Author: Derek Wiley

DeMello coming home

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With its third volleyball coach in three years, McNary athletic director Scott Gragg wanted someone who was committed long term. In Crystal DeMello, who grew up in Keizer and played for the Lady Celts, he found that coach. “The last question I asked her: ‘Why do you want to coach at McNary’ and she said ‘these girls deserve the commitment of a coach that’s going to spend the time and energy in building this program,’” Gragg told the McNary volleyball team after school on Tuesday, May 16. “She remembers this program when it...

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Julius Caesar gets an upgrade in new McNary play, #Caesar

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary High School is bringing William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar to the Ken Collins Theater stage May 17-20 but instead of physically murdering Caesar they are socially murdering him. The play, adapted by McNary drama director Dallas Myers with the help of students, is titled #Caesar and takes place in a present day high school. “We’re all students and we’re reading Julius Caesar but these students are these characters in real life,” said McNary senior Josiah Henifin, who plays Brutus. “This is all actually taking place in the classroom. We’re reading it in...

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Claggett, Whiteaker face off

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes The bright future of McNary’s track and field program was on full display Thursday, May 4 as Whiteaker and Claggett Creek middle school went head-to-head in both team’s final dual of the season. Whiteaker eighth grader Leah Doutt won both the girls 100 and 200-meter races in 12.88 and 27.40 seconds. Claggett Creek eighth graders Ethan Martin and Dyami Rios battled in the boys 100 and 200. Martin won the 100 in 11.21. Rios took second in 11.31 and then won the 200 in 23.63. Martin was second in 24.03. Whiteaker won both...

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Lady Celts take down McMinnville

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary thought it was the better team last time. This time the Lady Celts proved it, throttling McMinnville 14-4 in five innings on Tuesday, May 9. The Grizzlies were undefeated in Greater Valley Conference play and hadn’t allowed more than six runs in a game all season. McNary got that in the first inning. “I think the girls were a little fired up because we felt like we got up on these guys 3-0 last time and kind of let off a little bit and squandered it,” McNary head coach Kevin Wise said....

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Thomas named top music educator

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Andy Thomas, choir director at Whiteaker Middle School, wants all kids to experience music. It’s why a couple years ago he started an Exploratory Wheel class for all sixth graders. It’s why he volunteers his time after school to teach guitar lessons. And why every summer he leads a week-long choir and drama camp for fourth through ninth graders that last year had over 220 kids. Thomas was recently honored for providing more opportunities to Whiteaker students and kids throughout Keizer with the Salem-Keizer Music Educator of the Year award. “It’s a great...

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