Gervais Snaps Nine-Game Skid

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Both Gervais and Western Christian were looking for their first win of the season Wednesday afternoon at Western Christian. The two squads have been building for this moment as the Cougars built a 5-1 lead before the Pioneers rallied and closed in Gervais.  For the young Western Christian team…

Western Christian Hands Kennedy First League Loss Since 2018

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  One does not beat Kennedy easily.  But Western Christian found a way to get it done against the Trojans Wednesday afternoon, handing Kennedy their first league loss since May 4, 2018 when the Trojans fell to St. Paul 9-0.   The Pioneers had to out-Kennedy Kennedy, a tall-task but they…

2A Boys Basketball All-State List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Western Christian’s Gary Hull won 2A Coach of the Year and Logan Morrill of Knappa won Player of the Year in 2A.  Here’s the complete List: First Team Riley Cantu, Kennedy John Pass, Salem Academy Gunner Rothenberger, Toledo Austin Sladek, Western Christian Diego Aguilar, Jefferson Second Team Sam Hess, Illinois Valley…

Gimme A P! Pios Take 2A State Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.– Somewhere up in the yonder, Michael Galer is smiling.  Perhaps leading a Pioneer cheer, perhaps going ballistic over what occurred on the Pendleton Convention Center Basketball Court. Some say legends never die, surely the legend of Galer hasn’t.  There was a feeling he had a hand in Western Christian’s…

Western Christian Holds On To Defeat Kennedy

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON. Ore.– Kennedy played as well as they could Thursday afternoon.  But Western Christian found, and took advantage of, those little opportunities to advance to the 2A State Semi-Final Round Friday.  Defeating the Trojans 46-43 Kennedy led 6-0 early.  Hung tough during the run the Pios made and rallied from a…

TRC Girls Basketball Honors

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Salem Academy’s Derek Imig and Gervais’ Kyle Buse were named Co-Coach of the Year as the two squads went one-two in the Tri-River Conference League Standings in 2022. The Crusaders’ Annabelle Brawley was named TRC Player of the Year. Here’s the complete list: First Team Annabelle Brawley-Salem Academy Olivia Haines-Colton Izzy…

Western Christian Takes Tri-River Conference Top Seed To State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Salem Academy Head Coach Ben Brown put it best following their 59-44 defeat to Western Christian Friday night: It’s hard to beat a team three-times. The Crusaders had the Pioneers number the first two times they’ve met, but something just felt different about this third meeting. The Pioneer Faithful weren’t…

Western Christian Outlast Kennedy, Advances To TRC Title Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MOUNT ANGLE, Ore.– With the regular season drawing to an end and the conference league schedules the same, there’s almost certainty that both the Kennedy and Western Christian Boys basketball teams making the Field of 16 here in a few days in some fashion. The Trojans were ranked sixth to the Pioneers…

Pioneers Hang On To Defeat Spartans

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The road to one of the State Playoffs spots for these two teams in Western Christian and Sheridan will be a long one.  The four/five match-up in league plays like the Tri-River Conference usually means you got work your way up win for the At-Large bid to qualify for…

Western Christian Holds Off Dayton’s Rally 50-47

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Well.  That was a doozy of a game. Western Christian and Dayton boys lived up to the hype that the only thing that would’ve topped it possibly could’ve been a game-winner or overtime. The 50-47 Pioneers win was the second win of the season, Western Christian taking the first…

Sheridan, Western Christian Focused Up In Thrilling Finish

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com With how the first 16 minutes of the Western Christian-Sheridan game was looking, most would figure the game would side the Pioneers up 47-28. Western Christian were rolling. Jaaron Jenson hit five three’s in the first half, Austin Sladek led the game-high 16 while the Spartans found themselves struggling in what…

Western Christian Pulls Away From East Linn Christian In Win

By Jeremy McDonald Jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The thing about a Gary Hull-led Western Christian team is that you’ll have to play a complete four quarters, and well, to have a chance at games end. And for two-plus quarters of the Pioneers 71-44 win against East Linn Christian Academy Wednesday night, the Eagles rose to that…