Month: November 2010

Celt soccer pick up one win in four games

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Maybe it’s best to start with the highlight. The McNary High School boys varsity soccer team blasted past the Sprague  Olympians 4-0 in teams’ game Thursday, Oct. 21. “We had a lot of communication. In general, people were trying hard,” said Hugo Gonzalez, a Celtic senior. “If the ball was in front of them, they we’re going hard and leaving it all on the field.” The sentiment was echoed by teammate Reece Braatz. “It was just a really good game for us,” Braatz said. “We made opportunities and finished on them.” McNary’s four goals came from Gonzalez on an assist by Luis Garibay; Nevin McLain on an assist by Gonzalez; Garibay on an assist Erik Cid; and Cid on an assist by Jake Paulson. Goalkeeps Hugo Cortez and Christian DeSantiago recorded a save each. “The team is getting better that’s no doubt,” said Miguel Camarena, Celtic head coach. “The concept of working as a team is so much better, we played compact, we are scoring goals, and just in time to fight for a playoff spot.” A seat at third in the Central Valley Conference would guarantee the Celtics a playoff berth, but even without it, the Celts will have an opportunity to make the playoffs in a play-in game next week. Prior to the Sprague match-up, the Celts dropped a game...

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Hitchin Post adds on family dining

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The Hitchin Post has a new owner. The bar just north of town has been popular with Keizerites for years, but now there’s a twist: Families are welcome, too. The new owners are Keith and Brenda Wright. They completed the purchase from Luke Clearwater just last week. Amber Wright, Keith’s daughter-in-law, said it was Keith’s dream “for the longest time to own a bar because he really wanted to get his food out there. He loves to cook, that’s his life.” Family dining is now on tap from 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Menu changes are coming, but not just yet. Amber said planned additions include ribs. “We’re going to try to do specials every day – homemade food,” Amber said. “We’re going to add more to (the menu) to have more variety.” Keith, who owns Casual Catering, said he’s wanted to own the Hitchin Post for years. As a teen his best friend lived across the street, and he would clean horse stalls for extra cash. “I’d knock on the back door and Ms. (Joyce) Clearwater would make us burgers and serve us RC Cola in a bottle,” Keith said. “This place has a little bit of meaning to me.” Keith plans to serve ribs smoked with a dry rub for seven hours, then put into a steaming barbecue sauce bath for...

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Gridders losing slide extends to five games

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Five turnovers were five too many for the McNary Celts to overcome in their 38-30 loss to the Sprague Olympians. “Some were bad breaks and others were the result of us not taking care of the ball,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. “We had to stop their run and eliminate our mistakes, we didn’t do either of those things.” For the Celts, the game was a disappointment because they were plagued by the same problems that have reared their head all season. “If we take out the turnovers, we’re not that far behind anybody,” said Jared Van Cleave, a senior. The Olys leapt out to a 7-0 lead after a tipped pass from Celtic quarterback Kyle Ismay landed in the hands of Oly Reid Gammon and led to the first Sprague touchdown on a 34-yard pass. McNary turned over the ball on downs their next drive and it took Oly quarterback Jordan Giza a single play to race it 56-yards back down the field for a second touchdown and 14-0 lead. On the next Celtic drive, Ismay connected with Garren Robinett on a long pass and Wes Heredia barreled into the end zone on the ground to close the gap to 14-7, but Giza made another huge run for a touchdown with 15 seconds left in the quarter to keep the...

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