March Madness challenge: Grandma Gloria vs. D-Backs pitcher

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Braden Shipley and Gloria Laynor are going head-to-head to see who has the most accurate NCAA bracket. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Braden Shipley and Gloria Laynor are going head-to-head to see who has the most accurate NCAA bracket. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Laynor promised to bring Shipley a box of cookies if she loses. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Laynor promised to bring Shipley a box of cookies if she loses. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Shipley said he will give the Valley grandmother an autographed jersey if he loses. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Shipley said he will give the Valley grandmother an autographed jersey if he loses. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Spring training is in full swing and Arizona Diamondbacks top pitching prospect Braden Shipley is determined to make the team.

He also wants to prove he knows more about college basketball than his teammates.

Shipley loves the Oregon Ducks.

"I'm a big-time college basketball fan," said Shipley. "Even when I was growing up, I was doing brackets with my buddy. We'd write down teams while making our brackets and stuff."

But this year, the competition for March Madness bragging rights goes beyond Salt River Fields, with Shipley facing his biggest challenge yet.

The D-backs rising star is going head-to-head against 92-year-old Gloria Laynor, a Phoenix grandmother who doesn't exactly watch a lot of college hoops.

"I play bridge and I play Mahjong, and I like to read," said Laynor.

The D-backs pitcher and the senior citizen were both asked to fill out a March Madness bracket, to see who could pick the most winners.

Shipley used his vast sports knowledge to make his picks.

Laynor had a slightly different approach.

"I don't like Florida; it's too buggy and too humid," said Laynor. "I don't go to Florida if I don't have to."

The two fierce competitors do have one thing in common.

They both like Nevada.

Shipley went to school there. And Laynor is a frequent visitor.

"I'm a game player," said Laynor. "I'm really basically, a gambler and I love to gamble. I love to get to that blackjack table. I love it."

 "I like that she likes Nevada," said Shipley. "I hope they win that first round game, too."

Laynor went with her heart and picked the Arizona Wildcats to win the title.

Shipley took the North Carolina Tar Heels but has no plans on doing any trash talking.

"I've filled out hundreds of brackets and sometimes I have success and sometimes I don't,  so its kind of a toss up," said Shipley. "May the best competitor win."

Laynor promised to bring Shipley a box of cookies if she loses.

Shipley said he will give the Valley grandmother an autographed jersey if he loses.

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Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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