West Avoids Sweep. STP’s Herbie, Santiam’s Sendlinger Honored

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MCMINNVILLE, Ore.–  It was a good reunion of three former competitors, four if you include the Coach on the field, of the old Tri-River League baseball teams Sunday afternoon on the turf at Linfield College. St. Paul’s Justin Herberger and Kennedy’s Angel De La Rosa, who weren’t at Saturday’s doubleheader at…

Making History

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  Five years ago Santiam didn’t field a softball team and when the Wolverines started back up their program in 2015, these current wave of seniors were eighth graders as Santiam played an Independent Schedule that year. Over the next four years, the program has slowly built themselves into…

Tinney Breaks School Record

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– It is weird to think that roughly several meets into the 2019 season, Trevor Tinney was just starting to compete in Pole Vault. It was actually one of those moments screwing around at practice one day that Tinney was hitting nine-feet in the Vault that he could do some…

Santiam Snaps 24-Year Playoff Drought

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– It has been 24 years since the last time Santiam baseball entered the State Playoffs when the 1995 Wolverines reached the 2A/1A State Quarterfinals before falling to North Douglas 1-0. Prior to that postseason journey, it was 1973 where the then-Class A Santiam Wolverines reached the State Semi-Final round…

Lyness, Boys 4×1 Team Brings Home Titles

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MOUNT ANGEL, Ore.–  Liliana Lyness had to compete hard with the Senior athlete’s that were in front of her last season, something that she remembers well “Last year I had a lot of Seniors in front of me, so I had to work really hard to get to where I am,”…

Santiam Sweeps Gervais Monday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.—  It looks as if it’ll might be a crash course for the postseason for both Gervais and Santiam when the season ends next week. The Cougars, who haven’t been in the State Bracket since 2008 and had some successful teams around 2011 were tied for second in the 2A/1A…

Santiam Boys 4×100 Finishes Fifth At Meet of Champions

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SWEET HOME, Ore.–  The Santiam Boys 4×100 relay team found themselves in the fastest heat of the Meet of Champions Saturday, going up against some fast teams like 4A’s Sisters in the first Track event of the meet in Sweet Home. Crap, by race’s end, they were the lone 2A team…

Onto State For Santiam’s Fencl

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ALBANY, Ore.– There was some fear entering the third and final that the combination of Honey and Santiam’s Hannah Fencl won’t be able to run Barrels and Keyhole Sunday afternoon at the Linn County Fairgrounds. Honey, a 15-year-old horse, developed an abscess on one of her hooves that sidelines the athlete…

St. Paul Holds Off Santiam Softball’s Late Rally

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ST. PAUL, Ore.– The St. Paul softball team took advantage of the opportunities that Santiam gave them during the second inning to build a 5-0 lead into the third inning in the Lady Buckaroos 7-6 win Monday afternoon at home. Behind Megan Tuck’s 3-for-3, three RBI day, it seemed as if…

Kennedy Takes Fourth Over Santiam

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.-  The last time Santiam and Kennedy met on February 13, the Wolverines squeaked out a 50-44 win to steal the second automatic bid out of the Tri-River League entering the Field of 16. Fast forward to Saturday morning, it looked as if Santiam would be running away with the…

Santiam Boys Playing For Fourth Versus Kennedy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.–  The consolation semi-finals are probably the most interesting games in the tournament.  The question becomes how do you respond after the first day loss Day 2 in order to get to the trophy game Saturday? Santiam led 16-6 within the first minute of the second quarter before Lost River…

Santiam Drops Tough Elite 8 Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.–  Santiam knew the talent of Toledo entering the game, but they embraced the challenge as they turned a 20-13 first quarter hole into a 31-24 lead thanks to a 18-4 swing as they held a slight 32-30 halftime lead over the third-ranked Boomer squad that have only lost one…