Kayak Fishing: The Best of Both Worlds

first_imgWhether you are a seasoned kayaker looking for a new dimension to your passion or an angler looking for an extra edge, exploring this natural combination of kayaking and fishing is an exciting and rewarding venture.There are numerous important tactical advantages of going after fish from aboard a kayak. Stealth is arguably the most important. Just as wildlife above the water’s surface tolerates your presence as you glide by, fish in the water are similarly undisturbed.“As long as the kayak angler is mindful,” seasoned kayak fisherman Richie Bekolay says, “they can paddle right up to fish without them having any idea.” Bekolay, a Pro Staff Angler with Johnson Outdoors and Werner Paddles, started fishing from a kayak after moving to Hampton Roads, Va., just a few years ago. He saw kayak fishermen paddling under the bridge at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel in the middle of the night. “That’s cool,” he said. “I want to do that!” He bought his first kayak soon thereafter and immediately started fishing from it.The nature of kayaks, which can maneuver in very little water, can put them in places that bigger boats could never access. Navigating shallow tidal tributaries with vegetation growing to just below the surface without a kayak is virtually impossible. Big redfish can be found in flats with water less than a foot deep. And even deeper water is sometimes rendered inaccessible to larger boats. “I have fished for bass in areas that are a couple feet in depth, but littered with submerged wood just inches below the surface,” Bekolay said. “Bass boats can only dream of getting into some of those areas.”To access good fishing spots by boat, you have to first get that boat in the water. And this is another area where those with kayaks have a huge advantage. Concrete boat ramps are not required when you fish from a kayak. “The options are endless when it comes to launches,” Bekolay said. “You can slide in off a frontage road, drag it through the woods, navigate through little feeder creeks or launch (with permission, of course) from somebody’s backyard.”Once you are on the water fishing, you might notice other, less tangible advantages. Rob Choi, avid kayak angler and blogger at angling-addict.com, likes how the pace associated with being self-propelled actually improves efficiency. “It forces the angler to slow things down and really focus,” he said. “You can’t jump around from spot to spot quickly. It makes us plan things better.”Richie Bekolay finds being closer to the water and the fish both therapeutic and exciting. “You’re more in tune with your surroundings and all that Mother Nature offers,” he said. “Then, when you hook into a big fish, it turns from peaceful into hand-to-hand combat. You get the biggest adrenaline rush when that big fish is thrashing at the side of the kayak. Honestly, there is nothing on this planet for me that can beat that.”And on those days when the bad news is the fish aren’t biting, the good news is you’re out on the water enjoying nature in a kayak. That’s not to say kayak fishermen aren’t serious about fishing, because many of them are among the most passionate anglers out there. But there’s something about being on a kayak that can turn even a bad fishing day into a good outing. Even the most hardcore anglers occasionally have to turn a day of fishing into a “photo day” when the fish aren’t biting. “Being silent and in the water, it’s definitely nice to be able to creep up on photo opportunities when fishing isn’t productive,” Choi said.Keith Hendrickson, pro staff angler for Native Watercraft, keeps things in perspective. “When the fish aren’t biting, remember to kick back, stick your feet in the water, and drift,” he said. “And remember, it’s called fishing, not catching.”—Ed FelkerNine Favorite Spots to Wet a LineUpper PotomacFrom the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers at Harpers Ferry, downstream to the Point of Rocks bridge, the Potomac is relatively scenic, wide, and fairly slow during summer flows. Many businesses along this stretch rent kayaks for those wanting to try before they buy. Smallmouth, carp, catfish, and panfish can all be found here in great numbers. —Ed FelkerShenandoahThe Shenandoah River has countless public access points on the North Fork, South Fork and Main Stem. You can’t go wrong with any section of the river. Deep sections below Front Royal contain large smallmouth bass as well as the fish of 10,000 casts…the muskie. —Jeff SingletonRappahannockUnload and put in at the bridge in Remington. You will not be able to park but you can pull off the road long enough to unload. It’s a 4.5-mile trip from Remington to Kelly’s Ford. The last mile is nothing but rock garden. Focus your fishing time in the first 3-3 ½ miles and on the deeper pockets. If the water is low (below 3’ on the Remington gauge) be prepared to drag your kayak through the rock garden. —Jeff SingletonBull Run/Occoquan CreekLaunching at Rt. 28 at the Prince William/Fairfax county line will send you 8.5 miles to Bull Run Marina and another 5 miles down to Fountainhead Regional Park on Occoquan reservoir. In the first 3.5 miles you will find largemouth, smallmouth, catfish, carp, and panfish while quickly covering the moving water. Not long after you pass under the railroad tracks Bull Run opens up and becomes still. All of this is within 30 miles of DC, incredible scenery and plenty of large fish on this tranquil trip. —Jeff SingletonVirginia/Maryland Potomac tributariesMattawoman Creek is a versatile fishery that even a beginner can enjoy. Watch the tide chart. If you put in at Slavins boat ramp when the tide is incoming, you can almost effortlessly paddle upstream and reach hidden alcoves and feeder creeks for great largemouth bass and northern snakehead fishing. During the summer months, take advantage of casting a top water frog or popper into the lilly pads and hydrilla, and you will be sure to hook into something. Afterwards, catch the outgoing tide for a leisurely float back downstream to return to the boat launch.—Kodi BowersWest Virginia: Potomac River/Smoke Hole CanyonThis is one of the most beautiful floats you will ever experience. With a chance to catch smallmouth bass as well as trout, catching 60+ smallies is typical. The scenery will not disappoint if the fishing is bad, with unparalleled views. Launch at big bend campground and take out at Royal Glenn Rd for a peaceful two-day float. This is typically only accessible by canoe or kayak. —Kodi BowersNorth Carolina: The North Toe RiverThis is my favorite for easy access, quality fishing, and paddling. It has some rapids but nothing you can’t carry your boat around (above the gorge, of course). —Keith HendricksonNorth Carolina: The French BroadThe French Broad has good fishing and sections you can float without getting out of your boat. Plus you can pull over and get a beer or BBQ sandwich. —Keith HendricksonNorth Carolina: The Broad RiverThe Broad near Shelby has good fishing and easy paddling. If you put in above Cliffside Power plant (which is the float I recommend), you have to portage around a low head dam but it’s easy. —Keith Hendricksonlast_img read more

