Month: October 2017

Celtics no match for West Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Another home game against a top 10 team in the state resulted in another blowout loss for McNary as the Celtics fell to West Salem 57-6 on Friday, Oct. 27 to close the regular season. “It was Sprague revisited,” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen said after the game. “One bad thing happens and we just lost our will. We need to be able to play the next play and we’ve been talking about that but obviously we’re not very good at it yet.” After McNary’s first possession ended with an Erik Barker interception,...

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Man who plead guilty to mother’s murder wants sentence declared unconstitutional

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A man who plead guilty to the murder of his mother and attempted murder of his father in Keizer in 2015 is now seeking to have his life sentence ruled unconstitutional. Brett Angus Pearson plead guilty to the crimes in 2015 and was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 40 years. He is now seeking post-conviction relief in a civil petition filed with the Marion County Circuit Court. In the petition, Pearson, 21, claims that his imprisonment at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility is illegal because his attorney “failed to...

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Couple paves local path for refugee resettlement

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In 2015, Keizerites Anya and Doug Holcomb were part of a relief team with the Christian Missionary Alliance at a refugee camp near the border of Greece and Macedonia. The number of refugees flooding into the camp was overwhelming, but stories connected them to individuals amid the chaos. Sitting in the dusty camp, Anya spoke with a young man who wept as he talked about having to leave his elderly parents behind. On another day, five children died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea on a raft and sorrow swept through the...

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McNary wins play-in game

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary continues to live to fight another day. Five days after defeating No. 13 South Salem 3-0 to earn a play-in game, the Celtics won 1-0 at Tualatin on Tuesday, Oct. 24 to punch their ticket into the 6A state tournament. McNary went into halftime tied 0-0 but McNary junior Jovanie Bravo scored the game-winning goal in the 69th minute, capitalizing on a cross from junior Francisco Rios. Tualatin put multiple shots on goal in the second half but Celtic goalkeeper Sebastian Lopez was able to keep the Timberwolves scoreless. Rios scored all three goals in the first half against South Salem on Thursday, Oct. 19, the last on a header off a corner kick. Jose Zamudio, a junior who came up from the JV for the game, had an assist. “It was the most important game of the season,” Rios said. “We had to score no matter what. We just played super good that game. We went all at it. We played the same way we did against McMinnville and just destroyed them.” McNary head coach Miguel Camarena was thrilled to see the three goals after the Celtics has controlled possession throughout the season but failed to put the ball in the net. McNary had scored less than two goals in eight of its 13 matches. “Throughout the season, our team has...

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Lady Celts go straight to playoffs

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Thanks to a 0-0 tie against No. 7 South Salem on Thursday, Oct. 19, McNary’s girls soccer team won’t have to play itself into the state tournament this season. No. 21 in the final power rankings, the Lady Celts earned an automatic bid and a matchup with No. 12 Lincoln on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in Portland. “I’m excited. It’s a good feeling to go straight in,” McNary head coach A.J. Nash said. “It’s going to be physical. Ultimately, I don’t know a whole lot about Lincoln. They were fourth place...

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