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…

Santiam Gets One Last 32

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.–  32 more. The plan walking in to get 32 more minutes following their tough opening round loss to Western Christian Thursday night. Santiam had just ralled from a 15-9 deficit to hold a seemingly safe 38-31 lead with 2:05 left in the third quarter. Their Seniors were leaving it…

Pioneers Pull Away From Santiam In Pendleton

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.–  It’s hard to game-plan for the same team three-times during a season let-lone a fourth when playoffs come around. For the Western Christian-Santiam Boys Basketball match-up, the two squads had already met three teams in the umbrella of the Tri-River Conference-play already by the time they met to start…

Sheridan Rallies, Holds Off Santiam In Regular Season Finale

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.— For two teams that could easily play each other here in a few days in the Tri-River Conference League Playoffs, Thursday night could be a warm-up for what is possibly to come ahead. Sheridan hasn’t had the easiest stretch to close out the regular season, having to play…

Kennedy Denies Santiam’s Second-Half Rally In Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.—  The Wild, Wild West has started with the pursuit of the second seed for the Tri-River Conference has started. Santiam, sitting with two league losses, held the second seed entering Monday’s game with Sheridan and Kennedy right on their heels.  The Trojans have been sneaky talented this season…

Western Christian Sets Pace In Win Over Santiam

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Western Christian picked up where they left off when they first met Santiam in Mill City on January 17. They brought the pressure from the opening tip with their fame press and slapping the ground on defense coming off a break.  They led 14-3 from the tip and set…

Western Christian Wins With Fourth Quarter Rally Over Santiam

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  Santiam put Western Christian on high-alert Friday night. The Wolverines were on the brink of the improbable:  Handing the Pioneers their first in-league loss. It’s been since January 27, 2017 when the Pioneers were known as Western Mennonite, had lost a Tri-River Conference game when they lost to…

Santiam Takes TRC Battle Over Kennedy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MT.  ANGEL, Ore.– Both Kennedy and Santiam Boys Basketball proved again why every night in the Tri-River Conference is going to be like warfare. Physicality, athleticism and the unwillingness to go down without a fight illustrate between the Trojans and the Wolverines Thursday night was just another example of how tough…