Day: November 26, 2010

Wrestlers look to top last season

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Earlier this year, the McNary High School varsity wrestling team escaped with the district title on a slim margin of 4.5 points. The challenge this season: do better. “We’re going to be training harder, working longer and stepping up our game,” said Stevin Urban, a returning district champ wrestling in the 160-pound class. “We’re going to have to have a lot of young members step up and be leaders on the team with the upper classmen.” That’s not to say the Celts don’t have plenty of firepower waiting to be unleashed. Along with Urban, the team returns district champs Wes Heredia and Levi Martinez. Martinez is also the reigning state champ in the 112-pound division, although he will likely be wrestling at 116 pounds during the regional competition next year. Urban and Heredia placed fourth in state competition. “We’re already excited for regionals and state,” Martinez said. “But  we have fill out a couple of weight slots that we currently don’t have.” “It means getting to know all your teammates again and bringing back that bond,” added Celt returner Edgar Jimenez. “It always kicks in toward the end, but every year you wish it could have kicked in sooner.” In addition to a new faces on the roster, the team will be adjusting to a new regional format for competition. While the...

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Women veterans are not forgotten

To the Editor: Where on Earth does Peter DeBeck get the idea that female veterans are somehow ‘forgotten’ (Letter to the Editor, Nov. 19). Lady vets are eligible for every benefit granted to their male counterparts.  They are welcome to join every military veterans organization such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Navy League and American Legion.  In fact, many women hold leadership positions in those units. Each of the military museums I have visited has made a special effort to recognize the service of women.  As a veteran myself, I have attended numerous military ceremonies and gatherings and in every case the female vets were welcomed and treated just as the men. Apparently Mr. DeBeck is unaware of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery which honors all women who have served in the United States armed forces.  All allied nations from World War II have similar monuments and recognition. Mr. DeBeck has done a great job of identifying a problem that clearly does not exist.  I suppose there is a certain element who enjoy stirring up nonexistent problems.  As a time saver, here are three:  1. Women veterans are not “forgotten;” 2. Businesses should not be restricted in the name of “Keeping Keizer Livable (and jobless)” and 3. Keizer does not need a library.  And just to get ahead of the game,...

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Senior-heavy team holds court

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes One thing that came out of the McNary varsity basketball team’s 2-10 season last year is room for improvement. “We weren’t as successful as we wanted to be, we lost some close games, but this year we’ve got a lot of guys that can come in and contribute,” said Matt Espinoza, McNary head coach. “We’ve got a really balanced and solid number of guys who willing to put in the effort.” In general, Espinoza and his team think the experience of the past season will pay dividends this season. “We lost four seniors, but we’re senior-heavy this year,” said Dalton Bodine.  “We’ve all played together for a while, so it’s going to be exciting to see what happens. We’ve got a lot of vocal guys, a lot of leaders and a lot of guys that have played varsity basketball.” “Last year, we had a lot of young players who took advantage of the opportunity to learn,” added Celt Greg Roth. “This team is really mature and will come out better and stronger.” The basketball season was pushed back a week by the Oregon School Activities Association and the Celts host Franklin High School Wednesday, Dec. 1, in their first game of the season. The team’s strength on the court will be its speed, Roth said. “We’ll be quick getting up and down...

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Hurray for gridlock

To the Editor: To President Obama:  “Stick to your guns.  Remember they are the enemy!” To John Boehner:  “Don’t give one inch!” To Mitch McConnell: “Not even a whipser of agreement!” To Harry Reid:  “Don’t ask for any Republican input.  Zero!” Economic bliss, congressional gridlock, Will Rogers style. But don’t hold your breath, gridlock will be shortlived.  However, it will give us all time to catch our breath.  Who knows, maybe the members of the House and the Senate will actually ‘read’ all the legislation that was passed in 2009 and 2010.  That would be a first. Lee E. Goodwin...

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