Day: December 2, 2014

Boys hoops standing tall headed into first week

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Last year, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team turned a corner. Even though the team endured its fair share of strife in the win-loss column, it was always fun to watch. While it has Head Coach Ryan Kirch’s hopes high for the coming season, he said it’s going to require a different type of commitment from the Celtics. “We’ve talked a lot about winning league titles and that, but the big step is how committed are we to improving our fundamentals. If we want to play the big teams in the state, we have to be committed to doing all the little things right to make it happen,” he said. McNary finished third in the Central Valley Conference last season, but the lay of the land is quite a bit different this time around with three teams – Forest Grove, McMinnville and West Albany high schools – added to the new Greater Valley Conference. “The depth of talent in the league gets stronger and all three teams have had some success and that will push everyone to do better,” Kirch said. “We also play our first league game before the winter break which means we have to maximize our time in practice.” Last season, McMinnville made it to the second round of the playoffs before being ousted, Forest Grove lost...

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New mayor, councilors give visions at Gubser meeting

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes New Mayor Cathy Clark and members of the Keizer City Council will be setting goals early in the new year. A preview of the process was given during the Nov. 20 Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association (GGNA) meeting. “What an honor,” Clark said of being the next mayor. “It’s such an opportunity to work with a team of neighbors who are willing to put in the time it takes to help our community. Now we have a chance to take a deeper look at where we’ll be the next 10 to 20 years. We can engage in a meaningful process of what community development will look like, for ourselves and, even more, for the generations behind us.” Councilors-elect Roland Herrera (currently a GGNA board member) and Amy Ripp also shared their visions for the future. “I’ve always felt there’s an untapped pool of volunteers,” said Herrera, who formerly worked for the city for 19 years. “It’s always the same people. I was told I could be the one to bring in the young people. There’s a group of people that’s never been engaged. I want to get the young people engaged in city government.” Ripp, who grew up in Keizer and returned in 1997 to raise her sons here, noted she owns two small businesses. “I felt small businesses need a voice at the...

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