Month: November 2015

Hingston headed to Seattle Pacific

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes There came a point last season when Derick Handley, head coach of the girls varsity basketball team, gave then-junior Madi Hingston an ultimatum. “Madi is great at sharing the ball with her teammates – that’s kind of the way she operates – but her unwillingness to shoot held us back at times,” said Handley. “We finally told her shoot the ball or you’re not going to play any more.” Hingston started shooting, and shooting, and shooting. She shot her way to a new single-season McNary record for three-point goals. “The old record was 37 and Madi had more than 60,” Handley said. Those skills have earned her a spot on the roster at Seattle Pacific University. Hingston signed a letter of intent to play for the Division II Falcons at a ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 17, at McNary. “There was a lot that went into picking them,” said Hingston. “There’s a good balance between basketball and education at the school. It will be a smaller class size and have a more community feel. They’ve also always been pretty strong basketball-wise.” In addition to her record-setting three-point season, Hingston averaged 13 points per game, four rebounds per game and was the team’s assist leader, all as a junior. As much as Handley was relieved to see Hingston step up and shoot, he said her...

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Flores picks Wildcats

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When it came to picking a school to continue her basketball career, McNary High School senior Kaelie Flores went with the one that stuck by her. “Central Washington University has been looking at me since I was in eighth grade, and they’ve stuck by me the entire time I’ve been developing as a player,” Flores said. “I like how supportive they’ve been of me and of their student athletes.” Flores signed a letter of intent to play for the Division II Wildcats during a ceremony held Tuesday, Nov. 17, at McNary. She made a second visit to the school last weekend and coaches at the school were already prepping her for the role she’ll play on the team. “They’re thinking a small forward, but they were already walking me through their system and sat me down with video to show me the types of players I would be defending against. It was pretty cool,” Flores said. Flores’s senior season is just starting, but she was a steady contributor as a junior -– averaging 13 points per game and five rebounds. Derick Handley, head coach of the McNary girls basketball program, said the biggest recent change in Flores’s game is being more aggressive offensively. “That’s come about because she’s realized she can be the scorer and the team leader and that got her...

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Decker swings for Concordia

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Mike McDowell only saw Cammie Decker hit one ball before she joined the McNary High School girls varsity golf team. “She hit a dart straight down the middle for about 230 yards and that was all it took. I knew I was in good hands for the next four years,” said McDowell, Celtic head coach. Decker, a senior, will be taking her skills north to Portland’s Concordia University next fall. She signed a letter of intent to play for the school at a ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 17. McDowell said Decker started with the right foundation. “Cammie is the first one at practice and last to leave every day, and puts that kind of example forward for the other girls. She’ll also step right up and help the other girls whenever she can help them identify a problem,” he said. Over the years, she’s added to her repertoire a steely resolve to excel at a game known for its ups and downs. She doesn’t get angry over the bad balls and feels no need to celebrate the great ones, McDowell said. “Cammie hits a plateau and stays there. I’ve only met two or three other high school students that can play the way she does in that regard,” said McDowell. Decker said she loves the team and individual aspects of golf, and found the...

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Gahlsdorf stepping down after 18 years

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Shortly after the new year starts, Susan Gahlsdorf will finish her transition plan. Gahlsdorf, Keizer’s Finance Director for the last 18 years, confirmed to the Keizertimes this week she is retiring. “I am leaving after 18 years with the city,” Gahlsdorf said on Tuesday. “January 8 will be my last day. I have been working through a transition plan for over a year now, not knowing how all of this would work with all the uncertainties of life. But my family responsibilities continue to grow and it’s time for a lifestyle change. I will miss everyone terribly. It has been an honor and privilege working for Keizer.” Tim Wood, Keizer’s assistant controller who has worked alongside Gahlsdorf for the last six years, is serving as interim Finance Director. “Susan is transitioning into retirement,” Wood said. “Susan will be with the city for a couple more months. However, she is stepping back from the daily operations. I am serving as the interim Finance Director until the open recruitment process can be completed.” Wood added he is interested in the job on a full-time basis. Though one wouldn’t know by looking at her, Gahlsdorf noted she’s been in public service for 34 years. She was previously an auditor for the Oregon Secretary of State. Before that, she worked in the private sector. She has been...

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Former OSH doc talks mental health with McNary students

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In September, a Gresham woman fatally shot her 17-year-old son. Reports suggested that the woman was undregoing financial and emotional strain after losing her home to foreclosure. When Dr. Prasanna Pati reads about such incidents, the psychiatrist laments the best aspects of the now defunct Oregon State Hospital (OSH). Between 1883 and 1995, the hospital operated as the primary state-run psychiatric hospital. “People with mental health problems are not bad guys or good guys. They are people with problems, and most people suffer from some sort of mental health issue,” said Pati, who took time Monday, Nov. 16, to talk with McNary High School students. Pati was invited to talk with students as part of teacher Gary Bulen’s psychology unit on the brain and body. Pati served as a doctor at OSH for nearly 28 years and even landed a small role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the Academy Award-winning film that shot on location at OSH. During his visit, Pati provided anecotal evidence of the need for the services OSH provided. It included accounts of overbearing, and sometimes racist patients, as well as one man who had a plan to kill his family before checking in at the hospital. “He had a loaded gun in his car when he checked in and I made him leave the keys to...

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