Author: Eric Howald

Celt v-ball is 1-1 in first week

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes One of the McNary High School varsity volleyball team’s goals this season is to play with what teammates call “crazy energy.” “We want to play well and with a lot of emotion,” said Dustin Walker, Celtic head coach. During the team’s opening match with Lincoln High School that attitude kept them smiling and chattering between all the hits and misses of the three game domination, 25-9, 25-14, 25-13. “I thought it was going to be one of the harder matches, but we came out strong and had a great crowd that helped us keep our energy up,” said Megan Holland, a junior. Senior Madi Cavell led the team in kills, 15, tied senior Whittley Harrell with four aces, and put up five blocks. Keri Stein led in digs with nine and added three aces and five kills. Deven Hunter had five kills in the match. Harrell, a transfer from Cascade High School got her first taste of 6A competitiveness in the match. “There were a  lot of people in the crowd and that took some adjustment, but it was exciting to see so much spirit,” Harrell said. The Celts traveled to Sunset High School Thursday, Sept. 9, for a hard-fought four-game match, 31-29, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19,  with the Apollos. “I think we let go on a few points that might have made...

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Boys soccer stymied by Jesuit, tie with CV

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If head coach Miguel Camarena wanted to test the mettle of the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team, he certainly got it in the season opener against Jesuit High School Thursday, Sept. 9. The Celts lost 5-0 and spent much of the game on the defensive. “They were better than us in this game. They controlled the tempo and the ball, but we wanted give some experience to some of our players and it showed us where to change our formations,” Camarena said. The lesson wasn’t lost on Christian DeSantiago who took over as goalkeep in the second half of the game against Jesuit. “It was a good taste of [varsity play] real quick and a chance to see what we have to do to get in the right shape on the field,” DeSantiago said. When asked what went right for the team, Celt Hugo Cortez offered a bleak postmortem: “Not much really, we messed up a lot. But we talked about and we’ve been able to work out some of the technical stuff and defensive footwork.” The Celts’ act showed more polish in a match against Crescent Valley High School Monday, Sept. 13. The teams tied 1-1, but the real challenge for the Celts came in the second half after losing a player to a red card for the last...

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Gridders’ attitudes swell heading into game with Gresham Gophers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Mind over matter. While the McNary High School varsity football team is still enjoying the fruits of their 44-14 victory over Newberg High School, the true test will be whether they can duplicate that effort in their game with Gresham High School. The answer to the question most probably lies in their ability to play like a team bigger than they are. “[The Newberg game] changed the mentality of the team and reminded us that we can play physically even if we aren’t as big as the other guys,” said Garren Robinett, a McNary wide receiver. Senior quarterback Kyle Ismay seemed to be on the same page. “We just went out and scored 44 points. The defense was out there making plays, we ran the ball, threw the ball, and made plays on special teams. We’re going to watch some film [from Gresham] this week and figure out how to do the same thing – hit them from all areas,” Ismay said. While Gresham may have size on their side, the Gophers have struggled in their opening two games of the season. They lost to Sunset High School, 38-7 and Glencoe High School, 21-16. The Gophers lost a major contingent of seasoned players to graduation last year, but there are some returning all-conference stars, including linebacker Josh Kim, lineman and nose tackle...

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Keizer pitches in on ‘Extreme’ build

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer volunteer David Sherman, in costume as a zombie, leaned still as an oak up against the wall leading into the Nightmare Factory. The last group of the night had passed, but he’d been convincing enough that the girl at the tail end of the pack returned for a second look. “She’d broken off from her friends and, as she got back to me, she pushed on my chest. As soon as I felt that pressure, I let her have it. She screamed, took off running and I ran after her,” Sherman said. If there was any payment necessary for Sherman’s work at the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” build, that final scare covered the tab and tip. Sherman was one of many Keizerites to put their skills to work at he Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) where the ABC program set to renovate and remodel the basement of the boys dorm for the annual Nightmare Factory haunted house as well as dormitories and a living area. Sherman and fellow horror enthusiasts, Toby Wayne and Katie Larson, of Albany, were requested on the set at three different occasions during the build to provide zombie make-up for segments of the production. Their make-up work was such a hit that producers filmed a separate a public service announcement with zombified actors in the background...

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Lady Celts battle Sandy to standstill

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Forward Danielle Lovejoy was the first to score a goal for the McNary High School girls varsity soccer team in the 2010 season, but it was only enough to tie Sandy High School 1-1. “We passed well, but we could have controlled the ball a little bit better. For the most part our endurance was good,” Lovejoy said. She had an assist from senior Jordan Salinas in her goal in the 68th minute. Celtic goalkeep Beca Aguilar put up 11 saves in the game. “Our shape was a little off – people were going to positions where they weren’t supposed to be – but even in practice we’ve been able to clean some of that up,” Aguilar said. Aguilar’s performance against the Pioneer onslaught was the highlight of the game for Miguel Camarena, McNary head coach. He was also impressed wit the work ethic of defenders Brianna Cornelius and Hailey Scoggins. The Lady Celts recorded 7 unsuccessful attempts on goal. “We didn’t play well, especially in the first half,” Camarena said. “In the second half we adjusted and we did get better.” Camarena is still working with the team to improve foot skills and moving the ball around the field and he’s also making adjustments to the final formation of the players on the field. “We need to get better with our...

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