Day: January 14, 2013

3rd Thursday to spotlight family and community history

Family and community history will be in the spotlight at January’s 3rd Thursday event at Keizer Heritage Center on January 17. The public is invited to see videos of Keizer’s Oral History,  learn to conduct and videotape oral history interviews within their own family, and how to start a family tree. Phillip O’Donnell of Copper Fish Studios will discuss how to plan and conduct videotaped interviews of family histories. Copper Fish Studios operates Channel 23, Keizer’s public access television station. O’Donnell and his staff film all Keizer City Council meetings and have filmed all of the Keizer Oral History interviews. Those interviews will be available for viewing at the 3rd Thursday event. Lyndon Zaitz, publisher of the Keizertimes, will lead a discussion on how to conduct interviews with family members to gather information that is important to any family’s history. Elizabeth Tice, president of the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, will talk about how to start a family history with genealogical searches and using local resources. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Events Room at the Center at 980 Chemawa Road N.E.  Admission is free. Plenty of parking is available at the Keizer Heritage...

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Rally isn’t enough to edge Raiders

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In some ways, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball loss to Reynolds High School was a microcosm of the team’s season thus far. At least according to Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “It was sort of the the tale of two halves. It was a good comeback, but we put ourselves in such a deep hole from the start. We’re still working on 32 minutes of solid basketball,” he said. The Celtics managed to close a four-point deficit to one in the early minutes, but the Raiders unleashed a torrent of three-point goals in the first half that gave the Raiders a 35-15 lead by halftime. “In the second half, we started playing more as a team and turned it around a bit,” said Braden Taylor, a McNary junior. Two plays in particular helped spin the game in McNary’s direction. The first involved a leaping save to keep the ball in-bounds by Taylor, it ended up in the hands of Hayden McCowan who spun into the basket for a lay-in. The second was a behind-the-neck pass from Johnathan Doutt to Connor Goff who put it in the net. “We started making the turn and the crowd came around with us. It gave us a fire as we got to the end of the game,” said Jon Kiser, a McNary senior. A...

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Lady Celts show improvement despite loss

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Despite losing the game and a key player minutes before the game, Paul Pickerell said he couldn’t have been happier with the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team in its outing against Clackamas High School. “I was super proud of them because it was the hardest they’d played for four quarters so far this season,” Pickerell, McNary head coach, said. The Cavaliers wasted little time in building a 25-point lead in the first half of the game Friday, Jan 4, as McNary struggled to make even meager gains. Eight points in the first period for the Celts was followed up with an even more anemic three points in the second period. The teams headed into halftime with Clackamas leading 36-11. “The first half was rough, but we never really gave up,” said Lady Celt Caitlin Tartak. “Not giving up on each other really helps us stay in the matches that are tough or going to be tough.” McNary bounced back to a 17-point second half and managed to drain some of the life out of the Cavs’ offense, but fell 53-28. “We had some problems with their press, but we didn’t give up despite being down by a lot,” said Lauren Hudgins, a McNary sophomore. Madi Hingston and Hudgins led the Celtics with seven points apiece, Reina Strand put in four...

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Celtic softball gets new head coach

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Jeff Auvinen resigned from his post as head coach of the softball program early last fall, junior varsity coach Kevin Wise asked himself a question: Do I get out or dig in? “There’s no way I could get out, I want to see these kids be successful,” said Wise. “I looked at the kids that were there. I didn’t want to see someone else come in and I love being part of this thing.” Wise is taking over the reins and hoping to see the program progress to even greater levels of success than it has already experienced. Wise took up softball coaching a year after his then-8-year-old daughter joined a club league. “After watching her first coach give most of his attention to his daughter and her friend, it drove me nuts. You have to coach the team,” Wise said. The following season he did just that and then followed his daughter up through the ranks of ASA softball. In addition, he coached junior varsity teams at the high school level in addition to his duties as a learning resource center teacher. Wise’s first varsity team as head coach will likely be heavy on youth as only two seniors are expected to return, but that doesn’t mean he’s expecting anything less than outstanding performance. “For me, honestly, I want to win...

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Volcanoes tap new manager

Long time Giants’ coach, Gary Davenport, has been named the new manager of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Davenport will begin his 10th season in the Giants’ system in 2013, and his first year as Volcanoes manager. The past five seasons Davenport has been the hitting coach for the San Jose Giants and helped guide San Jose to the California League Championship in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 club finished with a .289 batting average, second best in the California League.  In 2005, San Jose set franchise batting records for average (.295), doubles (292) and home runs (143). “I’m very excited for both the opportunity the Giants are giving me and being able to start my managing career in Salem-Keizer with the Volcanoes,” Davenport said. Davenport began his professional coaching career as a roving hitting instructor for the San Jose Giants and Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in 2004 before being promoted as the full-time hitting coach for the 2005 San Jose team that won the California League Championship. Davenport played professionally and he was selected by the Giants in the 27th round of the 1981 draft from Santa Clara University and played in the Giants’ system for several years before working overseas coaching in South Africa and Italy. He is the son of former San Francisco Giants star and current special assistant to player personnel, Jim Davenport. Davenport and his wife Nancy, have two sons, Christopher...

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