Trojans Win TRC Over Salem Academy, Finishes 16-0

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MT. ANGEL, Ore.–  It seems weird that eight-short weeks ago that this game, Salem Academy-Kennedy on April 7, 2021 for the Tri-River Conference title may have not been a possibility with Marion County in the ‘Extreme’-Risk level. But once the county had dropped to High right before the start of the…

Kennedy Sweeps Colton On Senior Day

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MOUNT ANGEL, Ore.–  It was an emotional day for sure for the five Kennedy Senior Volleyball players: Senior Day. For Emma Beyer, Kelsey Kleinschmit, Ellie Cantu, Elise Suing and Hailey Arritola, this was their final home game until the league playoffs next week as they embarked on the ultimate challenge of…

Reyes, Kennedy Take OT Victory Over Salem Academy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MT. ANGEL, Ore.–  Instant Classic.  Slobber-knocker.  A Knockdown, drag-out fight. Call it what you’ll like, but following the 18-12 overtime win for Kennedy had a special meaning for Senior running back David Reyes. Bent on one knee following his game-winning score at around the 50-yard line of the Trojan sideline, he…

Cross Country Round-Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Stayton Cross Country Invitational Stayton had won the girls race as Hope Bridge (fourth), Maddy Mitzel (fifth) and Sarah Wolf (sixth) finished sixth as the Eagles finished with 36 team points.  Regis’ Julia McLoughlin won the girls race at 21:22, Scio’s Athena Lau (22:11) was second and Myranda Marquez of Woodburn…

The Heart Within

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– We hear every day in sports, ‘Play every play like it is your last’.  We also hear the saying, ‘Live every day like it is your last’, or ‘every day is a blessing’. I’ve seen Salem Academy’s Peyton Donaldson for sure only once, against Kennedy during her Junior season. …

Basargin’s Reflection

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MT. ANGEL, Ore.—  Kennedy’s Isaiah Basargin thought he would ever miss the aches and pains of playing sports as he does now.  But he knows what it means to him to have gone through that in order to be successful and being a part of the successful programs at Kennedy High…

The Trojan QB1

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MT. ANGEL, Ore.– It’s not too often that you’ll make a statement in sports, but Kennedy’s Dylan Kleinschmit had done it twice. As a sophomore Kleinschmit pitched a gem against rival Santiam.  Throwing a no-hit, 17-strikeout gem that was part of an incredible journey to the 2A/1A State Finals before falling…

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…