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Day: November 4, 2016

Lady Celts shorthanded at Sherwood

McNary senior Kolbie Kopp helped lead the Lady Celts to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. (Submitted/Andre Panse)
McNary senior Kolbie Kopp helped lead the Lady Celts to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. (Submitted/Andre Panse)

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary’s first trip to the girls soccer state playoffs since 2009 ended in the first round as the Lady Celts lost to No. 3 Sherwood 7-0 on Saturday, Oct. 29.

MHS went into the game shorthanded, missing sophomore starters Natalie Gonzalez and Anita Lao, who were out with injuries. At Sherwood, the Lady Celts lost another sophomore player in the 15th minute as Katy Wyatt went down with a knee injury with the game tied 0-0.

“Our game plan was working very well but it was dependent on a couple of people and one of them (Wyatt) went out,” McNary head coach A.J. Nash said. “We lost that necessary defensive player.”

Sherwood went on to score three goals in the first 40 minutes.

“I think we were a little nervous going in but the sentiment of the girls at halftime was they weren’t nearly as scary as we thought they might be,” Nash said.

The Lady Bowmens, who entered the game 11-2-1 after winning the Three Rivers League, added four more goals in the second half.

“I’ll tip my hat to Sherwood,” Nash said. “We got to play one of the best teams in the state. We were playing a team that was overwhelmingly seniors that had been playing together since they were 10. Even though the scoreline seems a little bit lopsided, we kept up with them for the first 20 minutes and we battled hard to the very end. It was great experience. Next year when we get back to the dance, we’ll be more prepared.”

Part of that preparation includes scheduling tougher opponents.

Sherwood was the first team in the top 10 McNary played this season. Greater Valley conference champion West Albany was 13th. West Salem was 17th and both also lost in the first round of the playoffs.

During non-league action, the Lady Celts played only two teams that made the postseason the year before, Tigard and Gresham, and only Tigard were in the playoffs this season and also didn’t make it past the first round.

“We need to play more games like this preseason to be ready for that kind of test,” Nash said. “That was the first test of its kind that we’ve had as a program in recent history and the more opportunities that we get to play teams of that caliber, the better we’ll be prepared when it matters most.”

The best teams in the state get first pick of the toughest schedules so the more McNary improves, the better the Lady Celts schedule will be in the future.

“We ask to play the toughest teams in the state every year,” Nash said. “Every coach does. That’s just what you do. The problem is the toughest teams in the state are asking for that same schedule. We made the playoffs and finished with a winning record, 8-5-3, so we should be able to command a tougher schedule. The ship can’t turn course in a year. As a coach I’ve been struggling for an answer on how do you get those non-league games and the answer is you have to earn them.”

Keizer vet has new roof over her family’s heads

Staff Sgt. Charleen Stancliff (middle) with her daughter Nicolette Parra (left) and Trever Pfeifer of Pfeifer Roofing in front of Stancliff's home where a new roof was being installed thanks to a Owen Corning Roofing veteran support program. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Staff Sgt. Charleen Stancliff (middle) with her daughter Nicolette Parra (left) and Trever Pfeifer of Pfeifer Roofing in front of Stancliff’s home where a new roof was being installed thanks to a Owen Corning Roofing veteran support program. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

A Keizer veteran has a new roof this week thanks to the collective efforts of the Oregon Service Member & Family Support Office, Owens Corning Roofing and Pfeifer Roofing.

“Seeing this roof happen, it kind of reminds you about the reasons behind the fight. You find amazing people along the way that remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing,” said Staff Sgt. Charleen Stancliff.

Stancliff enlisted in 2005 and spent almost a year in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2009 before returning home where she continues to serve in an administrative capacity.

“It’s not exciting in the same way that people think of the military, but it’s exciting to see people be successful in their military careers or getting awards because of the work I do,” Stancliff said.

Earlier this year, Stancliff made an appointment to talk about an estimate for a new roof when a door-to-door salesman knocked. The initial estimate came in at $35,000, but after a six-hour visit, a sales representative got it down to about $20,000 with no down payment.

Stancliff spent the next day talking about it with friends and decided to cancel the contract when she got off work. As she was leaving for the day, she encountered another friend who told her talk to the Oregon Service Member & Family Support Office.

“We do many different things. We have family assistance specialists located in 10 different regions throughout the state. We help veterans, service members and their families and not just for the Army or National Guard, but all branches of the military,” said Sgt. 1st Class Zach Pickett, the non-commissioned officer-in-charge of the support office. “Anything to do with helping a family, we will do it. Even if we don’t have something right then for a specific need, we go out and find the resources.”

