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Day: September 10, 2010

Volcanoes cap rocky season with four-game win streak

Taylor Rogers, who set a club record with 16 starts this season, gets off a pitch against the Emeralds. (Keizertimes/ERIC A. HOWALD)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

The Volcanoes ended their 2010 season with a 9-4 win over the visiting Eugene Emeralds.

The victory meant Salem-Keizer’s only four-game winning streak of the season. A crowd of 2,875 saw the home club hit three home runs, and starting and winning pitcher Taylor Rogers set a Volcanoes record with 16 starts. Eugene starter Deiber Sanchez took the loss.

In the first inning, the Volcanoes got two more runs than they needed for the win, Eugene had scored the first run of the game in the top of the first, with Rico Noel tripling and Tyler Stubblefield’s sacrifice fly sending him home.

Salem-Keizer responded with two home runs that accounted for all five in the first. Carter Jurica singled to left center field, Mike Murray singled to left, Adam Duvall walked, and Devin Harris hit a grand slam to left. Jeff Arnold then came up and cleared the left field fence as well.

Eugene threatened in the second, when two successive errors by second baseman Duvall, who had made only six errors for the season, put runners on second and third. However, Duvall threw the next batter out to retire the side.

The Volcanoes scored again in the second. Jurica singled to center, stole second base and reached third on a passed ball. After a walk to Jose Medina, a sacrifice fly by Duvall brought Jurica home.

A new Eugene pitcher, Matt Irsfeld, faced the Volcanoes in the third and struck out the side.

In the top of the fourth, the Emeralds’ Wes Cunningham struck out but reached first base when catcher Arnold failed to catch the third strike. Cunningham stole second base, went to third on Rocky Gale’s single and scored when Connor Powers hit into a fielder’s choice.

The Volcanoes did not score in the bottom of the fourth, but Irsfeld lost his control, hitting Gary Brown, who was thrown out trying to steal second, and walking Murry and Medina before Duvall’s grounder ended the inning.

Eugene added a run in the fifth. Jorge Minyeti singled, went to second on Noel’s single and third when Stubblefield grounded out, and scored on a single by Cunningham.

In the bottom of the fifth, Alessio Angelucci took the mound and gave up a single to John Eshleman and a walk to Carlos Quintana, but no runs scored.

Edward Concepcion relieved Rogers in the sixth. Powers led off with a double, but Concepcion retired the next three batters.

In the Volcanoes’ sixth, Jurica greeted reliever Rob Gariano with a homer over the right field fence. Medina hit an infield single and was forced out on a grounder that put Duvall on first.  Duvall went to second on an error and scored on Harris’ single to center. Arnold doubled down the left field line to score Harris.

Mario Rodriguez pitched the seventh and eighth for Salem-Keizer, allowing no runs. Eugene’s Chris Franklin pitched the eighth and gave up a single to Medina, who went to third on an error, but a double play retired the side.

Jake Dunning, the last Volcano pitcher, gave up a triple to Noel, who scored the last run of the game on a double by Stubblefield.

Manager Tom Trebelhorn, after noting that his Volcanoes had completed their best winning streak of the year, observed: “We were undermanned a bit this season. We didn’t always coordinate.”

The Arizona League Giants, the lowest-level club in the San Francisco Giants’ organization, just completed an excellent season. Trebelhorn, noting that many of the rookie club’s players could be Volcanoes in 2011, said, “They ended up with more of the 2010 draft than we got here.”

One of the bright spots for 2010 that Trebelhorn noted was that Ryan Scoma was named a Northwest League all-star outfielder,

Harris, who did not start the season as a Volcano, observed, “The team got better while I was here.”

Rogers, whose pitching improved over the season, said, “I try to rely on my sinker for the most part, focus on getting them out of the batter’s box as quickly as I can.”

How big do we want Keizer to be?

To the Editor:

When my parents retired they had planned to move to Salem but just by chance they went to look at a house in Keizer that was for sale. They had never heard of Keizer but soon found out that it was right by Salem. What they liked about Keizer was that it was not  a big city but was close to one.

When I retired I moved to Keizer because it was still very much a nice quiet bedroom community next to Salem.

Now our mayor and council members want to change it all, they think bigger is better. I disagree with that whole-heartedly, big is not better. Councilor Cathy Clark says we need shopping areas all over Keizer so you won’t have to drive across town to a shopping district.

What is wrong with having a shopping district? What do you get with shopping everywhere?  Strip malls,  which Ms. Clark says we need to move away from. Ms. Clark says clustered business are better but she wants shopping all over Keizer. She leaves me confused.

To me, if Keizer aims for a shopping district you get more of a town feel and leave the rest for single family homes. If we limit our growth you will see a turn around in areas like southeast Keizer.

A limited housing stock would get people to buy, fix and enlarge smaller homes and homes in marginal areas would start to change to be desirable. It would also help all areas of Keizer get back some of their homes’ value in time but none of that would happen with the present course being pushed by the mayor and the council.

Peter DeBeck
Keizer

Newberg’s ‘big, physical’ team will be test for Celtic defense

McNary defensive linemen wrap up a Celtic runningback during a preseason scrimmage game. (Keizertimes/ERIC A. HOWALD)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

McNary High School’s varsity football team couldn’t make much happen on offense last week, but the Celts’ head coach will be putting his faith in his “speedy and skilled” players – again.

