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Day: November 3, 2011

McNary crushes Royal Scots 48-19

Celt Garrett Hittner steals a McKay touchdown pass as McNary defeated McKay. (Photo by Jim Sweigart)

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When the season started, Celt receiver Garren Robinett felt something was missing in the McNary High School varsity football ranks. Last week, as McNary marched to a 48-19 victory over the McKay Royal Scots, he realized what the absent ingredient was:

“We weren’t having fun at all, but these past two games have felt fun,” Robinett said.

Despite a 13-13 tie at halftime, McNary dominated late in the game and cruised to its second win in the Central Valley Conference.

“We had a slow start and McKay comes off the ball really well, but we adjusted somethings at halftime and got it moving in our direction,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach.

Sideways rain didn’t help the cause of either team, but McKay struck first on a six-minute drive that spanned the first and second quarters. The Scots finally punched through the Celtic defenses at 10:52 in the second quarter despite valiant stops by senior Todd Hatley and sophomore Perry Groves.

A big return by Celt Justin Gardner put McNary at McKay’s 48-yard-line. Quarterback Justin Burgess and Cody Bond traded runs that moved the ball to the 29-yard-line. Burgess found a route on the keeper that put him in the end zone for a 7-7 tie after the PAT by Gonzolo Cervantes.

Tackles by Mason Ross, Tyler Brown, Austin Hejny and Corey White forced a McKay punt. D.J. Harryman stepped in at quarterback for the Celts and either handed the ball off to Bond or passed it to him and to move to McKay’s 33-yard-line. Bond drove it home from the 33-yard line for a 13-7 lead.

McKay’s Alex Emerson broke loose for a 55-yard touchdown run on the Scots’ next drive and tied the score at 13-13 after a blocked punt.

McNary’s Bruce Waldner picked up McKay’s kickoff and ran it back to the Scots’ 34-yard-line before being taken down. Two plays later, a lateral pass from Harryman to Bond slipped through Bond’s hands and was recovered by the Royal Scots.

The Celt defense stifled McKay’s attempts to run the ball forcing a punt, but a dropped punt allowed McKay to recover the ball. With 17 seconds left in the half and the Scots on McNary’s 11-yard-line, Celt Garrett Hittner intercepted what would have been a touchdown pass in the end zone.

“I wasn’t going to let him get the ball. I just happened to grab it and hang on,” Hittner said.

It stopped the drive, but with on 10 seconds left in the half, McNary was unable to capitalize on the return.

Halftime gave the team a chance to step back and regroup, Burgess said.

“In the first half, we came out slower than we wanted to. In the second half, we figured out that they were basically doing the same thing over and over again and put a stop to it,” he said.

In the second half, McNary needed just 50 seconds and three plays to prove they were in it to win it. Robinett carried the ball back to McKay’s 40-yard-line on the kick off. Burgess moved it to the 37-yard-line on a keeper and Bond made a 37-yard touchdown run to retake the lead 19-13.

Ross, Harryman, Burgess, Bruce Isabel and Groves all made tackles in the Scots’ next drive forcing a turnover on downs at the McNary 38-yard-line. Burgess put up a long bomb that was reeled in by Robinett and put the Celts at the McKay’s 26-yard-line. Three keeper plays put Burgess in the end zone. Harryman connected with Gardner on the two-point conversion for the 27-13 lead.

Celt Jesse Wilson doused the McKay kickoff return at their 21-yard-line. Big tackles by Groves forecasted another punt, but Harryman intercepted a pass on McKay’s third and 15 attempt and ran it to the Scots’ five-yard-line for a Celt first down.

Bond crossed the end zone line for a 34-13 lead with 2:27 left in the third quarter.

The Celtic defense forced another turnover on downs and Burgess connected with Robinett on a 16-yard touchdown pass giving the Celts a 41-13 lead.

McKay made its last strike of the night with 5:44 remaining in the game to close the gap 41-19, but McNary responded on its next drive with a touchdown pass from Burgess to Hittner and the final 48-19 margin.

On offense, Burgess led the team in rushing with 105 yards on 12 carries, Bond was close behind at 95 yards on nine carries. Robinett led receivers with 83 yards on five catches. On defense, Groves led with 10 tackles and three assists. He’s currently McNary’s leading tackler with 48 for the season.

