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Day: April 24, 2018

Freshmen, sophomores shine at Dave Snook

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

Freshman Ashlin Samples had already made her mark on the McNary track team in the girls 4×100 relay and long jump.

At the Dave Snook Freshmen/Sophomore meet on Friday, April 20, Samples showed she may also be a threat in the pole vault, winning the event by clearing 8 feet, 6 inches.

“Practice was good the day before so I was more comfortable with this meet,” Samples said. “I was clearing 8-06 consistently so I was ready to go into the meet.”

While Samples ran hurdles and did the long jump in middle school at Whiteaker, pole vault is completely new.

“I think this one has been the hardest for me just because I didn’t know anything going into it,” Samples said. “This one is the most fun. I like working on this more than hurdles and long jump.”

Samples work with Champion Cheer Athletics has helped.

“I’m a flyer so I get thrown around so I’m used to being in the air,” Samples said. “It was different having to control myself and not have other people throwing me.”

Along with winning the pole vault, Samples also placed second in the long jump at 15-04, fifth in the 100 hurdles with a PR of 17.46 and third in the 4×100 relay in 53.86 with teammates Isabella Walker, Caitlyn Kiefiuk Yates and Olivia Cartwright.

“It’s kid of stressful because I’m always worried about the next event and then I’ll forget to think about the event that I’m doing at the time,” Samples said.

McNary freshman Ella Repp ran through shin splints to win both the 1500 and 3000 in 5:18.85 and 11:26.11.

“I wasn’t thinking about it,” Repp said. “I had to finish the race. I tried zoning it out.”

Kennedy Buss won the 800 with a PR of 2:27.86 and took third in the discus with a PR throw of 98-02.

Walker had a PR of 4-11 to finish second in the high jump. Natalie Rios placed third at 4-08. Rios also took third in the javelin at 84-06.

Emerson Woomer had a PR of 31-08 to finish second in the shot put. Yates placed third in the 100 hurdles in 17.29. Hannah Mallery took third in the 300 hurdles with a PR of 51.81.

Walker, Buss, Cartwright and Reyna Terrazas finished second in the 4×400 relay in 4:20.77.

McNary’s boys opened the Dave Snook meet by easily winning the 4×100 relay as Ethan Martin, Cole Garland, Brian Hernandez and Dyami Rios finished in 45.04.

Garland also won the long jump with a PR of 19-06. Martin and Rios placed second and third in the 100 in 11.71 and 11.87. Hernandez took second in the 200 in 24.06. Garland, Hernandez, Gabriel Martinez and Elio Carella then placed second in the 4×400 relay in 3:44.95.

Logun Anderson won javelin with a throw of 143-06. Emiliano Lopez Sanchez took third in the 3000 with a PR of 10:17.07.

Celtics even series with Sprague

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

After loading the bases in each of the first three innings and getting nothing to show for it, McNary desperately needed a big hit and Ty Covalt came through.

With runners on first and second and one out in the bottom of the fourth, Covalt ripped a double down the left field line to score two runs. The Celtics scored five runs in the inning and held on to defeat Sprague 5-4 on Monday, April 23.

“That just broke the ice for us,” McNary head coach Larry Keeker said.

Covalt hit the double on the 10th pitch of his at bat.

“I knew he wasn’t spotting his curveball so I knew I was going to get a fastball,” Covalt said. “I was just battling until I found something I liked and put a barrel on it and did something cool.”

The Celtics tied the game at 3-3 when Covalt scored on a deep fly ball to center field off the bat of Colin Wentworth that Sprague couldn’t snag.

After Wentworth advanced to third on a wild pitch, Ryan Thompson brought him home with a sacrifice bunt. David Alfaro then added a RBI single to give McNary a 5-3 lead.

McNary senior Carl Rumbaugh went all seven innings to earn the win. He pitched in and out of jams for most of the game, the biggest coming in the top of the sixth when Sprague loaded the bases with no outs but scored just one run on a fielder’s choice.

“That shows his competitive spirit in those situations,” Keeker said of Rumbaugh. “He didn’t look rattled, which is a good sign.”

Rumbaugh said the key was pretending like no one was on base.

“I think it’s a brand new ball game and keep dealing, keep throwing strikes and pounding the zone,” said Rumbaugh, who mixed up his fastball and curveball to strike out four Sprague hitters.