McNary hosts Newberg High School Friday, Sept. 10. Game time is 7 p.m.

“They’re a big, physical team, which doesn’t sound good for us right now, but our speed and athleticism is going to give them some problems,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. “They have some big guys but we’re not certain they can cover ours.”

The Tigers run an “old school I-back veer” that might be a test for the Celtic defense, “but our defense is up to that test,” Ward said.

Newberg (1-0) won its opening game against Reynolds High School in the final seconds. Tiger linebacker Matt Dunkle forced and recovered a fumble after a blitz as the team trailed 27-26. After the turnover, Newberg quarterback Darnell Adams hit Nate Hyatt for 24-yard touchdown pass. Adams laid out 99 passing yards and two touchdowns in the game.

Mistakes plagued McNary’s opening game vs. Crater High School that ended in a 36-14 loss, but the team can work harder, said Alex Willeford, a McNary senior linebacker.

“I think we have a lot of potential. We’re not there yet, but we can get there,” he said.

Laziness on offense was an issue for Celt runningback Tim McDowell.

“We need to show good face when we’re trying to sell play fakes,” McDowell said. “Running backs need to be running hard lines and the line has to fight for it like the ball is right behind them. That’s the kind of effort that can turn the game for us.”

The Celts also need control the Newberg’s field position more than they did Crater’s, said James Lowells, a McNary wide receiver.

“We need to focus on getting into the red zone more, that gave us a lot of trouble [in the Crater game],” Lowells said.

Ward will be relying on the defense to stop the larger players on Newberg’s team, but he’s confident they will be up to the challenge.

“The one great thing I noticed watching the film from last week’s game was that we had guys flying to the ball on defense and that’s what you gotta have,” Ward said. “It will probably come down to who gets the breaks, but each team makes those happen.”

The key, Ward said, is getting the Celts to play their game, not Newberg’s.

“We like to call plays on the field and go where they’re not. If we can do that we should be able to cause [Newberg] some real grief,” he said.

Ronald F. Weatherford

Ronald Fred Weatherford, a Keizer resident and a long-time Medford educator, died August 30 in Salem. Weatherford served as an elementary school principal for 30 years in the Medford school district.

Weatherford was born Dec. 1, 1926, in Oakland, CA. In his early years he moved to Medford and continued to live in Oregon most of his life, calling Medford home for 45 years. His grandparents on both sides were Oregon pioneers in Gilliam, Linn, and Union counties.

He is survived by his widow and college sweetheart, Joanne; the couple were married for 61 years. He had three grown children; Linda, Bruce, and Lisa. He had six grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Evelyn Sutton.

Weatherford was a Rotary member for more than 25 years, including more than 15 years in the East Salem Rotary club, where for eight years he served as chairman of the Student Exchange program.

Weatherford graduated from Northwest Nazarene College (University) in 1951. The college honored him as Alumnus of the Year in 1970. He received his Masters from the College of Idaho.

He was deeply involved in Medford’s Community Concerts, serving as a past president, and also helped to found the Britt Music Festival.

Memorial Service to be held September 11, 2 p.m., at the Salem First Church of the Nazarene. The family requests gifts in lieu of flowers to the church’s building fund.

Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Frosh gridders dominate Crater

The McNary High School freshman football team got off to an explosive start with a 46-21 victory over Crater High School on Friday, Sept. 3.

Tanner Purkey popped the lid off Celtic scoring with a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Cody Ratliff added the extra point for 7-0 lead.

Jonathan Doutt found Quinton Boyd on a nine-yard touchdown pass to start the second quarter with Hayden McCowan sending the extra point through the uprights.

After Crater scored to make it 14-7, Andrew Lawrence threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Boyd for a 20-7 halftime lead.

Spencer Baker ran five yards for a third quarter touchdown and McCowan added the extra point for a 27-7 lead.

D.J. Wilson opened the 4th quarter with a five-yard touchdown run as the Celtics opened up a 33-7 lead.

Crater scored to make it 33-15, but the Celts answered as Adam Snegirev scored on a 28-yard run to make it 39-15. Crater scored again, but Snegirev with a 35-yard touchdown run. McCowan kicked the extra point to close the scoring.

Overall, McNary rushed for 338 yards led by Brett Hildebrand and Snegirev with 83 yards each. Wilson finished with 68 yards and Baker added 63 for a balanced rushing attack making Josh Riddell, offensive coordinator, quite pleased.

Doutt and Lawrence combined for eight completions on 12 attempts for 57 passing yards. Boyd led receiving with four catches for 38 receiving yards, all were coached by McNary alum Justin Barchus.

“The offensive line, coached by former Celtic stars Kyle Ward, Todd Scott and Conrad Venti, did an outstanding job led by center Perry Groves,” said Ted Anagnos, head coach.

Kevin Cook led the defense, coached by Mike Gray, with six tackles and Ratliff came up with five. Wilson and Justin Cavell each had an interception,and Cavell added 4 tackles.

Daniel Brattain averaged 40 yards on three punts and Cody Wright did a good job with the long center snaps, Anagnos said.