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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Celtics hold off South Salem, win first dual

Celtics hold off South Salem, 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 […]

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