Day: December 12, 2014

France Dance show Friday, Dec. 19

North Salem High School will host the France School of Dance semi-annual performance Friday Dec. 19. Admission to the show is three cans of food or a $3 donation per person. All proceeds benefit the Keizer Community Food Bank. Students will perform tap, ballet, pointe and hip-hop routines. To date, the school has collected more than 45,000 pounds of food and thousands in cash donations for KCFB. North Salem High School is located at 765 4th Street in Salem. New classes begin Jan. 5. Visit fsodance.com for more information, or call 503-390-1210 for a full listing of available classes, times and...

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Keizer Fire hosts Santa b’fast Sunday

Santa Claus will be getting to various Keizer events in December thanks to his friends at the Keizer Fire District. Old St. Nick will be in town first for KFD’s Santa Breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 14. He will sit for photos with the kids and adults alike for a nominal fee to support the Keizer Volunteer Firefighters Association. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs and sausage. Milk and coffee will also be served. The cost of the breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and under. Meal service begins at 7:30 a.m. and wraps up at 11:30 a.m. Pictures with Santa are $2. Santa will be back on Saturday, Dec. 20, for Keizer’s annual Candy Cane Day. He’ll come packing sackfuls of candy canes as the fire district vehicles carry him from street to street delivering the canes to all the good little girls and boys. He will travel every street except short cul de sacs, where the vehicle will stop short and volunteers will sound the siren to invite children to come out. Santa and district volunteers will begin delivering candy canes at 8:30 a.m. The route is not announced in advance, so keep an ear out for the music and...

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Mat men take third in tourney

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School senior Alvarro Venegas was the only Celtic wrestler to emerge from a tournament with a clean record Friday, Dec. 5. Venegas won his first match, against Dallas High School’s Bailey Hise, in a 12-2 major decision, but it didn’t start off the way Venegas expected. “I’d wrestled him last year and beat him, but I went to take my first shot and he threw me. He’d definitely gotten better,” said Venegas. Venegas pinned his next opponent, Cleveland High School’s Elvis Morrison, in 36 seconds. In the last segment of the three-way dual meet, the Celts faced perennial powerhouse Roseburg High School. Venegas drew Indian Will Reddekopp at 195 pounds. “He was a cool guy, but I knew I was well-coached and I had a plan. It was tough match and he fought all the way to the end,” Venegas said. “His head snaps were hard. I hit the ground every time.” After ending the third round in a 1-1 stalemate, Venegas took the win, 2-1, in a tie-breaker round. Overall, the Celt mat men had something of an up-and-down tournament. They beat Cleveland 57-22, but lost to Dallas, 40-23, and to Roseburg, 60-15. After Venegas, only four Celts managed more than one win: Brayden Ebbs at 126, Sean Burrows at 132, Taran Purkey at 182, and Gage Mance at...

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Last-second basket nets Celts first win

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School boys varsity basketball team won its first game with a buzzer-beating basket Wednesday, Dec. 3. Senior Tregg Peterson tied up the game 64-64 with eight seconds left on the clock by knocking down two free throws. Then Peterson got a steal as the Sherwood High School Warriors tried to make it back down the court. Peterson pushed the ball back up the court to junior Trent Van Cleave who passed it to senior Devon Dunagan for a lay-in and the win. “It was a huge way to win after we started off not doing anything right,” said Van Cleave. While it may sound like an overstatement, the Celts missed their first 13 attempts on the basket in the game’s early going. “We had trouble getting into our game,” said junior Harry Cavell. “But we picked up the offense and the shots started to fall.” After several seasons of struggle when it came to winning close games, Head Coach Ryan Kirch was relieved to see the team’s experience paying off. “We have a lot of guys who have been in those situations now and they don’t get nervous,” Kirch said. “Tregg wasn’t having the best game that night, but big players make big plays and he came through for us.” Throughout the night, the Celts made the most of...

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