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Peru Inaugurates Warehouse to Aid Efforts During Natural Disasters

first_imgSOUTHCOM contributed US$670,000 for the facility’s construction. Additionally, the COER, which is also in Tacna, was also financed and built with assistance from the Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) in 2013. Since 2009, SOUTHCOM has supported Peru with more than US$20 million for infrastructure projects, equipment, and the training of operational personnel. As part of its ongoing support for Peruvian security efforts, a group of SOUTHCOM specialists will conduct a training session for Civil Defense technicians and COER personnel on how to manage the warehouse because it “is not just any warehouse. It requires special handling that they (SOUTHCOM) have developed,” said Tacna’s regional governor, Omar Jiménez Flores, in a video disseminated on December 10th. Through the HAP, SOUTHCOM provided US$1.25 million to the first COER in the region of Lambayeque, which opened in March 2013 and includes an operations center, a training center that prepares service members for search and rescue missions in collapsed buildings, and equipment. HAP officials generally work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to facilitate the implementation of these projects in Peru. The Peruvian Army, Navy, and Air Force “greatly appreciate Southern Command’s support. This shows the concern that the United States has for strengthening the Peruvian state’s capabilities to respond to natural disasters,” Lt. Gen. García Esquerre said. “This warehouse will be extremely useful in compiling humanitarian relief materials because communication lines are interrupted at times during situations that result from the [meteorological] phenomenon of El Niño. Large storage capacity “The USACE seeks bids from contractors, many of whom are Peruvian businesses,” LCDR Storer said. “The contractor is responsible for providing the USACE with a final design and the construction of the facilities. The USACE provides supervision and quality control for the project.” In addition to helping strengthen its response capabilities before natural disasters, the HAP has also funded the construction of schools, clinics, and bridges nationwide. “HAP funds minor-scale projects, such as donations of medical supplies and construction projects in regions far from Lima that benefit communities that are susceptible to the influence of drug traffickers and terrorists,” LCDR Storer explained. The facility has a storage capacity of about 3,500 cubic meters, enabling it to house humanitarian supplies, such as food, blankets, and tents, to aid up to 1,000 families. Contributing to the warehouse’s construction reflects the U.S.’s ongoing commitment to work with Peru to “achieve development with social inclusion, better access to services, and better preparedness to prevent natural disaster events,” LCDR Storer said. Since 2009, SOUTHCOM, through the HAP, “has supported Peru’s health, education, disaster management systems, and facilities similar to those that have been or are currently being built in 18 regions throughout the country.” The relief warehouse will help the Armed Forces respond quickly and effectively to natural disasters, which are an ongoing threat. Peru’s geological, tectonic, topographic, meteorological, and oceanographic characteristics make it extremely vulnerable to natural disasters. Earthquakes, torrential rains, flooding, and landslides in the Tacna region alone compromise the safety of the population and developing infrastructure. Peru prepares for natural disasters “Aid needs to be on the scene in advance in order to be distributed,” he stated. “This gives us both flexibility and the possibility of being more efficient while transporting humanitarian aid.” The Regional Center for Emergency Operations (COER, for its Spanish acronym) inaugurated the Civil Defense Regional Humanitarian Relief Warehouse during a ceremony on December 10th that was attended by local authorities and representatives from the Armed Forces, the National Police, and SOUTHCOM. The warehouse covers more than 1,130 square meters at the COER’s headquarters in the district of Gregorio Albarracín Lanchipa. To the Peruvian Armed Forces, this donation represents “an ideal way to provide immediate humanitarian aid during emergencies and natural disasters,” said Lieutenant General Rodolfo García Esquerre, Commander of Operations for the Peruvian Air Force, in an interview with Diálogo. Ongoing cooperation “[The warehouse] forms part of a management model that is sustainable and participatory,” explained U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Robert Storer, with SOUTHCOM’s Military Assistance Advisory Group in Peru. “Authorities and citizens can coordinate prevention efforts, prepare themselves to face potential disasters, and conduct training that is needed in such situations. “This warehouse belongs to Tacna’s regional government (GRT, for its Spanish acronym), which is responsible for provisioning it with personnel from the Civil Defense and humanitarian relief supplies that can be distributed to affected communities in case of disaster or can even be sent to municipal warehouses with the aim of enhancing the response capabilities of the local authorities,” LCDR Storer added. With the support of the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), the Peruvian government recently inaugurated a warehouse in the region of Tacna dedicated to storing equipment and other supplies that will aid the Peruvian Armed Forces and other government agencies in responding to natural disasters. By Dialogo January 12, 2016 Specialists from Peru’s National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) and the executive office of GRT’s National Defense warned that an earthquake of 9 on the Richter scale could affect 60 percent of the population, Diario Correo reported on December 10th. Given this prospect, the GRT – with the help of SOUTHCOM’s HAP – started building the warehouse on April 16, 2014. SOUTHCOM cooperates with countries in Central America, the Caribbean, and South America on a wide array of security issues. “Another large contribution of Southern Command can be seen in the areas of security and defense using technology, training, and the exchange of experiences with the Armed Forces,” Lt. Gen. García Esquerre said. “All of these actions strengthen the ties of cooperation and friendship between the United States and Peru.”last_img read more

