Football team wins conference title on senior night; Volleyball wins; Girls' Soccer ties
November 7, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Alan Torres
Every year, McNary’s sports celebrate Senior Night. It’s a day for each team to celebrate and send off their seniors. Each sport celebrates Senior Night on their last home game of the season. Between all of this year’s Senior Nights, the highlight was the football team beating South Salem to clinch the district title.
October 26- McNary started the game off strong scoring the first touchdown of the game just three minutes in. With two minutes left in the quarter junior Erik Barker (#12) scored the McNary’s second touchdown, giving the Celtics a 13-0 lead to end the quarter.
About one minute into the second quarter McNary senior Noah Bach (#11) scored a touchdown expanding McNary’s lead. Three minutes later South rebounded and scored their first touchdown of the game. With six minutes left in the first half, Barker scored another touchdown for McNary. At the very end of the half South Salem came back to score two more touchdowns: one with two minutes left, and one at 30 seconds left. With this McNary’s lead was down to 25-20 at halftime.
At this point it was the marching band’s turn to celebrate their senior night, giving one last performance for the crowd.
With the game back underway South Salem scored a touchdown to take the lead halfway through the quarter. With a minute and a half left in the quarter McNary scored a touchdown with a two point conversion, taking the lead 33-26 going into the fourth quarter.
With 7:49 left in the game McNary scored a touchdown to expand their lead. With 3:39 left South Salem came back with a touchdown, but they couldn’t repeat the feat and McNary won 40-33.
The students stormed the field, celebrating the Celtic’s conference title.
This awarded the football team an away playoff game vs Lakeridge which they lost 56-33.
October 18- Volleyball also had a victory to celebrate this senior night, beating McKay to break a ten game losing streak.
After a number of touching speeches from Volleyball’s underclassmen talking about how much they appreciated their Seniors and will miss them in the years to come the match was on. McNary came out strong and earned a 25-18 victory in the first game.
McNary scored three points in a row to start the second game. At this point McKay began to score and the game went back and forth for a bit, but in the end McNary won with another 25-18 score.
In game three McNary was off to a strong start leading 10-5 early on. This lead shrunk a bit later in the game, eventually shrinking to 16-13 but McNary scored the next two points, bringing their lead back up to a five point gap. Points continued to go back and forth from here, but in the end McNary won 25-17, finally breaking their ten game losing streak.
October 19-The girls soccer team entered their last game of the season ranked 33rd in the state, so they needed to win their senior night game to make the playoffs. In the end, their 0-0 tie to Mountain View wasn’t enough.
The game went back and forth for a while, with several attempted goals but the first official shot came with seven minutes left in the first half when senior Gina Mungia (#12) was awarded a penalty kick for being tripped by a Mountainview player, this shot was caught by Mountain View’s goalkeeper. The second shot of the game came from Mountain View with ten seconds left in the half, this was blocked by McNary’s goalkeeper, senior Sydney Snapp (#0). Leaving the teams tied 0-0 at halftime.
McNary’s second shot came thirteen minutes into the second half from sophomore Audrey Williams (#9), this was blocked by Mountain View’s goalkeeper. With nineteen minutes left in the game Snapp blocked Mountain View’s second shot of the game. With thirteen minutes left in the game a McNary player missed a penalty kick she was awarded for a Mountain View player jumping over her after she fell. With 27 seconds left in the game the last shot was attempted by Mountain View and blocked by Snapp, maintaining the scoreless tie, but it wasn’t enough to bump McNary into the playoffs.
October 16- Based on McNary’s standing going into their senior night game against Bend, a win likely meant the difference between a home and an away playoff game. In the end they lost, getting assigned an away playoff game against Beaverton.
Bend scored the first goal early into the game. With eleven minutes left in the half McNary took their first shot which was blocked by Bend. Bend held on to their 1-0 lead going into halftime.
At halftime the team took a break to celebrate their seniors, including their life plans, with quite a few of them planning to continue playing soccer in college.
Bend scored a second goal ten minutes into the second half. Six minutes later senior Kevin Hernandez (#9) scored McNary’s first goal of the game. No other goals were scored for the remainder of the game, resulting in a 2-1 Bend victory.
With this McNary was ranked #19 in the state, getting an away playoff game against #14 Beaverton which they lost 3-1.
October 17- The cross country teams celebrated their equivalent to senior night with a 3K at Keizer Rapids vs West Salem and McKay.
On the boys side the team came in second, barely behind West Salem with a final score of 33-35-67. The highlight of the meet however was senior Francisco Orta who came in third with a time of 9:56.93 breaking the previous school record.
On the girls side the team came in third with a score of 24-34-72. The leading girl was sophomore Cielo Hermenejildo Chavez who came in 9th place with a time of 12:30.2
This story was edited to include game dates.