Month: November 2014

CLAIMED: Celt boys take GVC soccer title

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two short months ago, the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team had starry eyes and not a lot of star power. This week, the boys were basking in the gleam of a league title. With a 3-2 win over West Salem High School Thursday, Oct. 23, McNary landed atop the heap of the expanded Greater Valley Conference in its first year. It’s the first boys soccer league title in a decade. “It means a lot. No one thought we would be here, not even in the top three,” said sophomore Gustavo Villalvazo. “A lot of teams underestimated us and we shut their mouths.” McNary achieved the feat by matching strengths with several high-ranked teams early in the season, and then delivering knock-out punches when need. The team’s 6-1-1 final record in regulation play now lets them host their first playoff game against South Medford High School Saturday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. While it’s difficult to boil any season down to two games, it will have to suffice. Villalvazo said the team’s loss to McMinnville High School Oct. 8, was the first turning point. “We lost to them in the last 48 seconds of the game. When something like that happens, you don’t expect to bounce back, but we came out and beat the next team 4-1,” he said. The next...

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Lone contested city council race heats up in an interesting way

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There is only one contested Keizer City Council race this year, but it’s providing some unexpected drama. Three council seats and the mayoral seat are up this year. But of those four, three outcomes can be predicted with a high degree of certainty before the results are announced Tuesday night. That’s because current councilor Cathy Clark is running unopposed to replace Lore Christopher as mayor. Former longtime city employee Roland Herrera is running unopposed for council as is former councilor Brandon Smith, whose write-in candidacy in 2012 fell short. The only contested race is between former Planning Commission member Matt Chappell – who also ran in 2012 – and longtime community volunteer Amy Ripp. Ripp has been the clear favorite all along, but there has been some excitement in the race lately. In the last two weeks, the Keizertimes has mentioned legal troubles for both Ripp and her business partner. The real excitement, however, got going with Chappell’s letter to the editor about Ripp and her business partner, as well as two of her key endorsements. “How long Lore Christopher and Kim Thatcher knew about these things, before they endorsed her, is something to consider when it comes to the validity of their endorsements,” Chappell wrote in part. Smith posted a link to the letter on his Facebook page the afternoon of Oct....

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