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Today's News

  • Trojans advance to state championships

    CARY—Facing elimination, the Southwest Trojans won two games Sunday in the Eastern qualifier and advanced to the Junior American Legion state championship series.

    The series began Wednesday in Kinston, and the state championship game will be played at 2 p.m. Sunday. This is the second time the Trojans—coached in the qualifier by David Batten and Brian Walker along with manager Mike Alderson—will play in the state series.

  • Heady resigns as A.D.

    Marcia Heady has resigned as athletic director at West Brunswick High School to become an assistant principal at Shallotte Middle School.

    Heady preferred not to comment further about her resignation until action is taken by the Brunswick County Board of Education on her replacement, but the Brunswick County Schools Web site already lists her as an assistant principal at SMS. The board meets on Aug. 5.

    Interviews to fill Heady’s position were being conducted last week.

  • After DNF, McCumbee prepares for Indianapolis

    Chad McCumbee and MRD Motorsports couldn’t wait to get to Kentucky Speedway to get back on track with their early season successes. The team has excelled on the 1.5-mile tracks on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule and really felt it could capitalize in the Bluegrass state.

    Chad and Team MRD had finished the first half of the year inside the top 10 in the championship chase and didn’t see any reason why they wouldn’t continue to march forward in the standings.

  • BCC community center takes shape

    SUPPLY—The construction of the athletic and aquatic center at Brunswick Community College has progressed so far you can almost hear children splashing in one of the two pools and see men and women exercising in the aerobics studios. You can imagine basketball players dunking basketballs in the gym and smell the pizza being sold at the concession stand.

  • Take me out to the game with 'Fats'

    Major League Baseball recently had a nationwide audition for new versions of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

    It received many interesting video entries, some displaying peculiar musical idiosyncrasies.

    I, too, have been thinking about the many ways “Ball Game” can be sung. And I know the one person I wish were alive to play and sing it: Thomas “Fats” Waller.

  • Diversify your fishing techniques

    I wish I had an entertaining and heroic story like last week, but I’m sorry to say that won’t be the case.

  • Anglers seem to be cashing in away from the bank and finding the fish in deep water

    To watch the average bass tournament, the outcome is so often decided on who finds the best stretch of bank. But what happens when the shallow bite isn’t there? Where do you go when the fish have closed the bank?

  • Live bait will snare sluggish fish even during summer heat

    It is a strange year for fishing when you can’t seem to talk about fish without talking about gasoline. Gas prices have become like the prices for a pack of live bloodworms: up and down, different in different places, but always outrageously high. If one day the price of a gallon of gas surpasses that of a bag of bloodworms, then nobody is going to be able to leave the house.

  • Guest days are great days for friendly competition on the golf course

    Besides being a wonderful sport that nearly everyone can play at any age, golf is a great social venue.

    You might invite a friend to bowl or to play tennis with you, but you probably would not invite a friend to participate in your senior men’s ice hockey league. You might invite a friend to your club or neighborhood pool for the afternoon, but that visit would not involve swimming competitive laps. Imagine a basketball, football or baseball invitational tournament in which folks of all ages and abilities compete?

    I think not.

  • Golf action

    CAROLINA SHORES LGA

    The Carolina Shores President’s Cup was played July 10 and July 17. The Cup winner, by a match of cards, was Dawn Rubin with a net of 138. She also had the fewest putts (26) and low gross (79). She birdied No. 9 and No. 12. Runner up was Marlene Cleary (138). She had the low net (70).

    Chip-ins: Barb Juergens at No. 18, Sue Greiner at No. 6 and No. 13 and Carol Szarka at No. 2. She also birdied No. 2.

    CAROLINA SHORES NINERS