Embracing The Grind

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MEDFORD, Ore.–  This summer has felt almost like an American Legion Baseball season for incoming West Salem Junior Brooklyn Corliss and the Oregon Blaze 16A with how often they have played.  Corliss joked that she’s been home maybe three nights this month alone as the squad went to Bend, Beaverton, the…

Aftershock Rally, Improves To 3-0 At NAFA Summer Nationals

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@jmac1989 NEWBERG, Ore.–  One bad inning almost did the Salem Aftershock 16U squad in their 6-4 victory over NW Thunder 14U squad Friday morning at the Darnell Sports Complex. A series of events that featured four runs scored, three off errors, in a manner of a few pitches had the Aftershock wheeling down…

Perrydale’s Tompkins Walk-Off Seals 2-0 Start For Salem Aftershock

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com NEWBERG, Ore.–  Even after a successful season with the Perrydale Pirates this past Spring, Jenna Tompkins admits that there’s work to be done with her game following her game-winning hit for the Salem Aftershock 16U squad Thursday afternoon. Being aggressive at the plate is something that she is still learning to…

Overcoming The Challenges

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CANBY, Ore.– The long, quick summer that is Travel Softball has slowly caught up to the Oregon Rebels-Gonzalez team.  With some minor bumps and bruises however, the squad went to work this past weekend on the heels of their five-game journey through the lower bracket of last weekend’s 16A State Bracket,…

Santiam Takes Oregon Madness Opener Over West Salem

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Santiam was a quick fill-in for the Oregon Madness Tournament at The Pac Monday afternoon after Butte Falls had to bow out of the Summer League-feature due to Covid-issues within the program. The tournament featured schools from 1A like St. Paul to 6A in the Wolverines’ opposition in West…

MWC/MVC Girls Basketball League Honors

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The Mid-Willamette Conference (5A) and the Salem-Schools from the Mountain Valley Conference (6A) came together to create an unique League Honors List for the six-week season. Truitt Reilly of Silverton won Player of the Year as the Foxes and West Salem each fielded two on the First-team. Here’s the complete list:…

On That Comeback Trail

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.— West Salem’s Anybeth Valenzuela has indeed left her mark on the Titan Wrestling program as the Senior wrapped up her final practice of her career Wednesday morning. There are no nerves at the moment as she enters the eight-girl bracket at Cottage Grove Thursday morning, Valenzuela pointing towards it’s…

Honored By The Opportunity

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com CORVALLIS, Ore.–  West Salem’s Crosby Albee made a quick weekend trip up to Corvallis to take part in the Richardson Oregon All-Star Series at Goss Stadium at Oregon State University.  The recent Titan-graduate has been in Medford, playing with the Medford Rogues Collegiate Baseball team and playing in this past Tuesday’s…

West Salem Slips By Sprague 47-45

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  West Salem’s Carson Cogdill drained the go-ahead three-pointer with under a minute to play, turned to his Student Section and let out a holler.  The Titans just took the lead with what eventually became the final 47-45. It was a dagger, knowing that Sprague had a few opportunities to…

West Salem Goes Three-Point Crazy In Second Half

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– West Salem went NBA 2K-glitch mode in the second half against Crescent Valley.  They were on fire if you are a classic NBA Jam fan. In simple terms.  They.  Could.  Hit.  Everything.   First five shots.  Three-pointers.  Got them the lead at 32-31.  The Raiders hit on three the first…

Saxon’s Thompson Struck Out 15 In Unique Finish To Invite

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The NW Vandals 16U-Vasas knew this day was going to be interesting. Starting the day with ten girls to end the round-robin Memorial Day Salem Invitational as two of their girls were out at a Basketball game at McNary.  They were reduced to nine by the end of the…

Travel Softball Round-Up: Central Duo Part Of Opening Day Win

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  Wallace Marine Park entered the Memorial Day Weekend with the first day of the 14U and 16/18 Memorial Day Salem Invitational Saturday, and as the first day came to an end, Central’s Peyton Foreman and Kaitlyn Brian were splitting time at first base for the Bat Company 16-Gold team….