Day: May 31, 2013

JROTC answers call of duty

  The McNary High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps was called upon to fill some rather large shoes on Memorial Day, May 27. When members of the National Guard had to pull out of a memorial ceremony in honor of fallen servicemen and women at the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, the Celtics stepped up to fill the hole. Five McNary students took part in the ceremony by posting the colors and retiring them. Keizer’s Capt. David Parker, U.S. Marine Corps, played “Taps.” Each year on Memorial Day new names are added to the memorial adjacent to the ODVA office. This year, only one, Capt. James D. Niehl, was added. Representatives of the ODVA read the names of the soldiers killed in action as part of the Armed Forces contingents in Iraq and Afghanistan. Keizer’s Pfc. Ryan J. Hill was among those...

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Raising awareness, remembering a victim

Deanne Roberts organized a rally on Saturday, May 25, to build awareness about drowsy driving. Her son Daymon Wachtler, who would have turned 22 last Saturday, was killed in December 2009 when a car he was riding in was hit by a driver who had fallen asleep. Wachtler was 18. Last Saturday was proclaimed by Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher as 3DAD: Daymon’s Drowsy Driving Awareness Day. The event was held at River Road N. and Chemawa Road N., in the Mr. Video parking lot. Six months after Wachtler was killed his fiance, Lacey Thomas, gave birth to their daughter, Kaydon. Deanne Roberts asked for and received a proclamation from Christopher in 2011 for May 25 to be Daymon’s Drowsy Driving Awareness Day in Keizer, where the family moved after Wachtler graduated from high school. Family members and friends were on hand last Saturday to hand out fliers and NODD (No Drowsy Driving)...

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Lady Celts’ run ends in quarterfinals

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity softball team’s season ended in a 4-3 nailbiter loss in the quarterfinals with No. 1 seed Lincoln High School Friday, May 24. The Celts’ early lead crumbled in a three-run fourth inning for the Cardinals and the game ended before McNary could fully recapture momentum. “Our team never gave up in any game,” said Kevin Wise, McNary head coach in his first year as skipper of the program. “They figured out how to dig a little deeper and push, much like you witness with elite teams. It was definitely a learning and growing experience for all of us, and one that I am sure will make us better.” McNary’s achievement this season is even more impressive given that the team was led by just two seniors, Paige Bouska and Jordyn Hanson, both of whom will continue their careers in college this fall. The majority of the 2013 roster was comprised of freshmen and sophomores. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 31 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition 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...

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Brattain gets top Celt finish at state meet

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School junior Daniel Brattain took third place in the 110 meter hurdles and narrowed the gap between his best time in the 300 hurdles and a new school record at the OSAA State Championships May 24 and 25. “In the 110 prelims, I came out and I tied for first in the heat. I think I got a pretty good race in, but I knew I would need a good start in the finals and I would have to stay low and quick over the hurdles,” Brattain said. “In the finals, I didn’t get the good start, but I was quick over the hurdles.” Brattain’s third place finish in the 110 in 14.82 was an improvement on his placing in event at the same meet last year when he took fourth. It was his first appearance in the 300 meter race at the state meet, and his time of 39.55 earned him sixth. Brattain spent much of the season battling injury, but set a new school record in the 110 despite the challenges. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 31 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’...

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Sports banquet slated Saturday

McNary High School’s Athletic Booster Club is hosting its second annual dinner and auction Saturday, June 1, at Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road N.E. Tickets to the event are still available and can be purchased at Cost is $35 each, $65 for a pair, or tables for eight at $240. The evening begins with a silent auction at 5 p.m. Silent auctions will be followed by dinner and an oral auction. Dinner, which features a choice of marinated tri-tip, rosemary chicken and veggie kabobs, will be supplied by The Wooden Nickel. The theme of the night is Dream Big. To that end, Rhonda Brattain, booster club president, has asked all McNary sports teams for a wish list of possible purchases to bolster the respective programs. “We’re going to do something for all of them. That includes the club sports like lacrosse, bowling and equestrian,” Brattain said. The fundraising goal is...

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