Author: Derek Wiley

Home Depot helps local veteran

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Thanks to the Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America and volunteers from Home Depot, Terry Lowell of Keizer can now do something most people take for granted—take a shower. Lowell, who served in the military for 22 years, beginning with the Marine Corps and then the Army Reserves before retiring as a master sergeant in the Air Force, had knee replacement surgery in 2010. However, the new knee didn’t last and Lowell had to go back under the knife in 2014. Due to a staph infection, Lowell’s had three more surgeries just since August...

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Van Voorhis, Partridge lead young track and field team

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—Brendan Van Voorhis started his senior track season on Wednesday, March 22 at McKay High School tackling something he’d never done—the 100, 200 and 400 all in the same meet. “That’s really, really hard to do,” McNary head coach Frank Gauntz said. “It’s a lot of sprinting to do in one day. It was a tremendous job by Brendan to do that and he did really well.” The toughest part is the 100-400 combination, which are back-to-back events. After finishing second in the 100 in 11.36, Van Voorhis had just the junior varsity...

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McNary thespian to compete at state

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Annie Purkey will be busy at the Oregon Thespians State Festival on April 6-7 in Salem. Along with performing in Defying Gravity, which was selected as one of two high school plays in the state to be showcased at the festival, Purkey will also compete in solo acting after finishing in the top 10 percent of 77 entries at regionals in February. Actors perform two contrasting monologues totaling three minutes in front of a group of judges. When picking her pieces, Purkey chose two male characters—Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are...

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Closed: Gone to Arizona

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes The McNary varsity baseball team hasn’t been able to practice on its field, much less play a game. “We literally haven’t been on our varsity field one time,” Celtics head coach Larry Keeker said. “We’ve done some on-field batting practice but we’ve had to stay off the dirt. It’s just way too soft. It’s too muddy. Even the grass area is super soft as well. We’ve been able to get on the JV field a couple times.” McNary was scheduled to open its season on March 15 at home against Canby and then...

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