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Day: January 11, 2019

McNary wrestlers place fifth at Portland Tourney

By MATT RAWLINGS

Of the Keizertimes

Even though it had been more than two weeks since they faced competition, the McNary High School wrestling team proved that they didn’t have any rust to knock off.

The Celtics took fifth place out of 21 teams and sent seven athletes to the podium at the Don York Invitational last Saturday.

While a lot of squads might take it easy during the holiday break, McNary wrestlers use that time to turn up the intensity of their practices and workouts.

Based on the results last weekend, it appears that the extra practice time paid off.

“It’s kind of become a tradition for us to work really hard and get better during the break,” McNary head coach Jason Ebbs said. “I was definitely really pleased. We’re definitely on an uptick when it comes to performance.”

McNary sophomore Tia Vincent provided the main highlight for the Celtics as she won the girls tournament with back-to-back pins in the semifinal and final matches.

If was the first time Vincent placed first at a tournament in her career.

“It honestly didn’t even  feel real at first,” Vincent said. “I feel like I usually don’t win a lot of matches, but I just kept working hard and taking it one match at a time.”

Vincent fell behind early in her semifinal match against Dore Young from Franklin. But midway through the second round, Vincent was able to come back and get the pin.

“(Young) was super aggressive so I was just looking for her mistakes because she was coming out too aggressive,” Vincent said. “I was able to grab her from behind and pull her down.”

In the championship match, Vincent earned a first-round pin against Jennifer Lopez from Forest Grove to take home the title.

“It probably should have been a more challenging match, but Tia just controlled her position and did what she was supposed to do,” Ebbs said.

After losing his quarterfinal match, Jordan Orr came back with four straight victories to place third in the 106-pound division. Orr earned a 9-3 decision over his teammate, Damian Hernandez in the third-place match. 

113-pounder Grady Burrows earned a pair of falls in his first two matches, then won via technical fall in his semifinals match to reach the championship round.

Burrows, however, was pinned in the second round of the title match against Tualatin’s Argenys Arbarca-Lopez.

Garret Wampler (182 lbs.) finished with a record of 4-3 at the tournament, which was good enough for sixth place. Lanye Runyan also placed sixth in the 220-pound division. 

Anthony Garcia-Reyes (220 lbs.) earned three straight victories via pin, and then won an 11-4 decision in the semifinals, before losing the championship match against Dustin Jorgenson from Cleveland.

Five out of the seven McNary wrestlers that made it to the podium on Saturday were either freshmen or sophomores — with the two exceptions being Garcia-Reyes and Wampler.

“It’s exciting to see the growth out of our young guys,” Ebbs said.

The Celtics return to the mat this afternoon to compete in the Earl Gillis Invitational at Newberg High School

McNary dominates Forest Grove

By MATT RAWLINGS

Of the Keizertimes

Forest Grove came into Keizer last Friday night beaming with confidence.

The Vikings had started off the season 10-1 and entered their matchup with McNary as the ninth-ranked team in the state.

But in the last non-league contest of the regular season for both squads, McNary emphatically showed that they were the superior team.

The Celtics never trailed in the game and dominated from start to finish, running away with the 62-39 victory on Friday, Jan. 4.

Nate Meithof had a game-high 24 points for McNary in the victory.

One of the main keys to McNary’s success so far this season has been the offensive productivity of senior post Boston Smith. However, Forest Grove made it a point-of-emphasis to try and take Smith out of the game, double-teaming him nearly every time he got the ball on the block.

Smith only scored two points on 1-of-2 shooting, but McNary head coach Ryan Kirch commended his senior leader for getting his teammates involved and not forcing up shots.

“I could not be more proud of him and the leadership Boston showed,” Kirch said. “He got his teammates so many opportunities to score because of the way (Forest Grove) was guarding us, and that allowed our guards to attack the rim off the bounce and get open looks.”

“Most people won’t be able to see Boston’s impact tonight, but it was incredible.”

Devyn Schurr was the beneficiary of Smith’s vision and passing ability in the early going.

With the Celtics up 6-4 in the first quarter, Smith kicked the ball out to Schurr on the perimeter after getting double-teamed down low, and the senior wing buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put McNary up 9-4. 

On the next possession, Schurr completed a three-point play after knocking down a floater while getting fouled. 

Later in the period, Schurr hit another triple off a feed from Smith, which concluded a 9-2 run for the Celtics and put McNary up 15-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Schurr finished the game in double-figures with 12 points.

“I hadn’t been playing well the last few games, so I wanted to make sure that I played with a fire and intensity all throughout the game,” Schurr said. 

In the second period, it was Meithof’s time to shine. 

The sophomore shooting guard hit back-to-back floaters to open the period up. Moments later, Meithof completed a three-point play, then knocked down a deep trey from the corner on the following trip down the court, putting McNary up 27-11 and forcing Forest Grove head coach Greg Evers to burn a timeout.

Meithof would finish the period with 12 points, guiding the Celtics to a 31-16 lead at the break. Meithof credited Smith’s ability to find the open man as the reason for his offensive outburst before the end of the half.

“(Forest Grove) was really focused on guarding the post and Boston knew that and he did a really good job of kicking it out to us,” Meithof said. “That’s what really got us going on offense.”

