Western Christian’s Richardson Signs to Seattle Pacific University

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– If anything, their 65-61 loss to Columbia Christian was all that they needed to bounce back the following season to take down the Knights for the 2A State Championship. And as Western Christian was about to open their title defense, one of their own in Payton Richardson sat in…

TRL Volleyball Honors

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com Kennedy’s Sophia Carley recieved Tri-River League Honors while Laura Beyer recieved Coach of the Year for a Trojan squad that went 16-0 in league and are 29-1 overall entering the 2A State Playoffs. Here is the complete list: Player of the Year:  Sophia Carley, Kennedy Coach of the Year:Laura Beyer, Kennedy…

Gervais, Western Christian Meet For Third Time

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Gervais had enter bracket play of the Western Christian Tournament along Highway 221 Saturday afternoon with some momentum. Just losing one set, splitting with Jefferson, during pool play entering their bracket opener versus the host-Pioneers, there was a sense that the Cougars could make it three-for-three against their Tri-River…

Capitol City Sweeps Sunday Doubleheader

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Just as the regular season wraps up in the Majors and the Playoffs are just to begin, Fall ball is underway as the calendar is just about to flip to October. Just like Summer Ball, Fall Ball is just some extra reps to bridge one Spring to another to…

Western Christian Holds Off Dayton 2-0

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Dayton came down Highway 221 bringing their aggressive style of play to the Western Christian campus Wednesday afternoon in the 3A/2A/1A Special District 2 matchup. In front of them however with the Pioneers, had one substitute to their bench Wednesday, had matched the intensity brought by their adversaries as…

Western Christian Picks Up First Win Of Year

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– Within the first 24 minutes of the game Western Christian struck ‘goal’ six times in their 13-0 win over Gervais Wednesday evening. Of their six goals, Landon Moore and Jordan Trammell each had two goals apiece as they lead 8-0 by the halftime break over the Cougars. “It was…

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…