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Keizer teen brings home heavy metal

Keizer teen brings home heavy metal

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Tony Castaneda made the choice to pursue wrestling instead of soccer, his father was a bit disappointed. “Soccer was my sport and I felt like I had a lot I could teach him,” said Richard, Tony’s father. As of this month, there is little doubt Tony made […]

Celt ‘Garbage Man’ is league’s top defender

Celt ‘Garbage Man’ is league’s top defender

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Earlier this season, Ryan Kirch, McNary’s head basketball coach, was watching film with the team and let it slip that sophomore Mathew Ismay was the squad’s “garbage man.” “He gets offensive rebounds and put backs, easy lay-ins at the rim, gets to the free throw line. He does […]

Ebbs sixth in state

Ebbs sixth in state

McNary High School’s other wrestlers in the state tournament were led by freshman Brayden Ebbs. Ebbs took sixth in state at 120 pounds after coming in second at the district tournament and ousted the No. 1 seed in the tournament along the way. Junior Joey Kibbey knocked out the No. 1 seed in the state […]

Auvinen on new role: ‘Keep them guessing’

Auvinen on new role: ‘Keep them guessing’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School football players didn’t need to wait long to find out who their new head coach would be Monday, March 2. “When Coach (Isaac) Parker said that he had another opportunity, I knew we had some big shoes to fill. He did great things to build […]

Venegas denied state title, not defined by it

Venegas denied state title, not defined by it

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In the 24 hours after his defeat in the state tournament finals match at 195 pounds, Alvaro Venegas did a lot of soul searching. Venegas went into the tournament seeded first in the state, and went into the final match with a 51-1 record. He ended up losing […]

Boys to second round after Newberg scare

Boys to second round after Newberg scare

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If the best-laid plans often go awry, the McNary High School varsity basketball team’s were also going sideways and pear-shaped Tuesday, March 3. The boys faced Newberg High School in the opening round of the state tournament and had to overcome more turbulence than most would have expected […]

Auvinen new football coach

Auvinen new football coach

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At a team meeting Monday, March 2, Jeff Auvinen was announced as the Celtic football program’s new head coach. Auvinen, 48, has taught at McNary High School for 25 years and coached at some level in many sports for 23 of them. In football, Auvinen has served as […]

After open-heart surgery 11-year-old back in the game

After open-heart surgery 11-year-old back in the game

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Mehki China was practicing with his baseball team last spring when something started going wrong. “I got panicked because it was hard to breathe and I started stumbling,” said Mehki, who was 10 years old at the time. He had been diagnosed with sports-induced asthma prior to this […]

Keizer players lead Crusaders to big win

Keizer players lead Crusaders to big win

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two Keizer students at Salem Academy were pivotal in a win that put an end to the dominance of Blanchet High School in a longtime rivalry last week. Tim McAvoy and Andrew Werst, both seniors, kept their team in the game in the final minutes en route to […]

Coach Nick and the final dance

Coach Nick and the final dance

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In 1999, the McNary High School varsity baseball team made it to the state title game with Lakeridge High School and lost 6-3. It was Craig Nicholas’ first year as head coach. “We beat some really good teams and we did some really good stuff, but we got […]

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