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Day: June 11, 2014

‘Goose’ lands with George Fox Bruins

McNary’s Hayden Gosling recently signed to play football with the George Fox University Bruins. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
McNary’s Hayden Gosling recently signed to play football with the George Fox University Bruins. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Isaac Parker, head coach of the McNary High School football program, remembers the very first moment he saw Hayden Gosling throw a football.

“I remember seeing him throw the ball in the gym with some buddies, and I texted Coach (Josh) Vanlue right away and said, ‘I think we found us a QB (quarterback),’” said Parker.

Gosling, more frequently addressed as “Goose” in sports settings as a Celtic, had taken a year off from football after playing as a freshman, but became the shot-caller his junior year.

“In addition to being a smart player who understands the game, he gave the team confidence and was someone the rest of the players could believe in,” Parker said.

Gosling became a cornerstone of a Celtic team striving to redefine itself and that’s what he’s most proud of as he turns to college and plans to play for the George Fox University Bruins.

“The whole athletic department has changed here in the past two years and it’s good to see,” Gosling said.

Gosling will join the GFU program as it makes a return from a 45-year hiatus.

“Hayden appeared on our radar after one of our coaches watched him perform very well against North Salem High School,” said Gabe Haberly, the Bruins’ quarterbacks coach. “Then, I personally came to watch him play against West Salem High School, and I was impressed with his ability to throw the football and lead the team. I hope Hayden can bring leadership and confidence to our new program. Those two traits will be the most important as we restart football here at GFU.”

Haberly said Gosling has a shot at becoming the team’s first starting quarterback of its new era.

“I also hope that he will build his skill set of footwork, accuracy, arm strength, and mobility to make him become an effective QB in the Northwest Conference,” Haberly said.

Gosling said finding the right academic program was the most important thing he looked at and that football -was something like icing in on the cake.

“I plan to major in finance and minor in economics and they have a great school for that,” Gosling said. “I love the campus. With the football program coming back, I thought let’s go play for them.”

A shared goal: shed the pounds

Charlee Tyler and Doreen Jaramillo have dropped more than 200 pounds combined. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Charlee Tyler and Doreen Jaramillo have dropped more than 200 pounds combined. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Charlee Tyler and Doreen Jaramillo knew each other in elementary school, but weren’t friends.

Now they are friends with a common bond: working out and losing weight.

Combined, the two ladies have lost more than 200 pounds in the last couple of years. They both figure to keep going.

When Tyler joined Keizer Curves in 2002, Jaramillo and her mom were the first two people she saw.

“I’ve been through so many weight loss programs, including Curves,” Tyler said. “I’ve tried everything else and they never worked.”

Tyler said Keizer Curves owner Shirlie Shelton, former manager Jenae Quackenbush and training coach Amy Allen convinced her to start the Curves Complete program in March 2012.

“They finally got me to try it,” Tyler said. “They told me it would change my life. Those three are the core of what’s kept me going. It’s not really a diet, it’s more of a lifestyle change. They’ve found ways to work for everybody. You set up a meeting with a trainer. Your coach meets with you weekly. You work out four days a week. You try to do your steps, between 5,000 and 10,000 a week. Your coach will gradually get you to do more. You also follow a meal plan.”

Tyler topped out at 327 pounds. Once on Curves Complete, the pounds started coming off. She is now at 193, some 116 pounds lighter than when she started the program. She hopes to be under 180 pounds by her 35th birthday in September.

“Jenae kept pushing me and told me it would change my life,” Tyler said. “Before I know it, I’m losing all this weight. I have no more back problems. I have no more knee problems. I had been told I would need knee surgery. Now the pain is going away. It was a matter of getting healthy that has changed me.”

Jaramillo’s mother Norma had started Curves Complete, but seeing Tyler’s weight loss is what really caught her eye. The two struck up a friendship and in September 2012 Jaramillo was on the program.

“Seeing Char did it the most for me,” Jaramillo said. “I saw the physical change in her. When I saw her on Curves Complete and saw her losing weight, and I saw my mom losing weight, they inspired me. My highest weight was 285 pounds. I didn’t like myself. Since eighth grade, I started filling out. After that I was heavy. I just didn’t like it. I’ve tried all the weight loss stuff in the past like Char has.”

Jaramillo, who has lost 86 pounds since starting the program, faced an early obstacle.

“My knee cap gave out in October 2012,” she said. “I planned on keeping going with this, no matter how hard it was. I was out for a month with splints.”

Tyler said coach Allen played a big role for Jaramillo.

“Doreen still came in every day to work out,” Tyler said. “She came in crying, but we have an awesome coach with one of the biggest hearts. Amy can take it and turn it around.”

Jaramillo is 10 pounds away from her short-term goal of getting down to 189 pounds.

“My long-term goal is 159 pounds,” she said.

Tyler wanted to lose weight in part to beat family history.

“I have a family history of diabetes and cancer,” she said. “I’ve had cancer but got rid of it. My mom and grandma both had diabetes. I want to avoid doing that and live longer than they did. I want to be healthy so my dad can see me happy and healthy.”

Both ladies like the comments they’ve gotten since losing weight.

“One reaction is, ‘You’re shrinking. Where did you go?’” Jaramillo said.

Tyler is appreciative of the program not just for the lifestyle change, but also the good friend she’s gained in Jaramillo.

“It’s been really nice,” Tyler said. “We love sharing photos on Facebook. We’re close friends, doing this together. You don’t need a TV show or surgery to change your life for the better. There are ways around that. Doreen and I are good representatives of that.”