Day: January 28, 2011

Boys get first CVC win

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After many of the McNary’s High School boys varsity basketball team’s early games, it was easy for Cory Bakkala to replay the highlight reel in his head, but after the boys first league win last Friday he ran into trouble in the editing room. “I couldn’t remember because everyone played so well,” said Bakkala, a McNary wing. “Dominick [Calvillo] helped out a lot, his presence and emotions fired everyone else up.” McNary pulled out a 65-57 win, snapping a long streak of losses. “We came out and started scoring like we were punching them in the mouth, and we defended really well,” said Celt Spencer Rice. McNary surged to a 28-23 lead in the game’s second period and held the Royal Scots at Bay for the remainder of the game. “The biggest thing was the end of the game,” said David Gallacher, a McNary point guard. “We’d been losing close games all season, but we showed a lot more composure and patience during the McKay game.” Bakkala and Dalton Bodine led Celtic scoring with 13 points apiece, Calvillo contributed 11, Greg Roth put in eight, Rice added six, Garren Robinett, Jared Van Cleave and David Gallacher put in four points each and Bren Bovee drained a bucket. Selflessness was a big factor in the win, said Matt Espinoza, McNary head coach. “Our...

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Lady Celts take down Olys, Scots

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Celt Stacey Titchenal had a tall order to fill when she stepped up to shut down Sprague High School’s Jami Roos. She coped by not letting herself get psyched out. Roos, who is no stranger to putting in 30-point games, was Titchenal’s mark in the Celts’ game with Sprague. “The coaches were giving me all this information about her and I hadn’t realized until then how good she is. At the end, they told me she is going to score and that I would do what I could,” Tichenal said. “The help defense saved us, but it feels good to know I had a part in stopping her.” McNary battled the Olys to a 50-47 win and limited Roos to 20 points. “Even through Jami scored 20 on us, we did a good job of containing her and every shot she made was a hard shot.  She earned all 20 of those points,” said Molly Gehley, Celtic head coach. Celtic point guard Teresa Peterson said the game itself started on high notes. “We came out with great intensity and went up 12-0,” she said. Deven Hunter bested Roos’ effort putting up 21 points in the game to lead all scoring. Peterson contributed 11, Averi Wing, Jessica Darras and Titchenal put up six each. The win over Sprague likely impacted the way the team...

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Bachmann puts the blame on Obama

By SUSAN ESTRICH You have to hand it to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who was the official tea party responder to the president’s State of the Union address. No phony sincerity from her. No moving mention of her colleague lying in a Texas hospital, whose family celebrated that she could actually watch an hour of television. No forced rhetoric about all of us being Americans first, healing our divisions, finding greatness in our collective strength. Nope, not for Bachmann. No platitudes about sitting together and working together and moving forward to try to solve some of the country’s problems. Bachmann went on the attack against President Obama from the first line of her speech, devoting all but the last minute to making the case that he is to blame for the state of the economy. In the wake of Tucson, only one imperative remains: Blame it on Barack. Bachmann is going to fight the last war until the last cable station turns out the last light. She may not have much to say about solving the country’s problems, but she’s got plenty to say about who’s to blame for them: Obama. You remember when Obama became president — it was morning in America and then a storm blew in? No? Bachmann has the charts to prove it. Of course, the charts don’t show you what went wrong under President...

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Keizer couple fights battle for Chemawa Road

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Kevin Hohnbaum and Jane Mulholland have been told repeatedly that no one has ever seen as much response to a local issue as the outpouring that occurred as the result of the Keizer City Council’s decision to alter the type of building that will be allowed in Area C of Keizer Station. It remains something of a cold comfort. “If the biggest response ever is not making a difference, how much does it take?” Mulholland said. Mulholland and Hohnbaum are the originators of a petition that will place the issue of retail buildings in Keizer at the feet of the voters who will have to decide on March 8 whether the city will limit buildings to less than 65,000 square feet outside of Keizer Station’s Area A. This is the first article in a series exploring the process, people and outcomes involved in the hotly-contested issue. Mulholland purchased the Chemawa Road house she and Hohnbaum call a home in 1992. He moved to Keizer after the couple met in 1998. They’ve raised children within its 110-year-old walls and their connection with the house and their neighbors is what fuels their stance against the proposed changes to the original Keizer Station plans. Originally zoned as mixed use, Mulholland and Hohnbaum came to accept that something with a retail capacity would likely be built in...

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