Day: October 5, 2012

Girls take 7-0 loss to Olympians

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A thinned roster and high temperatures got the best of the McNary High School girls varsity soccer team in its game with Sprague High School Thursday, Sept. 27. The girls took a beating losing the game 7-0. “Going into it our heads were in a bad spot,” said Lady Celt Stacey Titchenal. “We’d heard how well the team had done against South and it got us thinking we were going to lose. Our strategy against South had worked really well with just focusing one defense and that was what we planned to do, but I don’t think we fully committed to that against Sprague.” By the half, Sprague led the Celts 3-0 and scored four more times after the 50th minute to seal the win. The Celts got off only two shots on the Oly goal and McNary’s Camden Decker had nine saves in the net. “We kept trying but when you fall behind as badly as we did, you just kind of give up,” Decker said. Both Titchenal and Decker hope to rekindle a renewed passion in practices this week, but it will require many younger players stepping up to fill roles left vacant by injury. Senior Alex Van Amburgh is out for the season with a broken hip, senior Ellen Gonzalez sat out the Sprague game with a bruised knee...

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Vikings up next for Celt gridders

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Either McNary or North Salem high school will emerge with their first Central Valley Conference win when the two teams meet Friday, Oct. 5. The Celtics are hoping it will be them. “The good news is our defense stopped the run against South Salem last week and that’s what we’re looking forward to doing again this week with North,” said Celt Cody Bond. “We’ll get there is we focus on our fundamentals.” North Salem’s 0-5 record for the season is somewhat deceptive. The team has posted at least 12 points in every game and had three with at least 20. While the team is fielding sophomore Jerrin Williams at quarterback, the team boasts one of the top running backs in the state in Santano Sauseda, a first-team CVC honoree in 2011. “He’s deadly, so our defense is going to have to be really strong,” said Celt Jon Kiser. McNary (4-1) will be looking to rebound from a 47-7 lashing by South Salem last week that saw the team’s offense struggle in most areas. “In order to have a chance to beat good teams, we can’t make the mistakes we made. We must execute our plays on offense better starting at the snap of the ball. South was a good team, but we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” said Isaac Parker, McNary head...

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Testy talk at Council over naming rights

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer’s city council meeting quickly turned tense on Monday, with councilmen present, soon-to-be-past and likely future sniping at one another and members of the public. An agenda item regarding naming the boat ramp at Keizer Rapids Park was ultimately sent to the Parks Advisory Board for further action, but at least one person was convinced the fix was in. Rick Hammerquist said the city council appeared to be headed towards making a “clandestine action” naming the boat ramp for former councilor Richard Walsh without input from the West Keizer Neighborhood Association and the Parks Advisory Board. Hammerquist and the neighborhood association have been a frequent critic of the park and its operations. Walsh was a leading voice in establishing and growing the park. “Here is an opportunity for the council to show real leadership and rally the community to give input into naming the boat ramp,” Hammerquist said, citing a city ordinance governing how parks are named. “… If the council chooses to go forward without public input, you may further reinforce the perception that the [council] does not care to listen to the average Keizer citizen,” he added. He stood to leave the testimony table, but Councilor Jim Taylor requested that he stay. “Where did you hear that it was going to be named for Richard Walsh?” Taylor asked. “I just read...

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Wolverines, Panthers find they go better together

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Some things naturally go better together, but had someone asked Matthew Stephens if Claggett Creek and Whiteaker middle school football was one of them, he would have balked. “Last year, I didn’t think I liked Claggett, but now that we’ve joined forces they’ve been really nice and we’ve been working really well together. I hope it continues,” Matthew said. A month ago, Whiteaker students were supposed to sign up for football, but the turnout was weaker than expected. “The kids are supposed to have signed up by the second day of school and there was fewer than 10 kids signed up between the heavy and lightweight teams,” said Rich Mann, Whiteaker’s heavyweight coach. The success of Pop Warner football siphoned off many who had an interest in playing leaving the school with fewer players than it would take to field a team. Fortunately, Mann remembered a season when students from Waldo and Stephens middle schools joined forces to create a unified team. He made some calls to the district and principals to find out whether it could happen again. On the other side of town, Claggett’s lightweight coach Aaron Carr was making plans for defeating Whiteaker in his team’s first game of the season. “Then I got this call asking if we could merge the two teams. The first couple of days...

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Saxons roll past Celts in 47-7 win

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes An 85-yard Saxon touchdown sprint on the second play of the night set the tone for the clash between the McNary and South Salem varsity football teams Friday, Sept. 28. The Celtics never recovered from the early kick to the gut en route to a 47-7 loss. “There were some protection miscommunications early in the game that cost us. Also, South did a good job of rerouting our receivers and that prevented us from getting the ball off on time. South’s quick defensive edge rushers hurt us,” said Isaac Parker, McNary head coach. Celt Daniel Brattain said the outcome might have been different had McNary been able to cut down on the number of unforced errors. “It was more us struggling with ourselves. We had people missing their marks and it ended up with the other team getting a touchdown,” Brattain said. Saxon Jaylynn Bailey escaped the McNary defense on that early play and quickly gained enough of a lead on his Celtic pursuers to avoid a tackle. South’s attempt at a two-point conversion failed. The Celts planned on adding some new looks to their offense and showed their hand on their first offensive drive. Quarterback Hayden Gosling and wide receiver Cody Bond frequently exchanged roles on the team’s first drives of the night, but the inexperience with wildcat maneuvers showed as...

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