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. …

Returning To The Court

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s strange to think about, picking up a new sport and succeeding at it as quickly as Salem Academy’s Dylainee Carmony did when she entered High School and tried out for the Crusaders Soccer team.  Making the squad as the Varsity goalkeeper. “Soccer ended up coming pretty easily after…

Embracing The Challenges

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Salem Academy’s Bailey Pedersen was tested once more following breaking her elbow in the May of 2019 thirty minutes into the second day of summer basketball while still at Cascade High School. “We were going up and down running plays and I was running cross court to fill in…

Trying Out For Team Alpha

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TUALATIN, Ore.– 40 athletes came out for Team Alpha’s 7-on-7 tryouts Saturday afternoon at Horizon Christian High School in their second-wave of the try-out session. Ifo Ekpre OlomuOf those 40, only 18 of them will join former North Salem and Southern Oregon University receiver Dylan Young, former University of Oregon defensive…

Appreciating The Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  There’s something special about Volleyball to Salem Academy’s Hannah Warde.  It taught her hard work, sacrifice and endurance as she holds out hope that the six-week season currently schedule for her and her Crusader squad holds true for one last ride. Having been a student at Salem Academy since…

OSAA Halting Indoor Training Through Freeze

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The OSAA has recieved a six-week guidance from the OHA and the Governor to halt all indoor activity through the two-week freeze. Here are some key takeaways from the six-page Document: Prohibition on all K-12 School Sports indoors, including conditioning, training and competition. Outdoor training, conditioning and competition is…

Hornets Rally By Cougars For Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore–  It’s a preview for hopefully when the football season comes around at the 2A-level. Gervais and Salem Academy. Going under G-Town Cougars and the Salem Academy Hornets, the latter ‘Hornets’ was SA’s mascot before going with the Crusaders that they are known as now. It was a scrimmage.  The…

Celts Hold Off Southridge Club For ‘Ship

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—The Celtic Football Club of McNary Brayden Copeland was in the middle of the Celts big 14-7 win over the Southridge Eight Sunday afternoon at McKay City Park. Coming off a three-hour lay-over, waiting for whoever came through the bracket to play them in the Championship Game, McNary had picked…