O.C. Fishing Club Hosts Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament

first_imgThunder and lightning didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of 84 kids who participated in the Ocean City Fishing Club’s 43rd annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament Saturday morning.The two-hour event was curtailed after just a little more than hour of fishing, when the first thunder claps sounded and radar indicated lightning strikes just two miles away. “Everyone cooperated when we had to call a stop to the event because of the storm coming,” said Ed Hoban, the fishing club’s chairman of the event.The tournament was held on the beach near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. “It’s safety first,” Hoban said. “You have to do the smart thing. No sense putting anyone in harm’s way.” Up until that time, the children were excited about winning prizes donated by local merchants and organizations. Top prizes included new bikes, trophies and ribbons.Danielle Audet, 10, of Lumberton, led the girls division, and Justin Lowery, 11, of Woodstown, represented the boys division, each catching the largest fish. Both caught summer flounder. Danielle’s fish measured 16.25 inches, while Justin’s fish was 15.5 inches. “It was very exciting to catch such a big fish,” Danielle said. “I felt it was there on my line and then I thought I might lose it.”  All of the boys and girls who fished in the tournament received prizes, ranging from backpacks and magnets to gift cards and food certificates. The first, second and third place winners who caught the most fish in each age category took home a rod and reel, along with place ribbons. Despite thunderstorms that cut short the tournament, kids still went away with some catches and ribbons. (Courtesy Ocean City Fishing Club)First, second and third place winners in the 8-10 age group were Luke Whitworth, Kyle Markley and Julia Roman. Whitworth and Roman also were overall winners of the most fish caught by a boy and a girl, with Luke landing eight bluefish and Julia catching two fluke. In the 11-13 age group, Justin Lowery took top hook, followed by Finn Seeger and Jack Reiscke. With just two winners in the 14-16 age category, Adam Madkour came in first followed by Andrew Mattia. Andrew Mattia, 14, of Furlong, Pa., said he’s participated in the tournament a couple of times and credited his grandfather with teaching him how to fish in salt water. He caught a six-inch kingfish during the tournament.In all, the kids caught 32 fish, many of which were small bluefish, some fluke, and a smattering of other species, including sea robin. Courtney Stimson, 13, of Monroeville, has participated in the tournament for three years. She reeled in the first fish, which was a 9.25-inch kingfish. “I didn’t think I had anything on my line at first,” she said excitedly. “But I just kept reeling in and there it was.” Fishing club volunteers had the children’s parents or guardians sign waivers for insurance purposes and register the boys and girls. Club members also manned the beach with measuring devices to record sizes of the fish the youngsters caught.“It’s the first year we had waivers to sign,” said Frank Pizzutilla, Ocean City Fishing Club president. “It’s a smart thing to do and I want to thank everyone for understanding and cooperating.”In addition to measuring fish, volunteers also helped the younger anglers cast and gave fishing advice to those who were novices. The fishing tournament was held in cooperation with the Ocean City Department of Recreation.Fishing is good at the Ocean City Fishing Club Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament. (Courtesy Ocean City Fishing Club) Kids had some great catches at the 2018 Ocean City Fishing Club’s Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament. (Courtesy Ocean City Fishing Club)last_img read more

