Day: March 13, 2015

Girls’ early lead crumbles in final minutes at Clackamas

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Lady Celts began their first round state playoff game with a 13-6 lead, but a scoring drought in the fourth quarter led to a 56-43 loss to Clackamas High School in girls varsity basketball. “We were up five at halftime and were able to stretch it to nine in the third quarter. Starting the fourth quarter we had a five-point lead,” said Derick Handley, McNary head coach. “It was a 2 to 6 point game for most of the fourth quarter, but when we had to start fouling they made their free throws.” The loss ended the girls season, but Handley said the confidence the team entered the game with wavered in the final four minutes, giving the Cavaliers the victory and an advance to the second round. While the game didn’t fall in favor of the Celts, there were many good things happening for McNary in the early going. Sophomore Sydeny Hunter had 12 points by the half and finished the game with 16. Junior Madi Hingston wasn’t far behind with 14 points. “Lauren Hudgins did an amazing job on the Clackamas post, Peyton Carroll. She was their leading scorer this season, and Lauren held her to 9 points, most of which were free throws at the end of the game,” Handley said. Handley, a first-year head coach of the...

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Pinot for the Parks coming on Friday

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Have some wine and food, help a playground project. The third annual Pinot for the Parks fundraiser takes place Friday, March 13. The event, put on by the Keizer Parks Foundation, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road N. Tax-deductible tickets are $25, with proceeds being dedicated to the Big Toy project at Keizer Rapids Park. In the past two years $10,000 has been raised at the event, leading to a $10,000 check from the KPF to the playground project. Jeanne Bond-Esser with the Keizer Parks Foundation said last year’s event raised $6,500. “It is a great event,” said Parks Foundation member and Keizer City Councilor Marlene Quinn, who also chairs the Community Build Task Force overseeing the project. “There’s nothing like this in Keizer. It’s a very affordable wine tasting and it’s a social event. We’re the only one that does this kind of thing in Keizer. It is fun. It’s great knowing it all goes to parks, plus it is fun too.” Four local wineries (Arcane Cellars at Wheatland Winery, Illahe Vineyards, Mia Sonatina Cellars and Willamette Valley Vineyards) will be on hand to offer tastings and wine by the glass, bottle or case. In addition, The Growl Movement will offer tastings and glasses of microbrew beer. Four food vendors will be on hand...

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Boys ousted in Medford

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School boys varsity basketball team ended its season with a 63-56 loss to North Medford High School Friday, March 6. The boys duked it out with the Black Tornadoes until the final minutes of the game. “It was a one-point game with two minutes to go,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “In the end, we just missed a few shots that we normally make and North Medford didn’t. We missed 10-foot shots by our better shooters and North was 14-of-16 in the fourth quarter.” Kirch said the hardest aspect of the game, in which the teams traded leads for much of three quarters, was that it ended what had been a restorative season for the Celtics. “They are a tough team and our guys were well-prepared and fought hard. It was a good high school basketball game by two very good teams,” he said. In the four years since Kirch took over the program, McNary notched its first wining season last year. This year, they exploded onto the scene of an expanded Greater Valley Conference. The Celts took a loss in early December to Tualatin High School and another to Lebanon High School later that month, but didn’t lose a conference game until late January. Earlier in the season, McNary took down the South Salem Saxons 67-62 in their...

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Lee runs for third SKSB term

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Chuck Lee likes to joke his goal is to flip-flop the name of the Salem-Keizer School District. He’s looking for another chance to do so. Lee confirmed to the Keizertimes on Tuesday he’s running for a third term on the Salem-Keizer School Board. Lee left the Keizer City Council in 2007 to take over the Keizer representative seat vacated by Mike Basinger on the school board and won his re-election bid in 2011. Last fall, Lee came up short against Bill Post in the battle to take over the State House District 25 seat vacated by Kim Thatcher. The election for the school board race takes place on May 19. Candidates have until March 19 to file; as of press time Wednesday, no one else had filed to run against Lee for his Zone 6 seat. “I enjoy it,” Lee said of why he’s running again. “If elected, it will be 19 years in Keizer politics for me. I resigned from the city council with one year left on my term to run for the school board. I decided to go ahead and switch over. I feel like I’m making a good contribution. I want to be involved.” Lee is the former president of Blanchet Catholic School but is currently president of the Mountain West Career Technical Institute. Lee is working with former...

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