Bathed in mud, bonded by family, Celts close unpredictable season

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McNary quarterback Hayden Gosling gets a block from Brett Hildebrand in the Celtics game with Central Catholic High School. McNary lost 62-7. (Photo Courtesy of J&H Photo)

McNary quarterback Hayden Gosling gets a block from Brett Hildebrand in the Celtics game with Central Catholic High School. McNary lost 62-7. (Photo Courtesy of J&H Photo)

By EVAN RUMMERFIELD
For the Keizertimes

Football players experience pain, hurt, sorrow, and joy, but McNary football also bathes in mud – thanks to the non-turf field.

During the past three years McNary football, volleyball, basketball and cross country have all adapted to new head coaches. It usually takes three or four years for a program to adjust to change – it’s the nature of coaching – but this season has had many firsts and firsts-in-too-long-a-time. McNary’s varsity football team possessed the qualities that make a team the best of the best, and those qualities enabled the team to achieve the unpredictable.

If anyone predicted after the first practice that McNary would be the last Central Valley Conference (CVC) School alive in the state playoffs, please speak up because McNary did just that. Not only did McNary accomplish being the only CVC School in the second round playoffs, but the Celtics haven’t been in the second round playoffs since 2008. The team would not have been able to do this if it didn’t have the coaches it has, and closeness of a family.


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