Month: February 2017

Eckert paces Celtics at GVC meet

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary junior Sarah Eckert led the Celtics at the Greater Valley Conference Championships, finishing fifth in the 500-yard free in 5:42.21 and eighth in the 100 butterfly in 1:06.70. Swimming on Feb. 10-11 at the McMinnville Aquatic Center, Eckert also helped the McNary girls 200 free relay with Emily Alger, Alyssa Garvey and Haley Debban place fourth in 1:48.39. Debban advanced to A Finals in the 100 breaststroke as well, where she took eighth in 1:19.32. Lizzie Bryant tied for seventh in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 1:09.07. Bryant, Alger, Emma Garland and...

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A fond farewell: Celtics blow out West Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When Matthew Ismay and Cade Goff cracked the McNary varsity lineup as freshmen four years ago, the Celtics were coming off two of the worst seasons of any basketball team in the state. In the two seniors final regular season home game, McNary suffocated the No. 4 ranked team in the OSAA power rankings, West Salem, 61-47, on Friday, Feb. 17. “This senior group has changed my six years here from where the program was, where we were the worst team in the state,” Celtics head coach Ryan Kirch said. “I told them...

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Vincent wins district championship

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—When McNary sophomore Enrique Vincent’s knee swelled up early in the wrestling season, he didn’t know if he’d be able to recover in time to compete for a district championship. After finally getting cleared, Vincent ran twice a day, in the morning before school and then after practice, to cut 12 pounds so he could get back down to 120 and wrestle in the Celtics final two duals of the regular season on Feb. 8 and 9. The hard work paid off as Vincent defeated West Albany junior Wyatt French 11-5 in the...

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“Boomer’s Bucket List” by Sue Pethick

“Boomer’s Bucket List” by Sue Pethick c.2017, Kensington $9.95 / $10.95 Canada 256 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You always wanted to jump from an airplane. It’s something you dreamed about doing, just as you’ve always dreamed of walking the Appalachian Trail, seeing the Great Pyramids, and visiting China. So will you take the leap and fulfill your lifelong wishes someday or, as in “Boomer’s Bucket List” by Sue Pethick, will time and patience run out first? She didn’t choose him. It was the other way around. That’s what Jennifer Westbrook always recalled about the day she saw...

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Farr signs with Linfield

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Sam Farr only had to look 28 miles northwest to McMinnville to fulfill his goal of playing college football. The offensive lineman signed with Linfield College on Wednesday, Feb. 1 in the McNary library. “It was definitely a goal of mine and has been ever since I started playing football,” Farr said. “It felt like all the hard work that I’d put in ever since I started playing football started to pay off. It’s really humbling and I’m so excited as well. It’s a huge opportunity and a huge compliment to...

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