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Today's Sports

  • Prevent heat stroke in the dog...

     Dear friends and fellow golfers, we are in July and August, the hot and humid months, here on the Carolina coast. That’s great because we have the beach, boating, fishing and perhaps a pool to hang out in. We have backyard cookouts and pig roasts and just sitting on the back porch and vegging out with a cool drink and good friends. 

  • Hurricane passes and mullet...

     The fishing column has been absent the last couple weeks but not because of the lack of fishing action. We are in the peak of our busy season and traffic should remain steady until mid-August. We have just experienced our first close call this season with a hurricane and we should be thankful for the near miss. Folks on the Outer Banks got the worst of it, but it could have been much worse. Let’s hope this is the first and last one we have to deal with this season.

  • In Jolly Mon King Classic, tough...

     By Derek Treffinger

    The big weekend has come to an end. Tournament anglers slide their boats back onto the trailer either licking their wounds or counting the cash they won from the big king mackerel tournament last weekend. For some of you that are unaware of the event, the Yellowfin/Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic took place Thursday, June 26, through Sunday, June 29, out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.

  • Golf roundup

     Scores and highlights reported by area golf leagues.

     

    Beachcombers

  • Sunbelt Senior Tour coming to...

     The Sunbelt Senior Tour has been around these parts for 19 years. Founded by Don Barnes, the Sunbelt Senior Tour originally played most of its events in and around the Grand Strand (Myrtle Beach, S.C., and areas immediately to the north and south).

    This year, the Sunbelt Senior Tour will play at Brick Landing on Aug. 4-7.

    The Sunbelt Senior Professional Golf Tour prides itself on being the No. 1 developmental tour for players seeking to play on the Champions Tour.    

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Golf roundup

     Staff Report

    Results reported by area golf leagues.

     

    Beachcombers

    Results of the Stableford tournament June 20 at Crow Creek. The winners with a score of +26.5 were Bill McDavit, Bob Smith, Bob Brownley and Tom Quick. Second place were Jim Ritter, John Beairsto, Ed Nocella and Paul Michal 9+21.5). Low rounds: Gary Gutheil, 87; Vern Fisher, 88; Dan O’Connell 89. Net: Beairsto and Quick, 62; Smith, 64; O’Connell, 65; Ritter, 66. Quick was the most over his points, at +11, and he is golfer of the week.

     

  • 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.

  • Did you hear about this fishing...