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…

Silverton’s Shockley Takes Third

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PORTLAND, Ore.–As Madison Shockley walked out to the mats for her  110-pound opening round match against North Medford’s Kyleigh Lopez, she came out calm and collected and even flashed a smile to the people in the stands above her before and after her match versus Lopez. In her match against Lopez, the…

Gervais’ Zepeda Preparing For Guys State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore– This past Saturday at Harrisburg High School was remarkable. A week after compiling three Tech-Falls and two pins in the Girls State Qualifier at Thurston High School in her 117 pound weight division, Gervais’ Alexys Zepeda turned around and won the Guy’s District Title after defeating Jefferson’s Rene Flores…

Making History: Barnett Qualifies For Girls State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.–  “She’s fighting, she’s going to take this away from you.  She wants to take this opportunity away from you, you won’t let her.  Be stingy!” Those words echoed in Tess Barnett’s mind from 2016 District Champion and State Qualifier Andy Rubio who was ringside coaching along with 2017 District…