Author: Derek Wiley

Lady Celts stunned at West Albany

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes ALBANY—McNary girls basketball coach Derick Handley said before the season started that the Greater Valley Conference had improved. At West Albany, he found out just how much as the Lady Celts opened league play Friday, Dec. 9 with a 48-41 loss. MHS swept the Bulldogs last season, outscoring them 128-58. “They’re improved,” Handley said of West Albany. “They’re a better team than they were a year ago. You’ve got to give them credit. They knocked down some shots that a year ago they weren’t able to do. They have two of the best...

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Lady Celts start 3-0

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With the graduation of three of its top four scorers, McNary is looking for girls to step up and put the ball in the basket. For game one, it was Jaylene Montano and Kailey Doutt, who combined for 27 points as the Lady Celts rolled past Barlow 58-23 at home on Thursday, Dec. 1. Montano, a senior point guard, knocked down two three-pointers in the first 1:05 to give McNary a quick 6-0 lead. “Coach (Derick Handley) has been telling me to shoot more and said I’m taking a new role this year...

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Celtics torch Grants Pass, Oregon City

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Before the season, McNary boys basketball coach Ryan Kirch said, “Scoring won’t be an issue for us.” That wasn’t just coach speak. After blowing out Grants Pass 81-34 on the road Friday, Dec. 2, the Celtics throttled Oregon City 85-54  at home on Tuesday, Dec. 6 to start the season 2-0. “A lot of our guys can really shoot the ball so we’re tough to guard,” Kirch said. “When we give up a good pass knowing it may not be my night, I may get two (points) tonight and 18 tomorrow, that’s just...

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Kuch leads MHS swim team

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes What does a swimmer do when she’s never lost an individual dual race in two high school seasons and already broken multiple district records before her junior year? What is she competing against? What’s next? Ask Marissa Kuch. “I kind of just race against McNary’s records,” said Kuch who owns the school records in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle. “I really race to get McNary’s name more out there because we’re not really well known for swimming.” Kuch, who also has the Greater Valley Conference record in the 100 and 200 free...

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Celtics sights set on Portland

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Optimism fills the McNary High School gym as the boys basketball team prepares for its upcoming season, which tips off Friday, Dec. 2 at Grants Pass. “It’s going to be a special group,” head coach Ryan Kirch said. “It could be as good as we’ve had. They’re just all good kids. They’ll all be enrolled in college next year. They’re all honor roll kids. They all come from great families. They’re all great friends. You just don’t get groups like this anymore. We’re talented in a lot of ways and have as much...

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