Boys move forward with mark on backs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School boys varsity basketball team went from predator to prey now that the team is leading the Greater Valley Conference. “It’s a great position to be in but new for us and a new learning experience for our guys,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “We went into the South Salem game confident, not arrogant, and trusted our game plan.” McNary soared to the top of the GVC with a 67-60 win over South Salem High School Tuesday, Jan. 6. However, the win ups the ante for every game going forward. “We need to know that every team is coming for us and we need everyone’s best game,” said junior Harry Cavell, who went 6 for 6 at the free throw line, in the final minute of the game with the Saxons, to help McNary pull away. Cavell put in 17 points in the game overall, but the Celts were led by senior Tregg Peterson who poured in 26 points against the Saxons. McNary took a lead it never relinquished in the second frame against the Saxons, but were under fire for most of the second half. “South scores so quickly, but we were able to slow things down and create some great mismatches with Tregg, Harry and Devon (Dunagan) out on the court,” Kirch said. It was the...

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