McNary High School’s other wrestlers in the state tournament were led by freshman Brayden Ebbs.
Ebbs took sixth in state at 120 pounds after coming in second at the district tournament and ousted the No. 1 seed in the tournament along the way.
Junior Joey Kibbey knocked out the No. 1 seed in the state at 106 pounds. He nearly toppled the first-ranked wrestler at the tournament in a close 9-8 loss.
Sophomore Wyatt Kessler kept improving in the waning weeks of the season, but only managed one win at the tournament. Kessler is bouncing back this season after being sidelined in 2014.
Jon Phelps was one of the Celts’ biggest prospects headed into the state tournament, but ended up benched with a concussion in the first day.
Mike Phelps, despite nagging knee injuries, made it all the way to the quarterfinals.
Taran Purkey had one of the tougher routes to making the podium and lost to Barlow High School’s Zephrain Childs. Purkey was winning the match when Childs got him in a head-and-arm pinning him.
While a state title wasn’t in the cards this season, Head Coach Jason Ebbs said the team will return a powerful line-up next winter.
“Thanks to the development of many guys in the off season, we were able to exceed our projections considerably by the growth our team was able to accomplish. Our lineup at districts had only four returning district placers from last year and no returning state placers. We ended up placing 13 kids at districts and qualifying seven for the state tournament,” Ebbs said.
The City of Keizer’s new website should be up any day now.
Or is that any week?
As previously mentioned in the Keizertimes, Keizer City Councilors approved a contract last May to replace the city’s antiquated website. The anticipation at the time was the new site would be up and running by the end of 2014, but the old site from 2004 is still being used.
John McKown, president of Evo Government Websites, confirmed in December changes were made last fall to speed up the project, though there wasn’t a large-scale employee turnover.
“The project manager that we had on the project was replaced because the project was not moving forward as fast as it should,” McKown said. “We are committed to giving Keizer the best possible result, and it was for this reason that we changed team members running the project. While this is obviously longer than we specified in our proposal, we are confident that the new website will serve Keizer well and continue to offer value and performance for years to come.”
On Feb. 27, McKown gave another update on the progress.
“The design work is completed, the website is built, and the content has been migrated from the old site to the new site,” McKown said. “Training has been provided (to Keizer staff) and they are happy. It’s ready to launch this week coming up.”
City Manager Chris Eppley, however, gave a different timeline.
“The website is about ready to be populated with our date,” Eppley said on Feb. 27. “I’m guessing 30 to 60 days from going live.”
Tim Wood, Keizer’s assistant controller who has been working on the project, gave a timeline closer to Eppley’s.
“As of last Friday all of the existing content from the old website had been migrated to the new site,” Wood said on Tuesday. “The website project team has had an initial training session on how to use the content management system and are in the process of reviewing and reorganizing the existing content and creating new content as needed.
“Once the website project team completes the review and reorganization process the site will be ready for the initial launch,” he added. “Realistically we are a few weeks out from launching the site as we want to give adequate time to complete the internal review process.”