Day: February 17, 2012

Lady Celts take second in CVC play

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity basketball team narrowly avoided a third place finish in the Central Valley Conference with a two-point win over South Salem High School last week. However, by defeating the Saxons 43-41 in the last game of league play, the Lady Celts earned themselves a bye in the first round of the CVC tournament that determines seeding headed into the state playoffs. The game came down to the wire with the Lady Celts taking control of the ball with six seconds left on the clock and a 41-41 tie game. McNary’s Teresa Peterson’s put the ball into play with a pass to sophomore Baili Keeton. Keeton raced it down the far edge of the court ducking four Saxon defenders and putting up a shot that kissed off the backboard. Peterson grabbed it in the air and put it back into the basket at the buzzer. “Baili did an incredible job of getting through their defense. I just happened to be in the right spot,” Peterson said. While it was a thrilling finish to a tough game, Celt Stacey Titchenal said the team might have put itself in a better position leading up to the end. “We could have done a little better on defense and getting out quicker. I don’t feel like were talking as much as we...

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Boys relay teams headed to state

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes On the whole, their goals are modest – make it to the second day. A top six finish would be icing on the cake. But Alex Fox, Kevin and Perry Groves, Ben Johnson and Seth Miller, the contingent of Celtics who earned berths at the state swimming meet, are shooting for something less tangible than medals or trophies. “We’re going to be swimming for Kim,” said Johnson, acknowledging the efforts and time of coach Kim Phillips. “And make sure she’s smiling the whole time,” Fox added. The five swimmers comprise the two relay teams, 200- and 400-yards, that will hit the pool this weekend. Perry also earned a slot in the 50 free in individual races. “It’s nice to go as a relay team because it means we know we have people cheering for us,” Miller said. “It’s a good stimulant.” Perry said making it to the final level of state competition was the tangible result of months of hard work. “It’s paid off and we’ve come together to get better as a team,” he said. It was never more evident than when the team seemed to already be settling for making it to the second day. The moment they started to get complacent, Kevin piped up, “Top six is what I’m shooting for in both races.” Less than a second later,...

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Visitor center now open every day

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes An information center on local businesses and attractions is now open on weekends at Keizer Station. The Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s new office and visitors center at 6075 Ulali Drive NE, Ste 102 will be open seven days a week, said Executive Director Christine Dieker. Existing staff will man the facility, which doubles as the chamber’s office, during normal business hours. Volunteers will direct visitors on weekends. “We want this place to be our interpretative center for the Keizer area and the greater Willamette Valley,” Dieker said. It gives the chamber plenty of room to spread out as it looks to enhance visitor services: The new space is 1,800 square feet, more than double the space in their former digs inside the Keizer Heritage Center on Chemawa Road. Dieker said the move to Keizer Station makes sense as a way to funnel and direct potential customers into the core Keizer business community, she said. “We’re trying to be a gateway into all that’s special in the Keizer area,” she said. A conference room is available for members to reserve and use. And a back area will be used for wine tastings and product sampling. “Hops, irises, hazelnuts – all those wonderful products we have out there,” Dieker said. Area agriculture will be highlighted with a mural, Dieker added. Other murals will point out...

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Stage is being set for Keizer community theatre

There will be an open house on February 24 to introduce Keizer Homegrown Theatre, a new local community theatre Persons interested in acting, building sets, sewing costumes, lighting, and all the arts of the theatre are invited to attend and discuss ways in which they can become involved in the new venture. The event includes a meet and greet session and an opportunity for questions and answers with the group’s artistic directors, Linda Baker and Evan Christopher. Baker was the theatre teacher at McNary High School for 15 years, during which time she was responsible for the creation of more than 40 theatrical productions.  Christopher is a performing arts graduate of McNary and holds a degree from Western Oregon University. “We’ve thought about doing this and made some plans for a long time.  Keizer has a lot of talented, dynamic people.  I’m excited about getting started,” Baker said. Christopher echoes that excitement:  “Keizer is definitely ready for a theatre like this, and we are proud and honored to facilitate that.” The meeting will be held at the Keizer Civic Center from  7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.  There will be light refreshments. For more information, contact the organizers at...

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