Valley Baseball Club Finishes Third In Arizona

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CHANDLER, Ariz.–  The Salem-based Valley Baseball Club traveled down to the Grand Canyon State this past weekend, going 3-1 at the Baseball Showcase MLK Tournament.  Finishing third in the tournament after a slow-start to the tournament. An off-inning against New Level College Prep that plated four runs in the fifth-inning had…

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…

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…

The Krew’s Big Weekend

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The Kennedy ‘Krew’ will have their work cut out for themselves this weekend. Over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Boys from Mount Angel will play five games along the Interstate that will push and challenge them.  Friday’s 12-0 win over the SBA-Navy squad in six innings…

Playing On Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  One of the up-and-coming players for one of the powerhouse teams in 2A/1A in Kennedy has been cutting her teeth against higher competition in recent weeks. Slated to be one of the next arms for the Trojan program, pitching four-and-a-third with three strikeouts, Kennedy sophomore Jenna Hopkins knows that…

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…

Valley Pick Up Two Victories Saturday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The Valley Baseball Club set the found their groove early against the Olympian Baseball Club in their 11-2 victory Saturday afternoon and had carried it over to their 10-3 win over the Stayton Bandits in the following game. Entering the final week of the summer season on a five-game…

68th Annual East-West Shrine Game Honoree’s

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com August 1, 2020 was supposed to mark the 68th-annual East-West Shrine Football Game at Baker High School in Baker City, Oregon that features the best kids from 1A-4A from the 2019-2020 football season.  But due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the event hosted by Shriners, the annual highlight and closure of the…

48th Annual OBCA State-Metro All-Star Series

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s an honor for sure to be apart of an historic event like the Oregon Basketball Coaches Association State-Metro All-Star Series. 2020 was suppose to be the 48th-year of the series, pinning the best 5A/6A women seniors and the best 2A-6A men seniors against one another in a fun…

One Last Game At Volcanoes

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  Kennedy Head Baseball Coach Kevin Moffat was in his element on the baseball field yes, the batting gloves he was wearing however, was foreign to him during the 2020 Senior Day Games at Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium. “I didn’t even wear baseball gloves in High School so yeah it’s a…