Day: November 9, 2011

Cavemen pound Celts 40-21 in play-in

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It would be easier to talk about if there had been some magic moment where every thing seemed to go wrong, but it was a slow burn that did in the McNary High School varsity football team in its playoff play-in game with Grants Pass High School Friday, Nov. 4. The Celts lost 40-21 extending a playoff absence that’s lasted since 2008. But sports are about more than wins and losses, it’s about the character athletes build along the way and, by that measure, McNary’s locker room was bursting at the seams this season. “We’ve been playing this game together for nine years now and for a lot of us, it’s done,” said Celt Corey White. “We went out on our home field and we had all of our friends and family there to support us and that was a cool thing to end on.” Quarterback Justin Burgess said, “Earlier in the season, the linemen were their own groups and the receivers were their own group and …” “The walls came down,” White said, finishing the sentence. It was that sort of camaraderie that propelled the Celtics from the start of a dismal season to a strong finish, said Rick Ward, McNary head coach, “It was fun group of kids to be around and, because of it, they came a long way...

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Keizer couple begins new life in old digs

BY LYNDON A. ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes Room 11 at Kennedy Elementary School took on a new purpose on Wednesday, Oct. 12.  Instead of reading, ‘ritin’, and ‘rithmatic, Colleen Amanda Coffey learned that her boyfriend Tyler McNichols wanted to marry her. Tyler, with of the help of some of the school’s staff and his friend, managed to get Colleen to the school on Wednesday afternoon to propose to her.  Room 11 was were the two met in Mrs. Margie Guiterrez’s class.  Over the next four years they shared homeroom class as well as math and reading class. Despite being friends in school Tyler did not have any special interest in Colleen.  “The very first day she met me in second grade,” Tyler said, “the first thought she had was ‘that is the the guy I am going to marry…or at least someone who looks just like him.’” Colleen’s crush on him continued until they went to different middle schools; she headed to Waldo Middle School and South Salem High School, closer to her home.  She had attended Kennedy because her mother worked there. They met again at a concert during their freshman high school year.  They didn’t talk again. She sent Tyler an email in August, 2008, just before their sophomore year began.  Her email kindled a spark between them and they reunited that summer at the state fair....

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