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Colombia Clamps Down on Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo June 21, 2018 On April 23, 2018, the Colombian Navy’s Anti-Drug Trafficking Task Force Poseidon seized a total of 1,010 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride in the department of Nariño. Packaged into 51 jute sacks, the drug is worth about $37 million. According to the Navy, authorities found the drug destined to the United States in an underground storeroom in Cabo Manglares, in the municipality of Tumaco. “The military patrols were performing security tasks and entered a difficult-to-access rural area with thick vegetation,” said Marine Corps First Lieutenant David Salgado Reyes, commander of the platoon that led the terrestrial component in the Colombian municipality near the border with Ecuador. “After searching for almost 24 hours, we found the hidden caches.” The Navy deployed three components for the operation. The ground component consisted of 35 Navy officers divided into four groups; the riverine component involved light watercraft supporting searches on the banks of all navigable rivers; and a marine support patrol aided the operation at sea. “Finding that underground storeroom was a successful operation. Hiding drugs underground is a tactic criminals group in this part of the country use,” 1st Lt. Salgado told Diálogo. “When the tide comes up 2 or 3 meters, the drugs are covered with water, and the best way to hide it is to [waterproof it] and keep it underground.” Troops from the Pacific Naval Force brought the cocaine hydrochloride to the municipality’s main city, Tumaco, to set the appropriate legal proceeding in motion. The backstory Tumaco is the Colombian municipality most heavily affected by the drug trade, with more than 23,000 hectares of coca plantations or 16 percent of the country’s total. Navy Captain Orlando Grisales Franceschi, commander of Anti-Drug Trafficking Task Force Poseidon, told Diálogo that, in 2017, the Pacific Naval Force confiscated 115 of the 180 tons of coca the Navy seized nationwide. It is also one of the most conflict-ridden areas in Colombia. According to the Colombian Public Defender’s Office, dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, guerrillas from the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish), and several criminal groups use the region to stockpile cocaine hydrochloride and chemical precursors, arrange drug deals, and traffic weapons. “The increase in narcotrafficking, the strengthening of transnational criminal groups, and the upsurge in highly violent illegal activities set the region back socially and economically. Illegal organizations use force to push people into unlawful activities,” explained Capt. Grisales. “Because of the demobilization and the crackdown on narcotrafficking, the legal economy began yielding results once again.” In 2012, the Colombian Navy created Anti-Drug Trafficking Joint Task Force Poseidon to counter persistent threats in the department of Nariño. “This region, which suffered the ravages and cruelty of war for years, is still plagued by the ELN guerrilla group, residual armed groups, and organized crime groups that battle for supremacy in the area,” Capt. Grisales added. “Historically, the Navy has confiscated 50 percent of all cocaine seized from drug traffickers nationwide. It is also committed to unarmed engagement, or Comprehensive Action, which helps the population develop socially and economically without neglecting the fight against illegal activities,” Capt. Grisales said. “Communities in this area are small. While some welcome the military forces, some refuse to provide information, but we help them all equally,” 1st Lt. Salgado added. International reach Regional cooperation is key to neutralize the extensive reach of narcotrafficking. “It is set up in such a way that its resources are spread across multiple countries,” Capt. Grisales said. “On land, control of a single highway allows for control of a region; at sea, any direction you choose is a highway. At sea, control is limited, incomplete, temporary, and imperfect. It’s difficult for any one country acting alone to make serious progress against narcotrafficking networks.” As such, the Colombian Navy conducts interdiction operations with Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, the United States, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama. “The Colombian government maintains intelligence ties with these partner nations to exchange operational information, which allows resources to be allocated as efficiently as possible to dismantle the economic structure of these criminal groups,” Capt. Grisales concluded.last_img read more

