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Day: March 13, 2015

Girls’ early lead crumbles in final minutes at Clackamas

Lady Celt Jaylene Montano guards against a Sprague player in a game earlier this season. Montano is one of several players who will return for the Celts next season. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Lady Celt Jaylene Montano guards against a Sprague player in a game earlier this season. Montano is one of several players who will return for the Celts next season. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

The Lady Celts began their first round state playoff game with a 13-6 lead, but a scoring drought in the fourth quarter led to a 56-43 loss to Clackamas High School in girls varsity basketball.

“We were up five at halftime and were able to stretch it to nine in the third quarter. Starting the fourth quarter we had a five-point lead,” said Derick Handley, McNary head coach. “It was a 2 to 6 point game for most of the fourth quarter, but when we had to start fouling they made their free throws.”

The loss ended the girls season, but Handley said the confidence the team entered the game with wavered in the final four minutes, giving the Cavaliers the victory and an advance to the second round.

While the game didn’t fall in favor of the Celts, there were many good things happening for McNary in the early going. Sophomore Sydeny Hunter had 12 points by the half and finished the game with 16. Junior Madi Hingston wasn’t far behind with 14 points.

“Lauren Hudgins did an amazing job on the Clackamas post, Peyton Carroll. She was their leading scorer this season, and Lauren held her to 9 points, most of which were free throws at the end of the game,” Handley said.

Handley, a first-year head coach of the program, was most disappointed that the season closed just as the McNary girls were reaching their full potential. He is the third head coach of the program in four years.

“They’ve bought in, and there is a lot of confidence in this group moving forward that we can be a competitive team at the state level. For the coaches, we really had the challenge of getting each girl to fully understand their role on the team. For several girls, like Kaelie Flores and Madi Hingston, we changed their role from what they were used to in years past. Without Reina Strand, we needed both of those girls to become scoring threats, and they definitely did that for us,” Handley said.

Strand has been sidelined with injury since last summer and was a powerful presence for McNary as a freshman and sophomore.

The team had a more-than-rocky beginning. The season started with four losses, the last one to West Albany High School, which moved up to the 6A Greater Valley Conference this year. Since then, the team had six-win and four-win streaks in conference competition to finish third in the GVC. The team’s four losses were to eventual league champs South Salem High School and second place West Albany.

Handley said losing the team’s three seniors is likely to be a blow next season.

“Jasmine Ernest has developed into a floor general and a great defender. Emma Jones was one of the hardest, if not the hardest working players I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach. And Lauren was really starting to find her groove again after sitting out as a junior. We’ll definitely miss her size,” he said.

While those key roles will be vacated, the long win streaks allowed most of the up-and-comers ample time on the court. Not to mention, the team’s leading scorers – Hingston, Hunter, Flores and Kailey Doutt – will all return.

“It’s going to be a tough decision on what our line-up will look like next season with a lot of young players like Kailey, Jaylene Montano and Paige Downer competing for starting spots and more time. We should also have some really good current eighth graders who will come in next year as freshmen and compete for playing time,” Handley said.

The team’s strength throughout the season was its ability to absolutely shut down another team on defense. The girls had four games – albeit against a few of the more struggling teams -– when they allowed 15 points or less. Handley will be looking closely at who can become the team’s “shut down defender,” a la Ernest or Jones.

If there’s was one aspect he hopes the girls will latch onto, it’s the importance of being consistent in practice and during games.

“We want everyone to go 100 percent in each rep. This year, that didn’t always happen and we developed some bad habits.”

I’m hoping our players will remember the feeling going into next season, and will do whatever necessary to make sure we don’t ‘lose’ games. It’s okay to be beat by a team that is better, but I don’t want our girls to accept giving away games with unforced mental and physical mistakes,” Handley said.

