Author: Derek Wiley

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...

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Allen goes under 18 minutes as Celtics PR at West Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—McNary cross country coaches challenged junior David Allen to run hard at West Salem and see what happens. The result was a 19-second personal record of 17:56 and top-six finish. “I didn’t expect to go as fast as I just did,” Allen said after the race on Wednesday, Oct. 4. “I thought I was done but I somehow got a last kick in the end. It’s crazy. I tried to start off harder this week than the last race we did because I didn’t start hard enough so I had way too much...

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McNary runners post PRs

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With McNary senior Kailey Doutt out, freshman Ella Repp got to lead the Lady Celts on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove. Repp, who finished fourth with a new personal record of 20:14, was surprised by her time. “I feel like I could have gone faster because it was such a flat course that I felt like I should have pushed myself more,” Repp said. “I ended up with a better time than I thought I did. I felt like I’ve gotten into shape. I’ve been trying to...

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McNary’s run game, defense flex at Forest Grove

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes FOREST GROVE—McNary continued to lean on its running game, racking up 246 yards, as the Celtics defeated Forest Grove 35-14 on Friday, Sept. 29. McNary had two runners go over 100 yards as sophomore Junior Walling gained 107 yards on 21 carries and senior Freddy Jimna had 101 yards on 12 attempts. “I just want to thank my O-line because they worked hard all this week, getting the plays right and figuring out which linebackers to block so I could find a hole,” Jimna said. The Celtics were without senior Lucas Garvey, who...

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McNary alumni make directorial debut

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Jeremy Clubb and Andrea Bean, two McNary High School graduates who haven’t stopped acting, building sets and playing music, are making their directorial debut with Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s Dog Park, The Musical. The pair were both heavily involved in the drama department while students at McNary, Clubb as an actor and Bean as a violin player in the orchestra pit. After high school, both acted in shows at Chemeketa Community College. From there, Clubb had a minor part in Keizer Homegrown’s first musical—I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change in 2014, then joined the theatre company’s board and has been involved in nearly every show since. Bean has played violin and conducted musicals for Pentacle Theatre in Salem.   Clubb and Bean were riding back from a show at the Gallery Theatre in McMinnville when the idea of directing Dog Park came up. Bean had been asked but didn’t want to go at it alone. “I can sing fairly well but I don’t read music very well,” Clubb said. “I don’t play any instruments. I would not be any help in that regard.” Bean turned out to be the perfect partner. “Since I’m the musical side and he’s more of the technical side and the experienced on stage, putting us together is kind of a dream team because where I lack he’s got...

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