Day: April 2, 2010

Tree falls on van – as it’s moving!

By JASON COX Of The Keizertimes A couple escaped injury Friday afternoon after a large part of a tree fell on their van as they were driving through a Keizer neighborhood. Police restricted access to the block of Shoreline Drive between Cummings Lane and Dearborn Avenue N. as public works officials cleared debris and assessed whether the rest of the tree would soon topple, too. The driver, Vladimir S. Manuylova, was traveling southbound in the 4500 block of Shoreline Drive N. in west Keizer in a Toyota Previa minivan at about 4:28 p.m. when Keizer Police reported he saw a tree in a nearby yard looking unsteady. “He started to slow down and then the tree came down right on them,” said Officer Arsen Avetisyan of the Keizer Police Department. Neither Manuylova nor his female passenger appeared to be injured. A large portion of a tree in a nearby yard had apparently fallen across the street and onto the front of the van, smashing the windshield and leaving shards of glass in the passenger portion of the vehicle. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts as high as 47 miles per hour and sustained winds as high as 33 miles per hour in the Salem area. Diane Fairley, who lives across the street from where the tree fell, was standing in her kitchen “and heard a huge crack. “I...

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Youth softball clinic provides skills training, aids fund-raising

The McNary Celtics softball program is hosting a youth clinic on Saturday, April 10, 1-4 p.m. Registration, which begins at 12:30 p.m., is for softball players age 8 to eighth grade. The clinic will be run by McNary High School coaches and its varsity players. All funds raised go directly to the program. Cost is $25 per player and the fee can be paid at registration. Players need to bring their glove, bat, helmet, water and be ready to work hard and have fun. Taught will be offensive and defensive fundamental skills. Pre-register by calling Coach Jeff Auvinen at 503-390-7065 or by emailing Please provide the child’s name, age, a parent’s name and contact information. Softball fields are located on campus at 595 Chemawa Road NE. If raining, the clinic will be held inside the high school gym. Other fund-raising efforts are also in progress. Team members have canvassed local businesses for donations and are selling water bottles, travel mugs and coffee cups with the McNary logo. Cost for these items range between $5 and $10. Seniors on the team committed to the effort because they want to leave the field in better shape than they found it four years ago. These seven seniors include Genetta Bennett, Erin Hento, Nichole McDonald, Molly Bello, Courtney Castronovo, Taylor Jones and Sarah Stoddard. Estimates are it will cost about $1,600 for...

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McNary’s hoop future is bright

In March, the eighth grade girls KYBA tournament team captured its third championship in a row. It was the future “Lady Celts” 15th straight win and was a fitting end to their season. The girls had to go through a tough Silverton team to make it to the final, and then defeated Kelso in the championship game. The girls finished their year with a 29-13 record with key wins over several very good teams including South Salem, Hermiston, Sherwood and Clark County. “We got off to a slow start this year after putting in several new offensive and defensive sets which is always tough,” said head Coach Trevor Bodine. “The girls fought through that early rough patch and came together about four tournaments ago at Sherwood.” The girls had a heartbreaking first day of the Sherwood tournament, narrowly losing both Saturday games after clawing their way back from double-digit deficits late to both Clackamas and Beaverton. “After that Beaverton loss, we had a spirited little ‘heart to heart’ about effort, commitment and playing as a family That’s when the girls realized some things about themselves and each other and it seemed to spark our winning streak. “This is a great group of athletes that are excited about joining an already proud and strong girls program at McNary next year as freshmen. It should be an exciting four years to...

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Taylor Jones served notice that the McNary varsity baseball team could be pitching-rich in 2010. Taylor – who joins fellow seniors Zach Moeller and Jake Burgess as leaders of the Celts’ mound men – tossed a gem against Rex Putnam on Wednesday, March 24. In the 5-2 win, Taylor allowed two hits and one earned run in six innings. He also struck out 11 while walking two batters. “Taylor kind of looked like what we expect seniors to look like around here,” said McNary Coach Craig Nicholas. And assistant coach Chad Booth chose the word “phenomenal” to describe Taylor’s performance. While strong pitching is a McNary tradition, so is the use of squeeze bunts, which reached a new level against Putnam. The team turned to the squeeze three times and drove in four runs. “It was pretty impressive. It was really nice,” said Nicholas of his team’s execution. The team’s batters are making contact, combining for an average that tops the .300...

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Rider isn’t horsin’ around

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes Fellicia Mallette is no stranger to horses. “I began riding because I just had a passion for horses at an early age. One day I woke up and it was like, ‘Mom, I want to try riding lessons.’ Then it was like, ‘Mom, I want to show. And, Mom, I want a horse.’ So pretty soon it just got the ball rolling.” And that ball is still rolling. The McNary senior and captain of its equestrian team turned in one of the best performances of her prep career, picking up five top 10 performances at last weekend’s district meet. Much of the credit, she said, goes to her horse Mac, or Made to Blaze as he is known in more formal circles. The two have been together for six years. “It’s a partnership; it’s like 50-50,” she said. “You need your horse to do what you ask him to do. But your horse also needs you to tell, to lead him in the right direction.” Most of that communication takes place during their practice sessions. Mallette, who boards Mac in Turner, practices six days a week. “We know the patterns ahead of time and we just ride them over and over until we perfect them,” she said. There’s also something to be said for their long-term relationship. “You know your horse and your...

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