Author: Derek Wiley

Pastor at home at Clear Lake UMC

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When Alyssa Baker was asked to give her first sermon, she laughed. Baker, the new lead pastor of Keizer Clear Lake United Methodist Church, was a senior in high school and had only attended church regularly for a couple of years. “I was a behind the scenes type of person, really introverted,” Baker said. But as she preached from Psalm 139 and spoke of how she was formed and loved by God, in that moment, something felt right. However, Baker had no plans to become a pastor and went to Western Oregon University...

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Doutt, Allen lead McNary at Joe Dancer Park

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Kailey Doutt’s face lit up with excitement when asked about the Lady Celts cross country team, especially freshman teammate Ella Repp. Doutt won the girls varsity race at Joe Dancer Park in McMinnville on Wednesday, Sept. 13, finishing in just over 20 minutes and 12 seconds. Not far behind her was Repp in 20:30.47, good enough for third. “We push each other and I haven’t had that before,” Doutt said of Repp. “And we have a lot of girls that are doing amazing compared to past seasons and hopefully we’ll beat...

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Celtics host ‘angry’ Sprague

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Tim Kiser expects to face a mad Sprague team, fresh off a 35-0 loss to West Salem, when the Olympians come to Keizer on Friday, Sept. 15. “They’re going to be angry,” Kiser said. “They’re going to want revenge and they’re going to want to go hard against whatever comes next, which means we have to play harder.” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen expects to face a better team than the Sprague squad that lost five fumbles, including four in the first half, in the blowout loss at West Salem. “They’re...

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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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Lady Celts start volleyball season 4-1

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—Another close first game turned into a blowout as McNary went on the road and defeated North Salem 3-0 on Thursday, Sept. 7. The Lady Celts looked like they would easily win the first set, taking a 15-8 advantage. However, unforced errors gave North Salem life and the Lady Vikings took full advantage, tying the game at 23-23 after McNary missed on back-to-back kills, one wide and another long. The Lady Celts were able to regroup and win the next two points to take the first game 25-23. “We started slow but we...

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