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Day: February 28, 2018

Lady Celts one and done at Oregon City

Of the Keizertimes

OREGON CITY—McNary got Oregon City out of its full-court press early but the Lady Celts couldn’t make enough shots to pull off the upset, falling to the Pioneers 51-41 on Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the first round of the 6A girls basketball state playoffs.

“We knew that one of the keys to winning was beating their press,” McNary senior Kailey Doutt said. “We watched film on it and they destroyed teams with the press. They got their hands everywhere. They jump the ball a lot and get a lot of turnovers out of it.”

In a game that featured 10 guards on the floor for much of it, the Lady Celts kept up with Oregon City’s fast and aggressive play in the first half.

After the Pioneers went on a 8-0 run at the end of the first period, McNary senior Paige Downer knocked down a jump shot at the top of the key and then a 3-pointer from the corner to get the Lady Celts within 14-13 with 6:27 remaining in the first half.

When Oregon City immediately answered with a three-point play, Abbie Hawley made a 3 and Sabella Alfaro hit two free throws to tie the game at 18-18 with 2:55 remaining.

Alfaro, who led the Lady Celts with 11 points, including eight in the first half, tied the game again at 20-20 on a layup with 1:53 left to play.

Oregon City answered with a 3-pointer with 1:34 remaining and went into halftime leading 23-20.

Kailey Doutt, who was voted Greater Valley Conference Player of the Year, made her first basket with 5:12 remaining in the third period to get the Lady Celts within 27-26.

“There was a lot of help if Kailey was attacking the basket to force it out of her hands,” McNary head coach Elizabeth Doran said.

The Pioneers went on an 8-0 run to stretch their lead to 37-28 but Alfaro made a three-point play and Doutt found Mackenzie Proctor, who knocked down an open jump shot to get McNary within 38-34 heading to the final period.

Oregon City went on another 6-0 run in the fourth to finish off the Lady Celts.

“A couple of times on their dribble drive, we were trying to switch it and there was just some miscommunication and they were getting to the basket on us,” Doran said.

McNary made just two field goals in the fourth period, a basket in the paint by Kailey Doutt with 7:19 remaining and a 3 from Leah Doutt with 36 seconds to go.

“Second half, offensively, we needed to be a little bit more aggressive,” Doran said.

Oregon City went 12-for-21 from the free throw line. The Lady Celts were 7-for-12.

“They’re just a little bit more physical than us on the inside,” Doran said. “They are finishing in to us instead of we were more finesse on the finishes, which is tough to draw fouls and get to the free throw line.”

Hawley and Leah Doutt each finished with nine points. Kailey Doutt was held to five.

“I think we showed that we deserved to be here and deserved to play teams of that caliber,” Doran said. “On a given night, I think it could have gone either way. It slipped away from us there at the end there in the fourth quarter.”

The Lady Celts finished the season 17-8.

“I had a great group to coach,” Doran said. “They were a joy to coach. They bought into what I was saying. They played really hard for me and they are great girls to be around.”

Reitz plays the anthem

Of the Keizertimes

McNary senior Beau Reitz was nervous the first time he played the national anthem on the violin before a Lady Celts volleyball game.

“My heart was pounding,” Reitz said. “It’s really scary because kind of how you’re afraid if you’re singing it to mess up the lyrics, in the same way if you mess up people are shocked so you don’t want to do that. There’s more pressure and more enthusiasm about the piece itself. It’s definitely hard to do but thankfully it’s an easier piece to play on the violin.”

Reitz has since played the anthem four more times, before wrestling duals and basketball games.

He first picked up the violin in the fourth grade when Bruce Purdy, then the orchestra director at Claggett Creek Middle school, came to his elementary school and played all of the different instruments.

“I just really loved the song he played on the violin and had to play it,” Reitz said.

Reitz began taking private lessons in the sixth grade with Evan Roth in Salem. He now plays in the chamber ensemble and advanced symphony at McNary.

