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Day: September 1, 2017

Wyatt returns from knee surgery to lead Lady Celts

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary girls soccer coach A.J. Nash knows exactly what he’s getting when Katy Wyatt is on the field.

“She’s incredibly hungry all the time, 100 percent,” Nash said. “Katy is a player who doesn’t have different speeds. She’s got fifth gear and she’s got park.”

Wyatt scored the Lady Celts only goal in a 1-0 win over Woodburn to begin the season.

“The 1-0 win, that was her effort,” Nash said. “Raw effort is what got that goal.”

In the first half of an 8-0 victory against South Albany on Thursday, Aug. 31, Wyatt then netted a header on a cross from Abigail Hawley.

“Ever since I was a kid, I wasn’t very good with my feet but my head was pretty good,” Wyatt said after the game.

The McNary junior is just thrilled to be back on the field after tearing her ACL in a playoff game at Sherwood last season. Wyatt was unable to play all summer. Her first time on the field was at tryouts and even then she wasn’t cleared to touch a ball.

“These past two games, they’ve just been very important for me to score because this is the first time that I’ve played in forever,” Wyatt said. “It’s really motivating. It feels really great to be back here and just play my heart out and make our team better.”

Wyatt was one of seven girls to score a goal against South Albany.

Half of the goals came from the starters while the other half came from the second team.

“When I put in my first team or my second team, there’s not a whole lot of difference,” Nash said. “We’re so deep in every position. It was great to see seven different goal scorers in eight goals. It was not a directive by the coach. I wasn’t limiting anyone. It was just the field of play and it has to do with substitutions and depth.”

Sophomore Julie Dieker was the only Lady Celt to net two goals. The first came in the 22nd minute when Ariana Santana beat her defender on the outside and put a cross through the box that Dieker was able to finish. In the 69th minute, Gina Munguia then hit the left post on a shot from the outside that was run down by Wyatt who served a one-time cross for Dieker to head into the back of the net.

Hawley scored McNary’s first goal on a through ball from Izzy Haselip in the sixth minute. Pushing forward from her stopper position, freshman Audrey Williams then scored her first high school goal to give the Lady Celts a 2-0 lead in the 13th minute. The goal was the first of two scored from the stopper, something McNary had worked on in practice, as Sam Alfano made a run through the midfield to a hit a shot from 25 yards in the upper left corner of the goal late in the second half.

Haselip, a junior transfer from Silverton, scored her first goal as a Lady Celt in the 32nd minute, finding the end of a long punt from goalkeeper Sydney Snapp for a breakaway finish. Haselip then served a diagonal pass across the field to Santana, who put the ball in the net to give McNary a 6-0 lead at halftime.

“Izzy is a true forward. She’s got great mechanics, great discipline,” Nash said. “We’re excited to see what Izzy can grow into on this team this year as she gets settled.”

Glenn A. Meneice

July 20, 1954 – Aug. 3, 2017

G. Meneice

Glenn A. Meneice, 63, of Kelso, Wash., passed away on Aug. 3, 2017, due to complications from cancer surgery.

He was born July 20, 1954, in Portland to William and Dora Meneice. He grew up in Salem and later lived in Keizer, Carson, Wash., and Long Beach, Wash.

Glenn’s kind and compassionate nature suited him well in his work as a caregiver. His gentle soul made it easy for people to love him. He enjoyed taking care of family, friends and anyone who needed care. Glenn enjoyed life’s simple pleasures and he found great joy in nature, animals and organic cooking.

He is survived by his daughter Krisna Meneice of Bellingham, Wash. Glenn was preceded in death by his mother and father.

A Celebration of Life Potluck will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 16, at Tam O’ Shanter Park on Tam O’ Shanter Way in Kelso, Wash.

Board looks to prioritize in wake of parks fee passage

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is asking supporters and skeptics to help shape the future of Keizer’s parks at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 12.

During the meeting, the board will discuss the way forward now that the city will begin collecting a $4-per-month fee to create a dedicated parks fund.

“We’re looking for those individuals intimately familiar with their own park who can come in and bring up issues we haven’t noticed. I’m also hoping for some naysayers because I think that will help make the process as transparent as possible,” said Matt Lawyer, a member of the parks board, in a presentation to the Keizer City Council Monday, Aug. 21.

At the last meeting of the parks board, whether to have the meeting became a point of contention, but there is pressure to come up with a list of projects the city can announce and deliver on in the coming months and years.