“Perry just keeps getting better and better, the second half of this season he’s really become a force for us out on the field,” Ward said.

He also credited Burgess with reading the plays correctly finding ways to rack up more than 100 yards on the rush for the night.

The win put allowed the Celts to finish in fourth place in the league and set up a playoff play-in game with Grants Pass High School Friday, Nov. 4, at McNary.

Robinett said the McKay win was a testament to how had the team had worked despite a challenging season.

“The running game was there [against McKay] and we hadn’t had that all year. Our receivers blocked well on the outside. I felt like everything was working well,” he said.

Stayin’ alive

McNary’s Hailey Francke puts up a block in the play-in match with Crater High School Saturday, Oct. 29. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

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The McNary High School varsity volleyball  team closed out CVC play with a win over McKay High School and earned a playoff berth with a win over Crater High School last week.

The wins set up a first round match with Aloha High School Wednesday, Nov. 2, past press time, in Beaverton.

“They have a 6-foot-4 gal with solid skills, but Deven [Hunter] is an athletic and solid volleyball player in her own right, so I’m excited to see that match up,” said Dustin Walker McNary head coach.

Lady Celt Megan Holland said the team needed to hit the court with the fierceness it displayed in its last two wins.

“We’ve been doing pretty good at winning our first game and when we do, we end up pushing hard through the rest of the sets,” she said. “We do have the potential to beat great teams and we’re better than we think we are, there’s just times when we get down on ourselves when we really shouldn’t.”

McNary senior Averi Wing said the team’s seniors will be pushing the rest of the squad to match the intensity the Celts displayed last season when they took sixth in state.

“It’s more than just league, we can go to the top eight, we just need to have more heart and more desire,” she said.

McNary left no question about its desires in the play-in match with Crater Saturday, Oct. 29. The Celts won in three sets, 25-11,25-18 and 25-17.

“Our girls seemed to be catching the vision that if they make a solid run anything can happen in the postseason,” Walker said.

The Lady Celts set the tone in the first match dominating the Comets for long runs. Hunter had 17 kills and three blocks, Carley Eggleston had 13 digs, Allison McGregor put down seven aces, Holland had three aces and Wing put up three blocks in the match.

“We were just putting the ball away and keeping it in,” Wing said.

Prior to the play-in, McNary beat McKay in three sets 25-18,25-14 and 25-5.

“We went in confident and finished off with a 25-5 win. We never gave up and kept getting after the ball,” Holland said.

Hunter had 13 digs, 12 kills and four blocks in the outing. Holland had eight assists and four aces.

The win gave the Celts a 4-6 record for Central Valley Conference play, alongside North Salem and South Salem High Schools. The teams were also matched evenly when it came to beating teams with better records and other teams in the league. The final standings of the season were determined based on power rankings giving McNary third place for the season.

If McNary won the match with Aloha, its first-round play-in match will be scheduled Saturday, Nov. 5.

More school cuts coming next year

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Still more reductions are likely for the 2012-13 Salem-Keizer School District budget, Superintendent Sandy Husk said Oct. 27 at the first of six scheduled budget committee meetings.

She and Michael Wolfe, assistant superintendent for finance, reviewed the recent financial history of the district, especially the sources of revenue. Wolfe pointed out that a little over 70 percent of the revenue comes from the state, and that 86 percent of the general fund goes for salaries and benefits for district employees.

Husk said that of the reductions from Feb. 3 through May 6, 72 percent were from reserves, 11 percent from direct instruction, 7 percent from support to students, 6 percent from central administration and 4 percent from employee concessions.

District officials provided handouts including several budget pie charts. The total budget for 2011-12 is $621,978,721. The general fund (main operating budget) is $340,970,127 (55 percent of the budget), the capital projects fund is $126,118,948 (20 percent), the internal service funds are $23,951,490 (4 percent), the special revenue funds are $78,848,873 (13 percent), the debt service fund for the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) is $20,549,966 (3 percent), and the debt service fund for general obligation bonds is $31,539,317 (5 percent).

