Author: Eric Howald

Fast and furious

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Inacia Arpin’s gnarliest BMX racing crash began with a bribe. “It was at the State Fair this year, there was this backpack I really wanted and my dad told me he would buy it if I won the moto,” Arpin said. Races in the BMX world are tagged motos. Arpin, racing against a group of boys, looked to be in prime position to claim the new bag as she went up the first hill of the Capitol City BMX track. “As I went up over the hill, one of the boys jumped the hill and ended up in front of me. I went down and one rider ran over me and two others ran over my bike,” Arpin, 14, said. Arpin is one of eight Keizer kids that are regulars at the track, and she is among the top riders in the area. There are too few girls competing for her to be officially labeled an expert rider, but she’s easily the equivalent. In a sport where speed is essential, Keizer’s BMX riders each embody a spark of fearlessness and have become something like a family. “I’m here right now and I’m not even riding,” said Nate Martin. Martin recently crashed in his driveway while attempting a barspin and landed on the tip of his thumb breaking it in two places. “It’ll...

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Celt gridders host undefeated Bruins

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Judged solely by their 3-0 record, Barlow High School will likely be the toughest opponent McNary High School’s varsity football team will face yet this season. But an unblemished record didn’t seem to concern the Celts or their head coach. “They are a running and short screen passing game team. We need to learn to read and take care of it,” said Tim McDowell, a McNary senior. “They like to run inside, move their line around, pull their guards and that’s stuff we just need to step up and take care of.” Progress from last week’s game will be key, added Head Coach Rick Ward. “Barlow is probably a little better team than Gresham. If we keep moving forward we should be all right,” he said. The Celts beat Gresham 31-13 last week. McNary hosts Barlow at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. The Bruins dominated McMinnville High School 41-6, doubled North Salem High School’s effort for a 32-14 win, and eked out a 26-21 win over Clackamas High School. While the team might rely on short screen passes, it hasn’t stopped Bruin quarterback Campbell Summerfield from tossing for more than two consecutive games of at least 125 yards, with a 185-yard showing on 15-23 against Clackamas last week. On the Celtic side of the ball, the Bruins will have to contend with...

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Freshman football marches to 3-0 record

The McNary High School freshman football team pounded out its third win of the season with a win over Gresham High School Thursday, Sept. 16. Tanner Purkey opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run followed by a Hayden McCowen point-after kick for a 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, D.J. Wilson scored on a 31-yard run McCowen put the extra point through the uprights. After the defense recorded a safety, Brett Hildebrand ran four yards for a touchdown. Cody Ratliff added the extra point for McNary to take a 23-0 lead. Quinton Boyd ran back a punt for 64 yards for a touchdown and McCowen’s successful point after lead the teams into halftime. Spencer Baker scored two second-half touchdowns on runs of 16 and 83 yards with McCowen and Ratliff each adding an extra point for the Celtics’ final points. The offensive line opened some nice holes once again led by tackles Eric Gabarda and John Stroebel, said Josh Riddell, offensive coordinator. Baker led the offense with 161 yards rushing. Wilson and Hildebrand added 52 and 47 yards, respectively, as the Celtics racked up 264 yards in the game. Thirty-five different players recorded at least one tackle, said Tony Vredenburg, defensive coordinator. Joseph Giblin and Hunter Bowmar led the Celtics with nine tackles each, with Adam Snegirev, Kolton Vickers, and Hildebrand adding eight each. Justin Cavell returned from...

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Lady Celts lose, tie in preseason play

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If there was a single emotion that dominated the McNary High School girls varsity soccer team’s 7-0 loss to West Albany High School, it was anger. “They did a good job of passing and we had trouble keeping up with that in the first half. We were mad at ourselves for letting it happen and that helped us in the second half,” said Jordan Salinas, a McNary senior. Defender Hailey Scoggins echoed the feeling. “Even if it was 5-0 that wasn’t an excuse for not trying,” she said. “They were a good team, but we could have communicated better and worked together a lot better.” Goalkeep Beca Aguilar allowed three goals in the 60 minutes she played. “The team is getting better with the concept that our lines have to be compact, that we need to be more aggressive, score goals and be strong in the back,” said Miguel Camarena, Celtic head coach. The Celts met Woodburn High School on the pitch Thursday, Sept. 17, and battled the team to a 2-2 tie. Salinas and Hailey Scoggins both scored for the Celtics. “We came out with a great head of steam, then they scored first, which forced us to regroup for the two goals we scored,” Scoggins said. “Everyone was working hard because everyone wanted to win.” The team suffers when they...

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Netters ‘run out of gas’ in Sheldon game

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A burst of energy faded too quickly for the McNary High School varsity volleyball team to hold out against Sheldon High School. Sheldon won the home court match in four games, 16-25, 25-22, 32-30, 25-19. “We were up there with them skillwise, we just ran out of gas and they didn’t,” said Simona Arnautov, a McNary senior. The Celts coasted to a win in the first match by surprising the Fighting Irish. “They had no idea we were going to come out as strong as we did and that really helped in the first game,” said Madi Cavell, a McNary senior. The turning point came in the third match. “It was a long 32-30 battle,” said Dustin Walker, McNary head coach. “Take away a few points and unforced errors here and there and it could have gone the other way.” Cavell lead the team in kills, 27, and blocks, five. Junior Deven Hunter added 16 kills and four blocks. Arnautov recorded three aces and Whittley Harrell chalked up 25 digs. The Lady Celts entered Central Valley Conference play with a 3-0 win over Sprague High School. Walker and the team are on the lookout for tough competition throughout the league. “We’ve got some brand new coaches with a lot of tools and talent,” he said. McNary’s preseason record, 1-2, isn’t as shiny...

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