Family ties: Regal, Paulson carry on tradition at Lakeland
Athletics - posted on 12/8/2008
Josh Regal recalls countless days spent playing basketball in the driveway with his older brothers, and the fights that ensued from the competition.
Becca Paulson remembers some pretty ferocious practices in high school guarding her older sister.
Those were the times and trials that made them better players and better people. So it's probably not too surprising that Regal and Paulson have followed their siblings to play basketball at Lakeland College.
Regal, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Suring, begins his
freshman year one season after older brother Aaron Regal wrapped up his four-year career with the Lakeland's men's basketball team.
Aaron, who was also a point guard, garnered honorable mention All-Northern Athletics Conference as a senior, leading the 2007-08 Muskies to a miraculous conference tournament title as the team won three overtime contests, all on the road.
Josh said the competition with his brother as a youngster "definitely" made him a more polished player.
"Usually, I was the one getting beat up because I was so much younger," Josh said of the driveway games. "As we got older, we kind of backed off on the fights a little bit, just became more competitive and gave each other some criticism on what we can do better. We worked hard so we could get better."
Paulson, a 5-7 wing out of Clayton, also begins her career after watching her sister, Brenda, play her final season as a Muskie in 2007-08. Brenda received honorable mention from the NAC, posting 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game playing out of position primarily as a post player.
"We were aggressive with each other," Becca said. "When I was in high school, Brenda came and practiced with us. My high school coach wanted me to guard her so I know what it would feel like. It was pretty good."
While it's tempting to compare each player statistically with their respective siblings, they are both carving their own niche with the Muskies. Paulson is fourth on the women's squad averaging 7.0 points through seven games, while Regal leads the men's team with 19.0 points per contest through four games.
Regal's impact has been much greater in his first season
than his brother. Aaron backed up all-conference standout Germayne James, the older brother of Marquette University star Dominic James, for his first two years, before starting every game as a junior and senior.
"Aaron was more of an outside threat, he kept us in a lot of games with his ability to shoot the 3-pointer," said Lakeland head coach Aaron Aanonsen, who coached Aaron Regal for two years as an assistant. "Josh is more of a creator off the dribble who uses penetration."
Paulson has nearly mirrored her sister's contributions as a freshman. Brenda, in her first season, started 23 of 28
games and averaged 6.0 points per game.
Second-year head coach Teri Johnson coached Brenda Paulson for one season.
"Brenda was always a person you could go to, and she'd have a level head and kind of takes things as they come," Johnson said. "Becca seems to have the same type of mentality with things, and kind of that care-free spirit. They're great teammates, and just hard-working girls."
Both Regal and Paulson noted the effect their siblings had on them with respect to their decision to come to Lakeland.
"With Aaron being here for four years, when I was in high school, it kind of felt like I was already a part of the Lakeland program," Regal said. "I came to all the games, knew a lot of the players and obviously Coach Aanonsen. So I was just really comfortable heading into this year."
Paulson said her decision to join the Lakeland women's team wasn't solely based on her sister's career as a Muskie.
"She told me all about Lakeland, and just by coming to her games and all that, I figured it out," Paulson said of her decision. "When I came here, I chose because it's got a good program and good academics. She just told me what was going on."
Needless to say, both coaches have been pleased with the results so far.
Paulson is a solid shooter who can play multiple positions on the floor. In addition, it would be just as likely to hear Paulson start a "Defense! Defense!" chant on the bench as it would to see her knock down a 3-pointer.
"I think just from watching her sister play and playing in a very good high school program, I think Becca just had the knack of it right from the start," Johnson said. "She is definitely enthusiastic coming on the floor, but also on the bench as well. She knows what we expect and has the instincts of a good player, so she's well on her way."
The quiet, reserved Regal, who shares a dry sense of humor with his brother, is a quick player who is an excellent ball-handler and shooter.
"I think Aaron and Josh are coming from two different eras," Aanonsen said. "Aaron was on a veteran-driven team and was more of a complimentary player. Josh has needed to be at the helm and carry some of the scoring load for us. Aaron was probably capable of scoring as well, but he didn't need to."
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