Author: Derek Wiley

McNary grads take the walk

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM — When David Holcomb told his high school friends he wanted to be a teacher, they laughed. Standing on stage, 11 years later, as McNary High School’s keynote speaker for the 2017 commencement, the joke was on them. Holcomb, an AP geography teacher at McNary, told the 2017 graduating class on Friday, June 9 not to listen to critics. “My friends knew who I was up until that point,” Holcomb said. “They knew that I failed every class my freshman year. They knew as a sophomore I wasn’t doing much better. I...

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Kesler signs with Umpqua

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes After an injury ended Wyatt Kesler’s high school wrestling career early, the McNary senior was determined to keep on competing. “I wasn’t done,” Kesler said. “Even if I had to pay to go to school, I would’ve gone and wrestled.” Thanks to a scholarship from Umpqua Community College, Kesler won’t have to. “It was frustrating not being able to finish and then to get this opportunity just meant the world to me,” Kessler said. “I was so excited.” McNary head coach Jason Ebbs first met Kesler as a 5-year-old at the Celtic Mat...

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Witt, Wise voted GVC Player, Coach of the Year

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When voting on Greater Valley Conference Softball Player of the Year, McNary head softball coach Kevin Wise said he looks for “that kid that really stands out.” This season one of those players was McNary junior Nadia Witt, who along with West Albany senior Kennedy Jantzi, were co-recipients of the award. “It’s really cool to just think that the way I play and the way people see me as a high player,” said Witt, who was also voted a First Team outfielder. “I go hard and I’m always talking. I just try to...

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Cervantes follows Obama’s footsteps

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When applying for colleges to study political science, McNary senior Maria Cervantes went big. And that decision is paying off. Cervantes had never heard of Occidental College, located in Los Angeles, before finding out one of her role models, former president Barack Obama, had gone there before transferring to Columbia. “I wasn’t going to get into an Ivy League but I wanted a good school so I figured if president Obama went, it probably is a good school for political science,” Cervantes said. Cervantes was leaning towards staying close to home and attending...

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