By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
McNary senior Chandler Cavell was ready to follow his brother and walk on at Seattle Pacific University until he met Austin Johnson, head coach at Corban University, late in the season.
And on Wednesday, April 11, Cavell signed with the Warriors.
“I like the coach a lot and being close to home was probably the biggest thing for me, just having a little bit of that security in my back pocket and going home and doing laundry and having my parents to support me,” Cavell said.
Johnson attended several of Cavell’s games late in the season as McNary finished the regular season on a six-game winning streak to win the Greater Valley Conference.
Cavell played in open gyms at Corban as well as toured the campus before making his decision.
“It was pretty tough for me to pick between there and Seattle Pacific but my family supported me through it all so that was nice,” Cavell said. “My parents are happy because it’s a lot closer so they can watch me.”
Chandler is the third Cavell sibling to play a sport in college after Madi and Harry went to Seattle Pacific to play volleyball and basketball. But Chandler never felt pressured to follow in their footsteps.
“My parents did a good job of not forcing me to going into one thing,” Cavell said. “They didn’t pressure me into getting a college basketball offer or anything like that. It was something I wanted to do.”
Cavell, who has played basketball for as long as he can remember, joined the Keizer Youth Basketball Association in the fourth grade and then began playing on tournament teams in middle school.
McNary head coach Ryan Kirch has known Cavell since he was in the fourth grade.
“I got the opportunity to watch him grow, not only as a player but as a person to the point where we’re at now, where he’s graduating,” Kirch said. “It’s been a real treat and joy. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work with not just a great player but maybe even a better person.
“On the basketball floor he’s a great competitor and demands excellence out of himself and his teammates but he’s a guy who does it always with a smile on his face. I think he garners a lot of respect from his teammates with the way that he carries himself, not only on the basketball floor but in the classroom. When we look at how we want our players to represent our program and our school, Chandler is a perfect example of that. His parents have done a great job of raising him. The community has been great in supporting him and I couldn’t be happier for where he’s at.”
Cavell, who led the Celtics with 16.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game this season, was unanimously voted to the All-GVC First Team.
McNary finished the season 20-6, winning the Greater Valley Conference and advancing to the second round of the OSAA state playoffs.
“He has an incredibly high ceiling,” Kirch said. “I can’t wait to see how good he becomes. You wish you had one more year with him because you just know he’s going to get better and better.”
By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
McNary hadn’t scored a run in 12 innings when Taylor Ebbs went to the plate with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the first.
“Just have fun.”
“I’ve been putting myself in too much pressure lately,” Ebbs said. “I think we’ve just been trying to do too much.”
That approach paid off as Ebbs hit a high inside pitch to right field to score two runs and the Lady Celts broke out of a slump to defeat Sprague 6-2 on Friday, April 20.
“That (first) inning could have potentially been a little bigger,” said McNary head coach Kevin Wise, after the Lady Celts left the bases loaded. “I was just happy getting a couple on the board.”
The Lady Celts could’ve had a big second inning as well. But after Abbie Covalt singled and Nadia Witt doubled to lead off the inning, Sprague pitcher Shae Barna retired three batters in a row, stranding the runners at second and third.
McNary was able to add four more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
After Haley Ebner and Emma Kinler led off the inning with singles, Kate Ronning hit a line drive to right field to load the bases. Faith Danner then knocked in two runs with a ground ball to left field.
Haley Bingenheimer added a RBI single and Covalt hit a sacrifice fly to center field to stretch McNary’s lead to 6-0.
Sprague scored its only two runs in the top of the seventh.
Danner pitched all seven innings to earn the win from the circle.
The Lady Celts finished with 14 hits. Witt was 4-for-4 with a double.
“They had more fun today,” Wise said. “When we’re a little more loose, it just goes a lot better, especially with our younger girls.”
The win came after McNary was shut out 3-0 at West Salem the day before. The Lady Celts had only three hits in the loss.
“We were just getting up and trying to hit home runs,” Wise said. “The girls at West (Salem) and our girls, most of them have played together for a long time. We all get a little too amped up and trying to do too much. I think we were a little tight.”
By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
Bo Lane, Keizer, grew up listening to Portland Trailblazer games on the radio while shooting hoops with his uncle, pretending like he was on the team.
His interest in graphic design has stretched nearly as long.
With the Trail Blazers Fan Appreciation Poster Contest, those two passions collided.
Lane designed his poster of a generic Portland player, palming the basketball while flying through the sky on his way to the hoop for a dunk, using Adobe Illustrator.
Lane estimates the poster took him about six hours to complete, working three to four nights at home after his kids went to bed. He started with the background, using the red and yellow colors of the Utah Jazz’s City Edition jersey, the Blazer’s opponent on Fan Appreciation Night.
“That was the first thing that popped in my head,” Lane said. “I knew I wanted to do something with that. I’ve got to use that to incorporate the Portland versus Utah aspect of it. That was the starting point. It’s just a cool color scheme anyway. It was easy to go from there.”
Lane was pleased with the final result. Although, he’s his toughest critic.
“I’m pretty hard on myself,” Lane said. “Every time I do something I wish I would have done something different.”
After being selected as one of four finalists, Lane then won an online fan vote.
To garner support, he posted the contest to Facebook.
“I had a lot of people share it,” Lane said. “I was surprised.”
He was awarded two 200-level tickets to the Blazers final home game on Wednesday, April 11 and during the first timeout presented his framed poster, signed by all of the players, to a season ticket holder.
“I’m a behind the scenes kind of person so I wasn’t looking forward to being in front of the camera but it was fine,” Lane said.
Eight posters were presented to Blazers president Chris McGowan and upper management. Another 100 copies were sold at the game, with the money going to the Trail Blazers Foundation, which gives grants to nonprofits, schools and underserved youth.
Lane attended about a dozen Blazer games this season and had tickets for Game 2 of Portland’s first round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, April 17.
Lane, a former youth pastor, has done graphic design work for the past 16 years, mostly freelance for churches and other ministries. He also designed the McNary Youth Baseball logo.
Lane currently serves as the marketing director for Mission Increase Foundation, helping Christian ministries implement a biblical approach to fundraising.