Martin Z. Mollusk will face the challenge of a lifetime on May 9, as he attempts to predict an early summer for Ocean City for the 47th consecutive year.Legend has it that Ocean City’s hermit crab mascot has the power to bring summer a week early when he sees his shadow on the day in early May that bears his name.This is Groundhog Day – Ocean City style. With only the occasional use of flashlights, Martin’s handlers have helped preserve his perfect record of almost five decades, much to the delight of everybody who loves summer.But with the beach, Boardwalk and stores currently closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, Martin’s prognostication will take on new meaning. Due to social gathering restrictions, Martin’s crawl will not be a live event this year.Like everybody from Lady Gaga to the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” Martin will open the doors of his home to cameras showing him and his wife, Mollie, sheltering in place to protect the health of the community.The world can watch online at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9.Video of Martin Z. Mollusk Day will be posted to the “Ocean City NJ” Facebook page and to www.ocnj.us at that time.One thing certain to happen is the 2020 Martin Z. Mollusk Kids Coloring Contest. Instructions and the coloring page are available at www.ocnj.us/mzm.Due date is May 1, and winners will be announced during the virtual event on May 9. Martin Z. Mollusk will take a virtual crawl this year amid the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. (Photo courtesy Ocean City)
Paul Chryst didn’t have to look far for his new defensive coordinator.The University of Wisconsin football team announced Thursday former defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard will assume the role after Justin Wilcox’s departure to become the head coach at the University of California, Berkeley. Wilcox was in Madison for one season.Football: Wilcox departure signals larger problem for UW footballFor the second straight year, the University of Wisconsin football team will enter spring practice with a new defensive coordinator Read…Leonhard will be the Badgers’ third defensive coordinator in as many seasons. In his playing career at Wisconsin, Leonhard was a two-time All-American and was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.After a 10-year NFL career, Leonhard returned to Madison to coach a secondary unit that performed well above its preseason expectations. The defense as a whole picked off 22 passes in 2016, in large part because of the secondary’s play. Former UW corner Sojourn Shelton was first-team All-Big Ten with four picks. Prior to last season, Leonhard had no coaching experience.“Madison is home,” Leonhard told uwbadgers.com. “And I’m very excited to know that I’m going to be here and be a big part of Badger football.”Football: Q&A with excited early-enrollee Madison ConeThe University of Wisconsin football team added 28 members between scholarship players and preferred walk-ons on National Signing Day Wednesday. Read…The team’s site also reported that Chryst considered defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield and Tim Tibesar for the position. When it was all said and done, however, Leonhard was the right fit, Chryst said.“I feel really good and excited about Jimmy being the next coordinator,” Chryst said. “You don’t want it to come across that you don’t believe in Inoke and Tim. It’s quite to the contrary really.”Leonhard will still coach the secondary on top of his new coordinator duties.
Nonso Madueke was among those that earned passage to the second round after beating John Otu 6-1, 6-4 and he is joined by Albert Bikom who conquered Ibrahim Badamasi 6-4, 7-5. Joseph Imeh came from a set down to beat Monday Igbinovia 3-6, 5-3 rtd.Youngster, Chritopher Bulus of Aces Tennis continued his impressive showing by beating Shehu Adamu 7-6, 5-1 rtd to earn a passage to the second round.He played four qualifying tournaments before reaching this stage and he looks good to cause one or two upsets. Christopher Edward also joined the second round train with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Ikilil Sani-Waziri.In the women’s singles, Christy Nwankwo defeated Pauline Ebijimi 6-3, 6-2 while Loveth Donatus dumped Colleen Orji 6-2, 6-2.Meanwhile, men’s top seed, Moses Michael has expressed desire to win the tournament after losing the final last year.The reigning Central Bank of Nigeria Open champion is scheduled to shift base to the US in February where he will be schooling till 2021 and he declared he wants to add the Dala title to his profile.“I’m looking forward to go a step better this time. Winning the tournament would be a just reward for my efforts this year because I trained harder than I used to,” the Tombim-sponsored player stated.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defending champion, Sylvester Emmanuel began his quest to retain the men’s singles title at the 2016 Dala Hard Court Tennis Championship holding at the Kano Tennis Club with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Tochukwu Ezeh.His elder brother, Sunday Emmanuel, who won the title in 2013 before switching base to the US, where he spent over a year also secured an easy 6-0, 6-2 first round win over Dauda Ayuba.However, there was a major upset in the men’s singles on Tuesday as 2014 CBN Open champion, Henry Atseye was knocked out by Emmanuel Idoko who triumphed 6-3, 6-3.Unlike Atseye, Thomas Out, who won the CBN top prize in 2015 progressed to the second round by beating Idris Aiyu 6-4, 6-4.