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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 […]

Girls’ early lead crumbles in final minutes at Clackamas

Girls’ early lead crumbles in final minutes at Clackamas

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Lady Celts began their first round state playoff game with a 13-6 lead, but a scoring drought in the fourth quarter led to a 56-43 loss to Clackamas High School in girls varsity basketball. “We were up five at halftime and were able to stretch it to […]

Boys ousted in Medford

Boys ousted in Medford

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School boys varsity basketball team ended its season with a 63-56 loss to North Medford High School Friday, March 6. The boys duked it out with the Black Tornadoes until the final minutes of the game. “It was a one-point game with two minutes to […]

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 […]

Volcanoes paying for a volcano slide at Big Toy

Volcanoes paying for a volcano slide at Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It would be expected for any large structure like the Big Toy being planned for Keizer Rapids Park to have a slide or two. How can a slide get a Keizer twist? Well, a volcano slide would do the trick. Jerry Walker, owner of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball team, […]

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 […]

Volcanoes’ new coach preps for old team’s leading role

Volcanoes’ new coach preps for old team’s leading role

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes “I learned about a lot of things.” So said Kyle Haines, new manager of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, when asked about his preparations for his new job. Haines, 32, played shortstop for the Volcanoes in 2004 and had his first managing job last year in the Frontier League, an independent […]

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