Month: November 2011

Veterans reunited at McNary event

By TYLER KEHRET Special to the Keizertimes Forty-two years ago two young men were fighting for their country in the jungles of Vietnam. On Nov. 9 these two men met once again at McNary High School during the school’s Veteran’s Day celebration. Living History Day at McNary honors the armed forces veterans. The veterans are honored at an assembly and visit classes and tell their story. Melvin McKinnon came to McNary on Living History Day to share his experiences in the Vietnam War. He brought along a photograph of his unit. Another veteran in attendance, William Pyle, noticed a familiar face in the photograph: his own. The two had not seen each other since 1969, and had no idea they were living nearby. “We met in 1969 when he was helping us pull out of a mission, we were in a deep firefight, Mel came in and helped us out,” said Pyle. William Pyle was in the U.S Army located in south-east Asia. Pyle went through a lot of training to enter the war. “I had basic training, Airborne training, Ranger training, and Q course,” Pyle said. Pyle was not a very big person back then. “When we were parachuting, the weight of the chute was about 80 pounds, the gear I had to carry was 50 pounds, and I weighed only 130 pounds. It took several men to...

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Gators to be a force behind Elks food drive

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Gubser Elementary School teacher David Whetzel believes in the school’s giving spirit so strongly that he’s willing to put his hair on the line. If the school meets it’s holiday food drive goal of 2,800 pounds, Whetzel and fellow Gubser teacher David Baumer have agreed to have their heads shaved. Whetzel’s blended class of third and fourth graders is heading up the drive to collect food for the Keizer Elks annual food basket program. The organization collects food and other items for donation to local families and military families in need. “I think the food drive is about Thanksgiving. It’s coming up and those people can’t afford [food],” said Gator Parker Ostrom. “It’s to give food for people who can’t afford it and for people who are less fortunate,” added Ryder Chistensen. The food drive began Monday, Nov. 14 and will continue through Dec. 9, said Nico Maldonado. In addition to the overall goals, the class with the most items donated in Gubser’s C-Pod will get to choose one of the instructors to receive a pie in the puss. The other classes with the most items donated will get to choose who shaves Whetzel’s and Baumer’s heads. Each class is also tracking its intake on graph paper outside their rooms, which allows teachers to incorporate some math lessons into the fun. While...

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Lady Celt bowling roster overflows

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes While some may consider them “just a club,” the McNary High School girl’s bowling team has a rep to protect. “We want to show people that we’re returning and we’re strong. Some people hate on us because we’re known, but it’s because we’re good,” said returning junior Vanessa Garza. Last year, the team gained entry to the state tournament as a wild card and eked out a fifth place finish. “We had some conflicts last year, but I think we have a stronger team and we can take the state title this year,” said junior LeAnne Miller. The team had just enough members to participate in tournaments last year, but a 10-Celt turnout has its ranks overflowing this year. “With that few we didn’t have anybody to rotate in or out. This year, a lot of people will get more time to play and we won’t get tired,” Miller said. Coach Kathy Kaplan was elated to have so many enthusiastic participants turn out for practices this season, “It’s going to be a building year and a learning team, but it’s great to have so many brand new girls interested in bowling.” The team competes in baker style bowling in which team members roll one ball and, if any pins are left standing, it’s up to a teammate to clean up the lane....

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Freshman team honors standouts

The McNary High School freshman football team closed its season with an awards and recognition banquet Tuesday, Nov. 8. Coach Ted Anagnos began by recapping the season applauding the boys for their persistence after starting 0-3 in non-league games to rally to a 4-1 second place finish in the Central Valley Conference. “I was real proud of these coaches and players for working hard and not letting up after the Barlow game,” he said. The goal of the program, Anagnos said, is “not only trying to make good football players, but we are trying to make better citizens. We ask kids to be prompt for practice every day, work hard for the betterment of the team, and stick together. We want them to work hard to become taxpayers, not tax collectors.” The banquet then moved to the awards ceremony. Anagnos stressed that the freshman level awards are not passed out to only the best players. The first two awards were voted on by team members. Anthony Bugado received recognition as the most inspirational player and Jordan Cagle was voted most improved. Bugado was always seen and heard encouraging his teammates, even in the toughest times, Anagnos said. Cagle moved from being a third and fourth stringer to starting every game after week four. Each coach then presented their coach’s award. Offensive Coodinator Justin Barchus awarded David Gonzales for working...

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