Former McNary track star excels at DePaul

Brendan Van Voorhis pictured signing his letter of intent to attend DePaul University back in 2017. Van Voorhis was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer at the Big East Conference Outdoor Championships on May 11 (File). It was a big deal when Brendan Van Voorhis signed to run track at[Read More…]

Celts conclude spring practice with momentum

McNary quarterback Erik Barker gets set to fire a pass (KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings). The McNary football squad doesn’t play their first game until September. But their preparation for the 2019 season is well underway. The Celtics held nine spring practices over the last three weeks, with their last one taking place[Read More…]

8 Celtics receive all-conference recognition

Taylor Ebbs was recognized as the Mountain Valley Conference player of the year. The sophomore shortstop batted .628 this season with seven homers and 60 RBIs (File). The McNary softball team had eight players receive all-Mountain Valley Conference recognition for their excellent play throughout the 2019 season. Taylor Ebbs- (sophomore)[Read More…]

Hawley and Jackson share prestigious honor

McNary student-athletes Abigail Hawley (left) and Jacob Jackson were recognized as the female and male athletes of the year by the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club (Submitted). The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club (SSBC) has been recognizing outstanding athletes in the Salem-Keizer area since 1964. And on Friday, May 31,[Read More…]

Booster club raises more than $40,000 at auction

Attendees scan items at the McNary Athletic Booster Club Auction on Saturday, June 1 (KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon Zaitz). The McNary Athletics Booster Club held their eighth annual auction fundraiser and dinner on Saturday, June 1 at Log House Gardens at Willow Lake, raising more than $40,000. All proceeds from this event go[Read More…]

McNary offense comes alive in win

Josh Grossman comes into first base after a sharp single (KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings). The McNary Youth Baseball 12U Junior Federal squad was in need of a confidence boost. The team had lost three straight and didn’t score more than three runs in any of those contests.  Luckily for the Celtics, the[Read More…]

Keizer race walker pursues Olympic dreams

Lydia McGranahan lifts her arms in triumph after crossing the finish line at the 20K National Championships in March (Submitted). Lydia McGranahan has always had a passion for being active. The 42-year old Keizer resident loves backpacking, hiking and biking. She teaches water aerobics and spin classes at The Kroc[Read More…]

If the shoe fits

What’s with women and shoes? They like to shop for them, buy them and collect them. I’ve never understood this feminine phenomenon. Shoes are so pedestrian. Give me a good pair of sneakers and I’m good to go until they become ragged. Then I go buy a new pair. Now[Read More…]

McNary’s playoff run comes to a close

McNary second baseman Abbi Covalt camps under a fly ball in the Celtics first round playoff game against North Medford (KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings). All season long, the McNary softball team had prided themselves on playing sharp in the field, and being an explosive offense — averaging nearly 10 runs a game[Read More…]

Whiteaker track team takes both All-City crowns

From left to right: Cassius Hernandez, Ethan Wollangk, Pawit Potisuk and Pawat Potisuk show off their first place ribbons after winning the 7th grade boys 4×100 relay at the All-City meet on Tuesday, May 14 (KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings). Scott Coburn has been coaching different sports at Whiteaker Middle School for nearly[Read More…]