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…

The Grizzly Veteran And The Young Arm

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.—Wednesday was just another day in the office for the trio of Kaden Martirano, Chase Dominguez and Jaxon Rozewski as they trained with Brendin Quinn in Keizer. It was finally a nice day in Northern Oregon as Rozewski, the grizzly veteran of the three, enters his Senior year at 2A…

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…

Titans Perez Shows Versatility And Adaptability

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  During Talia Perez’ first year on the Varsity level as a sophomore for the West Salem Titans, there was a nice little mix between older and younger players as Perez took to the Varsity field for the first-time in her High School career. “My experience playing varsity sophomore year…

McDougal Ready To Be A Leader

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The rain rolled in onto the turf field at West Salem High School Wednesday afternoon. It was their second training session of the new calendar year, and it felt like a late season practice with the weather that it had brought on this early-January afternoon in Salem. “Oh it’s…

Catching And Putting In Work

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Being a part of the Willamette Valley Men’s Baseball League 16-and-over league this past Summer was amazing.  There was a sense of a sandlot-style of play at Holland Youth Park described West Salem’s Ben Nagle. It was also a good learning experience too, he said, catching college athletes like…

Capitol City Classic Canceled For 2020

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Silverton, Central, West Salem and Cascade were all were expected to partake in the 2020 Capitol City Classic this season, with the 4A Cougars making their debut in the annual tournament at Willamette University in Salem. This year’s tournament, which featured teams from Texas, California and Washington as well…

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…

Hard-Working Henkel Signs With Idaho

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.— His finish of his 800-meter race as a sophomore had propel the young runner in West Salem’s Evan Henkel when he edged Gresham’s Joel Yasin for second-place in the 6A 800-meter run finals. Coming down to the last fifty-meters, he dug deep sitting in third-place, and went into over-drive. …

Orozco Takes Over Titans Girls Soccer Program

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Benje Orozco has returned to the school on the hill.  This time, on the girl’s side of the soccer ball. Orozco’s first stint at West Salem High School was between 2011 and 2013, coaching the boys’ soccer program and reaching the postseason in each of the three seasons he…

Making The Most Of His Time

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  West Salem’s Adrian McConnell has only been back in the game of football for about two years. For about a five-year stretch, between the fifth-grade until his return to the sport his sophomore year he stepped away from the blood and pads of the gridiron for the bat and…