Day: May 26, 2014

Quinn trying to cut back

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Marlene Quinn has one less thing on her plate. The plate is still plenty full, however. Quinn stepped down as treasurer of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce Foundation on Monday. She had been a member of the foundation through the Keizer Parks Foundation for years, then became a regular member when she became an American Family Insurance agent in 2013. “I helped for years, then when I had a business I became a member,” Quinn said. “I have to drop out of something and the chamber foundation was it. I can’t keep doing this. It took too much of my time.” Quinn, a longtime city volunteer, was one of the first KPF members and is staying involved with that. She became a Keizer City Councilor last year and is chair of the Community Build Task Force. She’s also involved with Keizer Rotary and is still involved with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. On top of that, she’s a grandma. She had 3-year-old granddaughter Raegan with her most of Saturday while daughter Heather Weathers helped with the Keizer Iris Festival as an employee of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. “I have too much on my plate,” Quinn said. “I wanted to get through the Iris Festival. Now I can focus on the master planning process (for Keizer Rapids Park) and the Big Toy...

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Celt trio takes 3 district titles each

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Spectators frequently found a Celtic on the podium at the Central Valley Conference district track and field meet. “Our team going into state is in good position to bring some medals home,” said Frank Gauntz, McNary head coach. The boys and girls McNary High School track and field teams took second place overall at the meet, but McNary athletes were in the top three for 20 separate events, including a win-show-place sweep of the 100-meter sprint on the boys’ side. Leading the Celtic packs were Daysha Simms-Garcia, Daniel Brattain and Garrett Hittner. Simms-Garcia took home conference titles in the 100, 200- and 400-meter sprints and anchored the 4×400 relay team of Sydney Hunter, Hali Thurston, Danielle Duran that took first place. The relay team set a new conference record with a time of 4:02.23. Simms-Garcia is the first female to win all three sprinting events in the school’s history. In addition to that milestone, she broke her own school record in the 400-meter with a time of 57.66, and set new personal records the 100 and 200 with times of 12.36 and 25.87. “I was so focused on the relay that I didn’t even think about setting a new 400 record. It was kind of a surprise,” Simms-Garcia said. “The team overall was being really optimistic, but when something bad happened we...

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Celtic baseball avoids play-in for first time

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity baseball team won two of it’s final three games to avoid a play-in game for state tournament that begins Monday, May 26. The Celtics finished third in the Central Valley Conference with a record of 8-7 and 12-13 overall. It’s the first time since the play-in structure was instituted by the OSAA that the Celts will make it to the playoffs without a play-in game. “It just feels good, and I feel like we all worked really hard to get here,” said senior Travis Klampe. McNary planned to play Madison High School in a non-league contest at home Thursday, May 22, past press time. Madison won its league, but McNary’s biggest challenge in the coming weeks will be winning on the road. “It’s a different atmosphere with the energy created by the music from the press box and the position of the bleachers,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach. “Other coaches say it’s hard to play here, but we struggle in unfamiliar surroundings.” With more than a week of downtime, Keeker said the team would be focusing on fundamentals. “It’s a matter of revisiting all the defensive fundamentals and all the little things that we want to make sure we continue to do, our picks, first-and-thirds relays, all of it,” he said. Klampe said a valiant effort...

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