While the McNary offense was quite impressive during spurts, their defense really carried the charge for most of the contest. 

With a suffocating full-court press and disciplined man-to-man defense in the half-court, the Celtics made life incredibly difficult for the seemingly unprepared Forest Grove team.

“Great players are going to score on you, but we made every single basket and every single point difficult on them,” Kirch said. “We still need to rebound a little better, but I thought we were really, really tough on the defensive end.”

It was the second time this season that McNary held a team under 40 points.

The Vikings tried to make it a game midway through the third quarter by cutting the lead to 10 at 39-29. But McNary responded by going on a 7-0 run thanks to a pair of hoops by Griffin Oliveira and a transition layup from Meithof. 

McNary travels to West Salem tonight for a 5:45 p.m. matchup with the Titans.  

Iconic play roars into Ken Collins auditorium

By MATT RAWLINGS
Of the Keizertimes
Last year, the McNary High School theatre department put on a production of The Wizard of Oz for their annual winter musical.
This year, director Tom Cavanaugh wanted to be intentional about putting on a show that involved less “fantasy.”
Even though that is the case, the setting of California in the 1950’s is pretty far from reality for high school students.
Over the next two weekends, the McNary theatre department will transport their audience back to a time of hand-jiving and poodle skirts with their production of the famous musical and major motion-picture Grease.
The play opened on Thursday, Jan. 10, but there will be showings on Friday Jan. 11 and Saturday Jan. 12, as well as Jan. 17 through 19 at 7 p.m. There will also be matinee showings on the 12th and 19th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students.
Greaser Danny (played by Steven Cummings) and nice girl Sandy (played by Ingrid Dunn) fall in love over the course of a summer and try to create that same magic when they head back to school and discover that they are both enrolled at Rydell High.
The classic story, along with the traditional outfits, singing and dancing that defined a generation will be sure to provide high-quality entertainment for all ages.
“It’s a fun, light-hearted musical, but it has enough depth to keep you interested,’ said Kennadi Joy Thomas, who will be playing the character of Marty. “It really provides a moment to just watch and enjoy a bunch of McNary high schoolers having a ton a fun, but also see how much work we put in.”
“There are a ton of sets and costumes, so there won’t be a second where they aren’t entertained.”
The props and the costumes, the well choreographed dances, plus the singing and dialogue reveal the hours put in on this project — students have been preparing for the musical since September.


This year, director Tom Cavanaugh wanted to be intentional about putting on a show that involved less “fantasy.”
Even though that is the case, the setting of California in the 1950’s is pretty far from reality for high school students.
Over the next two weekends, the McNary theatre department will transport their audience back to a time of hand-jiving and poodle skirts with their production of the famous musical and major motion-picture Grease.
The play opened on Thursday, Jan. 10, but there will be showings on Friday Jan. 11 and Saturday Jan. 12, as well as Jan. 17 through 19 at 7 p.m. There will also be matinee showings on the 12th and 19th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students.
Greaser Danny (played by Steven Cummings) and nice girl Sandy (played by Ingrid Dunn) fall in love over the course of a summer and try to create that same magic when they head back to school and discover that they are both enrolled at Rydell High.
The classic story, along with the traditional outfits, singing and dancing that defined a generation will be sure to provide high-quality entertainment for all ages.
“It’s a fun, light-hearted musical, but it has enough depth to keep you interested,’ said Kennadi Joy Thomas, who will be playing the character of Marty. “It really provides a moment to just watch and enjoy a bunch of McNary high schoolers having a ton a fun, but also see how much work we put in.”
“There are a ton of sets and costumes, so there won’t be a second where they aren’t entertained.”
The props and the costumes, the well choreographed dances, plus the singing and dialogue reveal the hours put in on this project — students have been preparing for the musical since September.

“We have been thinking about this show for five months now,” Cavanaugh said. “It can be hard to focus on something for that long, but the cast has been great to work with.”
“We have had some people drop out of the show, so we needed some people to step up. And the people stepping into to new roles were ready to go and they have all done whatever it takes to give the show what it needs.”
This production will feature several classical numbers from the movie, such as; Summer Nights, Greased Lightning, It’s Raining on Prom Night and Alone at the Drive-In Movie.

However, according to the cast, there will be plenty of material in the production that doesn’t follow the traditional formula.
Ingrid Dunn, who plays the role of Sandy, said that “we have similar iconic scenes, like the sleepover and the dances, but it isn’t the same script as the movie.”
Thomas also commented: “We’re trying to make it familiar, but also different enough that people will be excited to come again.”
Luckily, a surprising amount of members of the cast haven’t even seen the movie, so there will be a sense of originality with all the characters.
“It’s been fun to see everyone find their character and make them different,” said Jacob Fritts, who will be playing the role of Kenickie. “These characters aren’t normal individuals and they don’t act like normal people.”
Both Cavanaugh and vocal director Joshua Rist, beamed with pride talking about the final product these students are ready to put on display.
“Keizer should be really proud of its kids and the commitment they have to making a great work of art,” Rist said. “What we’re doing is really cool and I think this experience has enriched kids’ lives.”
Cavanaugh added: “I want to make this an event that the community is proud of and have it be something that will be on their calendar every year. If people come out and support the kids, I think they’ll watch something they can be really proud of.”