Day: May 12, 2014

Lady Celts notch 56 runs in three games

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity softball team racked up 56 runs and allowed just seven in three games last week. Sprague, McKay and North Salem high schools were victims of the Lady Celts’ offensive onslaught, but it wasn’t enough to carry the team to victory over the league-leading South Salem Saxons Monday, May 5. The Celts lost to the Saxons for the third time this season, 11-4. The good news for McNary was the team more than doubled its hits over the team’s last contest. “For us, the big games this week are West Salem and Sprague,” said Kevin Wise, McNary head coach. “Those games will have a lot more impact on where we finish in the league.” The Titans and Olys were tied for second in the Central Valley Conference. McNary was a game behind them with the loss to South, but the team has the second-highest power ranking in the league. A 12-0 win over Sprague Monday, April 28 was the Keizer team’s first victory of last week (covered in last week’s Keizertimes). The second-place Olys eked out a 13-12 win in the teams’ first contest earlier in the season. “The girls wanted a little bit of revenge, but it was the pitching and defense that came along and kept the game out of reach,” Wise said. “After that, it...

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McNary junior wins state title for solo

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Even if he hadn’t emerged as the state champion soloist in euphonium playing, McNary High School’s Tom Janssen certainly went into the state competition with the right attitude. “After I played, I would have been happy either way. It was the first time I played such a tough piece in competition,” said Janssen, a junior. The piece, Pantomime by Philip Sparke, had just about everything a performer could hope for. “It has a slow section, a fast section and some in-between parts that work well to show what can be done with the instrument,” Janssen said. “ It’s a piece that is written to win, and I was really proud of the performance.” Janssen took second place in the same competition last year, and faced many of the same players this time around. He came out on top with a total of 913 points and was the only representative of a Salem-Keizer school to claim a top spot. His closest competitior scored 903. The euphonium, which on sight looks something like a small, reconfigured tuba, was first developed in the 1840s. It’s featured most prominently in bands. Janssen had a few years under his belt with the trumpet before becoming a euphonist. The switch was prompted by difficulty with the trumpet after getting braces, which he no longer sports. “The mouth piece...

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