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  • Behind 5-0, Post 68 rallies for 11-9 victory

    LELAND—The Brunswick County American Legion Post 68 baseball team scored five runs with two outs in the second inning en route to an 11-9 victory June 24 over Morehead City.

    Post 68 trailed 5-0 after one inning but scored six runs in the second. Post 68 fell behind 8-6, but a home run by Mikhail Wheeler in the fourth and Josh Powell’s two-run single in the seventh tied the score. Two errors enabled Post 68 to score its next two runs in taking a lead it never lost.

  • Shallotte hosts Dixie Youth district tournament

    Shallotte and Town Creek parks are hosting the Dixie Youth AAA (10 and under) and the Majors (12 and under) district baseball tournaments Friday through Sunday.

    The leagues are from Brunswick and New Hanover counties. The leagues are Wilmington Cape Fear Optimist, Leland, Town Creek, Lockwood Folly, Southport, Waccamaw and Shallotte.

    The AAA winner advances to the state tournament, which will be in Clarkton, with the opening ceremony July 17 and the games July 18-25.

  • West beats Hampstead

    Trey Brown threw a two-hitter as the West Trojans beat Hampstead Post 157 8-2 in a Junior American Legion baseball game Saturday.

    West (9-7) made five errors in the victory, but Hampstead—which made six errors—was unable to take advantage against Brown, who struck out five, walked three and gave up no earned runs in the seven-inning game.

    Hamptead scored in the second off three errors and a groundout. But West batted around in the bottom of the inning in taking a 5-1 lead.

  • Go fishing for free on the Fourth

    One of the highlights of vacations when I was younger was fishing. Whenever I read about someone catching a fish—whether it’s a king mackerel or a nondescript 2-pounder—I get the same sensation I had back then: I feel the tug on the line and the pull on the rod and reel in my hands. That in-the-moment experience from years ago has never gone away.

  • Post 68 ends regular season with a loss

    LELAND—The Brunswick County American Legion Post 68 baseball team finished the regular season 7-6 after 9-5 loss to Morehead City Monday night.

    Post 68 will open the first round of the best-of-five playoffs Thursday (sites and foe to be determined).

    The second round is July 9-13. The area playoffs are July 16-20. The state tournament is July 24-29 in Greenville.

  • New books available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    NON-FICTION

    “What’s Age Got To Do With It?” by Robin McGraw. Robin shares her journey, including the ups and downs, and the secrets for staying healthy and in shape.

    “Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat” by Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D. The 101 truths that will save your waistline, and maybe even your life.

    FICTION

  • Beat the heat with speckled trout, pompano and flounder

    Inshore fishing continues in its hot-water summer pattern, meaning fish are being caught, although not much is happening in the heat of the day. The best bets now are early morning speckled trout, feisty pompano in the suds or flounder inside.

    Speckled trout are staging runs, mostly before noon or around sunset. They can be caught from the piers, around the bridges and jetties or near the creek mouths. The best bait for the specks is live shrimp, which you can gather with your cast net from shore in many places. You can also catch finger mullet for use on the trout.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a modified Stableford tournament June 26 at Palmetto Greens The winners at +30.5 were Gary Gutheil, Dan O’Connell, Jim Beairsto and Bob Smith. Second went to Larry Bollinger, Stu Cleveland, Paul Michal and Ed Kinney with a +20. Low gross for the day were Paul Michal and Gary Gutheil, 81; Dan O’Connell, 83; Hal Riebesehl, 85; and Jim Beairsto, 87. The honors for low net were Dan O’Connell, 61; Paul Michal, 63; Gary Gutheil and Hal Riebesehl, 64; Jim Beairsto, 67; Bill Cameron, 68; and Larry Bollinger, 69.

  • Cape Fear National features awesome Cate design

    Tim Cate has designed yet anther fabulous golf course in Brunswick County. Cape Fear National in Leland is slated to open in October and I can hardly wait.

  • Capital improvements part of Sunset Beach budget talk

    SUNSET BEACH—Timing rather than the economy is what is delaying many of the town’s capital improvement projects until the next fiscal year.

    Sunset Beach Town Council members convened last week at their annual budget retreat to discuss a five-year period (2008-2013) for such projects, including a proposed second fire station, bike trails and pedestrian walkways, street paving, Sunset Boulevard enhancements and public beach facilities.