Pinot for the Parks coming on Friday

Participants take part in last year's Pinot for the Parks fundraiser at Keizer Civic Center. This year's event takes place Friday, March 13 starting at 6 p.m. (KEIZERTIMES file/Lyndon A. Zaitz)
Participants take part in last year’s Pinot for the Parks fundraiser at Keizer Civic Center. This year’s event takes place Friday, March 13 starting at 6 p.m. (KEIZERTIMES file/Lyndon A. Zaitz)

Of the Keizertimes

Have some wine and food, help a playground project.

The third annual Pinot for the Parks fundraiser takes place Friday, March 13.

The event, put on by the Keizer Parks Foundation, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road N. Tax-deductible tickets are $25, with proceeds being dedicated to the Big Toy project at Keizer Rapids Park.

In the past two years $10,000 has been raised at the event, leading to a $10,000 check from the KPF to the playground project. Jeanne Bond-Esser with the Keizer Parks Foundation said last year’s event raised $6,500.

“It is a great event,” said Parks Foundation member and Keizer City Councilor Marlene Quinn, who also chairs the Community Build Task Force overseeing the project. “There’s nothing like this in Keizer. It’s a very affordable wine tasting and it’s a social event. We’re the only one that does this kind of thing in Keizer. It is fun. It’s great knowing it all goes to parks, plus it is fun too.”

Four local wineries (Arcane Cellars at Wheatland Winery, Illahe Vineyards, Mia Sonatina Cellars and Willamette Valley Vineyards) will be on hand to offer tastings and wine by the glass, bottle or case. In addition, The Growl Movement will offer tastings and glasses of microbrew beer.

Four food vendors will be on hand with $5 food plates. Extreme Chocolates will have pulled pork sandwiches, Incredible Edibles will have wood-fired pizza, Big Town Hero will have seafood sandwiches and Willamette Cheese Company will have craft cheese.

There will also be a silent auction for gift baskets, dinners and jewelry.

Tickets are available at Big Town Hero or by contacting Bond-Esser at (503) 362-6414 or [email protected]

The event was moved to Keizer Civic Center last year due to the large crowd at the inaugural event in 2013.

For more information about the Keizer Parks Foundation, visit the KPF website at

Boys ousted in Medford

McNary’s Cade Goff shoves past a Sprague defender in a game earlier this season. The Celtics lost to North Medford High School 63-56 in the second round of the state playoff tournament Friday, March 6. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
McNary’s Cade Goff shoves past a Sprague defender in a game earlier this season. The Celtics lost to North Medford High School 63-56 in the second round of the state playoff tournament Friday, March 6. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

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The McNary High School boys varsity basketball team ended its season with a 63-56 loss to North Medford High School Friday, March 6.

The boys duked it out with the Black Tornadoes until the final minutes of the game.

“It was a one-point game with two minutes to go,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “In the end, we just missed a few shots that we normally make and North Medford didn’t. We missed 10-foot shots by our better shooters and North was 14-of-16 in the fourth quarter.”

Kirch said the hardest aspect of the game, in which the teams traded leads for much of three quarters, was that it ended what had been a restorative season for the Celtics.

“They are a tough team and our guys were well-prepared and fought hard. It was a good high school basketball game by two very good teams,” he said.

In the four years since Kirch took over the program, McNary notched its first wining season last year. This year, they exploded onto the scene of an expanded Greater Valley Conference. The Celts took a loss in early December to Tualatin High School and another to Lebanon High School later that month, but didn’t lose a conference game until late January.

Earlier in the season, McNary took down the South Salem Saxons 67-62 in their own house for the first time in years. South bounced back to beat the Celts at McNary 71-62 a few weeks later. Those two games meant the teams shared the GVC title with 15-1 records.

Throughout the season, McNary was almost always a better second half team than they were game starters. It meant the Celts had to find ways to win in a variety of high-pressure circumstances. From holding on to close leads, to rallying from behind and even a win in overtime, McNary didn’t have a single night off.

