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Today's News

  • Defining the best

    I laughed out loud when the folks at ESPN listed David Thompson as the eighth-best college basketball player ever. Obviously, I thought, they never saw him play.

    And sure enough, the next morning, one of the young ESPN morning TV guys admitted he never saw D.T. play in college.

    N.C. State’s David Thompson was the best college player I ever saw, and North Carolina’s Michael Jordan was the best pro player I ever saw. They both did things that didn’t seem humanly possible.

  • If specks are here, can whiting and black drum be far behind

    Spring is here, and inshore fishing will soon come alive. There are a lot of fish to choose from, and a lot of bait that will be filtering through the water. Another year of relatively warm winter weather means that water temperatures will soon be perfect for getting the real fishing season started.

  • March looks a lot like spring, but I'm looking forward to April

    Every year I am reminded about why I really don’t like the month of March very much.

    March looks like a spring month and sounds like a spring month, but it just doesn’t always pan out to produce the weather nor the fishing that I would expect from spring.

  • Chris Nuhn navigates junior system, plays on college team

    Young golfers are fascinating. A conversation with a new golfer just setting out to conquer the game reveals enthusiasm and excitement unlike any other sport. I can’t help but believe it’s because they have discovered the game of a lifetime.

    Most sports involve team effort; it’s one group against another group in a small territorial war. Think football, basketball, ice hockey and soccer. See what I mean?

    Even baseball has territorial aspects as each team takes turns defending the field.

  • Does Tony Stewart help or hurt the sport?

    Love him or hate him, you always know where Tony Stewart stands on racing issues.

    Many racing fans believe his outspokenness is good for the sport, but others don’t like his blistering attacks.

    Did he go too far in what he said about Goodyear and the tires it supplied for the Kobalt Tools 500 in Atlanta? Should all drivers be more outspoken about specific problems?

  • Don't lament rare breaks in racing's major league

    It gets a little upsetting at times, when one of NASCAR’s rare “off” weekends rolls around, to hear the inevitable lament, “Aw, man, there’s no race this weekend.”

    Let’s correct that statement right off the bat, because it is inaccurate. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series does not compete every week, it is true, but even when the nation’s premier racing series is enjoying a couple of rare and well-deserved days off, there is plenty of action for fans to enjoy, and some serious star-gazing to be done.

  • Oak Island Lighthouse Run and Walk set

    OAK ISLAND—Tennis shoes, shorts, tank tops and sunscreen will be the uniform of the day during the 10th Annual Oak Island Lighthouse 5K & 10K Run and Walk.

    The run/walk will be on Saturday, April 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

    Race-day registration will be at the N.C. Baptist Assembly from 6:30 to 8 a.m.

    After registering, participants will be bused to the start area at the Brunswick County Airport for the 10K and to Caswell Beach Town Hall for the 5K.

  • Giehl shoots 77 to win first flight of Brick Landing's Ladies' tournament

    Brick Landing Ladies

    Bonnie Giehl shot a net 77 to win the first flight of the Brick Landing Ladies Association tournament on March 20. Competition was “Ace Day,” an in-flight competition. Keith Webb came in second with an 80, and Irene Dowdy took third with an 83.

    In the second flight, Barbara Karkut had 72 for first, Usfula Stycynski shot 78 for second, and Melody Baylor had 85 for third.

    The third flight was won by Vivian Rowe with a 70, who also won “Ace of the Month.” Peg Agrimonti finished second with a 77.

  • Josh Johnson makes a comeback, recovers from injury

    His life changed in an instant.

    Josh Johnson went from being the fastest guy in town, to the guy in a cast, to the guy making a comeback.

    It was not how the only Trojan who went to last year’s track and field state championships would have scripted it.

    But Johnson broke the tibia on his left leg in a flag football game in Shallotte Park during Christmas vacation. On the first kickoff, he caught the ball and tried to cut between two defenders.

  • Southpaw propels Trojans to 5-0 triumph

    SHALLOTTE—Ethan Cox’s arm was “on” from the get-go, and the left-hander led West Brunswick to a 5-0 win over North Brunswick Friday night.

    The victory sent the Trojans into the championship game of the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational Baseball Tournament.

    “A 3-hit shutout with 10 Ks is a good day’s work,” said a beaming West coach Mike Alderson.

    Cox got stronger as the game went on, recording eight of his 10 strikeouts in the last four innings.