It turned out that Owens Corning Roofing had recently started up the Roof Deployment Project aimed at providing military families with new roofs. The goal is to decrease stress on military families by taking care of one of the largest home-owning expenses.

Owens Corning supplies the materials and enlists a local contractor to supply the labor, which is how Trever Pfeifer, second-generation owner of Pfeifer Roofing, entered the picture.

“We were totally on board,” said Pfeifer. “Will do it again next year? Absolutely. It’s a way to give back to our community and our troops and that’s something Pfeiffer Roofing believes in.”

Pfeifer Roofing is a platinum contractor with Owens Corning and maintains its rating through meeting criteria regarding quality, training and insurance. Pfeifer said the total cost of the project labor could have been as much as $5,000 to $6,500.

Stancliff and Pfeifer met for the first time back in April, and Stancliff said she felt well taken care of.

“Trever always made sure I knew what was going on and that I wasn’t being forgotten. It’s been a great experience overall,” Stancliff said.

Stancliff isn’t the only one benefitting from the new roof. She lives in the home with her 14-year-old daughter Nicolette Parra, a freshman at McNary.

“It was hard when I was younger and she would go away a lot, and when she deployed I was only five or six. I’ve gotten used to it a lot more and she makes me really, really proud. She’s a single mom and she has a good job and her own house. It’s cool that her service gets rewarded,” Nicolette said.

Since starting the process, Nicolette has joined the teen panel of the Oregon Service Member & Family Support Office where she plans events for other youth from military families.

“We had a back-to-school bash and we had 300 kids that got free school supplies and a free backpack,” Nicolette said.

Military families in need of assistance can call 1-800-511-6944.

Claggett wins as future Celtics on display

Claggett Creek running back Ethan Martin stiff arms a Whiteaker defender on his way to a three-touchdown performance.
Claggett Creek running back Ethan Martin stiff arms a Whiteaker defender on his way to a three-touchdown performance.

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

Playing under the lights at McNary High School, the varsity football game between Claggett Creek and Whiteaker middle schools was back-and-forth for much of the first half.

But then Claggett Creek running back Ethan Martin busted it wide open.

Martin had three touchdowns in the game, including one as time expired in the first half, to lead the Panthers to a 66-20 victory over their Keizer rival on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

CCMS never trailed, scoring its first touchdown on a 49-yard pass from quarterback Jack McCarty to Elijha Devoursney. The Panthers failed to convert the two-point attempt but led 6-0 with 2:49 remaining in the first quarter.

Whiteaker only needed one snap to answer with a big play of its own as Ian Martin connected with Rian Canini for a 68-yard touchdown. The Wolverines too missed their two-point try.

Claggett Creek marched back down the field and on the 10th play of a 57-yard drive, Dyami Rios powered his way into the end zone from the 1-yard line. Rios also converted the two-point attempt to give the Panthers a 14-6 lead early in the second quarter.

CCMS then recovered an inadvertent onside kick and on the first offensive play from scrimmage Ethan Martin took a sweep to the right, then reversed field, stiff-armed a defender and sprinted 51 yards down the left sideline to extend the Panthers lead to 20-6.

“It just shows how athletic that kid is,” Claggett Creek head coach Aaron Carr said of Martin. “He turned a blown up play into a touchdown. Once he sees open field, it’s hard to contain him. He is so fast. He has progressively seen the field better in the last few weeks. We’ve really been working on keying on the blockers and he’s definitely improved there.”

Whiteaker head coach Tom Larimer noted his kids were just simply out of position.

“We knew what play they were going to run,” he said. “Our backside contain and we have practiced this continuously, our backside contain was 15 yards out of position. It’s hard for kids to stay disciplined when the play is on the other side of the field. When he (Ethan Martin) reversed course he was able to get to the edge because we simply were not there.”

The Wolverines kept battling as Canini connected with Cameron Parks for a 51-yard gain. Ian Martin then reached the end zone with a 2-yard run to get Whiteaker within 20-12 with 5:47 remaining in the first half.

The Wolverines then recovered an onside kick but dropped a pass in the end zone on fourth down.

But that’s as close as Whiteaker would get to the Panthers.

On fourth-and-1, McCarty threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Devoursney with 36 remaining in the first half.

“I noticed Whiteaker was really stacking the box on defense, expecting the run so we decided to put the ball up in the air,” Carr said.

Ian Martin found Canini for a 32-yard gain but then Whiteaker threw four incomplete passes to give Claggett the ball back with nine seconds remaining.

That’s all the time Ethan Martin needed as he took a fly sweep 72 yards as the horn sounded on the first half.

