Today's News

  • Despite presence of coal ash, South field deemed safe for play

     BOILING SPRING LAKES — The debate over youth baseball fields usually centers around grass versus dirt infields, but a third surface has been thrown into the mix as Brunswick County Schools officials have discovered coal ash on the baseball field at South Brunswick Middle School.

    The field has been opened for use by students after state regulators determined coal ash left on the facility more than 20 years ago poses no health risks.

  • BCC Board of Trustees approves articulation agreement

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees has made it much easier for students to transfer to four-year universities within the North Carolina system.

    The State Board of Community Colleges and the UNC Board of Governors revised an agreement between the two systems, making college transfer options more defined and easier to follow for prospective transfer students.

    The agreement will officially take effect this fall as the trustees unanimously approved it at their monthly meeting Thursday, March 20.

  • Lady Trojans beat South Brunswick in no-hitter

     SHALLOTTE — Two West Brunswick softball pitchers combined for a no-hitter as the Trojans shut out South Brunswick 9-0 Thursday night in a conference game.

    Junior Caroline Gore recorded six strikeouts in three innings and freshman Maddie Emmons had nine strikeouts in four innings.

    “I’m definitely proud of our pitchers,” West coach Joe Noble said.

    While keeping their opponents hitless, the Trojans ripped off 13 hits. Bre Small (2-for-2 with a double) and Randaisa Daniels (1-for-1) both were perfect at the plate.

  • West Brunswick is host of track meet

     SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick track and field teams were host of a four-team meet Thursday, March 20.

    In the boys’ meet for West, Khalid Matthews was first (11.5 seconds) and Anthony McCray fourth (11.97) in the 100-meter run. In the 200, Matthews was third (23.78).

    Xavier Gause was first in the long jump (19 feet, 6.5 inches) and second in the high jump (5-10). Matthews was third (19-0). In the triple jump, Gause was second (41-9).

    In the 400, Chris Golden was third at 55.86.

  • CVGA golf

     The Calabash Veterans' Golf Association played a Stableford event March 24 at

    Ocean Ridge Plantation’s Tiger’s Eye. First were Hal Riebesehl, Jim

    Maurer, Bill Murray and Joe Dagenais, +19. Second were John Casey, Denny

    Miller, Jerry Wiles and Tom Leach, +15. Third were Ken Locatelli, John Yencik,

    Bill Tornabene and Ray O’Donnell, +14.5. Gross: Art Williams, 74. Closest to pin: at 2, Ron Medaglia 12 feet, 10 inches; at 6, Frank Masi, 2-5; at 11, Pete Hummer, 11-11; at 17, Art Williams, 13-1.

  • Eckley scores ace on granddaughter’s birthday

     On Wednesday, March 19, Ralph Eckley scored a hole-in-one on the 13th hole at Crow Creek. The hole measured 134 yards from the white tees and Eckley used a 7-iron. This was Eckley’s second hole-in-one. It took him almost 50 years to get his first one, on March, 10, 2012, and two years and nine days to get his second one, which occurred on his youngest granddaughter Emma’s second birthday.

  • West Brunswick golfer Flaccavento scores ace in tourney

     SOUTHPORT — West Brunswick High School senior golfer Zack Flaccavento scored a hole-in-one Monday, March 24, during a Mideastern 4A/3A Conference tournament.

    In sunny but chilly weather, Flaccavento aced the 173-yard fifth hole of the Founders Club at St. James Plantation. He used a 5-iron.

    “I hit a nice, little fade,” he said. “We didn’t see it go into the hole but I heard it hit the stick. I was really hoping it didn’t hit the stick and ricochet off. I walked up there, and it was in the bottom of the cup.”

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  • Golfing couple: Mark and Marilyn Greenfield of Carolina National

     Over the years, Golf Gab has featured various pros, golf course superintendents, instructors, club managers and golf course designers.

    Each fall, we run several articles about our men’s and women’s club champions in conjunction with the annual Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions.

    Last week I had a brainstorm: Wouldn’t it be fun to write about some of our local golfers, our amateurs, who live and play the game in Brunswick County?