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Continued: Reusse: Red Wing basketball kids profit from Dad's lifetime of regret, insight

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 20, 2014 - 3:19 PM

Tesha accepted a basketball scholarship to Wisconsin-Green Bay. One day last summer, she showed up back in Red Wing. Like her father 22 years earlier, she was homesick and ready to bail on her basketball opportunity.

“I was out of town with Tyrell for baseball,” Richard said. “When I got back, I told Tesha, ‘You can come back to Red Wing if you want to, but I’ve regretted making that decision — giving up basketball — my whole life.’

“Tesha went back to Green Bay; she’s having a great time there.”

On Wednesday night, freshman Tesha Buck led Green Bay with 18 points in a last-second, 62-60 loss to the Gophers at Williams Arena, where the Phoenix was playing the Gophers in the first round of the WNIT. And Richard Buck was looking on as a proud and involved father.

 

Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500. preusse@startribune.com

 

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  • Richard Buck was a gifted high school basketball player in Red Wing but missed his family enough to leave his college team at midseason. When his daughter, Tesha (below), had similar thoughts, he encouraged her to stick with it. Tesha led Wisconsin-Green Bay with 18 points against the Gophers on Wednesday.

  • Green Bay Phoenix guard Tesha Buck (2) of Red Wing at Williams Arena Wednesday night. ] JEFF WHEELER ‚Ä¢ jeff.wheeler@startribune.com The University of Minnesota women's basketball team faced the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay in an opening round women's NIT game Wednesday night, March 19, 2014, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

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