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Forbush Middle School team wins international hunter education event

A middle school team from North Carolina will hang an international championship banner when students return soon from summer vacation.

The Yadkin Patriots of Forbush Middle recently won the 29th Annual International Hunter Youth Education Challenge in Mansfield, Pa.

Teams from across North America competed in marksmanship events for .22 rifles, black powder rifles, shotguns and archery. Other tests completing the competition included orienteering, wildlife identification, hunter ethics/responsibility and a hunter safety trail.

Members of the champion team are Colton Bullin, Brady Carter, Jacob Matthews, Austin Stanley and Matthew Lineberry. Their coaches are Carson Hobson and Brian Lineberry.

Other North Carolinians fared well in the competition. Hunter Efird of Albemarle finished second in the senior individual category.

Forbush High of Yadkin County placed third in the senior division. The team roster included Jordan Dinkins, Colton Horn, Dylan Horn, Dylan Poplin and Jordan Yale. The coach is Chris Poplin.—OBSERVER NEWS SERVICE

S.C. angler wins $500,000 at Lake Murray

Professional bass fisherman Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S.C., has rallied from an tough season start to win one of his sport’s biggest prizes.

Gagliardi captured the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup and its $500,000 top prize last weekend with a four-day catch at Lake Murray of 19 largemouth bass weighing 51 pounds, two ounces.

He triumphed by a single ounce over Scott Canterbury of Springville, Ala. Just 11 ounces separated first place from fifth at the big reservoir west of Columbia. Canterbury won $60,000.

Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., finished fourth for $40,000 and Bryant Thrift of Shelby was seventh, winning $26,000.

An inadvertent rules infraction in the Walmart-backed tour’s first tournament of 2014 at Florida’s Lake Okeechobee led to Gagliardi’s disqualification.

“This proves staying positive brings about the best outcome,” he said. “To do this here in South Carolina is very special.”

Gagliardi caught his bass on a mix of lures that included artificial worms, flukes and swimbaits. He ranged from the Saluda River to waters near the dam.

Young Belmont fisherman Brian New took the title in the Co-Angler division with a two-day catch weighing 15 pounds, 14 ounces. He won $50,000.—ONS

Catches of the week

•  A flounder of 7 pounds near Ocean Isle by former Lake Norman resident Woody Wooten.

•  Sailfish boated and released off Hatteras Village by Kristine and Thomas Lovitt of Wilmington.

•  King mackerel of 31 and 21 pounds at Jolly Roger Pier on Topsail Island by 11-year-old Alex Aponte.

•  A blue marlin boated and released off Hatteras by James McDermott of Woodland.

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