Day: May 30, 2014

Softball coach takes cues from her time as a Celtic

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Lucy Shaw’s McNary High School volleyball and softball teams did quite well for themselves in her senior year, but don’t ask her for the number of wins and losses. “I remember what happened on the bus trip to the state tournament or what happened at the hotel, not how many games we won. I’m still really close with all of  my volleyball and softball teammates. The biggest thing was the relationships,” Shaw said. On the volleyball team, Shaw played under Dan Borreson, who still teaches at the school, but is no longer a coach. She played under Jeff Auvinen in softball and tries hard to create the same chemistry she saw her teams develop. “Borreson has this amazing ability to see the best in every athlete and student, and pull it out of them. I’ve never worked as hard in my life as I did for him. Auvinen was always working just as hard right alongside us,” she said. Both coaches are large influences on how she interacts with the girls as an assistant coach in the varsity softball program today. “Mike Maghan told me once that for a team to succeed it has to have talent, a lot of luck and chemistry. Talent and luck aren’t things we can control, but chemistry is something I can contribute to,” she said. Shaw...

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Flag poles dedicated at Ryan J. Hill Memorial Park

  By DEE MOORE For the Keizertimes The sun slid behind the gathering clouds as the small, solemn crowd congregated on Memorial Day to honor Pfc. Ryan Hill and dedicate the new flag poles recently added to the park named after the Keizer Army war hero who fell in 2007. The grey sky – which only moments before had bathed the spectators in brilliant sunlight – lent the event an air of mourning. Though the crowd had gathered to honor Hill, they also came to honor their loved ones. The ceremony was simple. Rev. Matthew Price stepped in front of the crowd and thanked them for coming out for Pfc. Hill and the dedication. This was followed by the McNary Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard. They marched onto the small square leading into the park, carrying the U.S. and Oregon flags. Price and well-known Keizer vet Jesus “Monty” Montes recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Price stepped in front of the crowd again and told the story of how the flag poles came to be in the park. A veteran, chaplain and American Legion member, it was Price’s idea to add flags to the park. The idea came to Price last year when the park was named for Hill and dedicated. According to Price, he turned to Keizer mayor Lore Christopher and said, “Lore, something is missing.” That missing...

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Celtics top No. 7 Jesuit in playoffs, fall to Lake Oswego

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It was a game Jesuit High School players and coaches likely expected to win, but the McNary High School varsity baseball team had other plans. On Monday, May 26, the Celtics, ranked 28th in the state, toppled the seventh-ranked Crusaders 7-2. A two-hit performance by the Central Valley Conference’s newly-named Pitcher of the Year Mickey Walker bought the Celts enough time to stage a seventh-inning come-from-behind win. It was the team’s first win on the road since April 3. “We just got it going in our favor. We took advantage of that, but even before we had some good at bats against a tough pitcher,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach. Walker struck out 10 batters, threw 15 first-pitch strikes and had no errors in the complete game effort. Jesuit put two runs on the board with walks in the bottom of the first inning, but Walker silenced Jesuit sticks all but once the rest of the game. “I knew that I needed to calm down and trust myself. I was a little nervous for the game and I was trying to overthrow a little bit,” Walker said. Keeker said it was an admirable showing for the junior. “He was under duress early and you could see by his body language that he was frustrated, but he got himself out of the...

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Post lashes out at rules, voters

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Less than 24 hours after winning the Republican nomination for Oregon House District 25, Bill Post took to Twitter May 21 to air frustrations over electoral rules and voters. Using his radio show’s Twitter account, @bpradioshow, Post sent out two “provocative tweets.” The first, at 9:20 p.m., read: “32.8 percent voter turnout in Oregon that is so disgusting I can hardly breathe, worthless lazy Americans get what they deserve.” Half-an-hour later, Post returned to add: “‘Fairness’ cost me my job. What’s ‘fair’ about taking someone out of their job just to lose by 55%? I shall return to the air.” Both have since been deleted. In a phone interview, Post confirmed he controlled the account. The second tweet referenced Post being let go by Keizer’s KYKN radio station. Post, who was a programming manager and on-air personality until his show was suspended in mid-March, planned to return to the airwaves the day after the primary, May 21, but said station management declined his attempt to return. Post suspended his show after a letter asserting Federal Communications Commission violations under the equal-time rules for political campaigns. The letter was sent by attorneys representing his primary opponent Barbara Jensen. “It was a tweet of frustration. I was flat out ticked off because we didn’t sit down and negotiate,” said Post, when asked about the...

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