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Today's News

  • Athletes who become patriots

    It was May 2002 and I was interviewing a student for a feature about her high school athletic career.

    She was one of those athletes who excelled in every sport in which she competed: swimming, soccer, cross country and track. She could have received athletic scholarships in any one of the sports, but she decided she wanted to concentrate on soccer.

    Her college choice: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

  • Brunswick was spared with Hanna

    It seems that almost every tropical storm or hurricane that hits the U.S. affects us in Brunswick County in some way. Most of the time it’s after the storm makes landfall and moves northeast, bringing lots of rain and increased winds. However, Hanna was a special case for us, as it put an absolute bull’s-eye on Brunswick County.

  • Piers are the place for pluggers--and they do catch fish

    You can walk the length of a local fishing pier in the fall and pass many rows of bottom-fishermen. First, there will be a few guys drowning minnows for flounder, and then gobs of spot anglers bunched up in hordes hoping for a run of fall yellow-bellies. These are generally calm people. Eventually, however, as you reach the deep end of the pier you may find a diverse pod of frenzied guys and girls casting and re-casting small plugs out into the water, lures that look for all the world like thin pencils with colored heads and three dangerous treble hooks attached to them.

  • A caddie's journal of Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

    On Aug. 25 through Sept. 1, I traveled with Dalton Gore as his chaperone and caddie to Pebble Beach, Calif., for the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. What follows is my journal account of key events, observations and thoughts.

    Tuesday, Aug. 26

    Up early and prepare to go to tournament registration. As we start to leave, Gary McCord and Ben Crenshaw are seated at the pro registration table. We are pumped.

    Stop by and get our practice times for Del Monte today and Pebble tomorrow. Off to range to hit balls and warm up.

  • Chris Cates plays to the golf crowd

    During the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reception Aug. 25 in Pinehurst, a young man got up from my table, grabbed a guitar, went to the microphone and sang a song that had everyone laughing out loud.

    The name of the ditty was “Triple Bogey with 17 Holes to Play.” It chronicled a golfer’s agony when he’s practiced hard all summer and has a meltdown of epic proportions on the very first hole of play.

  • Hanna hollers, 'Fore,' but golfers play through

    Despite a tropical storm watch and the impending arrival of Hanna, golfers got in their rounds of golf Sept. 5. At least four leagues played Sept. 5, the day Hanna’s rain and wind first swept through the area.

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played Sept. 5 at Cypress Bay. In the team Stableford format, Bob Devore, Matt Beairsto and Jim Beairsto were first at +3.5.

    The low-gross winner was Matt Beairsto (75). Stu Cleveland shot an 81, Jim Beairsto an 88 and Paul Michal an 89.

  • South Brunswick Cougars lose conference match to Pender

    The South Brunswick volleyball team lost two matches last week, the first a conference match Sept. 2 to Pender.

    Pender won the first game 25-12 and then won two competitive games 25-19 and 25-20.

    For South, the leader in points was Jenna Kazmierczak, who scored eight, with two aces. Christina Deveney, Brittany Spivey and Hannah Fullwood scored four points each.

    Kazmierczak also led in digs (25). Madison Walker had seven, Caitlin Bevill six, Christina Deveney five and Brittany Spivey four.

  • South tennis team stays unbeaten

    The South Brunswick girls tennis team opened its conference season by routing East Columbus 9-0.

    The Cougars, who completed a season sweep of West Brunswick with a 9-0 victory Aug. 25, are 5-0 for the season.

    “I knew East Columbus still had some strong players—their top three—from last year’s team,” South coach Debbie Adams said. “But my girls proved to be better.”

    At No. 1, Summer Phillips beat Valerie Edwards 6-3, 6-1.

  • West Brunswick defeats Myrtle Beach

    The West Brunswick girls tennis team split two conference matches, losing 8-0 to White Oak on Sept. 2 but beating Myrtle Beach 6-3 on Sept. 3. Aimee Rourk and Jordan Sanchez each won two matches.

    Below are the individual results in the victory over Myrtle Beach.

    Singles

    1. Amanda Silva v. Taylor Childress (L) 0-6,1-6.

    2. Becky Bennett v. Amanda Hill (W) 6-4, 6-2.

    3. Gabrial Sanders v. Sabrina Brown (L) 2-6, 2-6.

    4. Aimee Rourk v. Amanda Richards (W) 7-5, 6-4.

    5. Jordan Sanchez v. Syndney Orwig (W) 6-3, 7-5.

  • Lady Trojans win fourth straight

    Using excellent serving, the West Brunswick volleyball team thrashed North Myrtle Beach 25-8, 25-13, 25-12 Monday.

    The nonconference victory was the Lady Trojans’ fourth in seven days and improved their record to 6-1.

    Just how good are the Trojans?

    “I want to get through the conference one time to see where we stand,” coach Leslie Reeves said. “But they’re getting better and better each game. They’re starting to work together, starting to mesh a little bit better. The more they do that, the more successful we’ll be.”