Author: Derek Wiley

Doran era begins with a bang

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Kailey Doutt had an explanation for her performance against Tualatin on Saturday, Dec. 2, when she reportedly made 15 of 17 shots to finish with 32 points. “I was actually 15 for 18. I think they missed one,” said Doutt, who credited her incredible shooting night to simply putting up more shots everyday in practice. “Last year I didn’t shoot very much from the outside but we’ve been shooting a lot in practice, getting up a ton of shots so I’m more confident in my shot and it’s helped a lot,”...

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Celtics place third at Jerry Lane Invitational

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary wrestling coach Jason Ebbs went into the Jerry Lane Invitational not worried about how many matches his team would win. He just wanted the tenacity he’s seen in practice translate to a match. Ebbs got that and more as the Celtics finished 2-1 to place third in the eight-team tournament on Friday, Dec. 1 at McNary High School. “It just so happens that we went 2-1,” Ebbs said. “It just so happens that we lost to Tigard and Milwaukie in this tournament last year and returned the favor and beat them this...

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Celtics open season with win over Grants Pass

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary boys basketball coach Ryan Kirch said Chandler Cavell and Lucas Garvey could have started on most teams last season. In the 2017-18 opener, the two McNary seniors began proving it as Cavell poured in 23 points and Garvey added 16 as the Celtics defeated Grants Pass 68-54 on Thursday, Nov. 30. “I’ve been waiting all year for this. I love it. I’m so excited,” Cavell said. “My teammates ran the lanes and got me open. They’re the reason I got open so much and just staying aggressive.” Cavell scored the first basket...

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CCMS media specialist wins Crystal Apple

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Sheila Morales, media specialist at Claggett Creek Middle School, felt guilty when she was nominated for one of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation’s Crystal Apples. “You could nominate anyone at this school,” Morales said. “Everybody here is so hardworking.” But Morales’ colleague’s couldn’t think of anyone more deserving. “The Claggett library is a sanctuary for students who don’t feel at home anywhere else in the school,” wrote Terra Shiffer, a former CCMS teacher. “It’s a place where hungry students come to get a snack, and exhausted teachers come for help with copying, laminating and...

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Young Lady Celts to play small ball

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Paige Downer remembers what it was like to play on the varsity team as a freshman. “I didn’t feel confident,” Downer said. “I was intimated by all the older girls.” As one of four seniors on McNary’s girls basketball team, Downer wants to make sure that these four freshmen are more comfortable. That should be easier since Downer played with them through the Keizer Youth Basketball Association. “It’s just been a blast getting to know all of these girls,” Downer said. “We work so well together. And I think that will definitely come...

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