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Day: May 7, 2014

Wins elude boys tennis, improvement shows

Pedro Reyes gets in front of a return volley in competition with West Salem High School Tuesday, April 29. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Pedro Reyes gets in front of a return volley in competition with West Salem High School Tuesday, April 29. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School boys varsity tennis team didn’t come away with overall wins in either of its contests last week, but picking up a doubles win against North Salem High School was a hallmark of improvement.

“It’s one better than we did the first time out,” said John Reid, a McNary senior.

Reid waged an all-out battle in singles with Sprague’s Griffin Fraser Tuesday, April 23.

Reid won the first set 7-6, but Fraser got the best of him in the second set, 4-6.

“It was a long match with real consistent groundstrokes from both of us. With Griffin it almost always seems to come down to whether you can outlast him,” Reid said.

Fortunately for Reid, he did. The Celt took the last set 6-2 and was the only McNary player to emerge with a win over the Olys.

Reid drew Viking Ignacio Ocampo in the No. 1 doubles spot of the North Salem match Thursday, April 24, and walked away with another hard-fought win. Set scores were 6-2 and 7-5.

The Celtics’ doubles win came off the rackets of Carlos Flores and Pedro Reyes in sets of 6-4 and 6-2.

While match wins eluded the team for the most part, Zach Staley, in singles competition, and the doubles pairing of Lucas Santana and Brandon Gasperini took their North opponents to three sets. In singles, Eli Purser fell in consecutive 7-5 sets.

“The thing everyone has to remember is that you only get better when you play opponents better than you. Even when we take a loss, you can see how our team has improved,” Reid said.

KPIC members to take councilors on a tour June

KEIZERTIMES/File photo
KEIZERTIMES/File photo

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Keizer City Councilors will indeed be seeing points of interest in June.

Members of the Keizer Points of Interest Committee (KPIC) agreed during their most recent meeting to host a tour of various sights around Keizer, with committee members explaining the significance of each site.

The tour will start at 5:45 p.m. Monday, June 9 and will involve KPIC members as well as city councilors. The tour would take the place of that month’s work session.

“We’re taking council members on a tour of some of our points of interest,” said Jill Bonney-Hill, in her first meeting as KPIC chair. “We have points of interest signs in Keizer. We’ll show them what they are and let them know more about them. Each member has been designated a point of interest sign.”

Bonney-Hill will be showing the Marie Dorian exhibit at Keizer Station, Bee Anderson will show the donation land claim at the southeast corner of the intersection at Chemawa and River Roads, Debbie Miller will show geo-caching, Sherrie Gottfried will show the Claggett Cemetery and councilor Jim Taylor will show some of the historic trees at Rainbow Court, near city hall off Chemawa.

“I say Marie Dorian first, then Claggett Cemetery, then the donation land claim, trees, then geo-caching here on this site. It brings us back here,” Gottfried said.

Deputy city recorder Debbie Lockhart estimated the tour with councilors could take about 90 minutes.

“It will probably take that long since they’ll have questions,” Lockhart said. “But they don’t mind having short work sessions.”

The tour will start and end at Keizer Civic Center.

In other KPIC business:

• The KPIC meeting scheduled for May 20 has been canceled, as that would be right after Keizer Iris Festival and right before Memorial Day weekend. The tour on June 9 will take the place of the regularly scheduled June 17 meeting. Thus, the next regular KPIC meeting won’t be until July 15 at 5:30 p.m.

• Miller was absent, which in recent months would have meant no meeting due to lack of quorum for the seven-member board. However, Charlotte Clark was recently approved as the fifth member and thus there was a quorum.