Santiam Snaps 24-Year Playoff Drought

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– It has been 24 years since the last time Santiam baseball entered the State Playoffs when the 1995 Wolverines reached the 2A/1A State Quarterfinals before falling to North Douglas 1-0. Prior to that postseason journey, it was 1973 where the then-Class A Santiam Wolverines reached the State Semi-Final round…

Western Christian/Salem Academy Softball Snaps Gervais’ 3-Game Winning Streak

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Western Christian/Salem Academy found themselves in an unique situation this year when they combined both teams as one. Yes the eight girls from each school could’ve competed in a league at the 3A or 4A level just based on the combined school enrollment, the squad decided it was easier…

Western Christian Drops Tough Game To Culver In Extras

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Western Christian survived a bases loaded jam in the top half of the sixth up 3-1 when Rylan Webster picked up a third-out strikeout to end the threat against Culver Wednesday afternoon. It was the rubber match in the 2A/1A Special District 2 league series between the two squads….

Western Christian Seals Up First Seed Entering League Playoffs

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– All roads once the Tri-River Conference league playoffs will be going through Western Christian once again following the Pioneers 79-53 win over Sheridan Wednesday Night for Senior Night. It wasn’t initially for Western Christian with two quick fouls that gave the Spartans opportunities to do further damage than the…

Western Christian Girls Hold Off Chemawa 41-33

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a quick turnaround in Saturday afternoon’s Western Christian’s 41-33 win over Chemawa Girls basketball with four games left in the regular season. The Lady Braves Ronticia Martinez drilled a half-court shot to turn a 18-14 deficit into a manageable 18-17 Pioneers lead entering the halftime break.  Martinez…

Western Christian Takes Down De La Salle North Catholic

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– If you didn’t look at the calendar, you would’ve thought it was Coos Bay or Pendleton with how Western Christian and De La Salle North Catholic played Saturday afternoon. The crowd was loud and passionate. The players were getting after it, trading blows like it was a State Title…

Western Christian Pulls Away From Umatilla

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– On paper they were a collective 20-2 and for the first quarter-plus it had all the workings of two teams that could have the game coming down to the closing seconds of the game between 2A’s Western Christian and 3A’s Umatilla. Both sides were trading blows with the Vikings…

Western Christian Boys Drops A ‘Slow’ 74 In Win Over OES

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Western Christian flexed its muscle once more to kickoff the Salem Academy Crusaders New Year’s Invitational when they opened a 21-8 lead on Oregon Episcopal School en route to a 74-46 win. “We just got to make sure we keep the tempo up.  I mean when we slow down,…

Santiam Pulls Away From Western Christian In Second Half

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– The first half ended with a blaze of glory. Western Christian went on a 6-0 run to cut the Santiam lead from 15-8 to 15-14 late in the second quarter with Annika Hess on the bench with three fouls to her name. But with their backs against the wall…

Dayton Slips By Western Christian/Perrydale 1-0

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  With the recently development after last week with Gervais’ forfeit and their win over Yamhill-Carlton, the Western Christian/Perrydale Boys Soccer team held the number one spot in the 3A/2A/1A Speical District 2 standings. Right behind them in the standings, coming down the 221 Highway though was Dayton, who’s lone…

Western Christian/Perrydale Hands #5 Dayton Second Loss

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DAYTON, Ore.– All either team needed was a break to get out of the scoreless tie that they both found themselves in Monday night. Since switching things up the first time the two squads played each other on September 6, the Western Christian/Perrydale Girls Soccer team has only allowed six goals…

Western Christian Ties Gervais 1-1

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– After Gervais’ first goal of the game, Western Christian settled in defensively with Rylan Webster coming out of the goal to meet the ball and charging to meet it with Sampson Hess and the back-third disrupting the flow and filling the lanes that the Cougars could send the ball…