48th Annual OBCA State-Metro All-Star Series

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It’s an honor for sure to be apart of an historic event like the Oregon Basketball Coaches Association State-Metro All-Star Series. 2020 was suppose to be the 48th-year of the series, pinning the best 5A/6A women seniors and the best 2A-6A men seniors against one another in a fun…

Blue Bounces Back Over Green 4-1

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The Green squad had brought the bats Sunday in their 14-2 win over Blue, but the Blue squad came back to work Monday at Holland Youth Park looking to rebound as McNary’s Eben Mayer got the nod versus Sprague’s Dom Krummen. The squads were playing in the sweltering sun,…

Blue Shuts Door on Green 5-4

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The mixed bag of pitchers that the Blue team threw at the Green squad Monday evening had tamed the bats of their opposition until the last out of the game. Western Christian’s Owen Stalnaker got the starting nod on the bump as the Blue squad cycled out arms every…

Fire And Ice, Thurston Invited To All-Star Series

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  The brotherhood of Payton Richardson and Alex Nicoli reached its mountaintop. Since the sixth-grade Nicoli and Richardson had played over 500 games together over AAU ball and School Ball.  Games were won and lost together; a State Championship was brought to Western Christian their Junior Year. And as they…

Western Christian’s Nicoli Signs With Missouri Baptist University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  As his signing ceremony was coming to a close in the parking lot at F&W Fence facing 16th Street in North Salem Saturday, Western Christian’s Alex Nicoli grabbed the microphone one more time. He made a statement already, but the Pioneer Senior had almost forgot to thank Head Coach…

Leaving His Mark Off The Basketball Court

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.— Western Christian’s Alex Nicoli wanted to leave his mark somehow off the court of basketball. Yes, he played in three State Championship Games and left his mark on the court the past four years with his three-point shot and strong defense with the Western Christian Basketball program on-the-court. The…

2A Boys Basketball All-State Team

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Toledo’s Conner Marchant won the highest honor in Boys basketball as Player of the Year.  The Boomers Head Coach Eddie Townsend won Coach of the Year. Western Christian’s Payton Richardson and Alex Nicoli added to their accolades with first-team honors.  Kennedy’s Luke Hall capped a great Senior year with a Second…

Boys Basketball Academic All-State Teams

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com West Salem, Silverton, North Marion, several Salem-area schools in the PacWest Conference in 3A, Tri-River and Central Valley Conference’s in 2A made the Academic Top 10 List For Boys Basketball this Winter. 6A Sherwood 3.8 West Salem 3.72 Barlow 3.68 Mountain View 3.68 Lincoln 3.65 Grants Pass 3.61 Bend 3.59 Cleveland…

Tri-River Conference Girls Honors List

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Kennedy’s Sophia Carley received Tri-River Conference Player of the Year as the Trojans won the 2A State Championship this Winter. Here is the Complete Tri-River Conference Girls Basketball Honors List: First Team Sophia Carley- Kennedy Celi Vasquez- Gervais Ellie Cantu- Kennedy Sarah Halgren- Western Christian Isabel Vasquez- Gervais McKenzie Dodge- Santiam…

Pioneers Pull Away From Santiam In Pendleton

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PENDLETON, Ore.–  It’s hard to game-plan for the same team three-times during a season let-lone a fourth when playoffs come around. For the Western Christian-Santiam Boys Basketball match-up, the two squads had already met three teams in the umbrella of the Tri-River Conference-play already by the time they met to start…

Western Christian Sets Pace In Win Over Santiam

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Western Christian picked up where they left off when they first met Santiam in Mill City on January 17. They brought the pressure from the opening tip with their fame press and slapping the ground on defense coming off a break.  They led 14-3 from the tip and set…

Western Christian Wins With Fourth Quarter Rally Over Santiam

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILL CITY, Ore.–  Santiam put Western Christian on high-alert Friday night. The Wolverines were on the brink of the improbable:  Handing the Pioneers their first in-league loss. It’s been since January 27, 2017 when the Pioneers were known as Western Mennonite, had lost a Tri-River Conference game when they lost to…