While it was a rigorous season, the accolades poured in by the end. The entire starting line-up received all-league honors. Tregg Peterson and Harry Cavell were both named to the first team all-league with Peterson being named Player of the Year. Devon Dunagan was named second team all-league. Trent Van Cleave was given third team honors. Mathew Ismay was an honorable mention, but also named Defensive Player of the Year.

The boys also topped the state in average GPA for 6A teams for the year. Collectively, they averaged a 3.65. It was the second consecutive year that the boys claimed the state title for classroom efforts.

“I feel best for our seniors. From where the program was when they were freshmen, to where it is now is due to their commitment and hard work. It’s not only the wins and losses, but the academics, the culture of the program and the character they have instilled in younger players,” Kirch said.

Peterson, Dunagan, Cole Thomas, Drew McHugh and Connor Goff will all graduate in June, but that leaves McNary with a powerful nucleus of Cavell, Van Cleave and Ismay.

The team also has a long list of juniors who will be vying for spots next season.

“We have some solid pieces coming back with some younger guys chomping at the bit to earn playing time. I think the bar has been set by this year’s team in regard to what our program is about and how we expect to compete for a league championship each year,” Kirch said.

The program has several players making their way through the junior varsity ranks poised for time in varsity games.

While Peterson was the team’s standout for much of the season, most of the players had their nights to shine. Kirch’s plan is to build off that next season.

“Our preparation was key to our success this year along with our unselfish attitudes and the enjoyment they had playing with, and for, one another,” he said. “While it hurts right now, when the guys have the opportunity to look back and realize what they have accomplished, it was a very special year.”

One shot to light up stage

Cameron Garrison and McKinley Friesen in Philosophical Inquiry at the Edge of a Cliff. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Cameron Garrison and McKinley Friesen in Philosophical Inquiry at the Edge of a Cliff. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

The McNary High School drama department is hosting a One Act Festival Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14.

Tickets are $3 and available at the door. Curtain time is 7 p.m. each night.

The line-up includes two plays that were written by McNary students. Each one act is also directed by a student.

Junior Morgan Hoag scripted Crash Course, a story about moving on after a fatal crash that killed one of her friends. Senior John Bryant directs.

The Courtroom is scripted by sophomore Alohi Tombleson and directed by Morgan Raymond. In her tale, the main character ends up on trial by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Senior Julia Fegles directs Small World, in which several characters go on blind dates and find themselves intricately interconnected.

Bailey Norbo directs Philosophical Inquiry at the Edge of a Cliff, which fairly well sums up the intent of the play.

The One Act Festival gives the upperclassmen in the department a shot in the director’s chair and generally features freshmen and sophomores taking the spotlight.

Lee runs for third SKSB term

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Chuck Lee likes to joke his goal is to flip-flop the name of the Salem-Keizer School District.

He’s looking for another chance to do so.

Lee confirmed to the Keizertimes on Tuesday he’s running for a third term on the Salem-Keizer School Board. Lee left the Keizer City Council in 2007 to take over the Keizer representative seat vacated by Mike Basinger on the school board and won his re-election bid in 2011.

Last fall, Lee came up short against Bill Post in the battle to take over the State House District 25 seat vacated by Kim Thatcher.

The election for the school board race takes place on May 19. Candidates have until March 19 to file; as of press time Wednesday, no one else had filed to run against Lee for his Zone 6 seat.

“I enjoy it,” Lee said of why he’s running again. “If elected, it will be 19 years in Keizer politics for me. I resigned from the city council with one year left on my term to run for the school board. I decided to go ahead and switch over. I feel like I’m making a good contribution. I want to be involved.”

Lee is the former president of Blanchet Catholic School but is currently president of the Mountain West Career Technical Institute. Lee is working with former McNary High School principal John Honey to launch the Career Technical Education Center this fall. CTEC is a private-public partnership being done in conjunction with the school district.

Lee doesn’t feel getting the new center running will detract from his school board duties.

“I’ve got my side and John has his,” Lee said. “It’s really no different than being at Blanchet and serving on the council at the same time. You have extra things going on all the time while at a high school. I’m pretty much working with the community during the day to build support for (CTEC). I’m in control of my calendar.”

