Month: April 2012

Fundraiser supports local girl’s family

A series of fundraisers are planned for a Keizer-area girl suffering from Jacobsen Syndrome. Sydney Tucker’s parents, Alex and Julie, hope to take her to a conference in San Diego where the family can meet doctors and learn more about her condition. There’s a few ways you can help: • Buy brown eggs fresh from free-range chickens at $3 per dozen by calling 503-510-0361. And starting April 24, the Hitchin’ Post at 8046 River Road N. is selling raffle tickets for hand-made blankets and a .38-caliber handgun. And on Saturday, May 12, an all-day event aims to raise funds. Showdown, a country band, performs from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Never 2 Late, a rock group, plays from 9 p.m. – 1 p.m. A benefit auction will be held in...

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March for Babies Saturday

The annual March of Dimes’ March for Babies will be held on Saturday, April 28. The event is the oldest walk fundraiser and the only one honoring all babies. Registration for the Salem walk begins at 7:30 a.m. at Salem Hospital. The 10K walk will kick off at 9 a.m. and the 3K leaving the start line at 9:15 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will include  live music, face painting, children’s activities and more. To join in, visit marchforbabies.org, or call toll-free (800) 525-9255 to sign up as an individual, to start a corporate, family or friends team, or donate to help babies be born healthy. Participants can also pick up sponsor forms at Kmart. Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier...

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Track teams take down McKay

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls and boys varsity track teams claimed victory over the Sprague High School Olympians in a dual meet last week. However, outstanding performances are beginning to take a toll on the team. “They have a lot on their legs and we need to heal up a little bit and get them ready for district,” said Frank Gauntz, McNary head coach. “On the other hand. they’ve been an absolute class act.” All according to plan, said pole vaulter Jake Herndon. “Our whole team has been amazing, times have been a lot faster and we’ve had a lot of personal records,” Herndon said. “We want first place in every event, but we want it as a team. It’s competitive, but it’s also fun.” Herndon matched his personal record, 12-00, to win the pole vault in the Sprague meet and his effort was met by his female counterpart Danielle Lovejoy, who set a new personal record of 9-00 in the meet to win the girls’ event. “I’ve been working on keeping my hands up and swinging and driving through,” Lovejoy said. The team is succeeding because of personal choices that buoy the team as a whole, she added. “We’ve been working really hard and not slacking off and cheating themselves. Everybody is really positive and it helps us when we’re out...

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Girls, boys get first wins in tennis

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s girls varsity tennis team picked up its first team win of the season in a 7-1 victory over the McKay Royal Scots Wednesday, April 18. The Celtics swept all singles matches to set the table for the victory. “Sandy Childress played a great No. 1 match against McKay’s Liz Tran, Katie Stignei kept her composure and toughed it out, and Jill Jungwirth and Kate Janssen were dominant,” said Mark Kohley, McNary head coach. Childress won in two sets, 6-1 and 6-3; Katrina Cabanlit won in sets of 6-2 and 6-4; Stignei won in sets of 6-2 and 6-4; and Lexi Price won in sets of 6-2 and 7-5 in singles action. Doubles winners were: Delaney Engle and Jenny Labrousse in sets of 6-0, 4-6 and 6-2; Jungwirth and Janssen in sets of 6-0 and 6-1, and Michelle Kelder and Megan Thompson in 6-0 and 6-1. Cabanlit said the match was a turning point for the team as a whole and her personally. “We became more patient about the match and where to put the ball,” she said. “All of us were more focused on playing each point instead of worrying about the point we’d just lost when that happened,” added Stignei. The Lady Celts struggled more in a contest with the West Salem High School Titans Tuesday, April 17....

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