Month: December 2014

Freshman three seconds from new school record

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Neither the boys nor girls varsity swimming teams managed a win over the South Salem High School Saxons Thursday, Dec. 18, but one young Lady Celt nearly set a new school record. Freshman Marissa Kuch hit 1:59.67 in the 200 freestyle, just three seconds more than Celtic record of 1:56.59. On Dec. 10, Kuch swam the race in 1:53.70 in the Speedo Winter Junior Championship. Kuch’s time in the event at the Junior Championship put her among the top 150 swimmers in the nation for her age, 15. Kuch won the event at the South Salem meet by more than 16 seconds (she was the only race winner for either Celtic team at the varsity level), but the girls fell to the Saxons 95-74. The girls fared better than the boys who lost 132-37 against a deep South Salem roster. “The biggest thing is keeping our legs going. We get good swims and we’re finishing strong, but our legs are fading,” said Casey Lewin, McNary head coach. Junior Kiana Briones said that the team performed well even without a lot of race winners. “We had all of our swimmers for the first time this season and we have good depth when everyone is here,” Briones said. In addition to the 200 free, Kuch also won the varsity freestyle in 1:00.63. Second place...

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Lady Celts get first wins on hardwood

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After two weeks of narrow misses against undefeated teams, the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team was ready for a win in a big way. Unfortunately for the North Salem High School Vikings on Tuesday, Dec. 16, they were the victims. In the second Greater Valley Conference contest of the season, McNary routed North 70-18. “We had a chance to give the whole bench solid minutes. By getting the eighth, ninth, and 10th players long runs it has helped us deepen our bench play,” said Derick Handley, McNary head coach. Every single Lady Celt put points on the board in the game, but it was a result of spirit-crushing defensive work. “With our pressure we were able to get some easy baskets early, which only increased our intensity as the game went along,” Handley said. The girls made good on the promise of that win with a 47-38 win over Forest Grove High School. It was the most complete-team effort of the season, Handley said. “Forest Grove was the first team we’ve seen play predominately man-to-man, so that was a bit of an adjustment for us. Their pressure got to us a little early, but the girls made great adjustments and took care of the ball for the final three-and-a-half quarters. It was also the first game this season where we...

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Year in review 2014: Political shakeup, drugs and a Big Delay

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There was a change in Keizer’s political landscape in 2014, but so much more. Before the year even started, big news items from late 2013 already were having an impact. As the year progressed, more issues kept coming up. Below is a brief summary of the top 10 Keizer stories, as selected by the Keizertimes staff. Political change Late in 2013, state Rep. Kim Thatcher of House District 25 announced she would be running for Senate. Fellow Keizer Republican Bill Post simultaneously announced he would be running for Thatcher’s old House seat. Meanwhile, longtime Keizer mayor Lore Christopher had said she would not be seeking a record-extending eighth two-year term. Christopher made it official in January: after 14 years, it would be time for a new Keizer mayor. Post handily overcame a controversy about FCC fair time rules to easily beat Barbara Jensen in the primary, but went on a memorable rant after claiming the election cost him his job at KYKN. Post went off about the low voter turnout, posting on Twitter that “worthless lazy Americans get what they deserve.” Post then defeated Chuck Lee in the fall general election, while Thatcher overcame a controversy regarding a court case with the Oregon Department of Transportation to beat Ryan Howard for the state Senate District 13 race. There were four open seats on...

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Peterson pours in 35 points in 92-57 rout of Forest Grove

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Tregg Peterson put up 35 points in a McNary High School boys varsity basketball team road game against Forest Grove High School Friday, Dec. 19. Peterson knocked down five of seven from behind the three-point line and 13 of 17 from the paint to lead the team to a 92-57 win. “We shared the ball well, took balanced shots, and played without fouling. The game was a big step for us in that we played well on the road. The guys are playing with a lot of confidence and trust in one another,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. The Celtics had a 31-17 lead by the end of the first frame, but the foot came off the gas in the second period while the Vikings staged a rally to put the teams at 40-34 going into halftime. The Celts outscored Forest Grove 52-23 in the second half for the win. Junior Harry Cavell had 20 points and four assists; Trent Van Cleave had 15 points and nine assists; Cade Goff and Wyatt Grine had six points each; Devon Dunagan and Mathew Ismay had four points each; and Adam Harvey had two. Peterson, Cavell and Van Cleave shot 11-14 from the three-point zone. That game was a sequel to the Celtics’ 62-44 win over North Salem High School three days...

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In hands of MHS grad… Bicycles are blessings

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes With a wrench, a pair of tubes and some grease – actual and elbow – a 2007 McNary High School grad is making the world a better place one bicycle at a time. Austin Rogerson’s fledgling interest in bicycles turned into a full-on passion after arriving at college in Boise, Idaho. “I worked as a work-study student for the College of Business at Boise State University, and nearly all of my coworkers were cyclists throughout the year. They rode their bikes to work, they went mountain biking during lunch breaks and they did extended bike rides on the weekend,” he said. He’s kept up his interest riding in two Ironman races, in the mountains and foothills around his Boise home and by commuting via pedal power to his job as an interactive marketing specialist for the Idaho Lottery. It was while he was working on his own bike at Boise Bicycle Project (BBP), a cooperative dedicated to spreading bicycle knowledge and usage, that the idea for his latest pursuit struck him. “BBP taught me so much of what I’ve learned today. I’ve always had the desire to help others and, for quite some time, I’ve been looking for a way that I can do so that fits my life. That’s where I came up with Bicycles are Blessings,” Rogerson said. He was...

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