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…

Salem Sports And Breakfast Club AOW’s For February 7

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com This past Friday’s Salem Sports And Breakfast Club Athlete’s of the week includes James Moore (Blanchet Catholic), Lidiia Buiko (McKay), Paige Alexander (West Salem) and Noah Worthington (Sprague).  Read about their success’ leading to the honor here: Our Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is from…

McKay’s Barnett Returns To State Wrestling Tournament

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.—Tess Barnett’s third-place finish as a sophomore last year at the OSAA Girls South Regional State Qualifier had challenged the McKay Girls Wrestler. It’s weird to think about.  Two years ago, third-place would have gotten Barnett into the State Tournament as it did when the then-freshman finished third. Last year…

McKay Girls Come Out Strong Versus Sprague In First League Win Of Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  McKay came out on fire against Sprague Saturday evening. Both the Scots and the Olympians were looking for their first Mountain Valley Conference wins, McKay sitting 0-3 and Sprague at 0-2 entering their match-up in South Salem to close out another week of the season. Behind the 1-2 punch…

McKay Girls Battles At Hillsboro

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com HILLSBORO, Ore.–  It was a long-time coming for McKay’s Tess Barnett and Sara Sargent when their goal of wrestling each other in a wrestling final came to fruition Saturday at Hillsboro High School. It wasn’t the Rick Herrin Classic sure, but the Battle at the ‘Boro was a good substitute on…