Rumbaugh’s defense didn’t do him any favors, recording six errors.

“We didn’t play good defense today,” Keeker said. “For us to survive this game with six errors and all those guys left on base is quite frankly a little bit incredible. We made our own mess but were some how able to pull this one out. If you look at the numbers you wouldn’t think we’d win this game. Finally, we had something go our way.”

McNary drew nine walks in the game and recorded seven hits.

David Allen was 2-for-3 and scored a run.

Robert Benson made a diving catch in left field to start off the seventh. Rumbaugh got two more fly balls to the outfield to finish off the Olympians.

The loss was just Sprague’s second in league play.

“We needed this. Guys got together and we battled,” Covalt said. “We’re getting a little momentum and confidence that will hopefully carry us throughout the season and we’ll get some more wins here.”

The win evened the series with Sprague, who took game one 5-0 on Friday, April 20.

Jacob Jackson, who was 2-for-3 with a walk, doubled to lead off the game but was stranded at third.

The Celtics then loaded the bases in the top of the third but Noah Bach’s line drive was hit directly to the right fielder, ending the threat.

McNary finished with just four hits in the loss.

“They’re a good team,” Keeker said of Sprague. “They’ve got a solid senior class and a deep pitching staff.”

After losing their first four Greater Valley Conference games, the Celtics have won three of four.

“The message from the coaching staff has simply been we are going to put our heads down and push forward,” Keeker said. “We’re just not going to allow anybody to feel sorry for themselves or quit. We just won’t allow it. We’re not made up that way as coaches. We’re just going to continue to battle and compete and try to help them through those difficult moments that we seem to run into quite often.”

Classic Tap expands to three studios

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The sign still says Classic Tap, but there is more happening behind the doors than ever.

The longtime Keizer dance studio recently moved to new digs at 5063 River Road N. in Schoolhouse Square. Its new home is less than 1,000 feet from the old Chemawa Road location, but three studio spaces are allowing owner Liz Goff to offer more classes and more classes simultaneously.

“Even though we have a lot of space during the day, the main times for classes are between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.,” Goff said. “We have quality teachers and we wanted a quality space.”

Goff took over the business from her mother, Jane Raddatz, and uncle, Danny Wold, in 2014 and has been working ever since to expand the options of available classes.

Students at Classic Tap learn a new series of steps during a class Monday, April 16.
KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald

“We still offer tap to all ages, but we have ballet, jazz and hip hop, also contemporary dance along with yoga and modern dance,” Goff said.

Visit classictap.com for the full list of offerings, times and tuition costs.

When Goff was looking for a new space, two things took priority: students safety in parking lots and easy access to other places in the community.

“We’ve got parents that drop their kids off and go get coffee. Most importantly we wanted good parking and safety for the kids. Darren Bloch (owner of Schoolhouse Square) was great to work with and he’s a big advocate for the businesses here being their own community,” Goff said.

The most immediate beneficiaries of the new studios have actually been adult students. A yoga instructor, Pati Kearns, is now offering classes on Friday and Saturday. An adult ballet class, focusing mostly on workouts and core strengthening, began in recent weeks and a dance cardio class it starting up in May.

“It’s great to have adults come back later in life. Most of them started going to a gym at some point and realized they weren’t having any fun after being dancers earlier in their lives,” Goff said. “When they come back, the adults are the most tenacious. They’ll put in more effort than even some of the kids do.”

Since the relocation occurred in the middle of the dance season, other students will feel the full effect of simultaneous scheduling this summer and then in the fall.

Classic Tap instructors only need about eight students to open up new sections of classes, and Goff encourages those interested to come and find out what the options are.

“If there is a group of homeschooled students that would like to take a basic movement course, that’s something we can do as long as we have an instructor available,” she said.

Many of the current instructors grew up in the old studio and now lead classes throughout the week. Goff started teaching at 16.

“We are just an all-around studio. We are family-oriented and we have a passion and love for dance. Our instructors are teachers and counselors and best friends when we need to be,” Goff said.

The other instructors at Classic Tap are Raddatz, Renee Meier, Kala Schafer, Sharon Lane, Sarah Greco, Jim Bennett and Lauren McCurdy.