Day: November 14, 2014

Lady Celts stymied in state tourney

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity volleyball team finished its season in the state’s Elite 8, but the team struggled to make headway against the tougher teams in the field at the state tournament Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8. The Lady Celts drew Jesuit High School in the first round and found themselves up against an overpowering defense at the net, said Kellie Scholl, McNary head coach. “Jesuit was a tough draw, but it was good to have a chance to play a team like them. We competed well in the first part of game one, and there was glimpses of how strong a team we can be,” she said. Jesuit swept the Celtics with set scores of 25-15, 25-15 and 25-8, and the Beaverton school was later crowned 6A champs. Scholl said the absence of Madi Cloyd meant the team lacked height it might have benefitted from in setting. McNary drew Sunset High School, a team it had competed well with a couple of times during the season, and found more success, if not a win. Scholl said the team had to implement a new system due to a lack of setters and adapting on the fly meant the Celts never found a groove. The Lady Celts showed their grit battling the Apollos to losses of 25-22 and 29-27 in...

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Pioneers dash Celtic playoff run

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A 38-6 loss to Oregon City there ended McNary’s football season Friday. The Celtics, who ended the season at 5-5 (5-3 in Greater Valley Conference play), were troubled by injuries most of the season and could not shut down the passing of Thomas Hamilton or the running of Richie Mock-Seratt and Trevon Bradford. The Pioneers have a 6-3 record (5-1 in Mount Hood Conference play). It was a contest through the first quarter. After McNary took the opening kickoff, the Pioneers’ Jon Marquett intercepted a Drew McHugh pass at the Oregon City 37-yard line and ran the ball to the eight. However, the Celtics recovered a fumble in the end zone and started a 13-play drive that led to the first score. Trent Van Cleave ran the ball in from the one, but on the extra-point attempt, the kick was blocked. Only 45 seconds remained in the period. Oregon City’s Tristan Berge returned the kickoff to the Celtic 11. Then, with 25 seconds remaining, Bradford ran in for a touchdown. Nicholas Loar kicked for a 7-6 Pioneer lead. With the second quarter not quite a minute old, Mock-Seratt made a 42-yard run to the McNary 23. On the next play, he ran the ball in, and after another Loar kick, Oregon City had a 14-6 lead. The Celtics’ next possession did not last...

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Nov. 11 holds two special meanings for Keizer’s Taylor

By LYNDON ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes Virgil Taylor celebrated his 98th birthday Tuesday in the Grace Chapel at Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community with other residents, being entertained by a performance of the Northwest Banjo Band. Taylor was born in Ohio on November 11, 1916, before it was known as Armistice Day or today’s Veterans Day. He moved to Philips, S.D. when he was a boy and started working on a nearby farm at the age of 8. He graduated from Rapids City High School in 1933. In the depths of the Depression he joined the U.S. Navy in 1936, serving on the U.S.S. California, a Tennessee-class battleship or battle wagon. Taylor was working below deck in the engine room of the ship while it was moored in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. After the initial attack Taylor and others worked to light  the coal engine to move the ship but it was hit with two torpedoes and one bomb and sunk at its moorage. The U.S.S. California was salvaged and reconstructed and served in World War II and was decommissioned in 1947. Taylor received no major injuries. “I was supposed to be killed,” Taylor said of the attack. In 1943 Taylor married his first wife in Seattle; they had two children. They were married for 20 years. He was married to his second...

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Group wants to redo skate park

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For more than 15 years, skateboarders have been hanging out not far from city hall in Keizer. That’s because the Carlson Skate Park was opened at the Chalmers Jones Park behind city hall on Chemawa Road in July 1999. Steve and Charlane Carlson launched the idea for the skate park in 1995, with groundbreaking on the 21,600 square foot facility in the spring of 1998. Now, Joe Bazan is helping to lead a group that hopes to renovate and update the facility. Bazan is partnering with Danyel and Mark Scott of Lincoln City-based Dreamland Skateparks LLC to do the work. Danyel Scott and Bazan spoke of their plans at the Nov. 6 Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. “We’re concerned about the safety of people using the skate park,” Bazan said. “There are a lot of cracks. It’s a hazard.” Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, acknowledged there has been a lack of maintenance performed at the park since it opened in the late 1990s. “There’s not been much work done since then,” Lawyer said. Bazan said the goal is simple. “We want to redo the skate park,” he said. “We have one of the best people helping us. The ground is rough, so people can fall. We’re looking at resurfacing and other aspects.” Scott noted her family-owned company has done...

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