The Incoming Two-Sport Collegiate Athlete

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  South Salem-Senior Drew Gertenrich will have his hands full starting next year when he heads to Arizona Christian University in the Fall.  But hey, he’s ready for the challenge of being a multi-sport athlete at college when he joins the Firestorm of the NAIA. “I think at some points…

South Salem’s Minney Building The Confidence

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—Tyler Minney remembers his sophomore year when the legend of ‘The Power of Thooah’ started at South Salem. Teammate Ricky Alvarado, who’s in the same graduating class as Minney this year, hit an absolute bomb during a waffle ball game over the house the Saxons were staying in for the…

Overcoming The Injury For The Opportunity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Lower body injuries when it comes to running could normally spell some bad luck for runners like Regis’ Julia McLaughlin. Ankle Tendonitis came around not once, but twice her sophomore and junior years while she was at South Salem High School before her transfer over to Regis midway through…

Going Up A Weight Class

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILWAUKIE, Ore.–  The freshman of the IBC’s ’99 Problemz’ came out with a mission to show they belong with the Varsity division Saturday afternoon at La Salle High School. They beat Premier 14-7 and pulled away from the Valley Capitals in their second game of the three-game pod. “I think we…

Saxons Isaac Making Most Of The Opportunity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Being a pitcher in the Mountain Valley Conference can be intimating with the bats coming from West Salem, McNary, Bend and even Sprague to face on a regular basis.  Even McMinnville, West Albany and Forest Grove had their challenges dating back to the old Greater Valley Conference days back…

Valley Baseball Club Finishes Third In Arizona

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CHANDLER, Ariz.–  The Salem-based Valley Baseball Club traveled down to the Grand Canyon State this past weekend, going 3-1 at the Baseball Showcase MLK Tournament.  Finishing third in the tournament after a slow-start to the tournament. An off-inning against New Level College Prep that plated four runs in the fifth-inning had…

Saunders-Tyquiengco Signs With Lane

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was weird to think about now as South Salem’s Justin Saunders-Tyquiengco has only had one year of competitive Cross Country under his belt.  But he made the most of it. Having trained with the Saxon squad before his Junior season, Sanders was part of the South Salem squad…

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…

IBC 11th-Annual Turkey Bowl Games

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—The 50-burgers were flying around like reindeer on Christmas Eve Sunday afternoon at Dominguez Park in North Salem. It was the 11th-annual IBC Turkey Bowl in the park off of D Street and 25th, seeing all three of their games go to extra’s on the seven-on-seven and the ‘Coaches/Adult’ team…

Finding Opportunities To Improve

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.– With traditional football considered ‘taboo’, many gridiron stars are looking elsewhere to get their name out there and getting those valuable reps in until they are able to return to the field. That means showcases, 7-on-7’s, all to get that improvement at their position.  Getting better with their strengths…

Bringing Back The Trophy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.–  A quick three-point interception and a touchdown pass had put the seventh-, eighth-grade Island Boy Club squad the IBC Elite led 10-0 in the 14U Championship bout of the MVP 7-on-7 Turkey Bowl Tournament Saturday afternoon. Two days after the Thanksgiving holiday, ten teams met at the Hamlin Sports…

Sunday Funday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—Seventh-grader Chase Dominguez sent GymClub Coach Kyley McCrae into a frenzy on his defense Sunday afternoon. On the field just to the north of the State Hospital on 25th and D, Dominguez rolled to his right and hit a wide-open receiver as the GymClub defense shifted to Dominguez left.  McCrae…