Day: October 24, 2016

Celtics lose non conference game to North Medford

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen was blunt after his team’s 38-17 loss to North Medford on Friday, Oct. 21. The Celtics laid an egg. “They just played a lot harder than we did,” Auvinen said. “They took it to us and played with more intensity. We got caught kind of flat-footed and by the time we responded, we were still in the game, and then we got caught flat-footed again and didn’t respond nearly as well.” North Medford entered the game with a pass-first spread offense but the Black Tornado did most of its damage against McNary on the ground, rushing for 200 yards and passing for only 49. “I figured they would like to run the ball,” Auvinen said. “They just haven’t been very effective at at. They were much better today, obviously, and took it to us.” North Medford scored on its first drive with a 6-yard run to take an early 7-0 lead. But the Celtics quickly answered as quarterback Josiah Gilbert hit Brendan Van Voorhis in stride for an 84-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:19 remaining in the first quarter. The Black Tornado added another 6-yard touchdown run on its next possession but McNary again responded. On fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Gilbert pushed his way into the end zone and AJ Johnk’s extra...

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Keizer Liquor now largest in the state

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer Liquor is now open at its new location in Schoolhouse Square and, if you’re human, you’re not going to be able to resist running your hand over the bar. “They sent us out looking for a board that was this big and this wide and we picked this one out at a Salem salvage yard. It ended up being gorgeous,” said Christy Coker, who co-owns the shop with her husband, Oliver. The bar is centerpiece of the new store, 5023 River Road N., and a sign of things to come. “We want...

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