Day: January 14, 2015

Lady Celts strike fear in hearts of leading 5A team

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Even a low point during the winter break was something of a high point for the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team. During a winter break tournament in Bend, the Lady Celts started off with a 45-35 win over Willamette High School, the defending 5A champions. It set up a game with the current 5A leaders, De La Salle High School, which the Celts lost 61-49. “We don’t like talking about moral victories, but De La Salle’s closest game of the season before us was a 37-point victory,” said Derick Handley, McNary head coach. “We gave them a scare and it came down to a 12-point run that spanned the first and second quarters.” The Celts outscored Knights in the second half, an almost unheard of feat against the Portland team. A De La Salle player who drained three four treys in the first half didn’t make a shot in the second half. “It was one of our better games and we had a lot of energy and effort even when their lead went to 20 points,” said McNary’s Jaylene Montano. In the win over Willamette, Handley said it was Montano and junior Vanessa Hayes who helped spark the team to a win. Neither player had seen significant times at that point in the season, but injuries to two starters, Emma...

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Hart resigns from Keizer Fire Board

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Citing declining health, a longtime member of the Keizer Fire Board stepped down last month. Mike Hart, a former city councilor who was elected to the Keizer Fire District fire board in 2003, turned in his resignation in December. “My health has continued to decline and it has gotten harder to participate in the fire board so I believe it is time for me to step down,” said Hart in an interview via e-mail. Former Keizer Fire Chief  Greg Frank asked Hart more than a decade ago to serve as part of KFD long-range planning committee and he enjoyed the experience so much, he opted to run for a seat on the fire board and held onto it, despite one vigorous challenge, for 11 years. Hart said helping select a successor for Frank, Jeff Cowan, the current KFD chief was one of his proudest accomplishments as a member of the fire board. “The process was in depth. I believe we made a great choice.  I have great respect for Chief Cowan and the work he has done for the district,” Hart said. Hart had something of an edge in the process, having previously taken part in hiring a new city manager as part of his role on the Keizer City Council. “There are very few places where we get to hire the...

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