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Today's News

  • BCC Dolphins come up short

    SHALLOTTE—There are two ways to look at Brunswick Community College’s baseball doubleheader last Thursday against the visiting Louisburg Hurricanes.

    A glass-half-full person might marvel at the fact a first-year club went toe-to-toe with a program that has won 25 conference titles and made 10 trips in the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series.

    A glass-half-empty person might look at the two narrow defeats and think what might have been. BCC had chances to win both games but came up short, 3-1 and 5-3.

  • Filling the big shoes

    As I write this column, former Beacon sports editor Doug Rutter is probably resting at home, waiting to begin his new job.

    Doug and Beacon publisher Scott Harrell hired me last March to help out with sports—to take some of the mundane tasks away from him so he could continue to produce what I always considered a well-rounded community sports section.

    I was told I had been chosen from the applicants while I was driving down I-95 to Florida to tend to personal family matters.

  • Bowling

    Decker one pin short of perfect game

    Terry Decker fell just a pin short of a perfect game as he rolled a 289 game as part of a 789 series in the McDonald’s Amusement Classic League at the Brunswick County Bowling Center March 3.

    It was one of two 700 series rolled in the league. Decker’s other games were 233 and 267.

    Mike Albert had the other 700 series, rolling a 711 on games of 234, 212 and 265.

    McDONALD’s AMUSEMENT

  • Redfish and trout provide good action in area creeks

    Usually, anglers get the too-quick start on the fishing season, running around in early March trying to find fish that aren’t quite yet motivated to feed much in the cold. This year, however, the fish are responding nicely, with eager anglers being greeted with some eager fish. Redfish and speckled trout continue to hit in the shallows, great news for fishermen working out in water that hasn’t yet hit 60 degrees.

  • Nick Bradley School of Golf comes to a close after one year

    A year ago, world famous golf coach and author Nick Bradley took on a daunting task: Take a bunch of kids who are just starting to play golf, coach them for a year and see what happens.

    Bradley is Justin Rose’s personal coach. Last year, Justin went from 126th on the PGA money list to sixth. Nick also wrote the best-selling book, “The Seven Laws of the Golf Swing.” He operates the Nick Bradley School of Golf at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Needless to say, lessons with Bradley do not come cheap.

  • Harper brings home championship honors from Brierwood

    Harper brings home championship honors from Brierwood

    Dave Harper had a 36-hole total of 128 to claim the overall championship and Flight 2 honors in the Brierwood men’s Senior and Super Senior stroke play tournament March 6 and 8.

    Marty Waldron in Flight 1 with a 139 and Jim Bryant in Flight 2 with a 140 were the Senior Flight winners.

    Taking Flight 1 in the Super Senior was Reggie Fitz-Gerald at 138.

    Finishing behind Waldron in Senior Flight 1 were Jim Davis at 146, Wayne McGlothlin at 148 and John Beavers at 157.

  • FINALLY! West Brunswick girls get elusive victory

    SHALLOTTE—Just four games into her first year as the West Brunswick girls’ soccer coach, Laura Libero saw a seven-year jinx come to an end Monday as the Lady Trojans finally won a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference game.

    It took a heady play by seniors Mary Dorn and Jordan “Jo Jo” Clear to get the second and winning goal in the 61st minute of the league clash with Ashley at M.H.Rourk Stadium. The final score: West Brunswick 2, Ashley 1.

  • Brunswick County Wrestler of the Year

    Sammy Roundtree wrapped up his high school wrestling career with a fifth place finish in the 130-pound class at the Class 1A/2A state championships last month in Winston-Salem.

    In doing so, he also wrapped up Brunswick County’s Wrestler of the Year honors.

    Roundtree, who finished his senior season with a 46-3 record, is the cornerstone of a very talented All-Brunswick County team.

    In all, 10 of the 12 wrestlers from Brunswick County who qualified for the state tournaments are members of the elite squad.

  • Lady Trojans defeat South Brunswick in 13 innings

    Last year, South Brunswick and West Brunswick’s softball teams played a 12-inning marathon.

    Last Tuesday they went one better, with the Lady Trojans escaping Boiling Spring Lakes with a 4-1 victory in 13 innings.

    The Lady Cougars sent the game into extra innings in the seventh inning on a run-scoring single by Shatiqua Smith. Smith’s hit followed base hits by Ashley Edge and Katlin Clemmons.

  • West track team shows promise in opener

    West Brunswick’s track and field team showed some promise in last Thursday’s season-opening quadrangular meet at Laney High School in Wilmington.

    “It was a good first meet for us,” said coach Yogi Hickman. “So many of our kids were on the track for the first time that we really didn’t know what to expect. I thought they competed well.”

    White Oak took first place in both the girls’ and boys’ divisions.