Valley Baseball Club Opens Season With Win Over Central

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Baseball has finally came back to Salem. On the hottest day of the year so far, the first game of the Willamette Valley Men’s League 16-plus High School league kicked off at Holland Field on the outskirts of town when the Central Baseball Club hosted the Valley Baseball Club….

Keep Working and Keep Pushing

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  There’s no pressure for Tiw Umulap as he begins his next chapter punting at Southern Oregon University. More excitement actually. As him and soon-to-be-Junior at Blanchet Catholic Max Hoskins were putting in work at Regis High School, finding an open field as across the way at Stayton soccer conditioning…

Lynk Commits To WOU For Football

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  “I’m just grateful someone took a chance on me and (I) won’t disappoint.” The only thing that stopped Emorej Lynk his Junior season at Kennedy High School on November 24, 2018 was a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) as the Trojans hung on for the…

Hmura Reminiscences On Time With Zenith Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Soccer has gave South Salem’s Allison Hmura a lot of life lessons as the Saxon Senior prepares for her next journey at Linfield. It taught her how to work in a group, problem solve and how to be a leader on-and-off the field.  So as her club season, with…

Overcoming Injury To College-bound Runner

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Injuries are always scary, but broken bones are terrifying. Running has always been in South Salem Senior’s Mackenzie Caprino’s life, ever since she was five years old.  Competing with Salem Track Club, running in Middle School and eventually to the High School level with the Saxons. But, as her…

South’s Olsen Signs With South Virginia University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  As the sun sank on the late-May evening, a small gathering gathered at a house just off of Croisan Creek in South Salem to see Saxon Senior Gretchen Olsen sign her letter of intent to play basketball at Southern Virginia University starting this upcoming school year. Four years ago…

Making The Most Of The Opportunity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  We’ve heard the phrase, ‘The new normal’ the last eight, nine, ten weeks since the lockdown went into effect in Mid-March. Now the dust is settling from that time, the question is becoming what is to come of it?  We’re still in recovering as the State is opening up…

South’s Hanowell Signs With Chemeketa

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Greyson Hanowell has always been the guy who would look out for his team over himself, the shear definition of a leader of putting team before self. With the pandemic canceling the promise of finishing his final High School season, capping his prep career with the South Salem Saxons…

Knocking Off The Cobwebs

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Cowbells rang across Bush Park Saturday afternoon.  Few in numbers yes, but you would think one of the Salem schools was using the park for a race. Christopher Walken once said on Saturday Night Live, ok demanded, more cowbell during a sketch on the show in 2000.  The idea…

South’s Foster Commits To PLU

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– South Salem’s Marina Foster has committed to Pacific Lutheran University for soccer. Foster was a first-team Mountain Valley Conference honoree and was part of a Saxons squad that went 4-2-1 in the MVC, finished third in the conference, while going 6-8-1 overall and had reached the opening round of…

Rickman On The Mend

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  South Salem’s Ryan Rickman has found himself a month ahead of schedule in his recovery.  Recovery from a surgical procedure to repair a tore labrum and  stretching of his shoulder capsule he suffered during his Senior Season of football with the Saxons. The injury had knocked Rickman out of…

South’s Enomoto-Haole Joins Portland Gherkins For Summer

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  South Salem-Graduate Elijah Enomoto-Haole will get an opportunity this summer to take his game to a new level. It was announced Tuesday morning that the 2019 Saxon-Grad, and current Chemeketa Community College Freshman, will be joining the Portland Gherkins in the inaugural season for the summer program. “I’m excited…