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Mexico Opens Joint Training Center for Peacekeeping Operations

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo March 02, 2020 On January 8, 2020, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador inaugurated the facilities of the Secretariat of the National Defense’s Joint Training Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CECOPAM, in Spanish) in Huehuetoca, Mexico.In 2015, the country resumed its participation in United Nations (U.N.) led peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance operations.“For our troops to take part in peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations, we must have the approval of the country that will receive assistance in the event of a humanitarian crisis,” Mexican Army Lieutenant Colonel Vitalio Pineda Díaz, head of CECOPAM, told Diálogo. “As such, we do not violate the state’s foreign policy of nonintervention and people’s right to self-determination, enforced since 1914.”The Mexican Armed Forces prepare for United Nations-led humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping operations at the Joint Training Center for Peacekeeping Operations in Huehuetoca, Mexico State. (Photo: Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo)So far, CECOPAM has trained 350 service members from Mexico and other partner nations in other facilities. Currently, 12 Mexican service members, among those five women, are deployed as observers in U.N. missions in Colombia, Mali, the Central African Republic, and Western Sahara.“Our missions require increasingly sophisticated resources, including equipment, specialized personnel, and specific skills,” said Jean-Pierre Lacroix, U.N. under-secretary general for Peace Operations, at the center’s inauguration ceremony. “Mexico can be a great contributor to satisfy these needs.”Lt. Col. Pineda said that the Army could initially send an engineer company to help rebuild the requesting nation’s infrastructure damaged by natural or man-made disasters.In addition to training military, law enforcement, and civil personnel on how to operate in challenging and hostile environments, CECOPAM “provides a panorama that differs from what a typical Mexican soldier is used to. It gives us the opportunity to be more tolerant and to specialize in the legal use of force, human rights, and international humanitarian law — foundations to improve the country’s domestic peace,” said Lt. Col. Pineda.The lessons learned in peacekeeping operations are valuable to provide comprehensive assistance in armed conflicts and post-conflicts. “The Mexican government must use the tools and capabilities it has through CECOPAM,” Yadira Gálvez, a specialist in security affairs and a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, told Diálogo.“Mexico could adapt these new skills to address the domestic violence crisis, if it’s seen as a process related to criminal violence and not as a peacekeeping process in the traditional sense,” Gálvez added. “Brazil is an example of how to adapt lessons learned, through its participation in peacekeeping missions, in recovering the favelas [slums].”“It’s an honor for the Mexican Armed Forces to take part in peacekeeping missions. We are aware of the responsibility this entails, and we resolutely accept it,” Mexican Army Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Ernesto Gallegos deputy director of CECOPAM told Diálogo. “Working in a multinational and multicultural environment where every service member thinks differently is a challenge; however, all contingents work toward the same goal: world peace.”last_img read more

