Early struggle BECKENHAM, England, (CMC): Captain Shamarh Brooks struck an unbeaten half-century to ram home the advantage his fast bowlers had established as West Indies ‘A’ dominated India ‘A’ on the opening day of the first four-day ‘Test’ yesterday. Opting to bat first at Kent County Ground, India ‘A’ were bundled out cheaply for 133, with Hanuma Vihari top-scoring with 37, Vijay Shankar getting 34 and captain Karun Nair, 20. However, the Asian side failed to cope with the Windies ‘A’ pace attack as Sherman Lewis (4-35) and Chemar Holder (4-57) picked up four wickets apiece, and left-armer Raymon Reifer (2-20) added a brace. In reply, Windies ‘A’ were struggling on 28 for two in the seventh over before Brooks arrived to play a skipper’s knock of 51 not out, anchoring two key stands to see his side to the close on 148 for three. Left-handed opener John Campbell was lbw to speedster Ankit Rajpoot in the first over of the innings for two, and Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood followed for 18 in the seventh, caught at the wicket off the same bowler. But Brooks steadied the innings, adding 54 for the third wicket with the left-handed Hemraj, who made 42 off 63 balls in nearly two hours at the crease, striking six fours. When Hemraj departed, Brooks found an ally in Sunil Ambris, whose unbeaten 24 has consumed 49 balls, just an over an hour and included three fours. The right-handed Brooks has struck 10 fours in an innings spanning 103 balls.
The ones who score the touchdowns will get the headlines and most of the publicity, but that’s OK with Wallerstein. In football, a successful lineman must be an ultimate team player, and Wallerstein has learned to put his teammates first. “When they do well, I do well,” Wallerstein said. “When they’re in the newspaper, I know I’m doing my job.” Wallerstein is a part of a top-notch offensive line that includes returning starters Marc Valdez, Nick Madia and Nick Peterson. There isn’t another team in the league with as much strength and blocking skills. “It’s good to have teammates like these guys because if one of us falls, there’s always someone there to pick him up,” Wallerstein said. Wallerstein hopes football can carry him, and with his height and experience there’s a good chance he can develop into a major-college prospect. Beyond dreams of the NFL, Wallerstein hopes to become a forensic scientist. “I like science, and it would fun to investigate stuff,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – A.J. Wallerstein, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound offensive lineman at Canyon High, isn’t your typical football player. He loves to mix it up as much as anyone, helping Canyon to a Southern Section Div. II championship as a sophomore starter last season, but there’s a lot more to Wallerstein – not just as a player but as a person. For one, he’s among Canyon’s top students, maintaining a 4.2 grade-point average while taking difficult advanced-placement courses. Wallerstein also is on the verge of becoming an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, and he’s an active member of his local temple. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Perhaps most important, Wallerstein earns a great degree of satisfaction as a full-time summer camp counselor for youngsters ages 6-12. The job has allowed Wallerstein, 15, a chance to give back to the community and to serve as a role model, and he loves being a counselor. “Basically, my main job is to just watch out for the kids and make sure they don’t get hurt, but there’s a lot more to it,” Wallerstein said. “It’s a lot of fun, and I’d like to think the kids believe I’m doing a good job.” Besides his counselor job and daily four-hour football practices, Wallerstein has also managed to fit in an online AP chemistry course through John Hopkins University this summer in hope of lightening his academic load this fall. “He’s got a lot on his plate. He’s extremely well-rounded,” said Wallerstein’s father, David. “A.J. is just really good with kids, too.” Soon, the focus turns to football as Canyon prepares for the season opener in late August. Wallerstein’s main job will be to open holes for star running back J.J. DiLuigi, who scored a Foothill League-record 43touchdowns last year, and to protect quarterback Ben Longshore, who’s primed for a productive season.