Day: May 21, 2010

Playoff games moved to Saturday

Rainy weather resulted in rescheduling of round one playoff games involving the McNary softball and baseball teams. The games were originally scheduled for today (Friday, May 21). The Lady Celts will host Gresham beginning at 4 p.m. while the boys play at Reynolds at 4:30 p.m. Both games are now on Saturday. Meanwhile, the district track and field finals will be held today as scheduled, with field events starting at 4 p.m. and track events at 4:30 p.m. See next week’s Keizertimes for more...

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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Presented by Copper Creek Mercantile

An amazing streak is on the line for Lauren Brouse and Amy Jones at Friday’s district track finals. Lauren and Amy are on the Lady Celts 4X400 relay, and have been since their freshman years. They have never lost to a conference foe while on the same 4X400 relay, ever. That streak will be tested by South Salem and Redmond. “There’s some great 4X4 times in our league right now,” said Amy. “It’s going to be a close race. I’m excited for it.” “I don’t feel more nervous than usual because of it,” said Lauren of the streak. “I’m excited for the competition. I’m excited to have that close race and see what happens.” The seniors will be joined by freshman Laura Donaldson and sophomore Averi Wing in the race. Lauren and Amy are on the 4X100 relay. Lauren competes in the 200m and 400m, and Amy in the 800m. They are the top seeds in each of these events. – Lance...

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Seniors seek to add to their legacies at finals

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes As seniors Megan Hingston, Lauren Brouse and Amy Jones go, so goes the Lady Celts varsity track team at this year’s district finals. “It’s going to be hard to see them go,” said McNary Coach Kelley Borresen of the trio. “They’ve been varsity contributing members since the time they were freshmen. I think they’re all positioned to have a real successful district meet, and it’s exactly what I hope for them.” The finals, which began yesterday (Thursday, May 20), conclude today. They are at Sprague High School with field events starting at 3 p.m. The top two finishers from each event automatically advance to next week’s state meet in Eugene. Hingston is seeded first in the 110m hurdles and shot put, second in the 300m hurdles and fourth in the javelin. She will battle Kelsey Moe of South Salem, who is seeded second in the 110m and first in the 300m hurdles. Depending on what happens at district, it’s possible Hingston will end her high school career having qualified for six different events at state: both hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put and javelin. “That’s an incredible statement, for one person to make,” said Borresen. Brouse is the top seed in the 200m and 400m while Jones has the fastest time in the 800m. Brouse and Jones will pool their talents in...

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Let the playoffs begin

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes The fact David has rocked Goliath before is not lost on the McNary varsity softball team. The highly-rated Celts, who went undefeated in CVC play to earn the league’s top seed, open the playoffs by hosting fifth-seeded Gresham at 4:30 p.m. Gresham is a member of the Mt. Hood Conference. That’s fifth in an eight-team conference. “We take one game at a time,” said Celts’ starting pitcher Erin Hento. “We can’t get it in our heads that they’re number five and we’re number one. I mean, they’re from a different conference and we don’t know what they faced. We shouldn’t be overconfident when we go into this game. If we keep playing like we’ve been playing, we’ll be fine.” McNary Coach Jeff Auvinen has been coaching softball for a number of years. One thing he’s learned is that the unexpected happens. “You just never know in softball,” he said. “Softball and baseball are tough sports to forecast because there are so many unexpected things that happen out there. All it takes is a bad bounce.” McNary catcher also preaches caution. “I don’t know much about Gresham,” said Bennett. “But they’re a playoff team, so they should still be pretty good.” Bennett will be calling the pitches for McNary. Her strategy is a simple one: Go with strength. “What are the pitcher’s strongest pitches....

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