Community Sports

  • Post 68 opens season 8-7 with victory
    JACKSONVILLE—The Brunswick County Post 68 American Legion baseball team opened its season by beating Jacksonville 8-7 in 10 innings on Friday. Post 68 led 5-3 entering the bottom of the eighth inning but Jacksonville scored four runs to take a 7-5 lead. Post 68 tied the score by scoring twice in the top of the ninth. “The kids showed up to play baseball,” Post 68 manager Randy Fennell said. “We got down in the bottom of the eighth but scored twice in the ninth to tie the game. They didn’t give up.”
  • From suits to shades, Swofford de-stresses at Ocean Isle Beach
    The beach was a late discovery for this man who grew up in the shadow of the mountains. Now Ocean Isle Beach is his retreat, his refuse, his revival. John Swofford comes to Brunswick County to slip the bonds and pressures of being Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner and Bowl Championship Series (BCS) coordinator. “You come over that bridge and see the island and the ocean out in front of you, and it’s like you’re entering another world,” Swofford said.
  • Gator Senior Games announces winners
    The 20th annual Brunswick County Gator Senior Games had competitions last week in track and field events, bowling, golf, tennis, swimming and cycling. Winners were: Cycling (1 mile): Women 55-59, Janice Ammann 3:39.84. Men 75-79, John Beddow 4:43.50. Cycling (5K): Women 55-59, Ammann, 10:59.62. Men 75-79, Beddow 15:14.65. Cycling (10K): Women 55-59, Ammann 21:18.00. Men 75-79, Beddow 30:28.00.
  • Bowling
  • Everyone wins at county's Special Olympics
    BOILING SPRINGS LAKE—Everybody was a winner at the Brunswick County Special Olympics Spring Games Friday at South Brunswick High School. Everybody who competed got a ribbon to prove it. The athletes and coaches also each received a British-racing green tie-dyed T-shirt, worn proudly and testifying everybody was on the same team. The sun played peek-a-boo from behind the clouds, making the temperature in the upper 70s pleasant.
  • Bowling
  • West Brunswick honors Doug Rutter
    West Brunswick High School officials presented Doug Rutter with a plaque of appreciation that also encased a clock before the varsisy baseball game against Hoggard Friday night. Rutter, a longtime sports editor for The Brunswick Beacon, became a Brunswick County magistrate in March. His wife, Susan, and daughter, Olivia, looked on as West athletic director Marcia Heady presented Rutter the plaque.
  • Senior games have record number of participants
    Brunswick County Gator Senior Games were Thursday and Friday at Town Creek Park. The program in now in its 20th year. Last week’s competition had 230 participants. “Probably we’ve been in the 190s for the last six years,” Brunswick County senior programs coordinator Khrystye Haselden said. “So this is a record for us. We’ve not gotten over 200 participants, so to have 230 is a wonderful blessing. It means more people are leading healthy, happy lives.” Last week’s winners
  • Smiles already ordered; Special Olympics set April 25
    The smile of a boy in a wheelchair is what stays on Steve Goodwin’s mind. Goodwin was a volunteer at the Special Olympics while he was a student at East Carolina University. This year, he’s the director of the Brunswick County Special Olympics Spring Games. “Just seeing the joy in the athletes’ faces—big smiles, happiness,” Goodwin said as he described his most rewarding moments at the Special Olympics. He remembers the joy on the face of a boy in a wheelchair in particular.
  • Pleasant View wins men's church league championship
    A trio scored in double figures as Pleasant View beat Mount Calvary 69-55 to win the Brunswick County Men’s Church Basketball Tournament Monday night. Jermaine Morris poured in 14 points, Josh Brown 13 and Jarrett Wallace 12 for the victors. McReese Vereen scored 14 and Larry Dailey 12 for Mount Calvary. In the first game Monday night, Pleasant View topped Mount Calvary 79-54 behind 26 points from Morris, 14 from Brown and 10 from Jason Thompson. Mount Calvary was led by Travis Cox with 24 and Vereen and Maurich Finch with eight apiece.