There are a couple of key school board issues Lee is keeping a close eye on for the future.

“It’s important for us to successfully implement full-day kindergarten (this fall),” he said. “It will be a challenge. We are also looking at a lot of crowding at schools in the east side of Salem, which continues to concern me. A lot of it is built around budgets and budget priorities. We will be looking at hopefully more money from the legislature. We’re also looking at what we can do to lower class sizes. When you make those decisions, you have to keep in mind the budget.”

Lee continues to point to the November 2008 passage of the school district’s $242 million bond as his proudest moment as a school board member.

“My job was to rally the community,” he said. “That has been the most significant thing these last eight years. We were able to take care of maintenance and repairs plus build four new schools. Without that, this school district would be in difficult shape.”

Keizer’s history: discovered

Yes, Keizer does have history. A lot of it as will be seen when the book Images of America: Keizer is officially released in April.

The book, printed by Arcadia Publishing, will have an official release on April 16. The Keizer book will join thousands of others by Arcadia which chronicle the history of small towns and downtowns cross the country.

The Keizer book, a project of the Keizer Heritage Museum, was headed up by Tammy Wild, an instructional assistant at Forest Ridge Elementary School and a history buff.  Photos from the Keizer Heritage Museum’s archives were the first to be considered for the book. A call went out to the community last year asking residents to loan their photos of Keizer life from the 19th century to the mid-20th century.

Keizerites searched their attics, basements and albums and loaned hundreds of photos showing Keizer’s earliest pioneers and some landmarks that still stand today. The response was great as photos poured in from residents and organizations. America is camera-happy so it is safe to assume there are many more photos dcoumenting the Keizer area dating back 150 years.

Tammy Wild authored the book using materials from the museum and submitted items. The books Looking Back and More Looking Back, were also helpful guides. Those books, authored in the 1980s by Keizer author Ann Lossner, are still available for sale at the Keizer Heritage Museum.

Readers of the new book will see photos and read about people whose names live on in our community such as Blake, Claggett, Cummings and the orginal Keizurs. Charles McNary is featurted prominently in the book, with good reason since so much in Keizer bears his name besides our high school.

Keizer households, especially those with long ties to the community, will deem this book a ‘must have’ for their bookshelves.  Images of America: Keizer shows that everyone and every place has stories to tell and Keizer’s story is as rich as any community.  Tammy Wild and other volunteers with the Keizer Heritage Museum can take a deep bow for this accomplishment.

The book will go on sale in April there and many other retail locations. Pre-sale orders have been brisk and there are talks about doing a second book covering Keizer from the early 1960s to present day. What a great gift that would be for Keizer’s 35th birthday in 2017.


Marilyn J. Dayson


Marilyn J. Dayson, 82, of Keizer died peacefully Jan. 18 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

She was born in Keizer on March 14, 1932 to Carl and Cleo Boock, the fourth of four children.
Marilyn grew up in the Salem-Keizer area attending Keizer grade school and graduating from Salem High School, now North Salem High, in 1950. She attended Merit Davis Business School after graduating.

Marilyn married her high school sweetheart, Donald, on Oct. 6, 1955 and shortly after they moved to Redwood City, Calif.

Marilyn began her career in banking while in California working for Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank.

In 1968, Marilyn and Don moved back to Oregon with their two children, settling in her hometown of Keizer. Marilyn continued in banking, being hired at The Commercial Bank in downtown Salem, later transferring to the newly-built Keizer branch. Marilyn retired in 1998 after working in banking for more than 40 years.

Marilyn was an avid reader of mystery novels. She loved gardening and enjoyed planting and caring for her numerous flower beds. She was an accomplished seamstress and could often be found creating new fashions, quilting and making crafts. She loved going to the movies, and traveling across the U. S. and abroad with her dream of touring Europe being fulfilled in 1998. She also loved spending time with her family, sharing stories and playing board games, at which she was terrible.