Reitz primarily plays classical musical and is working on Chaconee in G Minor by Tomaso Vitali for the Oregon Music Education Association District 4 competition on March 10 at McNary. He’ll also use the piece to earn scholarship money.

Reitz has been accepted to Georgetown University, University of San Francisco and Seattle University. He’s learning towards Georgetown, where he would double major in music and political science.

Reitz’s interest in politics started last year when he took AP government during the presidential election.

“That was just a really good time to be in that class and I just got really interested,” said Reitz, who has no interest in running for office himself but might be interested in working on a campaign or going to law school.

At McNary, Reitz is also a member of FBLA and president of National Honor Society.

Eight lives to go: cat finds new leash on life

Of the Keizertimes

Some animals and humans seem destined for each other.

Malibu gave Ryan Laudon two chances just in case he didn’t get the message the first time around. The first time the pair met, Malibu was just a stray in Laudon’s south Salem neighborhood.

“I heard him crying outside and I went out and he’d gotten tangled in my kids’ soccer net. He’d gotten the net wrapped around his neck five times when he struggled, and one of his paws was wrapped up twice,” Laudon said.

Laudon freed the then-kitten with a serrated knife, but Malibu knew he’d found a friend. He kept returning to Laudon’s home for free meals and companionship.

Last week, Malibu turned up at the Laudon’s home with a badly broken hind leg and in more pain than Laudon himself could bear. Laudon suspects he was hit by a passing car.

“He’s such a cool cat, a beautiful cat, and you could tell he was in pain, but I swear he was purring the whole time,” Laudon said.

Laudon’s rescuing instincts kicked into overdrive. Unfortunately, Laudon only had $240 to his name and he knew the medical treatment Malibu needed could be wallet-draining.

A series of phone calls to friends and animal rescue organizations – the Willamette Humane Society was closed the day Malibu turned up injured – led Laudon to a Salem veterinarian who he heard worked with low-income families.

He visited the following day, but all he could get out of the vet on duty was a write-up of what would need to be done. The exam alone was going to cost all of what Laudon had on hand, and he would need to find someone to loan him $50 to cover that.

Ryan Laudon with Malibu who lost a leg to amputation after being struck by a vehicle. The benevolence of a Willamette Valley Animal Hospital vet gave Malibu a shot at recovery. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

“I was really upset at the time because I felt like I was going to have to bring him home and put him down,” Laudon said. “I could have paid it, but I still would have had a broken cat.”

In retrospect, he thinks that the staff at the clinic might have suspected he was the one to cause the injury and understands more their wariness.

Fortunately, Laudon had another option and his next stop – Keizer’s Willamette Valley Animal Hospital (WVAH). Laudon had called WVAH as well because he’s taken other pets to the veterinarians there when he was a Keizer resident.

“I opened up the door and they asked, “Are you Ryan?” Laudon said.

Malibu ended up in the care of Dr. Sydney Lee at WVAH. Keizertimes reached out to Lee to talk about what happened next, but we were unable to connect by press time. Regardless, the damage was even worse than Laudon suspected.

Malibu had his right rear leg and part of his hip amputated – an operation Laudon suspects would have cost easily four figures – and the clinic charged only $165, and included a full round of shots, neutering and pain medication to take home.

In the days after the operation, Malibu was groggy but resting at the Laudon home where he’s already learned to use a litter pan despite his injury.

“He’s just really started getting to the point where he will lay on that side, but I told the vet he’s never going outside again. He’s been the best thing ever,” Laudon said.

Malibu is confined to a corner right now in a makeshift corral, but he probably doesn’t feel like moving much at any rate. He’ll have limited space to explore for two weeks, but is expected to make a full recovery even though he’ll have to figure out how to manage with only three legs.

“He is going to be treated like royalty around here, but (Dr. Lee) was so great to us. (The clinic) took a chance and let me contribute what I could without looking down on me. There isn’t a rating system that goes high enough for what (Lee) did,” Laudon said.