Gervais’ Vasquez, Hanson Sign To Play College Basketball

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.—The highlight of their first three years of playing basketball at Gervais High School was making it to Pendleton last Winter as Juniors. Their goal was to reach the final site, and their fourth quarter rally against Stanfield had made it a reality as they sat in the gym in…

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…

McKay’s Coburn Commits To USD

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The Journey of McKay’s Brian Coburn has it’s next chapter location set, and it’s in Southern California. San Diego to be exact.  The University of San Diego.  A great opportunity Coburn has pointed to as he has a destination beyond this year as a student-athlete. “This great opportunity that…

Overcoming The Injury For The Opportunity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Lower body injuries when it comes to running could normally spell some bad luck for runners like Regis’ Julia McLaughlin. Ankle Tendonitis came around not once, but twice her sophomore and junior years while she was at South Salem High School before her transfer over to Regis midway through…

The Emotional Relay

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Track is an emotional sport.  It’s where all the blood, sweat, tears you put in really does pay off.  Where the hard work and sacrifice when you punch in during practice pays off come payday on meet day. It was the District Meet Cascade’s Ashley Fraser’s freshman year in…

Living In The Moment

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Some call running their form of therapy.  Their form of meditation.  A moment of clarity washes over those people and it’s refreshing. For Cascade Sprinter Ashton Williams, it’s no different.  But when it comes to lining up for a 100-meter, 200-meter dash, that feeling amplifies. “Before the start of…

Saunders-Tyquiengco Signs With Lane

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was weird to think about now as South Salem’s Justin Saunders-Tyquiengco has only had one year of competitive Cross Country under his belt.  But he made the most of it. Having trained with the Saxon squad before his Junior season, Sanders was part of the South Salem squad…

Reflecting Time As A Panther

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  I remember seeing River Thompson last year as a Senior with the Oregon School of the Deaf.  About my height, five-foot-sixish, maybe closer to five-foot-eight.  Red-dyed hair and glasses.  But damn that kid was physical. Going up against the Washington School of the Deaf in the rivalry game in…

The Two Amigos

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  The friendship between Gervais’ Auggie Guido and Brian Limage is described as a brotherhood between the two Cougar Seniors. “He is my brother no matter what I got his back,” Guido said. “Auggie is like my brother. I’m older so my little brother,” joke Limage, who is two months…

Cascade’s Gates PR’s In Alabama

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com BIRMINGHAM, Ala.– It’s been since August 27 since Cascade’s Emma Gates last competed in any kind of event.  Running or Jumping.  That was when she PR’d in the 100 and 200-meter dashes in Springfield in the All-Comers Meets. As for jumping, it’s been since her freshman year when she won the…

Hard-Working Henkel Signs With Idaho

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.— His finish of his 800-meter race as a sophomore had propel the young runner in West Salem’s Evan Henkel when he edged Gresham’s Joel Yasin for second-place in the 6A 800-meter run finals. Coming down to the last fifty-meters, he dug deep sitting in third-place, and went into over-drive. …

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…