Day: March 17, 2017

From KYBA to state champs

Keizer girls lead Blanchet to first girls basketball title By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With a roster of mostly sophomores, Blanchet Catholic wasn’t supposed to win a state championship. But its road to a title didn’t begin two years ago. It started when five future Lady Cavaliers—Ana Coronado, Bailey Hittner, Hailey Ostby, Lauren Elmore and Trinity Phipps—came together as fifth graders on the same tournament team in the Keizer Youth Basketball Association. That squad, which won a state middle school championship as sixth graders, was coached by Bailey’s father Ron Hittner, who was an assistant at Corban University...

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Lady Celts open season with shutout

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Batting leadoff, Nadia Witt said she was just trying to get on base. The McNary center fielder did more than that, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored as the Lady Celts shut out Cleveland 10-0 on Thursday, March 16 to open the 2017 softball season. “We played a lot better than I expected,” Witt said. “I wasn’t expecting us to play bad but we played really good and we all communicated well and just played as a team.” McNary sophomore Faith Danner pitched all five innings, recording six strikeouts and...

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Mayor: ‘The Keizer way works’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark delivered a largely upbeat message in her annual state of the city address delivered to a gathering of Keizer Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday, March 14. “The Keizer way works,” Clark said. “The people who formed the city of Keizer took charge of pride, spirit and volunteerism, thought through what they needed and made it happen. We started out as not-Salem, but we’ve become a significant part of the financial and social fabric of the region.” Clark said the city survived the bursting of the housing bubble mostly unscathed,...

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McNary lacrosse home opener Friday

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Led by a strong junior class, McNary lacrosse coach Ryan Bowlby expects a solid season. The Celtics opened the 2017 campaign on Monday, March. 13 with a 12-8 win at Newberg. McNary’s first home game is Friday, March. 17 versus Hermiston at 7 p.m. “We have lots of experience on offense,” Bowlby said. “Our defense is extremely new but our goalie is a third-year starter. We’ve got a good mix-match.” Jonathan Williams, who scored three goals and added three assists against Newberg, will lead the offense. “Right now pretty much everything is ran...

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Who deserves health care?

By DON VOWELL Is there someone you think should not be able to see a doctor?  The new proposal hopes to improve access with the exception of 45 million or so (American exceptionalism?), who can’t or won’t afford it. It is a question we must answer according to our humanity rather than political affiliation, ideology, or income level.  We need to ask instead how we’ve decided that some Americans don’t deserve health care. Almost all other industrialized nations pay much less to provide universal health care. They have made a conscious decision that a healthy citizenry makes a healthy...

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