Day: January 12, 2012

Tough opponents deny Lady Celts ‘W’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s girls varsity basketball team didn’t reclaim its winning ways last week. The Lady Celts chalked up losses to West Linn and Beaverton high schools, 56-51 and 73-38, respectively. Of the two games, players and coach all thought West Linn represented the better Celtic basketball. “We played a pretty good game, but they were hitting their threes, especially the unexpected ones,” said McNary’s Deven Hunter. “We played great and we played together as a whole, but there was an emotional letdown going into overtime,” added Molly Gehley, McNary head coach. The Lions hit a three-pointer in the final seconds to knot the game 47-47. Once the team got back to the bench, Celt Averi Wing could see the writing on the wall. “It was like we were already beat. You could tell just by people’s attitudes. We need to focus on coming together and looking at the positives,” Wing said. West Linn outscored McNary 9-4 in overtime for the win. Hunter led the team with 20 points, Stacey Titchenal put up 10, Baili Keeton added nine, Teresa Peterson had six, Jessica Darras put in four, and Wing had two. To recapture some of the unity the Celts experienced early on, the team is planning more team bonding events, Peterson said. However, it’s likely nothing would have prepared them for the...

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Keizer Christian is going solar

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A Keizer church is set to benefit from a program installing free solar panels on rooftops in exchange for a portion of the energy produced. Keizer Christian Church on Wheatland Road is adding to its southern-facing roof. The program the church has joined allows the panels to be installed at no up-front cost to the church. “They’re renting our roof as a place to put them,” said Pastor Bob Arnold. The church allows panels to be installed, then splits the energy savings with a Portland General Electric solar program, said Troy Costales, the church treasurer. “They end up recouping their costs for the install and equipment purchase” through realized energy savings, Costales said. He said the church would earn about $100 month that goes back to the church via an energy credit. “We’re participating in clean energy, lowering utility bills and maybe we get some money to help us with repairs around the church,” Arnold said. “It all seemed like a win-win.” Costales said the church takes steps like recycling for fundraising to conserve natural resources, and said the move to install panels was a natural step in that direction. “It’s just furthering our footprint in the community as a sustainable organization and a good partner for Keizer,” Costales said. “Taking care of the good earth that the good Lord has given us...

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