Day: February 25, 2014

Groves gets first solo district title in 50 free

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s Perry Groves was the sole district champion for the Celtics in the district swim meet Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15. Groves turned in a blistering 22.14 time, a personal record, in the the prelims of the 50 free and gave up only a little time in his 22.31 final race to take the top spot in the league. The title is Groves’ first in an individual event, and a long time in coming. “It was a good feeling to get it this year. I had the fastest time in the prelims last year and then Ben Johnson beat me in the finals. The year before that I was second to a North Salem swimmer,” Groves said. “That first race was the best so far, but I’d like to get under 22. I think I’m capable of it.” While Groves was the only event winner for the boys, the team managed a third place finish behind South Salem and West Salem high schools. It was buoyed by a number of second- and third-place finishes in other events. Celts Collin Bedingfield, Tanner Hughes, Isaiah Holt and Kolton Vickers took fourth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:57.01; Alex Fox took third in the 200 individual medley (IM) recording a time of 2:08.99; Sloane Yerger placed fourth...

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MHS arts made grad into jack-of-all-trades

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Bentley Michaels was living in Los Angeles and attending classes at Musicians Institute in 2009 when his roommate bailed on him, leaving him holding the bag on a $1,200-a-month apartment. It’s a cliché, right? Someone heads to the bright lights of LA with a dream and little else fueling the escapade, only to end up crashing and burning through no fault of their own. Michaels wasn’t the first and won’t be the last, but he’d had something that most of those hard luck hardcases didn’t: a pair of McNary High School teachers who, in their own ways, had prepared him for such a challenge. “I was in the perfect town with the perfect amount of incentive – not getting kicked out of my apartment – for all of my random skills,” Michaels said. “I made a list. I could play guitar, I could play bass, I could play piano, I could play drums, I could do voices, I could  do impressions and I could act.” He sent out 100 e-mails a day for five or six days every week and managed to survive on what he made using any combination of the listed skills prospective employers needed. The contacts he created are still creating job opportunities after a recent move back to Salem where he pays the bills working out of his basement...

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