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Day: February 27, 2015

First time since 2009: GVC Champs

Tregg Peterson makes the first cuts to a net as the Celtics celebrated their co-GVC championship Tuesday, Feb. 24. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Tregg Peterson makes the first cuts to a net as the Celtics celebrated their co-GVC championship Tuesday, Feb. 24. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School boys varsity basketball players are league champs.

“It feels great. It’s taken a while, but it’s awesome to start as the last teams in the state and end up here ranked in the top 10,” said Celt senior Devon Dunagan.

A 63-51 win over McKay High School Tuesday, Feb. 24, sealed up co-champion status for McNary.

The one footnote to what was a celebratory evening was sharing the Greater Valley Conference title with South Salem High School. McNary will enter the state playoffs ranked 10th. The Saxons will begin ranked No. 5 based on the strength of their schedule.

“It feels like everything I hoped it would, it’s been a long time since we’ve had a league title and here we are,” said senior Tregg Peterson. “This is where we wanted to be.”

To their credit, McKay never gave up in the match Tuesday. Outsized in every way imaginable, the scrappy Royal Scot team cut McNary’s lead to single digits in the last minute.

“When we put the seniors back in at the end of the fourth quarter, we were just sort of goofing around instead of locking down,” Peterson said.

Knocking down shots from the foul line and a pair of shots in transitions put the game away. Dunagan laid in the final bucket as the last buzzer of league play sounded.

McNary is likely to host its first playoff game Tuesday, March 3.

“From now on, every single play, every single quarter matters. Every single game we need to come out in the first quarter a little better and then finish strong,” Dunagan said.

“We’ve got to finish every game, if we’re up 20, we have to keep going and get up 30 points.We can’t slow down in the middle of it,” Peterson said.

Prior to the McKay game, the Celtics squared off against Sprague High School Friday, Feb. 20. McNary won 63-51.

Throughout the first quarter, the teams traded the lead. With about two minutes left, a bucket from Cade Goff knotted the game at 11-11, but the Olys hit a three-pointer to jump ahead on the next possession.

Another basket by Goff and a trey by VanCleave finally gave the Celts a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Cole Thomas came up with a big block at the end of the first period that prevented another possible three-pointer by Sprague. The next period started 16-14.

“We played okay defensively. We had some miscommunication on our switches, and they scored 14 while we try to hold them to eight in the first period,” said Kirch. “On the other hand, we outscored them 10-2 in the second quarter and got into a rhythm as the game settled down.”

With league play in the rearview, McNary is now in a one-and-done situation. They’ll have until Tuesday to prepare for the first-round state playoff game, but they won’t likely know who their opponent is until Friday, Feb. 27.

“From here on out, competition is going to be difficult, but we’ve played all season to hold on to first place. Our kids have shown their mental toughness in a long season and now there’s just a little bit left,” Kirch said.

Lee makes dance debut Feb. 27

Krina Lee
Krina Lee

Of the Keizertimes

Amid her preparation for Dancing with the Salem Stars Friday, Feb. 27, Krina Lee said part of the fun has been fashion talk.

“There was a lot of discussion about what shoes we’re going to wear, but then we found out one of the male contestants is getting a cape. We want to know why we all don’t get one,” Lee said.

Lee and six other local “celebs” will be cutting a rug with professional dancers from the Utah Dance Company troupe in the Histroic Elsinore Theatre’s annual fundraiser. Tickets range between $30 and $50 depending on location and are available at the Elsinore box office, 170 High Street S.E., in Salem.

“The six contestants will perform first and then be reviewed by celebrity judges. During intermission, the audience votes and then the Utah Dance Company will put on a show before the results are announced,” Lee said.

Lee was cajoled into the performance through several different channels, but said the experience has been a memorable one, even if it’s meant striking a difficult balance.

“There’s the part of me that wants to have fun doing it and supporting the Elsinore, and then there’s the inner ‘ohmigosh’  that I’m going to be out there in front of a whole theatre of people,” she said. “Mostly I want people to know that I’ve taken this seriously and show that on stage.”

Lee will dance the rumba, but said she’s been sworn to secrecy as far as song selection.

