Day: May 7, 2010

Surprise party

It was a surprise party for Lauren Ronning when her father, Major Mark A. Ronning, appeared unexpectedly at an Oregon Panthers game. The game was during a softball tournament in Kelso, Wash. Major Ronning, who was stationed in Iraq, promised his daughter he would be home in time for her 15th birthday, which was Sunday, April 25. But things moved a little slower than planned and that date was pushed back to Friday, April 30. But Ronning arranged a pass to surprise his daughter at the tournament. The Ronning family lives in...

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Pair nabbed for theft, check fraud

An observant Keizer Police officer helped nab a pair accused of forgery and theft. The arrests stemmed from a Wednesday, May 5 incident at Keizer Station. There, at about 11:38 a.m., a witness heard a car alarm and saw a passenger-side window broken out of a vehicle parked in front of Ross Dress For Less. The witness also saw a small sport utility vehicle backing out of a parking stall next to the victimized vehicle. The victim did confirm there were items stolen from her vehicle. Suspect photos were captured on Ross’ in-store surveillance system. Police said the suspects then drove to the Bank of the Cascades location in Keizer, where an off-duty officer happened to be. Observing them “acting suspicious,” Keizer Police Sgt. Trevor Wenning said, the officer wrote down their vehicle license plate number and a description of the two. They left the bank after unsuccessfully trying to cash a check, which police said was stolen in a burglary in Portland. They then went to a Bank of the Cascades location on Hawthorne Avenue in Salem trying to cash the same check, police said. They ultimately were apprehended by Salem Police. Wenning said they admitted to both theft and attempted fraud in Keizer. Arrested was Charles A. Thedford, 29, for forgery, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, second-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief, carrying a concealed weapon and...

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Lady Celts make most of their three hits

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes The Lady Celts varsity softball team proved Friday that it can scratch out a win against a quality opponent. McNary, which was held hitless through the first five innings, pushed across all of its runs in the sixth inning, then hung on for the 3-2 win against the Saxons of South Salem. With one out in the bottom of the sixth and South up 1-0, Keri Stein, the Celts’ left fielder and ninth hitter, drew a walk. She stole second on a pitch in the dirt to put the tying run in scoring position. Hannah Bouska, who is headed to Oregon State next fall, singled home Stein. An Olivia Yarbrough bunt was mishandled to put runners on first and third. “It was kind of an important bunt to get down, just because we needed to move the runners,” said Yarbrough, a sophomore. “I just tried to do everything I could to make sure I got it down. I didn’t want to miss it and have something happen.” Mission accomplished, even though the pitch was a bit difficult to handle. “I noticed it was high, so I kind of focused on making sure I got it down instead of a pop up so they could catch it for an out.” That set the stage for what McNary Coach Jeff Auvinen called “the play of...

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In baseball… Playoff dream still alive

A split of a Monday doubleheader at Redmond left the Celts varsity baseball team tied for third with South Salem in the Central Valley Conference standings. Only the top four teams from each conference advance to the Class 6A state playoffs. Against the Panthers, McNary (7-7, 10-9 overall) took the opener, 16-10, but dropped the nightcap, 15-5. “Winning the first one was huge,” said McNary Coach Craig Nicholas. “We played in sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. To say that each fly ball was an adventure is an understatement.” Winds were so bad that at one time the umpiring crew wanted to stop the game. “We were up 12-2 at the time,” said Nicholas. “But we talked them out of that.” McNary pitcher Spencer Rice continues to baffle opponents, often at the most opportune times. “He scattered 17 hits (in the win). And just when they think they have something going, he’ll get out of it.” Nicholas praised shortstop Sean Curry’s defensive play. He also added three hits and four runs scored in the opener. Taylor Shepherd chipped in four hits and three RBIs. McNary owns the tie-breaker over South Salem and Redmond, which is in fifth place. “We are in third place and control our own destiny,” said Nicholas. “Goal number one is to get into the playoffs; then we’ll see what happens.” In an 11-3 win...

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Something old is new again

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes One of this country’s oldest sports is new to McNary underclassmen this year. The sport is lacrosse, and according to published reports it was first played by early Native Americans and later by the French and Canadians. It has been played in the United States for more than a century. But it hadn’t been an option at McNary, until now. The boys team, with its club status, is open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. As of last week, the team’s record against junior varsity opponents stood at 10-2-1. McNary plays a varsity schedule next year. McNary defensive coach Luke Rien, who teaches physical education at Claggett Creek Middle School, said there are 18 athletes on the squad, though a more optimum number is in the mid to upper 20s. “We’ve got some kids with big hearts,” said Rien. “So we’re pushing it. We’re nice and conditioned.” The conditioning comes in handy. “The secret to our success? Speed. We condition. I believe fast teams win games. We can outrun everyone. That’s our goal, that we will not be tired by the fourth quarter,” said Rien. “Because if we keep outrunning teams, we will keep out-scoring teams. So we don’t get tired. We just run, run, run.” Seven of the McNary players had lacrosse experience prior to this spring. The rest are first-timers. Junior Dan...

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