanco (Boys Wrestling), North Salem’s Icela Sanchez Rodriguez (Girls Wrestling) and Sprague’s Emerson Long (Boys Basketball) for the Week of February 11. Here’s the press release he Salem Sports and Breakfast Club…

Geschwill Makes Kennedy History

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ALBANY, Ore.–  Kennedy’s Alex Geschwill knew that the pressure was there entering her OSAA Girls Special District 4 Semi-Final match with West Salem’s Samantha Gagnon.  No Trojan girls wrestler has gotten to the Big Show, which is the State Wrestling Tournament as the Kennedy junior prepared for her big match that…

SSBC Honorees for Week of January 7

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com South Salem’s Maggie Lapray (Girls Basketball), McKay’s Anabel Rivera (Girls Wrestling), West Salem’s Jon Breyman (Boys Basketball) and West Salem’s Kaden Oprea (Boys Swimming) were named to the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club for the Week of January 7. The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week,…

Dayton Invitational Round-Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.–  McKay Girls dominated the Dayton Invitational with Sharlyn Gonzalez (100), Lizeth Chavez (105), Madylin Xiong (110) as they edged McNary 115-88 in the team results.  The Celtics saw Kaylynn Villalobos (120) and Caitlin Saldivar (170) won their weight classes and Kelsey Schmidt (170) and Kaliyanei Hill (125) finished second. …

Trojan Wrestlers Gearing Up In 2022

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MOUNT ANGEL, Ore.–  Kennedy junior Alexandra Geschwill was walking Helene Bergmann through a drill that the squad was working on during Monday’s practice.  Helping out Bergmann understand what was being taught during the session as the Trojans prepare for the North Douglas Duals and the Bob Bishop Invitational at Willamina High…

Titans Returners Set The Tone For 2021

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a good learning experience for sophomore Sam Gagnon during her freshman year, finishing sixth at 110-pounds at the Girls South Regional Tournament this past Spring.  Gagnon walked in not knowing much about the High School scene as she does now as she now enters her second year…

On That Comeback Trail

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.— West Salem’s Anybeth Valenzuela has indeed left her mark on the Titan Wrestling program as the Senior wrapped up her final practice of her career Wednesday morning. There are no nerves at the moment as she enters the eight-girl bracket at Cottage Grove Thursday morning, Valenzuela pointing towards it’s…

Dallas’ Holgate Finishes Third At State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PORTLAND, Ore.– Sometimes you just need that little extra kick to get it back going again. Following her defeat to eventual State Champion in McKay’s Tess Barnett, Dallas’ Kimmy Holgate answered with a fiery passion knowing her goal of wanting to place at the 110-Pound girls State Tournament.  Needing a win…

McKay’s Barnett Returns To State Wrestling Tournament

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.—Tess Barnett’s third-place finish as a sophomore last year at the OSAA Girls South Regional State Qualifier had challenged the McKay Girls Wrestler. It’s weird to think about.  Two years ago, third-place would have gotten Barnett into the State Tournament as it did when the then-freshman finished third. Last year…

North Salem Sends Three Girl Wrestlers To State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.–  North Salem’s sending three girls to the State Wrestling Meet at Veterans Memorial Collesum in Portland here in three weeks following Saturday’s OSAA Girls South Regional State Qualifier at Thurston High School. Emotions were there for Norely Lara, Quilaztli Miguel-Lapham and Gabrielle Tata Rodrigues of accomplishing the feat, but…

McKay Girls Battles At Hillsboro

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HILLSBORO, Ore.–  It was a long-time coming for McKay’s Tess Barnett and Sara Sargent when their goal of wrestling each other in a wrestling final came to fruition Saturday at Hillsboro High School. It wasn’t the Rick Herrin Classic sure, but the Battle at the ‘Boro was a good substitute on…