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Day: March 21, 2016

Shooting at Bi-Mart Monday afternoon

This handgun was found in the parking lot at the Keizer Bi-Mart after a shooting there Monday afternoon, March 21. (Craig Murphy/ KEIZERTIMES)
This handgun was found in the parking lot at the Keizer Bi-Mart after a shooting there Monday afternoon, March 21. (Craig Murphy/KEIZERTIMES)


Of the Keizertimes

One person was taken to Salem Hospital Monday afternoon after a shooting in the Keizer Bi-Mart parking lot.

Police scanner traffic indicated a suspect was seen running northbound from the scene on River Road.

Jeff Kuhns, deputy chief with the Keizer Police Department, was on scene at JC’s Pizzaria shortly before 2 p.m. where a possible suspect was detained. A second person was detained at One Stop Smoke Shop, according to Kuhns.

“We have a guy detained here and a guy at Smoke Shop,” Kuhns said at the scene. “A Salem Police K-9 has started a track from the Bi-Mart.”

Kuhns said JC’s was asked to go on lockdown since the suspect have been found inside the business.

Part of the Bi-Mart parking lot at 3862 River Road was taped off and a handgun was laying on the ground as Sgt. Greg Barber watched over the area. Numerous police vehicles quickly converged in the parking lot.

Scanner traffic indicated the suspect was a white male in his 20s. It wasn’t immediately known if the gun in the Bi-Mart parking lot was the one used in the shooting or if the suspect still had another weapon.

“We don’t know if the suspect was armed or not when he ran,” Kuhns said.

The proximity of the shooting to the One Stop Smoke Shop, located at 3926 River Road, was notable since there was a robbery at that location Sunday evening.

According to police, an armed robbery occurred at the Smoke Shop around 8:30 p.m. March 20. In that case, a white male entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money from the store employee. No one was injured in the robbery.

Lacrosse comes to Keizer

“There’s a bunch who are picking up the stick for the first time and they’re playing pretty well, especially on defense” — Jonathan Williams
“There’s a bunch who are picking up the stick for the first time and they’re playing pretty well, especially on defense”
— Jonathan Williams

Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School boys lacrosse team has only played one game at their home school in the more than five years the team has been around.

That’s about to change, and Ryan Bowlby, McNary head coach, said the program is feeling extra pressure to demonstrate the game for a new Keizer audience.

“In past seasons, the kids have really been focused on winning games, but the seniors this season are really motivated to show their understanding of the game for the new fans who might come out and watch,” Bowlby said. “The big thing we are focusing on is talking. I want them talking as loud as possible, making it known that we are on this field. We want to let the stadium know that we know the game and we’re talking through it.”

Last summer, the McNary volunteers, boosters and local businesses all chipped in to install a new turf field. The artificial turf, which can withstand more regular usage, allows the lacrosse team to play in Keizer rather than traveling to North Salem High School, as was the norm, for home games. If that wasn’t enough reason to celebrate the sport, there’s also a girls lacrosse club at McNary for the first time this year.

An all-North American game

Imagine a game played with teams ranging from 100 to 1,000 players on a field 1,600 feet to 1.9 miles long and contests lasting from sun up to sun down.

That’s where lacrosse is believed to have its roots, as a ceremonial warfare to give thanks to a higher power. It later evolved into a form of intertribal sport with players taking on the role of warriors seeking glory and honor for their tribes.

It was played by indigenous people of the North American continent and first documented by Jesuit missionary priests before being described in detail by frontiersman James Smith in 1757. In those days, tribe members used five-foot staffs with nets on the top to move around a wooden ball.

The sport first became codified around the turn of the 20th century and it was included in the Olympics in 1904 and 1908 with teams from Canada, the United States and Great Britain competing.

Since that time, the game underwent further modifications and has been played at the college level for more than 100 years. In recent decades, the game’s popularity has grown far beyond the Canadian and American Northeast regions where it was most popular.

The basics

In modern boys games, teams of 10 players set up on either side of the field. Girls get 12 players on each team.

For the boys, helmets, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads and crosses (the poles with netted loops on the end) are the standard equipment and physical contact is encouraged. In girls lacrosse, the rules are specifically designed to limit physical contact and the only required equipment is a mouth guard and a faceguard or goggles.

For the boys, there are three defensemen, three midfielders, three attackmen and one goalie on the field at any one time. The girls get two additional midfielders. Players can move outside of their designated area on the field – goalies can even make runs on the opposing goals – so long as other players hang back.

“Our goalie (Marcus McCoy) happens to be freakishly athletic and he’s known to make runs like that. He’s probably our best athlete on the team,” Bowlby said.

The crosses differ in size and sometimes shape depending on the role of the player on the field.

“Defensive players get 6-foot poles, while attackmen get a 42-inch stick. The goalie’s stick can vary in length, but it always has a larger net at the top,” Bowlby said.

The game is played with a small, solid rubber ball that is passed between players using the crosse and scored in a six-by-six goal. Players cannot touch the ball with their hands and are most often running with the ball in the net in while tilting it back and forth, cradling, in preparation for passing or scoring.

One of the goals for the Celtic girls lacrosse club this year is working toward mastery of the basics, said Becca Lewis, the team head coach.

“If (a player) cannot throw, catch and cradle then there is no use in teaching them an offense,” Lewis said.

The game’s goal sits inside a circle known as the crease. Attacking players cannot enter the crease, but can reach in with their sticks. Defenders can only enter the crease if they do not have possession of the ball.

