Day: May 18, 2012

High hopes as track team heads to districts

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The members of the McNary High School track and field team headed into district competition this week with several defending champs seeking to stave off threats to their crown. For the boys, Dylan McHugh’s district title in the 800-meter will be on the line. McHugh holds the top time in the event in the Central Valley Conference and is No. 5 in state rankings, currently. For the girls, it’s the 4×400 relay team of Averi Wing, Laura Donaldson, Deven Hunter and Daysha Simms-Garcia defending its title. “We celebrated senior night by running in pink tights last week,” Hunter said. “We just need to stay focused so we can perform to our highest potential and dominate.” The long-dominant team will lose Hunter and Wing to graduation this year. “Redmond puts out a tough team, so they’ll have their work cut out for them, but we all believe in them,” said Frank Gauntz, McNary head coach. Garrett Hittner is hoping to make it to state competition in the 100- and 200-meter races, and to finish the season by laying claim to the Celtic sophomore records in both events. He currently has the fourth-best time in the CVC for the 100-meter and the third-best time in 200-meter. “I’ve been working with [Kelly] Borreson to smooth out my transitions this season, and there’s still work to...

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Outdated digs bind hands of Celtic’s athletic trainer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When McNary High School’s athletic trainer Jill Pallin was moved to a bigger room earlier this year, from a tiny subroom off the weight training center, she knew things were looking up. Then the mice found the Gatorade. “They chewed holes in every bag,” Pallin said. It amounted to a $400 loss for the school. While the mice are a recent development, Pallin has gotten used to dealing with fewer resources than  her colleagues at other Salem-Keizer schools enjoy. On Saturday, June 2, the McNary Athletic Booster Club is hosting a dinner and auction at the school to raise the funds necessary to bring her facility in line with others throughout the district and the state. Cost is $25 per person and tickets are available by contacting Rhonda Brattain at 503-510-8813 or bratt5@aol.com, or online at mcnaryabc.org Pallin is the only trainer in the district without a dedicated ice machine and she has run afoul of the school’s cafeteria contractor trying to keep pace with the needs of athletes who need ice therapy and cold drinks during games. When someone needs to ice a leg injury, they stick the afflicted extremity in a five-gallon cooler filled with ice. As long as one foot isn’t overly large, two students may get to use it at the same time. “We’re hoping to get two...

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Lady Celts rebound, close out with wins

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Any recipe for success in softball requires a few essential ingredients: a line-up that can produce hits in pressure situations, a pitching staff that can handle themselves in the circle and a defense that can put the brakes to an opponent’s runs. However, there is a fourth element that the McNary High School varsity softball game seemed to be missing during the past couple of weeks after hitting a rough patch that put an end to an undefeated season: fun. Fortunately, the team seemed to find fun again last week as the Lady Celts capped their season with a pair of wins over Sprague and McKay high schools. “We seemed to get over the losses and just went out and had fun and relaxed,” said senior Olivia Yarbrough. McNary started the week with a 15-5 pasting of Sprague on Tuesday, May 8. The game was highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of freshman Kianna Villareal and the first career home run for senior Beth Bello. “To play Sprague and hit the ball well after some losses, it was nice to bounce back,” said Hailey Decker. The Celts leapt out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and finished out with an eight-run fourth. Decker notched two doubles and Paige Bouska had a triple in the outing. “For whatever reason,...

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It happened at the Iris Festival

You never know what’s going to happen at the Keizer Iris Festival—or who might make a visit. Four years ago presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, stopped at the festival grounds outside the Keizer Renaissance Inn. The day turned out to be one of the hottest festival days on record, but it did not deter the lucky few who waited (and waited) for the Obamas to emerge from the air conditioned bus to talk with the crowd and enjoy a hot dog and popcorn. Barack Obama is still the only national politician to ever visit the festival. That can be attributed to the fact that Keizer sits on Interstate 5; he was passing by anyway, so why not stop by? Other celebrities have graced the festival over the years. Remember when Tom Petty played guitar with a band one night in the Keizerfest tent?  Or last year when Journey drummer Deen Castronovo flew his rock and roll flag by playing with the band JKF? It is those moments that make the Iris Festival memorable. It has been seen across the country what the economy has done to festivals large and small. Some have been canceled, others dramatically downsized. Here in Keizer the  Chamber of Commerce, an army of volunteers, dedicated citizens, and generous sponsors have kept the Iris Festival humming along, though not as in years recently...

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Pork renderings

Along These Lines By NICK THOMAS Despite its Northern name, the Boston Butt is a favorite cut of meat in the South.  It’s the best part of the hog to roast and in some areas is also known as pulled pork.  Being so tender, it’s easy to tear apart, and break into smaller pieces for the sweetest sandwiches around. But the origin of the term “Boston Butt” is not what you’re probably thinking, since the cut actually comes from the upper part of the shoulder on the front leg, rather than “down south.”  It seems that butchers of pre-revolutionary New England would pack their meat into casks or barrels known as “butts” for storage and shipment. Other parts of the country soon began referring to the shoulder region of hogs as “Boston Butt,” and the name has remained popular today throughout most of the US. If you are fortunate enough to acquire a freshly barbequed Boston Butt, your family will likely congratulate you for  “bringing home the bacon.”  The origin of this familiar expression is a little obscure, but possibly comes from the 12th century English custom of giving a young couple bacon if they were still happy after a year of marriage.  Sadly, with the high incidence of marital breakdown today, it’s more likely that the divorce lawyers will be the one’s pocketing the pork. Another popular pork product...

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