Day: January 27, 2012

Lady Celts dominate games with Olys, Scots

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Stingy defense was key in two recent victories for the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team. The Lady Celts played hard and scrappy defending possession on both sides of the court in a 59-31 win over Sprague High School and a 59-31 win over McKay High School. “When we talk and communicate, we do extremely well on defense and that was one of our goals for the week,” said Celt Jessica Darras. All according to plan, said Molly Gehley, McNary head coach, “We’ve been trying to get a team emphasis on defense and being aggressive moving in on people a bit more instead of backing off or being tentative.” McNary stormed out of the gates in the game with Sprague Wednesday, Jan. 18. The Celts poured in 37 points while holding the Olys to just eight in the first half. It was a 20-point fourth quarter that helped Sprague save face. “We’ve done a good job of being really intense and going out strong from the beginning rather than letting the other team have a little edge and having to work our way back into it,” said Deven Hunter, a McNary senior. “It also helped that our shots started falling again.” Hunter, an Oregon State University recruit, led all scoring with 22 points. Teresa Peterson and Ashlee Koenig had nine points...

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Boys get first CVC win

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes There are nights when the shots simply don’t drop. Despite it being one of those nights, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team battled the McKay High School Royal Scots off the boards to its first Celtic win in the Central Valley Conference. McNary took the game 44-41. “A win is a win and one of the things we talked about was how important rebounding is,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “We were a little short-handed, but our guys challenged them under the net and rose to the task.” McNary struggled throughout the first half of the game to sink a shot. The Celts managed just 4 of 27 from the field. “The good thing was that we hustled and got a ton of rebounds and got a lot of shot opportunities that we needed at the time,” said Dylan McHugh, a McNary senior. McNary kept the Scots’ lead small, 19-17 at the half, and strong defense in the third period prevented the visiting team from gaining ground. “Defensive pressure made it tough for them and nothing was easy,” said Celt Nick McDonald. McKay was up by one, when McNary’s Garren Robinett hit a three-point goal to take the lead, 36-34, at 4:29 in the fourth period. The Scots knotted the game at 38-38 two minutes later, but Isaiah Montano...

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Banquet is a Jackets and Jeans affair

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes No black tie is necessary for this year’s Keizer First Citizen Awards banquet, set for Saturday, Jan. 28. The theme for 2012’s event is “Jackets and Jeans,” so we can only imagine what the dress code might be at the Keizer Civic Center that night. “Basically we wanted the governor to attend,” joked Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. “The (Iris Festival) theme iris is ‘Silverado,’ which lends itself to more of a country-western theme.” Tickets are $50 and are available at the door in limited quantities. The annual event recognizes outstanding community volunteers in several categories: First Citizen: Presented to an outstanding community volunteer. Last year’s winner was Jeramy Williams, director of Keizer Young Life. Merchant of the Year: Given to a local businessperson who has made significant contributions. Last year’s winner was Rick Day, owner of Advantage Precast. Service to Education Award: Presented to either a teacher or other community member who has made contributions to local education. Last year’s winner was Linda Baker, formerly the drama director at McNary High School. Presidents Award: An honor bestowed by the chamber’s president. Last year’s winner was Sherrie Gottfried, sales manager at the Keizer Renaissance Inn. But this year it’s not just about celebrating the contributions of community volunteers. There’s several anniversaries: The city of Keizer turns 30 years old,...

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The state of the city

In his State of the Union speech this week President Obama said he believes what Abraham Lincoln believed: that government should do for people only what they cannot do better themselves, and no more. There are many things people cannot do for themselves, especially at the local level. They cannot build infrastructure; they cannot fix roads; they cannot provide public safety; they cannot provide a safety net for the less fortunate. Some of the things people can do for themselves include building businesses, constructing factories and stores, and inventing new products. These can best be accomplished when governments, national and local, get rid of obstacles to these private sector goals. Keizer residents and businesses are at the mercy of what happens in the capitol buildings in Washington, D.C. and in Salem. National and state tax policies along with thousands of regulations are cited as impediments to economic growth and sustainability. Those issues will most certainly be topics in the presidential campaign this year. The housing crisis will most likely be front and center as well. Housing prices are still far from their peak and economists say it will be years, if ever, that we will see prices attain pre-financial crisis levels. Other economists say that we have not seen the end of  foreclosures here or nationwide. That is the crux of the problem facing the city of Keizer’s operating...

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