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Day: February 19, 2015

Mat men escape Vikings 38-37

Celt Wyatt Kessler tangles with a North Salem Viking Thursday, Feb. 5. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Celt Wyatt Kessler tangles with a North Salem Viking Thursday, Feb. 5. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School varsity wrestling team survived a dual meet with North Salem High School by the skin of its teeth Thursday, Feb. 5.

The Celtics won 38-37. It came down to a few matches decided by pin rather than decision, said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach.

“Ryan Edsall is a kid who goes out and competes well for us every week, but he doesn’t always come away with the pins. He got one against North Salem and it turned out to be an important one,” Ebbs said.

Edsall got the pin in the second round, scoring six points for the team.

“It came down to having the whole team behind me,” Edsall said. “We’ve made a lot of progress in becoming more of a family and it’s shown on the mat.”

Other winners for the Celts were: Alvarro Venegas, pin in 1:09; Joey Kibbey, pin in 31 seconds; Johnathon Phelps, major decision, 12-3; Carlos Vincent, major decision, 15-7; and Taran Purkey, pin in 59 seconds.

Despite some “oddball” challenges such as a couple of wrestlers not making weight, McNary traveled to a tournament at West Linn High School the next day and won the whole thing.

“We kind of limped into that one, but we’re not looking for excuses for why we lost, we want reasons to win,” Ebbs said.

The biggest notch in the Celtic belt was taking a win over seventh-ranked West Linn High School. McNary came out on top in a close 36-32 final score.

“On paper, that’s not a match we’re supposed to win, but the kids found a way,” Ebbs said. “For every guy they put on the mat, we had someone who stepped up to the challenge.”

Match winners were: Pablo Barrera, major decision, 16-7; Kibbey, pin in 5:02; Brayden Ebbs, pin in 2:36; J. Phelps, tech fall, 15-0 in 5:46; Wyatt Kessler, decision, 6-1; Venegas, pin in 3:43; and Kyle Bonn, pin in 4:54.

The Celtics also beat Barlow High School 46-33 in the tournament. It was something like revenge for the loss McNary took to the Bruins at the Oregon Classic in January.

“That was a match I thought we should have won before, and it was nice to see the kids come full circle,” Ebbs said.

Winners in the dual meet with Barlow were: Kibbey, pin in 5:02; Sean Burrows, major decision, 13-1; Purkey, pin in 32 seconds; Venegas, pin in 2:40; and Bonn, pin in 1:41.

Kibbey said his West Linn and Barlow matches were the toughest of the week.

“They were both tough guys. I kept getting near falls, but they never gave up,” Kibbey said. Kibbey wrestled at 113 pounds in the tournament, but hopes to wrestle at 106 in the district meet next week.

“I’m really happy with the team results this week,” Ebbs said. “There’s a big hand-off of responsibility at this point in the season. We’ve trained hard for three months and it’s time to let the horses run.”

‘No’ vote on charter school

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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

A second draft proposal for a fifth charter school in the Salem-Keizer School District received a negative vote from the School Board on Tuesday on the advice of the school administration.

Superintendent Christy Perry told the board an administrative committee found the second proposal to fall short of a component required by Oregon law and to fall short of several components required by district policy.

The board voted 6-1 to send the proposal back to the developers of Capital Preparatory Charter School. Jeff Faville, who voted for the draft, said he thought it was ready for the Oregon Department of Education, which must approve any such proposal, to review it.

State requirements not addressed in the proposal, the administrative committee had decided, involved a description of the expected results of the curriculum and charter school compliance with state and federal mandates.

Many more deficiencies were found where district policy was concerned. They included several curriculum issues and several issues involving state and federal policy.  Also found not sufficiently addressed were calculation of student membership, several personnel issues, and matters involving finance and budget and staff discipline policies.

In other state-related matters, Perry discussed the new policy of funding full-day kindergarten statewide. She said that full funding has yet to come from the state and that there is no mandate for full-day kindergarten.

“You’ll get a lot more information,” she told the board.

A more positive report involved the Career and Technical Education Center, for which Perry said the building, now under construction, is “looking good.” CTEC will open in September with 180 students.

The board accepted five grants, three from the ODE. The ODE grants were $6,638,403 for costs, mostly involving staffing, of special education and related services; $114,000 for mentoring of beginning teachers; and $13,597 for programs for migrant children;

In other business, the board:

• Proclaimed March 2-6 as Classified Employee Appreciation Week.

• Heard Doris Jarrett of Keizer, a district bus driver, say bus drivers in the Salem-Keizer district are not paid as well as those in other districts of comparable size.

• Heard two people speak from the audience against Planned Parenthood involvement in the schools.

• Approved personnel actions including hiring Sarah Brending as a temporary full-time teacher of English for speakers of other languages for Gubser Elementary School first-graders, and the retirement of Darrell Trussell as a mathematics teacher at McNary High School.