Day: February 13, 2014

Late rally puts South over Celts

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If the ladies on the South Salem High School girls varsity basketball team probably had a tougher time than usual getting to sleep Friday night, it was because the Lady Celts had been giving them fits all evening. “It was so much fun. We were all just playing great,” said Lady Celt Madi Hingston. “Even when they were up by a little bit we knew we couldn’t let them get away from us.” The seventh-ranked Saxons ended up with the 47-42 win, but there were moments in the first three quarters when the outcome was far from certain. “In the beginning, we had a lot of pressure on South and our defense was good. On offense, we executed plays pretty well and found some opportunities to score,” said McNary’s Reina Strand. In the early going, McNary ran up a 10-point lead over the Salem team and finished the frame ahead by five points. The Saxons shaved the gap to one point at the half, but were back down by six after the third quarter. “South was getting shots, but they were contested shots,” said Paul Pickerell, McNary head coach. “We were taking our time and switching up our defense, which allowed us to control the pace” In the fourth frame, McNary’s tanks ran dry and the Saxons found their groove to outshoot the...

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MPFS seeks more self-sufficiency sustainability

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Accepting a check was only part of the evening for Mike Garrison and Phil McCorkle. The two from Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS) accepted a check for $19,297.89 from Brigett Eisele at the Jan. 16 Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting from the Gubser Miracle of Christmas. “In the last year, one in five families in Marion County had to eat out of a food box at least once,” said McCorkle, vice president of development for MPFS. “People like you allow the effort to continue. There are 98 charities we supply food to. We ask that a box last at least three to five days. It’s good food. We try to focus on nutrition. We’re really proud that 92 percent of donations to Marion-Polk Food Share go to food and programs in Marion County and Polk County. We work hard to protect that.” McCorkle put the need into perspective. “We serve 16,000 children with enough food to fill 266 school buses,” he said. “It’s pretty sobering. Some 9,000 families per month are eating out of food boxes. If you look at the faces in the room, they look like any of us. They have encountered a time of difficulty. They are looking to get back to being self-sufficient. “It’s easy to think that we’re a food bank and we want to get food to people,”...

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