The capital projects, special revenue and debt service funds are restricted in that they must be specified by state or federal law or by the sources of the money.

Most of the general fund (66 percent) goes toward instruction of students, with 25 percent going toward direct support for students and 9 percent toward central administration.

Budgeting the general fund by category, 86 percent is spent on salaries, wages and benefits; 7 percent on purchased services; 3 percent on supplies and materials; and 4 percent on other funds.

Rick Kimball, chairman of the School Board, is also chairman of the budget committee. He and the other board members (Nancy MacMorris-Adix, Chris Brantley, Chuck Lee, Ron Jones, Jeff Faville and Jim Green) are ex officio members of the committee. Green was chairman of the committee last year, just before joining the board.  Other committee members are Betty Pataccoli, Annalivia Palazzo-Angulo, Doug Kotsy, Lloyd Chapman, Ron Daniels, Susan Ray and Todd Edgar.

The remaining budget committee meetings are scheduled for Nov. 29, Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 20 and April 24, all at 6 p.m. at the Support Services Center, 2575 Commercial St. SE, Salem. Further information is available from Wendy Akins at (503) 399-3036.

Come out ahead


Keizer Police are offering a $200 reward for information leading to the return of a vandalized statue’s head.

“Sentry,” a sculpture on River Road that’s part of the Keizer Public Arts program, was vandalized in September.

The head is shown above.

Keizer Police can be reached at 503-390-2000.

Wolverines take stand against bullying

Whiteaker Middle School students created personalized T-shirts in a week-long effort to raise bullying awareness then showed them off in the school courtyard.


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Last week, about 90 Whiteaker Middle School students gathered in the school’s courtyard area sporting anti-bullying T-shirts they’d made as part of a week-long effort to curb bullying in the school. But the project didn’t start there.

It started much, much smaller. That story is a testament to the power of three eighth graders who decided they wanted to make a difference in their school community.

“We were doing a unit on bullying in health class and learned about Megan Meier a girl who got bullied so bad she wanted to kill herself and she did,” said Kiana Briones, who helped kickstart the effort with Justin Sullivan and Kailey Fritts.

Meier was a Missouri middle school student whose 2006 suicide was attributed to being a victim of cyberbullying.

“I know that bullying isn’t right, I’ve been bullied and I’ve been a bully. I have been bullied over the internet and I felt like it was right to tell people that they shouldn’t be doing it,” Justin said.

Kiana, too, found herself the victim of bullying as a seventh grader.

“I spent a lot of time wondering why people who were my friends were saying the things they were saying. It was a tough year and it took me a long time to heal the wound,” she said. Kiana was also a former schoolmate of a student at Whiteaker who took his own life two years ago, an act that was likely, in part, a response to being bullied.

As part of the learning unit, the trio had to create a picture book for younger children with a positive message and Kiana, Justin and Kailey chose bullying as their topic. A week later, teacher Jacque Walker, told them it was time to take their message to the other Wolverine students.

They visited classrooms to talk about their experiences, covered the hallways in posters, and a throng of students made personalized T-shirts with anti-bullying messages.

Justin pulled from his experiences on both sides of the equation when talking to other students, “I don’t want other people to feel the way I’ve felt and I’m trying much harder not to be a bully. I try to think more about what I’m going to say. Now I’m processing what I’m going to say and whether it’s right or not.”

Kiana added, “I wanted them to know they’re not alone. You have to have tough skin and know who you are and not let anybody tell you differently.”

They discovered quickly that their message was being heard.

“People were walking up to me – people I didn’t even know – were walking up to me and saying we were doing a good job. That has helped me. It just shocked me. The tiny message we were giving them was making a huge difference,” Justin said.

The message Kiana and Justin said seemed to connect was one of putting yourself in other people’s shoes and remembering that words can be extremely harmful.

“People may say that they don’t care whether people kill themselves over bullying, but deep down, they do,” Justin said.

Their biggest hope is that the message doesn’t fade outside Whiteaker’s hallowed halls.

“I would like sometime in the future for everyone to not be bullying each other. If that happens, we’ll have kids here at our school going to other schools and telling them not to bully and then their schools stop and then across the nation,” Justin said.

“And then there’s not bullying anywhere,” added Kiana.