Day: March 4, 2011

WMS after school program bracing for potential cuts

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If Whiteaker Middle School didn’t have an After Class Enrichment (ACE) program, Daniel Dial is fairly certain of what he would be doing in it’s place. “Probably be being a couch potato like I usually do,” Daniel said. Because the school does offer the program he spends some weekday afternoons, alongside his brother, Devin, as part of the Wolverine’s Lego Robotics team. “After [Daniel] started doing it, I heard they had a nice software programming system and I’ve always like programming,” Devin said. The school’s Lego Robotics program would be just one of many programs potentially under the hatchet as a result of the Salem-Keizer School District’s budget crunch. It would be an unfortunate demise given the skills students pick up while participating, said Shep Earl, a Whiteaker teacher and Lego team coach. “It helps with the critical thinking piece of sequencing and paying attention to the minute detail of having to telling the machines they build to do every little thing,” he said. “The programming software they use is also used in beginning college courses.” The ACE program offers a bevy of after school activity options for Whiteaker student to get involved with the larger community, pick up life-saving CPR skills, learn to cook, or simply be part of a team – of the current offerings, the volleyball program accounts for...

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Wolverines declaw Panthers on mat

The Whiteaker Middle School Wolverines extended their three-year undefeated streak to 18 duals in a 55-36 win over Claggett Creek Middle School Thursday, Feb. 24. With a neck-and-neck score of 31-30, Whiteaker’s grapplers pinned four consecutive opponents to seal the win. Claggett’s Cameron Douglas beat Carl Dohrman in a decision; Wolverine Riley Repp pinned Chris Roostad; Whiteaker’s Abe Nelson pinned Calvin Buckman; Panther Jeff Ashley pinned Kody Plaza; Wolverine Jon Phelps beat Stanton Fanning in a major decision; Whiteaker’s Michael Phelps pinned Isaac Delgado; Panthers Alvaro Garcia and Troy Allen pinned Yishai Meas and Ryan Edsall, respectively; Whiteaker’s Jordan Cagle pinned Taylor Smith; Wolverine Jesse Gomez beat Anthony Cone in a decision; Panther Teran Purkey beat Joey Alagoz by decision in overtime; Claggett’s Matt Bugado pinned Casey Lake; Wolverines Martin Felipe, Bobby Layton, Joey Delgado and Jake Burrus pinned Juan Maciel, Noel Anguiano, Luis Mendoza and Alvaro Venegas, respectively; and Panther Alexis Barajas pinned Kyle Bonn. For more photos of the event, visit our photo...

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Golf teams renew funding effort in economic lull

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Every season in high school sports, one team tends to get less attention that the rest of the pack. Often such teams find donors to pick up the slack when funding grows tight, but tough economic times are putting the pinch on reserves for the Salem-Keizer area golf teams, and McNary High School is no exception. “The costs add up,” said Kim Phillips, who is heading into her 19th season as head coach of the McNary High School girls golf team. “On top of range balls, shirts and tournament entry fees, the golf program has to cover the cost of substitute teachers that hold down the classroom when we’re out with the team at a tournament.” The school district picks up the tab to cover a substitute during the district tournament, but the cost of substitute teachers alone for the length of a season can add up to $900. The McNary golf teams field a group of four players at each tournament with one alternate, but anywhere from five to 10 students are kept as part of the team each year depending on how many try out. The team is buoyed by participant athletic fees, which are paid to the school and go directly into an account for the team, but the golf programs relied on contributions from Salem Area Youth Golf...

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