Author: Derek Wiley

Celtics fight on, advance to second round

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes During every pre-game, halftime and post-game, McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen has challenged his team to respond to adversity and play the next play. In the first round of the state playoffs, the message finally sunk in as the Celtics came from behind to defeat Grants Pass 22-20 on Friday, Nov. 3. “We responded well tonight,” Auvinen said. McNary trailed 20-10 late in the third quarter when quarterback Erik Barker connected with Junior Walling on a wheel route for a 30-yard gain to get the Celtics inside the Cavemen 20-yard line. Barker then...

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Lady Celts knocked out in opening round

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Missing Katy Wyatt, McNary’s co-leading scorer and best defensive center midfielder, the Lady Celts couldn’t keep up with Lincoln, falling 3-2 on Saturday, Oct. 28 in the first round of the state playoffs. McNary gave up its first goal in just the fifth minute as nerves got the best of the Lady Celts and the Lincoln center midfielder took advantage of a poor clearance on a crossed ball in the box, and placed a driven shot to the upper corner from 22 yards out. “The first five minutes, I couldn’t believe what I...

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Whiteaker holds day of service

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes More than 100 Whiteaker Middle School students spent Saturday, Oct. 28 at Keizer Rapids Park raking and picking up leaves, ripping down invasive species of blackberry bushes, spreading bark dust and picking up trash. “We just want to be able to give our kids a lot of opportunities to give back to the community but also so they can feel like they’re part of the community,” Whiteaker social studies teacher James Decker said. “We’re going to continue these types of activities to empower Whiteaker kids to understand how important it is to give...

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Father, daughter die in duplex fire

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes A GoFundMe page has been created for a Keizer family, whose father and 6-year-old daughter passed away days after a fire engulfed their duplex on Thursday, Oct. 26. Telese Hoerauf, a neighbor who started the GoFundMe, said she was having a normal Thursday night when she heard knocking next door and cries of “Daddy, daddy.” “I heard panic in one of the girl’s voice and could hear that she was scared,” Hoerauf said. “I was thinking maybe they got locked out of the house or something. I opened my front door and came...

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Celtics to open playoffs at home

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Surrounded by his teammates who have become like brothers, Hakam Nagra sat at midfield for as long as he could, trying to fight back the tears after a 57-6 loss to West Salem on Friday, Oct. 27, thinking he had played his final home game at McNary.    But thanks to a top 16 finish in the final OSAA power rankings, Nagra and McNary’s other 22 seniors will get another shot to go out at home as winners when the Celtics, No. 14, host No. 19 Grants Pass on Friday, Nov. 3 in...

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