Author: Derek Wiley

83 join National Junior Honor Society at Whiteaker

Whiteaker Middle School held an induction ceremony for its newest members of the National Junior Honor Society Thursday, Oct. 5. Students are invited to apply for NJHS membership at Whiteaker for maintaining at least 3.5 grade point average through sixth and seventh grades. This year’s inductees were: Benjamin Anderson, Ellie Auvinen, Quinn Bach, Sierra Baldwin, Eliana Berg, Bo Bielby, Hannah Boughton, Paris Boyd, Tyler Brown, Cadance Bunch, Milanno Camarena, Isabel Cartwright, Lazaro Chavez, Miranda Coleman, Britney Cooper, Tyler Copeland, Samantha Curran, Alyssa Curry, Lillian Dawkins, Jessica Dilger, Grace Edmonds, Hannah Eggert, Gavin Eisele, Sydney Epperly, Anson Fleming, Logan Flesch, Kenna Fritts, Amya Garcia, Christopher Garcia, Isabelle Gatchet, Kayden Gekeler, Maren Hahn, Hannah Halliday, Courtney Hanson, Ameya Howald, Ella Hubbard, Easton Hughes, Hannah Kuper, Emily Lettenmaier, Ava Lindon, Makenna Logan, Mia Logan, Christopher Luscomb, Hunter Luth, Rowan Mahoney, Eben Mayer, Aiden McCoy, Caleb McCoy, Olivia Mendez, Callihan Montgomery, Kylie Nepstad, Tyshin Nguyen, Rianna Nowlin, Cade Olson, McKenna Olson, Brooke Proctor, Jeremiah Ratliff, Logan Ready, Jaden Rhines, Mattigan Richards, Jazmine Ruiz Diaz, Andrea Salisbury, Catherine Salmon, Kayelee Schwab, Kailah Schweppe, Deepika Sidhu, Kianna Staley, Benjamin Standley, Gracyn Suarez, Adam Tackman, Hayden Tavares, Lucy Taylor, Trace Thompson, Nelson Torres, Porter Vaughn, Stephanie Wade, Hayden Wampler, Tayson Whetten, Kailey Wilcke, Riley Woods, Raina Working, Joselyn Zuro and Olivia...

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Lady Celts come up short against Sprague

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary came out swinging against Sprague, 17-5 overall and 11-1 in the Greater Valley Conference. The Lady Celts just didn’t land enough punches, falling to the Olympians 3-0 on Monday, Oct. 9. McNary’s best chance to pull off the upset came in the first game, which the Lady Celts led until Sprague took a 19-18 advantage. Two kills by sophomore Chloe Diede kept McNary within reach at 22-23 and a block by Valerie Diede tied it at 23-23. But the Olympians won the next two points to take the set 25-23. “We quit...

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Bravo ends scoreless streak

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With five minutes remaining, McNary appeared to be heading for another 0-0 tie. Jovanie Bravo had other plans, out-running the Franklin defense and putting the ball past the keeper to give the Celtics a much needed 1-0 victory on Monday, Oct. 9. “I had a couple of chances in the first half and was disappointed I couldn’t finish them,” Bravo said. “I knew I had to do something for my team. These three points are really going to help us out in the rankings. We knew we had to win.” Bravo was inspired...

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Celtics ‘dominate’ West Albany

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes ALBANY—McNary (5-2) earned a much-needed league win, defeating West Albany 16-8 on Thursday, Oct. 12. “I think we dominated this game,” Celtics head coach Jeff Auvinen said. “The score doesn’t reflect it at all.” McNary was less than three minutes away from getting its first shutout of the season as a West Albany receiver got behind the Celtic defense for a 52-yard touchdown with just 2:22 remaining. “We just had a break down one play and they made a good play,” Auvinen said. The Bulldogs then converted the two-point try to get within...

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Celtics fall on homecoming

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary came from behind last season to defeat McMinnville on its homecoming. A year later, the Grizzlies got their payback. With 9 seconds remaining, McMinnville quarterback Samuel DuPuis broke a tackle to score a 2-yard touchdown as the Grizzlies stunned McNary 39-35 on Friday, Oct. 6. After a squib kick gave the Celtics the ball at midfield, Erik Barker completed a 16-yard pass to Jacob Jackson to give McNary one last chance with 4 seconds left to play. However, Barker’s final throw sailed out of the back of the end zone. After the game, McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen told his team McMinnville simply made more plays. The Celtics led 35-24 entering the fourth quarter after Barker and Junior Walling connected for a 36-yard touchdown, the Grizzlies fumbled the following kickoff, Alex McGrath recovered, and then Walling added a 5-yard touchdown run. With 7:29 remaining in the game, McNary failed to convert a third-and-1 and decided to punt, which McMinnville senior Odin Thorson returned 65 yards for a touchdown to get the Grizzlies within 35-32 after a successful two-point conversion. “We kicked it low, we kicked it short and right to him,” Auvinen said. “He caught it moving forward and he was gone. That was good play by him and not a very good play by us.” Auvinen said McNary coaches had discussed...

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