Day: March 11, 2011

Girls b-ball falls in first round of state playoffs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes While their season ended with an ouster in the first round of the state playoff tournament, the Lady Celts of the McNary varsity basketball team were proud of their efforts overall. “They are a good team and we came out hard until the end and didn’t give up,” said Teresa Peterson, a McNary sophomore. McNary lost to Westview High School in a 55-38 game that saw a complete reversal of Celtic fortunes in the first two quarters. “Our first quarter was what went wrong and the second quarter was what went right,” said Molly Gehley, McNary head coach. McNary hit a wall on offense and couldn’t get the gears cranking on defense in the first quarter as the Wildcats took a 16-3 lead. In the second, McNary put up 11 points and stonewalled Westview on defense holding them to three points for a 19-14 score at the half. “They rushed us and it helped them. We were patient, but their tempo was just too much,” said Lady Celt Keri Stein. The Celts pulled within five points several times in the game, but couldn’t crest the hill. “They outran us at the end,” Gehley said. “The Metro league has a really in-your-face style that’s different compared to what we do in the CVC and it set us back on our heels.” Deven Hunter...

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Lady Celts hope to tap prior season’s leadership lessons

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After a lights out season last year that saw the team play for the state title and finish second, the McNary varsity softball team is discovering its new identity. Fortunately, they’ve got a few veterans to help lead the way. “It’s going to be a patience year for us,” said Brook Ross, an infielder and the team’s sole returning senior. “But softball is about building a family and learning about yourself. That’s what I took away from last year’s team, I got to know what a team should feel like.” Ross joins Hailey Decker, Olivia Yarbrough and Paige Bouska in the group of returning athletes. The upshot of fielding new faces for Jeff Auvinen, McNary head coach, is that the exodus of a dominating group of seniors is paving the way for younger talent that’s been waiting in the wings. “We’ve got some good young kids that have been waiting for this opportunity, our junior varsity team last year lost only a few games and we’ll have some pitching, some catching, some hitting and some defense coming through with them,” Auvinen said. Unlike the past couple of seasons when the talent was veteran and familiar, new faces are exciting, if also somewhat nerve-wracking. “We could be real solid, we have people coming up this year who were kind of biding their time...

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Kudos to Keizer Police Department

To the Editor: On behalf of the Salem First Free Methodist Women’s Ministry Team, I would like to thank a member of the Keizer Police Department  for coming to our rescue in a non-emergency situation. Sgt. Andrew Copeland stepped in at the last minute on Saturday to present a personal safety class to our womens group after our scheduled presenter cancelled.  His program was so interesting and the ladies especially appreciated the way he listened carefully and took an interest in their concerns.  He is a wonderful representative of the KPD.  Many thanks, Sgt. Copeland. Ruth Hegle...

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Lucky No. 7

Photo by Dan Kaplan Marissa Miller high-fives coach Kathy Kaplan during the state bowling tournament as Jocee Freeman looks on. The McNary girls varsity bowling team took seventh in state tournament out of 16 teams. The girls bowled 30 games in a double-elimination tournament. Other team members were Carissa Ventura, Ashley Mayne and LeAnne...

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