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Spacehog Launching First Tour in Decade on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York SpacehogBritish neo-glam rockers Spacehog, best known for their 1995 hit “In The Meantime,” are launching on Long Island their first North American tour in more than a decade to support their new, down-to-earth album.The quartet’s fourth release, As It is On Earth, picks up where the band left off with a more mature sound reflecting the real-world strife the members have experienced since they last hit the road in 2001, opening for Oasis and the Black Crowes.“I think our experience in life has softened the edges of that particularly glittery thing that we had when we were 21 year olds running around the East Village freebasing our own underpants,” lead singer/bassist Royston “Ray Sprinkles” Langdon told the Press. “Today, it’s less import that I look glittery.”Langdon formed the band in New York City with his guitarist brother, Anthony, drummer Johnny “Corky” Cragg and guitarist Rich Steel, all of whom are from England. Timo Ellis, a multi-instrumentalist also in The Netherlands, replaced Anthony—who’s pursuing a cinematic career—for the reunion.Fueled by combined influences of David Bowie, Queen and T. Rex, they quickly reached ‘90s stardom as a reaction to the popularity of grunge. But, it’s a long way back to the top of the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks list.“To get this record was a hell of a lot of work logistically, in terms of making it happen,” Royston said. “It’s been a struggle to do that, just to get off the ground again.”Their debut album, Resident Alien, proved their most commercially successful. The Chinese Album, their artsy sophomore effort recorded as a soundtrack to a movie that was never made, was their last on Elektra Records. They released 2001’s The Hogyssey on independent Artemis Records before the band mates went their separate ways.“It was a very fast rapid thing for us,” Royston said, recalling how the band inked their first deal on a napkin before rocketing to the airwaves a year later. “I didn’t have a lot of tools for living generally…especially in the bustling cut-throat world of Manhattan. I literally was an alien.”It was another world when Spacehog last toured in ’01: Apple had just released the first iPod; My Chemical Romance formed; Joey Ramone was the first of The Ramones to die.Royston later married Liv Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, moved to Woodstock and had a son. Although the couple separated five years ago, they performed a duet, “You Can’t Go Home Again,” during a recent benefit for the David Lynch Foundation First Responders Initiative.“There’s a heck of a lot of suicide among first responders,” Royston said, counting them among his friends. “We expect so much of these people… I think it’s really important for our community to support our firefighters, policemen and in a sense bolster our communities.”After their hiatus, Spacehog got back together for a gig on Corky’s birthday around the time Royston was auditioning to replace Scott Wieland as singer of Velvet Revolver. Spacehog played a few reunion shows in the run up to their latest albums released in April. Now back form their European tour, they’re co-headlining dates across the Northeast and Canada with another ‘90s favorite, Sponge.Despite the long road back, Royston jokes that it only adds up to tea time. “We never really stopped…we kind of just had a big holiday,” he said.Spacehog is joined by Sponge and supported by Lionize, and Trapper Schoepp and The Shades and The Red Paintings at The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $17-$20. 6:30 p.m., Weds., Dec. 5.last_img read more

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Farmer nabbed for ‘assaulting’ brgy ‘kap’

first_imgAccording to police investigators, village chief Lolita Magsipoc, 56, responded to the area where Alvaro became unruly. ILOILO City – A farmer was nabbed after allegedly assaulting the village chief of Barangay Salde, Culasi, Antique. Police identified the suspect as 65-year-old resident Rolly Alvaro, a police report showed. Alvaro then attacked Magsipoc using a bolo around 10 p.m. on June 30, it added. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Culasi, municipal police station, facing charges./PNlast_img

