Pires The Athlete

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.–  Regis’ Emaleigh Pires has done it all. She played 11 years of soccer with Keizer Soccer Club, ran track at Crossler Middle School in Salem in the sixth-grade, then St. Mary’s and a year at Regis.  Pires played softball for Fire and Rise travel softball teams as well as…

Putting In The Time, Putting In The Work

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILWAUKIE, Ore.–  As the month of January draws to a close Sunday morning going into afternoon at La Salle Prep, seven teams battled it out for the Rose City Rumble Championship Title.  Wrapping up four weekends of ball in a world of uncertainty. “It’s fun, you get to be around the…

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…

GymClub, Valley Capitals At Rose City Rumble Sunday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILWAUKIE, Ore.–  Every rep counts towards preparing for Las Vegas here in a month for the boys of the IBC GymClub as they came down to the wire against the Breed-squad from EForce. Canby’s Chance Miller had scored a receiving touchdown from McNary’s Jack McCarty and turned a Pick-6 to hand…

Valley Capitals Go 2-1 In Rose City Rumble Winter League Opener

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILWAUKIE, Ore.–  The Salem-based Valley Capitals slowly came to life late in their Rose City Rumble Winter League, hosted by EForce, opener against ETA Silver starting with a West Salem Brooks Ferguson touchdown strike. Ferguson’s touchdown strike with under three minutes left in the game was followed by a defensive stand…

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…

Working On The Little Things

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Sprague Sophomore Gavin Nguyen was just one of four freshmen on the Olympian Varsity roster in 2019, splitting time between Junior Varsity and Varsity during his first-year at the High School level. Nerves were there, but within a few weeks the comfort level increased.  Some of the upperclassmen like…

Trying Out For Team Alpha

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TUALATIN, Ore.– 40 athletes came out for Team Alpha’s 7-on-7 tryouts Saturday afternoon at Horizon Christian High School in their second-wave of the try-out session. Ifo Ekpre OlomuOf those 40, only 18 of them will join former North Salem and Southern Oregon University receiver Dylan Young, former University of Oregon defensive…

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…

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…

Muth Makes It Official

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.— Sprague’s Jackson Muth was given a golden opportunity to be one of the main arms out of the bullpen for the Olympians as a sophomore. That year saw Sprague finish second in the Mountain Valley Conference, a game ahead of Bend while handing rival South Salem one of their…

Championship Sunday

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.—It came down to one final weekend to leave it all out on the field because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed when it comes to come out and compete. Over 30 teams competed Sunday at the Hamlin Sports Complex for the ‘State Championship’ game in the High School level.  A mixture of…