Three sets of twins have successful boys teams opponents seeing double

by: VERN UYETAKE - For Lakeridge lacross it's the more twins the better. In front, from left, are Jared Baumann, Peter Baumann, Chris Barman and Ryan Barman. In back are David Salamie, left, and Clark Salamie.

Things will never be the same for the Lakeridge High School boys lacrosse program.

Oh, undoubtedly the Pacers will continue to be one of the finest high school lacrosse teams in the nation, but in the 2013 season, it will no longer have three sets of twins.

'I'm not aware of any more twins coming up,' said Curt Sheinin, Lakeridge lacrosse coach for all of its 18 seasons. 'Maybe some will transfer in.'

Unless that happens, Sheinin will have to make do with just two sets of twins next year. Having so many twins around seems to double the fun of coaching, and besides, all six of these guys can really play. They helped the Pacers reach the state semifinals this season before losing to eventual champion Lincoln High School. The twin roll call:

n Clark and David Salamie, seniors. Clark made All-American at attacker and first team all-state. David made second team all-state.

Sheinin said, 'Clark is a no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners type of guy. David is a typical goalie. He will definitely get you laughing.'

'I do get goofy in goal,' David admits.

The brothers will be playing major college lacrosse next year, but as opponents. Clark is going to the University of Colorado in Boulder, while David is set for Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

n Chris and Ryan Barman, juniors. The Barman brothers are quite similar.

'They're both very driven and very dedicated to improve,' Sheinin said. 'Neither likes to be on the sideline. Both want to play every minute. Chris is larger and very physical. Both are very athletic. They started out as ball boys, so they've really come up through the program.'

Chris plays the attack position, while Ryan is a midfielder.

n Jared and Peter Baumann, sophomores. The Baumanns are the only identical set of twins on the team. In fact, their resemblance is amazing. Like his buddy David Salamie, Jared is a goalie. As a defender, Peter dislikes anybody getting by him.

'Peter definitely gets a little nasty out there,' Sheinin said. 'That will make him such a good player.'

All six players are greatly liked by their coach.

'All of them are very good players,' Sheinin said. 'All of these kids are very skilled and dedicated to the game. All of them are great personalities, and all of them are a little different.'

Still, the 2012 season was something of a last hurrah for the twins. Their twinhood really helped them bond as friends and become sort of a team within a team.

'The tryouts this season were pretty ironic,' Chris Barman said. 'One of the first things I noticed was that there were three sets of twins out there. This had never happened before on Lakeridge lacrosse. It was really unusual.'

'We're a package deal,' said David Salamie. 'We stick together. If one comes, the others come too.'

'Playing behind David this year was fun,' Jared Baumann said. 'We're really good pals. I was Robin to his Batman.'

Having a twin brother on your lacrosse team can be a great advantage. Not only do you always have somebody to practice with, but in matches you have a mental edge that cannot be duplicated by non-twins.

'The positives are when we play together,' Chris Barman said. 'We always know where the other one is going to be. We've grown up playing together all of the time.'

'It works out well,' Clark Salamie said. 'Having a brother on the team helps you to get better.'

'We're really competitive,' Ryan Barman said. 'We push each other around a lot. Otherwise, it's great. There's always someone to practice with and someone pushing you.'

It is never more fun being a twin than when you can confuse opposing players, which the Baumann twins have done often over the years.

'The first time it happened was at a tournament in England,' Peter Baumann said. 'Since then it usually happens every game.'

Occasionally, a brotherly quarrel will break out, but things quickly get smoothed over.

'Overall, there's not a problem at all,' Chris Barman said. 'For the most part, things are fine.'

However, next season the Salamie brothers will become opponents for the first time - at rival major college programs in the same state - and they will face each other at least twice in 2013. Things will get interesting when Clark comes bearing down on David at goalie.

Meanwhile, back home, the remaining twins will be trying to help the Pacers win the state championship. Certainly, Lakeridge has one of the finest high school lacrosse programs in Oregon, but there is just one problem: If the Pacers don't win state, they've had an off season. Lakeridge has won eight state championships, but Sheinin said, 'We're in a little drought. We haven't won the state title since 2007.'

Other teams should have such problems. Lakeridge has a great chance to win state title No. 9 next year. The Barmans and Baumanns could help push the Pacers back to the top.

'Next year we should be really good,' Chris Barman said.

'We have a great chance at winning state,' Ryan Barman said. 'We'll have a good core of kids. We lost a lot of seniors, but we still have some good leaders.'

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