PAGE A10, KEIZERTIMES, APRIL 3, 2015 The Athlete’s Best Friend …is their Chiropractor. Quality Chiropractic for the Whole Family CALL TODAY 503 -391- 9112 Meet Dr. Andrew Isaksen 1797 Lansing Ave NE, Salem • www.nwfamilychiro.net KEIZERTIMES.COM Boys golf will have to work harder for repeat KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald McNary golfers Casey Potmesil, Teegan Papke, Adam Raschko, Sean McAllay and Brady Sparks endured a pouring rain to practice Tuesday, March 31. By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In 2014, the McNary High School boys var- sity golf team won a league title. With an ex- panded league this season, the Celts will have to work that much harder. “We knew, with West Albany added in the league, it would be a challenge. We’ll be grind- ing every week this year to keep up with them,” said Brady Sparks, a McNary junior. The Bulldogs beat out the Celts in the fi rst league tournament of the season Mon- day, March 30. But not by much. West Albany turned in a team score of 320 and the Celtics were 329. West Salem High School was nipping at McNary’s heels with a 331. “We wanted to be in the 320s, this is a team that needs to be there, and we can build from there as the season goes on,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. “We have some work to do, but we had some kids who played above their averages in the league tournament. Sean (McAllay) did really well under pressure.” McAllay shot the best game for McNary, a 77, in the league tournament. He was fol- lowed by Sparks with an 80, Riley Hancock and Teegan Papke with 86s, and Adam Raschko with a 90. The squad is still trying to fi ll out its junior varsity ranks, but Celt Casey Potmesil was the medalist in the league’s JV tournament with a 44. “It feels good to start out close to where we left off. If we get a couple guys down into the high 80’s we will compete well all season,” McAllay said. Two weeks ago, McNary placed fi fth out of 12 teams in a Tualatin tournament that hosted some of the state’s top teams. “We’re not a state elite team yet, but we’re a good team,” Ward said. One of the ways McAllay, the only senior on the squad, wants to see the team get even better is by doing some team bonding. “I’m trying to organize team breakfasts each day we have a tournament,” he said. “All I can do is encourage them is to get out and play even in terrible weather. Brady and Adam have been here since before me and I’ve got good guys to back me up,” KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald Celt Nick LaFountaine fi res off a pitch in a preseason game two weeks ago. LaFountaine’s work on the mound proved pivotal in a game during the McNary varsity baseball team’s trip to Arizona. Arizona opponents prove tougher than Lady Celts go toe-to-toe expected for Celts Please see GOLF, Page A11 with Oregon’s top team By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Despite walking away from a spring break tournament at Jesuit High School without a win, the Lady Celt varsity softball team took one moral victory. The McNary High School team went toe-to-toe with the Westview High School Wild- cats, the No. 1 ranked team in the state. The girls lost 13-11. “We outhit them 16-10 and against a pitcher who moves the ball around well. Westview’s coach came up afterward and said she’d never seen any team hit like that,” said Kevin Wise, McNary head coach. Throughout the tourna- ment, the team never lacked offense. The girls notched 32 runs in three games. A fourth game was called in the second inning due to rain. “We attacked the ball in the fi rst inning, and we scored in the fi rst inning in every game,” said Lady Celt Madi- son Oliver. Wise said he knew the offense was coming, but he didn’t expect the team to un- load this early on. “This tournament, we By ERIC A. HOWALD kind of showed us where we Of the Keizertimes want and need to be,” said Well, the team bonding McNary senior Matt Aguilar. was good. The team fared quite a The McNary High School bit better in its second game. varsity baseball team’s time on The Celtics had a 6-0 lead the fi eld in Arizona during over Liberty High School, of spring break left a bit more to Colorado, at the top of the be desired. third inning when the wheels “We had a disappointing came off. Liberty knotted up fi rst day and that led to other the game in the bottom of the problems,” said Larry Keeker, frame and went on to win the McNary head coach. whole thing 10-7. M c N a r y ’s “The com- fi rst team out- petition level of-the-gate on was solid, but a trip to spring we defi nitely training in Ari- didn’t play to zona was Col- the standard orado’s High- we know we lands Ranch can,” said Celt High School, Jacob Vasas. one of the bet- Aguilar ter high school led the team teams of the with two runs nation. scored. Evan “Just watch- Alger, Trevor ing them warm Gilbert, Mick- up we could ey Walker, tell they were — Matt Aguilar Tim Hays and good, but we Kevin Martin didn’t play very all scored one well. We were in vacation run each. mode and didn’t do the things “We gave that game away we needed to do to prepare on errors and it made it more that day,” Keeker said. disappointing than the fi rst The Falcons put seven runs one,” Keeker said. on the board in the fi rst in- Despite the loss, it was a ning, one in third and three in turnaround for the Keizer the fi fth, taking an 11-0 win. team at the dish. “All of the teams we played “The middle of the line- had good fundamentals and it up started producing and that “The competition level was solid, but we didn’t play to the standard we know we can. KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald McNary’s Kinsey McNaught, who is batting better than .600 for the season, makes a throw from the outfi eld in a game two weeks ago. started fi nding those holes from the plate,” he said. Every player in the line- up had at least one hit in the Westview game. Nadia Witt had two doubles, Oliver, Kelsi Christenson, Haley Ebner, Hanna Carr and Megan Ul- rey each had one. Sophomore Nicole Duran hit a home run. Carr had four RBIs. Please see CELTS, Page A11 allowed the guys at the front and back to score,” Vasas said. Following a third loss, 4-3 to Pueblo West High School, Celt Nick LaFountaine put on the performance of the Celts’ tournament in a game with Colorado’s Valley Vista High School. “Nick got pulled in the fi rst inning of the game with Highlands Ranch and then came back to start for us against Valley Vista. He gave up a home run in the third, but he kept us in that game and gave us a chance to be competitive,” Keeker said. Valley Vista never scored more than two runs in an in- ning, but McNary was too far behind (5-0) to catch up. While the boys didn’t fi nd success on the fi eld, Aguilar said it was the off-the-fi eld moments that made the big- gest difference. “The whole trip was a suc- cess because we bonded as a team better even though we didn’t win our games,” he said. “I got to know some of the guys better than I had, and we grew more as team than we would have if we’d hung around Keizer.” Between games, the Celts visited a water park, played mini-golf, toured the San Francisco Giants’ practice fa- cility and had many meals to- gether as a team.