Nease The Pitcher

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–For a pitcher, it’s these moments that you strive for with all the eyes on you.  McNary Senior Aaron Nease went to the Lone Star State of Texas to participate in the Baseball Factory Preseason All-America Event as a Pitcher Only out in Cypress, Texas. Having shown his athleticism on…

GymClub, Valley Capitals At Rose City Rumble Sunday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILWAUKIE, Ore.–  Every rep counts towards preparing for Las Vegas here in a month for the boys of the IBC GymClub as they came down to the wire against the Breed-squad from EForce. Canby’s Chance Miller had scored a receiving touchdown from McNary’s Jack McCarty and turned a Pick-6 to hand…

Valley Capitals Go 2-1 In Rose City Rumble Winter League Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILWAUKIE, Ore.–  The Salem-based Valley Capitals slowly came to life late in their Rose City Rumble Winter League, hosted by EForce, opener against ETA Silver starting with a West Salem Brooks Ferguson touchdown strike. Ferguson’s touchdown strike with under three minutes left in the game was followed by a defensive stand…

IBC 11th-Annual Turkey Bowl Games

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—The 50-burgers were flying around like reindeer on Christmas Eve Sunday afternoon at Dominguez Park in North Salem. It was the 11th-annual IBC Turkey Bowl in the park off of D Street and 25th, seeing all three of their games go to extra’s on the seven-on-seven and the ‘Coaches/Adult’ team…

Helping Those In Need

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.–  The season of giving has arrived across the world. McNary High School Head Softball coach Kevin Wise has supported local causes before, more at the micro-level.  But never has done anything a macro-level like this before in helping an orphanage in Afghanistan.  The idea came around when Wise, who’s…

Bringing Back The Trophy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.–  A quick three-point interception and a touchdown pass had put the seventh-, eighth-grade Island Boy Club squad the IBC Elite led 10-0 in the 14U Championship bout of the MVP 7-on-7 Turkey Bowl Tournament Saturday afternoon. Two days after the Thanksgiving holiday, ten teams met at the Hamlin Sports…

Patterson Taking The Next Step

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER Ore.—Playing in the Mountain Valley Conference the past few years have been something out of the ordinary. For 2020 McNary-grad Ethan Patterson, his fondest memory playing against the studs in the league came when he hit two home runs against West Salem and the tough competition he faced with South…

Sunday Funday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—Seventh-grader Chase Dominguez sent GymClub Coach Kyley McCrae into a frenzy on his defense Sunday afternoon. On the field just to the north of the State Hospital on 25th and D, Dominguez rolled to his right and hit a wide-open receiver as the GymClub defense shifted to Dominguez left.  McCrae…

Championship Sunday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.—It came down to one final weekend to leave it all out on the field because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed when it comes to come out and compete. Over 30 teams competed Sunday at the Hamlin Sports Complex for the ‘State Championship’ game in the High School level.  A mixture of…

Strengthen The Weakness

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Pass Coverage is something that McNary’s Dyami Rios needed to work on entering his Senior season with the Celtic Football program.  But call it a blessing in disguise with the pandemic pushing back the start of his Senior Year and the emergence of the Oregon 7’s 7-on-7 league through…

Mr. Clutch

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Throughout the Fall, it seemed as if McNary’s Jack McCarty had that ‘Clutch’-factor.  That ‘Joe Cool’, Mamba Mentality-approach to these 7-on-7 tournaments. Yes, it’s 7-on.  You don’t get 250-, 300-pound lineman flying around you, but you still have to work through that pass coverage progression against a four-second clock….

Always Wanting To Get On The Field

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ADAIR VILLAGE, Ore.–  Aaron Nease is probably the closest thing to a real-life The Sandlot’s Benny Rodriguez.  The kid just looks for anyway to get onto the diamond to play, and plays everywhere. His prime positions are catcher and pitcher, but has played everywhere else.  Wherever the team needs him.  In…