Today's Sports

  • Trojan wrestlers lose in second...

     Staff Report

    West Brunswick’s wrestling season in duals competition ended Feb. 3 in a second-round loss to host Swansboro in the NCHSAA Class 3A state tournament.

    West ends the season 23-1. Swansboro is 40-3.

    The Trojans opened the tourney by routing Western Harnett 65-18. Swansboro opened the tourney by beating Ledford 46-30.

    In the second round, Swansboro beat West 35-27. Twelve of West’s points came from forfeits after Swansboro had clinched the dual.

    The teams split the first four matches and were tied.

  • Black sea bass are biting

     There isn’t much to be said in this week’s fishing report. Once again Mother Nature has prevented most boats from sailing with how hard the wind has been blowing. It seems as if we cannot catch a break this winter. Normally, the colder months bring long periods of hard northeast winds and then a calm, stable period in between fronts. This year, the wind has refused to quit blowing. Hopefully, with late February and March’s warmer temperatures the cold fronts will begin to spread out and give us more opportunities to fish.

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  • Spring tune-up with Cheryl...

     Fellow golfers, it’s time for your spring tune-up. In a few short weeks, the warm weather will be here and you’ll want your swing ready so you can go out and conquer the course.

    To find out what makes a good tune-up, I drove up to Carolina National and spoke with Cheryl Brankel, of the Cheryl Brankel Golf Academy. Brankel is a lady PGA golf professional, certified in teaching and she loves what she does.

    Brankel was at Wild Dunes in Charleston, S.C, before coming to Carolina National nine years ago.

  • Three Scorpions win ECC...

     North Brunswick’s Patrick Burton, Anthony Walker and Evin Bellamy won championships in the East Central Conference championship wrestling tournament.

    (Conference records of wrestlers are in parentheses.)

    At 145 pounds, sophomore Patrick Burton (11-1) finished first and scored 34 team points.

    In a semifinal, Burton won by fall in 2:19 against Johnny Davis (Northside High School, 5-8). In the title match, Burton won 9-4 against senior Kevin Cagle (Dixon, 10-2).

  • West Brunswick wins MEC...

       SHALLOTTE — Host West Brunswick won the Mideastern Conference championship wrestling tournament Saturday. West had 10 finalists and four champions.

    Jimmy Caraway, coach of the unbeaten Trojans — they finished the regular season 22-0 — was voted by his peers as conference coach of the year.

    “That shows that they think a lot of what we’re doing here. We’re pushing the kids, making them work hard.

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  • Ruppart, Bowersox win swim...


    West Brunswick junior Dustin Ruppart and South Brunswick sophomore Tyler Bowersox won events in the Mideastern Conference swimming championship meet Jan. 29 in Wilmington.

    Ruppart won two events.

    He won the 200 freestyle (1:57.94), finishing ahead of New Hanover senior Nolan Jewell by 1.44 seconds

    Ruppart won the 500 freestyle in 5:17.31. Jewell was second in 5:19.58 The two swam nearly even through nine laps. Ruppart took the lead in the final lap, which he swam in 30.61 and Jewell swam in 32.02.

  • Trojan wrestlers finish 6-0 in...

     The West Brunswick wrestling team finished the Mideastern Conference regular season 6-0 by routing host New Hanover 75-4 Jan. 28.

    In a non-conference dual, West routed Pender 75-6 and remained unbeaten this season (22-0).

    WBHS 75

    New Hanover 4

    106: Jacob Teal by fall in 24 seconds against Alden Write.

    113: Shane Smith by fall in 5:41 against Alexander Rivera.

    120: Porfirio Bautista by fall in 1:32 against James Grant.

    126: Lincoln Smith by fall in 1:44 against Lawrence Cuba.