Day: September 11, 2017

Barker’s five TDs leads Celtics at South Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—Using his arm, Erik Barker made sure McNary got off to a fast start at South Salem. But the Celtics quarterback finished off the Saxons with his legs. Facing a fourth-and-goal from the South Salem 1-yard line with less than a minute left to play, Barker faked a handoff and broke multiple tackles on the edge to fight his way into the end zone. “Giving me that run play I was just so excited,” Barker said. “I just saw the edge and put my shoulder down. I was just so determined to get...

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CCMS principal about joy of learning

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Aaron Persons knew he’d be a good fit as the new principal at Claggett Creek Middle School when he received his first Panthers t-shirt with the words “integrity” and “grit.” “That’s what I try to encourage kids, to be a part of something special though hard work,” Persons said. “That’s the reputation Claggett has, we get good results, hard working kids that achieve a lot. The staff has the same reputation, we’ll do whatever it takes.” Persons was born and raised as one of nine children in Stayton. After high school, he went...

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