Landry brothers face off

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoCarl and Marcus Landry grew up playing basketball against each other in their Milwaukee backyard, but Wednesday was the first time the Landry brothers actually went head-to-head in an official game, when Marcus and the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers hosted Carl’s Purdue Boilermakers.“We played against each other in the summers in little community games or whatever,” Carl, Purdue’s senior forward, said at Big Ten Media Day. “But in an organized game, this is the first time.“I was very excited — I had it scheduled on my calendar.”Coming into the game, there was plenty of trash talk going back and forth between the two brothers, especially after last year’s matchup was postponed with Marcus declared academically ineligible and Carl taking a medical redshirt due to an injured knee. And although Carl wants to be a supportive big brother, he had simply heard enough of his little brother Marcus’ yapping leading up to Wednesday night’s contest.“Being the younger brother, Marcus likes to talk,” Purdue’s Landry said. “The younger brother always thinks he’s tougher than the older brother, and when I went home this summer for a few days, all I heard from Marcus was, ‘We going to beat y’all, we going to do this, we going to do that.’”While the Landry brothers weren’t primarily guarding each other, Carl did show up his younger sibling by scoring 16 points on 50 percent shooting and grabbing six rebounds. However, it was Marcus who got the last laugh as he chipped in four points and five rebounds to help Wisconsin squeak by Purdue 69-64.“The little time they had on each other, you could tell they were trying to take it at each other,” Wisconsin senior forward Alando Tucker said. “But Marcus definitely has the bragging rights now that we won.”In the second half, Marcus found himself guarding his brother just once after a defensive switch. And Marcus made the most of the lone defensive matchup, swatting his big brother’s potential dunk.But even though neither of the Landry brothers threw down a single dunk in the game, Carl said dunking is at the heart of their rivalry.“We would have dunk contests in our backyard all the time,” Carl said. “Marcus was always the kind of guy who said, ‘Come on, man. Dunk. Show me your dunk.’ And me being the oldest, I was just like, ‘Whatever, get out of here.’“He was always challenging me, and if I ever did compete with him in a real dunk contest, I don’t even know who would win. …If I did win, he would still say he won just because he’s the younger brother.”During their childhood backyard-dunk contests, Carl said he always beat up on Marcus.“Growing up, you always bully your brother,” he said. “You know, dunk on him, punch him in the stomach.”Many fans, players and even coaches looked forward to Wednesday’s Wisconsin-Purdue game just because of the Landry brothers matchup.“I think it’s something that’s unique, anytime you get a chance to go against your brother and compete like this,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. “Especially for Carl, coming back to the state of Wisconsin and being able to perform.“It’s got to be a little bit eerie for them, but I think a lot of fans like to see it.”The matchup wasn’t just eerie for Carl and Marcus, however. It was also rather awkward for the approximately 50 Landry friends and family who were in attendance, stuck in the middle of cheering for either Carl’s Boilermakers or Marcus’ Badgers.“It’s crazy because my mom said when she comes to the game, she’s going to wear a Wisconsin hat and a Purdue shirt,” Carl said. “And when Marcus scores, it’s two claps and when I score, it’s two claps. She can’t cheer more for one son than the other.“But it’s really just an honor for both my mother and my father to have two sons playing against each other.”last_img read more

Ontario rolls out welcome mat for Clippers

first_imgHe spent four years with the team before leaving in 2012 to become the general manager of the Angels’ double-A affiliate, the Mobile (Alabama) BayBears. He also spent time as a director of sales for the NHL’s Florida Panthers.“The turnout tonight has been outstanding. We really didn’t know what to expect,” Bennett said. “The community came out in full force for the event.”Among the fans in attendance was Jules Ferrer, who considered himself a die-hard Clippers fan.“I am from Eastvale, which is about 15 minutes from here,” Ferrer said. “To be able to watch basketball near by is a dream for me.”Ferrer said he has been a fan for over 20 years and went to about 15 Clippers games last season at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.“I had a lot of family that are fans of the Lakers but I wanted to go against the grain and be a Clipper fan,” he said. “If I can I might be a season ticket holder but I do plan to come out to as many games as I can (in Ontario).”As team president, Bennett’s expectation for the team going forward is to have more than just an impact on the court but in the community as well.“My goals and expectations are pretty much aligned. We are going to have some fun with this,” he explained.“This is NBA branded basketball but when it comes to the pricing and affordability families will be able to come out here on a Friday night and not have to break the bank.”With a roster of player yet to be determined, the goal for the Clippers was to give the community an example of what a game night could look and feel like.“Without having players in the building tonight we wanted to give fans a taste of what a game night would be like,” Bennett said. “That is why the dance team is here and the mascots are flying around to create that family fun part as best as we can without a game going on.”The Tip-Off Party also provided the local fans the opportunity to shoot a basketball on the home court and win raffle prizes such as season tickets for the team’s first season in Ontario and tickets to a WWE event.“When it comes to the community that is where it really all starts for us. In order for us to be successful we have to get out into the community,” the team president said. “I have seen teams try to sprinkle marketing dollars over a community hoping that it will grow into attendance but it rarely works. The best way to get involved with the community and have the community support you is to support it. We plan to roll up our sleeves and really be a part of this community.”The next step for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario will be the schedule, which is expected to be released in two weeks, according to Bennett.When it comes to creating the team roster, the G-League will have an expansion draft on August 23rd. “On behalf of the City Council, we are excited to welcome the Clippers to their new home at Citizens Business Bank Arena,” Leon said. “Today is a good day for all of us and we are thrilled to also welcome Clippers fans throughout Southern California to the city of Ontario.”Bennett has only been in the Inland community for three weeks but wasted little time embracing the area and its other sports teams by attending Rancho Cucamonga Quakes games.While he is still getting familiar with the area, he is not a stranger to the Clippers organization. ONTARIO >> The first step for the Clippers’ new G-League team, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, was to introduce themselves to the community with its Tip-off Party on Monday. Mayor Paul S. Leon and the community welcomed team president Heath Bennett and the organization with open arms.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington’s Ryleigh Buck completes week with Team USA at Pan Am Qualifier in Dominican Republic

