Day: December 23, 2014

Lady Celts fall to undefeated teams

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The silver lining to the cloud that’s hung over the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team in its opening weeks is that it will finally be entering into contests with teams that aren’t undefeated. The Lady Celts are 0-4 after facing a line-up of teams that hasn’t lost a single game so far this season. “It’s been a rough start, but we need to get tougher offensively,” said Derrick Handley, McNary head coach. “We think they are a great team with a lot of talent on the roster, but they’re not quite seeing it in themselves yet. You can see it in the hesitation they have before putting up a shot.” McNary lost its most recent contests with Tualatin and West Albany high schools last week, but neither by a large margin. The Timberwolves, currently the no. 5 team in the state, won 55-51 while the Bulldogs walked away with a 43-34 win. The Keizer girls battled back fiercely after a letting the game get away from them in the first half against Tualatin Tuesday, Dec. 9. “We broke down during certain parts of the first half,” said Celt Sydney Hunter, a McNary sophomore who put up 20 points against Tualatin. “Once a team gets a run going it breaks us down. We can be up five points and we’ll play...

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Youth is being served (and serving) in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Having a youth councilor on the Keizer City Council isn’t a new thing. This school year, that role is being filled by McNary High School senior Ryan Edsall. For the first time, however, there are two youth involved, as Jeremy Darst is serving as the youth liaison to the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. If Mayor-elect Cathy Clark has her way, even more youth will be involved in such positions in the months to come. “The answer is yes,” Clark said when asked if she expects the program to grow. “I have talked to Jason Heimerdinger, the leadership teacher at McNary. He has a number of students who want to engage. I want us to place them the rest of the school year, to get the same experience of seeing city government up close. There’s nothing else like that to really help them start to understand the broader perspective of how local government works.” Edsall’s first-hand experience with local government comes on the heels of the experience he had last summer after being elected a state representative to the national Boys Nation assembly in Washington, D.C. Edsall and other youth delegates had the chance to meet with President Barack Obama. While he’s relatively new to the council, the workings of city hall aren’t entirely new to Edsall. After all, his dad Vaughn...

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