PAGE 14, KEIZERTIMES, JANUARY 30, 2015 KEIZERTIMES.COM Montano turns up heat on Grizzlies By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School sophomore Jaylene Montano ignited second-half scoring vs. McMinnville High School in a varsity basketball game Friday, Jan. 23. Montano replaced senior Jasmine Ernest who got into foul trouble in the fi rst half, then drained a trio of three- pointers and 3 of 4 from the fi eld to lead Celtic scoring with 16 points in a 47-29 win. “Once that fi rst shot (a three pointer) went in, my confi dence went up. From there it was a matter of try- ing to get out in the open and making sure we ran through our plays aggressively,” Mon- tano said. It was the fourth consecu- tive win for McNary, and came as the team was about to begin the second round robin of the Greater Valley Conference. The Lady Celts had to wrest back the lead in the game against the Grizzlies in the latter half of the fi rst pe- riod on a basket by Kailey Doutt. The bucket put Mc- Nary up 6-4. “We started the games get- ting good looks, but shots we’d been making just weren’t falling. We were trying some new things in our defense that weren’t quite working, but our man-to-man and half-court defense was just outstanding,” said Derick Handley, McNary head coach. “Luckily, it was one of those games where the defense kept us in it while the offense warmed up.” By the half, the Lady Celts were maintaing a slim, 15-11, lead. “For the fi rst half, it was mostly trying to fi gure out how they play and they were aggressive. We were a little thrown off by that. When we came back out we knew a bit more about what they were going to do and adapted to it,” said Kaelie Flores, a McNary junior. McNary, powered by Mon- tano, stretched the McNary Submitted The McNary girls bowling team: Sierra Mo, KayLynn Hatfi eld, Brittney Kiser, Hannah Russell and Aneeka Stephen. Lady Celts bowlers win district KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald McNary’s Vanessa Hayes puts up a block in the game with the McMinnville High School Grizzlies Friday, Jan. 23. lead in the third period. A six- point run by Ernest helped seal the win in the fi nal min- utes. Madi Hingston had 10 points in the outing; Doutt and Sydney Hunter had six apiece; Lauren Hudgins had two. “We’ve been playing a lot better lately. They’re getting comfortable with new coach- es and they are getting more comfortable with each other,” Handley said. “What I’m hop- ing is to see that confi dence continue as we come to the second half of the season.” Flores said better commu- nication and cohesive team- work were at the top of her wish list for the coming weeks. Consistent effort and not letting other teams slow Mc- Nary’s momentum would be key, said Montano. “We always need to try our best in every game – even if we’re behind – because we don’t know what will happen if we do that,” she said. By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After leading for most of the day at the district bowl- ing tournament, the McNary High School girls bowling team hit its fi rst snafu in the fi rst game of the fi nals match. “The whole day had been going really well. We were 300 points ahead of the sec- ond place team most of the day, and 500 points ahead of the last-place team,” said Lady Celt Hannah Russell. It wasn’t until the Lady Celts had to sit out for a game while the second and third place teams competed that the girls began to lose a bit of steam. “All we could do was sit and wait, and I think that’s what got into our heads,” said McNary’s Sierra Mo. The Celtics fi nished two pins behind McKay High School, 168-166, in their fi rst fi nals game, but stormed back to take the district champi- onship with a score of 183- 135 in the second game. “We didn’t have as many strikes as we wanted, but spares make the game,” said senior KayLynn Hatfi eld. Junior Brittney Kiser said to the state competition Feb- the team spirit is what car- ruary 21 and 22. That com- ried them through to the big petition will be held at Sa- fi nale. lem’s Firebird Lanes. “In past years, we’ve al- Head Coach Kathy Ka- ways had moments where we plan said the team “went got down on each other. This above and beyond” at the time, we were just believing district tournament. in each other all day long. I “In practice, we had some don’t know when we’ll have low scores of around 100, but the chance I told them to do some- they need to thing like that be aggres- again,” Kiser sive and prac- said. “In the tice like they three district would need tour naments to play at the I’ve been to, district tour- this one felt nament. In the the best.” district com- — Brittney Kiser petition, their The boys fi nished third low game was in a fi eld a 134 and their of tough competition, but high was a 214,” Kaplan said. overall the Celts posted fi ve She added that having Ste- All-Star bowlers who will phen practice with the team get to compete in another while she was still in middle tournament in March. For school was a huge boon. the boys, Scott Bridger and “I would love to have Nick Blythe earned All-Star more middle schoolers come status. Hatfi eld, Russell and out and bowl with us during Mo all qualifi ed out of the practices. It gets them used to girls team. the style of bowling we do Kiser and freshman An- and it was a huge advantage eeka Stephen are hoping to this year when Aneeka could qualify when the girls head join the team,” Kaplan said. “We were just believing in each other all day long.” KYBA Celts on a roll Mat men settle for little victories at Reser tourney By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School wrestlers traveled to Cor- vallis for the annual Reser Tournament of Champions last weekend. They expected tough competition, but maybe not quite as tough as they en- countered. “It’s the toughest tourna- ment we wrestle all season long. Any match you want to win is going to be close,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. Overall, McNary had one wrestler win his weight class in junior varsity brackets, one take third in varsity and one take sixth in varsity. Jonathon Phelps took fi rst in the 132 junior var- sity bracket, but his toughest match wasn’t the fi nal. Jonathon faced Sandy High School’s Jonathan Morrell in the semifi nals, a wrestler he’d lost to earlier this season. This time, he was determined to reach a different outcome. “I was more of the ag- gressor and took him down. When I got on top, I rode him and just kept putting bars and half-nelsons on him to show him who was in control of the match,” Jonathon said. He was so tired at the end of the third round, 9-4 vic- tory that he took a nap before heading back to the fi rst place match against Eagle Point’s Conor Goines. Jonathon won 4-1. “He was tough and I could have done better, but I was wiped out,” he said. Senior Alvarro Venegas, who wrestles at 195 pounds, took his fi rst loss of the sea- son at Reser against Crook County High School’s Gun- nar Robirts. “I went out there and I was scared and he was really good and really big. I brushed off the fi rst shot he took on me easily, but I could feel his strength and it kind of got into my head,” Venegas said. “He Please see WRESTLE, Page 14 Submitted Back row: Kalea Salang, Brianna Anaya, Trinity Phipps, Bailey Hittner, Hailey Ostby, Anaya Coronado and Loren Elmore. Front row: Julie Dieker, Abby Hawley, Anita Lao, Chloe Campbell and Grace Brown. The eighth grade Keizer Celts girls, rep- resenting Keizer Youth Basketball Associa- tion, started their tournament season 12-0. Those wins include three fi rst place tournament trophies, most recently one from the Sisters Shootout, January 17 and 18. Coached by Ron Hittner and Jeff Hai- ley since the girls fi fth grade season, the Lady Celts are showing their growth this season. The team’s full court press in the fi - nal game on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Sisters Shootout, proved extremely effective.