Keizertimes. (Salem, Or.) 1979-current, January 26, 2018, Page PAGE A13, Image 13

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Doutt, Lady Celts
topple North Salem
Of the Keizertimes
The bye week did McNary good.
In their fi rst game in seven days, the
Lady Celts (13-4, 7-2) dominated North
Salem 67-34 on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Eight different players scored, includ-
ing four in double fi gures.
“We focused on us a lot and trying
to share the basketball and work to get
the best team shot that we can get,” Mc-
Nary head coach Elizabeth Doran said.
“I thought we really shared the ball well
Senior Kailey Doutt led the Lady Celts
with 19 points, four rebounds and four
steals in three quarters.
“I was excited to play again,” Doutt
said. “I don’t like having breaks so I think
we were all excited for this game, to come
back. I think we moved the ball pretty
well and we shot the ball pretty well from
the outside.”
McNary shot 47 percent from the
fi eld.
Paige Downer went 4-for-4 from 3 to
fi nish with 12 points.
Sabella Alfaro added 10 points and six
rebounds. Mackenzie Proctor provided
10 points off the bench.
The Lady Celts were a perfect 13-for-
13 from the free throw line.
“We’ve been working on the amount
of times we get to the line and increas-
ing our free throw percentage, so that was
good to see,” Doran said.
McNary led from start to fi nish as
Downer made her fi rst 3-pointer less
than a minute into the game.
The Lady Celts led 16-9 at the end of
the fi rst quarter and 33-15 at halftime.
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McNary senior Kailey Doutt scored 19 points in three quarters
against North Salem on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
A student of the game
Gardelli comes to
McNary from Italy
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Riccardo Gardelli had
played basketball on a club
team in Varese, Italy for 10
But he had to start from
scratch when he decided to
come to McNary as an ex-
change student.
“It was like starting from
zero,” said Gardelli, who
came to America in August
through Cultural Homestay
While Gardelli wanted to
travel the world and meet
new people, his main reason
for coming to the U.S. was
to get better at basketball.
He didn’t know where in
the country he would end
“I was lucky because there
are exchange students who
go to America and go to a
place where nobody is there,”
Gardelli said. “Keizer is a
good city with a big school.
Right now I feel very good
right here. McNary is a really
good program and people.”
Gardelli began playing
club basketball when he was
7 years old for Pallacanestro
Varese, the professional team
in his hometown.
Since Italy’s high schools
don’t have athletic teams,
the kids play on club teams.
Gardelli’s club season lasted
nine months.
“It was a little bit hard be-
cause it was like my second
family,” Gardelli said of leav-
ing his club.
College basketball also
doesn’t exist in Italy.
“In America, you have the
possibility to win a scholar-
ship if you’re good. In Italy,
that’s not possible, because
you don’t have sports in col-
lege. So after under-18, you
have to go to a pro team,”
Gardelli said. “If you’re not
good enough, you’re not go-
ing to make it. You’re career
is going to stop there.
“My dream is to come
back here (America) and play
college basketball. It doesn’t
really matter, Division II, Di-
vision I, community college,
it doesn’t matter, just play
four-year basketball.”
Gardelli’s exchange pro-
gram ends on June 16.
After playing in college,
Gardelli would like to return
to Italy to play professionally.
“I went to America be-
cause I wanted to improve
my basketball and then come
back to Italy more ready to
play on a pro team,” he said.
While Italian students are
taught basic English begin-
ning in elementary school,
Gardelli said he didn’t really
begin to study the language
until three months before he
came to the U.S. in August.
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Riccardo Gardelli, an exchange student from Italy, has averaged eight points and 3.7 rebounds per game for McNary this season.
McNary wrestlers fall short on senior night
McNary honored senior wrestlers Jerry Martinez, Noah Grunberg, Isaiah Putnam, Josiah Christensen, Brayden Ebbs, Alex Har-
rison, Joe Collins and Blake Norton before its dual against North Salem on Friday, Jan. 19.
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McNary rolled on Thurs-
day, Jan. 18, defeating McKay
51-12 and West Salem 55-15.
But the Celtics couldn’t
carry that momentum over to
senior night, falling to North
Salem 42-30 on Friday, Jan.
“We wrestled way better
yesterday than we did tonight
and I’m not talking effort,”
McNary head coach Jason
Ebbs said. “I’m talking about
technique. There’s certain
mistakes that we made to-
night that we simply did not
make last night and they were
fatal mistakes.”
Senior Brayden Ebbs (170)
opened Friday’s home dual,
his fi nal at McNary, with a
pin in the fi rst period. After
North Salem won the next
two matches by major deci-
sion and pin fall to go ahead
10-6, senior Blake Norton
(220) earned a pin in the sec-
ond period to put the Celtics
on top 12-10.
But North Salem won the
next four matches, including
a forfeit at 106 pounds, to
grab the lead and never let it
At 126 pounds, McNary
Enrique Vincent
pinned his opponent in 30
seconds. Senior Jerry Marti-
nez then earned a pin in the
second period at 132 pounds.
The Celtics fi nal six points
came on a forfeit at 145
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