Day: February 19, 2016

Kuch sets two GVC records, heads to state

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School sophomore Marissa Kuch was named the Greater Valley Conference Female Swimmer of the Year at the district tournament Feb. 12 and 13. Kuch set new conference records in the 100 and 200 freestyle races at the meet and is the only Celt headed to the state tournament. Kuch won the district title in the 200 freestyle in 1:53.84 and the 100 freestyle district title with a time of 52.11. Overall, the Lady Celts finished fifth in the GVC with 234 points. The Celtic boys finished seventh with 138 points. South Salem High School won the girls district title. McMinnville High School’s boys dominated in the male events. Other notable finishes for McNary were: Lizzie Bryant, Kiana Briones, Sarah Eckert and Kuch, fifth in the girls 200 medley relay; Isaiah Holt, Harrison Vaughn, Jake Wyer and Evan Alger, seventh in the boys 200 medley relay; Briones, ninth in the girls 200 free; Kylie McCarty, eighth in the girls 200 individual medley and 10th in the 100 freestyle; Haley Debban, 10th in the girls 50 free; Eckert, third in the girls 100 butterfly; Vaughn, eighth in the 100 breaststroke and 10th in the boys 500 free; Eckert, Samantha Williams, Debban and Kuch, fourth in the 200 free relay; Alger, Parker Dean, Georgio Corrieri and Wyer, seventh in the boys 200 free...

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Fixing KLL Park, one field at a time

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Clint Holland knows what the fields at Keizer Little League Park look like in prime condition. After all, Holland is one of the scores of people who used to work on the fields, which at one time were the heart and soul of the city. The fields have since fallen into a state of disrepair, with various talk in recent years about how to improve things. Now Holland has a new plan: working with a couple of guys willing to pay for the complete renovation of one field a year. Holland, a member of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, brought up the topic at the Feb. 9 Parks Board meeting. He also toured the facility on Feb. 16 with the guys he referenced – Tony Cuff and Chris Argue – along with Brad Arnsmeier and city parks supervisor Robert Johnson (see related story, pg. A2). “It’s sad every time you go out there,” Holland said in regards to KLL Park. “It’s really becoming an old facility. These guys are rockers and shakers. They want to work on one field every year. I’m talking dugouts, sod, better dirt, irrigation and mowing.” Holland said the first field proposed to be worked on is Field 3, the large one at the top of the facility by the water tank. “They’ll take the old turf...

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