Looking To Build From Last Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ST.  PAUL, Ore.– St. Paul baseball had finally gotten over the hump when the Coronavirus pandemic hit this Spring Sports season. Last Spring, the Buckaroos won an tight-knit 2-0 game against former league opponent Santiam for the program first entering this season.  And though the season is on-hold for the forseeable…

Price, Polanski, Blair Commit To Next Level

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The challenge was there for Cody Price following his AC Sprain Week 1 against Liberty to stay involved with his squad on the road to recovery. Over the next four weeks before returning their sixth-game of the year against McNary, Price had remained a vital part for the Sprague…

Stayton’s Axmaker Bounces Back From Injury

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Imagine in your second AAU tournament going into your sophomore year, coming off of playing nine minutes at the Final Site in the 4A playoffs a few months earlier in their third-place finish at State and a freak accident happened. Stayton’s Jacob Axmaker was making a save, making sure…

Gervais’ Vasquez Commits To Chemeketa

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  Bella Vasquez came bursting onto the scene as a freshman with an opposite hand lay-in for Gervais’ 26-24 win over Scio, had sent the Cougars to their first playoff appearance since 2012.  The lay-in completed a run from fifth-place to that automatic qualifier in the 3A PacWest Conference that…

OSAA In Holding Pattern

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The OSAA will continue its holding pattern for the next few days of not canceling the Spring Sports season as they continue to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak in the State of Oregon. The tentative start date will be April 28, plus a tentative timeline how they would go about starting the…

Central Valley Conference Girls Basketball List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Monroe’s Mirtha Lopez was named Player of the Year and the Dragon’s Head Coach Tony Parker.  Lopez and Jefferson’s Nashea Wilson were unanimous First-Team selections for their team. Monroe finished 2A State Runner-Up and Central Linn finished sixth in 2A.  Here is the full Central Valley Conference List: 1st Team: Mirtha…

2A Boys Basketball All-State Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Toledo’s Conner Marchant won the highest honor in Boys basketball as Player of the Year.  The Boomers Head Coach Eddie Townsend won Coach of the Year. Western Christian’s Payton Richardson and Alex Nicoli added to their accolades with first-team honors.  Kennedy’s Luke Hall capped a great Senior year with a Second…

Crosshill Christian’s Bell Signs With Northwest Unviersity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Crosshill Christian Girls Basketball Head Coach Scot White had two things him and his coaching staff repeated every day at practice for their squad: “All it takes is all you have” and “Hard Work Makes Dreams Come True”. Kaylee Bell lived up to the billing, those two sayings, as…

Boys Basketball Academic All-State Teams

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com West Salem, Silverton, North Marion, several Salem-area schools in the PacWest Conference in 3A, Tri-River and Central Valley Conference’s in 2A made the Academic Top 10 List For Boys Basketball this Winter. 6A Sherwood 3.8 West Salem 3.72 Barlow 3.68 Mountain View 3.68 Lincoln 3.65 Grants Pass 3.61 Bend 3.59 Cleveland…

3A Girls Basketball All-State Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Clatskanie’s Shelby Blodgett won Player of the Year while the Tigers Head Coach John Blodgett won Coach of the Year honors. Here is the complete 3A State list: First team Shelby Blodgett-Clatskanie Jadyn Vermillion-Sutherlin Olivia Sprague-Clatskanie Allie Hueckman-Burns Matyson Siddoway-Vale Kiersten Haines-Sutherlin Second Team Chevelle Boyd- De La Salle North Catholic…

Playing More Soundly

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore– Hitting was South Salem Softball’s bread and butter last season, being the lead run producer entering the 6A playoffs last season, but the difficult thing for them was their defense that inhibited them overall. “Conversely we were giving up close to seven runs. We saw us being even better…

Thurston The Captain

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  Leaders and Captains find ways to get it done to help their team have a chance to win. During the third quarter of February 19’s Tri-River Conference league playoff game against Kennedy, Santiam’s Colin Thurston’s shoulder dislocated. It was the first of two dislocation’s the Wolverine Senior suffered…