Day: March 24, 2015

Everything you need to know about McNary’s turf project

McNary High School will be installing a new artificial turf field this summer. The turf will replace the existing grass field, which means McKay High School will be the only high school in the Salem-Keizer School District with a natural field. In the two months since Keizertimes last talked with organizers, the project has continued apace. Here are some of the most important questions we asked with updates including the latest information. What exactly is this project? About 80,000 square feet of dirt and grass will be removed from the existing Flesher Field at McNary. It will be replaced with FieldTurf, an artificial surface. How much will it cost? About $1 million. Who is paying for it? The cost of the field will be covered by financial contributions and in-kind donations in approximately a 50/50 split. No Salem-Keizer School District funds are being used. How will the turf field improve options at the school? Due to the up-keep involved in natural fields, Flesher Field can currently only be used about 160 times per year. The turf field will be able to withstand 10 times that usage each year over the next 10 years. Who will benefit? Both students and the community will benefit from the installation. More sporting activities, including McNary’s soccer and lacrosse teams will be able to host games on the field. The McNary marching band will...

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McNary baseball back in the swing

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Last year, the McNary High School varsity baseball made it to the playoffs and took out powerhouse Jesuit High School in the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics finished third in league with a conference record of 8-7. It was the best year yet in Head Coach Larry Keeker’s tenure in the saddle. This time around, the league’s Pitcher of the Year, Mickey Walker, is back for his senior season. Walker finished the 2014 season 6-0 with three shutouts, one one-hitter, a pair of two-hitters and a win against every team in the league While that bodes well for the Celts, the pitching staff beyond Walker remains something of a question, said Keeker. “I like who we have on the pitching staff and it’s a deep pool, but there are a lot of questions that won’t be answered until they get into the game,” she said. The Celts can boast a number of seniors this season including Jacob Vasas, Ben Cummings, Cole Thomas, Nick LaFountaine, Connor Goff and Tim Hays. Hays said the addition of three teams to the new-this-year Greater Valley Conference wasn’t a huge concern. “We’ll probably have to be more strategic with pitching, but it’s just going out and hitting the ball on offense,” Hays said. “We can hit a lot of line drives, throw a lot of...

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