Day: March 2, 2012

Ducks to meet Pilots in Keizer

The University of Oregon Ducks and the University of Portland Pilots will play a nine-inning, non-league game at Volcanoes Stadium on Wednesday, April 18th, with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m. Both teams have started the 2012 season red hot. The Ducks winning seven games in a row, on the road, after losing their season opener to Hawaii in Honolulu, and currently are 7-1, and ranked 10th in the nation. The Ducks have scored 61 runs in their eight games led by freshman infielder, Scott Heineman, batting .478 with a home run. Sophomore pitcher Brando Tessar is 2-0 in his first two starts. 2007 McNary High School graduate, infielder Kevin Shepherd, is on the Ducks squad. The Pilots are 5-0, and off to one of their best season starts. The Pilots are led by senior infielder Kris Kauppila batting .476 with two home runs, and senior catcher Ben Grubb batting .438 with one home run. The Pilots have won six of the ten games against the Ducks since baseball was reinstated at the University of Oregon in 2009. “We are always excited when we get two great Oregon universities playing at Volcanoes Stadium. It will be tremendous baseball for our mid-Willamette Valley fans, and we urge fans to get their tickets early as this game is surely to be sold out,” said Jerry Walker Salem-Keizer Volcanoes president and general...

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New coach seeks direct path to pigskin playoffs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Isaac Parker will be the next head coach of McNary High School football. Parker was most recently the offensive coordinator at South Salem High School and replaces Rick Ward who resigned from the post after the 2011 season. Ron Richards, athletic director at McNary, said Parker has been on his short list for quite some time should the need arise. “He has great knowledge of football and a vision for where he’d like to see the McNary program go,” Richards said. “He’s got a great background working with young men and developing their character. He’s the whole package, with the exception of head coaching experience.” Parker, 31, said his focus for the immediate future will be character development in the young men of the McNary football ranks. “If we’re developing the relationships with the kids a well as the right focus and attitude, success will follow it. The opposite of that is that if we try to pursue success in winning those relationships suffer,” Parker said. In addition to assembling a coaching staff over the coming months, he’s hoping to cast out that vision over the rest of the community. As far as goals on the gridiron, he’s decided to remain cautious. “For this season, success will mean not having to have a play-in game. That’s a realistic and attainable goal for the...

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Steep discounts for youth riding public buses

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Area youth will be able to ride a Cherriots bus at a lower fare through August. The Salem-Keizer Transit Board of Directors approved last week an experiment that lowers rates for passengers under age 18.  Cash fares and Cherricards will stay the same, but day, month, summer and annual pass rates would all go down. Day passes would fall from $2.50 to $1.50, monthly would decline from $28 to $15 and summer passes would go from $40 to $30. The fares would go down in March and stay there through August 31. A pilot program from spring 2009 allowed Salem-Keizer School District students to use their student ID to ride the bus for free. Business Energy Tax Credits from the state bankrolled the pilot program. For local teens and Salem-Keizer Transit it was a win-win: Students got to their destination for free, and the transit district was reimbursed funds – nearly $900,000 a year. The program was so successful they had a new problem: During peak hours, the buses were so full that some riders had to wait for the next one. One out of three riders on a Cherriots bus were students when the Oregon Legislature voted to end the program last year. And when the money dried up, so did youth ridership, according to a staff report from Steve Dickey, director of...

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Fighting Irish eclipse Celts in first round of playoffs

The McNary High School girls varsity basketball team lost its first-round playoff game to Sheldon High School 79-61. The loss ousters the Celtics from contention for a state title. Right: Celt Ashlee Koenig defends against a shot by one Sheldon High School in the first round of the girls basketball state playoffs. Baili Keeton swoops in from...

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