Keizertimes. (Salem, Or.) 1979-current, December 29, 2017, Page PAGE A13, Image 13

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#7 Claggett Creek relay wins gold
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“He’s incredibly smart, in-
credibly physical. He knows
his angles well. Guys who re-
ally understand the game see
how important and critical he
is. It’s a lot of hard work. He’s
tough. He’s athletic and he
prides himself on it.”
Along with winning his
third straight Defensive Play-
er of the Year award, Ismay
was also voted First Team all-
league. He led the Celtics in
points (13.6), rebounds (5.08)
and assists (4.92) per game.
“It’s a real honor to get First
Team,” Ismay said. “I’ve taken
a lot more shots and scored a
lot more this year than in the
Matthew Ismay was again
voted GVC Defensive Player
of the Year.
#8 McNary football
wins playoff game
Grath then gave McNary fans
even more relief, intercepting
Grants Pass quarterback Blain
Hobbs with only 1:30 left to
Barker passed for 337 yards
and two touchdowns. Walling
rushed for 175 yards on 30
McNary came from be-
hind to defeat Grants Pass 22-
20 in the fi rst round of the
state playoffs.
“It’s a nice step for us,”
head coach Jeff Auvinen said
after the game. “We’re going
to enjoy tonight. It’s been a
The Celtics trailed 20-10
late in the third quarter when
quarterback Erik Barker con-
nected with Junior Walling on
a wheel route for a 30-yard
gain to get the Celtics inside
the Cavemen 20-yard line.
Barker then found Jakoby
Doke for a 12-yard touch-
down to cut the defi cit to
Forcing just its second
three-and-out of the game,
McNary’s defense got the
ball back to its offense and
Barker needed only one play
to throw the winning touch-
down, fi nding senior Kyle
McCallister for a 48-yard
score with 3:21 remaining.
“I just extended that route
because I knew there was
nothing,” McCallister said.
“Jonny (Williams) had a great
block on the outside for me
to get to the end zone. I’ve
only had one other touch-
down this year. That felt
Barker, who had to step
up in the pocket waiting for
someone to get open, said he
didn’t actually see McCallister
catch it.
“I got lit up,” Barker said.
“When I got up, I was just
overcome with relief. That
was the greatest feeling of the
whole night.”
Defensive back Alex Mc-
In its fi rst trip to the Or-
egon Middle School Meet of
Champions, Claggett Creek
Middle School’s 4x100 boys
relay team of eighth graders
Gabriel Martinez, Ethan Mar-
tin, Emanuel Figueroa and
Dyami Rios brought home a
state championship while set-
ting a school record of 46.61
CCMS went into the meet
on Thursday, May 25 at Cor-
vallis High School with the
fastest time but barely made it
to fi nals after fi nishing in sev-
enth in 47.85 during prelims.
“It was very nerve-rack-
ing,” said Martinez, who ran
the fi rst leg of the race. “We
didn’t know what was going
to happen in fi nals. We had
four hours to prepare our-
selves mentally and just win
the race and try to do our
Claggett wasn’t at full
strength. Just one day before
the meet, Martin, Claggett’s
second runner, had hurt his
ankle falling off the bleachers
at school.
“I didn’t want to let them
down so I just ran through the
pain,” Martin said.
After running the third leg,
Figueroa passed the baton to
Ethan Figuerora, Dyami Rios, Ethan Martin and Gabriel Martinez won the 4x100 relay at the Or-
egon Middle School Meet of Champions in May.
Rios to fi nish the race.
“I was just trying not to
lose the lead and run my fast-
est,” said Rios.
Claggett’s sprint coach, put
the four kids together as sixth
“I like to keep kids to-
gether because the more you
work together the stronger
you become as a team,” Rich-
ardson said. “They started off
as sixth graders with a 52 (sec-
onds) and then went 49 as sev-
enth graders and 46 as eighth
graders. It’s huge because we
haven’t had a dominant group
of kids so it’s been a real bless-
ing. These kids are leaving a
legacy of what they can do
so other kids here can be in-
spired by what they’ve done.
These guys are good leaders
in the classroom. They’re hard
#9 Gragg named #10 Salang wins gold, bronze
AD at McNary High
McNary hired Scott Gragg,
a retired NFL offensive line-
man, football coach and prin-
cipal, to replace Ron Richards,
who retired in July.
Gragg was picked out of 19
“I’m very excited because
I think we’ve got a superstar,”
Jespersen said. “He’s going to be
amazing for us.”
Gragg was fi rst hired at Mc-
Nary as an instructional coach
before the 2016-17 school year.
He then became interim assis-
tant principal in charge of dis-
cipline before being named AD.
For a kid that grew up in the
area (Silverton), the McNary
AD job is a blessing.
“To be able to come back to
the Willamette Valley and work
in a community and a school
that are doing things the right
way, it’s a dream come true,”
Gragg said.
Leilani Salang, a Blanchet
Catholic senior and Keizer
resident, threw a nearly 10-
foot PR in the discus to win
the 3A state championship at
Hayward Field in Eugene.
Salang had placed seventh
in the event as a sophomore.
“I had visualized it many
times,” Salang said of win-
ning the state title. “I had
thought about it the night be-
fore, walking from the seventh
place podium though every
step getting all the way to the
top. It felt so good, just accom-
plishing my goal.”
Salang got on the podium
three more times before her fi -
nal high school track and fi eld
meet was over.
Individually, she placed
third in the shot put with a
throw of 37-11.5 and eighth
in the javelin at 107-08. Salang,
Emily Collier, Trinity Phipps
and Bailey Hittner set a new
school record of 51.30 to fi n-
ish sixth in the 4×100 relay.
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