Keizertimes. (Salem, Or.) 1979-current, January 30, 2015, Image 16

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    PAGE 16, KEIZERTIMES, JANUARY 30, 2015
New fi eld able to
Celt boys win, TURF:
handle 10x the usage
warm up slowly in
Grizzlies’ Furnace
(Continued from Page 1)
By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
From the outset of a var-
sity basketball game with
McMinnville High School, it
was clear that McNary High
School’s 15-2 team was still
getting used to drawing out
the best game from every op-
ponent.
“We came out and just
let their shooters shoot,” said
Harry Cavell, a McNary ju-
nior. “We need to start listen-
ing to the scouting reports
because there’s been mul-
tiple games where we know
there’s a shooter or a slasher
and they’ve just killed us with
stuff we knew they were go-
ing to do.”
Despite cramped quarters
in the McMinnville gym,
dubbed The Furnace, Mc-
Nary put together a strong
second half to win 55-38.
It was the Grizzlies’ three-
point specialist Joey Chapman
who McNary had the most
diffi culty containing in the
fi rst half. Chapman kept Mc-
Minnville ahead of the Celtics
for nearly fi ve minutes at the
start of the game.
A three-pointer by Cole
Thomas pulled the Celtics
ahead 8-6 for the fi rst time
in at 2:45 in the fi rst frame.
Thomas would prove to be
McNary’s most consistent
shooter of the night. He went
3 for 3 from the fi eld, 1 for 1
from three-point range and 2
for 2 from the foul line for a
total of nine points.
McNary trailed by a point
at the end of the fi rst quarter,
but fi nished the half up 18-17.
In what’s become something
of a trend, the Celtics came
out of the locker room more
fi nely tuned.
“Down the stretch, we
played better defense and kept
their shooters contained. We
got in the middle, got good
cuts inside and did better exe-
cution-wise,” Thomas said.
McMinnville tied the
game 21-21 at 4:15 in the
In addition to lines for
football, the fi eld surface will
include lines for boys and girls
lacrosse. While that portion
of the project was uncertain
in planning stages, it is now a
certainty.
“It gives that those teams
an opportunity to play at
home, and we need the la-
crosse community’s support as
well,” McNutt said. Lacrosse is
still a club sport at the school,
but the boys team has had
only one home game in four
years due to the constraints of
the grass fi eld.
McNutt said the usage of
the fi eld will likely skyrocket
upon completion. Whereas a
natural grass might only sus-
tain 160 uses a year, an arti-
fi cial turf fi eld could be used
10 times as often. Most im-
portantly, it gives the school
itself more opportunities for
outdoor activities in physical
education and other classes.
“In sports at Sprague, we’ve
also seen it cut down on the
number of knee injuries and
concussions due to the soft
surface,” McNutt said.
The school district now
possesses equipment for turf
fi eld upkeep, which should
help avoid the rapid aging
that West Salem’s fi eld expe-
rienced.
As the start date nears,
there are still some outstand-
ing needs. Organizers still
need about $150,000 in cash
as well as in-kind donations
of rock and concrete work,
drainage work and drainage
pipe, trucking for removal of
the existing fi eld and fuel for
those vehicles.
McNutt said a gofundme.
com account is being worked
on for accepting fi nancial do-
nations online.
For fi nancial donations,
contact Ted Anagnos at
tedanagnos@comcast.net
or Ron Richards, McNary
athletic director, at 503-399-
3238 or richards_ron@salkeiz.
k12.or.us. Contact McNutt
at bmfamins@comcast.net to
discuss in-kind donations.
New Volcanoes manager in town Feb. 6
The new manager of the Salem-Keizer Vol-
canoes will be the featured guest at its annual
Winter Sports Banquet Friday, Feb. 6.
Kyle Haines, 32, was drafted by the Giants
in 2004 and spent part of his rookie season
playing shortstop for the Volcanoes. The event
KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald
Celt Devon Dunagan leaps between a pair of Grizzly defenders
in the game Friday, Jan. 23.
third frame, but McNary re-
sponded with an eight-point
run. The Celtics capped the
period with an alley-oop from
Thomas to Tregg Peterson at
the buzzer, putting the Keizer
team up 31-23.
The Grizzlies threatened
again early in the fourth pe-
riod, drawing to within two
points of McNary, but the
Celtics got tougher on defense
and gradually pulled away.
McNary had taken control of
the game with a 10-point lead
going into the fi nal minutes
by frustrating the McMin-
nville defense and getting to
the foul line.
“Offensively, we had trou-
ble getting into our stuff, but
we got to the line and got to
the hoop and got fouled late
in the game,” Cavell said.
Cavell led Celtic scoring
with 15 points; Peterson put
in 14; Trent Van Cleave had
seven; Mathew Ismay had six;
and Devon Dunagan had four
points.
While the team lacked
consistency in execution,
Head Coach Ryan Kirch said
the boys are doing a admirable
job of maintaining level heads.
“They
are
confi dent.
They’re not arrogant, but
there hasn’t been a time when
I’ve seen them lose their men-
tal composure. There are times
when I’d like to see them get
a little more angry, but I don’t
think their attitude is falter-
ing,” Kirch said. “We’ve had to
win games in a lot of different
ways and that’s good. At this
point, the mental aspect is the
biggest thing for us.”
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