Day: December 30, 2014

Lady Celts get first wins on hardwood

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After two weeks of narrow misses against undefeated teams, the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team was ready for a win in a big way. Unfortunately for the North Salem High School Vikings on Tuesday, Dec. 16, they were the victims. In the second Greater Valley Conference contest of the season, McNary routed North 70-18. “We had a chance to give the whole bench solid minutes. By getting the eighth, ninth, and 10th players long runs it has helped us deepen our bench play,” said Derick Handley, McNary head coach. Every single Lady Celt put points on the board in the game, but it was a result of spirit-crushing defensive work. “With our pressure we were able to get some easy baskets early, which only increased our intensity as the game went along,” Handley said. The girls made good on the promise of that win with a 47-38 win over Forest Grove High School. It was the most complete-team effort of the season, Handley said. “Forest Grove was the first team we’ve seen play predominately man-to-man, so that was a bit of an adjustment for us. Their pressure got to us a little early, but the girls made great adjustments and took care of the ball for the final three-and-a-half quarters. It was also the first game this season where we...

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Year in review 2014: Political shakeup, drugs and a Big Delay

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There was a change in Keizer’s political landscape in 2014, but so much more. Before the year even started, big news items from late 2013 already were having an impact. As the year progressed, more issues kept coming up. Below is a brief summary of the top 10 Keizer stories, as selected by the Keizertimes staff. Political change Late in 2013, state Rep. Kim Thatcher of House District 25 announced she would be running for Senate. Fellow Keizer Republican Bill Post simultaneously announced he would be running for Thatcher’s old House seat. Meanwhile, longtime Keizer mayor Lore Christopher had said she would not be seeking a record-extending eighth two-year term. Christopher made it official in January: after 14 years, it would be time for a new Keizer mayor. Post handily overcame a controversy about FCC fair time rules to easily beat Barbara Jensen in the primary, but went on a memorable rant after claiming the election cost him his job at KYKN. Post went off about the low voter turnout, posting on Twitter that “worthless lazy Americans get what they deserve.” Post then defeated Chuck Lee in the fall general election, while Thatcher overcame a controversy regarding a court case with the Oregon Department of Transportation to beat Ryan Howard for the state Senate District 13 race. There were four open seats on...

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