Author: Eric Howald

Despite strong effort, McNary falls to West Salem 44-20

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It’s a rare night when a quarterback throws for 358 yards on 33 of 51 and still comes up short. That’s the way it went for the McNary High School varsity football team in their 44-20 homecoming loss to West Salem High School. “We came out knowing they were one of the best teams around, but our receivers were finding the right routes and it was a matter of hitting them quick and letting them take it from there,” said Celtic quarterback Kyle Ismay. McNary held the Titans, the No. 3 team in the state, to a field goal on their opening drive. On their return route, Ismay connected with Garren Robinett who shovel passed to running back Tim McDowell, but McDowell never quite got control of the ball and fumbled ending in a West Salem recovery. The Titans scored on a single play to jump ahead 10-0. McNary was nearly in the Titan red zone when a tipped passed from Ismay ended up in Titan hands. Ismay recovered and got the tackle. The quarter ended with the Titans on their 44-yard line. West Salem completed the drive with a touchdown at 10:13 in the second quarter. McNary got another shot in the arm after a touchdown pass from Ismay to James Lowells that closed the gap to 17-6. “Our hot routes...

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Gators on the run

Students at Gubser Elementary School ran 5,780 laps in the school’s Jog-a-thon to raise funds for school events, technology, field trips and other teacher-requested needs. If the fundraiser tallies reach the school’s goal Mr. Wing, Mr. Whe, several instructors will become “human sundaes” at an all school...

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Celts, Titans knot at 1-1

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It came down to the final minutes, but the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team battled the West Salem Titans to a draw. Hugo Gonzalez scored the Celtics only goal of the game on a penalty kick in the 75th minute. The Titans responded with one of their own in the 78th minute and knotted the game at 1-1. “We did a pretty good job versus West, we pressured them and we controlled the tempo,” said Miguel Camarena, head coach. “We need to compete the whole 80 minutes to have a shutout and guarantee wins.” In all, the Celts had eight shots on goal to the Titans’ five. “We were passing the ball pretty well, we had some good shots, but they had a pretty good goalie and he kept blocking them,” said Oscar Ramirez, a McNary defender. Gonzalez said the team is ready to turn the page on the first half of the season and a conference record of 1-2-1. He’s also tired of hearing the talk about the Celtic struggles. “We’ve got a good team. In the second half of the season, we’re going to come out harder and and show people that by putting the ball in the net,” Gonzalez said. Success might lay just around the corner if the team continues to compete like it did with...

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Middle schools host afterschool rallies

Claggett Creek and Whiteaker middle schools will participate in a Lights On Afterschool rallies Thursday, Oct. 21. Rallies will be held at each school beginning at 3 p.m. to highlight activities offered in afterschool programs and their benefits. Students and their families are welcome to participate. Claggett Creeks’s rally will include interactive breakdancing and jerk dancing performances, the Da Vinci Girls Club, Lego robotics, craft clubs, leadership club, a homework zone and a dance. Whiteaker’s programming includes a pumpkin carving and decorating and other harvest activities. Snacks and parent information booths will also be...

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Lady Celts remain undefeated

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Halfway through the season, the Lady Celts are the 5-0 envy of every other team in the Central Valley Conference. Of course, that also makes them a  highly-valued target. “The teams are all going to be that much sharper, the coaches will have made the adjustments they’ve needed to make, and it’s going to make the second half of the season that much harder,” said Dustin Walker, McNary head coach. It’s not a position the team is taking for granted. “West Salem is going to have their horns out now and we’ll use that to push for the three-game win. Sprague has been getting better throughout the season,” said Whittley Harrell, senior libero. North Salem High School, the only team in the conference McNary has dropped a game to will also be nipping at their heels. In some ways, the team is still dealing with that early-season hiccup, said Megan Holland. “We’re never going to underestimate anybody again. We’re going to keep our intensity up, keep playing our positions and knowing our positions,” Holland said. “West Salem underestimated us earlier, but they’re going to come back even harder.” The Celts capped their first run through the Central Valley Conference with a win over McKay High School Tuesday, Oct 5. McNary won 25-17, 25-15, 25-14. “It was a really good game. We missed...

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