Author: Derek Wiley

Celtics host ‘angry’ Sprague

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Tim Kiser expects to face a mad Sprague team, fresh off a 35-0 loss to West Salem, when the Olympians come to Keizer on Friday, Sept. 15. “They’re going to be angry,” Kiser said. “They’re going to want revenge and they’re going to want to go hard against whatever comes next, which means we have to play harder.” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen expects to face a better team than the Sprague squad that lost five fumbles, including four in the first half, in the blowout loss at West Salem. “They’re...

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Barker’s five TDs leads Celtics at South Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—Using his arm, Erik Barker made sure McNary got off to a fast start at South Salem. But the Celtics quarterback finished off the Saxons with his legs. Facing a fourth-and-goal from the South Salem 1-yard line with less than a minute left to play, Barker faked a handoff and broke multiple tackles on the edge to fight his way into the end zone. “Giving me that run play I was just so excited,” Barker said. “I just saw the edge and put my shoulder down. I was just so determined to get...

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Lady Celts start volleyball season 4-1

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—Another close first game turned into a blowout as McNary went on the road and defeated North Salem 3-0 on Thursday, Sept. 7. The Lady Celts looked like they would easily win the first set, taking a 15-8 advantage. However, unforced errors gave North Salem life and the Lady Vikings took full advantage, tying the game at 23-23 after McNary missed on back-to-back kills, one wide and another long. The Lady Celts were able to regroup and win the next two points to take the first game 25-23. “We started slow but we...

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McNary goes to South Salem thinking revenge

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes From a snap over the quarterback’s head to a blocked punt inside the 10-yard line to a fumble in the end zone to a critical 12 men on the field penalty in the final minutes, last season’s South Salem film was a hard re-watch for McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen. “We made so many mistakes last year,” Auvinen said. “It was one thing after another and we did not play very well.” What makes matters worse is if McNary defeats South Salem, the Celtics finish tied for first in the Greater Valley Conference...

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‘Gutsy’ defense leads McNary over North Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary’s defense thought North Salem’s 69-yard touchdown run on the Vikings second offensive play of the game was a fluke. The Celtics spent the rest of the night proving it. Behind two goal line stands, McNary defeated North Salem 28-7 at home on Friday, Sept. 1 to open the 2017 season. The Celtics reached the end zone on their first play from scrimmage as Lucas Garvey took a handoff from quarterback Erik Barker and ran 83 yards down the sideline to give McNary a quick 7-0 lead. “That just made my job so...

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