Burbank — Brothers Ian and Sam McKinnon are used to a little friendly competition.
As baseball players for Burbank High this past season, the brothers got a healthy dose of competition while helping lead the Bulldogs to their first Pacific League championship since 1991.
Ian, a recent graduate, and Sam, who will be a senior in the fall, will get a chance to compete against international competition when they take part in a tournament next month. The brothers have been selected as members of Team USA and will participate in the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 18-30.
The Maccabiah Games are the third largest international sporting event in the world, after the Summer Olympics and the Pan Am Games. There will be more than 8,500 participants from 70 countries participating in various sports at this year's competition. More than 1,100 Jewish-American athletes and coaches are expected to comprise the American contingent.