Memorial Fishing Tournament.
Photo | Courtesy Kenny Vines
The 10th annual Kenny Vines Memorial Fishing Tournament is set for Sept. 24-25 in Orange Beach. The event, which is hosted by Tacky Jacks, includes offshore categories for billfish (catch and release), swordfish, tuna, dolphin and wahoo, plus a junior anglers class.
The Orange Beach Sportfishing Club (OBSFC) presents the annual tournament. According to the organizers, proceeds from the tourney benefit The Billfish Foundation and other local charities.
The entry fee is $200 per boat and includes four anglers. Additional anglers are $50 each. There is an optional Calcutta auction for each category.
Kenny Vines, known as “KV” to his friends, passed away Feb. 18, 2011. Raised in Perdido, Vines resided in Orange Beach for more than 30 years. The owner and operator of KV Yacht Brokerage, he was an avid sports fisherman, with memberships in the Pensacola and Mobile Big Game Fishing Clubs. He was also active in the Coastal Conservation Association, The Billfish Foundation and OBSFC.
“Kenny was a founding member of the Elberta Sausage Festival and the Orange Beach Seafood Festival,” Tim Howard, co-founder of OBSFC, told Lagniappe. “He was dedicated to our coastal community and the families that make this a great place to live. Our tournament is to help keep his spirit and dedication remembered for a long time.”
As a Mobile Big Game Fishing Club board member, Vines was a key member of the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, an all-release billfish tournament that was The Billfish Foundation’s top U.S. all-release billfish tournament (in donor scales) for three consecutive years.
The tournament named in his honor follows a philosophy that favors fun over prize money. Tourney winners will receive trophies, prizes and bragging rights at the awards party that follows.
The Captain’s Party will be Friday, Sept 24 at Tacky Jacks in Orange Beach beginning at 6 p.m. It includes dinner, drinks, a cash bar and raffle prizes. Raffle items include outdoor patio furniture, a Yeti cooler, Guy Harvey prints, gift cards from various Orange Beach restaurants and more. The general public is invited to attend.
The tournament weigh-in is at Tacky Jacks’ dock 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. All boats must be north of the Periodo Pass Bridge by 8 p.m. The awards party and barbecue dinner will immediately follow the weigh-in downstairs at Tacky Jacks. For information or registration forms, send an email to [email protected] or visit the tourney’s Facebook page (OBSportFishing).
Jaguars announce NIL program
College sports entered a new realm this summer when the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) approved changes for student-athletes to make money by selling their name, images and likeness (NIL) rights. Many questions have come up on how this will affect teams going forward.
The University of South Alabama (USA) hopes to provide some answers. Its Department of Athletics has partnered with Opendorse to announce the launch of the school’s “Imprint” NIL education programs.
“With the recent changes in law we are excited to partner with the industry leader in assisting with name, image and likeness education and program implementation,” Jason Kelly, USA’s senior associate director of athletics, said. “We believe our partnership with Opendorse will provide all Jaguar student-athletes with the necessary tools and resources to expand and build their personal brands and maximize their NIL earning potential.”
As part of the agreement, Opendorse will provide Jaguar athletics with NIL resources and education. This will include Zoom education sessions, access to NIL Masterclass on-demand videos, consultation with coaches and staff, as well as updates and insights on ever-changing NIL rules.
NIL topics featured in the program will be endorsements, entrepreneurship, social media, business and financial literacy, athlete perspective, content creation and opportunity management.
For more information on NIL guidelines — including links to frequently asked questions for boosters and employees of the university as well as the state’s official legislation — visit usajaguars.com.
SHC tennis player honored
Spring Hill College (SHC) men’s tennis player Cedric Nitz has been named to the 2021 Academic All-America third-team roster in the at-large category for NCAA Division II.
The native of Pfaffenhofen, Germany, graduated with a 3.99 GPA in international business this spring and earned three athletic letters at SHC. He was the 2019 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Player of the Year as a sophomore. He was a two-time SIAC all-conference team member in both singles and doubles, as well as a member of the 2019 SIAC all-tournament team in doubles.
The 2017-18 SHC Male Student-Athlete Freshman of the Year, Nitz built a career singles record of 34-33 on the No. 1 court, including a 21-1 SIAC singles mark. On the No. 1 doubles court, he was 36-29 and 27-0 in SIAC play.
USA soccer recognized
USA juniors Gracie Wilson and Morgan Cross were named to the pre-season all-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) team. Additionally, the Jaguars were picked by the league coaches to win the conference receiving eight of 11 first-place votes.
“It’s an honor for the student-athletes,” head coach Richard Moodie said. “They’re our two captains and they deserve it. Looking back at the seasons they’ve had and their involvement shows that.”
This is Wilson’s second consecutive year as a preseason all-conference selection. It is the first selection for Cross, who was named the Sun Belt Tournament ‘s Most Outstanding Player last fall after scoring a pair of goals against Arkansas State to help the Jags win their seventh tournament title.
Wilson started in 23 of the 24 matches she played in last season while netting six goals, two of those being game-winning goals. Cross recorded seven goals, seven assists and 21 points last season.
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