MADRID — Youth was served as the St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Championship concluded on Saturday evening.
Joseph Greene, a seventh grader at Madrid-Waddington Central School, emerged as one of the few Grand Champions from the 11-14 age group in the 12-year history of the tournament which is hosted by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.
Greene, who caught carp weighing 27 and 28 plus pounds in the final two hours of fishing on Friday at Lighthouse Point in Ogdensburg, finished with four fish weighing 78 pounds to win $800 and a trophy as the Boys 11-14 Division winner and $1500 and a huge trophy as the overall tournament champion.
Greene also earned the tournament’s Big Fish Award with a 28 lbs, 12 oz carp landed on Friday and led his Real Spinners team to an run-away win to the Team Championship with 197 lbs, 14 oz. Other members of the Real Spinners were his Matt Greene, Austin Delosh and Matt Delosh.
Joseph Greene thanked his coaches Jenn Terriah and Sean Rafter and his good luck charm infant Issabella Farrington in an emotional aftermath of the awards ceremony at Madrid-Waddington Central School.
“This was my third tournament and I will definitely be back near year to defend the title,” said Greene who counts fishing and hockey, soccer and baseball as he favorite sports.
“I love all kinds of fishing.”
The tournament championships are based on the weight of the competitors four heaviest fish and Greene, who fished at the Route 131 site in Massena on Saturday, landed four fish on the weekend.
The first, second and third place finishers in the Boys and Girls 11-14 and 15-18 Divisions received $200, $400 and $800.
Noah Blair, the Boys 15-18 Division winner, placed second overall with 74 lbs.
The 11-14 age group also won the top fish-getter and overall big weight of the tournament in Quinn Ames who reeled in 10 fish weighing 146 pounds on the weekend.
His four largest fish weighed 71 pounds for second place in the division. Bobby Voss placed third in the division with 54 pounds 11 oz.
The Girls 11-14 Division completely outscaled their elders. Abby Warner led the way at 57 lbs 14 oz to place third overall among all competitors.
Ariadna Bogdan placed second at 55 lbs 14 oz and Breanna Bouchey placed third at 54 lbs.
The Girls 15-18 leader was Hannah Hawkins at 51 lbs, oz and she was followed by Jessica Payne at 43 lbs, 12 oz and 2012 Grand Champion Brianna Murray at 27 lbs. Second and third place in the Boys 15-18 Division wen to Dave Plumadore at 54 pounds 13 oz and 2013 and 2011 Grand Champion Mike Cummings placed third at 49 lbs, 5 oz in his final tournament. More photoes and a full list of awards will appear in Tuesday’s Journal.