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    PAGE A8, KEIZERTIMES, APRIL 10, 2015
KEIZERTIMES.COM
Boys 4x100 turns
in state’s top time
KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald
McNary’s Megan Ulrey winds up a pitch in the game with St. Helens Friday, April 3. The Lady Celts survived a late-game rally by
the Lions to win 10-9.
Girls withstand Lions’ roar
By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The Lady Celt varsity
softball team is looking for-
ward to a little more parity in
their league competition this
season.
“I feel like it’s going to be
more of an even battle not
having one team that’s way
above the rest of us,” said
Kelsi Christenson, a McNary
High School junior.
For the past several sea-
sons, and in a smaller league,
South Salem High School’s
Katie Donovan was able to
keep most teams off kilter at
the plate. Donovan graduat-
ed last June leaving the new
Greater Valley Conference
fi eld more open.
“I think we’re ready to go.
I feel like this is the best team
I’ve had so far out of three
good teams. They know what
they want to do and they are
a great group of kids,” said
Kevin Wise, McNary head
coach.
The girls kicked off league
competition Tuesday, April
7, with a game vs. North
Salem High School, contin-
ued Wednesday, April 8, with
a game against West Salem
High School and they travel
to West Albany High School
Friday, April 10.
While the outlook is
somewhat murky, that doesn’t
mean the hard-hitting Celt-
ics will have a league title
handed to them.
“West Salem and Sprague
are going to be good. Sprague
is already showing it,” said
Christenson.
McNary’s took on St.
Helens High School Friday,
April 3, at home. McNary
won 10-9, but it was a game
Wise thought shouldn’t have
been so close.
“Megan (Ulrey) has been
pitching so well that the de-
fense is getting lulled to sleep.
But good hitting teams like
St. Helens teams will learn
and put the ball in play,” Wise
said. “We also have three
freshmen in the infi eld and
they were making uncharac-
teristic throws.”
McNary was up 7-0 in the
fourth inning, but the Lions
rallied for six runs in the top
of the fi fth. The Lady Celts
added three in the bottom
of the frame and held of St.
Helens for the win.
Madison Oliver went
3-for-4 with four RBIs and
two runs scored. Kiana Vil-
larreal went 3-for-4 with a
run and an RBI. Nicole Du-
ran hit a home run.
Prior to that game Mc-
Nary ran away with a 17-3
win over Sunset High School
April 1. The Celtics had a
15-run lead before the Apol-
los even made it to the board
in the fourth inning.
Lady Celts turn up heat
even when wins elude
By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The McNary High School
girls varsity tennis team had a
see-saw week in matches with
West Albany and North Sa-
lem high schools.
“We’ve had some struggles
in singles aside from Cambria
Ruston, but the thing is all the
girls are playing competitively
with long volleys, even in the
matches they lose,” said Der-
ick Handley, the team’s assis-
tant coach.
The Lady Celts mustered
only one win in competi-
tion with West Albany Tues-
day, March 31. The former
5A school was added to the
6A Greater Valley Conference
this year. Since then, the Bull-
dogs have been making things
tough for the Celts in nearly
every sport.
Freshman Hannah Chil-
dress notched the win in three
sets. She lost her fi rst set 3-6,
but battled back to take the
match with sets of 6-2 and
6-1.
One other match with the
Bulldogs went to three sets.
Sandy Childress lost with set
scores of 6-2, 5-7 and 6-1.
Katelyn Kolb and Claudia
Estrada Correa made it to a
tiebreaker after two sets, but
came up on the losing end,
6-3, 7-6(7-2).
The girls fared much bet-
ter in a 7-1 win over North
Salem High School Thursday,
April 2.
“We’ve been a little fl at-
footed and it’s partly having
KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald
Austin Verboort prepares for launch in the varsity pole vault
during the Sprague meet Wednesday, April 1.
By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
McNary High School girls and boys varsity track and fi eld
teams split a meet with Sprague High School Wednesday, April
1.
The Oly boys won 80-65 while the Celt girls took a 77-67
win. The big news of the week, however, was the boys 4x100
relay team notching the fastest time in the state.
“I take it with a grain of salt. I don’t want to let it get to our
heads. Obviously, our hard work is playing off, but we can’t let
up now,” said Kyle Torres, a veteran of the team.
Torres, AJ Johnk, Brendan Van Voorhis and Riley Moore won
the race in 42.60 seconds at the Titan Track Classic Friday, April
3. They are two-tenths of a second ahead of West Salem High
School in the statewide OSAA 6A rankings.
“It feels good, but we have to keep working. We’ve got a
target on our backs now,” said sophomore Brendan Van Voorhis.
The Celt boys’ 4x400 team of Angel Goemaere, Van Voohis,
Torres and Moore is currently ninth in the state.
On the girls side of the Oly meet, Dani Duran said the team
has high hopes and is coming together well.
“Our team is really good and really close, it’s just going to
take a lot of hard work and showing up every day,” she said.
Please see TRACK, Page A9
KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald
Tim Hays lines a ball to outfi eld for an RBI during McNary’s
game with North Salem high School Tuesday, April 7.
Celts show fl awless
defense in 2-1 win
KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald
Mirielle Martinez charges the net to return a volley during the North Salem match Thursday, April
2, at McNary.
no non-league games. We
did a better job with North
on that point,” Handley said.
“The problem is that you
kind of have to fi gure it out in
individual sports like tennis.”
In singles, Rushton won
in sets of 7-5 and 6-0; Ami
Chikatso won after one 6-0
set (her opponent couldn’t
fi nish the match); and Kristy
Kely won in consecutive 6-2
sets.
In doubles, the Childress
sisters won in a pair of 6-1
sets; Ariana Neads and Sami
Trowbridge won in sets of
6-3 and 6-0; Katherine Pat-
terson and Hannah Kannier
won in sets of 6-4 and 6-0;
and Tayler Rains and Blanca
Tepeque won in sets of 6-2
and 6-1.
Mirielle Martinez had the
team’s only loss, but made a
fi ght of it. Her set scores were
7-5 and 6-2.
By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The McNary High School
varsity baseball team needed
a shot in the arm after dis-
appointing appearances in a
tournament during spring
break. They got it with a 2-1
win over Oregon City High
School Wednesday, April 1.
“I feel good and the kids
feel good heading into league
competition because, in the
game against Oregon City, we
pitched and played defense
they way we’re capable of do-
ing,” said Larry Keeker, Mc-
Nary head coach.
The teams were tied 1-1
in McNary’s last appearance
at the plate. Senior Nick La-
Fountaine got a lead-off single.
Fellow senior Cole Thomas
moved LaFountaine to third
The McNary High School
baseball program is host-
ing a one-day clinic Sat-
urday, April 11, from noon
to 3:30 p.m.
The clinic will include fun-
damentals of warming
up, fundamentals of play-
ing catch and defensive
and offensive stations for
players to rotate through.
Cost is $25 and drop-in
registration is welcome.
The clinic will be held on
Flesher Field, weather
permitting, or in the gym
in the event of rain.
on a single of his own. When
the pitcher tried to pick off
Thomas at fi rst, the baseman
mishandled the catch.
“I got the read and took
a head start, that’s when we
Please see DEFENSE, Page A9