Author: Derek Wiley

Van Voorhis gets full ride to DePaul

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With top three times in the 100, 200 and 400 meter races, Brendan Van Voorhis was already all over the McNary track and field record book. Last week he continued to make his mark, becoming the first Celtic runner to sign with a Division-I program in 15 years. Van Voorhis signed with DePaul University on Friday, April 14 in the McNary library. “My coaches always talk about the kid that holds the record,” Van Voorhis said. “It would be cool if I could take that spot of the person they talk so highly...

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Up in the air

McNary girls finish 1-2 in long jump By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes A friendly rivalry between two young gymnasts has moved to track and field and McNary High School is reaping the benefits. When senior Alyssa Looney watched her teammate Courtney Giessinger long jump 17-00.05 at Oregon City on Saturday, April 15, she was not going to be outdone. Looney went 17-02.75 to get within a quarter of an inch of the school record and win the Willamette Falls Invitational. Ankle injuries kept Looney from jumping last season so it had been nearly two years since she went...

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Slater retires from KFD after 22 years

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes After working 43 of the last 44 Keizer Fire District breakfasts, Dale Slater won’t be there on Mother’s Day this year, greeting guests at the door. But do not be alarmed. He’ll be back. Slater, a volunteer at KFD since December of 1994, retired last month to spend time with his new grandchild, born March 30 in New York. “I think we’re going to be in New York for the Mother’s Day breakfast but I will be coming back for those,” Slater confirmed. “Just because I’m not an active volunteer, there are many...

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Celtics set PRs against West Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Alex Sharabarin wasn’t worried about facing off against West Salem senior and defending 6A state champion in the pole vault, Micah Masei, but instead decided to focus on himself. That strategy paid off as Sharabarin cleared a personal record 11 feet, six inches on Wednesday, April 5 to finish second to only Masei, who tied the mark of 14 feet he set at Hayward Field last May. “It’s good motivation to see him but I don’t really think much of it,” Sharabarin said. “I just have to go out and do...

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Rally Celtics

Lady Celts come back at South Salem By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—Coming off the bench, McNary senior Hannah Carr’s approach at the plate was simple—just make contact instead of trying to win the game with one big swing. Down by six runs with two outs in the top of the sixth inning, that’s exactly what the Lady Celts needed. With two strikes, Carr singled through the middle of the infield to begin a rally that ended with a McNary come-from-behind 9-8 victory on Thursday, April 6 at South Salem. “The entire whole game I just tried to...

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