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Day: February 5, 2014

Streaking Lady Celts dive into toughest week yet

Lady Celt Jasmine Ernest puts up a shot in the game with Sprague High School Tuesday, Jan. 21. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Lady Celt Jasmine Ernest puts up a shot in the game with Sprague High School Tuesday, Jan. 21. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

On Monday, Jan. 27, the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team was preparing for one of its biggest weeks yet with games on tap against West Salem and South Salem high schools.

The Celtics were ranked just behind the Titans in the Central Valley Conference when they met Tuesday, Jan. 28, but the two teams both had 3-1 records. McNary gave eighth-ranked South plenty of scares in the teams’ first meeting earlier this season.

“With West, it’s going to be a close game. We’re going to have to stay mentally tough to beat them,” said Lady Celt Sydney Hunter.

Head Coach Paul Pickerell hopes the girls draw on their first-game experiences with South this time around.

“After that game, we talked intensely about how they are just another team of high school girls no matter where they are ranked,” Pickerell said. “They’re good, but when we played hard and played smart, we stuck right with them.”

Junior Emma Jones said the Celts are also a different team this time around.

“We were a little bit nervous that first time, but we’ve improved since then and we can take a win,” she said.

McNary meets the Saxons at South, game time is 7 p.m. Friday, Jan.31.

The Lady Celts defeated both Sprague and McKay High Schools last week cruising to 63-39 and 56-33 victories, respectively.

Four of the girls put up double-digit offense in the contest with Sprague Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Hunter led with 15 points, Madi Hingston put up 11; Kaelie Flores and Reina Strand had 10 each; Jasmine Ernest put in seven; Jones had four; Cammie Decker had three; Ashlee Koenig had two and Alyx Peterson drained one from the foul line.

The Celts outpaced the Olys 34-17 in the first half and never looked back.

“We went in there not knowing what would happen, but they were aggressive and we stayed tough without letting it get away,” Hunter said.

McNary hosted the McKay Royal Scots Friday, Jan. 24, and turned an 11-10 lead after the first frame into a blowout win.

“All week, we did a lot better with our turnovers and our execution in the half-court offense,” Pickerell said.

Three of the Celts turned in double-digit offense against McKay. Baili Keeton led the Celtic charge with 13 points (including three treys); Hingston had 12; Flores had 10; Hunter had seven; Strand and Decker had four each; and Koenig had two.

“We had good chemistry together and had a lot of assists,” Jones said.

As McNary prepared for the second round robin of the Central Valley Conference, Jones said the team still had work to do.

“I think we want to work on our help defense and shutting down the best players on the other teams,” she said.

Medical marijuana forum Feb. 11


Of the Keizertimes

It’s going to be, like, an early meeting, maaaaan.

Who wouldn’t want to discuss medical marijuana facilities and grow sites at 7 a.m.?

That’s the time for a Feb. 11 community forum on the topic at Keizer Community Center. County Commissioner Patti Milne, chair of the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council, sent city leaders a heads up about the event earlier this month.

The discussion will be about the multiple facets of House Bill 3460, approved by state legislators last spring and signed into law by Gov. John Kitzhaber last Aug. 14. The law directs the Oregon Health Authority to establish a registration system for medical marijuana facilities (or dispensaries) and grow sites. Medical marijuana was first allowed in Oregon in 1998.

The facilities are not allowed to be within 1,000 feet of a school or another facility. More than 200 facilities are expected to register by the end of 2015. Several cities, such as Medford, have already looked at changing rules in relation to HB 3460.

Keizer City Manager Chris Eppley said no changes are coming immediately here.

“Staff is still reviewing what other cities are doing and brainstorming what options to lay out for council,” Eppley said Jan. 24. “We’re not ready to roll anything out because we’re still evaluating what options are available to us.”

Milne believes HB 3460 “does not speak to the multitude of public safety and public health issues and concerns that communities and counties will face,” hence the community forum.

“The purpose of the forum is to share information in the areas of public safety, law, health, science, education, regulation, permitting and taxation,” Milne said. “There will be discussion on viable options for county and city ordinances and a question and answer period.”

A medical marijuana survey can be completed online at At the end of the survey is a link to HB 3460 as well as the registration page for the forum.