Month: December 2015

Lady Celts have sights on title

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Derick Handley is ready for the Keizer community to get excited about Lady Celt varsity basketball. “If we perform to the level we’re capable of, and take care of the things we need to take care of, we could have two league champion teams at this school. That doesn’t happen too often. Our girls are working hard and they deserve the support,” said Handley, the second-year head coach of the team. The McNary girls return to the hardwood with a home game vs. Sheldon High School Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:45 p.m. Leading the team this season are a trio of seniors, Kaelie Flores, Madi Hingston and Reina Strand. Flores and Hingston have already signed letters of intent to play for Central Washington University and Seattle Pacific University, respectively. Strand, who sat out her junior year due to injury, expects to find a home by next spring. Returning junior Sydney Hunter said the seniors are a big part of the team’s overall look this season. “This year is a big one for us and I feel like we’re going to play for them,” said Hunter. Last year, the Lady Celts finished third in the Greater Valley Conference and lost to Clackamas High School in the first round of the playoffs. This time around, Handley said the team stacks up well against last...

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Reloaded: Boys basketball aims for repeat

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Ryan Kirch’s list of things for the boys varsity basketball team to improve upon in the coming weeks is a short one. “We’ve got to defend better on the perimeter and we’ve got a couple of guys who are still a little banged up and waiting to return, but we’ve got a strong group of players,” said Kirch, Celtic head coach. It’s an enviable position to be in. The Keizer boys shared the Greater Valley Conference title last season. This time around, the Celtics are looking to stand alone at the top and they’ve got a roster full of seasoned players to help them get there. “The biggest thing we have is a lot of depth, we have the most depth we’ve had in the five years I’ve been here,” said Kirch. “We’re very versatile and very long with a lot of guys who can do a lot of things on the floor. As a team, we have guys that can shoot, guys that can defend, guys that can rebound and guys who can pass.” McNary lost two stars in Tregg Peterson, the GVC Player of the Year, and Devon Dunagan, but the team has reloaded to return with a squad of up-and-comers. “We’ve really picked up where we left off,” said McNary junior Cade Goff. “For everyone who is returning our...

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