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Day: December 7, 2018

Lady Celts falter in second half

By Matt Rawlings
Of the Keizertimes

Although McNary looked like the superior team in the early stages, they couldn’t keep the momentum going in the second half.

The Celtics were outscored 35-15 in the final 16 minutes as they fell in their season opener 69-57 to Roosevelt on Thursday, November 29.

“Overall, I was happy with our performance, but we have a young team that needs to learn to fight when a team goes on a run,” McNary head coach Elizabeth Doran said. “Basketball is a game of runs and we need to be able to punch back when that happens.”

Abigail Hawley led the way for McNary with 25 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the field. Mackenzie Proctor was also in double-figures for the Celtics with 10 points.

McNary couldn’t have started the game much better on the offensive end. The Celtics shot 9-of-12 from the field in the opening period to score 23 points. Roosevelt, however, kept with them stride for stride as McNary only held a two-point lead at the end of one quarter.

But the Celtics continued to put the pressure on Roosevelt with their scoring ability and took a 42-34 lead into the break.

“We did a lot of good things in the first half. We broke (Roosevelt’s) press really well and we looked good offensively,” Doran said.

To try and slow down McNary’s potent offense, Roosevelt came out in a zone to start the second half. And this young Celtic team wasn’t prepared for it.

After outscoring McNary 19-10 in the third quarter, Roosevelt was able to take a 53-52 lead into the final period.

The Celtics offensive woes continued into the fourth quarter as they struggled mightily to find the bottom of the net. McNary went 1-of-15 from the field in the fourth quarter, allowing Roosevelt to go up by double-digits and never look back.

“This game was a learning experience,” Doran said. “We got a little passive against the zone. Roosevelt is a good team and they took advantage.”

The Celtics return to their home floor tonight for a 7 p.m. contest against Westview.

Westview will have a definitive size advantage in this one with three players listed over six feet tall, so the Celtics will put a lot of their emphasis on team rebounding.

“Our game plan will be focusing on team defense and trying to keep them off the boards,” Doran said. “All five on the court need to buy into rebounding. We don’t have a lot of size, but we make up for it with hustle and effort.”

McNary prepares for upcoming swim season

Celtics have nearly 80 kids out for the team this year

By Matt Rawlings
Of the Keizertimes

From a results standpoint, the McNary swim team wasn’t anything to write home about last season — the boys team placed sixth at districts while the girls squad took seventh.

But the biggest encouragement for this program is how many kids are joining the team.

After having 54 kids in their program last year, the Celtics now have 74 athletes that came out for the swim team this year.

With all those numbers, the future of this program as a whole is looking very bright.

“It’s been great having these big numbers. We’re almost up to 80 kids this year,” McNary head coach Casey Lewin said. “Our last two freshman classes have been huge and we have done a good job of retaining those kids. We’re getting a lot of kids out and they’re staying out.”

The Mountain Valley Conference — formally known as the the Greater Valley Conference — will look a little bit different this season with Mountain View, Summit and Bend entering the league while North Salem, West Albany, Forest Grove and McMinnville exited the league over the summer.

But instead of worrying about the new competition, Lewin wants his kids to focus more on their personal improvement and development.

“Our main focus on the boys side and on the girls side is coming to practice every day to get better and to just take care of ourselves,” Lewin said. “If we’re able to do that, hopefully our times will reflect the work that we put in and the placement will take care of itself.”

While they don’t return anyone that qualified for the state meet last season, the Celtics have key returners on both teams that should have a huge impact for them in the pool.

On the boys side, junior Kyle Hooper is the top returning swimmer in the program. At the GVC District Meet last season, Hooper finished third in the 500-yard freestyle and fourth in the 200 individual medley. He has a realistic shot to make it to the state meet this season.

Senior Harrison Vaughn is the other top returner for McNary. Vaughn Took fifth in the 500-free at districts last season. He will likely be one of the more versatile swimmers in the league as he will also compete in the 100-breaststroke, 200-free, 200-IM as well as others.

Seniors Wyatt Sherwood and Jabez Rhoades will be the short-distance guys for the McNary boys.

“I would like to see us score more points than we did last year at the district meet,” Lewin said of his boys team. “We don’t quite have the firepower to win a league title, but if we can score more and place higher, it shows that we’re doing something right.”

For the girls squad, sophomore twin sisters Alexandria and Isabella Beard look to be the top returners for the Celtics in a multitude of events. Both girls will swim the 500-free, 200-free, 200-IM as well as a handful of races in the breaststroke and butterfly.

Junior Alyssa Garvey looks to be the top girl in the sprint races for the Celtics.

Lewin also expects freshman newcomers Paris Boyd and Kaylynn Villalobos to make a difference for this team immediately.

“I would love us to finish higher than we did last year, and with some of the additions we have, I think we’ll have enough points to get up there,” Lewin said of the girls squad.

