Day: November 7, 2014

Playoffs round 1: Celts need win over Pioneers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity football team will have its work cut out for it in the first round of the state playoffs Friday, Nov. 7. The 20th-ranked Celtics (5-3 in conference, 5-4 overall) drew 13th-ranked Oregon City High School (6-1, 6-3) as their first foes of the postseason. To advance, McNary will need to snap the Pioneers’ six-game win streak. The Pioneers’ most recent win was a 36-7 drubbing of Barlow High School in the final game of the regular season last week. One of the biggest weapons in Oregon City’s arsenal is senior quarterback Thomas Hamilton, who transferred to the school for his senior year. As a junior, Hamilton completed 60 percent of his passes for more than 1,400 yards in Baker City. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder eclipsed his total yardage numbers two weeks ago as a Pioneer. Running back Connor Mitchell and receiver Trevon Bradford, both juniors, have also been putting up impressive numbers. Mitchell had more than 1,500 yards on the ground as a sophomore. Bradford had 525 yards on 22 catches as a sophomore. Senior Chris Mengis, 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, leads the defense which has allowed only 62 points in the team’s last four games. The Pioneers, who are coached by Randy Nyquist former head coach of the West Albany Bulldogs, finished second in the Mt. Hood Conference...

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Celtics edge Olys 34-33

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Sprague High School Olympians were first to attack, but the McNary High School varsity football team won the day in a 34-33 squeaker Friday, Oct. 31. Sprague took only two-and-a-half minutes off the clock in its first drive and capped it with a touchdown for a 7-0 lead. McNary responded with a 12-play drive highlighted by three Devon Dunagan receptions. Dunagan reeled in two passes from quarterback Drew McHugh and a third from Trent Van Cleave for a touchdown. Running back Brady Sparks notched three first downs in the drive. The Celts sent in kicker Parker Janssen for the point-after attempt and a rough hit on the blocked kick turned into a bad fall. After an ambulance showed up, nearly 15 minutes later, Janssen left the field with a broken leg. Sprague’s return drive was only one play. After returning the ball to their own 44-yard line on the kick off, Oly Anthony Nunn took the ball and ran it to the Celtic end zone for a score of 13-6. It looked as though McNary might hand off the ball on downs in its next possession, but McHugh connected with Tanner Walker on fourth-and-six to reset the chains at Sprague’s 39-yard-line. Matt Aguilar and Sparks got two more first downs and put their team at Sprague 13-yard-line. On a Celtic fourth...

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Ripp easily defeats Chappell for contested council seat

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Among those not surprised by the results of the only contested Keizer City Council race on Tuesday: Matt Chappell. Chappell competed against Amy Ripp for the No. 6 council seat being vacated by Joe Egli, who did not run for any seat this year. Ripp defeated Chappell with 4,079 votes (65.63 percent), compared to 2,078 votes (33.44 percent) for Chappell in the initial results. Later results showed Ripp with 5,108 votes (65.97 percent) versus 2,575 votes (33.26 percent) for Chappell. “I’m honored to be able to continue to serve the community of Keizer in a new capacity,” Ripp said. “I’m excited to do that and to move forward. It’s going to be a new role. I have so much to learn. I’ll have great people surrounding me on council.” Chappell wasn’t anticipating much different with the results. “I was expecting it all along,” he said. “After I collected the signatures to put my name on the ballot, I found out who I was running against and the endorsements. There are a few things I regret, like the letters I sent (to the paper). It wouldn’t have made a difference, but I wish I hadn’t gone there. Amy got in, so I send her public congratulations on that.” Ripp didn’t feel there was one key deciding factor. “My commitment to the community and my...

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No alternative to hope

By E.J. DIONNE JR. President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism. The speech that made him a national figure, his keynote at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, is best known for his declaration that “there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America, there’s the United States of America.” In light of what’s happened since, you want to weep at those words. But near the end of his peroration on national unity, Obama hit upon the idea that has always been his touchstone. “Do we participate in a politics of cynicism,” he asked, “or do we participate in a politics of hope?” A decade later, at a rally last week in Wisconsin where he was campaigning for Mary Burke, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Obama offered the same message more pointedly. “The folks on the other side, they’re counting on you being cynical. They’re figuring you won’t think you can make a difference.” The alternative? “Don’t be cynical. Be hopeful. … Cynicism is a choice. And hope is a better choice.” At the end of a midterm election campaign during which dark money has financed one attack after another, nothing is so striking as the triumph of cynicism in the form of a weary detachment from public life. This disaffection is not just a letdown after the possibilities raised by Obama from the...

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