Day: December 1, 2014

Douglas nets Athlete of Year Award

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Salem Sports and Breakfast Club honored Lady Celt Megan Douglas with its Senior Athlete of the Year Award Friday, Nov. 14. Douglas, the McNary High School varsity volleyball team’s libero, was instrumental in the Celtics’ stellar season that ended in Oregon’s Elite 8 at the state tournament. From the start of the season, Douglas set her goals high. “I wanted to make first team all-league and I wanted to become a leader on the team. It meant I had to come out of my shell,” Douglas said. “Beyond that I just wanted to be the best passer I could.” She was named to the first team all-league and her stats tell much of the rest of the story. Douglas played in 16 matches and 62 sets averaging 4.35 digs per set with 270 digs total. She boasted a 96 percent serving average with 39 aces and only 12 errors on 284 attempts. Perhaps the most important statistic was her passing average, which was 2.08 on 347 attempts. Passing average rates the quality of a pass. A perfect pass (rated a 3) would allow the setters their complete range of offensive options, Douglas’ number means the Celtic setters had at least two offensive options almost every time. “Megan would dig balls you wouldn’t think it was possible to dig,” said Kellie Scholl,...

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Demand growing for KFD

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer Fire District had its busiest October ever last month. District crews ran on 391 calls, an increase of 12 percent over the same month last year, and KFD officials expect to reach 4,000 calls by the end of the year. It will be the first time the district has run on that many calls in a single year. Overall, the district has run on 3,745 calls so far in 2014, a 6.6 percent increase over the same time frame in 2013. While it might be cause for consternation, Chief Jeff Cowan said the upswing in demand is right in line with projections made a year ago. “With modified staffing, we’ve been able to put the second ambulance into 24-hour service using volunteers and students putting in time toward their degrees,” Cowan said. With a federal grant and a voter-approved levy, KFD has also been able to hire four additional firefighters that will further alleviate any strain. “I see the demand growing, but we’ll be able to handle the increase,” Cowan said. “Everything is coming together the way we planned it and the the predictions we made have now borne out.” Of the 391 calls in October, 300 were calls for medical assistance. Cowan expects those numbers to grow even more when Kaiser Permanente opens its Keizer Station location and additional senior...

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