Agenda for Keizer City Council







Monday, March 2, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Robert L. Simon Council Chambers

Keizer, Oregon






a. City Committee Appointments (Keizer Arts Commission, Budget Committee, Keizer Festivals and Events Services Team, Keizer Points of Interest Committee, Willamette Water Trail Partnership, Storm Water Advisory Committee, and Traffic Safety/Bikeways, Pedestrian Committee


This time is provided for citizens to address the Council on any matters other than those on the agenda scheduled for public hearing.



a. RESOLUTION – Adoption of 2015-2017 City Council Goals

b. RESOLUTION – Approval of Field Usage Rates for the 2015 Season at Keizer Little League City Park


a. RESOLUTION – Authorizing City Manager to Enter Into Community Center Use Agreement and Addendum with Lakepoint Community Church

b. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the City Manager to Award and Enter Into an Agreement with Valley Credit Service Inc. for Collection Service for the City of Keizer

c. RESOLUTION – Authorizing Sole-Source Procurement Purchase of Goods from Darquest for Big Toy Play Structure at Keizer Rapids Park

d. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the City Manager to Apply for a Local Government Grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the Community Build Playground Project at Keizer Rapids Park

e. Approval of February 2, 2015 Regular Session Minutes

f. Approval of February 9, 2015 Work Session Minutes



This time is provided to allow the Mayor, City Council members, or staff an opportunity to bring new or old matters before the Council that are not on tonight’s agenda.


To inform the Council of significant written communications.


March 9, 2015

5:45 p.m. – City Council Work Session

March 16, 2015

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session


Upon request, auxiliary aids and/or special services will be provided. To request services, please contact us at (503)390-3700 or through Oregon Relay at 1-800-735-2900 at least two working days (48 hours) in advance.

Dislocated shoulder doesn’t stop wrestler

McNary senior Alvarro Venegas decides to let his opponent in the quarterfinals of the district tournament escape and go for another takedown. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
McNary senior Alvarro Venegas decides to let his opponent in the quarterfinals of the district tournament escape and go for another takedown. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

SPRAGUE — Thirty seconds into his finals match at the district wrestling tournament, Alvarro Venegas, a McNary High School senior, dislocated his shoulder.

“The best we can figure it, he had an underhook on me and when I tried to pry down it just popped out,” said Venegas.

The match was stopped immediately and a trainer was able to pop his shoulder back into place. Venegas passed some quick strength tests and was talking with head coach Jason Ebbs about whether to continue.

“He told me it was my choice, that wrestling isn’t everything, but this is something I’ve wanted since freshman year,” Venegas said. “It was scary, but I wanted it so badly.”

Venegas rode out the next 5:30 of the match to take the district championship in a 5-2 decision.

“It feels amazing, I was in the same match last year and lost. After it was over, I cried and hugged all my coaches,” he said.

On Monday afternoon, Venegas – the top ranked wrestler at 195 pounds in the state with only one loss this season – was back on the mat preparing for the state tournament slated for Feb. 27-28 in Portland. He’s also running before and after school.

Venegas is one of seven wrestlers representing the school at the state tournament after placing third or better in the district tournament.

In addition to the top placers – more on them in a moment – Gage Mance took fourth place after losing to teammate Taran Purkey in the third place match-up. William Smith also took fourth. Riley Repp landed in fifth place, and Carlos Vincent, Ryan Edsall and Isaiah Putnam placed sixth.

Putnam pulled off one of the most monumental feats in the Celtic ranks. After Purkey dropped to 170 pounds for the tournament, there was an opening at 182. Putnam was wrestling up 16 pounds and still managed to place.

Overall, McNary placed third as a team.

Joey Kibbey (106 pounds, second place)

Junior Joey Kibbey dropped weight to wrestle at 106 pounds in the tournament, and had a spot in the semifinals by mid-afternoon the first day.

He ended up losing in the finals to McMinnville High School’s Alvaro Flores.

“I wrestled him freshman year and he beat me pretty badly, but this was only one point that gave him the title. I was really happy with the match despite that,” Kibbey said.

He hopes to get his hands on Flores again in the state tournament.

Brayden Ebbs (120 pounds, second place)

Freshman Brayden Ebbs was the No. 1 seed headed into the tournament and won his first two matches with a pin in 15 seconds and a major decision.

He drew Forest Grove’s Christian Guerra in the finals.

“It was 2-2 all the way through the third round,” Ebbs said. “Then it went into overtime. I shot in, got a leg and was close to taking him down. I flipped my hips, turned around and missed a half-nelson. He flipped his hips and got around on top of me.”

That single move gave Guerra the district title.

Jonathon Phelps (126 pounds, second place)

Jonathan Phelps was disappointed he didn’t take first in the tourney, but his final opponent was Matthew Johnson of Forest Grove, a longtime rival.

“It was a best two out of three this season, I beat him the first time and the second time he won 11-3,” Phelps said. “This time, he just kept getting his takedowns.”

Johnson won it in a 7-2 decision.

Michael Phelps (132 pounds, second place)

Senior Michael Phelps turned in his best-ever performance at the district tournament, but ended up forfeiting the finals match due to a lingering knee injury.

“After the first day, it was hurting pretty bad and I decided I wanted to save it for the state tournament,” Phelps said.

He said his semifinal match-up gave him the biggest scare of the tournament.

