Playing More Soundly

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore– Hitting was South Salem Softball’s bread and butter last season, being the lead run producer entering the 6A playoffs last season, but the difficult thing for them was their defense that inhibited them overall. “Conversely we were giving up close to seven runs. We saw us being even better…

Next Man Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a rare mid-March day in which the sun was out, the field was dry and temperature was just right to knock off the rust of practicing in the gym throughout the Winter. The South Salem baseball team held an intra-squad scrimmage Thursday afternoon at Gilmore City Park,…

Saxons Erupt In Fourth Quarter For Quarters Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PORTLAND, Ore.– Anything is possible once you get to the Chiles Center. The seeding doesn’t matter, your journey to this point doesn’t matter. All that matters at this point is win if you want that State Championship Trophy. South Salem held a 30-29 lead with 7:08 left in the third and…

South Salem Takes Tough Playoff Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com It was a necessary evil in their journey for a Chiles Center-berth down the line for the South Salem boys basketball team Wednesday night. A win is a win true.  But their 58-37 win over Newberg was all but a smooth ride to the Sweet 16 in the process with the…

MVC Girls Basketball League Honors

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com South Salem’s Hilary James won Player of the Year. Kaycee Brown of Bend won Defensive Player of the Year and the Saxons Adrian Lewis won Coach of the Year. First TeamKaycee Brown BendCaitlin Wheeler BendSkye Miller McKayLeah Doutt McNaryBailey Dickerson Mountain View Hillary James South SalemVictoria Stafford South SalemPaige Alexander West…

Ortiz Rallies For Fifth At State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PORTLAND, Ore.–  The journey for South Salem’s Julian Ortiz’ fifth-place finish came down to him battling through what is known as the ‘Blood’-Rounds following his 6A 285 pound quarterfinal loss to Oregon City’s Zach Zumwalt Friday night. The loss put the Senior two wins from his goal of placing in one…

Salem Sports and Breakfast Club For February 28

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  This week’s Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Honoree’s include two basketball players (Cole Hardy, South Salem and Gretchen Olson, South Salem), plus four swimmers coming off of strong performances at this past weekend’s State Swimming Meet. Our Salem Sports and Breakfast Club Les Schwab Athlete of the Week is…

South’s Ortiz Repeats As District Champ

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com BEND, Ore.– South Salem’s Julian Ortiz has seen the development of this program from his freshman year with 14 guys to now his senior year. Coming off of his 285-pound title last year, Ortiz worked his way back to the district finals with back-to-back pins to defend his District Title against…

South Salem Takes Sole Possession Of MVC-Lead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The question became who will embrace this moment and set the tone first when South Salem and McNary tipped off Saturday night. The Saxons gym was packed, the DJ was in the house and spinning for this big moment between the two squads who stood 12-3 overall and 5-0…

Tigard Takes Win Over South Salem In Non-League Finale

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Tigard remembered all too well that 62-48 loss to South Salem at the Capitol City Classic on December 20. They used it for their motivation Friday night when the two teams met again in South Salem. They won the rebounding game over the Saxons in their 65-57 road win. They collapsed the lanes…

Saxons Comeback Falls Short In OT To Sheldon

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PORTLAND, Ore.–  For how bad the game started Sunday afternoon, here they were milking the clock under 20 seconds left in overtime with the game tied at 51-all with Sheldon. Their 53-51 OT loss to the Irish was all-and-all not the result they were looking for, but after a first half…

South Salem Finishes Sixth At Capitol City Classic Despite Late Rally

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com It is hard to imagine looking at the 65-63 Lanier-South Salem final score that a few minutes earlier it was 53-41 in favor of the Longhorns. At that point in the game, the Saxons were out of their rhythm from the first quarter where they scored 26 points and led Lanier…