Keizertimes welcomes new associate editor

Hello Keizer!

My name is Matt Rawlings and I am very excited to serve this community as the new associate editor of the Keizertimes.

I have been working in east Portland for the last two and a half years, but I am originally from the Salem area, so I am pumped to be making a return to Marion County.

Up to this point, almost all of my journalistic career has been focused on writing about sports, so this role will be a little bit new for me. A significant part of my job will still revolve around covering athletics in this area, but I will also be reporting on the Keizer schools and Keizer Fire District — as well as community events.

While I do love writing about sports, I’m quite grateful for the opportunity to expand my horizons as a journalist.

I first started writing for a newspaper back in 2012 in my first year at Chemeketa Community College. I started out as the sports editor for the school paper, them I eventually became the co-editor of the publication the following year.

In 2014, after getting my associate’s degree, I transferred to Western Oregon University and became an intern in their sports information department. During that same time, I also worked a freelance sports writer for the Statesman Journal and wrote for a blog called Oregon Sports News.

After graduating from Western in the summer of 2016, I was then hired as a sports reporter/co-sports editor for three different local papers affiliated with the Portland Tribune — The Gresham Outlook, The Sandy Post and Estacada News.

I covered a litany of sporting events over the course of my two-plus years there, but I also wrote several feature stories, took photos and approved pages for our print edition.

While there were challenges at times, learning how to manage numerous stories on a daily basis while meeting strict deadlines helped me become the journalist that I am today.

In July, I won five individual Oregon Newspapers Publishers Association awards for my stories and special sections at the 2018 Better Newspaper Contest.

Because the local papers were owned by the Portland Tribune, I ended up getting several opportunities to cover some of the state’s biggest sporting events.

I am looking forward to creating new relationships as I begin my new position of associate editor and I am thankful that I get the opportunity to write stories surrounding this great town.

If you have a story inquiry, email me at [email protected]

Gordon R. Cunningham, DVM

G. Cunningham

Gordon R. Cunningham was born April 17, 1938, in Jewell County, Kansas, the only child of Otie R. and Stella May (Wiley) Cunningham. He graduated from Montrose High School in 1956 and attended Kansas State University where he completed his DVM degree in 1968.

While in college, he married Sheila Nelson and they had two sons.  They divorced in 1976.

Dr. Cunningham practiced in California until purchasing Salem Veterinary Hospital in 1970. He later owned Lancaster Pet Hospital and South Salem Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Cunningham was instrumental in establishing the first after-hours emergency veterinary clinic in Salem.

Dr. Cunningham is
survived by his wife of 34 years, Joanne (Morrow) of Keizer; sons Frank (Jodie) of Happy Valley and David (Bonnie) of Keizer and grandson Kyle. He is also survived by stepson and daughter-in-law Mike and Nicole Morrow of Salem and their sons, Matthew and Nicholas. And he leaves behind his cherished cats, Yogi and Gracie.

At Dr. Cunningham’s request, no services will be held.

Remembrances to Salem Friends of Felines, 980 Commercial St. SE, Salem, OR 97302 or  Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Gracie Miller

Gracie Miller, born May 30, 1944 in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, died in Keizer, Oregon on December 1, 2018.  Gracie is survived by her husband of 47 years Daniel Miller and their four children, Diana Riddle (Keizer), Jonathan Rushing (Polson, Mont.), Dewayne Rushing (Salem), and Rachelle New (Kansas City, Kan.), 14 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren.  Gracie was a member of the United Church of God, Salem, Oregon congregation.  Gracie’s greatest joy was spending time with and loving her family. Services in the care of Keizer Funeral Chapel,

Finland doesn’t rake

We were recently informed by President Donald J. Trump, who far too regularly comes up short of accuracy and eschews truth, that Finland knows how to prevent forest fires.  Trump came out to share his opinion on this subject and once again failed to provide information that would help with the problem in California—and elsewhere among forests still standing—and the Americans in them that are threatened with annihilation by conflagrations.

Regarding Finland, it turns out that the problem is actually not enough wildfires.  In fact, from nature’s point of view, the diversity of species and habitats suffer when there are too few fires.  Our forest experts also know this to be a fact but have ineffectively practiced it here.

But let’s get right to what Trump advocated from what he didn’t get straight about Finland. Stifling his guffaws, Finnish President Sauli Ninisto came forward to inform Trump and his never-questioning-him staff that Finland’s strategy on wildfires does not entail raking their forests floors to prevent fires.

Ninisto informed one and all that Finland does carry out controlled burns of their forest floors to clear away underbrush because that promotes new growth of saplings.  However, researchers are not at all sure Finland’s approach can serve to instruct California as parts of Finland are inside the Arctic Circle with prolonged periods of rain and snow while our neighbor to the south is into a new normal: ongoing below average precipitation.

