NEWPORT - On Sunday afternoon, Ron Wright addressed hundreds of enthusiastic participants at the 9th Annual NEK Ice Fishing Derby, thanking everyone, including sponsors, for their support. “You did a great job,” Wright said to the packed audience. “I can't do this by myself.... The vendors, the local sponsors, everyone stepped up. We went out to check several lakes and had a great time. This event takes a lot of work to put it on, and I have to thank my family for their support.”Wright said a lake tour on Saturday made his sponsors realize how big the tournament is, noting that if they can sell 1000 tickets next year, major sponsorship dollars will flow into the area. For more on this story plus a list of the winners, see pages 1 and 3 of Tuesday's edition of the Newport Daily Express for Feb. 19, 2013.