“The fee is official and we are moving forward, but we didn’t have immediate measurable deliverables like Keizer police,” Lawyer said. “The parks plan was quite a bit less nuanced.”

Lawyer didn’t lay out specifics of the parks board agenda, but every meeting includes the opportunity for public testimony. Lawyer also said there might be a second meeting for public input later in September.

When the parks board surveyed residents about their priorities for the parks, numerous maintenance projects took priority over the most-wished-for new amenity.

“Safety is the No. 1 concern and it’s important to be good stewards of the taxpayer dollars, but I think that there is a good expectation that new projects might be possible in the first 12 to 24 months,” Lawyer said.

Lawyer also hoped to reignite a matching grant program that has attracted improvements to Keizer parks with residents putting up money and donations of time that are matched by city funds.

There are two other issues the board will have to wrestle with in coming up with a plan for using fee funds. The existing Parks Master Plan was crafted in 2008, but times and priorities have changed in the interim. Board members will also have to figure out how system development charges (SDCs) factor into the money it can spend.

The city collects SDCs on new developments to offset impacts to infrastructure and pay for improvements. The catch is that the majority of the money the city has collected in SDCs, approximately $800,000, can only be used to fund 13.6 percent of any new project. That means on a $100,000 park amenity, the city has to pay for $86,400 of the cost from other sources.

The Sept. 12 meeting of the parks board begins at 6 p.m. at the Keizer Civic Center.

Celtics again open with North Salem

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

North Salem, a 2-7 football team a year ago, scheduled to move down a classification next season, is likely to be overlooked by many teams this fall.

Not McNary.

The Celtics, who open the 2017 campaign at home against North Salem on Friday, Sept. 1, had to overcome an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Vikings last season, scoring the winning touchdown with just 1:23 remaining in the game.

“We went into the game a little over our heads and we need to stay composed and take it one step at a time,” McNary senior Lucas Garvey said. “That’s what we learned last year. You can’t ever judge a team by what their record was last year. You have to go into it with an open mind and just play our game.”

Garvey did his part a year ago, rushing for 131 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. At cornerback, he also had an interception.

“Going into your first varsity game and being able to run like that, gives me a lot of confidence,” Garvey said. “I’m going to try to mimic or do even better than I did last year.”

McNary has won its last three season openers against North Salem but the victories haven’t come easy. The Celtics trailed 14-8 at halftime of the 2015 game before winning 34-21.

“Playing them first game is really tough,” Celtics head coach Jeff Auvinen said. “They play with good leverage. They play hard. They battle us every year back and forth. I don’t think coach (Jeff) Flood likes playing us first game and I know we don’t like playing them first game.”

What makes the Vikings difficult to defend is their Wing-T offense.

“Especially offensively, they do their stuff really well,” Auvinen said. “They have been doing their Wing-T set forever. They are going to continue to do it forever so they don’t have a whole bunch to learn every year so they can concentrate on that.”

McNary’s defense struggled to contain North Salem’s running game last season, especially in the first three quarters.

“We need to be very disciplined,” Auvinen said of his defense. “We need to play with good leverage at the line of scrimmage, lower than the opponent, can’t be moved, so there’s nowhere to run. We need to each handle our gaps. That’s the plan. Hopefully we’ll execute a little better than we did last year. I didn’t call a very good game. When we did blitz, we over penetrated and got up the field. When we took a step back and just played football and stopped blitzing so much, we were able to make our reads and go.”

While North Salem graduated its quarterback and many skill players, the Vikings are experienced on the offensive line.

“It’s a little worrisome because that’s where most games are won and lost,” Auvinen said of the line. “With that offense, if you can open holes, people can run through them. It will be interesting to see what their new running backs are like.”

To prepare for the season opener, the Celtics participated in a jamboree at Marist on Friday, Aug. 25. McNary ran 12 plays on offense and defense against Canby, the host Spartans and then Corvallis.

After a slow start, Auvinen thought McNary improved with each scrimmage.

“We got better as the day progressed,” he said. “First game, especially on defense we weren’t very good. I think we were used to playing ourselves so we needed to find another gear and get a little more of a killer instinct. Against Canby, we were feeling our way and getting used to varsity game speed. Marist, we were better and then even better against Corvallis.”

This Friday’s home game against North Salem kicks off at 7 p.m.

McNary senior Jakoby Doke guaranteed the Celtics will be ready.

“It’s just a matter of walking in there and thinking any team can win any game,” Doke said. “No game is given to you. We just have to play as hard as we can just like any other game.”