Day: November 6, 2017

Celtics fight on, advance to second round

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes During every pre-game, halftime and post-game, McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen has challenged his team to respond to adversity and play the next play. In the first round of the state playoffs, the message finally sunk in as the Celtics came from behind to defeat Grants Pass 22-20 on Friday, Nov. 3. “We responded well tonight,” Auvinen said. McNary trailed 20-10 late in the third quarter when quarterback Erik Barker connected with Junior Walling on a wheel route for a 30-yard gain to get the Celtics inside the Cavemen 20-yard line. Barker then...

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Lady Celts knocked out in opening round

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Missing Katy Wyatt, McNary’s co-leading scorer and best defensive center midfielder, the Lady Celts couldn’t keep up with Lincoln, falling 3-2 on Saturday, Oct. 28 in the first round of the state playoffs. McNary gave up its first goal in just the fifth minute as nerves got the best of the Lady Celts and the Lincoln center midfielder took advantage of a poor clearance on a crossed ball in the box, and placed a driven shot to the upper corner from 22 yards out. “The first five minutes, I couldn’t believe what I...

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