Day: September 10, 2010

Volcanoes cap rocky season with four-game win streak

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The Volcanoes ended their 2010 season with a 9-4 win over the visiting Eugene Emeralds. The victory meant Salem-Keizer’s only four-game winning streak of the season. A crowd of 2,875 saw the home club hit three home runs, and starting and winning pitcher Taylor Rogers set a Volcanoes record with 16 starts. Eugene starter Deiber Sanchez took the loss. In the first inning, the Volcanoes got two more runs than they needed for the win, Eugene had scored the first run of the game in the top of the first, with Rico Noel tripling and Tyler Stubblefield’s sacrifice fly sending him home. Salem-Keizer responded with two home runs that accounted for all five in the first. Carter Jurica singled to left center field, Mike Murray singled to left, Adam Duvall walked, and Devin Harris hit a grand slam to left. Jeff Arnold then came up and cleared the left field fence as well. Eugene threatened in the second, when two successive errors by second baseman Duvall, who had made only six errors for the season, put runners on second and third. However, Duvall threw the next batter out to retire the side. The Volcanoes scored again in the second. Jurica singled to center, stole second base and reached third on a passed ball. After a walk to Jose Medina, a sacrifice fly by...

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How big do we want Keizer to be?

To the Editor: When my parents retired they had planned to move to Salem but just by chance they went to look at a house in Keizer that was for sale. They had never heard of Keizer but soon found out that it was right by Salem. What they liked about Keizer was that it was not  a big city but was close to one. When I retired I moved to Keizer because it was still very much a nice quiet bedroom community next to Salem. Now our mayor and council members want to change it all, they think bigger is better. I disagree with that whole-heartedly, big is not better. Councilor Cathy Clark says we need shopping areas all over Keizer so you won’t have to drive across town to a shopping district. What is wrong with having a shopping district? What do you get with shopping everywhere?  Strip malls,  which Ms. Clark says we need to move away from. Ms. Clark says clustered business are better but she wants shopping all over Keizer. She leaves me confused. To me, if Keizer aims for a shopping district you get more of a town feel and leave the rest for single family homes. If we limit our growth you will see a turn around in areas like southeast Keizer. A limited housing stock would get people to buy, fix...

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Newberg’s ‘big, physical’ team will be test for Celtic defense

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s varsity football team couldn’t make much happen on offense last week, but the Celts’ head coach will be putting his faith in his “speedy and skilled” players – again. McNary hosts Newberg High School Friday, Sept. 10. Game time is 7 p.m. “They’re a big, physical team, which doesn’t sound good for us right now, but our speed and athleticism is going to give them some problems,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. “They have some big guys but we’re not certain they can cover ours.” The Tigers run an “old school I-back veer” that might be a test for the Celtic defense, “but our defense is up to that test,” Ward said. Newberg (1-0) won its opening game against Reynolds High School in the final seconds. Tiger linebacker Matt Dunkle forced and recovered a fumble after a blitz as the team trailed 27-26. After the turnover, Newberg quarterback Darnell Adams hit Nate Hyatt for 24-yard touchdown pass. Adams laid out 99 passing yards and two touchdowns in the game. Mistakes plagued McNary’s opening game vs. Crater High School that ended in a 36-14 loss, but the team can work harder, said Alex Willeford, a McNary senior linebacker. “I think we have a lot of potential. We’re not there yet, but we can get there,” he said. Laziness on...

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Ronald F. Weatherford

Ronald Fred Weatherford, a Keizer resident and a long-time Medford educator, died August 30 in Salem. Weatherford served as an elementary school principal for 30 years in the Medford school district. Weatherford was born Dec. 1, 1926, in Oakland, CA. In his early years he moved to Medford and continued to live in Oregon most of his life, calling Medford home for 45 years. His grandparents on both sides were Oregon pioneers in Gilliam, Linn, and Union counties. He is survived by his widow and college sweetheart, Joanne; the couple were married for 61 years. He had three grown children; Linda, Bruce, and Lisa. He had six grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Evelyn Sutton. Weatherford was a Rotary member for more than 25 years, including more than 15 years in the East Salem Rotary club, where for eight years he served as chairman of the Student Exchange program. Weatherford graduated from Northwest Nazarene College (University) in 1951. The college honored him as Alumnus of the Year in 1970. He received his Masters from the College of Idaho. He was deeply involved in Medford’s Community Concerts, serving as a past president, and also helped to found the Britt Music Festival. Memorial Service to be held September 11, 2 p.m., at the Salem First Church of the Nazarene. The family requests gifts in lieu of flowers to the church’s building fund. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral...

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Frosh gridders dominate Crater

The McNary High School freshman football team got off to an explosive start with a 46-21 victory over Crater High School on Friday, Sept. 3. Tanner Purkey popped the lid off Celtic scoring with a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Cody Ratliff added the extra point for 7-0 lead. Jonathan Doutt found Quinton Boyd on a nine-yard touchdown pass to start the second quarter with Hayden McCowan sending the extra point through the uprights. After Crater scored to make it 14-7, Andrew Lawrence threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Boyd for a 20-7 halftime lead. Spencer Baker ran five yards for a third quarter touchdown and McCowan added the extra point for a 27-7 lead. D.J. Wilson opened the 4th quarter with a five-yard touchdown run as the Celtics opened up a 33-7 lead. Crater scored to make it 33-15, but the Celts answered as Adam Snegirev scored on a 28-yard run to make it 39-15. Crater scored again, but Snegirev with a 35-yard touchdown run. McCowan kicked the extra point to close the scoring. Overall, McNary rushed for 338 yards led by Brett Hildebrand and Snegirev with 83 yards each. Wilson finished with 68 yards and Baker added 63 for a balanced rushing attack making Josh Riddell, offensive coordinator, quite pleased. Doutt and Lawrence combined for eight completions on 12 attempts for 57 passing yards. Boyd led receiving with four catches for 38...

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