first_imgRyleigh Buck talks with one of her coaches at the Pan Am Game Qualifier this Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ryleigh Buck of Wellington is returning home after spending a week with the Team USA Baseball Women’s National Team.Buck, the daughter of T.D. and Sheila Buck, helped the USA women’s team post a perfect 5-0 record at the Pan American Games Qualifier at the Estadio Cibao in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The team completed the undefeated week with a 3-0 victory over Venezuela on Thursday.The next stop for Team USA is the Pan American Games this summer in Toronto, Canada.Buck still does not know if she will be part of Team USA for the official Pan Am Games. She will be participating in the Women’s National Team Trials to be held May 22-24 in a site that has yet to be announced. The trials will determine the final 18 players selected.The Wellington High School junior played in three of the five games as a starting shortstop. In the three games she played, she was at bat eight times with one run, one hit, two RBIs, one walk, two strikeouts, three putouts, two assists, and was left on base three times. In the first game against Puerto Rico, she was walked with the bases load in the top of the second. She then singled to left field in the seventh inning to help Team USA to a 9-2 victory.In the second game, Buck struck out twice and was hit by a pitch with bases loaded in the sixth inning which was her RBI. USA won that game 9-7.After a double-header on March 10 in which Buck did not play in either game and USA officially qualified for the Games, she played in the final game against Venezuela.She was at bat three times. She flew out in the first inning on a 3-2 pitch, flew out on a 2-0 pitch in the fourth, and reached base on an error in the sixth. She reached second base before the inning was over.Buck returned to the U.S. today and will begin her junior year as a shortstop for the WHS girls softball team where she will start as a shortstop for the third consecutive year.Her statistics at the Pan Am Qualifier are as follows: DateOpponentat-batrunshitsRBIBBs-outsput-outsassistsLOB Total811212323 10-MarDominican RepublicDid not play 9-MarVenezuela210102212 Ryleigh Buck – shortstop, USA Pan Am qualifiers, Santiago, D.R.   Follow us on Twitter.center_img 10-MarCubaDid not play 12-MarVenezuela300000110 Offensive stats 8-MarPuerto Rico301110001 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down Proud Sister-In-Law · 282 weeks ago Way to put Wellington on the map and make everyone back home proud. You are the most talented person I know!! Love you!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down She will know who · 282 weeks ago She’s just a small town girl with big world dreams…so proud of you Ryles!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Monty · 282 weeks ago I congratulate you on your accomplishment but also know that you didn’t inherit that talent from old gramps “Gary”. Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down notlla · 282 weeks ago I didn`t know they had a girls baseball team. Good job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down John Wellington · 282 weeks ago Very impressive! It’s nice to see some positive news coming from this community. We should definitely highlight more of our assets than giving attention to the ones dragging us down. Report Reply 1 reply · active 282 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 282 weeks ago What are you talking about? We have story upon story about the positives news coming from this community. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Wellington Teacher · 282 weeks ago Great job Ryleigh! Way to make Wellington proud! Good luck on the next phase of your journey. Report Reply 0 replies · active 282 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Doug · 282 weeks ago WOW !!! We went and watched Ryleigh and her team mates this past week in the Dominican. Words cannot describe the pride we felt. To be standing behind the dugout as the USA national anthem is played at an international event is unbelievable. We witnessed exceptional sportsmanship and excellent baseball. When anyone asked why we were in the Dominican, we were proug to tell them why we were there. Ryleigh good luck Report Reply 1 reply · active 282 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Guess Who · 282 weeks ago You’re a great guy!!! Don’t tell your wife though! Lol. Love you! Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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