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Former Marquette standout Dwight Buycks signs NBA Deal with the Toronto Raptors

July 12, 2013

Good news coming out of the NBA Summer League in Orlando for Marquette Basketball fans.

According to Darnell Mayberry, the Toronto Raptors offered their backup point guard duties to Dwight Buycks, who more than happily accepted:

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Undrafted out of Marquette in 2011, Buycks was voted as the top AAU player in Wisconsin during his senior season in high school. He then attended junior college at Indian Hills before coming to Milwaukee in 2009.

After his playing days as a Golden Eagle, Buycks has played in the NBDL along with the French and Belgium leagues. He was named to the D-League’s all first rookie team.

Currently playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Orlando Summer League for the second straight year, the six foot three combo guard is scheduled to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League.

In 2012, Buycks averaged 15.1 points, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals on 49.7 percent shooting during his stint in the D-League.

After watching Dwight Buycks during my time at Marquette I knew that he had the potential to get the call from an NBA Team. I didn’t think he was Welsey Matthews or Jimmy Butler good, but I knew with time and a lot of work he would get a call. What stands out about his play is the tough man to man defense, deep shooting range, and non-stop effort. Going under new leadership and a new regime in Toronto, I think backing up Kyle Lowry will be a good thing for him and he can grow as a ball handler and a passer. I love seeing more Golden Eagles in the NBA and you can now add Mr. Buycks to the list in 2013…

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Photo Gallery: Marquette and Negaunee Tennis

June 9, 2013

Here are a few photos I snapped from the 5-3 regular season for Negaunee over Marquette. Enjoy!

 

The Sports Cycle Highlight Express May 29th 2013

May 31, 2013

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer covers The UP Finals Boys Tennis matches in Marquette and talks to some of the winners. Kingsford finished as team champions with 21 points for first title since 1953.

 

Highlight Express May 24th 2013

May 25, 2013

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer covers High School tennis between Marquette and Negaunee plus High School Baseball between Marquette and Gladstone in Game One of a doubleheader. Plus all the scores!

 

Photos of Golfers at Marquette Invitational

May 23, 2013

Take a look at all these swings from Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Kingsford, Gladstone, and Menominee.

Highlight Express May 22nd 2013

May 23, 2013

The Sports Cycle’s Donnie Dwyer covers High School golf in Marquette plus local golf and track scores.

Get to know Marquette Big East Champion – Kyle Winter

February 25, 2012

For the longest time, Kyle Winter (Junior on the Track and Field team at Marquette) had played the game of soccer since he was a little kid. As a junior in High School, his soccer team won the Division I state title, the first ever in school history. After all the success, Kyle was receiving offers from DePaul of the Big East to play soccer in their program. But one day can change your whole life.

Terry Witkowski (one of Kyle’s friends who runs at UW-Stevens Point) came up to him after school and told him that he should try out for the track team. Kyle wasn’t sure about trying out but he did anyone to see what track is really all about. He ran the 3-mile race with his friends and came in last place. He felt embarrassed and almost wanted to leave. Until he ran the 200 meter race.

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A 200 meter run is a sprint on one half of the track from start to finish. Kyle out ran everyone in the race and said, “Yeah, that was pretty cool beating everyone.” After that moment, the love of track came into his life and he put soccer aside because he said, “I knew I was done with soccer when our team won state. I won in soccer and I knew it was time to move on.” Kyle kept working hard in practice everyday during his senior year and top tier programs like USC and Michigan even came to Wisconsin to recruit him.

Unfortunately, those schools didn’t fall through and at the time, Kyle didn’t know where to go to college. So he decided to check out Marquette University with a friend and fell in love with the coaches and the program. After that weekend he said, “I felt coach wanted me here. They were very nice and want to win in the Big East. That was something I wanted.”

In the fall of 2009 he came to Marquette University and now in 2012 of his junior year, he did something no one has ever done. He has won a Big East Championship indoor track title for Marquette.

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It was Sunday February 19th, and Kyle was running in the 800 meter relay for the Big East Championship after qualifying on Saturday. Going into the race he said, “I was seeded 7th and I wasn’t highly regarded.”

He started the race off slow, playing smart on getting the right positioning for the final lap in the race. He started in second, then fell to sixth, and in the final lap he was in last position hoping to make a final push. He moved out to the right and sprinted from the back to the front of the pack where he found Pittsburgh Senior Dontave Cowsette just a few feet in front of him.

Kyle in his head was saying, “We’ve never done this, we’ve never done this! I can do this, I can do this!” Then with just a half stride apart, Kyle leans his body over in front of Dontave right at the finish line. But looking at it from the naked eye, it looked like they both cross the finish line at the same time. Big East Officials had to go to the computer screen for five minutes to see if Kyle or Dontave crossed first.

Kyle said, “Those were the longest five minutes of my life.” After further review, Kyle won by half a second to clinch Marquette’s first ever Big East title. He said, “You can barely see it on video but the photo showed me leaning across the line first.”

After the race, the whole team congratulated him. Jenny Zahn (Senior Long Sprinter on the team) said, “That was sweet. It’s good to see Marquette take a title in something. I’m glad it was Kyle.” Kyle said, “It’s great seeing Marquette in the right direction.”

But why hasn’t anyone heard of this talented track star? Kyle stated that he didn’t really know. He said, “No they didn’t know. I am in Sports Marketing and they didn’t know. We talked about the basketball team moving up to the top 10.” Jenny agreed with Kyle and told me, “People got basketball and other sports on their mind. It gets the most media attention.”

Kyle has got one year left of eligibility but has the future on his mind. He said, “I want to break 1:48:00 and tryout for the Olympics. My best is 1:49:00. If I get fast enough, I can do that.”

Right now, Kyle is focusing on working hard and doing well in the classroom. He is a double major in Finance and Marketing and wants to succeed in those fields just in case track and field doesn’t work out.

Kyle is a Big East champion and ranks third all time in the record books. His life changed from being soccer champion in High School to now a Big East track and field champion in college.