Month: November 2012

Celt mat men have chance to four-peat

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Last season, the McNary High School varsity wrestling team climbed to the top of the heap and laid claim to its third consecutive regional title, only to watch the wheels come off when 13 wrestlers found a way to the state tournament. “That Friday night in the state tournament, we had eight kids wrestling to place in the state tournament and we only won one of the matches,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. He’s now hoping the bitter end to the that season becomes a springboard to something better. “Last year we had a lot of talent. We don’t have quite as much talent, but we have the clay to mold into a competitive team come January and February,” Ebbs said. Thankfully, it’s not as though the team is starting over from scratch. While 14 seniors graduated from the program, six wrestlers are returning with state tournament experience and one of them is a defending state champion. “It’s nice to be back on the mat with all my teammates, I just need to start winning the big matches against high-ranked guys–wrestle hard and take lots of shots,” said Mason Ross, a returning senior joining Rob Phelps, Cody Ratliff, Grant Gerstner and Devin Reynolds. Reynolds claimed the state title in the 132-pound division and added a world title to his resume at...

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Fun Run takes place before parade Dec. 8

A Jingle Buck and Holly Doe Family Fun Run takes place 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in Keizer, before the start of the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade. The run, which goes until 7 p.m., starts at the intersection of River and Weeks Road, goes to Chemawa and ends back at Weeks, at Town and Country Bowling Lanes. The length of the run is 5K, or approximately 3.1 miles. The entry fee is $25, which includes a t-shirt. Children 12 and under walk or run for $5. Registration and check-in begins at 3 p.m. in the upstairs part of Town and Country Lanes. Online registration and details are available at www.folholidayparade.org/jingle-buck-and-holly-doe-fun-run. The Jingle Buck and Holly Doe Family Bowl runs from 4 to 5:45 p.m. and again after the parade at the bowling alley. Anyone with questions can contact Deb Wilding at 503-399-2914 or...

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A golden offer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Have you been unable to find Twinkies or other Hostess products at your favorite store? Mitch Teal could be to blame for that. But worry not: Teal will share some of his stash. Teal is co-owner with wife Cathy of the Bronze Planet Tanning Studio at 5159 River Road North in Keizer, as well as the two Bronze Planet locations in Salem. Starting Dec. 1, Teal will give away a Twinkie – or any other Hostess product he has in stock – with each month of tanning purchased. “It’s only while supplies last,” Teal emphasized. “I probably bought 30 boxes and there are 12 in a box. I had to make three trips because stores were out. I bought all they had.” Hostess Brands Inc. products such as Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho-Hos and Wonder Bread are suddenly valuable commodities after the company closed and filed for bankruptcy earlier this month. “I wanted to start this on Dec. 1 so people will have them to share as stocking stuffers,” Teal said with a grin. “I hope this will be the new Cabbage Patch Doll for 2012.” Teal said he will be strict about the one-per-month rule. Thus, customers can’t get one for both themselves and another for someone else. “I’m sure there will be a lot of good intentions to give Twinkies away to...

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Softballers sign on with college teams

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two seniors from McNary High School’s varsity softball team signed letters of intent to play for college teams on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Paige Bouska is headed to Seattle to play for the Seattle University Redhawks while Jordyn Hanson will play for the St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C. “The coaches were all really nice during the visit and so were the girls,” said Bouska of her new home. Redhawk skipper Dan Powers said he’s had his eye on Bouska since she came to his attention as part of the Oregon Blaze Gold team. Her poise at the plate and mental toughness registered high on his list of wants in a new middle infielder. “When she visited our campus last year everything came together and I knew Paige would be a good fit for our program. I have no doubt Paige will compete right away at either second base or shortstop,” Powers said. The Redhawks are a Division I NCAA team in the Western Athletic Conference. The team went 15-30 in the 2012 season. In 2012, Bouska batted .659, including a 13 at-bat hitting streak, and recorded a .535 on-base percentage for the Celtics. “Paige has a great glove and an arm to match. At the plate, she can do it all. She can hit for power, she can slap, she can bunt and...

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