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Cavel to Stay Home, Play at Corban

Author: Derek Wiley - Keizertimes

McNary senior Chandler Cavell was ready to follow his brother and walk on at Seattle Pacific University until he met Austin Johnson, head coach at Corban University, late in the season. And on Wednesday, April 11, Cavell signed with the Warriors. “ ...

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Celtics Run Away From Sherwood in First Round Rout

Author: Derek Wiley - Keizertimes

McNary cruised into the second round of the 6A boys basketball state playoffs with a 71-46 win over Sherwood on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Sherwood, the No. 28 seed in the state tournament, battled No. 5 McNary early but Riccardo Gardelli and Chandler Cave ...

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Celtics Playoff Run Ends Early

Author: Derek Wiley - Keizertimes

Before entering the locker room, McNary head boys basketball coach Ryan Kirch stopped to compose himself. This loss, 61-41 to Tualatin in the second round of the playoffs, clearly meant more. “You feel bad for the guys,” Kirch said after the game o ...

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Jones Voted GVC Defensive Player of the Year

Author: Derek Wiley - Keizertimes

The Greater Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year award is staying with McNary. Senior Andrew Jones was voted the top defender by the league’s coaches. “That’s a pretty special award because there’s only one guy in the league out of nine t ...

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McNary goes from underdog to first outright GVC championship since 2009

Author: Bill Poehler - Statesman Journal

KEIZER – Seven years ago when Ryan Kirch took over as the head coach of McNary High School’s boys basketball team, he could see he had multiple challenges ahead. Yes, he was taking over a program in a one high school town with good youth basketball ...

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McNary Wins GVC Championship on Senior Night

Author: Derek Wiley - Keizertimes

The singing started with 1:33 left to play. It came from the McNary student section—“We are the champions.” With 54 seconds remaining, Celtics head coach Ryan Kirch called a timeout so seniors Riccardo Gardelli, Andrew Jones, Lucas Garvey and Chand ...

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Lucas Garvey goes from bench, injury to key player on McNary's GVC title team

Author: Bill Poehler - Statesman Journal

A year ago, Lucas Garvey was sitting on the bench of McNary’s boys basketball team. A few months ago, the senior broke his collarbone in a football game, which ended his season. Now the 6-foot-3 senior wing has helped the Celtics to the Greate ...

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Celtics Hold On At McKay, Enter Final Stretch

Author: Derek Wiley - Keizertimes

SALEM—McNary (16-5, 11-2) again showed it can win close games, defeating McKay 60-59 on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The Celtics will need that fortitude down the stretch as they close the season against South Salem (Feb. 13), West Salem (Feb. 16) and McMinnvil ...

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McNary's 'Big Three' leads Celtics to a top 10 ranking

Author: Gary Horowitz - Statesman Journal

KEIZER – The McNary High School boys basketball team figured to be in rebuilding mode this season — on paper at least. The Celtics didn't return any starters from last season’s team that reached the second round of the OSAA Class 6A state playo ...

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A Student of the Game

Author: Derek Wiley - Keizertimes

Riccardo Gardelli had played basketball on a club team in Varese, Italy for 10 years. But he had to start from scratch when he decided to come to McNary as an exchange student. “It was like starting from zero,” said Gardelli, who came to America in ...

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McNary defeats South Salem 65-64 in far-from-boring double-overtime finish

Author: Hayes Gardner (The Oregonian)

Jaden Nielsen-Skinner and Chandler Cavell were bored. It was the third quarter and the two opposing stars were unenthused by the gameplay and environment. It had been a slow first half and, during a free throw break, the rivals discussed the lack of ...

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Celtics Win Fourth Straight Climb to No. 7 In Power Ranking

Author: Derek Wiley - Keizertimes

McNary coaches knew it was just a matter of time before 6-foot-6 junior Boston Smith had his coming out party. Feeding him in the post, Smith finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Celtics defeated West Salem 61-54 on Frid ...

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