Santiam’s Leon Dedicated To The Craft

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—Being the child of a local legend coach can be hard, yet beneficial if you want to take advantage of it. Santiam’s Jenessa Leon’s dad, Robert, is well-known around the Stayton and Cascade High School soccer scene.  Having been an assistant coach at Stayton and Cascade in recent years with…

48th Annual OBCA State-Metro All-Star Series

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s an honor for sure to be apart of an historic event like the Oregon Basketball Coaches Association State-Metro All-Star Series. 2020 was suppose to be the 48th-year of the series, pinning the best 5A/6A women seniors and the best 2A-6A men seniors against one another in a fun…

Final Time In The Uniform

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.– In the twilight of their High School Prep careers, they get to wear the uniform one last time. South Salem’s Julius Scott had tied the game up in the top half of the first inning as a member of Team Lincecum Saturday night at Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium. The RBI…

Santiam Duo Playing Together One More Time

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.—The Santiam Duo found a way to stick out Friday night at Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium in a way Charlie Sheen’s character from Major League in The Wild Thing would be impressed by.  Perhaps jealous they got away with it. In a sea of 5A and 6A guys, the 2A ballplayers…

Fire And Ice, Thurston Invited To All-Star Series

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The brotherhood of Payton Richardson and Alex Nicoli reached its mountaintop. Since the sixth-grade Nicoli and Richardson had played over 500 games together over AAU ball and School Ball.  Games were won and lost together; a State Championship was brought to Western Christian their Junior Year. And as they…

Lyness’ Hard Work Leads To Western Oregon

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILLS CITY, Ore.–  As you can imagine, it takes a lot of work to get an opportunity to the collegiate level.  At any level.  Fromm Junior College to Four-Year Colleges. At a smaller school like, say 2A like Santiam, you’ll have to step up your game even more to get a chance….

2A Girls Basketball All-State Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  It’s not easy to garner All-State Honors, let lone doing it with going up against the 2A Player of the Year in Kennedy’s Sophia Carley all four years. Santiam’s McKenzie Dodge got Honorable Mention her Senior Year, joining Carley, Ellie Cantu (Kennedy) and the Vasquez sisters from Gervais…

2A Boys Basketball All-State Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Toledo’s Conner Marchant won the highest honor in Boys basketball as Player of the Year.  The Boomers Head Coach Eddie Townsend won Coach of the Year. Western Christian’s Payton Richardson and Alex Nicoli added to their accolades with first-team honors.  Kennedy’s Luke Hall capped a great Senior year with a Second…

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…

Thurston The Captain

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  Leaders and Captains find ways to get it done to help their team have a chance to win. During the third quarter of February 19’s Tri-River Conference league playoff game against Kennedy, Santiam’s Colin Thurston’s shoulder dislocated. It was the first of two dislocation’s the Wolverine Senior suffered…

Tri-River Conference Girls Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Kennedy’s Sophia Carley received Tri-River Conference Player of the Year as the Trojans won the 2A State Championship this Winter. Here is the Complete Tri-River Conference Girls Basketball Honors List: First Team Sophia Carley- Kennedy Celi Vasquez- Gervais Ellie Cantu- Kennedy Sarah Halgren- Western Christian Isabel Vasquez- Gervais McKenzie Dodge- Santiam…

Santiam Rides Hot Hand For Fourth-Place

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.–  They remember the speech that their coach gave them before the start of their fourth-place game againt Oakland.  Don’t have any regret, it was their last game of the year. And boy did they make the most of it. In the first half of their 60-43 win over the…