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Day: December 5, 2017

Celtics place third at Jerry Lane Invitational

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary wrestling coach Jason Ebbs went into the Jerry Lane Invitational not worried about how many matches his team would win.

He just wanted the tenacity he’s seen in practice translate to a match.

Ebbs got that and more as the Celtics finished 2-1 to place third in the eight-team tournament on Friday, Dec. 1 at McNary High School.

“It just so happens that we went 2-1,” Ebbs said. “It just so happens that we lost to Tigard and Milwaukie in this tournament last year and returned the favor and beat them this year. All in all, I believe the kids responded well. We’re trying to figure which of the fight responses we’re going to get from the kids—fight, flight or freeze. By the end of the night we were fighting back and once in a while we even had more points than the other guy and it gives us a lot of hope.”

McNary opened the tournament by defeating Tigard 43-32. After falling to Roseburg, the eventual tournament champions, the Celtics edged Milwaukie 44-35 for third.

Senior Brayden Ebbs and junior Enrique Vincent both went 3-0.

Ebbs, who had two pins to go with a major decision, felt comfortable jumping up to 170 pounds.

“It was different but it was a good different,” Ebbs said. “I felt a lot stronger, for one. I felt like I could move. It was a little bit slower than some of the guys that I’m used to, which was nice. I felt like I was a lot faster than everybody.”

In between two pins, Vincent had to come from behind to defeat Roseburg senior Thomas Spence 7-5.

Getting called for two illegal slams, Vincent trailed 3-5 going into the third period.

“He’s got an amazing explosion of power and his body is starting to catch up with him,” coach Ebbs said of Vincent. “By no means was it deliberate or malicious. You can just see his power. It’s pretty impressive to watch. We’re going to make sure he’s doing some technical things to deal with that so that doesn’t happen because that match shouldn’t have been as close.”

Vincent said he just had to keep his composure.

“I knew it was going to be tough and it definitely was,” Vincent said. “I tried to keep my cool and just calm down and think about what I needed to do. I kind of shut down for a second. I waited until the last second to get ahead because there was no way I was going to be able to hold him down for a minute. I’m out of shape still. I just waited until the last 30 seconds, took him down, got lucky and got a near fall to win the match.”

At 106 pounds, McNary freshman Grady Burrows went 2-1, earning a 16-12 devision to open the tournament and finishing it with a pin in the first period.

“It’s always nerve wracking to send a freshman out in the lineup,” coach Ebbs said. “If I had my way, I might not ever do it because there’s so many other factors that play into that with the confidence and the strength and the development. I believed in him and he got after it and that speaks to his years that he spent coming up through (Celtic) Mat Club.”

Noah Grunberg (145), Garrett Wampler (182) and Randal Nordberg (195) all went 2-1 as well, each getting a win by forfeit.

At 220 pounds, sophomore Anthony Garcia Reyes earned a pin in his first match before dropping the next two.

“His confidence is pretty high and I’m pretty proud of him,” coach Ebbs said of Reyes. “He ran into a couple big, mean guys after that, that reminded him that we’re not done getting better yet.”

McNary hosts its first Greater Valley Conference dual on Thursday, Dec. 7 against McMinnville at 7 p.m. and then travels to Silverton for a tournament on Saturday, Dec. 9.

School board talks seismic upgrades

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By HERB SWETT
Of the Keizertimes

Preparation for the Big One was one of the topics of a special Salem-Keizer School Board meeting Tuesday.

Most of the school district buildings were built before many people knew what they do now about the Cascadia Subduction Zone, where an earthquake of 9.0 magnitude is expected this century.

Retrofitting the buildings, to allow for at least safe escape from them, is one of the reasons for the bond proposal that will be on the May 2018 ballot.

Michael Wolfe, chief operating officer of the district, reviewed a study by MSC Engineers, Inc., of Salem, the latest of several seismic evaluations performed for the district. The process began with a 2005 assessment by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.

The engineers, Wolfe told the board, used the rapid visual screening (RVS) method initiated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The method evaluates seismic level, building structure type, building irregularities, era of construction, and soil type to establish seismic hazard scores of buildings.

The study assigned RVS scores to all the school structures in the district, breaking them down into five tiers of collapse potential: very high for egress (exit) only, very high for life safety, high for life safety, moderate, and low. It estimated construction costs without including such costs as contractor overhead, insurance, and project management fees, and it recommended that for strategic planning purposes, the district add 40 percent to the engineers’ numbers. It did not project costs for moderate and low risk.

Total estimated costs are $56,986,191 for “very high” egress only, $69,097,278 for “very high” life safety, and $92, 014,000 for “high” life safety.

District staff has recommended “very high” egress only as the only financially feasible way to prepare for the earthquake, Wolfe said.

Following are the current collapse potential estimates for school buildings in the McNary High School attendance area.

• McNary: three buildings rated very high, two moderate.

• Claggett Creek Middle School: no ratings at this writing; three low in 2016.

• Whiteaker Middle School: four high, one moderate.

• Clear Lake Middle School: three high.

• Weddle Elementary School: no ratings at this writing; three low in 2016.

• Cummings Elementary School: three very high, one high, two moderate.

• Forest Ridge Elementary School: no ratings at this writing; three low in 2016,

• Gubser Elementary School: two high, one moderate.

• Keizer Elementary School: two high.

• Kennedy Elementary School: two very high, five high.

Another issue discussed was possible relocation of special education classrooms. Eric Richards, district director of student services, noted that 27 percent of the special education students in the district are attending classes away from their neighborhoods. He said this has caused financial and transportation problems and discouraged those who have special needs from participating in school activities.

Director Kathy Goss said the quality of education should be the first consideration. Paul Dakopolos, district council, was asked what legal issues could be raised and said federal regulations give districts considerable leeway over locations of programs. The board did not reach an agreement on the matter.

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