Lowell Takes The Oakridge Tournament, Quietly Sit As A 2A Threat

Oakridge -- Don't sleep on the Lowell Red Devils, their cute diaper cladded logo might look innocent and harmless, but they have the potential to torch you just like a top team in 2A. Actually, they might be the real threat to the 2A #1 Salem Academy. You heard that right: Not Gaston, Stanfield, Grant … Continue reading Lowell Takes The Oakridge Tournament, Quietly Sit As A 2A Threat

If Injuries Subside, #4 Sutherlin Might Challenge Catlin Gabel For A State Title

Sutherlin -- The shortened Spring campaign showed the potential of a young Bulldog team, who threw up 78 goals in 11 games but ultimately got blown out in the state semifinals by eventual state champion St. Mary's Medford. Almost 60% of their entire offensive output came off the leg of star Jadyn Vermillion, who is … Continue reading If Injuries Subside, #4 Sutherlin Might Challenge Catlin Gabel For A State Title

With An Improved Defense, McNary Is Turning The Tide With Program Success

Keizer -- At the Salem-Keizer Soccer Jamboree, I made it clear the need for McNary to show an improved defensive front in order to compete this season in an improved Mountain Valley Conference. Their offensive potential has never been in question, but the defense was a massive question mark, and the Celtics have responded after … Continue reading With An Improved Defense, McNary Is Turning The Tide With Program Success

Loaded Loggers: #5 Scio Is Locked And Primed For A 3A Playoff Run

Scio -- Its currently year four of the Lori Ramsay era in Scio, the woman who has turned around the Loggers and developed this team from their club days until where they are now, truly the definition of a small town program. However, it ultimately comes down to the girls on the floor and how … Continue reading Loaded Loggers: #5 Scio Is Locked And Primed For A 3A Playoff Run

The Best XC Team Not Named Jesuit Or Summit? Meet The Wells Guardians

Portland -- If the Summit Storm and Jesuit Crusaders didn't exist, then the Ida B. Wells Guardians would be the top pick to win the 6A Cross Country Title. You might remember them better as the Wilson Trojans, but with a new name came a new chapter, and the first chapter of their Guardians identity … Continue reading The Best XC Team Not Named Jesuit Or Summit? Meet The Wells Guardians

Third Time The Charm? Marist Sure Thinks So

Eugene -- Two years ago, Marist entered the 4A State Championship as the favorite against Woodburn, but were uprooted by the Bulldogs 1-0. This Spring, they entered as the favorite facing North Marion, but ultimately fell in penalty kicks for their second consecutive state runner-up finish. Now sitting once again as the favorites for the … Continue reading Third Time The Charm? Marist Sure Thinks So

Majestic McKay: The Royal Scots Are Finding Success After Years As a Conference Doormat

Salem -- It was only recently that whenever a Mountain Valley Conference team entered conference action, they would go to the right and redeem their dub over McKay, the doormat of the Salem-Bend conference. However, in their first four games of the 2021 season, the Royal Scots are showing that they aren't the team they … Continue reading Majestic McKay: The Royal Scots Are Finding Success After Years As a Conference Doormat

Inside The Rise Of Crescent Valley Volleyball And Their 5A Earthquake

Corvallis — The Crescent Valley Raiders were nothing more than an honorable mention on the 5A Volleyball poll to start the 2021 season, a program coming off a two win season just a few short months ago. To the media and landscape at large, they weren't worthy of the hype of teams like West Albany … Continue reading Inside The Rise Of Crescent Valley Volleyball And Their 5A Earthquake

Stanfield Soul: The Story Of Stanfield’s Triumph And Perseverance To Overcome A Decade Plus Long Achilles Heel

Stanfield -- The feeling was in the air, momentum was being thrown back and forth, two teams dealing blows one point after another. Two sides of fans screaming their heads off in support of their school, with one looking to keep up their dominance over the other, and all of it happening in a school … Continue reading Stanfield Soul: The Story Of Stanfield’s Triumph And Perseverance To Overcome A Decade Plus Long Achilles Heel

Walking With Warriors

The 2020 girls basketball season was one of astronomic hopes and aspirations for Philomath, who were coming into the year looking for redemption from a semifinal loss in 2019. The train was running full steam down the tracks, hitting an occasional bump in the track, but otherwise unbothered by their stingy and hard fighting opponents. … Continue reading Walking With Warriors