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back to beat the Celts at Mc-
Nary 71-62 a few weeks later.
Those two games meant the
teams shared the GVC title
with 15-1 records.
Throughout the season,
McNary was almost always a
better second half team than
they were game starters. It
meant the Celts had to fi nd
ways to win in a variety of
high-pressure circumstances.
From holding on to close
leads, to rallying from behind
and even a win in overtime,
McNary didn’t have a single
night off.
While it was a rigorous sea-
son, the accolades poured in
by the end. The entire start-
ing line-up received all-league
honors. Tregg Peterson and
Harry Cavell were both named
to the fi rst team all-league
with Peterson being named
Player of the Year. Devon Du-
nagan was named second team
all-league. Trent Van Cleave
was given third team honors.
Mathew Ismay was an honor-
able mention, but also named
Defensive Player of the Year.
The boys also topped the
state in average GPA for 6A
teams for the year. Collectively,
they averaged a 3.65. It was the
second consecutive year that
the boys claimed the state title
for classroom efforts.
“I feel best for our se-
niors. From where the pro-
gram was when they were
freshmen, to where it is now is
due to their commitment and
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Hingston, Hunter, Flores and
Kailey Doutt – will all re-
“It’s going to be a tough
decision on what our line-
up will look like next season
with a lot of young players
like Kailey, Jaylene Montano
and Paige Downer compet-
ing for starting spots and
more time. We should also
have some really good cur-
rent eighth graders who will
come in next year as fresh-
hard work. It’s not only the
wins and losses, but the aca-
demics, the culture of the pro-
gram and the character they
have instilled in younger play-
ers,” Kirch said.
Peterson, Dunagan, Cole
Thomas, Drew McHugh and
Connor Goff will all graduate
in June, but that leaves Mc-
Nary with a powerful nucleus
of Cavell, Van Cleave and Is-
The team also has a long list
of juniors who will be vying
for spots next season.
“We have some solid piec-
es coming back with some
younger guys chomping at
the bit to earn playing time. I
think the bar has been set by
this year’s team in regard to
what our program is about and
how we expect to compete for
a league championship each
year,” Kirch said.
The program has sever-
al players making their way
through the junior varsity
ranks poised for time in varsity
While Peterson was the
team’s standout for much of
the season, most of the play-
ers had their nights to shine.
Kirch’s plan is to build off that
next season.
“Our preparation was key
to our success this year along
with our unselfi sh attitudes
and the enjoyment they had
playing with, and for, one an-
other,” he said. “While it hurts
right now, when the guys have
the opportunity to look back
and realize what they have ac-
complished, it was a very spe-
cial year.”
men and compete for play-
ing time,” Handley said.
throughout the season was
its ability to absolutely shut
down another team on de-
fense. The girls had four
games – albeit against a few
of the more struggling teams
– when they allowed 15
points or less. Handley will
be looking closely at who
can become the team’s “shut
down defender,” a la Ernest
or Jones.
If there’s was one aspect
he hopes the girls will latch
onto, it’s the importance of
A: Sgt. Bob Trump (right) watches as offi cer Dave Babcock
handcuffs a suspect, played by Lt. Andrew Copeland on March
B: Babcock goes through a hand-to-hand fi ghting exercise
with offi cer Darsy Olafson.
C: Babock (left) debriefs with Trump following an active shoot-
er scenario in the back of the old Roth’s building.
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Trump then had offi cers
go in the back and deal with a
stubborn subject with a weap-
on, in this case played by Lt.
Andrew Copeland. Babcock
went through the scenario in
being consistent in practice
and during games.
“We want everyone to go
100 percent in each rep. This
year, that didn’t always hap-
pen and we developed some
bad habits.”
I’m hoping our players
will remember the feeling
going into next season, and
will do whatever necessary
to make sure we don’t ‘lose’
games. It’s okay to be beat
by a team that is better, but
I don’t want our girls to ac-
cept giving away games with
unforced mental and physical
mistakes,” Handley said.
a dark back room.
“He was not responding to
my commands,” Babcock said
while debriefi ng with Trump.
The scenario helped offi -
cers with a common issue.
“Handcuffs have to some-
times be put on in low light,
high stress situations,” Cope-
land said. “That’s one of the
top lawsuits police depart-
ments face, because you can
cut off nerves.”
The next scenario was of
an active shooter somewhere
in the building. Babcock en-
tered the building, with Co-
peland playing the role of a
victim and shouting about
the shooter. Under careful
observation from Trump, Bab-
cock followed the sounds and
tracked down the suspect.
From his vantage point
at the front of the building,
Olafson could observe the ap-
proach each offi cer took.
“Yesterday the fi rst six of-
fi cers took six different ap-
proaches,” he said. “They all
had tactical reasons for what
they did. None of them were
wrong. The fi rst thing we look
at is the hands, if they are out
or if they are concealed. When
you go in on scene, the fi rst
thing we clear is the hands.
Some will stop (Copeland),
while some will go by him.”
Copeland said offi cers did
what they were trained to do.
“What we’re taught to do is
go to the problem,” Copeland
said. “Everybody has the same
mission, going to the sound. If
you lose the sound, you pause
and listen. Over the last cou-
ple of years, the way we re-
spond to an active shooter has
changed. It used to be you’d
wait outside for three other
offi cers, so you go in as a pod.
“From shootings in schools
and malls, studies show if fi rst
offi cers go in by themselves,
they can prevent more casual-
ties and they can direct other
offi cers on where to go,” he
added. “In the Reynolds High
School shooting (in 2014),
two school resource offi cers
inserted themselves and pre-
vented numerous kids from
being hurt.”
Babcock described his
thought process to Trump.
“It was an active shooter,”
Babcock said. “I was slicing
the pie. I heard shots back
Trump said Babcock did a
great job.
“We’re proud of Dave Bab-
cock,” Trump said.
The last training had offi -
cers respond to a work setting
with a disgruntled employee
who had just been laid off.
John and Kecia Keller won
a West Salem High School raf-
fl e and thus got to participate
in the scenarios and also watch
Babcock go through them.
“I thought it sounded in-
teresting,” Kecia said, breaking
into a grin. “It’s not the usual
raffl e to win.”
For John, participating was
an eye opener.
“Just being in this build-
ing raises the stress level,” he
said. “I’ve earned new respect
for offi cers, totally. You could
see how good (Babcock) was.
He’s been trained. It’s second
nature to him.”
While most offi cers went
through the training and then
returned to the streets, Olaf-
son was among those who
stayed at the old Roth’s for
two days.
“It’s hard to not screw
around after two straight
14-hour days,” he said. “Ev-
ery offi cer goes through the
same thing. It gets to be like
Groundhog Day.”
Those staying in the build-
ing all day got breaks, but were
not on regular calls. Still, old
habits die hard for Olafson,
Copeland, Trump and Jeff
“On (March 3), they had a
domestic situation at McNary
Estates,” Olafson said. “We all
helped out. On lunch break,
we’d more rather go run after
a bad guy than have lunch.”
Last week’s training is typi-
cally done twice a year, in ad-
dition to quarterly training for
topics like shooting and CPR.
This was the fi rst time KPD
has used the Roth’s building
for this type of training.
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