Day: May 22, 2014

Celt alum headed to U of I as trainer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Erin Hento played a number of sports in her time at McNary High School, but softball was always her focus. It landed her on the softball team for George Fox University (GFU) where she is getting a degree in sports medicine, but it was a lesson learned at McNary that has defined much of her time and approach in college sports. “Mike Maghan (McNary’s then-athletic director) set up the Powered by Girls Club for the girls in leadership roles on the sports team. During one of our meetings he told us that as leaders, we need to be servant leaders,” said Hento, a 2010 MHS alumna. That piece of advice has guided her to taking a back seat when it comes to simple things like lining up at the end of the line when the team goes out to eat, but it’s had bigger impacts, too. “My goal for this last season was to be the best teammate I could be,” she said. Hento knew she wanted to work in and around athletics even before she got to GFU. She looked into becoming a physical therapist, but didn’t like the idea of working in an office all day. “I wanted to be out with the teams on the field and in the gyms,” she said. Part of her studies included interning at...

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Titans stymy Celts

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity softball team needed a win over West Salem High School to help solidify its ranking in the Central  Valley Conference with the state playoff tournament on the horizon. Apparently, it wasn’t meant to be. The Titans rode an early lead in the game to a 6-5 win in an error-plagued game for the Lady Celts. The loss means that the Celts’ final league game vs. Sprague High School Friday, May 16, will mean that much more. “We really need to keep our focus. We can’t slack off and then expect to do well against Sprague if we don’t take McKay and North Salem seriously earlier this week,” said Celt Megan Ulrey. Fielding errors led to two of West’s four runs in opening innings. The Titans were ahead 4-0 before a Kimi Ito double scored Kinsey McNaught in the bottom of the third inning. West responded with another pair of runs in the top of the fourth and took a 6-1 lead. In the bottom of the frame, McNaught found a hole in center field and plated Sarah Jensen and Ulrey. In the bottom of the fifth, senior Dani Saunders scored on an Ulrey single. Ulrey scored on a double by freshman Nicole Duran to close the gap to 6-5. “What helped is that we stayed together as...

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