Day: November 30, 2012

Boys return to court recharged, more experienced

BY ERIC  A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School boys varsity basketball team is hoping for a vast improvement over last season. Experience coupled with more time together on the court might work its favor. “Having the summer let us implement our offense and define roles for everybody so when the season kicked off we were able to pick up where we left off a few months ago,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary’s head coach in his second year with the program. “We’re a lot more prepared as a team and we’ve got the chemistry that will lead to more wins,” added Nick McDonald, one of the team’s returning seniors. “We all know how the other guys play, we know their next moves and that’s how we’ll mold together.” McNary closed out last season with a 2-8 record in the Central Valley Conference and 4-19 overall, but the team only graduated a handful of seniors, meaning many of its starters will return this season. “Jonathan Doutt and Isaiah Montano will be back at guard and going from sophomores to juniors they are going to be a little more physical and little bit stronger,” Kirch said. “Having the experience with guards is huge in being able to get the ball up and down the floor and handling pressure.” Also returning are Brandon Lao, Connor Goff and Hayden McCowan. Moving...

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Lady Celts take to court with new coach, up-tempo game

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Since first capturing the then-Valley League title nearly a decade ago, the Lady Celts of the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team has had a fairly consistent presence in the top ranks of its league. This year, they’ll see if they can do even better with a former coach of their arch rival, West Salem High School, at the helm. “Honestly, it’s great knowing that everyone is giving 100 percent. We’re excited to be trying a bunch of new things and seeing how that is working on the court,” said Baili Keeton, a returning junior. The team’s new coach Paul Pickerell, a longtime assistant varsity coach for the Titans, took over for Molly Gehley earlier this year. “It’s feeling really good, we’ve got smart, hard-working kids. Their high basketball-IQ has helped them catch on really quick to the new stuff we’ve implemented and I’m hoping it will allow us to add a lot more as the year unfolds,” he said. The Lady Celts finished third in the Central Valley conference last year and earned a playoff berth that put them up against Sheldon High School in the first round of the state tournament. McNary lost that game 79-61. In addition to Keeton, the team will likely boast senior returners Caitlin Tartak, Teresa Peterson, Aerial Rice and Jessica Darras. “Practice has been...

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Preserving KAA

Art in Keizer has had an uneven past and a much more uncertain future. The Keizer Art Association (KAA) was founded in 1977 be three dedicated volunteers: Don Walton, Marge Bowder, and Enid Joy Mount (the association’s art gallery at the Keizer Heritage Center is named in her honor).  During the first few decades the association fulfilled its mission to focus on art education for both children and adults, and to promote local arts through monthly exhibits. These days the art association faces the same thing other non-profit groups do: a dearth of volunteers. That lack of volunteers has forced the association to limit the hours the gallery is open. Currently it is open three days a week, two are weekdays with afternoon hours—not the best time to promote art in a city where many people are not present during the day. The association offers varied art classes taught by professional artists; everything from woodcarving to calligraphy are offered for adults. Art classes and programs aimed at children fill a need that schools are not filling due to budget cuts. Organizations and businesses in Salem have art classes for all ages but they’re not in Keizer. A small dedicated group of volunteers struggle to maintain the associaton and the gallery.  Volunteers work hard to prepare exhibits, receptions, classes and shows. In April, for second year in a row, the...

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Poem adds to divisions

To the Editor: Regarding Martin Doerfler’s attempt at poetry (A Poem, Keizertimes, Nov. 22): Emerson and Whitman are in no danger. It is just such a sentiment that feeds the divisiveness in our country. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to actually see some non-partisan politics for a change? It seems doubtful as some continue to gloat and carry on their peavishness. Indeed, it is now time for our president to come out of the shadows, take off his four-year campaign hat and don his leader hat. Let’s grow up, play nice, get along. In the meantime, get a hobby Martin. Geoff Smith...

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