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Section 2 June I I, 2015 Cheney Free Press ul in II Former Medical Lake players Kasey Kelly, Adam Paulson reach fork in career roads By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Like fathers, like sons, that s what seems to show the most when Adam Paul- son and Kasey Kelly sit down to talk about base- ball and where it has taken them. Call 'era baseball brothers from other mothers and fathers if you will, the two will foster a friendship - and kinship - for one more summer before their base paths take them in op- posite directions. The two members of Medical Lake High School's Class of 2013 spent this past spring re- united with the Commu- nity Colleges of Spokane. They are currently "living the dream" with a back- yard swimming pool the beach close by - and base- ball - Kelly said as mem- bers of the Inland Empire Senators of the Orange County Collegiate League in Riverside, Calif. Former Medical Lake High Adam Pauison (right), have playing summer baseball in This summer is likely the last time the two will team as a dynamic pitch- er-catcher duo, but the friendship that baseball fostered a decade ago for Kelly, 21, and Paulson 20, is lifelong. Paulson recently ac- cepted an offer to play at baseball Mecca, Lewis- Clark State, the recently crowned for the ump- Photo by Paul Delaney School graduates, and Iongtime friends, catcher Kasey Kelly (left) and pitcher been a solid team m recent years. They will likely head their separate ways after California. teenth time NAIA na- tional champions. "It was kinda' hard to pass that up," Paulson said. Kelly is trying to fig- ure out his next desti- nation after an injury- shortened redshirt soph- omore season at CCS. He has another year of eligibility remaining at CCS, but hopes play- ing in California might rustle up some offers to play college ball else- where. If he maintains early numbers, a .562 batting average, it will certainly help that cause. The two consider themselves practically brothers, and rightly so, ever ~ince meeting when both were about 10. "The first day I met you (Kelly) I came over to hang out with your cousins," Paulson said. The Kellys had just moved to the West Plains from California. Kerry Kelly, Kasey's dad and current Medi- cal Lake head baseball coach, bonded with the boys right off, going to Salnave Elementa- ry School and hitting ground balls to Adam and Kasey. "The funny thing was the first time I met your dad, I thought he was one of the scariest peo- ple I ever met, just this hard-ass," Paulson told his friend as the two sat in the CCS clubhouse. "Now he's a big jokester and laid back." The pair's fathers were certainly instru- mental in crafting their love for baseball, but in different ways. For Kelly his immer- sion in baseball began in Southern California where his dad coached and Kasey was the bat- boy at 4. Mike Paulson coached in West Plains Little League and worked one- on-one with his son. His passion for the game injected enthusiasm for baseball that is evident in Adam Paulson's voice, which shows excitement when he talks about the sport. While the two hung out a lot in their younger years, their time on the playing field was lim- ited, primarily by Kelly and a seemingly endless litany of injuries. He broke his ankle as a freshman, tore one ACL See Kelly-Paulson page':f2 Depth, for experience is Medical Lake players Wagner, Hale are playing key roles with AAA American Legion team By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Second-year Spokane Blue Devils' head coach Steve Hare likes things much better this season. Hired relatively late in the cycle in 2014, Hare inherited a team and a situation over which he had little control. But he made the best of it, reach- ing a goal of making it to the postseason. Hare replaced Tony Byrne who had to resign due to demands of his day job, but when that happened, much was already in place with the Spokane AAA American Legion team that draws from Northwest Spokane schools, and the West Plains. "I'm excited to come back and have control of the team over the offsea- son," Hare said. In 2015 the 32-year- old has had a hand in everything from sponsor- ships, scheduling and his roster, which includes Brayden Hale Cory Wagner plus IS a pair of Medical Lake players, Cory Wagner and Brayden Hale. Last year's team had just one player from the 2013 campaign and he left halfway through the sea- son, Hare said. "We didn't have a lot of that returner experience." Seven are back from 2014. Hare sought out Cheney players to join the team but came up empty after having three former Blackhawks -- Kyle