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Today's Sports

  • Cheers to play in all-star...

     West Brunswick senior Gray Cheers has been selected to play in the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star men’s basketball game.

    The game features some of the top graduated senior basketball players in the state.

    The basketball game will be played July 20 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

    Cheers is one of 10 players on the East roster, which includes Hoggard’s Trae Bryant and Whiteville’s Shaun Kirk. Cheers will continue his basketball career at Hampden-Sydney.

  • VIDEO: Lady Trojans defeat...

     HAMPSTEAD — West Brunswick beat Topsail 8-4 in nine innings and won the Mideastern 3A/4A championship softball tournament May 7.

    McKenzie Benton hit a two-run home run and Leilani Emile hit a home run — both in the first inning — but it was Haley Long’s three-run home run in the top of the ninth that clinched the victory.

  • Three Lady Trojans to play...

     SHALLOTTE — Three West Brunswick senior softball players made known their college intentions May 6 in a signing ceremony at the school.

    Second baseman Ashley Smith, pursuing a pharmacy degree, and first baseman Leilani Emile, majoring in business and marketing, will attend William Peace University in Raleigh.

    Outfielder Ariana Thomas, who will attend Columbia (S.C.) College, hasn’t decided whether to pursue a degree in biology or study to become a chiropractor.

  • North Brunswick wins ECC...

     LELAND — North Brunswick beat East Duplin 10-1 May 5 and won the East Central Conference championship.

    The Scorpions finished 9-1 and are 16-5 overall. This is their second straight ECC title. They were 8-2 last year.

    “It’s pretty exciting, obviously,” North coach Brittney Lehrschall said. “The girls have worked extremely hard, especially coming into a new conference. They have done a great job of adjusting and coming out ready to play, especially with the conference trips that we have to take.

  • VIDEO: North Brunswick Scorpions...
  • Leadership: Allen credits many...

     Talk to Hunter Allen about baseball for a few minutes, and it becomes apparent why he is a co-captain of the East Carolina University baseball team.

    Whatever success he has had, he mentions those responsible. Whether is it is a state-championship winning high school baseball coach or an anonymous college athletic trainer, Allen will tell you how that person has helped him.

    And he does so as effortlessly as he swings his bat at a 90-mph fastball or as easily as he times his swing toward an off-speed curveball.

  • Scorpions’ Ramsey signs with...

     LELAND — North Brunswick senior basketball guard Nikayla Ramsey completed a celebratory signing form Friday, May 1, to attend Alverno College.

    Alverno is a Catholic women’s college in Milwaukee. The Inferno competes in NCAA Division III.

  • West’s Cheers to continue...

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior basketball player Gray Cheers has signed a letter of intent to attend Hampden-Sydney College.

    “They were the first school to talk to me,” he said Thursday, April 30. “I think it was my sophomore year.

    “All it was, was a letter. But it was still an honor to just to know that somebody was looking at me that early.

  • Saadiq Johnson to continue...

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Saadiq Johnson has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Averett Unversity in Danville, Va.

    “They recruited me hard,” Johnson said. “I fit in well with the players in the program. And they win — I like to win.”

    Johnson will be receiving nearly $21,000 per year from an academic scholarship.

    “It helps my family so I can go up there, play basketball and get an education,” he said.

    Averett showed an interest in Johnson in the fall.

  • Gulf Stream wishes come true

    Last weekend provided anglers a perfect example of what summertime fishing off our coast is all about. The weather finally calmed to where almost any angler with a boat could have fished nearshore on Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31. While fishing in these nearshore waters, anglers experienced great Spanish mackerel action as well as a few stray cobia on the 3- to 5-mile artificial reefs. These cobia will continue to populate artificial reefs and ledges as the water temperatures increase. Live and dead baits such as menhaden and squid are perfect offerings for the curious cobia.