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…

The Adversity Entering The Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The trick this year will be being efficient with what they have and that age-old phrase that pays in team comradery will be as important as having an army of depth. With roughly 18 guys out Wednesday evening for their third day of practice, Salem Academy Football will have…

Preseason Games To Watch For Around Greater Salem-Area

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com So I approached this was solely focusing on preseason/non-league games going through the first four weeks of the season (September) in the general Greater Salem-area.  Some schools like Sheridan and Amity I included since I cover them ever so often to the best of my abilities. I did a ‘Good Travel…

Getting The Reps In

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Salem Academy Volleyball lived up to that ‘underdog’ role during the 2018 season following graduating seven seniors from their sixth-place team in 2017. The result was a fourth-place finish in 2018 as they graduate three seniors entering the 2019 season when the Summer League season kicked off this July…

Salem Academy Signs Seven To College Athletics

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Following their quick assembly for their ASB Election, Salem Academy recognized seven student-athlete’s for their Letters of Intent to the collegiate level. Of the seven, two were going to the next level for music as Emilie Reed and Clara Williams signed their Letters of Intent following their third-place State…

Strunk Brings Home Discus State Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GRESHAM, Ore.–  Mason Strunk had already broke a school record this season in the first meet of the season in the discus and came within three-inches of his uncle Joel’s shot put record this weekend at the 3A State Meet in his second-place finish. “It’s just great.  Just Glory to God,…