Author: Derek Wiley

Wolverines sweep 4-0

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Whiteaker Middle School’s varsity volleyball team put an exclamation point on their undefeated league season, topping Keizer rival Claggett Creek 4-1 (25-10, 20-25, 25-5, 25-13, 15-5) on Tuesday, Nov. 1. “I think they played well,” Whiteaker head coach Scott Coburn said. “They had fun being at McNary and they raised their level of play. he second set, the Claggett girls stepped up and competed well but we hit a lot of balls out. That happens. I just told them you’re playing good volleyball, don’t worry about it. They came back and played well after that.” Coburn said Taylor Ebbs, Michelle Gee and Jazmin Zepeda led the effort. “Taylor Ebbs was hitting the ball extremely hard and well,” Coburn said. “She was serving rockets during the first game. Michelle Gee, she had one of her better games hitting the ball as well as Jazmin Zepeda. I was very happy overall with all of it. “Our setters obviously had to set the ball well for them to hit the ball well. It came together. It was a good end to our season.” The varsity team finished 10-0 in league play and 13-1 overall. As an entire program, Whiteaker was 33-2 with all four teams defeating Claggett Creek. “This was one of the strongest overall groups we’ve had,” Coburn said. “It was fun to have the...

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Martin leads big victory

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Playing under the lights at McNary High School, the varsity football game between Claggett Creek and Whiteaker middle schools was back-and-forth for much of the first half. But then Claggett Creek running back Ethan Martin busted it wide open. Martin had three touchdowns in the game, including one as time expired in the first half, to lead the Panthers to a 66-20 victory over their Keizer rival on Wednesday, Nov. 2. CCMS never trailed, scoring its first touchdown on a 49-yard pass from quarterback Jack McCarty to Elijha Devoursney. The Panthers failed to convert the two-point attempt but led 6-0 with 2:49 remaining in the first quarter. Whiteaker only needed one snap to answer with a big play of its own as Ian Martin connected with Rian Canini for a 68-yard touchdown. The Wolverines too missed their two-point try. Claggett Creek marched back down the field and on the 10th play of a 57-yard drive, Dyami Rios powered his way into the end zone from the 1-yard line. Rios also converted the two-point attempt to give the Panthers a 14-6 lead early in the second CCMS then recovered an inadvertent onside kick and on the first offensive play from scrimmage Ethan Martin took a sweep to the right, then reversed field, stiff-armed a defender and sprinted 51 yards down the left sideline to extend...

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Gus, Sticky voted All-GVC First Team

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When asked why they were voted all-league First Team by the Greater Valley Conference coaches, McNary seniors Abigail “Sticky” Smith and Gustavo Villalvazo both pointed to their teammates. “It’s kind of hard for me to believe I got First Team because I get so much help from the people around me,” Smith said. “Katelyn Tallon, she’s an amazing stopper. She makes my job easier on the field. I feel like part of me winning First Team is a lot of the work that she’s done on the field as well. And my outside defenders really made me stand out.” Tallon was an honorable mention selection along with Lady Celts Natalia Gonzalez, Abigail Hawley and Jessy Shore. Kayla Evans was voted on to the Second Team. Villalvazo credited his teammates for helping him return from a torn ACL the previous season. “Honestly, I was scared,” he said. “I’m one of those players that usually goes all out but not trying to hurt a person. And this year pretty much the whole time I was just thinking about my knee and was pretty slow out on the field. The guys always pushed me to my limits in every practice, warm ups, everyday. They made me a better person inside and outside the field. It was my goal but it was also the team’s goal to...

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McNary’s football season ends in Tigard

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes TIGARD—McNary had shining moments in the first round of the OSAA football playoffs. But they all came early as Tigard closed the first half with 35 unanswered points and rolled to a 58-28 victory over the Celtics on Friday, Nov. 4. The Tigers rushed for 235 yards and passed for 186 in the first half. McNary finished the game with 238 yards through the air but only six on the ground. “They came to play,” McNary senior Josiah Gilbert said of Tigard. “They were more physical than us. They stopped the run game. We were taking a beating. That’s all in credit to them. We played our hearts out. We did what we could. They were ready for us and knew what they were going to do. They were a big physical football team with a big physical running game.” The Tigers scored first on defense as Aksel Thorsfeldt intercepted Gilbert deep in McNary territory and returned it for an easy touchdown to put Tigard ahead 7-0 less than a minute into the game. But the Celtics quickly recovered. On the 11th play of an 85-yard scoring drive, Gilbert and Brendan Van Voorhis connected for a 33-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:51 remaining in the first quarter. McNary freshman Junior Walling then recovered a fumble, giving the Celtic offense...

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Celtics come up short at No. 3 Jesuit

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary gave one of the top boys soccer teams in the state a scare but couldn’t quite pull the upset as the Celtics fell 2-1 at No. 3 Jesuit on Saturday, Oct. 29 in the first round of the playoffs. “Our boys played really, really good,” MHS head coach Miguel Camarena said. “They stepped up their game. We had our chances. Unfortunately, they didn’t go through.” Jesuit, which has advanced to at least the quarterfinals  of the state tournament each of the past three seasons, scored its first goal against McNary in the fourth minute and dominated the first 20 minutes of the game. But a string of substitutions, bringing sophomores Jose Luis Bravo and Miguel Bravo in off the bench and moving forward Luis Lopez back, evened play. The Celtics took control in the second half but Jesuit caught a break, getting a penalty kick with 15 minutes remaining to extend its lead to 2-0. With five minutes to go, Gustavo Villalvazo had a long kick bounce off the Crusader goalkeeper’s hands, which Michael Reyes finished for McNary’s only goal. “I’m just proud of the guys for their effort,” Camarena said. With the season over, Camarena had mixed fixings. He pointed to ties to Aloha and Newberg early in the season as games where McNary blew leads. With a 5-6-3 record, the...

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