Author: Matt Rawlings

McNary hoping for bounce-back season

Returning first-team all-leaguer Jacob Jackson will be relied upon to carry the McNary offense this season. The senior hit .395 last year with 16 extra-base hits and 26 runs scored. (File) Last season: 12-15, 8-8 Greater Valley Conference (lost to Centennial in the state qualifier) Although there are some question[Read More…]

McNary golf teams return solid core

McNary’s Joel Dutcher hopes to contend for a district title in his junior season as the leader of the McNary boys golf team. (KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings) Coming into the 2019 season, both McNary’s girls and boys golf teams find themselves in similar situations. For the girls squad, the loss of senior[Read More…]

McNary tennis programs going through transitions

McNary’s Avery Haymowicz will one of be the top singles players for the McNary girls tennis team this season. (File) McNary girls tennis coach Sean Smith is taking over a program that has gone through a lot of transition over the last few seasons. Smith is inheriting a program that[Read More…]

Latino Club becomes ‘second family’ for students

Members of the McNary High School Latino Club performed at the Keizer Chamber of Commerce First Citizen Banquet in January. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald) The Latino Club at McNary High School meets in portable 58 on Thursday afternoons from 2:30-3:30 p.m. But what started as a small after-school gathering has turned[Read More…]

McNary boys get four all-conference nods

Four McNary boys basketball players received all Mountain Valley Conference recognition for their outstanding play over the course of this season. Boston Smith – 6’7” Post (senior): First-Team All-League Smith was undoubtedly the best center in the conference. Despite facing double-teams nearly every game, he averaged 17 points and 6.5[Read More…]

Lady Celts receive all-conference awards

Four McNary girls basketball players received all Mountain Valley Conference recognition for their outstanding play over the course of this season. Abigail Hawley- Senior Wing: First-Team All-League. Hawley was McNary’s top scoring threat this season, averaging 13.3 points per game. Hawley also led the Celtics in steals (30) and three-point[Read More…]

McNary set to introduce new Hall of Fame class

The McNary High School Athletic Hall of Fame will he holding a ceremony on Friday, March 15 at the Keizer Civic Center to honor former great athletes that made significant contributions to the winning tradition of the athletics program at McNary. The spring inductees will include: Lisa Blush, Mike Doherty,[Read More…]

Parents: Going to your kids’ games matters

In the winter of 1997, I was six years old and playing my first year of basketball for Salem Parks and Recreation. I was on the yellow team — seriously, we didn’t even have a team name. One of the days where we had a game, my dad had scored[Read More…]

Celts no match for Tigard

McNary guard isabella Walker tries to get by her defender in a game against McKay earlier this season. Saying that the McNary girls basketball team had a roller coaster season would be an understatement. After losing eight of their first nine games to start the year, the Celtics rattled off[Read More…]

McNary falls flat in playoff opener

Noah Hudkins Once you enter the postseason, it’s crucial to bring your A-game, especially when playing on the road. It was clear that McNary didn’t do that on Thursday, Feb. 28. The 48 points that the Celtics scored was their second lowest output of the season as they fell to[Read More…]