Author: Derek Wiley

Students sew for outdoor school

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Cummings Elementary School fifth graders are sewing their way to outdoor school. All 77 students made pillowcases to be sold for $10 to their own parents when they attend the school’s choir concert on Thursday, March 2. “Rather than selling candy, they decided to do a project where the kids learn a skill at the same time they are doing a fundraiser,” Cummings Principal Martina Mangan said. Each kid chose their own fabric, more than half of which was donated by The Cotton Patch in Keizer. Another local business, Bernina Stretch and Sew...

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McNary bowlers going to state

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes What started with just three bowlers, junior Aneeka Stephen and two sophomores, Mimi Garza and Cassidy Steckman, blossomed into a district championship for McNary High School. With the addition of sisters Cecilia and Natalia Valle midway through the season, the Lady Celts defeated McKay on Sunday, Jan. 22 at AMF Firebird Lanes in Salem to win the district crown. “They didn’t have a lot of experience and won district,” said Dan Kaplan, who coaches the McNary boys. “That shows (girls coach) Kathy (Kaplan) is an amazing coach.” With the victory, the McNary girls...

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Lady Celts come up short in home finale

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Sydney Hunter, Jaylene Montano, Gabby Schmit and Kelsey Koenig’s final home game at McNary wasn’t one they’ll likely want to remember as the Lady Celts lost to West Salem 55-44 on Friday, Feb. 17. “Inconsistent effort” and “inconsistent execution” were the reasons head coach Derick Handley gave for the loss, McNary’s third in a row. “We’re still looking for leadership, someone on the floor who isn’t just emotional every time something good or something bad happens,” he said. “We’re not consistent with our attitudes. We’re not consistent with our effort on a play...

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Eckert paces Celtics at GVC meet

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary junior Sarah Eckert led the Celtics at the Greater Valley Conference Championships, finishing fifth in the 500-yard free in 5:42.21 and eighth in the 100 butterfly in 1:06.70. Swimming on Feb. 10-11 at the McMinnville Aquatic Center, Eckert also helped the McNary girls 200 free relay with Emily Alger, Alyssa Garvey and Haley Debban place fourth in 1:48.39. Debban advanced to A Finals in the 100 breaststroke as well, where she took eighth in 1:19.32. Lizzie Bryant tied for seventh in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 1:09.07. Bryant, Alger, Emma Garland and...

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A fond farewell: Celtics blow out West Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When Matthew Ismay and Cade Goff cracked the McNary varsity lineup as freshmen four years ago, the Celtics were coming off two of the worst seasons of any basketball team in the state. In the two seniors final regular season home game, McNary suffocated the No. 4 ranked team in the OSAA power rankings, West Salem, 61-47, on Friday, Feb. 17. “This senior group has changed my six years here from where the program was, where we were the worst team in the state,” Celtics head coach Ryan Kirch said. “I told them...

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