Day: February 6, 2014

Titans slip past Celts

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The West Salem Titans dealt the McNary Celtics their first loss of the season in the pool Thursday, Jan. 23. However, the Celtics weren’t hanging their heads. “West is a tough team, but we didn’t give up and we showed them we’re better than they thought we were. We had some individual struggles, but we held it together and kept trying,” said Celt junior Josie Ellis. The girls took a 98-71 loss to West. The boys narrowly missed a win, the final score with West was 87-83. “West was really shocked and we all did a lot better than they expected we could,” said Alex Fox, a McNary senior. The girls didn’t capture as many race wins as boys, but hung with the Titans by turning in placing efforts all evening. “We really just put it all out there and went out and worked our butts off,” said Kiana Briones. “We’ve been working really hard and we’re all improving every meet. I think we have a good shot at district titles.” Briones took first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:33.16, a personal record for the Lady Celt. She pulled out a second place finish in the 100 breast and less than a second separated her and the winner, West Salem’s Allie Rasmussen. Briones was also part of the...

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Mat men stymied at Reser tourney

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If the Celtics of the McNary wrestling teams had any doubts about the stiff level of competition at the Reser Tournament of Champions, they were quickly disabused of them last weekend. The Celts ended up with only one placer, Riley Repp in the junior varsity brackets, after a grueling first day of the tournament. “We are operating on year three of no middle school wrestling. We’re still teaching fundamentals to our junior wrestlers, and we have matches where we make seventh and eighth grade mistakes,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. By the second day of the tournament, McNary had only seven wrestlers with a shot at placing. In varsity brackets, Louis Palos, Zach Hammerschmith and Alvarro Venegas were close, but found no success. In junior varsity brackets, Hunter Lucas, Jonathon Salcido and Ryan Edsall all made attempts, but found themselves left out of the medals. Edsall was something of a surprise last-man-standing for the team. “That’s the sign of a kid just trying to learn. He’s not a superstar, but he plays three sports and he’s a hard worker in each of them. He’s a kid that we’re proud to put on the mat because he wants to get better,” Ebbs said. Celt Jonathon Phelps said he hopes the lackluster showing for the team is fuel for the coming weeks....

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