Bobby Chung shot his way to top honours with an impressive 96 birds in the Jamaica Skeet Club’s grand finale, the CB Christmas Hamper competition, which was held at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore recently. En-route to what could be considered a memorable victory, he upstaged national shooting champion Christian Sasso, who shot a second-best 90 birds. Despite not closing out the year on a winning note, Sasso was pleased with his performance and believes he “could have done better after missing some easy birds”. The reigning national champion noted that he is looking forward to intensive training and preparation to defend his championship in 2016, as well as some overseas-based tournaments. Next year, he has three such tournaments lined up for February in the United States. PRIZES A total of 95 shooters competed from 13 stations. The prizes included hams, gift baskets and certificates. Jamaica Skeet Club president, Khaleel Azan, said the turnout was bigger than last year. “We are extremely proud of the progress we have made this year. I hope that we can grow from what we did this year, and if we do, it would really be a major success because the growth in 2015 is far beyond what we expected.” In other action, Robert Subaran shot 85 birds to take the B Class, Jake Therrien 86 (Class C), Roman Tavares-Finson 78 ( Class D), Nicholas Benjamin 81 (Class E), and Jonah Subaran 66 (Class F). Renee Rickhi was the sole female winner, and took Class F with 59 birds.
Senior outside hitter Robert Tarr, who recorded a match high 21 kills along with nine digs and four blocks, and junior middle blocker Teddy Liles were all-tournament selections, and senior middle blocker Duncan Budinger also played well enough over the three matches to rate consideration for the honor. The Bruins played 14 matches on a European tour over the summer “and I think, because of that, they’re ahead of us this stage because they have played the equivalent of half a season already,” Knipe said while the teams were warming up. At 26-12 in Game 1, that appeared to be the case. It sure didn’t look it the rest of the way. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA BARBARA — After falling behind the UCLA Bruins by 14 points in Game 1 of the championship match of the 42nd UC Santa Barbara/Elephant Bar College Invitational Saturday, it appeared as if the Long Beach State volleyball team was on the verge of a night it would have to forget about as quickly as possible. In that case, at least, appearances were very much deceiving. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The 25-30, 36-34, 30-25 and 30-22 victory for coach Alan Knipe’s team on the opening weekend of the season not only gave the program its only second championship of the event, the other came seven years ago, but also put the 49ers in position to be in the top spot when the first American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 15 is released Tuesday morning. And, although the teams conceivably could play four more times this season, twice in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season play, as well as in the MPSF playoffs and, of course, the Final Four at Penn State, there is no underselling the significance of the victory for the 49ers, who beat USC and Cal State Northridge in first-and second-round matches Friday to get to the final. It was the Bruins’ win over Long Beach in the semifinals of this event a year ago that helped UCLA get the nod over the 49ers for the at-large bid to the Final Four last spring. “It was hugely important,” All-America setter Tyler Hildebrand, after his 47-assist, eight-dig and six-block performance helped him earn the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player hardware. “We’ve got five guys back from that teamand we learned a lesson on how important early-season matches and overall records are.” The 49ers rallied from that 14-point deficit (26-12) to get their respective acts together, forcing two UCLA timeouts, before falling, 30-25. And the momentum they gained after being rocked early stayed with them the remainder of the match, which they captured by bagging the next three games in UCSB’s Robertson Gym. read more