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Today's Sports

  • West Brunswick hires volleyball...

     West Brunswick High School has filled coaching vacancies for volleyball and baseball. The school board on July 1 approved T.J. Spivey to be the baseball coach and Larry Salefsky to be the volleyball coach.

    Bob Hanna has been recommend to be the football coach, but he was not approved July 1 by the school board.

     

    Volleyball

    Salefsky, 28, most recently was the Coastal Carolina University assistant volleyball coach, accepting the job in August 2013. CCU ended the 2013 season 19-12.

  • Braves’ top pick in draft...

     When the Atlanta Braves recently signed 18-year-old first-round draft pick Braxton Davidson — who received a $1.70 million signing bonus — Billy Best probably felt as if he had slammed a walk-off home run.

    Best, a Leland native, is a scout for the Braves and he scouted Davidson.

    “I was extremely happy for the kid,” Best said.

    The Braves had taken pitchers with their first selection in five of the previous six Major League Baseball first-year player drafts, and in this draft 19 of their 40 picks were pitchers.

  • Brandon Rankin finishes second...

    Defensive lineman Brandon Rankin had three tackles in the Tri-Cities Fever’s 47-33 victory against the Colorado Ice in an Indoor Football League game June 14. Rankin, a West Brunswick graduate, assisted on a sack for a 2-yard loss.

    The Fever, based in Kennewick, Wash., finished the season 8-6 and third in the four-team Intense Conference. The Fever began the season 1-5 but won seven of its last eight games.

    For the year, Rankin (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) averaged 5.5 sacks per game, 10th best in the league.

  • County athletes on All-MEC teams

     County athletes are represented in the All-Mideastern 3A/4A Conference selections for spring sports.

    In baseball, West second baseman Erick Hill and pitcher Matt Wallace are second-team selections.

    In 25 conference and non-conference games, Hill batted .333 and his on-base average was .426. He stole 13 bases in 13 tries.

    Wallace was 4-2 with a 1.54 ERA. He struck out 34 and walked 13 in 41 innings.

    South’s Dustin Jones and Will Jones are honorable mention.

    West’s Mike Alderson is Coach of the Year.

  • Flounder tourney at Shallotte...

    SHALLOTTE POINT—Last minute meant first place.

    But not without all the hurrying hassle and frantic worry of meeting deadline.

    When Larry Lefler caught his whopping 10.29-pound flounder, he knew it had a great chance of winning the 31st annual Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament.

    But it was 3:30 Saturday afternoon, the fishing tournament ended at 5 p.m., and it was quite a haul by boat from the Lockwood Folly River to the official weigh-in at what used to be Tripp’s Marina just past the Shallotte River.

  • Astros select Jay Gause in draft

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    The Houston Astros selected Jay Gause in the 10th round, the 286th pick overall, in the Major League Baseball draft June 6.

    Gause, a West Brunswick High School graduate, was the seventh pitcher selected by the Astros through 10 rounds.

    Gause, 22, is a 6-foot-4, 250-pound right-handed junior pitcher for Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2014, Gause was 4-3 with a 2.17 earned-run average. In 58 innings, he gave up 28 hits, struck out 83 and walked 24. Opposing batters hit .139 against him.

  • Brian Alderson leaving West...

    West Brunswick assistant baseball coach Brian Alderson said Monday, June 2, he was leaving the school.

    “I got the head job at North Myrtle (Beach),” he said in an email to the Brunswick Beacon.

    Alderson was responding to an inquiry about summer baseball at West when he made the announcement.

    West Brunswick Athletic Director Jimmy Fletcher said last week he had been anticipating Alderson’s leaving the school.

  • McCumbee 20th in sports car race...

     Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer finished 20th June 7 in the Grand Prix of Kansas at Kansas Speedway.

    The race was the fifth this season in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series. The International Motor Sports Association sanctions the series.

    McCumbee and McAleer started 19th in the 30-car Street Tuner field. During the race on the 2.37-mile track, they had to make three pit stops, which kept them sidelined for 13 minutes, 52 seconds. They finished 13 laps behind the winning team.

  • Hankins, Phillips named West’s...

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick athletes were honored during the annual Senior Awards event May 28 at the high school.

    Zarie Hankins is the West Brunswick Male Athlete of the Year and Nicole Phillips is the West Brunswick Female Athlete of the Year.

    Hankins starred in football and basketball.

    In football, Hankins was second-team all-conference in the class 3A/4A Mideast league. He was named West’s Outstanding Linebacker.

  • Babson, Hewett to play...

     West Brunswick seniors Olivia Babson and Meeka Hewett have signed letters of intent to attend Brunswick Community College and play volleyball.

    “They are definitely power hitters and they’re going to bring a lot to that program,” West coach Leslie Reeves said. “They’re good people. They couldn’t ask for two better ones.”

    Olivia Babson was first-team all-conference last season. She averaged 13 kills and seven digs.

    Reeves said Babson’s timing on her hitting was her best skill.