Stepping Up To The Plate

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The big thing of note this past weekend’s Oregon 7’s 7-on-7 tournament was that of North Salem. Playing without two of their receivers and their quarterback in TC Manumaleuna out due to an combine happening Sunday, the Vikings ‘North Salem Football Club’ as they are playing under in the…

Titans Run Ends In Semi-Finals

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore. — In West Salem’s Titan Black’s victory over Pro Baller 7v7 Red Sunday afternoon at McKay City Park, a Pro Baller’s coach pointed out to his cornerback in front of him that Titan’s Jack Bennett was ‘there best guy right there;. Bennet, lining up at receiver next to the…

Celts Hold Off Southridge Club For ‘Ship

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—The Celtic Football Club of McNary Brayden Copeland was in the middle of the Celts big 14-7 win over the Southridge Eight Sunday afternoon at McKay City Park. Coming off a three-hour lay-over, waiting for whoever came through the bracket to play them in the Championship Game, McNary had picked…

Enjoying The Moment

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  Like many Seniors, it wasn’t how recent North Salem-graduate Alexis Figueroa had imagined her High School career would end.  But she had made up for it over the Summer and Fall ball seasons to make things right as she starts her collegiate career at the College of the Siskiyous…

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…

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…

Getting Back Into The Gym

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Volleyball is back in session in its court.  Well sort of. Monday marked the first day of the first session of the NPJ’s ‘quad’ league.  Four-on-four volleyball at The Hoop in South Salem. Split up into two hour-and-a-half sessions, eight teams of four girls, 64 total in the indoor…

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…

Hernandez’ Walk-Off, Aftershock Goes 2-0 Friday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.—It’s not how you start, but how you finish, It wasn’t pretty but the Salem Aftershock 16U found a way to finish to advance in the NAFA Summer National Tournament Friday afternoon at the Keizer Little League fields against Gravity.  Taking the game 6-4 as their coaches talked about sometimes,…

The Mentalist

SALEM,Ore.– In sports, it could come down to the mental aspect of the game as much as the physical aspect of the sport that you are partaking in. Entering the Meet of Champions as an eighth-grader with Judson Middle School, Jordan Koskondy had strained her left quadricep entering the big meet that was to come….

Young, Gage Named To SOU Football All-Decade Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–North Salem’s Dylan Young and Sprague’s Devvon Gage were named to the Southern Oregon University Football All-Decade Team. Young, who played for the Raiders between 2013 and 2014 was an 2014 NAIA Second-Team honoree as he set the SOU Single-Season records in reception yards (1,704 yards) and 22 receiving Touchdowns…

Garcia Ready For Next Task At Hand

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Repeating as State Champion is a tough task to do when you factor in fatigue, other wrestlers gunning for you and the possible Championship hangover. Mixed in an injury as North Salem Antonio Garcia had with his knee banged up entering his Senior Year in the State Tournament following…