Author: Derek Wiley

Hunter commits to to U. of San Diego

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Sydney Hunter only needed to hear from one school to make her college decision. The incoming McNary senior has verbally committed to play basketball at University of San Diego. Hunter, who is still receiving calls and text messages from other colleges, didn’t plan to commit so early in the process. “Maybe it was the beaches. I don’t know. But I loved it,” she said. Hunter has been in contact with the coaches at San Diego since the eighth grade. “I’ve known their coaches for a lot longer than any of the other coaches that have talked to me,” she said. “I went on my official visit and I got to meet the whole team and I just think I fit in super well. I loved it. That was a big part of it.” San Diego plays in the West Coast Conference with the likes of Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara. The Lady Toreros finished 25-8 last season, which was the second most wins in program history, and lost to Michigan in the Sweet 16 round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Hunter isn’t completely sure what she wants to do academically but noted San Diego has a top-notch counseling program. “You have to be so smart to go there so it’s going to be a challenge and I’m so excited for it,”...

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Cancer not slowing Keizer man down

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes George Krause went to the USA Track and Field Masters Outdoor Championships not to just battle the other five participants in his age group, 50-54, but to compete against himself, and cancer. And he won. In the pentathlon, which includes the 200 and 1,500-meter runs, long jump, and discus and javelin throws, Krause recorded 3,211 points at Grand Vally State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. on July 14-17 to win his age group. Krause, the computer lab teacher at Claggett Creek Middle School, was diagnosed with leukemia lymphoma a year and half ago when he decided to get a bump on his neck checked out. “I’m going to continue doing things most people can’t do for as long as I possibly can because you start taking stock of the time you have left when you get a diagnosis like that,” he said. “The fact that I can go out there and still sprint and still throw and still do things that most 50-year-olds can’t do, then I know I’m not sick. It was found early. The cancer is not aggressive, which is problematic because you can’t really cure it. It’s just a very slow moving train.” Because he’s not sick, Krause isn’t undergoing any treatment, just blood work every six months. Krause threw the javelin in college at Harvard but said he was...

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All-City meet Saturday

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes The best swim club in Salem-Keizer will be determined Saturday when six teams jump in the pool for the All-City meet, held at Holiday beginning at 10 a.m. Northwood, last summer’s champion, showed it’s at least the top team in Keizer by defeating Northview Terrace 398-227 on Thursday, July 21. Northwood’s boys outscored Northview 207-81. Carter Hawley had the fastest times in the 9-10-year-old freestyle and butterfly. He also swam on the winning medley relay team with Caleb Skipper, Riley Auvenin and Hudson Hughes. Pierce Walker touched the wall first in the individual medley and backstroke. Davis Olsen won the breaststroke. Kelson Whalen, Elijah Clendening, Grant Schaffer and Roman Pack took first in the free relay. Ben Diede and Jeffery Olsen dominated the 7-8 age division. Diede won the fly and breaststroke while Olsen had the fastest times in the free and backstroke. Zander Rhoades took first in the 11-12 free and backstroke. Jackson Alt won the IM and fly while also swimming on the winning free relay team with Walker, Olsen and Connor Roop. Riley touched the wall first in the breaststroke and joined Zachary Carrington, Carson Biondi and Cade Olson on the winning medley relay team. Rhoades and Alt jumped up to join Bryce Junker and Ethan Whalen on the fastest 13-14 medley relay. Ethan won the breaststroke and Brennan Whalen...

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Target employees given lifesaving award

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Sharon Winter went to the Target at Keizer Station on Saturday, March 12 looking for Easter decorations but believes she was led to the store for a completely different reason. On surveillance video, Winter can be seen at the front of the store falling out of a motorized cart. “I remember feeling a little dizzy and things had a shade of blue to it, which was interesting,” Winter said. “I thought I had low blood sugar and I remember putting my hand to my head.” Store manager Brad Dickerson was working that day and got a call for an emergency. “It sounded very urgent so I started running,” he said. Senior Team Leader Austin Snelling joined Dickerson at the front of the store. Winter wasn’t breathing and had no pulse so Snelling applied CPR while Dickerson prepared the AED [Automated External Defibrillator]. “Time started to kind of slow down and once I was in that moment training kicked in,” said Snelling in a video posted to Facebook by Salem Health. Dickerson used the AED to shock Winter, which didn’t immediately revive her. He started doing chest compressions and at about 20, she came back to life. “I hoped I was doing this right and remembering all the training that we had done,” Dickerson said. “You don’t do it often enough. The nice thing about...

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