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Community Sports

  • Experience plays key part in legion games
    Experience is everything in sports, and that is one of the benefits of the American Legion baseball season. West Brunswick ballplayers will be represented in two American Legion leagues this summer. The Southwest Brunswick team, which is mainly junior varsity and younger varsity players from the West Brunswick Trojans, will compete as an independent junior legion team. West Brunswick High School coach Mike Alderson will manage the team. It will play its games at West Brunswick.
  • West Brunswick's junior league blasts Ashley in opener
    WILMINGTON—West Brunswick’s junior American Legion baseball team (Southwest Brunswick) opened its season by routing Ashley 19-8 May 22. West Brunswick trailed 3-2 after the first inning but scored four runs in the second and six runs in the third en route to the victory. West Brunswick finished with 18 hits. Jay Gause was 4-for-5 with seven RBIs and two doubles. Both doubles were hit with the bases loaded. “There was no place to put him, so they had to pitch to him,” manager Mike Alderson said. “Of course, everybody hit.”
  • 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
    MCDONALDS AMUSEMENT
  • 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
    McDONALDS AMUSEMENT
  • 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