Day: January 13, 2015

Mat men shine in winter break tournaments

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School wrestling teams spent their winter break getting better. “Typically we come out of the winter break as a stronger team, and I think that’s going to mean more wins all-around,” said Taran Purkey, a senior. For evidence, look no further than the records from a trio of winter break tournaments. The Celtic streak started with a tournament at Liberty High School in which senior Alvarro Venegas won the 195-pound division with a second-round pin over Tualatin’s Phelan Alvarado. Purkey took second in the same tournament with a final round loss to Sandy High School’s Spencer Barnett. “Barnett was just a tank and I couldn’t get past him,” Purkey said. Senior Riley Repp made it all the way to the third place match before falling to Sandy’s Hector Ramirez in a 7-4 decision; Carlos Vincent also made it to the third place match where he lost in a major decision; Brayden Ebbs took fifth place with 13-2 major decision; Michael Phelps lost a 5-2 decision in a fifth place match-up; and Gage Mance lost a fifth place match to Braden Watson of Sandy High School. The McNary junior varsity wrestlers also made waves at the Ruppel 2nd Man Tournament in Cupertino, Calif. The Celts had six wrestlers in championship matches and five crowned. “I can’t tell you the last...

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Celts rout Vikings at Kroc Ctr.

The McNary High School boys and girls varsity swimming teams notched dominating wins in the pool against North Salem High School Tuesday, Jan. 6. The Lady Celts won with a final tally of 125-41 while the boys won 120-31. There was only one race in the entire meet, junior varsity and varsity included, when a Celtic didn’t top the podium. Race winners for the varsity girls were: Jewell Boyd, Pearl Prinslow, Samantha Williams and Lizzie Bryant in the 200 medley relay in 2:18.33; Williams in the 200 free with a time of 2:22.85 and in the 100 butterfly in 1:16.49; Kiana Briones in the 200 individual medley in 2:40.32; Marissa Kuch in the 50 free in 25.49 and the 100 breast in 1:17.67; Sara Eckert in the 100 free in 1:01.19 and the 100 backstroke in 1:16.14; Boyd in the 500 free in 6:39.56; Eckert, Williams, Josie Ellis and Kuch in the 200 free relay; and Briones, Ellis, Eckert and Kuch in the 400 free relay in 4:09.10. Boys varsity race winners were: Marcos Goodman, Dane Van Dyck, Jared Kelson and Matthew Albright in the 200 medley relay in 2:07.92; Evan Alger in the 200 free in 2:14.10 and the 50 free in 25.10; Tanner Hughes in the 200 individual medley in 2:31.13 and the 100 free in 58:21; Kelson in the 100 fly in 1:21.91 and 500 free...

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The Big Toy’s castle plans are not cast in concrete quite yet

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The design for the Big Toy is still being tweaked. In September Rick Day, owner of Advantage Precast in Keizer, offered to donate blocks of concrete that could be used for a castle look at the play structure set to be built by community volunteers at Keizer Rapids Park over a five-day span in June. In Tuesday’s Community Build Task Force meeting – the first since October – those plans got changed a bit. Day’s idea of using concrete to make a castle-like entrance didn’t get approval according to Mark Caillier, general coordinator for the project. “Given a whole lot more time and money we might be able to use the concrete components,” Caillier said. “But there still would be a scale issue. The ability to get those things certified is what it comes down to. I talked with Rick today and he is ready to incorporate the material into other parts, such as a gate set up like a drawbridge or using some of the blocks to take part of the fence. I looked at a couple of things with him today. He has some panels that could be a base under a fence. “Rick wants to help in any way he can,” Caillier said. “He still has some things he feels we can use.” Marlene Quinn, chair of the task force,...

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