Day: May 15, 2014

Draw is best finish for Celt tennis teams

The McNary High School boys and girls varsity tennis teams had something of a rough go of it last week. In the team’s combined four matches, the best outcome for McNary was a 4-4 draw in the Lady Celts’ stand with West Salem High School Tuesday, April 29. The girls took wins in the No. 1 singles and doubles matches alongside two wins further down the roster. Junior Sandy Childress won the lead-off singles match with set scores of 6-1 and 6-0. Rachel Morrow followed her lead with a win at No. 2 singles in sets of 6-1 and 6-3. Megan Thompson and Katie Stignei claimed the lead-off win in doubles, and clawed back from a defeat in the second set. Scores were 6-1, 6-7 and 6-4. Sami Trowbridge and Ariana Neads won in No. 2 doubles with scores of 6-4 and 6-3. Taslima Sidhu took a set off her West Salem opponent, but the final set fell to the Titan. Cambria Rushton and Katherine Patterson also took their match to three sets, but the win eluded them, set scores were 6-3, 2-6 and 7-5. The girls didn’t capture as many match wins in a 6-2 defeat at the hands of South Salem High School Thursday, May 1, but the Celts weren’t bowled over in any match. Childress took a singles win with consecutive 6-1 sets. Neads and Trowbridge...

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Medical marijuana seminar Saturday

The Patient Grower Network at PGN Lodge of Keizer will hold a seminar about medical marijuana at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. The public can learn about rights, qualifying options, finding a qualified grower and more. The lodge is located at 4090 Cherry Ave....

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Coaching turns into career for MHS alum

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Josh Erickson’s senior year (2002-2003) as a McNary High School basketball player is a testament to the potency of matching a good coach with talented players. “Our basketball team went 25-3 and finished fourth in the state. This was Coach (Jim) Litchfield’s first year as a head coach, and it was an incredible way for all of us seniors to finish our high-school careers. Making the state tournament at Memorial Coliseum and finishing fourth with some of my best friends and the other members of our senior class in a memory I will always cherish,” Erickson said. Erickson went on to play for Willamette University, but his career as a college player was fraught with injury. He underwent four surgeries in two years to try to correct the problems, but sometimes the human body is just stubborn. “At the time it was an incredibly difficult experience to not be able to play but it also started my coaching career. I began looking at the game as more of a coach and had the incredible opportunity to learn from a great coach and great man, Willamette’s Gordie James,” Erickson said. As a Bearcat, Erickson was also under the tutelage of Keizerite Wally Wing, a physical education instructor at Gubser Elementary School. Wing moonlighted as an assistant coach to the Willamette program. In his...

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