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Day: December 6, 2017

Doran era begins with a bang

Of the Keizertimes

McNary senior Kailey Doutt had an explanation for her performance against Tualatin on Saturday, Dec. 2, when she reportedly made 15 of 17 shots to finish with 32 points.

“I was actually 15 for 18. I think they missed one,” said Doutt, who credited her incredible shooting night to simply putting up more shots everyday in practice.

“Last year I didn’t shoot very much from the outside but we’ve been shooting a lot in practice, getting up a ton of shots so I’m more confident in my shot and it’s helped a lot,” Dout said.

McNary’s hot shooting continued Tuesday, Dec. 5 as the Lady Celts defeated Newberg 49-24 to begin the season 3-0.

McNary trailed 6-5 early before going on a first quarter run that ended with a Doutt 3-point play to take a 17-8 lead heading to the second period.

The Lady Celts continued to add to their lead in the second, getting five points from freshmen Leah Doutt and eight off the bench from senior Emma Kinler and freshmen Mackenzie Proctor.

Junior Abbie Hawley then banked in a running 3-pointer at the buzzer and McNary entered halftime with a commanding 33-12 lead.

Newberg was held without a field goal in the second quarter, scoring its only four points from the free throw line.

“The girls have totally bought in to what I’m talking about defensively and that’s really cool and I think our defense is surprising people, just our intensity,” McNary head coach Elizabeth Doran said. “They are playing faster. We’re rotating and getting people going where we want them to go. They’re a really fun group to coach.”

Leading 47-21, Doran played four freshmen (Doutt, Proctor, Kennedy Buss and Annie-Leigh Besa) in the final five minutes.

“I want to play them together when I can,” Doran said. “They’ll be playing together for the next four years so it’s fun to see them on the floor together.”

Doutt led the freshmen with nine points. Proctor added four.

“Stepping in the freshman year and getting into a varsity game, there’s some nerves associated with that but I think they’ve stepped up, especially Leah, you wouldn’t know anymore,” Doran said. The first game you could kind of tell but these last two games she’s really comfortable out there, played really hard, been great defensively for us and offensively. She made some really great passes.”

Kailey Doutt and Paige Downer led the scoring, each finishing with 12 points.

The Lady Celts began the season with a 56-24 win at Barlow on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Kailey Doutt had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Downer finished with 11 points, four rebounds and four steals. Hawley added nine points and three assists.

McNary defeated Tualatin 50-33 in its home opener.

Leah Doutt had eight rebounds and nine assists. Hawley scored nine points.

The Lady Celts begin Greater Valley Conference play on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:15 p.m. against West Albany (1-0).

Meadows Park first on tap for parks fee improvements

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Of the Keizertimes

Cooper Hurt, 10, had a clear notion of what he wanted in a new play structure at Meadows Park in north Keizer.

“I want a little balcony that you can just look out from. That would be cool,” said Cooper.

However, even more than that, Cooper and his 12-year-old sister, Riley, want accessibility. Riley is such an advocate for accessibility issues she made it the focus of her TEDxSalem talk earlier this month. Yeah, a TEDx talk. At age 12.

“The way the park is now, my mom has trouble getting to it,” said Riley, whose mother, Jill, uses a wheelchair. “When we were younger she had trouble watching us.”

She also wanted swings and things to climb, but they were a distant second.

Riley and Cooper were just two of about 20 Meadows-area residents who turned out at a information-gathering forum regarding the future of the park. It was held at the Keizer Civic Center Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The air at the forum was best described as eager. That may be because Keizer Public Works Director Bill Lawyer and Parks Supervisor Robert Johnson can barely contain their own excitement.

“I am extremely happy to be having this conversation and it’s something I’ve looked forward to. We haven’t been able to have it because we couldn’t afford it,” said Johnson.

The stick stirring the pot is a parks services fee the city of Keizer began collecting in November. Moving forward, Keizer residents will be charged $4 per month to pay for parks maintenance and improvements. An additional $4-per-month fee is being charged for police services.

Even though the decision to enact the fees was made over the summer, Lawyer said there are still surreal moments.

“We’re able to talk about doing things that I never expected we’d be able to do,” Lawyer said.

The forum on Meadows Park made for an exciting kick-off point.

“We got nothing but positive feedback tonight,” Johnson said. “And we plan to try to incorporate as many of the suggestions as we can.”

In addition to Cooper’s and Riley’s votes for accessibility, the list of requests in a revamped park included: swings, a climbing wall, a gate at the River Road access point, spinner seats, a merry-go-round, monkey bars and a parkour/ninja course.

Lawyer said he’s aiming for a new structure and surface in the area of about $170,000. A large part of that cost will be the installation of the new surface itself. While it’s called a pour-in-place surface, it actually has to be mixed one wheelbarrow at a time and then smoothed, by hand, with 16-inch trowels. It will, of course, be wheelchair accessible.

The next steps in the process will be to define the specific amenities that will be in the final structure and then put it out for bid in early 2018.

The city will also be investing in new, ADA-accessible (Americans with Disabilities Act) pathways at Meadows, but that portion of the work will be packaged with similar work in other parks around the city and put out for a separate bid.

In addition to the Meadows Park plan, Keizer is also hiring two new parks employees to help the one-and-a-half existing ones keep their heads above water.

While he has yet to review the 46 applications he’s received for the two jobs, Lawyer’s goal is to have the new hands hired by February and trained by March when the busy parks season begins.

“I personally feel a lot of pressure on the parks division to perform with the collection of the parks fee. The community deserves to see something and I’m taking an aggressive stance so we can show them what they are getting for their money,” he said.