Bars- ness, Tristan Flippo and Tanner Smith. - on the 2014 roster. "I tried to see what folks Cheney had but they're either doing a dif- ferent setup away from Legion or they just didn't have anyone," Hare said. Hare has nine Shadle Park High School players, a pair from Lakeside and a smatter!ng.of others, in- cluding some with junior college experience on his 16-man roster. All will play multiple positions. That helps players get See Blue Devils page 12 By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Cheney Summerhawks 17U baseball team traveled to Riverside High School where they went 1-1 in a doubleheader against a Priest River club team, June 7. After the Summerhawks lost the first game 14-10, they came back to win the nightcap, 12-7. "This Priest River team was a combination of kids from three dif- ferent schools, Riverside, Newport and Priest River," head coach Austin Sharp said. "They were a little more competitive than we thought." In game one, Cheney got their bats going early in the first inning with Dylan Arthur driving in the first run. After Priest River took the lead in the second inning, Sharp said both teams were pretty even, though fielding errors kept the Summer- hawks from the game one win. The Summerhawks had 13 hits with Arthur going 3 for 5 with three RBIs and Jack Peabody going 3 for 5 with an RBI and a double. Logan Pratt (0-2), Arthur and Dylan Vercoe shared pitching duties. Although his team lost the first game, Sharp said he was impressed with their improved offense. "We hadn't really had much hit- tinginthe first few games, but our bats kept us in this one, Sharp said. "We just didn't come through on defense." Cheney turned up their ag- gression in game two. Sharp said several players were productive at the plate, including Phillip Murray who was 3 for 4 with an RBI in the game. Cheney Secured the win after scoring five runs in the sixth inning. Mike Osborne, who missed the first two games, went 3 for 4, including a two-RBI single that contributed to Cheney's five-run sixth. The Summerhawks had 14 hits. Arthur was 2 for 5 with two RBIs. In the nightcap, Matt Riggs (1-1) got his first win on the mound, giv- ing up four earned runs on six hits and throwing five strikeouts over five innings. Murray came in for the save in the top of the sixth. "Priest River wasn't a power- See Cheney 17U page 3 pa ners By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The UFC has taken a big step in addressing the recent string of high-pro- file failed drug tests from fighters that happened in the last year. At a June 3 press con- ference, they announced a partnership with the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency). The agency will act as an independent administra- tor and conduct out-of- competition drug testing ~~~Ne~ on the promo- S~~ ~tio n's { contract- ed fight- ers. The UFC has no input on the program. In February, the UFC announced that it would enact the World Anti- Doping Agency's stan- dards in hopes of cur- tailing drug use in the sport, as well as creating an even playing field. Substances the WADA prohibits include ana- bolic agents, peptide hormones, diuretics and other masking agents, stimulants, cannabinoids and glucocorticosteroids. The USADA follows these standards. Under the new pro- gram, fighters will be tested five times during the year and will be re- quired to notify USADA of their whereabouts. In- competition testing will be done six hours before and after a" fight. These new testing procedures begin July 1 and all fight- ers are subject to the same testing. The UFC is doing something that fans, crit- ics and other competitors have asked for in the last several years. Although failed drug tests were something that happened a few times in a year, there have been main event talents, including former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who have been popped for drugs after a bout. Some fighters take drugs because of medical reasons while others do it to gain a competitive edge. Prior to their partner- ship with the USADA, the UFC would leave it up to state athletic com- missions to administer drug tests - usually after fights - to test for posi- tive enhancing drugs and other banned substances. Some fighters have paid for independent drug tests before a fight. Athletic commissions also handled most of the punishments, dealing out 1-2 year suspensions and fines. Some competitors were able to negotiate with commissions and have their suspensions reduced - or wiped away. The issue with having commissions handle drug tests is they only con- ducted them on the day of the fight. Some fighters See Crunch Time page 2 !