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Today's News

  • Ocean Flippers gymnastics teams win S.C. state crown 14 years in a row

    Gymnastics & More’s Ocean Flippers gymnastics teams came home with two team titles at the state championships in Newberry and Rock Hill, S.C., last weekend.

    The Level 9 team brought home the South Carolina state team gold with a final score of 110.125—more than three points ahead of the second-place team.

    With an all-around champion in Level 7 (Ana Smith), Level 8 (Faith Burns) and Level 9 (Gilly Hogue), as well as the Level 9 team title, the Ocean Flippers have successfully been S.C. state champions 14 years in a row.

  • Tandem rig increases your chances, helps identify size of your prey

    Spring anglers often have to contend with instability, from the weather, to which fish will bite on a given day. That is one reason people talk about “runs” of fish, though in all my years I have never seen a fish run. The fish are like the changing weather: here one day, gone the next.

  • Order of play perplexing, but it's all in the rulebook

    Order of play is a concept that is often misunderstood. In simplest terms, it refers to who goes first in a group of golfers on the tee box, in the fairway, the rough and on the green. Even in hazards and ground under repair, there is an order of play.

    This can all sound trivial to a non-golfer, or someone who does not play a lot of competitive golf, but it is important to know what the order of play is.

  • Golf action

    Sandpiper Rebels

    The Rebels played a point tournament based on net scores on both the front and back nines March 28.

    Wayne Purdy and Len Borriello tied for first place with plus 23. Charlie Richardson finished second with plus 22. Chris Christie, Leo Lico and Gene McDonald tied for third with plus 20.

    In first place on the back nine was John Murphy with plus 23. Jack Hinte, Leo Lico, Len Borriello and John Hannigan tied for second with plus 22.

  • West has two to qualify for regionals

    Although far different than Whoopi Goldberg’s version, this “Sister Act” also played to rave reviews.

    Cherell and Shanae Frink commanded the spotlight as West Brunswick hosted New Hanover and Laney in a track and field meet on March 27.

    Cherell, a senior, recorded a win-place-show in her three events, while her little sister Shanae, a sophomore, qualified for regionals in the long jump and finished runner-up in the triple jump.

  • Coaches announce picks for all-county basketball team

    Brunswick County’s three boys’ basketball coaches agreed unanimously on three picks for the All-County basketball team this season—South Brunswick senior Ryan Waldrep, South Brunswick junior Ervin Hall and North Brunswick junior Shawn Sanders.

    Choosing the next two proved a more daunting task, so the 2007-08 All–County team boasts six members with North Brunswick sophomore Reggie Cobia, West Brunswick junior Pat Kamfolt and West Brunswick sophomore Alfy Hill making the first team.

    Notice how young the team is?

  • Two big innings lift Trojans over Eagles 11-2

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick’s Trojans scored four runs in the first inning and liked that feeling so much that they did it again in the fourth.

    The big innings led to an 11-2 victory over Winslow Friday night.

    “We swung the bats extremely well,” said West coach Mike Alderson. “We hit their No. 1 pitcher.

    “We also made some good plays. We played good, solid defense.”

  • West tops Jacksonville in tennis

    West Brunswick’s tennis team beat Jacksonville High 5-4 last Tuesday in Jacksonville.

    “It was our first win, and it took up until the final doubles match for the match to be decided,” said West coach Bob Bell.

    Brian Conness, Alex Humbert and Derek Leavitt won their singles matches to make it 3-3 going into doubles.

    “Brian Conness’ win was huge, because to have a chance, either he or Caleb Hawkins was going to have to win a match, and Caleb lost a tight one 6-4, 6-3,” Bell said.

  • SOUTH ROUNDUP

    Baseball

    SOUTH BRUNSWICK 10,

    PENDER 9

    South Brunswick slipped by Pender 10-9 on March 25.

    “We did some bone head-stuff in the field,” South coach Lee Shelton said. “But a win is a win.

    “Ryan Brendle had a big hit in the bottom of the sixth. We had runners on first and third. He hit a line drive that I thought it was going to short-hop the fence, but it went out of the park. It was one of the hardest hit balls I’ve seen hit by a high school player.”

  • Brunswick Wildlife: Red-tailed hawk

    The red-tailed hawk is the hawk most folks associate with the name. They are the most visible, often seen soaring overhead and perched in treetops along highways. Red-tails are year-round residents of the Lower Cape Fear; however, they are seen more often in winter when birds from the north join our resident population.

    The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System was enacted in 1956 for the benefit of red-tailed hawks. Just kidding, but they do enjoy hunting on the wide easements.