Ocean City’s Brynn Gallagher, NSSA Explorer Women’s winner, is held up by her sister, Mia, (green wetsuit) and other friends. (Photo courtesy of NSSA) By MADDY VITALEOcean City sisters Mia and Brynn Gallagher had a memorable time with the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) at the East Coast Championships in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., earlier this month.The sisters took home trophies and also some experiences they will never forget, they said in an interview on Sunday.New Smyrna is known among surfers for its consistent waves. But it is also known as “the shark bite capital of the world.”The April 8-11 surfing competition was extended a day due to some shark encounters as well as some intense weather, according to a NSSA news release.Mia Gallagher, 15, the defending 2020 East Coast titleholder, missed the 2021 win by a narrow margin, finishing second in the Open Women’s final.But she also made the finals in Explorer Women’s with a fourth place finish.Brynn Gallagher, 13, finished with an extremely close second place in both Open Girls and then again in Open Super Girls and took first place in Explorer Women’s, according to the release.NSSA Executive Director Janice Aragon has watched Brynn develop over the last year.“There was just no way that Brynn Gallagher was leaving that beach without a title,” she said.The Gallagher sisters were not the only South Jersey surfers to make the podium.Callie Duff, of Margate, finished fourth overall in Explorer Longboard and Stephen Zakroff, of Ocean City, placed third in Explorer Men’s. Cooper Jewell, also from Ocean City, surfed in both the Explorer and Open Boys divisions and he made the semi-final in Open Boys.Mia Gallagher rides a wave in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. (Photo courtesy of venspiration)For Mia, the weather left the most lasting impression of the contest.The surfer, who took up the sport at just 10, said, “The weather was definitely very crazy some of the days. But it wasn’t the craziest waves I have surfed. It was the weather with all of the lightning and the sharks that I will remember.”Mia described the darkness.“When we were coming down the beach, there were the darkest clouds I’ve ever seen,” she pointed out. “It was crazy. My sister’s heat was the last of the day. People started leaving.”Like Mia, Brynn didn’t let the weather stop her competitive nature or her enjoyment of surfing.She put together some solid surfing to make finals in three different divisions and had a close second in both Open Girls and then again in Open Super Girls.But finishing second seemed to give the start surfer more drive to win.Brynn won the Explorer Women’s final.Within two minutes of the start of the heat, Gallagher dropped a 9-point ride which set the pace for an aggressively surfed heat and her ultimate win, the news release stated.“The heat before my third final, I lost and I came in second. When my heat was coming up, I was so pumped up,” said Brynn, whose father, Chad Gallagher, is also a surfer. “I wanted to win so badly. My sister was in my heat and I said, ‘This is awesome.’”Lightning strikes extended the competition a day. (Photo provided by NSSA)Brynn’s advice to beginner surfers is to keep doing what you love and you will improve.“The main thing is to just have fun,” she said. “I just love it and love being out in the water. It is super fun to go out in the ocean with friends and my dad and sister.”Randy Townsend, the NSSA Northeast Conference director, traveled from his home in Long Beach Island to New Smyrna Beach like he does every year to watch his Northeast kids compete on the main stage.This year, though, Townsend said he was particularly excited to see the local surfers compete, commenting, “The level of surfing among the young girls that are coming up is getting really exciting to watch.”And the girls from South Jersey certainly delivered.In addition to Mia and Brynn Gallagher, Callie Duff, from Margate, surfed her way through many heats to make “Finals Day” on April 12.Mia and Brynn’s mom, Kristen Gallagher, said that there is more to the competitions than the titles.“It’s so great for the kids to make friends all over,” she said. “Win or lose, they can look back at their childhoods. They probably won’t remember where they placed, but they will remember all of those great life experiences.”Brynn Gallagher holds up her trophy in victory.
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DeSean Jackson to the #Eagles, sources tell me and @RapSheet— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 11, 2019Jackson, 32, was a second-round draft pick by Philadelphia in 2008 and spent his first six NFL seasons there before moving on to Washington in 2014 and then Tampa Bay in 2017. Related News View this post on Instagram Tampa it was a great experience, but things didn’t work out !! Looking forward to my next destination .. 👀 👀 Stay Tuned #0ne0foneA post shared by Desean Jackson (@0ne0fone) on Mar 11, 2019 at 9:53am PDTJackson has been vocal about wanting to move on from the Bucs after a rumored spat with former coach Dirk Koetter. The three-time Pro Bowl selection also lacks chemistry with quarterback Jameis Winston and instead favored journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick.Jackson, 32, caught 41 passes for 774 yards and four touchdowns in 2018 while also eclipsing 10,000 receiving yards for his career. As Jackson put it in his Instagram post, things “didn’t work out” with the Bucs, but he didn’t have to wait long for a change of scenery. DeSean Jackson is headed back to Philadelphia. Hours after the wide receiver said goodbye to Tampa Bay in a cryptic Instagram post, NFL Media reported the Buccaneers had worked out a trade to send Jackson to the Eagles. NFL free agency rumors: Eagles, Malik Jackson agree to multi-year deal NFL trade rumors: Buccaneers shopping DeSean Jackson to Eagles
Pittsburgh Pirates Neil Walker (18) is congratulated after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) MILWAUKEE (AP) — Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Milwaukee 5-2 Monday to retake the NL Central lead.The Pirates moved one game of St. Louis, which lost earlier in the day at Cincinnati. Pittsburgh won the opener of a nine-game road trip.Walker broke it open with his homer in the seventh for a 5-1 lead. Jose Tabata added three hits, including a pair of run-scoring singles.Morton (7-3) gave up seven hits and one earned run. He walked two and struck out six while winning his fourth straight decision.Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 12 chances.Tyler Thornburg (1-1) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.The Brewers opened the scoring in the second when Juan Francisco sliced a double that landed just inside the left field line. Francisco scored on a single by Logan Schafer.The Pirates tied it in the third when Clint Barmes led off with a single and later scored on a single by Tabata.Milwaukee threatened in the third when Norichika Aoki tried to score on Jonathan Lucroy’s one-out grounder to third. Aoki was tagged out in a rundown by third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who then threw out Lucroy as he attempted to advance to second.The Brewers loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth but Thornburg struck out swinging.Barmes led off with a double in the fifth and Tabata singled home the go-ahead run. Thornburg struck out Marlon Byrd with the bases loaded to prevent further damage.Singles by Morton and Tabata set up Walker’s 10th home run.The Brewers added a run in the seventh when a soft throw from the outfield skipped under Alvarez’s glove for an error and rolled into the Pirates dugout, allowing Aoki to score from second base.NOTES: The victory gave the Pirates three consecutive wins in Milwaukee for the first time since 2004. … Milwaukee’s Jean Segura stole his league-leading 39th base in the fifth. … Brewers relief pitcher Tom Gorzelanny left the game with tightness in his left shoulder after throwing just two pitches. … Michael Blazek, acquired by Milwaukee on Sunday from St. Louis as the player to be named in a deal that sent relief pitcher John Axford to the Cardinals, pitched a scoreless inning of relief. … Thornburg made his fourth start of the season and first since Aug. 14.