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…

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 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…

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…