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Celtics return to field, courts


McNary High School fall sports return with a vengeance next week just as the 2014-15 school year gets underway.

School reclassifications and league realignments mean that the Celtics will be facing a deeper well of opponents throughout the season and will do without a number of non-league contests that would normally give the teams more time to start hitting on all cylinders. The Central Valley Conference is now the Greater Valley Conference with the addition of Forest Grove, McMinnville and West Albany high schools to the core group of the Salem-Keizer School District high schools.

Soccer will also become a paid admission sport for all games between GVC opponents and mirror the admission fees for football, volleyball, basketball and wrestling. Adult admission will be $6, cost for students without an ASB card is $4, students with an ASB card get in free when their team is competing, and students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be $3.

Non-GVC contests may be subject to pricing policies at other schools.

The boys varsity soccer team will be the first out of the gate next week traveling to face Redmond’s Ridgeview High School Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 4:30. The junior varsity squad will take the field at the same time at Ridgeview.

On Thursday, Sept. 4, the Celtic volleyball season begins with freshman, junior varsity and varsity matches all at McNary. The Lady Celts will face the North Salem High School Vikings in their first GVC contests. Freshman and JV matches begin at 5 p.m., and the varsity match begins at 6:30 p.m.

On the gridiron, the freshmen Celts will host North Salem at 6:30 p.m. The junior varsity team will travel to meet he Vikings at North Salem beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The varsity football team kicks off their 2014 season hosting North Salem Friday, Sept. 5.