St. Paul Rallies By Salem Academy For 3-0 Start

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was one of those crazy high-scoring games that had you on the edge of your toes playing. Two relatively young teams with Salem Academy and St. Paul going at it, the Crusaders in their first-year in 2A and the Buckaroos having a large squad in 1A standards with…

Salem Academy Denies Blanchet Catholic Senior Day Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Salem Academy brought their own flare to the rivalry game with Blanchet Catholic Friday night. Right before the Cavaliers started their Senior Night, the Crusaders dressed in full game time uniform, made the half-mile trek from Salem Academy to Blanchet Catholic.  Lined two-by-two they walked into the stadium to…

Trojans Win TRC Over Salem Academy, Finishes 16-0

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MT. ANGEL, Ore.–  It seems weird that eight-short weeks ago that this game, Salem Academy-Kennedy on April 7, 2021 for the Tri-River Conference title may have not been a possibility with Marion County in the ‘Extreme’-Risk level. But once the county had dropped to High right before the start of the…

Salem Academy Advances In TRC Playoffs Over Gervais

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Salem Academy came out hard against Gervais Monday evening in the Tri-River Conference Quarterfinals round at Salem Academy.  Sweeping the Cougars 25-5, 25-15, 25-14 to advance to host Sheridan Tuesday night back in Salem. Gervais did take advantage of a Crusader lull in the second set as Salem Academy’s…

Reyes, Kennedy Take OT Victory Over Salem Academy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MT. ANGEL, Ore.–  Instant Classic.  Slobber-knocker.  A Knockdown, drag-out fight. Call it what you’ll like, but following the 18-12 overtime win for Kennedy had a special meaning for Senior running back David Reyes. Bent on one knee following his game-winning score at around the 50-yard line of the Trojan sideline, he…

Salem Academy Snaps 11-Game Losing Streak

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SCIO, Ore.–  It’s been all too long since the Salem Academy has won a football game.  You’ll have to go back to October 12, 2018 against Blanchet for the last time the Crusaders found themselves in the win column. To get to this point where they won 45-8, Salem Academy had…

Salem Academy Wins 2A Return

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.–  Call it knocking off rust. The season has finally kicked off for both the Salem Academy and Sheridan volleyball teams Thursday evening in Spartan Country and it showed especially during the first set of the Crusaders 25-17, 25-14, 25-13 sweep of Sheridan. Salem Academy, who returned to 2A for…

The Heart Within

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– We hear every day in sports, ‘Play every play like it is your last’.  We also hear the saying, ‘Live every day like it is your last’, or ‘every day is a blessing’. I’ve seen Salem Academy’s Peyton Donaldson for sure only once, against Kennedy during her Junior season. …

Druery’s Unique Situation

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Western Christian’s Raquel Druery has been swimming since she was six years ago, going on 12 years of competing in the pool.  Swimming with McMinnville Swim Club and Capital Swim Team, formerly known as Mid-Valley Aquatics. But for the past four years, the Pioneer swimmer has been a part…

Fahndrich And Being A Part Of The WC Family

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Coming out of her freshman year at Western Christian, Sydney Fahndrich was a second-team pitcher for the Pioneers as the then-Western Mennonite School went 7-14 and 5-13 in league play.  In their conference that year, Central Linn reached the 2A/1A Semi-Final round while League Champion Kennedy went on to…

Valley Baseball Club Finishes Third In Arizona

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CHANDLER, Ariz.–  The Salem-based Valley Baseball Club traveled down to the Grand Canyon State this past weekend, going 3-1 at the Baseball Showcase MLK Tournament.  Finishing third in the tournament after a slow-start to the tournament. An off-inning against New Level College Prep that plated four runs in the fifth-inning had…

The Growth Of Bos

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  For the first-time in his High School career nearly a year ago, Salem Academy’s Benett Bos got to experience something he was a fan for as an eighth-grader: Coos Bay. The dream destination for 3A teams playing at Marshfield and North Bend High Schools for the 3A State Championship. …