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Community unites to clear Ellsworth soccer field for title tilt

first_img Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Dozens of Ellsworth High School students spent their snow day on Monday shoveling snow off the soccer field at Del Luce Stadium in hopes that the Ellsworth boys’ soccer team could play in Wednesday’s Class B Eastern Maine Championship game at home. Many other fans showed up throughout the day with shovels, wheelbarrows, snow blowers, snowplows and tractors to help with the cause. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth boys’ soccer team has achieved a lot on the field at Del Luce Stadium this season, all for the chance to win an Eastern Maine Championship at home.A 13-0-1 record and two tournament wins have earned the top-ranked Ellsworth Eagles home-field advantage in the Class B regional final against 10th-seeded Oceanside. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m.But over the weekend, a different kind of opponent challenged the Eagles’ goal of winning the Eastern Maine title on their home turf — a winter storm that covered Ellsworth’s field with a half-foot of snow.“They’ve worked so hard for this,” Ellsworth soccer fan Steve Sullivan said. “They all understand it’s a big deal to play at home for an Eastern Maine Championship.”PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOn Monday — a snow day for the high school — the Eagles substituted their cleats for boots and joined the dozens of fans in clearing the field of snow for Wednesday’s game. Sullivan organized the effort that morning to help prevent the relocation of the championship from Ellsworth to a turf field elsewhere.“It was a valiant effort,” Ellsworth Coach Brian Higgins said Tuesday morning. “But it’s not likely.”Unfortunately, not even the greatest amount of community support could match nature’s ill-fated force. Although the snow was removed after six hours of work, the field remains too wet for the Eastern Maine Championship.The game will now be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Maine Maritime Academy.“This soccer program is important to this area,” Sullivan said. “For as big of a town as it is, it’s a tight community.”For Sullivan, this became apparent Monday morning shortly after he arrived to Del Luce Stadium at 10 a.m. with a shovel in hand. Others quickly showed up to accompany him.“At first, there were more girls and football players than actual soccer players,” Sullivan said. “It was great to see them all come together.”Volunteers continued to trickle in: soccer players, student athletes, students not involved in sports, custodians, EHS graduates home for the weekend, parents who took off work for the cause, and other fans looking to help out the team.Word continued to spread through texting and Facebook. Volunteers brought their own shovels, wheelbarrows, snow blowers, snowplows and tractors to the field throughout the day.Around noon, some 30 volunteers were present carrying shovels-full of snow to the sidelines. Jackets, hats and gloves draped the goal posts, and patches of green began to appear under the white blanket.“We’re just trying to clear the field so we can play here on Wednesday,” team captain Jeff Weeks said Monday afternoon. “Students, parents — people who aren’t even on the team are here.”At 1:30 p.m., Tim McCarthy, manager of the Ellsworth Pat’s Pizza, arrived unannounced with a dozen free large pizzas.“Thought we’d feed these great kids,” McCarthy posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page. “Kudos everyone! We’re very impressed by your efforts!” Bio Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

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ICC World Cup MS Dhoni is a legend of the game, says Virat Kohli