“It was 0-0 the whole time and he locked up a cradle on me, but I got out of it and scored on the reversal,” he said.

Wyatt Kessler (145 pounds, third place)

Sophomore Wyatt Kessler had the toughest route of McNary’s top placers. Two wins took him to the semifinals, but a loss there meant he had to wrestle twice more to get back in the mix, Both opponents were from Sprague. He won both.

“It meant that much more because it was beating them at their own house,” Kessler said. “It also meant a lot because I had to sit out last season after knee surgery.”

His first match of the tournament, Kessler beat the No. 3 seed in a major decision. He entered the tournament seeded sixth.

Taran Purkey (170 pounds, third place)

While excited to be going to the state tournament for the second time, senior Taran Purkey was disappointed that his road to placing at state will be one of the tougher ones.

“The first match at districts was actually the toughest one. He was a good wrestler, I was just better,” Purkey said.

Purkey dropped 12 pounds to wrestle at 170 in the tournament and said it’s both an exciting and nerve-wracking situation.

“The nice thing is none of them will know what I bring to the match, but I won’t know much about them either,” Purkey said.

Can you spare a mural?

Jill Hagen, Lore Christopher and Don Lebold discuss plans for a new public mural on the north wall of Lebold's Town and Country Lanes, seen in the background. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Jill Hagen, Lore Christopher and Don Lebold discuss plans for a new public mural on the north wall of Lebold’s Town and Country Lanes, seen in the background. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Of the Keizertimes

Town and Country Lanes already has the coolest looking sidewalk in town.

So hey, why not have a large mural painted on the long north wall?

That’s what is expected to happen this summer, as longtime owner Don Lebold gave his blessings to a plan proposed by former mayor Lore Christopher and Jill Hagen on Feb. 20.

If the idea sounds a little crazy, well, Lebold said that’s only fitting because he’s been crazy enough to own a bowling alley for 48 years.

Lebold couldn’t believe the fortuitous timing, since Christopher’s proposal came shortly after he’d talked with manager Mardi Smith about such a thing.

“I was thinking two weeks ago we need some kids to do a public mural,” Lebold said, motioning to the north wall of his business, located at 3500 River Road North. “I mentioned it to Mardi. I said we need to have some high school kids paint a mural on the north wall.”

Just like that, Christopher proposed exactly such an idea, which would be Keizer’s second public mural following the one dedicated last October at Keizer Florist.

“I’m telling you, God is on our side,” Christopher exclaimed. “McNary High School kids will do the background. Everyone will have a chance to do it. We’ll have handprints, for something like $5 per hand. Then we’ll use that money for the next project. We’ve got the money for this project. The Oregon Community Foundation gave us $2,500. This will be super fun. We will be doing it this summer.”

As Christopher and Hagen showed him a rendering of what the mural would look like, Lebold’s grin widened.

“This is a super vision,” he said. “I love it, I love it. This is an answer to what I was envisioning.”

Christopher feels the large wall is a perfect canvas.

“I drive down by here every day,” said Christopher, who like Hagen is involved with the Keizer Art Association and the Keizer Arts Commission. “This wall really stands out and says, ‘Paint me.’ We had the $2,500 for a mural. We were looking for the perfect spot and this is it. I wanted it on the south side of Keizer, since they sometimes feel left out. And I wanted to support Town and Country.”

That’s only fitting, considering how much the business has supported the community over the years, including events like the Turn Around Achievement Awards started by Lebold 20 years ago.

Hagen noted the north wall at Town and Country is larger than the one at Keizer Florist.

“This one will be larger, so it may take a month to do it,” Hagen said.

As envisioned by Hagen, the mural will include pictures of grapes, filberts, trees, snowflakes, fish, cherries, peaches, hops, strawberries and irises. A river would go through the center of the mural. Children will be able to do handprints directly on the wall, with older children helping with the rest of the painting. A professional artist would be called upon to do up-close inserts of the various items.

Christopher said it could range from one artist doing all the inserts to artists doing one each. Those interested are asked to attend a meeting in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center on March 31 at 6 p.m. After that meeting, those interested will have 30 days to submit their designs. By that time, a compensation amount should be known.

“We want it to be a community project,” Hagen said. “We will be asking for some money to do this, but if someone can’t pay that won’t prevent them from participating. We want to try to include everyone, of all ages. The handprints will be one of the first things and will be done directly on the wall. The number depends on how much space we end up having. Older kids could do other parts.”

Much of the painting would be done by high school students, as envisioned by Hagen and Christopher.

“We will do a call to artists for the up-close inserts,” Hagen said. “The professionals would do only the inserts.”

Hagen noted her original design will have to be altered somewhat since the wall is so long.

“It’s a very long, narrow space we’re talking about,” she said. “The design was not made for a long, narrow space. It will have to be stretched out.”