Author: Derek Wiley

Northwood, Holiday win swim meets

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Northwood Park Swim Club dominated relays to defeat Jan Ree 322-160 Thursday, July 13. Sayje Castronovo, Kaitlyn Schaffer, Meili Skipper and Kylie Wells won the girls 9-10-year-old medley relay. Castronovo, Skipper, Wells and Kaitlyn Roop also placed first in the free relay as Northwood’s girls outscored Jan Ree 175-112. Melia Wells, Brooke Junker, Ella Ditchen and Ainsleigh Pack had the fastest time in the 11-12 medley relay. Wells, Pack, Ditchen and Molly Eisele won the 11-12 free relay. Junker swam on the winning 13-14 free relay with Madie Trammell, Ellie Auvinen and Kailey...

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Romeo & Juliet opens in Keizer Wednesday

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Director Linda Baker wants audiences of Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s performances of Romeo and Juliet to hear the William Shakespeare play with new ears. “Speeches we all memorized, scenes we did in English, suddenly they are going to hear them and all of it’s going to come into focus,” Baker said. “You’ll suddenly realize that’s what that means. We’ve been working very hard at the intention as opposed to just the language. We haven’t changed anything. It’s traditional but we’re looking at it as a play that is something besides a lesson. It’s a...

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Keizer man wins IMCA race

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes John Campos, 41, of Keizer, is making a name for himself in his third year on the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modified circuit. Campos won his third race of the season on Saturday, July 8 at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon. Competing in the Clair Cup, Campos started outside on the third row. However, after a caution, Campos took the lead before the 10th of 30 laps and never let it go. “They’d just put a little bit of water down on the track before we got going,” Campos said. “The track was...

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Norstrom, Wilcoxen break Holiday Swim Club records

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Kyra Norstrom’s path to setting a new Holiday Swim Club record in the pool began at home, competing with her 5-year-old sister, Eirelyn, on who could eat breakfast or get dressed first. “She’s like ‘I’m going to beat you,’” Kyra said. “She’s very competitive for her age.” And the desire to win doesn’t end with her sister. “My mom is super competitive and my dad is competitive but only in certain sports. I’m only competitive in swimming,” Kyra clarified. That competitiveness paid off Thursday, July 6 at the Northview Terrace pool as the...

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Now and then: Barchus fulfills D-I dream

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes A broken hand cost Jordan Barchus a season at Lower Columbia College but it did not derail his dream of playing Division-I baseball. The 2014 McNary graduate has signed a commitment letter with the University of San Francisco. “That’s been my goal growing up, to play Division-I baseball,” Barchus said. “It’s amazing to see how far I have come, just how much better a person and how much better at baseball I’ve gotten. Especially the last three years, I did a lot of growing up and made me ready for Division-I baseball.” After...

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