Day: April 23, 2014

Girls tie Vikings, fall to Titans on courts

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes While neither of the McNary High School girls varsity tennis team’s matches last week were wins, the Lady Celts turned in a number performances that bode well for the future. The Celts tied North Salem High School 4-4 and lost to West Salem High School 5-3. Playing the lead singles for McNary, junior Sandy Childress beat North’s Maribel Ocampo in two sets, 6-4 and 7-6 (7-3). “She did a fantastic job of starting us off right and getting us that win that helps us play really well,” said Mark Kohley, McNary head coach. Junior Rachel Morrow followed suit at No. 2 singles with a win in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-4. Taslima Sidhu won in the No. 3 spot with set scores of 6-3 and 6-1. Katie Stignei and Megan Thompson, the team’s only seniors, took the only win in singles matches with scores of 6-2 and 6-0. Ariana Neads and Sami Trowbridge battled to three sets with their Viking opponents, 2-6, 7-5 and 6-2, but ended up with a loss. “There was a difference in abilities and rather than forcing them to play our game, which would have been more aggressive. We played down, and played down a lot,” Neads said. Childress and Morrow both scored their second wins of the week in the match with West. Childress’s match ended quickly...

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Lady Celts shut out in CVC opener

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity softball team drew two tough teams in succession last week and chalked up a pair of losses as both games unspooled in a single inning. Tough pitching and a 10-run fourth inning on the part of the South Salem High School Saxons led to a 12-0 loss for the McNary in its league-opening contest. “It felt like the errors were compounded in that one inning. We kept making little mental errors, but we can eliminate those,” said Lady Celt Madi Oliver. The Lady Celt’s Hannah Carr was the only batter to get a hit off South’s Katie Donovan. The Saxons made their run in the fourth inning by stringing together hits and taking advantage of McNary’s defensive errors. “Our defense is usually fine, but in both games last week we had one inning that messed up the whole game,” said McNary junior Megan Ulrey. It was an uncharacteristic off-game by the Celtic line-up, but the Saxons are the only team in the Oregon School Activities Association 6A classification hanging onto an unblemished record (9-0). “I think we got a little too into our heads at the plate,” Ulrey said. “We need to work on having a plan every time we go up to bat.” The battle for the Central Valley Conference is likely to be a heated...

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