Day: February 18, 2011

Celt wrestlers riding high into regional wrestling tourney

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity wrestling capped off a stellar season last week with dual wins over McMinnville and Newberg high schools. While both duals were marked with high points, it was the 52-19 McMinnville win that held the most significance for Celt Edgar Jimenez. “If I reflect back to our first invitational match with McMinnville, we had a lot of forfeits, a lot of missing spots in our line-up and we knew we were going to fill in the blanks, but once we saw what it was like with the whole line-up there and beating them and then beating Newberg, it was more than what I expected,” Jimenez said. While McMinnville was a defining example of growth during the course of the season, the 39-19 Newberg win provided more than a few electric moments as two Celtics, Wes Heredia at 215 pounds and Devin Reynolds at 125 pounds, defeated No. 1-ranked wrestlers in the state, John Hatch and Peter Russo, respectively. “It’s one thing to beat some of these teams in a tournament, but a dual is something special, you put an army out there and wrestle their army and see who comes out on top,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. As a result of the win, Heredia soared to the No. 1 ranking in the regional Central Valley Conference....

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Why I’m for Measure 24-314

To the Editor: There is a reason that I joined a local group of like-minded citizens of Keizer who wanted to open up the planning for Area C (Keizer Station).  That was to allow it be voted on by all the citizens of Keizer as to how a big building could be allowed there. Buildings in the original master plan for this area was set at 10,000 square feet, mainly it because it lies so close to an established neighborhood.  A couple of years back the mayor and city council decided that they would like a larger building to be allowed there.  Instead of putting it to a vote of the citizens they snuck it in by changing it to a text amendment which only needed  to be passed by the members of the council. Now that we have managed to get a measure on a special election in March that would allow citizens of Keizer to decide this, it seems that the council and the mayor are doing a hurried job to get the developer’s master plan approved and thereby not allowing the citizens of Keizer the right to vote on this. I feel that they could hold off on approving the master plan and let the people have the right we deserve to vote on this. Please let us vote and let the will of all of...

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Lady Celts nab second place, bye as league tourney begins

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes As the McNary girls varsity basketball team finished out league play in second place last week, the team’s coach and players felt the team was beginning to hit its stride. “I’m pleased that we started to show some offensive maturity, that’s been one of our goals for the season,” said Molly Gehley, McNary head coach. The Lady Celts sealed up second place in the Central Valley Conference with a 46-35 win over the South Salem Saxons Friday, Feb. 11, but will still need to land in the top three of the league tournament to assure a playoff berth and bypass a play-in game. “South played four quarters of good basketball and we didn’t let them catch up like we’ve done in the past. We were tough the whole time and intense,” said Celt Teresa Peterson. McNary led by as many as 18 points, but the Saxons cut into the gap with two 10-point quarters on the back end. Celt Deven Hunter had a big night putting up 17 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. “Stacey [Titchenal] had a great game defensively and offensively she got us into our plans,” Gehley said. “Keri [Stein] reached up and got some rebounds that I couldn’t believe she grabbed, she had one of her best games of the year.” Titchenal said her dominating presence on the court...

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