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Day: June 22, 2018

Volcanoes win season opener

By HERB SWETT
Of the Keizertimes

The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes opened their season with a 4-3 home victory over the Tri-City Dust Devils.

Opening-day ceremonies included throwing of the first ball by Joe Egli, Keizer’s First Citizen of 2018, and an announcement by Jerry Walker, co-owner of the Volcanoes, that the club has extended its contract with the San Francisco Giants through 2020.

It never was more than a one-run game. The first run came when Tri-City’s Tre Carter led off the top of the third inning with a home run over the right field fence.

Stetson Woods, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, then retired the next three batters. The last of the three, Dwayna Williams-Sutton, hit another drive to deep right, but Mikey Edie caught it.

Jose Layer led off the Salem-Keizer third with a double to left field and reached third base on Kyle McPherson’s single to left. Layer then scored as an error by shortstop Owen Miller put Ricardo Genoves on first. The inning ended with the score 1-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, Robinson Medrano put the Volcanoes a run ahead by leading off with a home run to left.

The Dust Devils’ Kelvin Alarcon singled to center to lead off the fifth. After Woods retired the next two batters, Miller brought Alarcon home with a double down the left field line.

Woods then left the game with two runs on four hits, two walks, and two strikeouts in four of two-thirds of an inning. Alejandro De La Rosa relieved him and retired the side.

After scoring just four goals his first season, Williams scored 46 as a sophomore, including a game-winning goal in overtime to defeat rival Sprague.

“I still go back and watch that video to this day, especially when we’re about to play them and I still think about it and hold it over their coach’s head because I keep in touch with him,” Williams said.

Williams scored 46 more goals as a junior and then led the league with 70 as a senior, including seven against Ridgeview, to finish his career with 166.

He was named First Team All-Conference and selected to the Oregon high school all-star game three years in a row.

“It’s a bunch of kids from Portland and the Eugene area and then me,” Williams said of the all-star game. “There’s not a lot of kids from my area that make it to that kind of stuff. Playing with those kids it was basically a little glimpse of what I’m sure it will be like at the next level and it was a lot more fun for me to be able to, not that I don’t trust the guys on my own team, but to know that a pass is going to be a little more perfect, I guess, at that level.”

Western Oregon, a Division-II program, plays in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.

Authorities’ response to stray bullet? Letters

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Neighbors along the Willamette River in Keizer turned out at the Keizer City Council meeting Monday, June 18, to ask for action in response to a bullet that traveled across the river from a shooting range into a Keizer home.

“He has the right to shoot over there and we have the right to not live in fear. We want to know what has been done and what is going to be done to stop this,” said Rhonda Rich, a resident on Raphael Street North, and a neighbor to the couple whose home was struck by the bullet. “This isn’t a second amendment issue, it’s a public safety issue.”

For now, it seems the only action the city plans on taking is sending a letter and trying to keep pressure on Polk County officials to take action.

On Saturday, June 2, four men were cited for reckless endangering after a bullet they fired from a quarry being used as a shooting range – located across the Willamette River in Polk County – penetrated the exterior wall of a home in the 1300 Block of Raphael Street North and stopped only after striking a backsplash located in the kitchen of the home. One of the homeowners was in the kitchen at the time of the incident.

Keizer residents along the river have requested action twice in the past year. The first time, in September 2017, residents were responding to bullets that strafed trees in Sunset Park and caused park users to flee into the neighborhood.

“I’m angry that we have to be back because of another shooting (incident),” said Rich. “I avoid going in my backyard because I’m afraid of a stray bullet. It’s a matter of responsible gun ownership that isn’t happening.”

A Keizer police sergeant met with the owner of the quarry, Lance Davis, after the September incident and signs were put in place to alert range users to the residences across the river. But, the latest incident resulted in City Attorney Shannon sending a letter to Davis.

“This situation is unacceptable and dangerous. I cannot advise you legally, however I would have to believe that you and your company have some liability in this regard,” Johnson wrote in a letter dated June 13. “The City (of Keizer) urges you to take all action necessary to immediately stop the use of your property as a shooting range. My concern is that any preventative measures will not eliminate the risk that rounds fall into Keizer as long as the property is used as a range.”

In addition, Clark read into the record a letter from Polk County Sheriff Mark Garton sent to Polk County Commissioner Craig Pope.

After speaking with Davis, Garton wrote, “I have asked what his plans were to improve safety and he told me about the plans. Lance has since put up signage in the area indicating that shooting needed to be in an east-west direction instead of a north-south direction. He said he would be relocating the shooting range and signage as soon as they relocate more berms and fencing to make it all safer. He said they will install gates on the property to better control who comes and who goes as they have had random people drive down there and start shooting. Shooting can happen safely over there, they just need to do it in the right place.”

Keizer Police Chief John Teague said neither Keizer police nor the Polk County Sheriff’s Office have leverage in terms of criminal activity other than what’s already occurred.

City Manager Chris Eppley told residents who gathered to request action that the situation was frustrating “but the best opportunity is for civil action to occur and shut down that usage.”

The homeowners are reportedly looking at what can be accomplished through the courts.

“(Davis) has not demonstrated an ability to manage this property responsibly,” Clark added. “We need to keep the pressure on as the property owner moves forward.”

Williams to play at Western Oregon

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

Picturing himself on the Western Oregon University lacrosse team was easy for Jonathan Williams.

“I’ve already played for their coach (Dan Hochspeier) and before our season started I went to Western Oregon and did a few practices with the current team and I felt like I fit in pretty well with those guys,” said Williams, a 2018 McNary graduate. “It felt like I was already basically there playing with them. Everything just felt really normal. It didn’t feel like I was out of place or anything. It just felt like I was supposed to be there.”

Western Oregon’s coach is the brother of McNary head coach Mike Hochspeier and Dan coached Williams last summer.

Williams also looked at playing lacrosse at Oregon State but said he felt better at a smaller school.

An assistant coach at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah reached out as well but busy with football Williams wasn’t able to attend one of the team’s recruitment camps.

“I would have had to basically fly out after the (football) game and give whatever energy I had left to a recruitment camp and fly back on Sunday and go to school on Monday and practice,” Williams said. “It just didn’t work out and that was the end of that.”

George Fox and Puget Sound were interested in Williams playing football but neither university has a lacrosse program.

“Of course I still have to go to classes and everything but in the end that’s really what I want out of college is to be able to play college lacrosse,” Williams said.

Williams was first introduced to lacrosse in middle school while watching his older brother play for McNary.

He then made the varsity team as a freshman.

“We had some really good players so it was more of just me trying to get them the ball instead of me being the main scorer,” Williams said.

After scoring just four goals his first season, Williams scored 46 as a sophomore, including a game-winning goal in overtime to defeat rival Sprague.

“I still go back and watch that video to this day, especially when we’re about to play them and I still think about it and hold it over their coach’s head because I keep in touch with him,” Williams said.

Williams scored 46 more goals as a junior and then led the league with 70 as a senior, including seven against Ridgeview, to finish his career with 166.

He was named First Team All-Conference and selected to the Oregon high school all-star game three years in a row.

“It’s a bunch of kids from Portland and the Eugene area and then me,” Williams said of the all-star game. “There’s not a lot of kids from my area that make it to that kind of stuff. Playing with those kids it was basically a little glimpse of what I’m sure it will be like at the next level and it was a lot more fun for me to be able to, not that I don’t trust the guys on my own team, but to know that a pass is going to be a little more perfect, I guess, at that level.”

Western Oregon, a Division-II program, plays in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.