Day: February 1, 2013

Swimmers set sights on district meet

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes With the district meet a scant week away, the McNary High School varsity swimming teams are taking it easier in practices in hope of claiming some surprise finishes. “By having people that come in second and third and even fourth, we can shut the other teams out and get a good number of points to keep the meet within reach,” said Celt Jeremiah Hamilton. “It’s crucial with districts coming up. It’s down to working hard, staying positive and being happy with how you swam,” added Kiona Briones, a McNary freshman. Hamilton is hoping to make it to the podium in the 200 and 500 free races while Briones is looking to be a leader of the pack in the 100 breaststroke. For more on this and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 1 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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One long achievement

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Hank and Sandy Tarter were more than willing to attend the Jan. 26 Keizer First Citizen Awards Banquet. They just didn’t expect to be left speechless – and highly honored. The Tarters were named Keizer’s First Citizens, several months after selling Keizer Collision Center on River Road to Kadel’s Auto Body. The President’s Award went to Richard Walsh, who will be profiled next week. “It was such a shock,” Hank said. “My mind went blank. Then I realized, ‘Oh criminy, we’re going to have to say something.’” Sandy noted the couple had attended the banquet most years and Kadel’s was paying for their tickets. Besides, the couple had nothing else planned and had a chance to see old friends. “It was no problem getting us there,” Sandy said. “But we never dreamed what was coming.” Bob Zielinski, who won last year’s First Citizen Award along with wife Pam, started giving some details about this year’s recipients. Then some details like the winners owning a gold mine and their son having worked in the business came up. “It started off kind of general,” Hank said. “Then it’s like, ‘Hey, wait a minute.’ He started saying some things and it started to get personal.” Sandy started noticing that as well. “We were in the Rotary,” she said. “We own a gold mine. Then I thought,...

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Celts shoot out the lights in close loss

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School boys basketball had one of its most stellar performances of the season last week, but the Celts still came up short in a 64-61 loss to West Salem High School Tuesday, Jan. 22. The 17-2, eighth-ranked Titans took a slight early lead in the first quarter outshooting the Celts 21-16. The McNary team stayed in the game by draining three point goals like water from a bathtub. By the end of the night, McNary put a dozen treys in the net with Celt Isaiah Montano leading the way with five en route to his team-leading 18 points for the night. “We were knocking down our threes for the first time in the year. We shot about 70 percent from the foul line,” said Celt Johnathan Doutt, a junior. Doutt had three three-pointers in the game and Devon Dunagan, Hayden McCowan, Hunter Christenson and Braden Taylor had one each. “We shared the ball and shot like 50 percent from the field. We put in some new offensive plays and they worked really well,” Montano said. Doutt was nipping at Montano’s heels with 15 points for the night; Taylor and Dunagan put in seven each; Connor Goff had four; McCowan and Christenson had three each; and Jon Kiser and Hayden Gosling had two points each. By the end of the...

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Growing (and parking) pains at Panera Bread

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Business has been better-than-expected at Panera Bread since the bakery café opened just before Christmas in Keizer Station. That’s the good news. And the bad news. The downside to the good business: there’s not enough parking. Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, said he recently talked with the manager of Panera Bread, Denny Bauldree. “He said the first week they did 20 percent more business than their most optimistic prediction,” Brown said. For more on this and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 1 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Lady Titans snap Lady Celts three-win streak

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes From the start, McNary High School’s girls varsity basketball team knew it was going to be a tough week. With games against the top two teams in the Central Valley Conference in the span of four days, the girls were facing a tall order and both ended in losses breaking, a three-win streak. First up were the Titans Tuesday, Jan. 22. West Salem drowned out the Celts on offense as they leapt out to a 17-4 lead in the first quarter. “We played hard in the first half, but we didn’t make a lot of our shots. The shots got better in the second half and we played really hard, but it just didn’t really work out,” said Celt Madie Hingston. McNary was down 10 points with 6:30 left in the game. For more on this and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 1 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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