Day: September 17, 2015

Wildcats deal Celts first loss

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity football team suffered its first loss of the season to Westview High School Friday, Sept. 11. Throughout the night, McNary had trouble defending its offense and protecting the line of scrimmage in a 36-14 loss to the Wildcats. “I thought the interior on defense did well, but the secondary struggled. We ended up shooting ourselves in the foot a lot,” said senior Bobby Botta. Junior wide receiver Brodie Nepstad, who was a favorite target of quarterback Trent Van Cleave during the evening, said it wasn’t a matter of bad play calling, just execution. “We had the spots, but didn’t make the tackles and bring people down quick,” he said. Westview started the game with possession, but their drive ended with a failed field goal attempt after Celts Brady Sparks and Tanner Gordon broke up a touchdown pass. While many of the Celts had rough patches in the game, Head Coach Jeff Auvinen singled out Gordon for his complete game effort. “Tanner battled defensively and got through on a lot of their screen attempts. Soon enough, those passes stopped coming to his side. He is a gutsy, gutsy kid and had a really good game,” Auvinen said. McNary’s first drive ended with a fumble that the Wildcats recovered at McNary’s own 24-yard line. Within a handful of plays,...

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The very long debate

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Wednesday’s Republican debate was long, very long. Its length may have altered its political impact. Carly Fiorina was the big winner, especially in the first part of†the debate. Her answers were crisp and she won game, set, match in the brief exchange about Donald Trump’s boorish comments on her looks. But she lost some ground as the debate wore on. The exchange with Trump over her stewardship of Hewlett-Packard went to Trump. Here, Chris Christie beat them both in what was his best moment. “Stop playing the games,” he said of their back-and-forth about their respective careers, saying they should speak instead to “the 55-year-old construction worker … who doesn’t have a job, who can’t fund his child’s education.” Christie showed how he had won in a Democratic state. There was a harshness to Fiorina’s attacks on liberals and the left, although this probably didn’t bother conservatives. She was a net winner, but not by the margin she built up at the start. And in opening up her business record, Trump may have created future problems for her. Ben Carson did not entirely disappear, but he came close at times. You would think this hurt him, but a similar performance in the first debate actually kicked off his ascent in the polls. A hunch: Fiorina may pick up some of Carson’s support, and some from...

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