Eight Celts honored for rigorous competition over high school years

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When senior awards were passed out last week at a McNary High School banquet last week, eight Celtic athletes were honored for their near-ubiquitous presence on the fields and courts. Among the students honored with the Celtic Pride Award for their participation in three sports every year of their high school career was one whose name less frequently made headlines or photos in the paper, Alex Putnam. Putnam competed in four sports over the four years, football, cross country, swimming and track and field, but never set a particular trajectory within athletics, he did it simply for love of sport. “For the most part, I did it just for fun, I never had any real goal, just to do my best and work out. I was never trying to be the best, just working hard every day,” Putnam said. It wasn’t until he was standing up in front of the audience with the seven other honorees, that he realized just how few people maintain that high level of athletic involvement in their high school careers. “It is difficult because you don’t have as much time to get everything done, but it also helped me learn to manage my time because I couldn’t blow off school or I wouldn’t be able to compete,” Putnam said. Of the four sports, Putnam cited swimming as...

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