Day: March 11, 2014

Celt hoopsters top GPA rankings in 6A

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Success in sports can be a relative thing. A team’s performance can be considered a success in relation to past performance, which tempers many of the accolades and neuters some of the vitriol inspired by the best and worst seasons. Put the same players on an even playing field, such as the classroom, and there’s really only one way to view the athletes of McNary High School: brainiacs. Last week, the Oregon School Activities Association ranked high school varsity teams in the Beaver State according to their average grade point average and one Celtic team sat astride all others. The Celtic boys varsity basketball team was head of the class and ranked first among OSAA 6A teams with an average 3.63 grade point average. “We hit a lot of milestones this season and this is just one more reason for the team to be proud,” said Ryan Kirch, head coach of the boys basketball program. The girls basketball team beat the boys in raw numbers scoring a 3.69 GPA, but ranked sixth among 6A peers. The boys swimming team averaged a 3.41 GPA and ranked 15th in the state. The girls swimming team earned an average 3.41 GPA and ranked 33rd. The Celtic wrestlers punched in right at a 3.0 GPA, good enough for a 19th ranking. Overall, it was the first...

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Economic Development group formed as two others disbanded

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two Keizer committees have been kicked to the curb. Or, at least the KURB. During Monday night’s Urban Renewal Agency meeting, agents unanimously voted to dissolve the Keizer Urban Renewal Board (KURB). During the Keizer City Council meeting that followed, councilors – the same people who were the agents earlier – unanimously voted to dissolve the River Road Renaissance Advisory Committee (RRRAC). The dissolutions had been delayed until the new Keizer Economic Development Commission (KEDC) could be established. That also happened during the longest council meeting in quite a while, lasting past 10 p.m. The two dissolved groups hadn’t exactly been hotbeds of activity of late. KURB hadn’t met since November 2011, while RRRAC hadn’t met since March 2012. Membership on the dormant groups had become something of a problem in the past year, since some people wanted to serve on a third committee but couldn’t because they were on two already – even a dormant one. One odd timing came up Monday in that the KURB dissolution was up for a vote before the formation of the KEDC. “For some time, the issue has come up about KURB and also RRRAC,” city attorney Shannon Johnson said during the KURB discussion. “Moving forward given the circumstances with urban renewal funds, we moved forward with KEDC coming up. It’s a minor chicken and egg...

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