Author: Derek Wiley

Back from injury, Vincent leading McNary

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Carlos Vincent is making up for lost time. Back from a shoulder injury that cost him the second half of last season, the McNary senior went 3-0 in a tournament at Silverton on Friday, Dec. 9 to improve to 6-0 on the season. His goal is to win district and then place at state, which he didn’t get an opportunity to do last year. “It made me mad,” Vincent said. “I didn’t get to wrestle and I knew I could’ve done something big at districts and just didn’t because I was injured.” And...

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McNary swim teams win dual over McKay

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Filling out the McNary boys varsity lineup is getting more difficult by the meet and that’s a good thing for head swim coach Casey Lewin. “We had a lot of good swims, had a few JV kids who again this week had some fast times so that will make some things interesting,” said Lewin after the Celtics defeated McKay 119-41 on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Kroc Center in Salem. “The boys are getting that depth, which I wasn’t expecting to see quite that much of it and it’s definitely a good thing...

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Celtics finish strong, win league opener

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes ALBANY—Behind a fast start and strong finish, McNary opened Greater Valley Conference play with a 70-62 victory over West Albany on Friday, Dec. 9. “Any league win is tough,” Celtics head coach Ryan Kirch said. “On the road is tough. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing or when you’re playing them. I think what we can take from this is when you get to the playoffs, every game is going to come down to the final three minutes and your ability to finish and your ability to be mentality tough. We’re going to...

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GED program coming to McNary

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Of McNary High School’s more than 2,000 students, only 28 or less than 1.4 percent are considered dropouts. But for principal Erik Jespersen and assistant principal Rhonda Rhodes, that is 28 too many. Beginning in February, McNary will be the first high school in the Salem-Keizer school district to offer a General Educational Development (GED) program on its campus. “This is part of a bigger overall mission that we have at McNary, which is to get to zero dropouts,” Jespersen said. “We know our first objective is to get every single student across...

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Every child deserves a birthday party

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When Laura Perez, former principal at Whiteaker Middle School, returned from a mission trip to Mexico committed to make a difference in her community, she met with Sheronne Blasi, and the two friends went on a long walk. “We just had a shared vision for the work we’d like to do and the impact we’d like to have in our community,” Perez said. That vision was Simply Birthdays, a non-profit created by Perez and Blasi that holds birthday parties at two local homeless shelters—Simonka Place in Keizer and Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network, as...

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