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Steph Curry’s spark, Warriors superior bench and habit of winning make the difference against Clippers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PHOTOS: See Warriors-Clippers galleryGranted, there were more than a few Warriors aficionados at Staples Center, but you don’t have to be from the Bay Area, or even be a fan of Evan Hunter’s books about fearsome herds of cats, to appreciate Stephen Curry and the Flying W’s. The crowd would have erupted at any point in the final minutes if the Clippers had made open shots or failed to commit cataclsymic fouls, like when Matt Barnes decked Andre Igoudala during a 3-point shot in front of the Clippers bench.Igoudala made all three tries, and Golden State led by four points with a minute left.Griffin, as irresistible as he was, had a layup blocked by Golden State’s Andrew Bogut with 3:31 left and the Warriors leading by two. But the really troublesome part was the beginning of the fourth quarter, with Paul and Griffin on the bench, and Golden State punching its way to a 9-0 run behind reserve forward Mareese Speights.“I still like our chances in a 7-game series against anybody,” Griffin said. “There was no championships won tonight. We won seven in a row and lost this one, so I don’t think that’s terrible. “When you play Golden State you can’t make defensive mistakes. The key is taking away their easy shots, the open 3-pointer they get. They always make you pay when you let down on defense. I felt good physically, but I still need to work on my rotations, the places for me to be.”It took the Warriors a while to figure out why they were here. They have already clinched the top record in the West and are now 61-13. They also have the fifth best point-differential of any team in NBA history. Three of the four teams ahead of them won NBA championships — the ‘72 Lakers, ‘96 Bulls, and ‘71 Bucks. The other one, the ‘72 Bucks, had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson.So winning is pretty much a habit with them. “We were sleepwalking early,” Klay Thompson said, “but then we finally got into a rhythm.” The play that visibly charged up the Warriors’ bench was a solo performance by Stephen Curry, in which he drove the lane, dribbled back out, and pivoted so quickly that Chris Paul — the all-defense Chris Paul — sprawled on his back, as if in need of chiropractic help. Curry then faded back to hit a baseline shot, and cyberspace crackled with the image of Curry toying with Paul.“That play might have kicked us into gear,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.“You get a little adrenalin rush,” Curry said, “so those are cool moments, but I’m just glad I hit the shot. I didn’t see it, but I heard the bench reaction was really crazy.”“He’s got a great handle,” Paul said, with a slight laugh, “as you saw tonight. He uses his screens really well. About three times, I was right in his chest and he made the shots anyway.”That said, Curry and Paul basically had the same game, each scoring 27. Although Bogut was brilliant with his outlet passing and his rim defense, helping hold DeAndre Jordan to one field goal, the game was really won by the Golden State bench, which outscored the Clipper reserves 34-12.This is a function of Jamal Crawford’s injury, and he will be back soon, in some capacity. “It really wasn’t fair tonight,” Rivers said, “because I probably played our starters too long and they got tired.”Every L.A. starter, in fact, played at least 38 minutes, and that’s coming off an Eastern trip, with a tester at Portland tonight.“If you stay tuned, I’ve got Damien Lillard next,” Paul said. “It’s a point guard-driven league. Like my college coach (Wake Forest’s Skip Prosser) said, it’s a team game played by individuals.”And Rivers noted that Sunday night turned into Monday morning as the Clipppers were flying home from Boston.“They (Warriors) were out here for two days waiting on us,” Rivers said. “That’s what I love about the playoffs. Same amount of preparation, same amount of rest.”“We know we will run into Golden State down the line,” DeAndre Jordan said, momentarily forgetting the Clipppers will have to win at least one series first.Three facts:1. The Clipppers sold out their 181st consecutive home game Tuesday, the fifth-longest streak in the NBA.2. DeAndre Jordan hit two free throws with 1:26 to cut Golden State’s lead to one point.3. The Clippers shot 3 for 13 from the field in the fourth quarter and committed six turnovers.center_img [email protected] ANGELES >> The Clippers are being pulled by the league’s puppet strings, chasing the homecourt advantage from Boston to Portland. As Blake Griffin noted late Tuesday night, it might not be worth catching.“The homecourt advantage is not looking good for us,” Griffin said flatly after his 40 points could not avert a 110-106 loss to a nemesis they share with the rest of the league, the Golden State Warriors.“If this is how it’s going to be in the playoffs, it’s not looking good.”last_img read more

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Thousands of turkeys reported dead of bird flu

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The outbreak was confirmed by Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker, who said that Turkish officials had been communicating with the European Union and other international organizations about the outbreak, Anatolia reported. Eker did not specify how many birds died of the disease. Anatolia, quoting officials, said the birds in Turkey died of the H5 type of bird flu – but it was not immediately clear whether it is the exact strain that health officials are particularly worried about. “Unfortunately we met with bird flu,” Anatolia quoted Eker as saying. “But everything is under control. Every kind of precaution has been taken so that it doesn’t spread.” There are several strains of bird flu, but only a few are deadly. Experts are tracking a strain known as H5N1 for fear it could mutate and spawn a human flu pandemic. H5N1 has swept through poultry populations in Asia since 2003, infecting humans and killing at least 60 people, mostly poultry workers, and resulting in the deaths of more than 100 million birds. The virus does not pass from person to person easily. ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkey’s agriculture minister confirmed the country’s first cases of bird flu on Saturday and ordered the destruction of all birds in the village where it was detected to prevent the disease from spreading, the Anatolia news agency said. Military police have also set up roadblocks at the village near Balikesir in western Turkey, 250 miles from Istanbul. The officers checked vehicles to make certain no birds were going in or out. The birds belonged to a turkey farmer, CNN-Turk reported, saying that 2,000 birds died. Anatolia did not cite a number, but said animals on the farm that did not die of the disease were destroyed. Cases of bird flu were also confirmed Saturday in Romania, which borders Turkey. Health Ministry officials ordered birds in the village destroyed Saturday, saying that farmers would be compensated for their losses, Anatolia said. Stray dogs were also ordered slaughtered as a precaution, though authorities did not explain why. Eker said the flu was likely carried by birds migrating from the Ural Mountains, which divide Europe and Asia, across Turkey and into Africa. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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