California’s susceptibility to fires has a lot to do with its weather. Finnish scientists expect their wildfires to increase by 10 percent by 2100 but estimates in California anticipate 80 percent at risk much sooner—2050.  Meanwhile, Finland’s advantage—besides its hemispheric location—has most to do with differences in infrastructure and forest management. That is, Finland has a far denser road network which creates barriers to blazes with lakes and rives handy when blazes do occur.

Finland was settled before North America was extensively explored by Europeans. Such a settled condition meant that medieval and industrial revolution-era need for wood turned forests into grasslands, especially in southern Finland.  Yet, when the Finns went about reforestation in times closer to our own, they split up future forests into small compartments.  One side effect was fewer wildfires as blazes don’t spread beyond a single compartment with borders usually marked by wide paths and trees of different heights.

Back here in California, Oregon, Washington and wider, we know that Trump withdrew us from the 2015 Paris Deal to combat climate change.  He has also rolled back Obama-era environmental and climate protections in order to boost production of domestic fossil fuels and has been an enemy of renewables.  Most recently he said, “I don’t believe it,” in reaction to the congressionally-mandated climate change report through contributions by more than 300 scientists and let all of us know again that he’s not interested in anything unless it can contribute to more personal wealth.

There’s an old myth that read, “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” A future after the current POTUS will predictably proclaim, “Trump made money while Earth burned.”

(Gene H. McIntyre shares his opinion frequently in the Keizertimes.)

Bush: sometimes things go right


All the talk about the attributes of this or that generation is usually overblown. But there is an exception when a cohort of young Americans shares a massive, overwhelming experience of depression or war. A certain view of their country is often formed and fixed.

This can be said of John F. Kennedy, the commanding officer of PT-109. And Lt. Cmdr. Richard Nixon, who ran the South Pacific Combat Air Transport Command. And Navy aviator George H.W. Bush. Serving in the Pacific theater of World War II, these young men had few traits of temperament or character in common. But the war shaped their conception of America’s global role, and their view of the necessity and capability of government in general.

People who fought in World War II were marinated in the ideas that evil is real and that American power is an essential, irreplaceable force for good. They intuitively understood the moral narrative of Munich, Buchenwald, D-Day, Hiroshima, NATO and the twilight struggle. And they generally shared the notion that America could do anything that power, wealth, will and courage could accomplish.

This presented the temptation of overreach, as in Vietnam. JFK’s inaugural pledge to “pay any price, bear any burden” should be taken seriously, but not literally. But the children of World War II really did believe that a torch was passing from Dwight Eisenhower’s generation—the generation of their commanding officers—to a group of Americans who had rescued the world and fully intended to lead it. Given the other paths America might have taken, they did an extraordinary job. They twice saved humanity from well-armed, aggressive, totalitarian ideologies—irst as soldiers, sailors and airmen, then as statesmen. America and the world owe them a great deal.

Being one of the youngest Navy pilots in World War II, and blessed with longevity, George H.W. Bush was among the last of his cohort to leave us. As intelligence chief, diplomat and president, he brought to his calling a set of values that might be called patrician. He was less New Frontier and more old school. He rose up in government on the impulse of service. He lived by high standards of decency, fair play, humility, love of family and love of country. He was relentlessly moderate in temperament and political instinct.

This type of “establishment” code is easier to lampoon than replace. So much that a graceless age dismisses as repression is actually politeness, compassion and dignity.

And Bush’s moral sensibilities turned out to be exactly what was needed at a decisive historical moment. As the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its economic and moral failure, what was needed from America was patience, wisdom, steady purpose and the generosity of true power. In presiding over the breaking of nations, an excess of vision or ambition might have been dangerously disruptive. Crowing would have led to bitterness and unpredictable anger. And Bush was incapable of crowing.

On closer exposure to Bush, there was something more at work than a moral code. I generally saw the elder Bush through the eyes of his son, George W. Bush, for whom I worked. And he could hardly mention his father’s name without welling up in tears of affection. During George W.’s first Republican National Convention speech, we had to cut short the section praising his father, because the son could not get through the words without breaking down. There was a sweetness to their relationship that is a tribute to both men. George H.W. Bush loved deeply, and was deeply loved. He was sentimental without being fragile. And those who saw weakness in his manner know nothing about true strength—the victory over ego, over impulse, over hatred.

Dying can be cruel and unfair. But there was a profound and encouraging sense of rightness, of fittingness, at Bush’s death. He left few things unaccomplished, and none that mattered. He was only briefly parted from the love of his life. His strength failed before his spirit. Bush died as well as a man could manage—full of years, full of honors, surrounded by affection, confident in his faith, knowing that his work on earth was done.

Bush’s life provides assurance that sometimes things go gloriously right. Sometimes Americans vote for a decent and honest leader. Sometimes a president finds his calling and his moment. Sometimes a good man meets a good end.

And still. It is a sad and solemn task to dig the graves of giants.

(Washington Post Writers Group)