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  • West eliminated from conference tournament

    The West Brunswick High School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams both made an early exit from the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference Tournament.

    West Brunswick’s girls suffered a 61-41 loss at New Hanover, and the boys dropped a 58-47 decision at Hoggard in last Tuesday’s opening round.

    In the girls’ game, No. 4 seed New Hanover outscored the No. 5 seed Lady Trojans in every quarter.

    Morgan King scored a game-high 22 points and Tysheia Robinson added 14 for New Hanover (14-10).

  • South girls, boys defeated in tournament's first round

    The South Brunswick High School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams were eliminated in the first round of the Waccamaw 1A/2A Conference Tournament last week at Lake Waccamaw.

    South Brunswick’s girls, seeded No. 5 in the tournament, suffered a 38-34 loss to No. 4 seed North Brunswick on Monday. The Lady Scorpions were eliminated with an 80-49 loss to top seed Pender on Wednesday.

    South Brunswick’s boys, the No. 4 seed, suffered a 60-57 overtime loss to No. 5 seed Whiteville in a first-round game on Tuesday.

  • North second baseman signs with Southeastern

    LELAND—North Brunswick senior Adam Herring begins his final season of high school baseball this week knowing it won’t be his last as a ballplayer.

    Last Friday in the school library, Herring signed a national letter of intent to play ball at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville.

    “I’m ecstatic,” Herring said immediately after the signing. “I’m glad to go ahead and figure out what I want to do before the season starts so I’ll be more relaxed.”

  • South wins softball opener

    Samantha Pruitt tripled in the tying run in the seventh inning and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Meredith Hamilton as South Brunswick opened the softball season Monday with a 6-5 victory against visiting West Bladen.

    Jenna Kazmierczak had a triple and double for South Brunswick and Ashley Edge had two hits.

    Pitcher Candace Piner struck out 10 in the win.

    “I was impressed with how our youngsters stepped up,” said coach Tony Spivey. “They showed patience at the plate.”

  • New tennis coach fresh off the mat

    Bob Bell isn’t getting much of a break between his two coaching gigs at West Brunswick High School.

    In fact, he’s worked two jobs for the past two weeks as an assistant coach with the wrestling team and the new head coach of the boys’ tennis team.

    Wrestling season ended Saturday at the state tournament. Tennis season starts next Monday with a match at North Myrtle Beach (S.C.).

  • Shallotte Middle School girls win county basketball title

    The Shallotte Middle School girls’ basketball team has won the Brunswick County regular-season and tournament championships.

    The Lady Pirates won nine of 11 games against county rivals South Brunswick, Leland and Waccamaw and finished 13-3 overall, setting a school record for wins in a season.

    “These young ladies did a great job this season, one of the most talented groups we have ever had at SMS,” said Shallotte coach Mark Jones.

  • UPDATECalabash commissioners fire town administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have voted to fire town administrator Donna Prince “without cause.” They will buy out the remainder of her contract, which was to expire in November.

    The unanimous vote came Feb. 20 following a specially called, closed meeting attended by the town’s five commissioners, Mayor Anthony Clemmons and attorney Mark Lewis.

  • Teachers may have changes in salary payouts

    Beginning as early as the 2008-2009 school year, Brunswick County Schools’ teachers may have to do some extra financial budgeting.

    Freyja Cahill, executive financial officer, said the IRS has been restructuring deferred compensation plans since 2005, but is implementing new rules the school system must follow.

    School employees that do no work during the summer months currently have the option of receiving paychecks for either 10 or 12 months.

  • Sheriff probe taking too long

    To the editor: There appears to be something wrong here. Since early summer of last year, I have watched and read the news about a grand jury inquiry of Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    Is this a witch-hunt? We are informed the grand jury is totally secretive.

    How does the public know if this could be just a political action, or some “bad person” who is trying to get even with the sheriff, for doing his job?

  • Board tables San Rio decisions

    SHALLOTTE—Developers of San Rio have asked the town board to table approval of their request for annexation and rezoning as well as an amendment to the master plan for Phase II.

    The development company, Wakefield Coastal, is planning to scale back the project, said town administrator Paul Sabiston. They are seeking new agreements with the town to make sure the approval process goes smoothly, Sabiston said.