Author: Derek Wiley

McNary swimmers win final dual meet

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—Before McNary senior Grant Biondi’s final high school meet at the Kroc Center, head coach Casey Lewin asked him to pick two events he didn’t normally swim. Biondi chose the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly. That decision paid off as Biondi won the 200 IM in 2:24.75 and 100 fly in 1:06.70 on Tuesday, Jan. 30 against North Salem. Biondi, who hadn’t swam the 200 IM since he was a sophomore, set a personal record in the event by nearly five seconds. “It was kind of emotional because this is my last...

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Ebbs, Vincent, Norton win district titles, two more qualify for state

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—Down by a point heading into the third period of the district finals, McNary senior Brayden Ebbs heard the voice of his father—head wrestling coach Jason Ebbs. “Since I was a little kid, my dad always told me no matter how much time is left, there’s always time to score in a match,” Brayden said. “A lot of kids will be down by points and give up. My mindset, with my dad being my coach, is I always keep going no matter what because anything can happen at any moment in time.” The...

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Keizer Fire presents awards

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes When the Keizer Fire District got back on the conflagration list in 2017, Sean Cummings led the way, serving as the engine boss on wild fires at Chetco Bar, Eagle Creek and Napa, Calif. He spent about two weeks at each fire. Chetco Bar and Eagle Creek, according to the United States Forest Service, were at one point the No. 1 priority fires in the nation. KFD chief Jeff Cowan presented Cummings with Employee of the Year at the annual district awards ceremony on Monday, Jan. 22. As much as he meant to...

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Celtics to fight for district crowns

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Missing most of last season with an injury, Enrique Vincent was able to sneak up on other wrestlers to win the district title. As the No. 1 seed this year, Vincent is determined to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to him. “I have a pretty good feeling about it but that can always happen,” Vincent said. “There can always be people I don’t even know that can sneak up.” Vincent will enter the district tournament at McKay on Feb. 2-3 undefeated at 126 pounds in league duals this season.  He expects...

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School district presents case against OSAA

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Salem-Keizer won’t have to wait much longer to find out if five of its high school athletic teams will compete in a league with three Bend schools beginning this fall. After listening to eight hours of testimony from the Salem-Keizer school district and the Oregon School Activities Association on Monday, Jan. 29, justice Michael Gillette said he would produce a written decision in 10 days to two weeks. “I will try to do it as quickly as I possibly can,” said Gillette, a retired Oregon supreme court judge. “I’ve written over a thousand...

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