Day: October 17, 2016

“Ugly: A Memoir” by Robert Hoge

“Ugly: A Memoir” by Robert Hoge c.2016, Viking $16.99 / higher in Canada 200 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You already have a name. Your parents gave it to you when you were born. It might’ve meant something special to them, it might’ve been a name they liked, or something that sounded beautiful. Whatever the situation was, you have a name that’s served you just fine but, as in the new book “Ugly” by Robert Hoge, your classmates often use a different one. Usually, when a baby enters the world, there is a great celebration of its birth but for Australian Robert Hoge, there was silence. He was born with a “massive bulge” from his forehead to the place where his nose should’ve been and his eyes were on either side of his head. His legs were both “mangled” and misshapen. His mother, expecting her fifth child, instead “got a little monster,” Hoge says. A week after his birth, when his mother went to see him for the first time, Hoge says she “did not care about her son.” His parents planned on giving him up but they first decided to discuss the matter with Hoge’s siblings, who insisted their parents fetch the baby – and so, just over a month after his birth, Hoge went home with his family. It didn’t take long for them to realize...

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Football: Celtics dominate West Albany

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes On paper, McNary-West Albany looked like it would go just like most of the Celtics other Greater Valley Conference games this season—a back-and-forth battle to the end. However, McNary had something else in mind. Setting the tone with a 15-play, 62-yard scoring drive to open the game, the Celtics defeated West Albany 28-7 on Thursday, Oct. 13 in Keizer. “We really came together like I don’t think we have yet this year,” senior Kolby Barker said. “Our offense was clicking. Our defense was clicking. Everybody did their job. We’ve been talking this whole time about taking us from good to great and I think we showed that tonight. I think people that haven’t been expecting a lot from us are going to change their minds real quick.” McNary was missing senior Brendan Van Voorhis, who was in New York on a track and field recruiting visit to West Point. “I was wondering how we were going to respond both offensively and defensively and it was great to see we didn’t miss a beat,” Celtics head coach Jeff Auvinen said. Senior Josh Benson became quarterback Josiah Gilbert’s No. 1 option at receiver, catching three touchdown passes. “I just knew I had to step up with (Van Voorhis) being gone to New York,” Benson said. “I thought we were going to run the whole entire...

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Lady Celts in playoff hunt

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes For the first time in years, the McNary girls soccer team has a shot at the playoffs entering the final week of the regular season. The Lady Celts shut out McKay 5-0 on Monday, Oct. 10 to improve to 6-4-2 overall and 1-3-2 in the  Greater Valley Conference. With two games to go, McNary is currently 38th in the OSAA rankings and need to move up to 36th to at least get a play-in game, which would be a first since 2009. The Lady Celts go to North Salem on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and then host South Salem on Thursday, Oct. 20 to finish the season. McNary head coach AJ Nash believes the girls need a win at North and at least at tie against South in order to get into the playoffs. “There’s no guarantee but I feel good going into the final game,” Nash said. “I do believe it’s (playoff spot) in our hands, even though I can’t confirm that. We just need to get results in the last two games and we should have playoffs in our destiny.” South Salem is ranked 30th with two games left to play so the Saxons should also have plenty at stake when they go to McNary. “It should make for a great game,” Nash said. “I’d say we’re fairly evenly matched so it...

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