Author: Derek Wiley

Van Voorhis torches McKay

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McKay had no answer for Brendan Van Voorhis. Not when he ran right up the middle of the Scots kickoff team for a 90-yard touchdown. Not when he caught a short pass from Josiah Gilbert, made a defender miss and used his 100-meter track speed to score an 81-yard touchdown to give McNary a narrow lead at halftime. And certainly not when Van Voorhis beat a cornerback and safety help to grab another ball from Gilbert and raced to the end zone for a 76-yard touchdown to finish off McKay 46-41 on homecoming night. “That’s one of the better games we’ve had around here, that’s for sure,” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen said of Van Voorhis’ performance. Gilbert went up to Van Voorhis before the game, played on Friday, Sept. 23, and told him he would score four touchdowns. But Van Voorhis decided to do him one better, finishing with five scores and more than 400 yards in the shootout. “That kind of put a number in my head to try and get and (Gilbert) put the ball where it needed to be for me to score,” Van Voorhis said. “We were fired up about this game. We came out here and played like we were fired up. We wanted to win real bad.” McNary made it a point to get the ball...

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McNary drama ‘reaching for more’

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes From going to space to The Addams Family to a twist on Shakespeare, the McNary drama department is “reaching for more” in its 30th season inside the Ken Collins Theater. The first show, Defying Gravity, Nov. 2-5, centers around the 1986 Challenger explosion and focuses primarily on the teacher, who lost her life, and her daughter. “It’s 20 years later and the daughter is reminiscing about her mother and how absent she was in that year she was getting ready,” said Dallas Myers, McNary drama director. “Now as an adult, she’s wrestling with it and the times she didn’t have her mom, all the time that her mom was literally reaching for more. The daughter essentially sounds like and feels like she’s talking to a therapist, like the audience is her therapist.” Also in the play are a NASA mechanic, a bartender, an Oregon couple driving across the country to see the launch and the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet, who has his own artistic quest. Myers believes the play will be good for his students who weren’t alive when the Challenger exploded. “I love this play,” Myers said. “I think there’s some really touching moments in it. I remember what it was like. Everybody waiting for the teacher and then how tragic it was.” On Friday, Nov. 18, Myers is inviting all...

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McKay on tap for homecoming

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary overlooked McKay last season. Senior Kolby Barker guaranteed that won’t be the case this Friday. “We didn’t give them the respect they deserved and we had a really off night,” Barker said of last year’s game. “Probably the first quarter was overlooking them and then after that we couldn’t recover.” Along with last season’s 10-7 result, which turned out to be McKay’s only win of 2015, the Celtics are coming off back-to-back losses to South Salem and Sprague. “You have to forget about those (losses),” Barker said. “You can’t dwell on them. You learn from your mistakes and move on. We’re working really hard. We’re ready to go.” It’s also homecoming for McNary. “It should be a big week for them for a lot of reasons and I think they’re prepping pretty well,” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen said of his team. “I think this year we have a different attitude. These seniors have done a really nice job of getting ready.” McKay went 4-24 over the last three seasons but have a new head coach in Josh Riddell, who previously spent a season at McNary as the freshman team’s offensive coordinator. The Royal Scots, 1-2, have shown improvement with a 3-point loss to West Salem, followed by a blowout loss to McMinnville and then a convincing win over Forest Grove. “They...

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Lady Celts get ‘huge’ win

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Kayla Evans had been waiting for a win like this. Behind strong team defense, the Lady Celts passed their first true test of the season, shutting out Gresham 2-0 at home on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Gophers have been a mainstay in the state tournament, getting at least to the play-in game the last three seasons and finishing runner-up in the Mt. Hood Conference in 2013 and 14. “It’s huge,” Evans said of the victory. “We started from the bottom and we’ve been building up and up and it finally feels good to be up and be able to compete against teams like this and win. It’s definitely one of the best games we’ve played, ever.” It was Evans who got McNary on the scoreboard with a header off a corner kick from Gina Munguia in the 25th minute. “I noticed I had no one on me and I was literally looking up at the ball and I just followed through with as much force as possible,” Evans said. “It was a beautiful service from Gina. I definitely think it just pumped up all of the energy. It made us so confident that we could actually do this (win).” The score remained 1-0 heading into intermission but the Lady Celts increased its opportunities in the second half. In the 52nd minute,...

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