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Manchester: India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday put his weight behind under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni, describing him as a legend of the game whose keen understanding and experience has held the team in good stead.Dhoni faced criticism for his failure to rotate the strike against Afghanistan spinners and even against the West Indies, the former India skipper initially found the going tough before he got 16 in the final over to finish on 56 off 61 deliveries and take India to 268 for seven.“Dhoni knows exactly what he wants to do in the middle. When he has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking. We always back him. He has won us so many games,” Kohli said after India dismissed West Indies for 143 in 34.2 overs to notch up a 125-run win here.“The best thing about having someone like him is when you need those 15-20 runs, he knows exactly how to get them. His experience, 8 out of 10 times has come good for us.“We have quite a few players who play instinctive cricket and follow their game plans. He’s such a keen understanding of the game. Always sends us feedback, that you know 260 is a good score. He’s a legend of the game. We all know that.”India dethroned England to rise to the top of One-day International rankings and Kohli said he is happy with his team’s overall performance.“I can’t complain, we just became no. 1 yesterday as far as rankings are concerned, to be honest, we are playing that way for a while, need to continue that way. Things haven’t gone our way with the bat in the last two games, but we have still done well to win, that’s being the most pleasing thing,” he said.Kohli scored two successive fifties in difficult conditions—a 67 off 63 balls against Afghanistan and 72 off 82 balls against West Indies Thursday.“I am Happy with my own contribution as well. We were in a similar situation today (150 odd for 4), but getting to 270 was crucial. Last game, we didn’t calculate well, we lost two quick wickets, but today we improved,” said the India skipper, who was adjudged the Man of the match for his crucial fifty.“I look to play in my own way, happy to take the ones and twos which I think is a big factor in ODI cricket. Two difficult pitches, I’m happy with my contribution and look forward to doing more of the same in the future.”Kohli also praised Hardik Pandya (46 off 38) and Dhoni for taking India to a competitive total.“Hardik played really well and MS finished strongly. When those two play in that way, we always get to a good total. To get to 270 was good, that put pressure on their batting and was very difficult to chase,” he said.“I don’t need to tell anything to my batsmen, they have to adjust according to their strengths and weaknesses and play according to the pitch.”West Indies skipper Jason Holder blamed his side’s inconsistent batting for their 125-run loss.“Thought the bowlers did a fantastic job on this surface. Just let ourselves down with the bat. In hindsight, Dhoni’s (stumping) miss a crucial moment we didn’t seize,” he said.“Let ourselves down significantly in this tournament. Missed a few chances in the field which cost us. Batting was too inconsistent. Can’t fault the bowlers. Need to improve. Probably our weakest format, this.“Kemar Roach was outstanding today. Youngsters have chipped in here and there. Bowlers had a reasonable campaign. Can’t fault their efforts. Fielding, definitely has to improve. So does the batting.” last_img read more

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27 players for local Black Stars

first_imgA third batch of 27 players have been named for a pre-selection exercise into the local Black Stars team.The called up players are to report at the headquarters of the Ghana Football Association in Accra at 10:00am on Monday to be conveyed to the Ghanaman Soccer Center of Excellence in Prampram.The pre-selection exercise runs from Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd November 2012.Goalkeepers: Joseph Addo (Heart of Lions) Joseph Halm (Medeama) Iddrisu Abubakar (Berekum Chelsea)Defenders: Hafiz Adams (Wa All Stars) Samuel Bio and Kenneth Owusu (Tema Youth) Edmund Sakyi and John Ashong (Aduana) Alfred Arthur (Berekum Chelsea) Owusu Sefa (Amidaus) Francis Morton (Dwarfs) Iddrisu Yahaya (New Edubiase) Ransford Kwakye (King Faisal)Midfielders: Prince Papa Arko and Emmanuel Gyamfi (Wa All Stars) Benjamin Arthur (Amidaus) Derrick Mensah (Tema Youth) Aaron Amoah (AshantiGold) Ebenezer Ofori (New Edubiase) Isaac Osei (Berekum Arsenal) Prince Acquah (Heart of Lions) Francis Attuquaye (Dwarfs) Robert Aryeetey (Aduana) Attackers: Bismark Asiedu (Medeama) Sherif Doe (Heart Of Lions) Abdul Wahab (Berekum Chelsea) Solomon Opoku (Aduana)last_img read more

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Sub-state basketball brackets released for next week

