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…

Salem Academy Boys Returns To Coos Bay

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The eerie chant of ‘Salem, Salem, Salem’ will be making another trip to Coos Bay this March as the Salem Academy boys basketball team clinched their first trip back to the Southern Oregon coast in three years. With the game tied at 18 in their 54-46 victory Saturday evening,…

Salem Academy’s Strunk Signs With UofO

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The University of Oregon Track and Field team just picked up one of the 3A’s best throwers Thursday morning. Salem Academy’s Mason Strunk was a sophomore when he threw at Hayward Field before the renovation project began going into his Junior season. “I just remember when I went there…

Salem Academy Remains Unbeaten In League

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Current Salem Academy assistant coach Ben Brown had a old saying when he was the Head Coach of the Crusader Girls Basketball program: Be the Hunter, not the Hunted. Call it the bullseye on their backs as well as they improve to 8-0 in PacWest Conference play following their…

Challengers Edge Crusaders At Yoda MLK Showcase

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The first quarter of Salem Academy and Cascade Christian seemed to be all but dominated following Austin Miller’s near half-court three-pointer that gave the Crusaders a then 18-9 lead on the Challengers. The Crusaders played up-tempo and crisped in Cascade Christian’s stunning close-game win Monday afternoon at Corban University….

Bauldree Lifts Salem Academy Over North Marion At The Line

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.– Free Throws got a strange way of deciding games in basketball. North Marion had their chances to put to bed their third win of the young season at the line leading as much as eight points entering the fourth quarter over Salem Academy, overcoming early first half fouls to…

Salem Academy Shuts The Door On Woodburn’s Rally

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com AURORA, Ore.– The press of Woodburn under second-year Head Coach Taylor Belmont had created headaches in the Salem Academy Girls 56-51 win over the Bulldogs Friday afternoon. Twice in particular did the Crusaders saw double-digit leads quickly dwindle to one-possession as Woodburn created 23 Salem Academy turnovers during the contest. The…

Learning From It

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TUALATIN, Ore.–  Seeing the press in the second-game of the season was a good eye-opener for Salem Academy entering their game Friday evening at the Westside Winter Jam Tournament. Entering the second quarter against Creswell, the Crusaders led the Bulldogs 11-8 before the press threw Salem Academy into a loop they…

Year Two Of The New PacWest

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The biggest difference in their 65-55 loss to Santiam Christian in the first round of the 3A playoffs was their rebounding game. “Boxing out, it’s important because last year we played Santiam Christian, they got a lot of second chance points and it helped us not win the game,…

Imig Returns To Salem Academy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Monday’s practice marked Salem Academy’s Derek Imig return to the Crusaders Girls Basketball program. The 2002 Salem Academy graduate had been part of the Crusader program prior four years prior in the late 2000’s, helping guide the Crusaders to the 2008 State Championship and a third-place finish in 2010…

Heating Up At The Right Time

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  For both Salem Academy/Western Christian Girls and Dayton Girls Soccer entering their3A/2A/1A Special District 2 game Tuesday night, there was that one game that helped spark their season around. With the Crusaders, who’s program had never won more than four games in a given season since starting up the…