Day: December 4, 2014

Lady Celt basketball returns with 3 teams

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Derick Handley, the new head coach of the McNary High School girls basketball program, has many reasons to be excited this season. It starts with him transferring to McNary from McKay High School, where he headed up the Royal Scot program. It’s the first time in two years the Lady Celts have had a coach in the building during school hours, and its prompted a larger turnout for girls basketball. “We’re going to have three teams out there for the first time in a while. We even have enough for a freshman squad,” Handley said. On top of that, five of the varsity players – senior Lauren Hudgins, juniors Vanessa Hayes, Kaelie Flores and Madi Hingston, and sophomore Sydney Hunter – are coming off a hugely successful volleyball season. Handley thinks the success there is going to translate to success on the basketball court. The 6-foot-1 Hudgins took a year off last season, but Handley is planning to ease her back in as a tall post to fill the shoes of Reina Strand, who is out for the season with an injury. “We want to go easy on her, but she’s already brought a lot of the work ethic from the volleyball season to the court,” said Handley. Hudgins’ fellow seniors on the team are Jasmine Ernest, Emma Jones and Madie Rohl....

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Keizer Miracle of Christmas Lights Display returning

The Keizer Miracle of Christmas Lights Display will feature a return of the caroling tent and contests launched through the display’s Facebook page this year. The display begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and cars will be roaming the neighborhood from 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 26. The route is about 3.5 miles long, and can take several hours to complete on busy weekends. Snow-Cop barricades will lead drivers through the neighborhood. The tradition, which raises money and food for the Marion Polk Food Share, draws eyes from around the region. It’s expected that nearly 20,000 vehicles will pass through the neighborhood. There’s no admission fee, but the event is a fundraiser for hungry families in the mid-Willamette Valley, and donations are always welcome. “Our goal this year is 22,000 pounds of food and $20,000 in monetary donation,” said Brigette Eisele, one of the coordinators this season. Last year, volunteers collected $19,297 and 21,272 pounds of food. Cans and non-perishable food donations along with cash are welcomed. A donation site will be set up on Mistwood Drive Northeast. In addition to route changes, local businesses are sponsoring some nights of the event. “We are working with a couple local businesses to provide coupons for things such as a free ice cream, or free hot drink for donations of 10 cans of food or more,” Eisele said. Businesses...

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