Day: January 21, 2011

Losses pile up for boys basketball

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Confused about the uneven play of the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team? You’re not alone. “It feels like we have two different teams. In West Salem, we’re up against a team we can beat talent-wise and we come out super flat. It’s just like our movements are quicker and more impassioned against tougher teams and that’s what happened against North Salem,” said Celt Bren Bovee. McNary chalked up two more losses last week as they opened Central Valley Conference play taking a 57-40 hit against the Titans and a 66-56 loss to North Salem. “I just think we have a little chip on our shoulder when we go up against tough teams and we need to bring that to every game,” said McNary’s Jared Van Cleave. The Celts were outscored 34-16 in the first half of the West Salem game. “The first half cost us the game,” said Matt Espinoza, McNary head coach. “Our intensity picked up a little bit, but we were playing from behind and that’s not going to work.” Greg Roth was the top Celtic scorer with eight points, David Gallacher and Dalton Bodine put in six each, Spencer Rice, Cory Bakkala and Van Cleave added five points apiece, Michael Brattain put up three, and Garren Robinett drained a bucket. Rice put in the only Celtic goal...

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Gov. Kitzhaber, show some respect

To the Editor: I read that Mr. Kitzhaber took office in faded jeans and tan cowboy boots.  I was sad about that.  Dressing up for a special occasion is showing respect. I understand he was in that same garb when he met with President Obama.  That is not acceptable.  Governor, you represent the people of Oregon and our young people need to have a model. E. Tyernagel...

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Celts thrive among state’s top talent

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes All season long, Jason Ebbs, head coach of the McNary varsity wrestling team, has been marking the team’s signs of improvement. He hit a major one over the weekend when the team took part in the Oregon Classic, a invite-only tournament showcasing the top two teams in each OSAA region. After losing a dual meet to Aloha High School 42-28 a few weeks ago during the NW Duals, the Celtics came out on top, 53-18, when the teams met over the weekend. It was also the first time McNary made it to bracket play in the Oregon Classic since Ebbs took over the program in 2003. “It’s good because that’s what we look for out of our program – bigger, better, faster, stronger out of winter break – and the Aloha dual was evidence we’re on the right rail,” Ebbs said. For Celt Hector Maldonado, wrestling at 119-pounds during the tournament was another test in a season where he’s surprised himself. “It’s been going better than I expected. I’m winning matches that I’d didn’t think I’d be winning,” he said. In addition to the Aloha dual, McNary emerged with wins over West Linn High School, 44-26, and North Medford High School, 40-30. The team lost duals to Roseburg, the No. 1 team in the state, 53-3, and Newberg, the No. 2 team in...

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Lady Celts start league play 1-1

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity basketball team opened league play with a double overtime thriller last week. The Lady Celts and West Salem ended regulation play knotted at 50-50 forcing an overtime highlighted by Celt Stacey Titchenal’s six-point run and a three-pointer from Teresa Peterson that tied the game at 59 with three seconds to play. “Both girls had some great shooting efforts that helped us keep in the game,” said Molly Gehley, McNary Head coach. McNary briefly held a lead in the second overtime, but West Salem went on top with a three-pointer and kept the game out of Celtic reach. “We played hard, but we should have beat them,” said Averi Wing. “It came down to giving them a lot of free throws and missing the ones that we got.” McNary post Deven Hunter fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter, but not before putting in 14 points. Titchenal led in Celtic scoring with 15 points including four three-point goals, Peterson tallied up 14, Keri Stein added eight, Wing put in six, Jessica Darras added four, Kris McCalmon put up two. “A lot of last minute shots made the difference,” said Baili Keeton, a Celtic freshman. “We played hard but we weren’t playing our best. We have 10 good players on our team and, once we get...

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