Day: February 18, 2014

Boys hold off Vikings for win

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A raucous finish to boys varsity basketball was nearly assured as the Central Valley Conference teams headed into the final games of regular play. Undefeated South Salem High School, which has already cinched the league title, sits astride a pack of ravenous teams as they duke it out to determine placing headed into a tournament to decide seeding in the state playoffs. McKay, North Salem, Sprague and West Salem were all 3-4 in the league while McNary crouched at the bottom with a 2-5 record, waiting to pounce on any sign of weakness. “The guys are anxious to play. We like how the schedule plays out and we control our own destiny for the two seed,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “It’s been tough not to be able to practice due to snow, but it has allowed some guys who have been banged up to get healthy.” The Celts took down the Titans in the teams’ first meeting earlier this season and its games with Sprague and McKay were decided by less than five points total. McNary is also coming off a 50-45 win over North Salem Tuesday, Feb. 4, a reversal of the loss the Celts suffered to the Vikings in the first round robin of the CVC. “We responded well to the loss (to South Salem), we usually...

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Park upgrades? It’s a match

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It wasn’t the usual budget priority list for parks. Oh sure, some parts looked familiar during Tuesday night’s Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. There was the discussion of how Parks Board members needed to have their priority list wrapped up by the end of next month’s meeting so Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, would be able to present it to the Keizer City Council. That led to each board member giving ideas of possible projects they would like to see done, not all of which would be possible with only about $20,000 in funding available once again next fiscal year. Then a different idea came forward. It started when board chair Brandon Smith mentioned neighbors who volunteer their time cleaning up around Hidden Creek Park had come to the board several times asking for assistance. “I want to get estimates of what we can do to keep the momentum going down there,” Smith said. Richard Walsh, like Smith a former city councilor, mentioned a way the neighbors could be helped. “Salem has, or at least had, a matching program,” Walsh said. “It could be something like those neighbors did. If the neighbors could raise say $500, we could throw another $500 at them.” Smith liked the idea. “They said anything we could do to help them would be great,”...

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