Author: Derek Wiley

Celtics hold off South Salem, win first dual

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With McNary holding on to a four-point lead entering the final match of the night, all Noah Gatchet had to do was not get pinned. But the Celtic freshman decided to do his team one better, picking up a 11-6 decision over Kelton Bollier as McNary defeated South Salem 43-36 on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Gatchet trailed 4-0 before earning 10 straight points in the second period and holding on for the victory. “I can’t think of another kid with a bigger heart on our team and he knew his job when he stepped out on that mat,” McNary head coach Jason Ebbs said. “Instead of being satisfied with not getting pinned, he stayed in good position, he scored points, put the guy on his heels and won that match. Hands down one of the most savvy and intelligent wrestling freshmen I’ve seen come through this program in a while. That’s having the right mindset, not being satisfied with a mediocre job but seeking a higher job and a higher purpose and going after it. I will always promote our kids, win, lose, or draw, always wrestle to win and you’ll find yourself in a good place.” While the Celtics celebrated Gatchet’s performance, even picking up the 106-pounder on their shoulders and chanting, “Noah, Noah,” Ebbs noted the dual victory, McNary’s first of the...

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McNary nearly upsets Saxons

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—McNary (9-6, 4-3) went into South Salem and almost knocked off one of the top girls basketball teams in the state. Kailey Doutt had 20 points and Anita Lao added 17 but the Lady Celts came up just short, 58-56, on Tuesday, Jan. 17 to the defending Greater Valley Conference champions. McNary fell behind 16-9 after the first quarter but Jaylene Montano made a 3-pointer to get McNary within 26-22 with 2:15 remaining in the second period. However, the Lady Saxons closed the first half on a 7-0 run. After the two teams played a back-and-forth third quarter, the Lady Celts outscored South Salem 19-9 in the final period but it wasn’t enough to pull the upset. Evina Westbrook had 24 points to lead the Saxons, who entered the game as one of the hottest teams in the state with a 5-0 record in league-play, defeating GVC opponents by an average of more than 39 points. They are ranked fifth in the OSAA power rankings. McNary returns to action at home against Beaverton on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. The Lady Celts then get back into league-play on Friday, Jan. 27 at...

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McNary presents The Addams Family musical

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Ashton Thomas, a senior, who made his musical debut in the McNary High School drama department as a freshman in Urinetown, isn’t ready to say goodbye to the Ken Collins Theater. “It’s going to be hard to leave this behind because this has been such a cool place for me,” Thomas said. “It hasn’t really hit me yet, honestly. It’s going to be really weird transitioning into college life, most likely without theater stuff so I’m just trying to live in the moment and enjoy it while I can because this place is...

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McNary crushes Olympians, Grizzlies

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary looked more like the team coming off a night off than the one playing the second game of a back-to-back as the Celtics turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 75-55 victory over Sprague on Saturday, Jan. 14. “I think we scored a lot more in transition in the second half,” said McNary senior Matthew Ismay, who had 17 points, five rebounds and eight assists in the win. “They got a little bit tired and we had a lot more good cuts and passes.” The first half was back-and-forth. After an 11-11 tie at the end of the first quarter, the Celtics led 28-23 with two minutes remaining in the first half before Sprague closed the second quarter with six straight points. But McNary quickly took control in the second half, opening the third quarter on an 11-2 run. By the end of the period, the Celtics led 51-41 as Adam Harvey knocked down a 3-pointer. McNary continued to pad its lead in the final quarter, outscoring the Olympians 24-14. Wearing down Sprague, who didn’t play Friday because of snow in Forest Grove, was the Celtics plan all along. “We knew in the final minutes we would out pace them so we tried to pick up the pace a little bit,” McNary head coach Ryan Kirch said. “We talked to our guys...

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Playing as a team, Lady Celts defeat McMinnville, Sprague

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary’s girls basketball team has found the key to success—playing together. In a 52-44 win over McMinnville on Friday, Jan. 13, four different girls scored at least nine points and the Lady Celts dished out 11 assists. The following night, in a 52-30 victory against Sprague, five girls scored at least seven points to go along with 15 assists. “I just think the chemistry part, we’ve finally figured it out,” senior Sydney Hunter said. “We’re playing as a team. We’re finally playing as five, not just individuals and that’s helped us a lot. We’ll drive and we know that we’ll have somebody right by the basket to dish off and that’s definitely helped us.” With the two wins, McNary improved to 4-2 in the Greater Valley Conference after opening league play 1-2. “It was a big week for us,” MHS head coach Derick Handley said. “The biggest thing is we’re starting to trust each other a little bit more. We talked before the season started that we’re going to rely on a lot of girls that haven’t really been relied on in the past. I think they’re starting to understand their roles. I think they’re starting to get confidence and I also think that Kailey (Doutt) and Sydney, who have led us in scoring, are realizing that they don’t have to do it...

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