Dallas Kick-Off First 7-On Appearance

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  It was almost like a home game for the Dallas Dragons Football Team when the made the little drive over to the Independence Sports Park Sunday morning to partake in the Oregon 7’s 7-on-7 tournament. With their first tournament action of the season cut short mid-day with the cancelation…

Former McKay HC Sanderson Takes Central Job

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.–  Mr. Intensity is back. After taking a year-off from coaching, the self-proclaimed basketball junkie in Dean Sanderson has returned to the High School realms as the new Head Coach of Central High School after Tim Kreta stepped down a month ago. “I’m looking forward to a new opportunity at…

McCarty’s GymClub Edges Lowery’s Titans For Oregon 7’s Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AMITY, Ore.–  McKay’s Northeast Royals 7-on-7 were an execution of a play or two away from possibly forcing overtime against the All-Star cast of GymClub Sunday afternoon at Amity High School.  The only kryptonite for the Royals, playing into GymClub’s benefit down the stretch in their championship victory on this day…

Competing In Springfield

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.—North Salem’s India Watson experiences with Cross Country and gymnastics had helped steer the Viking Junior into the sport of Pole Vaulting. One sport gave her discipline in Cross Country. Gymnastics gave her the motivation in trying new and exciting things like Pole Vaulting. “Cross Country has given me discipline…

Playing On Opening Day

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.—  McKay and Chemeketa-grad Austin Brown had to slowdown his pitching mechanics to adjust to the new rules this summer prior to the Portland Gherkins Opening Day game with the Portland Pickles Saturday night at North Marion High School. In front him as he entered the 0-0 ballgame with the…

Blue Shuts Door on Green 5-4

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The mixed bag of pitchers that the Blue team threw at the Green squad Monday evening had tamed the bats of their opposition until the last out of the game. Western Christian’s Owen Stalnaker got the starting nod on the bump as the Blue squad cycled out arms every…

Getting Better In Every Facet of The Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  They always say that pressure makes diamonds.  Iron sharpens Iron. For Brandon Reaves, being exposed to the competition of the National level was crazy for sure.  But it was definitely a good learning experience. “Nationals was like a wrench in my stomach the day that it came. I wasn’t…

Working On His Craft

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Pitching is a mental game.  You got to get out of your way and just focus on getting the next out no matter the situation you are in. The last two years at Chemeketa Community College has helped out 2018 McKay-Grad Austin Brown in that aspect of his game…

McKay’s Schaffner Taking The Next Step

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—That overtime, comeback from behind win over Lebanon September 27 was one the highlights of McKay Senior Elliott Schaffner. Down 28-7 entering the second half against the Warriors, the Scots marched back into the game and forced overtime before denying Lebanon’s two-point conversion to win the game as McKay won…

Scots Track and Field Returning Experience In 2020

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  Stephanie Urenda’s freshman year was an eye-opening experience coming from Waldo Middle School to the High School competition at McKay last Spring. Urenda admitted that she didn’t feel her best in a season in which she finished with five Top 2 finishes in the 100 meters and a fourth-place…

MVC Girls Basketball League Honors

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com South Salem’s Hilary James won Player of the Year. Kaycee Brown of Bend won Defensive Player of the Year and the Saxons Adrian Lewis won Coach of the Year. First TeamKaycee Brown BendCaitlin Wheeler BendSkye Miller McKayLeah Doutt McNaryBailey Dickerson Mountain View Hillary James South SalemVictoria Stafford South SalemPaige Alexander West…

Going Through The Gauntlet

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com BEND, Ore.–   The consolation bracket can be merciful.  Only one can automatically come out of the backdoor side of the bracket. McKay’s Andy Nguyen and Anthony Alvarez had won ‘blood’-round matches to reach the consolation semifinals before falling, dashing the two Seniors hopes of making a State berth before hanging up…