Day: January 16, 2017

McNary crushes Olympians, Grizzlies

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary looked more like the team coming off a night off than the one playing the second game of a back-to-back as the Celtics turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 75-55 victory over Sprague on Saturday, Jan. 14. “I think we scored a lot more in transition in the second half,” said McNary senior Matthew Ismay, who had 17 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the win. “They got a little bit tired and we had a lot more good cuts and passes.” The first half was back-and-forth. After an 11-11 tie at the end of the first quarter, the Celtics led 28-23 with two minutes remaining in the first half before Sprague closed the second quarter with six straight points. But McNary quickly took control in the second half, opening the third quarter on an 11-2 run. By the end of the period, the Celtics led 51-41 as Adam Harvey knocked down a 3-pointer. McNary continued to pad its lead in the final quarter, outscoring the Olympians 24-14. Wearing down Sprague, who didn’t play Friday because of snow in Forest Grove, was the Celtics plan all along. “We knew in the final minutes we would out pace them so we tried to pick up the pace a little bit,” McNary head coach Ryan Kirch said. “We talked to our guys...

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Playing as a team, Lady Celts defeat McMinnville, Sprague

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary’s girls basketball team has found the key to success—playing together. In a 52-44 win over McMinnville on Friday, Jan. 13, four different girls scored at least nine points and the Lady Celts dished out 11 assists. The following night, in a 52-30 victory against Sprague, five girls scored at least seven points to go along with 15 assists. “I just think the chemistry part, we’ve finally figured it out,” senior Sydney Hunter said. “We’re playing as a team. We’re finally playing as five, not just individuals and that’s helped us a lot. We’ll drive and we know that we’ll have somebody right by the basket to dish off and that’s definitely helped us.” With the two wins, McNary improved to 4-2 in the Greater Valley Conference after opening league play 1-2. “It was a big week for us,” MHS head coach Derick Handley said. “The biggest thing is we’re starting to trust each other a little bit more. We talked before the season started that we’re going to rely on a lot of girls that haven’t really been relied on in the past. I think they’re starting to understand their roles. I think they’re starting to get confidence and I also think that Kailey (Doutt) and Sydney, who have led us in scoring, are realizing that they don’t have to do it...

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Mother charged in son's death

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A 12-year-old Keizer boy was found dead by Keizer police officers on Saturday, Jan. 14, and his mother is charged with aggravated murder. Keizer Police Department officers were summoned to an apartment at 175 Garland Way North about 12:45 p.m. and found the Caden Berry unresponsive inside. The victim’s mother, Amy Marie Robertson, 38, was also at the scene and was taken into custody. After notifying the next of kin, Keizer police announced the name of the victim and suspect. Robertson is being held without bail at the Marion County Correctional Facility on a charge of aggravated murder. Aggravated murder includes, but is not limited to, incidents of intentional homicide when the victim is under the age of 14. An autopsy was scheduled Monday, Jan. 15. Robertson is scheduled to appear in Marion County Circuit Court Tuesday, Jan. 17. Caden was a student at Claggett Creek Middle School where a crisis team planned to be on-hand when school resumed Tuesday, and would be available for as long as they were needed, said Rob Schoepper, Claggett principal. “Caden was a great kid and hard worker in class.  He will be greatly missed by all our students and staff,” Schoepper said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact KPD Det. Tim Lathrop at 503-390-3713, ext....

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