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…

Striving For The Record Books

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a season of promise for North Salem Junior Austin Cates. Coming off of a promising summer in which he PR’d at the USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympics with Valley Track Club, a jump of 12-feet-3.25-inch jump to win the State Title and breaking in a new 13-foot…

Astorga And Capital City Elite

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—North Salem-Grad Isaac Astorga has been making some moves since he graduated in 2016.  He played at Portland Bible College for two years, seeing action in 26 games as a sophomore averaging 8.3 minutes a game for a Wildcat squad that was ranked seventh nationally and had taken down College…

Preparing For The Road Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Abi Swain wanted a challenge this past summer when she took on the challenge of the Steeplechase following the end of her Junior year. The Steeplechase is one of those athletic events in Track and Field that you don’t really see ran if at all in the State of…

Lewetag Preparing For Next Level

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Hailey Lewetag’s dominant 800 meter State Title win as a Junior at North Salem was a picture perfect way to end her Junior Year with the Vikings. Coming into her Junior year, she knew she had the potential to be a college runner following her eighth-place finish as a…

Finding Ways To Honor Their Seniors

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  With four Seniors uncertain if they would play a single inning this Spring, North Salem Head Softball coach Jay Elders had an idea: Find ways to honor them somehow. Currently on their Facebook page, North Salem Vikings Varsity Softball, this week the Vikings squad will be spending a day…

Mid-Willamette Conference Boys Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Silverton’s David Gonzales won Player of The Year while Foxes Head Coach Jamie McCarty won Coach of the Year.  Silverton opens the 5A Playoffs Wednesday night against Willamette at 8:15pm.  South Albany plays Crater at 6:30 and West Albany plays Wilsonville at 3:15, all games are at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis….

Salem Sports and Breakfast Club For February 28

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  This week’s Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Honoree’s include two basketball players (Cole Hardy, South Salem and Gretchen Olson, South Salem), plus four swimmers coming off of strong performances at this past weekend’s State Swimming Meet. Our Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is…

Garcia Picks Up First District Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Antonio Garcia led 11-3 entering the third period over Central’s Gabriel Padilla Saturday evening at the Salem Armory.  But yet the Senior, who was on the verge of his first District Title in his four-year career, had found himself on his back with his knee being tending to. His…

North Salem Sends Three Girl Wrestlers To State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.–  North Salem’s sending three girls to the State Wrestling Meet at Veterans Memorial Collesum in Portland here in three weeks following Saturday’s OSAA Girls South Regional State Qualifier at Thurston High School. Emotions were there for Norely Lara, Quilaztli Miguel-Lapham and Gabrielle Tata Rodrigues of accomplishing the feat, but…