Day: April 29, 2014

Coaches at MHS prepped alum for career as athletic director

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The lesson Boone Marker remembers most vividly from his days as a McNary High School athlete was also one of his earliest. “I made a snide remark during baseball tryouts of my freshman year. It got back to Coach (Craig) Nicholas,” Marker said. “I waited and waited for him to ask to speak to me. Finally, I went to him. I was ready to run 15 miles to make up for it if I could still be part of the team.” When Marker pleaded his case, Nicholas said nothing. Later that day, he addressed the whole team. “He told us, ‘You’ve come here and you wear our clothes. You respect that. You respect your school, you respect your coaches, you respect your teammates, you respect yourself,” Marker said. The team went on to a 16-2 record. That lesson has been ringing in his ears in recent weeks. Marker is now athletic director of the Salem Boys & Girls Club, and one of the athletes went on a Twitter attack of her coach in the program. When the time comes, it’s not hard to see him choosing a similar method to address it. Marker was involved with the Boys & Girls Club from a young age as an athlete, then a peer mentor and later as a branch director. He’s starting in his...

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Police searching for stolen truck driver

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The driver of a stolen pickup who crashed into a parked van Tuesday morning was able to elude authorities. Keizer Police Department officers on bike patrol in Keizer Station Tuesday stopped the white Toyota pickup around 10:30 a.m. when the driver was spotted not wearing his seatbelt. The plates returned as a stolen vehicle and the driver took off, while the officers on bike alerted other units. As officers chased the suspect down Lockhaven Drive, the driver attempted to cut through the 7-11 parking lot at Lockhaven and River Road. The attempt wasn’t successful, however, as he crashed into a parked Ford Aerostar van. The two occupants in the truck jumped out and fled on foot. “They both went through the car lot to the (Shoreline Pointe Apartments),” KPD deputy chief Jeff Kuhns said. “The passenger came back, ran across River Road and ran into Rite-Aid. We caught him coming out the back.” While the passenger was being transported to Marion County Correctional Facility, Kuhns said a perimeter was set up to catch the driver, described as a young Hispanic male about 5’5” in height. The perimeter included Trail Avenue and Manzanita Street. “We believe he entered an apartment behind the 7-11,” Kuhns said. “The occupants gave us permission to search the apartment, but nothing was found.” Lt. Andrew Copeland said Gubser...

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City looking for a brighter future with new LED lights

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes More efficient lights could be coming soon to Keizer. At Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting, the idea of Portland General Electric (PGE) converting existing street lights over to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights throughout the city was brought up. City attorney Shannon Johnson said most street lights and poles in Keizer are either Option A or Option B. In Option A, PGE owns and maintains the lights while in Option B the city owns the lights but PGE maintains them. There is also Option C, in which the city owns and maintains lights, but most lights are under the first two options. “This conversion only applies to Options A and B,” Johnson said. “PGE indicates the LEDs are more cost effective and sustainable and use a lot less energy. There don’t appear to be any downsides to the city and ratepayers.” Melissa Swenson, PGE project manager, noted her company has installed 25,000 LED lights in the past year. PGE staff first met with city staff in November. “The second option is to transfer Option B fixtures to PGE, then we’d put in poles,” Swenson said. “Poles that are metal last a long time.” Councilor Cathy Clark liked the overall idea of power conservation. “I love the idea of switching to LEDs to save power,” Clark said. “My question is what is in it...

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Lady Celts beat McKay

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity tennis team beat McKay High School 5-3 and lost to South Salem 6-2 last week. The frustration, if there was any to be had, for Head Coach Mark Kohley was that there wasn’t a whole lot of difference in play between the two matches. “We played the same way in both matches, it was just opponents of different skill,” Kohley said. “The good thing is that no one is slacking. Everyone is trying their hardest and playing as best they can.” The Lady Celts picked up two wins in singles and three wins in doubles competition with the Royal Scots. Sandy Childress won in straight sets of 6-0 and 6-1. Rachel Morrow won in consecutive 6-0 sets. In doubles, Katie Stignei and Megan Thompson won in sets of 6-1 and 6-0; Ariana Neads and Sami Trowbridge won in sets of 6-0 and 6-1; and Taslima Sidhu and Katherine Patterson won in sets of 6-2 and 6-4. “Last week, we got closer to the line-up we’re going to have for the rest of the season,” Kohley said. “There will be some minor adjustments this week and, I hope, some improvement in the way we play doubles.” The South Salem match saw some of the team’s top talent stumble. Childress lost her first match of the season to...

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