Today's News

  • Schaefer wins match play

    By Ray Schatz
    Special to The Beacon
    On March 7, the Crow Creek Men’s Golf Association had the final match of its first match play championship. The championship match between Bill Schaefer and Paul Murray generated plenty of excitement and had to be decided in a playoff.
    Murray went to the 10th tee with a 1-up lead. By the end of hole, the match was even, and except for No. 11 and No. 15, there was never more than a 1-up advantage by either player. After the match was evened at No. 16, the drama began.

  • Nick Bradley: Human golf dynamo

    How can I describe Nick Bradley?
    He is ebullient, irrepressible, vocal, opinionated, spiritual, intelligent and a gifted teacher of the game of golf. He lives in Sunset Beach, yet plays on a world stage.
    Nick Bradley is the ambassador for junior golf development for the first-ever St. Andrews Golf Festival March 28-April 1in Scotland. He has been a consultant with the Russian Golf Federation and recently returned from Malaysia, where he promoted the game of golf.  

  • Spring fishing gets an early start this year

    The weather has been absolutely great for this entire past week. It is unimaginable to get so many days of light winds, not to mention warm temperatures.
    Fishermen from all genres awakened from their winter slumber and got on the water, with most reporting action from a variety of species.
    Inshore the redfish, flounder and trout are all starting to show good. Offshore, the Gulf Stream is producing good catches of wahoo with scattered blackfin tuna and Mahi-mahi.

  • The spring fish are already biting

    March is not normally a time to talk much about flounder fishing in Brunswick County, but with the strange weather and the lack of a real winter, fishing for them is good.
    In addition to the suspected early redfish and speckled trout, other spring fish, like whiting and bluefish, are already biting. Barring a late cold snap, spring fishing appears to be on.
    Some area piers are already open and doing business. Tommy Thomes at the Oak Island Pier reports better than usual fishing for late March.

  • The First Tee winter tour

    By Greg Hensley
    TFTBC ace-level participant
    Some of Brunswick County’s best young golfers joined coaches from The First Tee of Brunswick County for four rounds of winter golf competition at one of the area’s finest facilities, Ocean Ridge Plantation. The first two rounds were contested in a team scramble format and the final two were individual medal play. Contestants earned points for their finishing positions in three divisions with the winners being those with the highest point total.

  • Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational at West Brunswick High School

    April 9: 10 a.m.: Durham Riverside vs. North Brunswick (Game 1); 1 p.m.: Scotland County vs. South Brunswick (Game 2); 4 p.m.: South Stanly vs. West Brunswick JV (Game 3); 7 p.m.: Harrell’s Christian Academy vs. West Brunswick (Game 4).
    April 10: 10 a.m. Loser Game 1 vs. loser Game 3 (Game 5); 1 p.m.: loser Game 2 vs. loser Game 4 (Game 6); 4 p.m.: winner Game 1 vs. winner Game 3 (Game 7); 7 p.m.: winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4 (Game 8).

  • West golfers second in first tourney

    Staff Report

    The West Brunswick High School boys’ golf team finished second in the season-opening conference tournament March 12 at Whiteville Country Club.
    West Bladen finished first at 324. West was second at 329, South third at 339 and North fourth at 392 in the seven-team tourney.
    West Bladen’s Blake Baysden finished first and shot a 1-over 73 on the 6,329-yard course.

  • South shuts out Trojans in tennis

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick High School boys’ tennis team remained unbeaten in the conference by beating West Brunswick 9-0 March 15.
    South is 3-0 in the conference, 8-1 overall after a victory Friday over Ashley.
    In singles, Edwin Burnett defeated Jason Watts 6-2, 6-1.
    At No. 2, Gabe Azzato defeated Jason Huff 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the longest singles match of the day.
    At. No. 3, Caleb Stanley beat Seth Strickland 6-1, 6-1
    At No. 4, Noah Pieper defeated Ray King 6-2, 6-0.

  • Sports calendar

    West varsity sports calendar
    Subject to change
    March 21: Soccer at East Bladen, 6 p.m.
    March 22: Tennis at Whiteville, 4 p.m.
    Track at West with South Columbus and East Bladen.
    March 23:  Baseball, softball vs. South Columbus, 6 p.m.
    Soccer at the Brittney (Nash Central).
    March 24: Soccer at the Brittney (South Central).
    March 26: Soccer vs. South Columbus, 6 p.m.
    Golf at St. James Players Course.
    March 27: Baseball, softball at South, 6 p.m.

  • Sports briefs

    Cedric Simmons update
    Cedric Simmons did not start but had a team-high seven rebounds for Asefa Estudiantes Madrid in a 71-69 loss March 17. Simmons scored five points and had one steal. AEM is 7-17 and tied for 16th and in the 18-team Spanish professional b basketball league.