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Celtics respond against West Albany

Celtics respond against West Albany

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Back at full strength, McNary did what it does best—score in transition. With four players in double digits, the Celtics routed West Albany 78-47 at home on Friday, Feb. 3. The Bulldogs scored the first basket of the game but McNary, using a 1-3-1 zone defense, responded with a […]

Lady Celts even the score with West Albany

Lady Celts even the score with West Albany

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary head coach Derick Handley told his girls basketball team to keep playing hard even when shots weren’t falling or things weren’t going their way. They listened as the Lady Celts came from behind to defeat West Albany 35-29 on Friday, Feb. 3. “Tonight was a great example that […]

Seniors win final swim meet

Seniors win final swim meet

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM–What they lack in numbers, McNary’s six seniors more than make up for in leadership. “It’s a small group but they do a lot,” Celtics head coach Casey Lewin said. “They motivate kids in practice. They set a good example. They’ll be missed for sure.” Jake Wyer, Parker Dean, […]

Wolverines take on Kindness Challenge

Wolverines take on Kindness Challenge

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Whiteaker Middle was one of over eight thousand schools worldwide to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge last year. This year, Feb. 6-10, Whiteaker counselor Pat Curran would like to see that kindness spread throughout Keizer as Mayor Cathy Clark will declare it Great Kindness Challenge Week at the […]

KFD honors excellence with annual awards

KFD honors excellence with annual awards

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Keizer firefighter Matt Dryden pinches himself all the time. “I always wanted to work at Keizer Fire District,” Dryden said. “I’m ecstatic to be here. I was tripping over myself to get my application in. It is truly a huge gift to me, just to work here.” That enthusiasm […]

Celtics hold on, win first dual

Celtics hold on, win first dual

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With McNary holding on to a four-point lead entering the final match of the night, all Noah Gatchet had to do was not get pinned. But the Celtic freshman decided to do his team one better, picking up a 11-6 decision over Kelton Bollier as McNary defeated South Salem […]

Lady Celts knock rust off at Sprague

Lady Celts knock rust off at Sprague

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—After a nearly two week break from game action, McNary needed about three quarters to begin looking like its normal self Friday, Jan. 27 in a 53-33 victory at Sprague. “It was pretty obvious that we hadn’t played in 10 days,” Lady Celts head coach Derick Handley said. “We […]

Shorthanded Celtics fall at Sprague

Shorthanded Celtics fall at Sprague

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—McNary (14-4, 7-3) got within one possession in the fourth quarter but with one starter out with an injury and another playing through the flu, the Celtics ran out of gas at Sprague. “Not having two of our top eight or nine really hurt us,” McNary head coach Ryan […]

Middle school wrestling back for second year

Middle school wrestling back for second year

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle, Cameron Parks started wrestling in kindergarten. “I never really liked basketball, wanted to do something more physical,” Parks said. But after budget cuts took the sport out of Salem-Keizer middle schools, Parks wasn’t sure what would be available to him once […]

A silver linings playbook

A silver linings playbook

Crisis teams visit Keizer schools 3 times since Jan. 1

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