Wiltsey And The Underdogs

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Regis’ Sara Wiltsey was a part of some special moments on the basketball court her Junior Year back during the 2019-2020 season. She hit the game-winner against Yoncalla with a second remaining and set up Alicen Ditter’s game-winner to take down then number-one Central Linn on January 24, 2020. …

Van Well Up For The Challenge

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.–  It was a rare January afternoon Wednesday in which it wasn’t raining in Northern Oregon. In actuality, it felt like an April or a late October day with the Sun out and clouds overhead as the Dallas Volleyball squad took to the sand pit next to LaCreole Middle School. …

Returning To The Court

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s strange to think about, picking up a new sport and succeeding at it as quickly as Salem Academy’s Dylainee Carmony did when she entered High School and tried out for the Crusaders Soccer team.  Making the squad as the Varsity goalkeeper. “Soccer ended up coming pretty easily after…

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…

Embracing The Challenges

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Salem Academy’s Bailey Pedersen was tested once more following breaking her elbow in the May of 2019 thirty minutes into the second day of summer basketball while still at Cascade High School. “We were going up and down running plays and I was running cross court to fill in…

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…

Netter’s Ride

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.–  For a four-week span, everything felt as normal as it can be while North Marion’s Megan Netter. Her teammates Jaydan Sahlin and Mackenzie Agnew and Canby’s Kaiya Steyskal were at The Hoop in Salem playing in the NPJ’s Quads League back in September.  It was fun just getting back…

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…

Appreciating The Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  There’s something special about Volleyball to Salem Academy’s Hannah Warde.  It taught her hard work, sacrifice and endurance as she holds out hope that the six-week season currently schedule for her and her Crusader squad holds true for one last ride. Having been a student at Salem Academy since…

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…