Winning The Battle

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The calendar says September.  The intensity was that of November.  Instead of six-girls on the court on a typical night, there were four. A three-set battle followed where a champion was crowned in the first session of the NPJ Quads in favor of the Fantastic Four 25-24, 24-25, 7-5….

The Trojan Five

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It is no secret how good the Kennedy Volleyball program has been in recent years.  It is also no surprised that a pandemic won’t slow down the defending 2A State Champions from getting their reps in. Pairs on sand, quads on hardwood, there’s always an opportunity to improve.  Just…

Bourne The Extrovert

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Santiam Christian’s Emily Bourne is such an extrovert, the Eagle Senior once delivered ice cream by way of Doordash to a teammate in West Linn after the teammate had her wisdom teeth taken out. “It was beginning of the smoke (from the wildfires), she had her wisdom teeth taken…

The Up-And-Coming Setter

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.- The setter in volleyball is best described as the quarterback, the point guard, of the court. So much is demanded of them for the success of the team. Silverton freshman Alexis Haury has already made a name for herself as a setter long before stepping foot on the High…

Putting In The Work

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The time off has really reminded Dallas’ Bailey Savage how much she loves the sport of Volleyball. Coming off a six-week club season Savage, who transferred back to Dallas after spending the last two years at 1A Perrydale, continued to put in work preparing for an early entry to…

Getting Back Into The Gym

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Volleyball is back in session in its court.  Well sort of. Monday marked the first day of the first session of the NPJ’s ‘quad’ league.  Four-on-four volleyball at The Hoop in South Salem. Split up into two hour-and-a-half sessions, eight teams of four girls, 64 total in the indoor…

Rolling With The Punches

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Stayton Head Volleyball coach Ruth Palfenier knows a thing or two about being flexible as she, and her Eagles squad await the official word about the season to come. As it stands today, official practice is still scheduled to start August 17, first official contest can happen on September…

OSAA Pushes Fall Sports Back

The OSAA has decided to push the start date for the first game of the year for Volleyball, Cross Country and Soccer to September 23 from August 27. Football is currently prohibited under the guidelines set by the State. The association will meet again August 3 as they look to exhaust all options to salvage…

Ebbs Wins Oregon Gatorade Softball Player Of The Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  McNary’s Taylor Ebbs picked up a major award entering her Senior Season with the Celtics: Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for Oregon. The organization picks out Top 5 nominations and send out an email to the coaches letting them know they have a player on the list.  The…

Stayton Introduces New Coaches

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  It’s been since 2009 since the Stayton High School Volleyball team cracked into the 4A State Playoff picture.  They defeated Philomath in straight sets that year in the play-in round before dropping a tough four-set battle with Henley in the Round of 16. The Eagles have reached the 4A…

Broyhill Bringing Her Versatility To Linfield

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.–  Maddie Broyhill will bring versatility to Linfield starting this upcoming Fall for the Wildcats. Over the past several years playing with the Silverton High School Volleyball team and the Silverton Bearcats Volleyball club, the Foxes Senior has been all over the court, improving on that crucial Volleyball IQ and…

Huskies Richardson Signs With Briar Cliff

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  North Marion’s Kelsey Richardson has always wanted more.  Wanted to challenge herself in new, different ways. For her, her unique and complicated journey started her freshman year at Gaston High School, about fifteen minutes south of Forest Grove where she got her first taste of High School athletics. “I…