Author: Derek Wiley

Harvey signs with Linn-Benton

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When Adam Harvey played one of his best basketball games at McNary High School, he had no idea someone was sitting in the stands who could make his dreams come true. Harvey had led the Celtics with 16 points, two rebounds, two assists, three blocks and three steals in a 70-62 win at West Albany when Linn-Benton Community College head coach Everett Hartman walked into the locker room. “I didn’t know until after he walked in,” Harvey said. “I just happened to have a good game when he was there. He said he...

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Legion team calls Keizer home

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes The Crushers Post 58, an American Legion baseball team in Stayton, have moved to Keizer. Led by former Stayton High School coach Drew Heard, the team is a collection of the best players from McNary, McKay, Silverton, Regis, Kennedy and Stayton. “I chose not to coach in high school this year because I wanted to focus on the Legion program and I wanted to move us out of Stayton because it didn’t make any sense for us to be out there,” Heard said. “The majority of our team is coming from Salem. To...

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McNary grad earns music scholarship

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Miguel Araiza, a 2017 McNary graduate, got the most out of the trumpet he picked up in the fourth grade, playing in the school’s marching band, basketball band, wind ensemble, brass quintet, jazz band, symphony and pit orchestra for the musical the Addams Family. Now, Araiza is taking his talents to the University of Northern Colorado. After auditioning in March, Araiza received a $36,000 Music Award to go along with a $8,000 provost and $4,242,04 Lois J. Erickson scholarship. He also earned three $1,000 scholarships—Keizer Rotary Wheat, LLC, Sheila Goodman Memorial and Withnell...

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Staffing changes on deck for MHS

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary is beefing up its one club, one sport, one activity for every kid every year initiative. Instead of one activities director, the high school will have two in 2017-18. Derick Handley, former girls basketball coach, is taking the lead on activities but he’ll be joined by art teacher Todd Layton. “Derick is a great teacher who has great relationships with kids,” McNary principal Erik Jespersen said. “Todd is a great teacher who also has great relationships with kids and we really think between the two of them we’re really going to bring...

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Ismay to dual enroll at Linn-Benton, Oregon St.

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Matthew Ismay, three-time Greater Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year, will be terrorizing a whole new group of opponents over the next two basketball seasons. The 2017 McNary graduate has decided to play at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. Before Ismay chose Linn-Benton, he first had to decide which sport he would play in college. Playing third base and hitting in the heart of the Celtics lineup this season, Ismay was unanimously voted to the All-GVC First Team by the league’s coaches after hitting .425 with two home runs, 11 doubles, 20...

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