Author: Eric Howald

McNary defense needs to shut down Saxon running game

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary wide receiver James Lowells’ game plan for varsity football team’s clash with the South Salem Saxons bears a striking resemblance to Chicago politics: hit early, hit often. “Our linebackers need to hit [Jake Fohn] a few times early and make him think twice about running,” Lowells said. The Celtics travel to meet South Salem Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Fohn rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries in the Saxon’s recent barnburner with Sprague High School. “He can’t have a big game,” said McNary’s Zac Fegles, a sophomore. Combined with double threat Junior Espitia, Saxon quarterback, who completed 9 of 14 for 139 yards and carried the ball himself 14 times for 84 yards last week, the Celts will be facing a formidable opponent. South currently holds the No. 3 slot in the Central Valley Conference while McNary is resting at No. 5. “Defensively, [South] likes bring people in off the edges, but we should be able to give them some grief if they play man against the receivers,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. McNary is still trying to get its ground game moving in the right direction, which would help alleviate pressure on Celtic quarterback Kyle Ismay. Ismay completed 33 of 51 for 358 yards in the team’s clash with West Salem last week, but...

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Car and motorcycle club will show off new museum Oct. 16

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes With some grit and determination – and a bit of financial help from many friends – the Northwest Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum is close to a new 10,000 square foot home at Antique Powerland in Brooks. “We go as far as we have money and then tackle the next part,” said John Chandler, treasurer. While progress may be slow, the group is preparing to unveil the newest component, a vintage car and motorcycle showroom, in the northeast corner of the Powerland site. Donors and the public will have opportunity to view the new digs Saturday, Oct. 16, from 1-4 p.m. Local car collect Ken Austin will speak during the event. Chandler is eager for visitors to see the new museum. “Our financial donations and the cars that have been donated for our collection come from all over and we think of the museum as belonging to everyone,” Chandler said. “We’re hoping to rotate the cars on exhibit fairly often. We’d like people to be able to come in every six months and see something new.” He expects about two dozen vehicles to be on display for the open house. The car and motorcycle museum is just one of 15 museums on the Antique Powerland site with more on the way, Chandler said. In addition to moving into the new museum, work...

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Boys soccer dominates McKay in 2-0 loss

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes They might have won their game with Sprague, 3-1, but it was a 2-0 loss to McKay that had helped McNary High School varsity soccer team recapture their “swag.” “We dominated the game in every way, we just couldn’t score,” said McNary’s Jake Paulson. “It was easily our best game so far.” The only area the team sagged was finishing, said Miguel Camarena, McNary head coach. “We were unlucky, but we need to keep working with the same level of intensity,” he said. “We missed four golden opportunities to score, but that’s part of the game.” Finishing out attacks was high on the agenda for Celt Luis Garibay. “We had a lot chances in the McKay game, we just seem to miss on the last touch,” he said. While McNary walked away with a win over Sprague High School earlier in the week. Few were happy with the game as a whole. “In the second half, after their first goal, our momentum started to go down again,” said Celt goalkeep Christian DeSantiago. Hugo Gonzalez scored twice on the Olys and assisted Victor Palos on the other Celtic goal. DeSantiago made two saves during the game and Hugo Cortez recorded one save. The Celts had 10 shots on goal that didn’t make it to the back of the net. Finishing will be key...

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Lady Celts chalk up first win of season

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Rolling Stones’ You Can’t Always Get What You Want could have been the theme song for the McNary High School girls varsity soccer team last week. The Celtics bounced back from a devastating 5-1 defeat to Sprague High School early in the week a 7-0 victory against McKay. “We really wanted to beat Sprague and, when it didn’t go our way in the first 10 minutes, we all gave up,” said Celt Jordan Salinas. “Even I gave up. We’ve never been that low.” The Celtics’ motivation was teammate Hailey Scoggins, a sweeper, who was sidelined for the season a  week earlier with a broken tibia. “We started out really strong, but we’re still trying to get used to the new defense without Hailey,” said Hailey Decker. “Hailey was the only one that the sweeper position came naturally to and getting adjusted to a new presence is tough on the team,” Salinas added. Danielle Lovejoy scored McNary’s only goal of the game off an assist by Casey Sidwell. McNary goalkeep Beca Aguilar had six saves. Breakdowns in marking up on corner kicks proved especially problematic, said Miguel Camarena, McNary head coach. It was an entirely different story for the team in a match with McKay High School. “Our forwards were a lot stronger and we took a lot more shots and passed...

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Netters sweep Titans, Saxons

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes No matter what the cards hold for them as the rest of the season unfolds, the Lady Celts have met the challenges on the court this season thus far. In the first month, the McNary varsity volleyball team has scraped and clawed in three matches with Sunset High School, a perennial powerhouse on the volleyball circuit. The most recent clash occurred Saturday, Oct. 2, at a tournament in Oregon City. McNary lost to the team in consecutive sets, 26-24 and 25-19. “We were just right there,” said Dustin Walker, McNary head coach. “A couple extra plays here and there and it could have gone the other way.” Despite the loss, there were plenty of lessons, said Celt Keri Stein. “It’s good because we’re playing against one of those top teams and it lets us know what we need to improve,” Stein said. “For us, it means limiting unforced errors and stopping when they get two or three points in a row.” Early in the tournament, the Celts beat Wilson in two, split with Centennial, and beat Oregon City high schools. In the first round of bracket play, the Celts faced down Oregon City again. “[Oregon City] is a good team and well-coached. To go out and win back-to-back was a huge lift for our team and real encouraging,” Walker said. The team...

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