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Day: March 24, 2014

Mat Club shines in region, state

 

 

 

Submitted Jacob Doerfler and Brayden Ebbs show off their state trophies alongside Kelly Hafer, their coach.
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Jacob Doerfler and Brayden Ebbs show off their state trophies alongside Kelly Hafer, their coach.

By ERIC A. HOWALD

Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School Mat Club was well-represented in the regional tournament Saturday, March 8.

The team posted four state qualifiers and several top finishers.

Brayden Ebbs took first at 100 pounds; Tony Castaneda took second at 90 pounds; Jacob Doerfler took third at 195 pounds; and Sam Partida took fourth at 117. All four boys qualified for the statewide tournament.

Zach Milstead, at 220 pounds, and Isaiah Putnam, at 160 pounds, placed in the top six. Ian Kramer, at 150 pounds, and Marcus Hess, at 80 pounds, finished in the top eight.

The state qualifiers competed last weekend and Brayden placed second in the 110-pound division; Jacob placed third at 195 pounds; and Tony placed third at 90 pounds.

Whiteaker Middle School placed fifth as a team.

The placings at the state level are the best finish on record for the Celtic Mat Club, said Jason Ebbs, McNary head wrestling coach.

“Despite no organized wrestling program or competitions within the middle schools, we are still producing competitive athletes capable of performing at the state level. All three state placers have been in various mat clubs over the years and training to compete at the higher state and national levels,” Ebbs said.

In recent years, due to budget cuts, wrestling programs at the middle and high school levels have operated on a strictly volunteer basis, and the effect is beginning to show.

“Keizer, at one time, had 40 to 50 wrestlers actively competing at the middle school level at both middle schools. That meant 80 to 100 middle school kids staying after school, learning the sport and training for competition. Unfortunately, we now have very few kids involved anymore,” Ebbs said.

While it means somewhat less prestige for McNary wrestling overall, Ebbs added that the real effects will be felt much more broadly.

“It is nice to still be able to hear about positive stories focused on our kids, and student athletes, but if we don’t get back to supporting these positive outlets – whether it is wrestling, football, volleyball, basketball, etc. – we will see a change in the culture of our schools and community,” he said.

Cops honored for CPR effort

Officer Kevin DeMarco and Sgt. Jeff Goodman (far left) were honored Monday for performing CPR on Margaret Whitehouse (center) in January. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Officer Kevin DeMarco and Sgt. Jeff Goodman (far left) were honored Monday for performing CPR on Margaret Whitehouse (center) in January.
(KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

 

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

He didn’t do it for the honor or recognition.

But Monday night sure felt good to Sgt. Jeff Goodman with the Keizer Police Department.

Goodman and officer Kevin DeMarco were feted at the start of Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting for their actions exactly two months earlier.

On Jan. 17, Goodman and DeMarco were the first responders to a call of Keizer resident Margaret Whitehouse being unconscious and not breathing. The two began doing chest compressions and rescue breathing on Margaret until medics from the Keizer Fire District arrived.

The efforts paid off, as Margaret’s life was saved. As such, police chief John Teague presented Goodman and DeMarco with Lifesaving Awards.

A beaming Margaret had a front row seat to watch the short ceremony, flanked by son Robert Whitehouse and partner June Akers.

“It’s the greatest honor I’ve ever had,” Goodman said. “It’s not everyday you do something that makes a big difference in someone’s life.”

Before the meeting started, Margaret got to meet the men who saved her life – but this time in a much more enjoyable situation.

“They are incredible,” said Margaret, whose wide smile didn’t leave her face all night. “They didn’t give up.”

Once Margaret heard of the ceremony, it was her top priority to be present.

“I wouldn’t miss it for nothing,” she said.

DeMarco said everything lined up just right to be able to help Margaret in January.

“It was definitely special,” DeMarco said. “A lot of things happen for a reason. We were in the right place at the right time. We were able to render aid until paramedics arrived. This gives a different meaning for the training we go through.”

Teague noted who highlighted the good deed.

“It is important to note that this was brought to my attention by the Keizer Fire District,” said Teague, who noted members of both the KFD and KPD were present. “Frankly, saving lives is routine work for Keizer medics, so their recognition of these officers’ actions is especially meaningful. Sergeant Goodman’s and officer DeMarco’s actions are a tribute to good training and good instincts.”

Robert Whitehouse spoke for the family.

“I just want to say thank you to the two officers,” he said. “Their timely decisions to continue doing CPR on my mother saved her life. Words cannot tell how grateful and how appreciative we are of everything you guys do, so thank you very much.”

such, police chief John Teague presented Goodman and DeMarco with Lifesaving Awards.

A beaming Margaret had a front row seat to watch the short ceremony, flanked by son Robert Whitehouse and partner June Akers.

“It’s the greatest honor I’ve ever had,” Goodman said. “It’s not everyday you do something that makes a big difference in someone’s life.”

Before the meeting, Margaret met the men who saved her life – but this time in a much more enjoyable situation.

“They are incredible,” said Margaret, whose wide smile didn’t leave her face all night. “They didn’t give up.”

Once Margaret heard of the ceremony, it was her top priority to be present.

“I wouldn’t miss it for nothing,” she said.

DeMarco said everything lined up just right to be able to help Margaret in January.

“It was definitely special,” DeMarco said. “A lot of things happen for a reason. We were in the right place at the right time. We were able to render aid until paramedics arrived. This gives a different meaning for the training we go through.”

Teague noted who highlighted the good deed.

“It is important to note that this was brought to my attention by the Keizer Fire District,” said Teague, who noted members of both the KFD and KPD were present. “Frankly, saving lives is routine work for Keizer medics, so their recognition of these officers’ actions is especially meaningful. Sergeant Goodman’s and officer DeMarco’s actions are a tribute to good training and good instincts.”

Robert Whitehouse spoke for the family.

“I just want to say thank you to the two officers,” he said. “Their timely decisions to continue doing CPR on my mother saved her life. Words cannot tell how grateful and how appreciative we are of everything you guys do, so thank you very much.”