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  • West Brunswick shuts out South

    Brock Holmes pitched six strong innings as West Brunswick defeated South Brunswick 6-0 in a high school baseball game last Wednesday in Shallotte.

    Holmes, a right-handed junior, held the Cougars to two hits and struck out 10 in six innings. Jay Gause threw one inning in relief as the Trojans evened their record at 1-1.

    “Brock pitched great. He had 10 Ks, 73 pitches in six innings, no walks. He was pretty good,” said West Brunswick coach Mike Alderson.


    Golf team wins Waccamaw opener

    The South Brunswick High School boys’ golf team started its Waccamaw 1A/2A Conference season Monday with a convincing victory at Black Bear.

    The Cougars ran their record to 6-0 by finishing 12 shots ahead of the competition.

    Sophomore Dalton Gore took medalist honors with a 39 as the Cougars had 170 strokes, 12 better than Whiteville at 182. Host South Columbus was third at 202, followed by East Columbus at 213 and North Brunswick at 215.


    Scorpions win first track meet

    Shawn Sanders and Corey Hammonds led the North Brunswick High School boys’ track team to victory in a tri-meet last Thursday at Pender.

    The Scorpions had 97 points to 31 for Trask and 30 for Pender.

    Sanders won the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles as well as the triple jump. Hammonds captured the 400-meter run, shot put and discus.

    A double winner for the Scorpions was Tony Wright in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter races.

    The Scorpions also won three of the four relay races.


    Soccer team drops opener to Hoggard

    The West Brunswick High School girls’ soccer team kicked off its season Monday with a 3-0 loss to Mideastern 3A/4A Conference rival Hoggard.

    “Hoggard is a very competitive team as always and we really struggled offensively, but our defense had an excellent game,” said West Brunswick coach Laura Libero. “The girls put in such a valiant effort.”

    Libero said defenders Katelyn Humbert, Erin Nolan, Monica Young, Amanda Silva and Erin Oepen played well as a group. Goalkeeper Ariel Gravino recorded nine saves.

  • North girls give Croatan a scare

    Nobody gave North Brunswick much of a chance against Croatan in the second round of the Class 2A high school girls’ basketball playoffs.

    Croatan entered last week’s game with a 25-1 record and ranked 10th in the state. The East Central Conference champions also had a significant size advantage over the Lady Scorpions.

    But North Brunswick gave the Lady Cougars all they could handle in Wednesday’s contest at Broad Creek.

    The Lady Scorpions led by three points midway through the fourth quarter before Croatan made a late run and held on for a 58-53 win.

  • Bertie bounces Lady Trojans 57-44 in girls' basketball playoff game

    West Brunswick ran into good team on top of its game in the second round of the Class 3A high school girls’ basketball playoffs.

    Bertie jumped out to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter and coasted to a 57-44 victory against the Lady Trojans last Wednesday in Windsor.

    “It was a long trip and they were a good team,” said West Brunswick coach Cherry Woodbury. “They picked apart our weaknesses and executed really well. They were clicking. They weren’t missing much at all.”

  • South boys fall in second round

    The third time wasn’t the charm for the South Brunswick High School boys’ basketball team. It was just more of the same.

    West Bladen defeated the visiting Cougars 57-43 last Thursday in the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs. It was the Knights’ third win of the season against South Brunswick.

    West Bladen led 28-18 at halftime. The Cougars cut the deficit to 36-30 at the end of the third quarter, but the Knights outscored them 21-13 in the final period.

  • Lady Trojans rally for 3-2 win in softball season opener

    West Brunswick High School’s softball team opened its season last Wednesday with a 3-2 win against visiting South Brunswick.

    The Lady Cougars scored two runs in the first inning, but West Brunswick came back with single runs in the first, second and third.

    Winning pitcher Heather Carter had six strikeouts in four innings. Carly White had five strikeouts in three innings and got the save.

    Stacy Jackson went 3-for-3 with a double and triple and Leah Fulford was 2-for-2 with a triple and run scored to lead the Lady Trojans.

  • AG's office says it won't remove Ray Gilbert

    The North Carolina Attorney General’s office will not remove Ray Gilbert from the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    On Jan. 9, board members sent a letter to attorney general Roy Cooper asking for a review of Gilbert’s role in office after a one-year domestic violence order was issued against him. The order came after West Brunswick High School secretary Yvonne Hankins accused Gilbert of threatening her after she ended their relationship. Gilbert has admitted to the relationship, although he is married, but denies claims he threatened Hankins.

  • Thousands of prescription pills pulled off streets

    SHALLOTTE—Two men have been arrested on multiple drug charges marking what Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause calls the town’s biggest drug bust.

    Shallotte Police officers and agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit seized more than 9,200 prescription pills, which carry a street value of about $40,000-$50,000, Gause said.

    The two men charged with the numerous drug charges are Richard Moore, 40, of Mayesville, and Jonathan Nowokunski, 26, of Oak Island.