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Today's News

  • West plays inspirational match in one-point loss

    Playing its most inspirational match of the season, the West Brunswick boys’ tennis team lost 5-4 March 30 at Class 3-A rival White Oak.

    West was missing two starters because of ailments.

    “We put our best possible lineup and got terrific performances,” West coach Bob Bell said.

    White Oak won the match by winning two of the three doubles’ matches.

    “Before the match I told the team we had to have everyone’s best effort to have even a chance of winning,” he said.

  • Good defense, base running get West past Hanover 5-2

    Six seniors from the Lady Trojans softball team presented the lineup card to the umpires at the start of the game on March 31. All would play an important part in the 5-2 victory over Hanover.

    This was the unbeaten Trojans’ biggest game of the season. But all the players were loose, as usual, not showing any nervousness and actually rocking to the music blasting from the speakers during warm-ups.

    Lucia Bowling, the center fielder and the unofficial disc jockey, lowered the music a little as I spoke to catcher Anna Hart.

  • West golfers in contention for MEC 3-A title

    A steady rain cut a Mideastern Conference golf tournament April 2 at Echo Farms Golf and Country Club to nine holes. Scores then were doubled for an 18-hole result. Nonetheless, West Brunswick had its best showing of the season, finishing fourth at 346. It beat 3-A rival Jacksonville by 10 strokes and White Oak by 98.

    After five conference tournaments, West has a 17-stroke lead over Jacksonville for the Class 3-A title in the 3-A/4-A conference. Three tournaments are left in the season.

  • St. James women second in Pelham tennis tourney

    Barbara McMichael and Martha Reese, from St. James, played on a Wilmington team in the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Southern Sectionals March 20-22 in Pelham, Ala. Their team was assigned to a pool containing other state champions from Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina (John’s Island.)

  • West defeats New Hanover in MEC game; Beach Diamond Invitational begins Monday

    Jay Gause hit a three-run home run in the first inning and the Trojans went on to beat New Hanover 11-5 March 31 in a conference game.

    West scored twice in the second and five times in the third.

    In the fourth, New Hanover had a runner on second with two outs and attempted to score on a single. But shortstop Pat Kamfolt took a throw from center fielder Ryan Hill and threw to catcher Josh Powell, who tagged out the runner to end the inning.

    New Hanover scored four times in the fifth. West scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

  • BCC scores six in ninth to beat Lenoir

    BCC scored six runs in ninth inning—three of them with two outs—to beat Lenoir Community College 8-7 Sunday afternoon and complete a three-game sweep.

    The Dolphins trailed 7-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, but No. 8 hitter Drew Alford and No. 9 hitter Steven Godwin singled. Caleb Hall singled in a run. With one out, Ben Morris was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, T.J. Overman hit a slow roller between the mound and first base. The first baseman threw wildly to home, and two runs scored, cutting the lead to 7-5.

  • Hicks wins gold, silver in state Tae Kwon Do meet

    Ronnie Hicks, head instructor of Carolina Olympic Tae Kwon Do in Boiling Spring Lakes, won a gold medal and a silver medal in the recent state championships.

    Hicks won gold in poomse and silver in sparring in the North Carolina Tae Kwon Do Championships in Fayetteville. USA Tae Kwon Do sanctioned the meet.

    Winning gold in poomse qualified Hicks to participate in the Junior Olympics and senior nationals. It also was an important step for him in trying to compete at the Olympic Trials. Tae Kwon Do became an Olympic event in 2000.

  • Shallotte OKs Harley-Davidson event

    SHALLOTTE—The majority of town aldermen say Beach House Harley-Davidson’s weeklong grand opening celebration, planned to coincide with Bike Week in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be a boon to the town’s economy.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the board voted 3-1 to approve owner Rick Noyes’ request for an eight-day event, running from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. May 10-16 and from noon to 8 p.m. May 17 on 27 acres adjacent to the store on U.S. 17.

    Alderman Walt Eccard cast the dissenting vote, and alderman John Kinlaw was absent.

  • Shallotte makes short list for state grant; sets public hearing

    SHALLOTTE—The town’s original application for a state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant to build a riverwalk has moved to the “short list” of applicants.

    Town administrator Paul Sabiston now has to submit a second application, and the public can express their opinions on the grant application during a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 before the town board’s regular meeting.

    The board of aldermen unanimously approved setting the public hearing at their meeting Tuesday night.

  • Three matches found for 8-year-old in need of new kidney

    Prayers have been answered for 8-year-old Jarrod Danka and his family—they have found a match willing to donate a live kidney.

    In fact, the family found three perfect matches, a rarity Jarrod’s doctors call “unbelievable.”