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Today's Sports

  • Tourney Feb. 27 for injured...

    A golf tournament for Tom Palka will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and golf at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Valley at Eastport. The fee is $75 per golfer.

    Palka was struck on his motorcycle on Nov. 6, 2015, by an underinsured motorist who failed to yield the right of way.

  • Brandon Rankin begins fourth...

    Professional football players are hopeful of someday hoisting the Super Bowl trophy. Brandon Rankin has an additional hope — to hand a football during a game this season to one of the special needs youth he works with.

    Rankin, a West Brunswick graduate, began his fourth season Saturday, Feb. 20, of playing for the Tri-Cities Fever in the Indoor Football League. The Fever plays its home games at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash.

    During a break Feb. 15, from football and work, Rankin talked about the coming season and his work in Kennewick.

  • Basketball playoff brackets

    State playoff basketball brackets. Full brackets at NCHSAA website.

    Game times not yet set. First games set for Feb. 23. Second-round games set for Feb. 25.

    Records are by NCHSAA for 22 games.

    Opening rounds, boys

    3A

    No. 6 West Brunswick, 16-6, vs. No. 27 Cleveland, 10-12.

    No. 11 Eastern Guilford, 17-5, vs. No. 22, West Craven, 10-12.

    2A

    No. 5 Northside, 19-3, vs. North Brunswick, 11-11.

    No. 12 Beddington, 17-4, vs. No. 21 Bertie, 13-9.

    Opening rounds, girls

    3A

  • Watson second, Burton third in...

    GREENSBORO — North Brunswick wrestlers Tyrone Watson Jr. finished second and Patrick Burton third in the North Carolina High School Class 2A state wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 20.

    Watson lost 14-5 in the 182-pound title match to Thomasville senior Evan Makupson, the Midwest Region champion who finished the season 47-0.

    Makupson was in control just about the entire match. He led 2-0 and nearly pinned Watson in taking a 5-0 lead.

  • Memorable state wrestling...

    GREENSBORO — Moments after fulfilling a lifelong dream, Harrison Campbell jumped into the arms of his dad.

    “I’ve been wrestling since I was 4 years old,” Campbell said, wearing a state championship medal around his neck. “My dream since I was little was to win a state championship — and it’s all coming true now.”

    The childhood dream came true Saturday, Feb. 20, at Greensboro Coliseum. Campbell, a West Brunswick junior, had won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state title at 120 pounds.

  • Video: West Brunswick junior...

    Video of West Brunswick junior Harrison Campbell scoring points in the third period and celebrating his NCHSAA Class 3A state championship at 120 pounds.

  • VIDEO: West Brunswick junior...

    Video of West Brunswick junior Harrison Campbell scoring points in the third period and then celebrating his NCHSAA Class 3A state title at 120 pounds.

  • North’s Watson second at state

    In the NCHSAA Class 2A state wrestling championships, North Brunswick junior Tyrone Watson Jr. lost 14-5 in the 182-pound match to senior Evan Makupson, the Midwest Region champion who finished the season 47-0.

    Makupson was in control just about the entire match. He led 2-0 and nearly pinned Watson in taking a 5-0 lead.

    Makupson extended the lead in the third period to 13-1 before Watson stunned him with a reversal and was in position for a pin, but Makupson worked his way out of it.

  • County wrestlers in consolation...
  • West Brunswick’s Strickland to...

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Christian Strickland has signed a letter of intent to attend Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh.

    Strickland has received a scholarship to play volleyball and softball. The scholarship will cover half her tuition, according to Wake Tech volleyball/softball coach Stephanie Sports. Strickland plans to study kinesiology.