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Hercules has nothing on McNary graduate

Hercules has nothing on McNary graduate

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A 2009 McNary High School graduate stands a chance at becoming one of America’s strongest men after winning a major lightweight tournament in June. On June 13, Keizer native Graciano Rubio competed in the Odd Haugen Strength Classic at the San Jose Fit Expo. The contest featured five […]

Quite the honor

Quite the honor

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes This July 4, four U.S. Armed Forces veterans with Keizer ties are feeling especially patriotic. The quartet – Jerry Bowerly (Navy), Alfred Bochsler (Air Force), Paul Morgan (Navy) and Ed Bietshek (Air Force) – took part in an Honor Flight of Oregon allowing them to visit numerous memorials […]

Ito headed to George Fox’s diamond

Ito headed to George Fox’s diamond

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes As much as Kimi Ito contributed to the Celtic varsity softball team throughout her four years, it was her contributions off the field that the team’s head coach, Kevin Wise, most appreciated. “Kimi has developed into a leadership person. She is really good with the younger kids and […]

Lady Celt catcher Kansas-bound

Lady Celt catcher Kansas-bound

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Lady Celt Kiana Villarreal is taking a major leap of faith in August. Villarreal, a just-graduated McNary High School alumna, signed to play softball with Kansas’ Seward County Community College last month, and she’s never even seen the place. “We had a tournament in Huntington Beach, Calif., and […]

Grads urged to be sweet

Grads urged to be sweet

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Drawing on personal experiences and events during the past 12 months, McNary High School language arts teacher Dan Borresen urged McNary’s graduating class to act on generosity more than self-interest. “It’s your turn. It’s not your turn chase your dreams, it’s not your turn to succeed, it’s not […]

Turf field project in end zone

Turf field project in end zone

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School turf field project got the green light from the school district Monday, June 8. The immediate future of replacing the existing grass field at the high school was in question until that afternoon because fundraising the $500,000 cash needed stalled out with approximately $130,000 […]

Cavewomen blank Celts in third round

Cavewomen blank Celts in third round

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After dominating North Medford High School 12-2 in the second round of the softball playoffs, the Lady Celts fell to Grants Pass 5-0 in the quarterfinal round Friday, May 29. Despite leading the state in offense with 311 runs for the season, McNary High School’s batters could never […]

Equestrian team takes first in district

Equestrian team takes first in district

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For the first time in several years, the McNary High School equestrian team won the Willamette District small team title. Lady Celts Claire Zielinski, Alyssa Lorimor, Leah Burleson and Gracie Lorimor won the title in April. Zielinski earned a berth in the state meet, slated later this month, […]

Grad moves ahead, no excuses

Grad moves ahead, no excuses

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Many of the McNary High School graduates who will receive their diplomas Friday, June 5, will have overcome all sorts of challenges to make that walk across the stage. Fewer would measure up to what Payton Williams has overcome in the past 12 months. In July 2014, Payton […]

Probation only for attempted kidnapper called into question

Probation only for attempted kidnapper called into question

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Even the presiding judge seemed displeased with a plea deal in the attempted kidnappings of two Keizer teens in April. Judge Donald Abar told Cody Blackman, 31, of Keizer, that he did not understand the district attorney’s decision to let Blackman off with 60 months of probation and […]

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