Day: May 29, 2012

Celtics hosting boys b-ball camp in June

The McNary High School boys basketball program is hosting summer camps for grades three through eight in June. Camps will run June 18-21. Students in grades three-five will meet from 9 a.m. to noon and those in grade six-eight will meet from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $45 and includes a camp T-shirt. Camps will focus on fundamentals like footwork, shooting technique, passing and catching, individual and team defense, dribbling and rebounding. Registration forms are available at the McNary High School main office and may be sent to with payment to: McNary Boy’s Basketball Club,  McNary High School, c/o Boys Basketball, 595 Chemawa Rd. N., Keizer, OR 97303. For more information, contact Head Coach Ryan Kirch 541-908-1609 or...

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New Celtic volleyball coach hopes to make netters a powerhouse

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School volleyball program has a new head coach. Kellie Scholl has been hired to take the reins of the Celtic netter program. Scholl was most recently head coach of Aloha High School program where she held the post for about seven years. She resigned from the position earlier this year after moving to Keizer. “My plan was to take a year or two off and hang out with my four kids, but I realized pretty quickly that I enjoyed it too much,” Scholl said. “I enjoy having my kids around the program and seeing the athletes who are role models for them.” From 1999 until 2004, she was an assistant coach at the University of Portland. The existing strength of the McNary program, which has contended for Central Valley Conference titles for the past several years, will be something of a change for Scholl. “Up to this point,  I’ve started in programs that hadn’t had much success and that definitely isn’t the case with McNary,” she said. “I want to be able to continue the success in the district and see them become more of a perennial powerhouse in the state year-in and year-out.” Scholl is a former high school and college volleyball player who finished her career as a middle blocker for University of Illinois. She will try...

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Cowan gets good evaluation from Keizer Fire directors

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Fire Chief Jeff Cowan of the Keizer Fire District received a B-plus rating from the board of directors Tuesday after an executive session evaluating his performance. The board also renewed his contract, under which his annual salary will be $110,328. In other personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Karen Bracken as office manager. She will move July 1 to Fairbanks, Alaska, where her husband, Fire Capt. Frank Bracken, will take a fire department position. The board voted to hold a work session, open to the public, on the district’s financial work plan at 5 p.m. June 12. Van Meter said that service level options need to be discussed. “I would like to see the public in attendance as we work through these issues,” director Mike Kurtz said. An amendment to the 2011-12 budget, decreasing the general fund by $119,173 because of several unanticipated expenses, was approved by a 4-1 vote. President Joe Van Meter cast the negative vote, saying he thought there was enough money in the budget to cover those expenses. The board voted to apply for a $12,210.39 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which the district would use to buy three LIFEPAK 15 defibrillation units, a bariatric stretcher and...

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