Author: Derek Wiley

McNary finishes second, third in 4-H

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Both of McNary’s girls soccer teams reached the championship game in their respective 4-H league divisions this summer. But that’s not what has head coach AJ Nash excited about the upcoming fall season. “There’s three rules in summer league soccer and they’re don’t get hurt, don’t get hurt, don’t get hurt,” Nash said. “It means nothing. It’s just to stay fit and it’s more recreational in nature. It’s meant for fitness and relationship development, not for adding to the trophy collection. That trophy is not the one we care about.” Instead, Nash’s takeaway...

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McNary choir, band kids tour Europe

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary choir director Joshua Rist was walking through Paris with a small group of high school students when they came across a medieval-style cathedral. Open to the public, Rist and the students decided to walk in and give an impromptu performance of Locus iste by Anton Bruckner. “We had a song ready to sing so I just conducted these seven kids,” Rist said. “You could just see them experience with their own voices these incredible acoustics. It was special for those kids.” Rist was in Europe as part of an Oregon Ambassadors of...

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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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