Author: Derek Wiley

A student of the game

Gardelli comes to McNary from Italy By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Riccardo Gardelli had played basketball on a club team in Varese, Italy for 10 years. But he had to start from scratch when he decided to come to McNary as an exchange student. “It was like starting from zero,” said Gardelli, who came to America in August through Cultural Homestay International. While Gardelli wanted to travel the world and meet new people, his main reason for coming to the U.S.  was to get better at basketball. He didn’t know where in the country he would end up....

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Forest Ridge students Kid Governor finalists

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Jasmine Miller, 11, Keizer, closed her campaign video saying, “The best people to help children is children. Let’s do this together.” Helping children is why she decided to run for Oregon’s first Kid Governor. Miller and Cameron Vandecoevering, both fifth graders at Forest Ridge Elementary, were selected as two of eight finalists. After an election, which included votes from more than 1,300 fifth graders from across the state, Dom Peters, of Willamette Valley Christian School in Brooks, was named the winner. Miller and Vandecoevering attended his inauguration at the state capitol on Jan....

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Doutt, Lady Celts topple North Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes The bye week did McNary good. In their first game in seven days, the Lady Celts (13-4, 7-2) dominated North Salem 67-34 on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Eight different players scored, including four in double figures. “We focused on us a lot and trying to share the basketball and work to get the best team shot that we can get,” McNary head coach Elizabeth Doran said. “I thought we really shared the ball well tonight.” Senior Kailey Doutt led the Lady Celts with 19 points, four rebounds and four steals in three quarters. “I...

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McNary honors senior wrestlers

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary rolled on Thursday, Jan. 18, defeating McKay 51-12 and West Salem 55-15. But the Celtics couldn’t carry that momentum over to senior night, falling to North Salem 42-30 on Friday, Jan. 19. “We wrestled way better yesterday than we did tonight and I’m not talking effort,” McNary head coach Jason Ebbs said. “I’m talking about technique. There’s certain mistakes that we made tonight that we simply did not make last night and they were fatal mistakes.” Senior Brayden Ebbs (170) opened Friday’s home dual, his final at McNary, with a pin in...

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Lady Celts win at the buzzer

McNary junior Abbie Hawley made a shot at the buzzer as the Lady Celts defeated Greater Valley Conferce rival South Salem 39-38 on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Hawley led McNary with 13 points and four rebounds. Senior Kailey Doutt added 11 points and seven rebounds in the victory. The Lady Celts hadn’t defeated South Salem since assistant coach Deven Hunter’s senior year (2012). McNary rebounded from a 58-39 loss at McMinnville on Friday, Jan. 12. Doutt had 21 points and nine rebounds. Hawley and Paige Downer each added seven points. Sabella Alfaro scored the only four other points in the...

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