Author: Derek Wiley

Van Voorhis places third in 400-meters

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes As a freshman and then again as a sophomore, Brendan Van Voorhis had finished top three at the state track and field meet on relay teams. As a senior, Van Voorhis got to feel what it’s like individually, winning a bronze medal in the 400-meter run in 49.10 on Saturday, May 20 at Hayward Field. “It was a good way to end my senior season,” Van Voorhis said. “This year’s finals heat was insanely fast. Everyone was under 50 seconds. I don’t remember the last time I saw a finals heat that was...

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McNary band fourth in state

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary keeps proving it has one of the best high school band programs in the state. After the Celtics’ two brass quintets placed second and sixth at the OSAA/OMEA state ensemble competition at the end of April, the wind ensemble then finished fourth in the state on Saturday, May 13 in Corvallis. “A lot of people look at us as an underdog and then we perform at state,” said McNary senior Joseph Lim, who played trumpet in the second place brass quintet and fourth place wind ensemble. “I don’t think we get the...

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Parker, Gould most distinguished

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary juniors Sydnie Gould and Ivy Parker were both stunned to hear their names announced as the 2018 Keizer’s Distinguished Young Women on Saturday, May 13. “I got butterflies in my stomach,” Parker said. “I thought I was in a dream. It was crazy.” Before receiving the final award of the night, a $1,500 scholarship, Gould, who intends on enrolling at George Fox University and becoming a school counselor, had already racked up $750 and a silver iris pendant from Boucher Jewelers for winning scholastic achievement as well as the interview and talent...

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Celtics open playoffs vs Tualatin

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary’s baseball team (13-11, 10-6) will face a familiar opponent in the first round of the state playoffs when the 16-seeded Celtics host No. 17 Tualatin (13-10, 12-5) on Monday, May 22 at 5 p.m. The two squads met on April 29 with McNary winning 13-7. But Celtics head coach Larry Keeker isn’t taking too much away from that victory. “We’d just got off a three-game week and so did they,” Keeker said. “I’m a 100 percent sure neither team saw the No. 1 pitcher from either side. We have at least some...

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Lady Celts ready for playoffs

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary head softball coach Kevin Wise wants the Lady Celts to approach the state playoffs the same way they did the regular season—one game at a time. “We’re just looking at it like that’s our championship game and then we move on to the next one and that’s our championship game,” Wise said. “I think it’s just trying to stay with what we’ve been doing. Our motto this year has been ‘one day at a time’ and that’s what we’ve done and we’ve done it really well.” McNary defeated Sprague 7-4 on Friday,...

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