“The plan was to put some points on the board with nine seconds left,” Carr said. “I knew if he (Martin) could get outside, no one is going to catch him.”

The Panthers carried their momentum into the second half, further putting the game out of reach.

Rios finished with four touchdowns. Devoursney had three.

Unable to run the ball, Whiteaker wasn’t able to control the clock and keep Claggett’s offense off the field.

“I was disappointed that we couldn’t run the ball better because it forced us into a little bit more panicked offensive scheme that did not do a good enough job of keeping Ethan Martin off the field because if you want to beat Claggett, you have to keep Ethan Martin off the field,” Larimer said. “He’s too fast, he’s too good. He’s a touchdown waiting to happen every time he touches the ball. I’m really glad he’ll now be my kids’ teammate (at McNary) instead of playing against that kid.”

Quentin Camenisch scored Whiteaker’s only touchdown of the second half on a pass from Canini in the fourth quarter.

“Because it (giving up two touchdowns in the final minute of the first half) happened so quickly it was a really, really tough blow for kids this age to overcome,” Larimer said. “Up until a minute to go in halftime, it was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had coaching a football team because I knew we were outmatched physically from the beginning but we were in the game. They were the better team from the first snap but I was so proud of the way our kids were hanging in there.”

Claggett won its final six games by a 266 to 85 margin.

“We definitely got better every week and the kids worked hard,” Carr said. “They got out of it what they put into it. They got to learn the lesson that hard work definitely pays off.”

Celtics to open playoffs at Tigard

Junior Walling, No. 81, and Jakoby Doke, No. 12, celebrate a sack of West Salem quarterback Jared Oliver late in the Celtics 33-32 victory on Friday, Oct. 28. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)
Junior Walling, No. 81, and Jakoby Doke, No. 12, celebrate a sack of West Salem quarterback Jared Oliver late in the Celtics 33-32 victory on Friday, Oct. 28. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

On film, McNary will open the OSAA football state playoffs on Friday, Nov. 4 against a Tigard team that’s as good as anyone the Celtics have played this season.

“I think they are more talented and play harder than probably anybody in our league,” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen said of the Tigers, who on Oct. 7 were tied with No. 1 West Linn 14-14 before the Lions scored the game-winning touchdown in the final minute.

Tigard’s only other loss was to No. 9 Sherwood the following week, 35-20.

The Bowmens made it to the state semifinals last season.

“It shows that they (Tigard) can play but we just need to worry about ourselves,” Auvinen said. “If we take care of ourselves, good things are going to happen. The way we’re playing right now, if we play really well, we’ll be fine against anybody. If we don’t play well, we’ll be in trouble. It’s that way every week in the playoffs.”

McNary quarterback Josiah Gilbert agrees with his coach.

“We’ve just got to be us,” he said. “Last year (in the playoffs) I feel like we tried to do too much. We know who we are. We have our identity and we’ve just got to stick with it and play hard.”

The Celtics have lost in the first round of the playoffs each of the past two seasons.

“We have to get through that perspective that we’re just happy to be here,” Auvinen said. “We’d like to compete and get after it and do some good things. The last few years we’ve fallen flat on our face in the playoffs. Last year, we gave up 21 points in the snap of a finger and then (played) even the rest of the game. You can’t do that (fall behind 21-0) in the playoffs, ever.”

Tigard lost in the second round last season and played for the state championship in 2014, falling to Central Catholic. This time around, the Tigers enter the playoffs as the 14-seed.

“I think they’re a little better than that but it’s hard to tell sometimes on film,” Auvinen said.

On offense, Tigard has a senior quarterback in Ryan Worthley, whose biggest weapon is Braden Lenzy, a junior wide receiver with scholarship offers from University of Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and many others. But Auvinen is more concerned with the Tigers collection of running backs.

“He’s (Worthley) not the strength of their team so we’ll make him beat us and their receivers beat us and see how it goes,” Auvinen said.

“Their running backs (Ryan Minniti, Jash Allen, Spencer Smith) are really good.”

On defense, Auvinen sees an athletic and aggressive group of linebackers.

“Offensively, we’ll keep them off balance,” Auvinen said. “They play hard but I think they play very aggressively so I think we can expose some things.”

McNary finished the regular season 6-3, winning five of its last six games with the only loss coming on Oct. 21 against North Medford.

“We showed everybody that last week (Oct. 21) was for sure a fluke,” McNary senior Kolby Barker said. “This is the Celtics that we really are and we’re gonna go into the playoffs strong and we’re going to do like this every week.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tigard.