Month: May 2014

Frosh baseball finishes with 18-4 record, huge roster

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Louis Tiller, head coach of the McNary High School freshman baseball team, felt more than a little wiped out after the season ended last week. It took getting a round-up of stats for the season for him to figure out why. “We had 21 kids on the roster, but everyone scored at least twice, had at least seven at bats and played in at least seven games,” Tiller said. The team finished the season 18-4. A huge turnout for team tryouts in March left Tiller with a problem, a bevy of riches. “We had to do some cutting, but there were a lot of kids with ability and room for growth,” Tiller said. “I told them that if they wanted to stay and keep training they could, but I wasn’t able to make any guarantees for field time.” All the hopefuls accepted the offer and then Tiller had to figure out how to get 21 kids to almost every game. The depth of the team gave Tiller lots of options as the season unfolded and shined through in a preseason double-header at Dallas High School. “They played both games to extra innings and won both. I was very impressed with how our guys persevered through the games on a long day,” he said. The Celts followed up that...

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Doutt headed to George Fox Bruins

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For anyone who follows McNary High School basketball it will likely come as no surprise that senior Johnathan Doutt will be continuing his athletic career in college. Doutt, a three-year starter on the varsity team who averaged 17 points a game and shot an astonishing 97 percent from the free throw line in league contests, is headed to George Fox University next fall. “It will be difficult to fill his shoes next season, but George Fox is a great program and Johnathan will be a great fit in their system,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. Kirch put Doutt on the radar of Bruin Head Coach Maco Hamilton during a clinic and Hamilton came to see Doutt play in a game against South Salem in January. “He has a very high skill set, which jumped out to us. On top of that his feel for the game was extremely high and we value that,” Hamilton said. Doutt visited the school last month spending a night in the dorms and getting to know some of the team’s returning players. “They have two guard spots that are a bit interchangeable, but they have a returning player in the other spot, one of the top in the league, and I’m hoping to learn a lot from him,” Doutt said. He entertained offers from several Division 3...

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Students honored for making big changes

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Five Keizer Teens were honored at the annual Turnaround Awards banquet Tuesday, May 13. The awards celebrate students who make concerted efforts to change their attitudes, grades or both at schools in the Salem area. They are sponsored by Keizer’s Town & Country Bowling Center. Fredy Santiago was the honoree from McNary High School. He was nominated by Carrie Brown a counselor at the school. “Fredy is a survivor and still a work in progress,” said Brown. “When he arrived at McNary his GPA was .67 and then it fell to .00. Since then, he has gone through summer school and done extra work to make sure he graduates.” At one time, Santiago lived on the streets in Mexico before being brought stateside by his mother. “My mom used to cry every night and she would pray for me to change and be the person I am now. I can’t go back in time, I can only do everything I can to graduate,” Santiago said. Turnaround recipients at Whiteaker and Claggett Creek middle schools were both motivated by a desire to play sports. Jacqueline Ryder found a haven in playing volleyball and didn’t want to get cut from the team for poor grades. “I started out horrible,” she said. “I had bad grades and lots of referrals. The hardest part was forcing...

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Former Keizer teacher will lead school district

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Christy Perry, the former Keizer Elementary School teacher who has been the superintendent of the Dallas School District for the last nine years, will be the next superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District. The Salem-Keizer School Board hired Perry last Tuesday night. She will take her position July 1, succeeding Paula Radich, who became interim superintendent after Sandy Husk resigned to become chief executive officer of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). Perry’s contract, which is renewable, will run for three years. Her annual salary will be $189,000. Fringe benefits will be sick leave, emergency leave and bereavement leave; accidental death and dismemberment insurance in the amount of $100,000; disability insurance paid by the district with benefits taxable to her; and district-paid contributions into a tax-deferred annuity in the amounts of $16,000 for the 2014-15 school year, $19,000 for 2015-16 and $21,000 for 2016-17. Perry taught fifth grade at Keizer Elementary in 1990-91 and was a Talented and Gifted program assistant there in 1991-92. In other business, the board accepted the following grants: • From the Oregon Department of Education: $445,579 for Educator Effectiveness support and Common Core State Standards implementation; $186,174 for student mentoring of a summer program at South Salem High School; $176,882 for preparing, recruiting and retaining culturally and/or linguistically diverse teachers; $68,306 to create a team of staff members to...

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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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