Preparing For Her Senior Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Jade Beaumont remembered dropping back to the center field fence against Philomath her sophomore year on April 19, 2019 and chasing after a fly-ball against the two-time Oregon West Conference.  She went up and caught it as she approached the fence and the deep part of Center Field. “Nobody…

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…

Saxons Isaac Making Most Of The Opportunity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Being a pitcher in the Mountain Valley Conference can be intimating with the bats coming from West Salem, McNary, Bend and even Sprague to face on a regular basis.  Even McMinnville, West Albany and Forest Grove had their challenges dating back to the old Greater Valley Conference days back…

Titans Perez Shows Versatility And Adaptability

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  During Talia Perez’ first year on the Varsity level as a sophomore for the West Salem Titans, there was a nice little mix between older and younger players as Perez took to the Varsity field for the first-time in her High School career. “My experience playing varsity sophomore year…

Horn’s Resiliency

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Entering her Senior Year at North Salem, the Vikings softball catcher Kaitlyn Horn has learned not to take anything for granted.  Last season, her Junior year, being canceled, taught her how to be resilient and not to take anything for granted when it comes her way. “With knowing how…

Adjusting To The Adversity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.— Something was up with the right shoulder of Dallas’ Morgan Dippel going into her Junior year of High School.  She knows her throwing mechanics aren’t necessarily the best, but is something she has been conscious about since the outfielder was little. The injury in question occurred sometime between the…

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…

Becoming A Leader

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ST. PAUL, Ore.—  It’s been a few years since St. Paul’s Jordan Caldwell has played basketball, her freshman year to be exact was the last year she dribbled a ball in a Buckaroos uniform as a member of the St. Paul JV squad. Now as a Senior, she’s excited to be…

Being A Part Of A Machine

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MT. ANGEL, Ore.– Kennedy’s Hailey Arritola have been apart some special moments when the Trojans have reached the top of the 2A mountain, bringing home the OSAA State First-Place trophy.  State Championship wins in Basketball (twice), Softball (in 2019) and Volleyball this past Fall as a Junior, and that’s just the…

OSAA Pushes Back Start Of Sports To February

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The OSAA met Monday morning to explore the options ahead for the upcoming athletic calendar. They voted to push the athletic calendar to February, a tough move Peter Weber said in the press release Monday afternoon. Cutting the season’s down to six-weeks apeice. Fall sports will start…