Day: February 28, 2014

Boys play for third, bye in play-in round

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes They say it’s hard to beat a team three times in a season, but that wasn’t the case for the McKay High School boys varsity basketball team Friday, Feb. 21. The Royal Scots notched their third victory over the McNary High School Celtics this season with a 52-45 win. “We had pretty good game plan, but they just seem to have our number every time,” said McNary sophomore Trent Van Cleave. In the early going, McNary held slim leads and left the first frame with a 10-9 lead. In the waning seconds of the second quarter, McKay’s Isaiah Montano hit a two-pointer to put the Salem team up 20-18, but Celt Johnathan Doutt drove all the way back down the court to lay in the tying shot as the buzzer sounded. “It’s almost like a chess match a little bit,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “We were missing shots we were used to getting, but our boys were executing almost perfectly. ” McKay went on a 12-2 run to open the third quarter and McNary didn’t find sure footing on offense until the final two minutes of the quarter. As the fourth quarter began, McNary cut the deficit to 36-32 on a shot by junior Devon Dunagan who also drew a foul. Dunagan hit one of two and cinched the score...

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Bowlers make Top 8 at state

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School bowling teams capped district titles with top eight finishes in the state tournament in Medford last weekend. While the teams awaited their final placement, the boys finished in fourth or fifth, while the girls finished seventh or eighth. Members from both teams cited difficult lane conditions as one factor in their performance. The teams competed in 30 qualifying matches with 15 other teams the first day of the tournament and then went into a double-elimination bracket Sunday, Feb. 23. The boys made it to the second round of double elimination before a 7-10 split by Scott Bridger in the 10th frame sent them to the consolation bracket. Coach Dan Kaplan said the ball was flush to the pocket, but the lanes left bowlers with weird spares throughout the tournament. Bridger managed to pick up one of the pins, but the other team advanced with a one-pin win. “The lanes felt long and narrow. They didn’t feel comfortable like they do here (at Town & Country),” Bridger said. Still, the boys bowled six games over 200 in their first eight matches of the second day. “We were a better team the second day than we were the first,” said freshman Nick Blythe. The boys missed a chance to play in the third-place game by a mere 10 pins. Sierra...

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Herrera running for city council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Roland Herrera knows the question will keep coming up. Herrera announced this week he is running for a spot on the Keizer City Council. If your reaction to that is “Roland Herrera? Isn’t that the guy the city parted ways with a couple of years ago?” Herrera understands. The longtime Public Works employee resigned from the City of Keizer in the fall of 2011, after working at the city for nearly 20 years. Many letters of support for Herrera came to the Keizertimes at the time. Herrera’s lawsuit against C&M Victor Company, operator of the Keizer Little Ceasar’s where a disagreement cost Herrera his job, according to him, is set to be heard in court next month. Those familiar with the backstory may assume his run for council now – he also applied for the seat vacated by Ken LeDuc last year, which went to Kim Freeman – is a way to extract revenge on city leaders. Not even close, Herrera told the Keizertimes. “People that know me know that’s not me,” he said. “The next day after my resignation from the city, I started a new project in parks, working with the city. I never skipped a beat with my volunteering. I was fortunate to meet with a lot of good people. “My experience working for the city was very positive,” Herrera...

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Raising money, having fun

Regardless of what interests you, there are a number of events happening in town in the coming weeks that will fill your needs.  If you are intersted in wine, fine arts or the moral development of our kids, there’s something going on. First up is Knight of Arts at the high school on Saturday, March 8. This annual event—with a fun medieval theme—raises funds for all the McNary High School fine arts programs including drama, music and art. With more than half of the student body involved with one of the seven fine arts, this event has become a major social event in Keizer. The silent auction items will be wide and varied but the live auction will offer some unique products and services. On Tuesday, March 11, Keizer Young Life will hold its annual spring auction at the Keizer Civic Center. Proceeds from this popular event will help send Keizer kids to summer camp. The Young Life auction is one of the most successful events in Keizer, bringing together the community for the good of our kids. Wine lovers should circle Friday, March 14, on their calendars. The Keizer Parks Foundation presents its second Pinot for the Parks, also at the Keizer Civic Center. The foundation, which raises funds for the city’s parks and its Wild Wild Rec summer parks program, will earmark most of the proceeds from...

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