first_imgClass 1A Div. 1 – Central BurdenBoys:Monday (at home sites)#5 Central-Burden (3-17) vs. #4 Dexter/Cedar Vale (5-16) at Burden.Thursday#2 Caldwell (14-7) vs. #3 South Haven (8-13), 6 p.m.#1 Udall (17-3) vs. Dexter-Cedar Vale/Central-Burden winner.SaturdaySub-state championship: 7:30 p.m. Girls:Thursday#1 Mulvane (12-7) vs. #4 Rose Hill (7-12), 7:30 p.m.#2 Wellington (11-8) vs. #3 Winfield (10-10), 6 p.m.SaturdayMulvane-Rose Hill winner vs. Wellington-Winfield winner, 6 p.m. By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The sub-state basketball tournament brackets were released today. All KSHSAA basketball brackets can be found here: http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Basketball/SSAssignments.cfmThe Sumner County sub-state schedule is as follows:Class 4A – Rose Hill Boys:Friday#1 Winfield (12-8) vs. #4 Rose Hill (3-16), 7:30 p.m.#2 Wellington (9-10) vs. #3 Mulvane (6-13), 6 p.m.SaturdayWinfield-Rose Hill winner vs. Wellington-Mulvane winner, 7:30 p.m. Girls:Monday (at home sites)#4 Central Burden (7-14) vs. #5 Udall (5-16).Friday#2 South Haven (12-8) vs. #3 Cedar Vale/Dexter (10-10), 6 p.m.#1 Caldwell (14-6)  vs. Central-Burden/Udall winner, 7:30 p.m.SaturdaySub-state championship: 6 p.m. Class 1A Div. 2 – ChetopaBoys:Tuesday (at home sites)#4 Buffalo-Altoona-Midway (0-18) vs. #5 Elk Valley (0-18), 7:30 p.m. at Chetopa.Thursday#2 Colony-Crest (8-11) vs. Argonia (7-13), 6 p.m.#1 Chetopa (15-4) vs. BAM/Elk Valley winner, 7:30 p.m.SaturdaySub-state championship, 7:30 p.m. Girls:Tuesday (at home sites)#1 Douglass (15-4) vs. #8 Bluestem (0-20) – 7 p.m. at Douglass.#4 Fredonia (9-11) vs. #5 Eureka (7-13) at Fredonia, 7 p.m.#2 Conway Springs (12-8) vs. #7 Belle Plaine (3-17) at Conway Springs, 7 p.m.#3 Wichita Independent (9-11) vs. #6 Collegiate (3-16), 7 p.m.Thursday (at Eureka)Douglass-Bluestem winner vs. Fredonia-Eureka winnerConway Springs- Belle Plaine winer vs. Wichita Independen-Collegiate winner.Saturday –Substate championship – 6 p.m. Girls:Tuesday (at home sites)#4 Elk Valley (1-17) vs. #5 Buffalo-Altoona-Midway (0-18), 6 p.m. at Chetopa.Friday#1 Argonia (16-4) vs. BAM/Elk Valley winner, 7:30 p.m.#2 Chetopa (7-12) vs. Colony-Crest (3-16), 6 p.m.SaturdaySub-state championship, 7:30 p.m. Class 2A – Yates CenterBoys:Tuesday (at home sites)#1 West Elk (18-2) vs. #8 Yates Center (4-15)- 7 p.m. at West Elk.#4 Oxford (15-5) vs. #5 Uniontown (8-12) at Oxford, 7 p.m.#2 Oswego (17-3) vs. #7 Sedan (7-12) at Oswego, 7 p.m.#3 Pittsburg-Colgan (14-6) vs. #6 Conway Springs (7-13), 7 p.m.Thursday (at Yates Center)West Elk-Yates Center winner vs. Oxford-Uniontown winner.Oswego-Sedan winner vs. Pittsburg Colgan- Conway Springs winner.Saturday –Substate championship – 7:30 p.m. ,k Close Forgot password? 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Girls:Tuesday (at home sites)#1 Douglass (15-4) vs. #8 Bluestem (0-20) – 7 p.m. at Douglass.#4 Fredonia (9-11) vs. #5 Eureka (7-13) at Fredonia, 7 p.m.#2 Conway Springs (12-8) vs. #7 Belle Plaine (3-17) at Conway Springs, 7 p.m.#3 Wichita Independent (9-11) vs. #6 Collegiate (3-16), 7 p.m.Thursday (at Yates Center)Douglas-Bluestem winner vs. Fredonia-Eureka winnerConway Springs- Belle Plaine winer vs. Wichita Independen-Collegiate winner.Saturday –Substate championship – 6 p.m. Class 3A – EurekaBoys:Monday (at home sites)#1 Eureka (20-0) vs. #8 Belle Plaine (2-18) – 7 p.m. at Eureka#4 Wichita Collegiate (13-6) vs. #5 Fredonia (7-13) at Collegiate, 7 p.m.#2 Douglass (14-5) vs. #7 Leon-Bluestem (4-16) at Douglass, 7 p.m.#3 Wichita Independent (14-6) vs. #6 Conway Springs (7-13), 7 p.m.Thursday (at Eureka)Eureka-Belle Plaine winner vs. Wichita Collegiate-Fredonia winner.Leon-Bluestem-Douglass winner vs. Wichita Independent-Conway Springs winner.Saturday –Substate championship – 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

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