Author: Derek Wiley

McNary drops dual at West Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—McNary had a two-point lead through nine matches at West Salem. But the Titans won the final five, including three by pin fall, to defeat the Celtics 51-26 on Thursday, Jan. 5 in their first Greater Valley Conference dual of the season. “As soon as we got done with 152, we were hitting the strength of their lineup,” McNary head coach Jason Ebbs said. “That was all of their talent and all of their better guys. We knew that coming in. We knew that up by two at 160 was not going to be enough to ride that wave out.” After Noah Gatchet won by forfeit at 106 pounds to give the Celtics a 6-0 lead, West Salem won three matches in a row, all by pin fall, to go ahead 18-6. At 132 pounds, Sean Burrows was able to end the streak by pinning Mason Meredith in the second period. After the Titans picked up another pin to expand their advantage back to 12, McNary won three straight to take a 26-24 lead. At 145 pounds, Noah Grunberg won a 13-2 major decision. Wyatt Kesler then pinned Luke Liedkie in the first period at 152 pounds and Brayden Ebbs won a 14-0 major decision at 160 pounds. Isaiah Putnam looked to continue the winning streak at 170 pounds. But leading 9-7 in...

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McNary sweeps Forest Grove

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Easton Neitzel looked like he was shooting on a bigger rim than everyone else. The McNary senior had a career high 30 points as the Celtics defeated Forest Grove 86-68 at home on Tuesday, Jan. 3. “Guys were finding me when I was open,” Neitzel said. “I hit some shots and got in rhythm.” Neitzel’s 30 points included four 3-pointers. He also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line. “He didn’t take any bad shots,” McNary head coach Ryan Kirch said. “We’ve really been working on him playing with strength in his lower...

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Celtics buy Christmas gifts for Keizer family

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Three Keizer kids looked out their window and declared, “They’re here. They’re here.” It wasn’t Santa and his elves. But on this Christmas these visitors brought just as much excitement as McNary’s boys basketball team arrived carrying gifts for a local family in need. Ryan Kirch started the adopt a family program six years ago when he became the head coach at McNary as a way for his players to develop leadership and character. “Our kids are real fortunate where they come from,” Kirch said. “I think it’s really good for them just...

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Free towing service on New Year’s

Wiltse’s Towing is offering a free New Year’s service for anyone in the Salem-Keizer city limits who has had too much to drink, wants to get home safely but doesn’t want to leave their vehicle. Call 503-581-1533 on Dec. 31 at noon through Jan. 1 at noon and Wiltse’s Towing will pick you and your vehicle up and deliver both home at no charge. Just provide your location, name, phone number (in case they can’t find you) and the make, model and color of your vehicle. And allow about 30 minutes for someone to...

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Celtics finish Classic strong

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—McNary suffered its first loss of the season in the Capitol City Classic. But that doesn’t mean the tournament wasn’t a success. After falling to Mater Dei, a Catholic school in southern California, 64-60 on Wednesday, Dec. 21, the Celtics rebounded to defeat Evergreen, Wash. 80-42 on Thursday and then knocked off Thurston 60-46 Friday at Willamette University. McNary had its chances against Mater Dei, who went on to defeat West Salem 53-50 to win the Capitol City Classic. The Celtics trailed by just one point with two minutes to go. “It was...

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