The girls play with two additional field markings known as the arc and fan. They are lined in red on the McNary field. The arc is also known as the 8-meter and the fan is just as well known as the 12-meter.

“They are mainly used for calling and following through with fouls. For example, if an offensive player is in the critical scoring area (CSA), inside the 8 meter, then there are fouls that can be called,” Lewis said. “One foul is shooting space. This is when a defensive player is in direct line of shot of an offensive player who is inside the CSA.This cannot be called unless they are inside the CSA.”

The lines are also used in establishing a staging formations for the defense and as boundaries for players on penalty shots.

While not specifically lined as such, the 30-yard lines on both sides of the McNary field mark the start of the offensive box. The team on offense has a limited time in which to move the ball to the offensive box at the beginning of a play, but can back out and use the rest of the field after the initial breach.

There are two orange lines on the McNary turf that are also used for lacrosse. The lines are parallel to the sidelines and designate the wing area. Attackmen and midfielders must wait on these lines while two players meet to vie for possession of the ball at centerfield during faceoffs. Faceoffs are used at the beginning of the four game quarters and after each point.

Tactics and strategy

Lacrosse tactics most resemble what someone might see on a basketball court, but there are elements of hockey and soccer mixed in.

“The main difference is we can carry the ball behind the goal and that makes it more like a hockey-style offensive movement,” Bowlby said. “On-ball screens and off-ball screens work well in lacrosse, and you’re always hoping to have a motion offense just like basketball.”

The sport resembles soccer in that players try to move the ball in triangle formation and often move the ball backward on the field to create space for moving it forward.

“Most of the passes are going to be something like 20 to 25 yards to move the ball and we are hoping to shoot from the seven-yard range,” Bowlby said.

Possession can change hands when a ball leaves the playing field, but if it leaves the playing field on a shooting attempt, there are other considerations.

“When the ball exits the field on a shot, possession goes to the team with a player closest to the ball. If you keep an offensive person behind the goal it can benefit you in the long run in those situations,” Bowlby said.

Penalties can be called for hitting someone in the back or head with a crosse. Tripping or performing too large of a wind-up – slashing – before a pass or shot can also incur a penalty. Players called for penalties must leave the field for a specified amount of time and play continues.

“Most penalties are releasable and end after the next point, but there are also non-releasable penalties. Helmet-to-helmet checks incur three-minute, non-releasable penalties,” Bowlby said.

Stick checking is the most common form of checking in lacrosse and most often involves trying to dislodge the ball from another player’s stick by poking or slapping the arms with either end of the crosse. The boys are allowed to body check opposing players as long as there is a teammate within range of making a play on a ground ball.

Girls outlook

The McNary girls team is comprised entirely of athletes new to the sport, but Lewis said that isn’t standing in their way.

“There are some girls that you can see in the first days of watching them play that just get lacrosse.  I can see the concepts just click right away,” Lewis said.

While those that have played volleyball and basketball are benefitting from their knowledge of body positioning, Lewis said she was equally excited for the new players who have the opportunity to “become the athletes lacrosse need.”

The team’s goals for the season are twofold: first is creating a fun and engaging opportunity for the whole team, but Lewis also wants to see the sport grow locally and regionally.

“Most all Portland high schools have girls lacrosse teams that are winning championships and sending their girls to play at a D3, D2, or D1 school. In Salem, it’s still growing,” Lewis said.

While still in its nascent stages, Lewis said to keep an eye on the Lady Celts’ two captains, Kailyn White and Jessica Grimmer.

Boys outlook

The McNary boys varsity lacrosse team was in the hunt for its first league title through the midway point of the 2015 season, then the wheels came off.

While the team graduated a boatload of talented seniors, many of the other teams in the North Valley Division are in the same boat.

“It’s going to make for a good mix,” Bowlby said. “We’ve also got a lot of new coaches in the league that are going to shake things up.”

Sophomore Jonathan Williams is back for his second year with the team and said, there are a lot of new faces on the roster with some talent.

“There’s a bunch who are picking up the stick for the first time and they’re playing pretty well, especially on defense,” Williams said.

Williams and McCoy, that “freakishly athletic” goalkeeper, were both hoping the team emerges as something all together different than it has been in seasons past.

“We need to come together more as a team rather than having one player we’re relying on every game, which was what happened a lot last year,” McCoy said. “But being able to play on our own field gives us more passion. We have more energy and excitement because our town gets to come out and watch us play and that puts more attention on the sport of lacrosse.”

Williams said he wants to see the up-and-coming players prove their worth this year.

“We have sophomore and junior returners who are good enough to fill the shoes of those guys,” Williams said.

Quick Hits

Lacrosse is played with 10 players on each team: three attackmen, three midfielders, three defensemen, and one goalie.

Checking – an attempt to dislodge the ball from another player’s stick by poking or slapping their stick or arms with either end of their own stick.

Crease – The circular area surrounding the six-by-six goal. Offensive players are not allowed to enter the crease, defensive players are permitted so long as they don’t have possession of the ball.

Crosse – the proper name of the netted sticks used in the game. There are two sizes of sticks, longer ones for defensemen and shorter ones for attackmen.

Faceoff – Play is started at the beginning of each quarter, and after each point, with a faceoff at center field. One player from each team meets at the center of the field on all fours and tries to gain control of the ball with their sticks, often using “clamping” techniques to trap the ball under the net of their stick or swing it out to a teammate.

Lacrosse ball – A solid rubber ball used to play and score the game.

Man Down/Man Up – If a team has a player in the penalty box, they are said to be playing Man Down, the opposing team is considered Man Up.

Pocket – The net on the end of a lacrosse stick.