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Today's News

  • Kahne wins Coca-Cola 600

    CONCORD—Kasey Kahne inherited the lead for the last time with three laps to go in the 400-lap Coca-Cola 600 Sunday, after the leader Tony Stewart hit the wall with a blown right front tire.

    Kahne had been the previous leader but fell behind Stewart after a round of late pit stops for fuel and was running about five seconds behind Stewart.

    It was the second win in a row for Kahne. Last week he won $1 million for winning the All-Star race, but it was the first points race win since the fall of 2006 for the driver of the Evernham-Gillette No. 9 Dodge.

  • IRL meets NASCAR—and it works

    When the qualifying laps were completed, the front row for one of the biggest, most prestigious races of the entire season, run each year on Memorial Day weekend, featured a couple of familiar names. The No. 1 and No. 2 starters drive for Chip Ganassi Racing, while the drivers in the third and fourth positions call Roger Penske their boss.

  • Weekend doesn't diminish McCumbee's hopes

    MANSFIELD, Ohio—The Ohio 250 was less than ideal for Chad McCumbee and Team MRD. The team battled through a series of brake, tire and shock issues that has it looking forward to a new page in the championship race this weekend in Dover, Del.

    The team began the weekend with two decent practice sessions that had it about mid-pack for this week’s short-track battle at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Chad and Team MRD focused on race setups during practice that left them optimistic heading into Friday’s qualifying session and Saturday’s race.

  • All-conference voting needs to be changed

    Selecting players to an all-conference team forces coaches to make tough choices. But the task becomes more difficult when they are limited to the number of players that can be selected.

    Most conferences predetermine that number by where the team finished in the conference. The first-place team will get, say, four selections, and the last-place team will get one.

    That sounds fair, but is it?

  • Grand Slam

    On a warm spring evening at Shallotte Park, the Shallotte Lions Club Riverdogs and the Jones Ford Sand Gnats are playing in a Dixie Youth baseball game. Among the spectators is Zachary Craig Cheers, a former Dixie Youth ballplayer who will be attending college in a few months.

    The connection between college and Dixie Youth baseball was made clear to the Riverdogs and the Sand Gnats during a presentation between innings, when Dixie Youth Baseball presented a plaque to Cheers. The plaque acknowledged Cheers as one of the recipients of a $2,000 scholarship for college.

  • Experience plays key part in legion games

    Experience is everything in sports, and that is one of the benefits of the American Legion baseball season.

    West Brunswick ballplayers will be represented in two American Legion leagues this summer.

    The Southwest Brunswick team, which is mainly junior varsity and younger varsity players from the West Brunswick Trojans, will compete as an independent junior legion team. West Brunswick High School coach Mike Alderson will manage the team. It will play its games at West Brunswick.

  • West Brunswick's junior league blasts Ashley in opener

    WILMINGTON—West Brunswick’s junior American Legion baseball team (Southwest Brunswick) opened its season by routing Ashley 19-8 May 22.

    West Brunswick trailed 3-2 after the first inning but scored four runs in the second and six runs in the third en route to the victory.

    West Brunswick finished with 18 hits. Jay Gause was 4-for-5 with seven RBIs and two doubles. Both doubles were hit with the bases loaded.

    “There was no place to put him, so they had to pitch to him,” manager Mike Alderson said. “Of course, everybody hit.”

  • Post 68 opens season 8-7 with victory

    JACKSONVILLE—The Brunswick County Post 68 American Legion baseball team opened its season by beating Jacksonville 8-7 in 10 innings on Friday.

    Post 68 led 5-3 entering the bottom of the eighth inning but Jacksonville scored four runs to take a 7-5 lead. Post 68 tied the score by scoring twice in the top of the ninth.

    “The kids showed up to play baseball,” Post 68 manager Randy Fennell said. “We got down in the bottom of the eighth but scored twice in the ninth to tie the game. They didn’t give up.”

  • Warmer water means more pompano putting myths to rest

    As the water warms, more and more pompano are being caught. Contrary to fishing lore, not every one of them is brought in on a gold hook, and not every bait used is a sand flea full of orange roe. If you happen to have a gold hook and a sand flea full of orange roe, then go for it. But even if you don’t, you still stand a good chance of catching some pompano from now until things get too cold for them in late fall.

  • Weather and fish finally cooperate

    Like Hannibal of “The A-Team” TV show used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

    Despite Saturday being a bit dreary, the weather and the fish got their acts together on Sunday and Monday and made for a Chamber of Commerce type holiday weekend. Here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center it was very nice to see so many people visiting and getting on the water. The beaches were packed, the waterway looked like an interstate highway and offshore the calm seas made for great fishing conditions.