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Whiteaker tops Keizer rival Claggett Creek

Whiteaker tops Keizer rival Claggett Creek

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With 10 lead changes and two matches decided in overtime, Whiteaker Middle School narrowly edged Claggett Creek 45-41 on Thursday, Feb. 23. Wrestling under a spotlight and large crowd at McNary High School, Whiteaker seventh grader Aldo Villalvazo (195) got a pin in the first period to seal the […]

Lady Celts come up short in home finale

Lady Celts come up short in home finale

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Sydney Hunter, Jaylene Montano, Gabby Schmit and Kelsey Koenig’s final home game at McNary wasn’t one they’ll likely want to remember as the Lady Celts lost to West Salem 55-44 on Friday, Feb. 17. “Inconsistent effort” and “inconsistent execution” were the reasons head coach Derick Handley gave for the […]

Eckert paces Celtics at GVC meet

Eckert paces Celtics at GVC meet

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary junior Sarah Eckert led the Celtics at the Greater Valley Conference Championships, finishing fifth in the 500-yard free in 5:42.21 and eighth in the 100 butterfly in 1:06.70. Swimming on Feb. 10-11 at the McMinnville Aquatic Center, Eckert also helped the McNary girls 200 free relay with Emily […]

A fond farewell: Celtics blow out West Salem

A fond farewell: Celtics blow out West Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When Matthew Ismay and Cade Goff cracked the McNary varsity lineup as freshmen four years ago, the Celtics were coming off two of the worst seasons of any basketball team in the state. In the two seniors final regular season home game, McNary suffocated the No. 4 ranked team […]

Vincent wins district championship

Vincent wins district championship

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—When McNary sophomore Enrique Vincent’s knee swelled up early in the wrestling season, he didn’t know if he’d be able to recover in time to compete for a district championship. After finally getting cleared, Vincent ran twice a day, in the morning before school and then after practice, to […]

Farr signs with Linfield

Farr signs with Linfield

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Sam Farr only had to look 28 miles northwest to McMinnville to fulfill his goal of playing college football. The offensive lineman signed with Linfield College on Wednesday, Feb. 1 in the McNary library. “It was definitely a goal of mine and has been ever since I […]

Whiteaker choir Cabaret a hot ticket

Whiteaker choir Cabaret a hot ticket

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Even in a bigger venue, Andy Thomas, choir director at Whiteaker Middle School, decided on two nights for the annual Cabaret show. And that decision has paid off as the first performance, Thursday, Feb. 23, has already sold out. “Parents like to come more than once,” Thomas said. “The […]

Celtics prep for districts

Celtics prep for districts

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary went 2-6 in the Greater Valley Conference this season but head coach Jason Ebbs expects a stronger finish at the district meet on Feb. 17-18 at West Salem. The biggest reason is the Celtics are finally getting healthy. “We’re trying to slowly but surely put the puzzle pieces […]

Barker picks Air Force Academy

Barker picks Air Force Academy

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Kolby Barker considered canceling his visit to the Air Force Academy and committing to the University of Wyoming. He’s glad he didn’t as Barker signed a national letter of intent to play football with the military academy on Wednesday, Feb. 1 in the McNary library. The visit […]

McNary recognizes senior wrestlers in final dual

McNary recognizes senior wrestlers in final dual

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Jason Ebbs wasn’t just McNary seniors Wyatt Kessler, Sean Burrows and Carlos Vincent’s coach for four years. He also knew them as young children on the Celtic Mat Club and as friends to his son, Brayden and daughter, Taylor. “That’s just a different deal right there,” Ebbs said. “That’s […]

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