The best in sports 2014

Boys soccer ‘miracle’ season In 2014, there was no bigger story in Keizer team sports than the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team. Out of the gate in September, the Celts began upsetting or tying top opponents and it led to them being ranked fourth in state rankings by the end of the first two weeks. During the next two months, the Celtics would go from dominating lesser opponents to rallying against tougher ones and coming out with wins or ties. McNary didn’t lose a game until the first week of October, but managed to bounce right back. The season reached its apex with a 5-4 win over the South Salem High School Saxons later that month. McNary trailed for much of the first half and was down 4-0 before junior Paulo Reyes sparked a rally. With 1:45 left in the game, a Saxon player grabbed a handful jersey as Celt Mario Garicia-Garibay near the Saxon goal. McNary was awarded a penalty kick that sophomore Gustavo Villalvazo netted. The Celts went on to win the Greater Valley Conference, the first league title for the team in a decade. Keizer 15-year-old sets state, national powerlifting records When it came to individual efforts in 2014, there was no doubt who our top pick for the year would be: Leilang Salang. In early December, Salang, 15,  captured state and national records in...

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