She had a great fondness for Keizer and the Old Keizer School House. Marilyn was one of the initial members who worked to save the Keizer schoolhouse and get it moved to its current spot on Chemawa Road next to the Keizer City Hall. Marilyn was a member of the Keizer Heritage Foundation, spending many hours volunteering in the museum and library and working on numerous Keizer Heritage Events.

Survivors include her husband Donald; children, Jessica (Paul) Dayson and Jeff (Yukari) Dayson both of Salem; two grandchildren: Micah and Chloe; and many nephews and nieces.

The family invites all who knew Marilyn to join them at a celebration of life open house on her birthday Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. at the Keizer Heritage Foundation. A well-stocked dessert bar will be provided in honor of her tremendous sweet tooth.

The family wants to thank Genitva Hospice and the staff of the Sweet Bye N Bye for their support and caring of Marilyn.
Contributions are suggested to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

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I have had a keen interest in seeing a large “destination” playground being brought to Keizer Rapids Park ever since my first child was born six-and-a-half years ago; ever since I scouted high and low throughout the region and found that no such public playground existed.

I had traveled to many other communities and had seen exactly the type of play structures that I was hoping to see built at Keizer Rapids: communities such Lincoln City, Astoria, Sandy and McMinnville in Oregon and Oak Harbor and Langley in Washington state. It turns out that all of these playgrounds had one thing in common;  they were all community built projects designed and built under the guidance of Albany, New York-based Leathers and Associates, the very consultant firm hired by Keizer to design the Big Toy.

After learning about Leathers, I became an early proponent of using such a firm to help guide us through the community build process.  Community build, of course, means financial support from local businesses and it has been gratifying to see several individuals and organizations pledge and donate money towards larger ticket items for the Big Toy project. This includes the commitment recently made by Volcanoes baseball team owner, Jerry Walker.

While I was excited to hear of Mr. Walker’s pledge of support for a volcano inspired slide, I am deeply troubled by the proposed design that would include the Crater mascot or one that would otherwise be painted like the Salem/Keizer Volcanoes logo. It makes me ask the question, “Do we really need to turn our children’s playground into a billboard?”  While the corporatization of public spaces has become common place, public playgrounds should be off limits. Such practices should be limited to sports complexes, convention centers and concert areas. While it is of course fitting and expected to recognize a donor on a centralized kiosk or even with a plaque on a piece of equipment, it is inappropriate to turn a playground in a public park into advertising space.

The last thing that I would want to see is for Mr. Walker to pull his support for the playground.  I do believe that a volcano inspired slide is a great idea but does it need to be emblazoned with a mascot and logo?  Let us include a volcano slide in the Big Toy design because we live in the land of volcanoes such as Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and even Mt. Tabor and not because it is the name of our local ball club.

(R. William Stitt lives in Keizer.)

Paper has bias against the right

To the Editor:

I was very surprised reading the editorial titled “Do not be goaded into war.”

Your prejudice toward any conservative positions is quite apparent. The first statement I object to is that “conservative politicans do not support food stamps, unemployment benefits, clean air and water.” Conservatives do support these programs but not when they are abused. This opinion piece goes downhill from there. If I wanted to read the Washington Post I would subscribe to it. I don’t need this subscription which appears to reject any views that do not align with the liberal left.

Jim Keller

Knight of Arts a grand success

To the Editor:

On behalf of the McNary Fine Arts Board, thank you to each and every one of you for your generous support of Knight of Arts 2015.

This was a record breaking year for us, and none of it would have been possible without your help.  Because of the hard work and generosity of donors, parents, guests, and volunteers we exceeded our goal of $30,000 we had set for the night.  While our numbers are still being finalized, we know we made approximately $35,000 for McNary Fine Arts Programs.

This is a huge first step toward updating our technology in Ken Collins Theater for future events.  Thank you, parents, family and friends! Thank you, Keizer.

Leah Garro
McNary Fine Arts Board