Month: January 2017

Lady Celts knock rust off at Sprague

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—After a nearly two week break from game action, McNary needed about three quarters to begin looking like its normal self Friday, Jan. 27 in a 53-33 victory at Sprague. “It was pretty obvious that we hadn’t played in 10 days,” Lady Celts head coach Derick Handley said. “We had a slow start, not a ton of energy early on. We weren’t making a lot of outside shots. Our tempo was a lot slower than we were hoping for. It’s hard when you just play each other for as long as we had. It was really about midway through the third quarter that we got back to how we had been playing and starting knocking down some of the shots that we’ve been making on a consistent basis.” Even with the slow start, McNary led from start to finish as Paige Downer made a 3-pointer 35 seconds into the game. The Lady Celts held on to a 11-7 lead entering the second quarter and Sprague made a 3-pointer with 5:40 remaining in the first half to get within 15-12. However, McNary answered with a 6-0 run and entered halftime with a 24-15 advantage. After Sprague outscored the Lady Celts 12-11 in the third quarter, McNary won the fourth 18-6. “We played really solid man-to-man defense, which we haven’t been playing a lot of lately,”...

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Shorthanded Celtics fall at Sprague

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—McNary (14-4, 7-3) got within one possession in the fourth quarter but with one starter out with an injury and another playing through the flu, the Celtics ran out of gas at Sprague. “Not having two of our top eight or nine really hurt us,” McNary head coach Ryan Kirch said after an 85-74 loss on Friday, Jan. 27. “I thought we battled but the guys that were out there were just exhausted.” The Celtics never led in the contest as Sprague sophomore Jailen Hammer, who finished with 30 points, knocked down two 3-pointers in the first 35 seconds to give the Olympians a quick 6-0 lead. McNary trailed just 15-14 at the end of the first quarter but were then outscored 23-14 in the second. Sprague continued to extend its lead in the second half. Trailing 52-36, Matthew Ismay and Kevin Martin made back-to-back 3-pointers. Easton Neitzel, who was battling the flu, then got the Celtics within 52-44 on a steal and layup. After Hammer knocked down another of his seven 3-pointers, Lucas Garvey and Neitzel scored in the final minute to get McNary within 55-48 entering the final period. The Celtics then started the fourth quarter with a field goal by Adam Harvey and two free throws from Neitzel. But Sprague answered with a 14-1 run as McNary went quiet from...

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Middle school wrestling back for second year

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle, Cameron Parks started wrestling in kindergarten. “I never really liked basketball, wanted to do something more physical,” Parks said. But after budget cuts took the sport out of Salem-Keizer middle schools, Parks wasn’t sure what would be available to him once he reached the sixth grade. Thankfully for Parks and 60 other kids at Whiteaker and Claggett Creek, wrestling returned to the middle schools last year and Parks took advantage of the opportunity, even qualifying for the middle school state tournament. In its second season back, after a five-year hiatus, Parks is one of 50 kids at Whiteaker that came out for wrestling in January. Coach Kelly Hafer said that is 20 more than last year and includes six girls, like sixth grader Destiny Rodriguez, who began wrestling when she was just five, has won multiple state championships and the Reno World Championships last April. Rodriguez picked up more hardware on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Oregon Classic in Redmond. Competing in the girls division for All-Phase Wrestling Club, she won her weight class. Rodriguez looks forward to wrestling for her school. Her goal is not to lose a match. “It’s pretty cool because I’ve gone to Virginia and done different dual meets but it’s different because I’m doing it for a school,” Rodriguez said....

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