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Lady Celt basketball returns with 3 teams

Lady Celt basketball returns with 3 teams

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Derick Handley, the new head coach of the McNary High School girls basketball program, has many reasons to be excited this season. It starts with him transferring to McNary from McKay High School, where he headed up the Royal Scot program. It’s the first time in two years […]

New Celtic swim coach a Valley League champ

New Celtic swim coach a Valley League champ

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Earlier this month, and for the first time in decades, McNary High School swimmers hit the water under the guidance of a new head coach. Casey Lewin, a graduate of Sprague High School and swimming coach at Courthouse Fitness in south Salem, has been tapped to take the […]

Boys hoops standing tall headed into first week

Boys hoops standing tall headed into first week

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Last year, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team turned a corner. Even though the team endured its fair share of strife in the win-loss column, it was always fun to watch. While it has Head Coach Ryan Kirch’s hopes high for the coming season, he said […]

Douglas nets Athlete of Year Award

Douglas nets Athlete of Year Award

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club honored Lady Celt Megan Douglas with its Senior Athlete of the Year Award Friday, Nov. 14. Douglas, the McNary High School varsity volleyball team’s libero, was instrumental in the Celtics’ stellar season that ended in Oregon’s Elite 8 at the state tournament. […]

Demand growing for KFD

Demand growing for KFD

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer Fire District had its busiest October ever last month. District crews ran on 391 calls, an increase of 12 percent over the same month last year, and KFD officials expect to reach 4,000 calls by the end of the year. It will be the first time the […]

Walker headed to St. Martin’s

Walker headed to St. Martin’s

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Before the varsity baseball season got underway last spring, Head Coach Larry Keeker heard the same thing about Mickey Walker from two different assistants during an intrasquad scrimmage. “They said Mickey knows he belongs, and he knows he belongs on the mound. When he walks out there and […]

2014 season took toll on gridders’ bodies, spirits

2014 season took toll on gridders’ bodies, spirits

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At the beginning of the football season, the McNary High School varsity football team was expected to be a major player in the new Greater Valley Conference. However, a key early loss and then an ever-growing number of injuries began taking its toll on the team, and the […]

Drill duo seeks oohs, ahhs

Drill duo seeks oohs, ahhs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two years later, Connor Hogan and Dawson Young can still vividly remember unpacking the dummy rifles they would become closely acquainted with. “They were shipped in from another program and I remember thinking how cool they were,” said Hogan. Since that day, the pair of McNary High School […]

Eye on the big picture

Eye on the big picture

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Curriculums and academic goalposts at times seem to change with the wind, but Gubser Elementary School teacher Melissa Frank keeps her sights set on a bigger picture. “The biggest thing is just instilling confidence in working at a task. If you can instill that confidence and sense of […]

Mother-daughter pair tackle team injuries

Mother-daughter pair tackle team injuries

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In the McNary High School varsity football team’s game with Sprague High School, junior kicker Parker Janssen took hit as he made a point-after attempt. With one tackler in front of him and another coming over his back, Parker ended up on the ground and, within a couple […]

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