Hill Of The Canyon

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  The longevity of success at any level, any classification is tough.  Especially the lower classifications like at 2A where Santiam is at. The past five years, the Santiam Boys’ basketball team have been on a tear.  One State Championship Title, placing sixth and fourth the past two years…

Western Christian’s Webster Last Prep Innings

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s always been a personal community at the Western Christian campus.  From the soccer field down the wood steps.  The packed basketball gym and lining the backstop during baseball and softball games. And the thing too is that they travel too.  Something that stuck out to Senior Rylan Webster….

Best Of 2020

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com As the year draws to a close, usually it means a time to reflect.  For me, I usually like to share a few stories I wrote over the past 12 months that have some significance to them from the year.  With how 2020 has been, it’s hard to imagine even ten…

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…