Subscribe to get tough, fair journalism seven days a week.
Subscribe today

Day: November 12, 2014

Ousted in 1st round

McNary’s Garon Stanley makes a tackle in the Celtic’s first round playoff game with South Medford High School. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
McNary’s Garon Stanley makes a tackle in the Celtic’s first round playoff game with South Medford High School. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School boys varsity soccer team ran out of miracles in its first-round state playoff game Saturday, Nov. 1.

The Celtics hosted South Medford in the game that ended in a 5-1 loss for McNary and an ouster from the playoff scene.

“We were in control, but after two mistakes in the back the momentum changed and, in the playoffs, it is really hard to comeback,” said Miguel Camarena, McNary head coach. “We lost concentration in key parts of the game.”

McNary fell behind 2-0 early on Panther goals in the 11th and 17th minutes. In the 35th minute, senior Mario Garcia fended off a small army of defenders as he traversed from midfield to the right corner and crossed the ball in front of the net. Sophomore Gustavo Villalvazo headed the ball into the goal and the Panther lead shrunk to 2-1.

Any respite earned in the play vanished two minutes later when the South Medford answered and made the score 3-1. The Panthers scored twice more in the second half for the 5-1 final.

If there was any one factor that contributed most to the loss, it was nothing the Celts could do much about. At nearly every turn, the Panthers had a player with a stride six inches longer or a head taller that created situations where controlling every ball was a war the Celts had to win before making headway on offense.

“Our team’s effort was there, but between South Medford’s goalkeeper and the crossbar, we could only get one goal and that wasn’t enough,” Camarena said.

While the loss was a sour note to end a magical season on, the Celtics have much to celebrate as they move forward.

“They should be proud of the capacity, mental strength, character and winning mentallity the team showed in every practice and games,” Camarena said. “They adjusted to injuries, ineligible players, inexperience and comebacks. The work ethic that went into that, to become a family, showed from the preseason to winning the Greater Valley Conference in its first year.”

As for the way forward, Camarena said he’s already working with returning athletes on plans to put on some muscle, gain some strength and hone their speed. The Celts will also be putting in time with club teams in the offseason.

All in all, Camarena sees a bright future on the horizon. Even though many on the team viewed some of their wins and big moments as miracles, it was a team effort from beginning to end.

“To my seniors, I thank them for the commitment, discipline, leadership and dedication to our soccer program. The young boys won’t be young any more after this year, they will step in on the roles of some of these seniors. They all had grow tremendously. We set the bar high this year, so we need to aim there every season,” Camarena said.

Keizer history lessons coming to social media


Of the Keizertimes

History could be meeting the future in Keizer.

In recent years, members of the Keizer Points of Interest Committee (KPIC) have been working on an Oral History program, a series of video interviews with some of the key people in Keizer’s history.

The program has had its fair share of starts and stops, due in part to turnover on the committee. Several interviews have been done, with copies of those videos available via the Keizer Library, the Keizer Museum, the K-23 logo on the city’s website or from Debbie Lockhart, deputy city recorder for the city.

Lockhart mentioned at the Oct. 21 KPIC meeting a possibility of partnering with K-23 staff, who are doing social media efforts with city councilors.

“It seems like it’s hard for everyone to get interviews set up,” Lockhart said. “There is a certain amount of urgency as people are getting older. Rex Robertson has David Dahle who’s been doing interviews with councilors. He’s good. He might be perfect to run the Oral History program.”

Lockhart noted she has a list of about 50 people who would be good candidates for interviews. KPIC members agreed at their September meeting to interview Wilbur Bluhm next.

Sherrie Gottfried felt working with Dahle would be a perfect solution.

“This could be great for Keizer Points of Interest Committee,” Gottfried said. “This would put us on YouTube.”

A motion was approved to hand the list over to Dahle. Keizer City Councilor Jim Taylor suggested adding Mayor Lore Christopher’s name to the list. KPIC members agreed to do so.

KPIC member Debbie Miller liked the idea.

“This is our way to document things that happened in Keizer and who was involved with them,” Miller said. “Some of the people are aging, so there is some urgency. We are trying to document through video important people who shaped Keizer history. We want to document floods and different events that have been significant so we don’t forget them and so that our children don’t forget them.”

Jill Bonney-Hill, KPIC chair, agreed.

“It’s always interesting to hear what Keizer was like 40 to 50 years ago,” she said.