Day: December 23, 2011

True Love goes shopping

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes It’s been tough times for True Love since we last visited his holiday budget. You know him well from the timeless holiday classic “12 Days of Christmas” tune. What you may not know is how pricy those days can be. On top of that, if he really wants to go all out that would be 12 partridges in 12 pear trees, thank you very much. Almost whatever you want can be ordered online, but we’re sticking as local as possible to find out just how much credit card debt True Love would rack up if he bought each of the gifts listed in the song. In sum, to purchase all the gifts listed in the 12 Days of Christmas would cost True Love $17,841.28, or $3,130.90 if each were only purchased once. A partridge in a pear tree: Chukar partridges can be found at local farms for a pittance throughout the summer months. Getting one now requires a little bit of ingenuity – or a gun. In 2008 True Love ventured over the mountains with his shotgun, hunting license and upland game bird to get one the old-fashioned way. But his sweetheart, who still has 12 game birds never flitting, still sitting above her chamber door, urged True Love to think outside the box. If his muse will accept a creative interpretation, Keizer...

Read More

Ward, Walker resign from MHS

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two McNary sports programs – football and volleyball – are without head coaches after Rick Ward and Dustin Walker turned in their resignations last week. Ward tendered his resignation on Thursday, Dec. 15, and was followed by Walker on Friday, Dec. 16. “Both men have worked hard to make their teams successful, but also to create leadership opportunities, build character and keep their athletes focused on their studies,” said Ron Richards, McNary athletic director. The school district will begin accepting applications in January for both positions. A statewide search for replacements will be conducted with the goal of filling the gaps as quickly as possible, Richards said. “Our students and athletes deserve the best and we want to make sure we consider all the options,” he said. Richards plans to convene a screening committee of coaches, faculty and community members to review applicants before moving onto the interviewing process. Of the two, football will take slighter urgency as the sport now requires nearly year-round preparation. Ward, a former NFL punter, exits the McNary football program after five years with a 22-29 record. In 2008, the Celtics went 9-3 overall, took second place in the Central Valley Conference and made it to the second round of the playoffs. However, the program has struggled to recreate such success in more recent years as McNary...

Read More

B’ball team adopts family

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When they’re on the court, the young men of the McNary High School varsity basketball team focus on small things: finding the right lane at the right time, the positions of their opponents, passing to an open post, etc. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, the team stepped away from the courts and gathered in the aisles of the Keizer Station Target for a look at the big picture, and it had nothing to do with basketball. Instead of marking up with opponents, the Celts divided forces to tackle Christmas lists for a Keizer family struggling to make ends meet. Their first stop: toys. “I think it’s pretty cool to meet a family that doesn’t have much and realizing that not everyone gets a full Christmas,” said Justin Burgess, a McNary senior and one of three leaders on the project with Garren Robinett and Dylan McHugh. “We have a list for them. Three gifts that they each picked. They all want mittens and three or four of them want R/C cars.” The team, led by the seniors, adopted a local family intent on making their holiday brighter with some leftover money from last season’s fundraising projects. “Basketball is important, but you get to see those things that are even more important and be involved in our community and get acquainted with everybody,” McHugh said....

Read More

Lady Celts cruise to 6-0

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The undefeated Lady Celts of the McNary High School varsity basketball team will face their toughest challenge yet when they roll into the Nike Interstate Shootout next week. The Celts must contend with the No. 1-ranked Oregon City High School team. “We’re just going to play hard and see how we do,” said McNary’s Teresa Peterson. Coach Molly Gehley said the team members will each need to have one of their best games, but she’s happy for them to compete with a talented team. “Oregon City is going to pressure us and we need to be able to handle the ball on the full court well,” Gehley said. “If we can do that and utilize our opportunities on offense, the team will do fine.” The Celts (6-0) chalked up two more wins last week with victories over Sheldon High School, 55-48, and West Albany High School, 57-49. Against Sheldon, the Celts ended up fending off a late-game surge as the Fighting Irish poured in 21 points in the fourth period. “Our first half was really, really good and then we just kind of came out flat and all of our fundamentals started to go,” said Celt Aerial Rice. Deven Hunter paced the team with 20 points, Peterson and Averi Wing had nine apiece, Jessica Darras and Izzy Strand had six each, Rice...

Read More