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Today's Sports

  • West Brunswick Ponytails second...

     CARTHAGE — West Brunswick finished second in the Dixie Ponytails Traditional state softball tournament July 16 at Hillcrest Park. In the eight-team tourney for girls ages 11 to 12, West Brunswick finished 3-2.

    Brunswick opened the tourney July 12 by beating Fuquay-Varina 14-4. The next day, Brunswick beat Hoke 4-0.

    Brunswick lost 5-4 to Lumberton on July 14. In a loser-out game July 15 against Dunn, Brunswick won 2-0. The victory qualified Brunswick for the title game against unbeaten Lumberton, which Lumberton won 1-0.

  • Brunswick County wins opener in...

     The Brunswick County Dixie Boys baseball team won its first-round state tournament game 5-3 against Hope Mills July 12 at Smithville Park.

    For Brunswick, Davis Julian was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Jacksen McLeod was 2-for-2 with a walk and one RBI. Campbell Pryor was 1-for-2 with a walk and one RBI. Austin Reed walked and singled in three plate appearances. Owen McDowell also had one of Brunswick’s seven hits.

    McDowell was the winning pitcher, giving up three runs and eight hits in 4.1 innings. He walked two and struck out six.

  • Brunswick County Junior Dixie...

     The Brunswick County Junior Dixie Boys baseball team finished 0-2 in the state tournament at Smithville Park.

    In its first-round game July 12, Brunswick County lost 5-2 to Columbus County.

    In a second-round game July 13, Brunswick County lost 7-4 to Bessemer City. The loss eliminated Brunswick from the tourney.

    Against Bessemer City, Brunswick was held hitless for four innings and finished with three hits. Bryce Guyer had a hit. Hayden Hughes had a hit and two walks. Jacob Cheers had a hit and one RBI.

  • West Brunswick expected to hire...

     After much speculation, Bob Hanna will be the head football coach at West Brunswick High School, West athletic director Jimmy Fletcher said.

    Hanna is expected to be approved by the Brunswick County Board of Education on July 15, Fletcher said. The final holdup to Hanna’s hiring was the completion of the requisite background check.

  • 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

     Staff Report

    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.