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Day: February 4, 2015

Mat men settle for little victories at Reser tourney

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By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School wrestlers traveled to Corvallis for the annual Reser Tournament of Champions last weekend. They expected tough competition, but maybe not quite as tough as they encountered.

“It’s the toughest tournament we wrestle all season long. Any match you want to win is going to be close,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach.

Overall, McNary had one wrestler win his weight class in junior varsity brackets, one take third in varsity and one take sixth in varsity.

Jonathon Phelps took first in the 132 junior varsity bracket, but his toughest match wasn’t the final.

Jonathon faced Sandy High School’s Jonathan Morrell in the semifinals, a wrestler he’d lost to earlier this season. This time, he was determined to reach a different outcome.

“I was more of the aggressor and took him down. When I got on top, I rode him and just kept putting bars and half-nelsons on him to show him who was in control of the match,” Jonathon said.

He was so tired at the end of the third round, 9-4 victory that he took a nap before heading back to the first place match against Eagle Point’s Conor Goines. Jonathon won 4-1.

“He was tough and I could have done better, but I was wiped out,” he said.

Senior Alvarro Venegas, who wrestles at 195 pounds, took his first loss of the season at Reser against Crook County High School’s Gunnar Robirts.

“I went out there and I was scared and he was really good and really big. I brushed off the first shot he took on me easily, but I could feel his strength and it kind of got into my head,” Venegas said. “He shot again and took me down, got a leg ride and turned me in the first minute.”

Robirts went on to win the division by beating the the third-ranked wrestler in the nation at 195 pounds.

After a win in consolation brackets, Venegas won third place in a 5-2 decision over Roseburg’s Will Reddekopp. It was the second time Venegas faced Reddekopp in two weeks.

Senior Michael Phelps took sixth at the tournament after getting ousted from championship competition. Michael gutted his way back to the fifth place match with four wins in the consolation brackets. His largest margin of victory was two points.

“Over winter break, I lost two matches by one point and ever since then I told myself I wasn’t losing by one point again,” Michael said.

Michael lost to Century High School’s Brennan Baccay in the technical fall in the fifth place match.

Venegas said he’d hoped for better turnout from the team on the second day of the event, something which had been strong in past years but faltered this time around.

“Two years ago, we were at Reser and we had people who fell out the first day show up the second day. I got beat up the first day and I still came the next day because we were a family,” Venegas said. “Without pushing each other, we can’t be the team we want to be or anything like state champions.”

If the Celts win their next two dual meets and pull out a victory over Sprague High School February 12, the mat men will be co-Greater Valley Conference champs with McMinnville and Sprague. Ebbs said that training in the coming weeks will look a bit different than it has to this point in the season.

“It’s not just wrestling anymore, it’s strategy and game plans. If we get them to be good, each match is brains instead of brawn,” Ebbs said.

Lone Star training? Not quite

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Officers with the Keizer Police Department will continue going all the way to Dallas to use a firearms range.

Before getting pictures of cops in 10-gallon cowboy hats, big badges and a Marc Adams-style drawl, however, relax: it’s the nearby Dallas here in Oregon, not in Texas.

The KPD entered into an agreement to use the Dallas Police Department’s police firearms range in the fall of 2012, when Texas native Adams was Keizer’s police chief and John Teague was the police chief in Dallas. Teague took over as chief in Keizer the following fall after Adams retired.

A revised agreement between the two cities was unanimously approved during the Jan. 20 Keizer City Council meeting during the consent calendar portion of the meeting. There was no discussion amongst councilors of the agreement or any other parts of the consent calendar.

Keizer will pay Dallas $300 a year for use of the firearms range. Discharging of firearms at the range is allowed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

In other council business:

• Agreements with several artists were also approved as part of the consent calendar, as a continuation of the Keizer Art Walk Project. The project began in the fall of 2008 when the Keizer Chamber of Commerce placed sculptures at visible places around the city. Chamber leaders selected the art while the city provided staff support for the placement of the art and also provided the insurance.

The original plan was for art pieces to be rotated each year, with the first five pieces being selected in 2009. At the end of the first year five new pieces were selected and installed, with artists entering into one-year agreements. The agreements have since expired.

The Keizer Arts Commission recommended keeping the present pieces on display for another year, with $200 paid to each artist. The agreement also calls for an automatic one-year extension and an additional $200 after the first year is up.

As such, agreements were signed for Jim Johnson’s piece “Praise” at Keizer Plaza; Joseph Mross’ “Trilat Relic 1” at Town & Country Lanes; Jim Dementro’s “Summer Breeze” at Albertsons and also his “Twilight Reverence” on Inland Shores Way, just north of Lockhaven Drive.

• Also approved under the consent calendar was a change to right of ways services with the Oregon Department of Transportation for the upcoming roundabout at Verda Lane and Chemawa Road.

An agreement from last May called for ODOT’s right of way for the project to be done by the end of this month, at a cost to the city of $27,832.

The revised agreement extends the acquisition date to the end of 2017, with a cost of $33,575.09. The agreement noted ODOT’s final acquisition of the property and transfer to the city can occur well after the project is finished.

Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for the city, said in October bidding for the project is scheduled for the beginning of March. The project is scheduled for this summer, with an early-to-mid June start time.