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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • West Brunswick’s Campbell, North...

    West Brunswick’s Harrison Campbell and North Brunswick’s Tyrone Watson Jr. will wrestle for state championships Saturday in the NCHSAA state tourney in Greensboro.

    In Class 3A team points, West Brunswick is tied for second with Asheboro (52 points). Enka leads (57.5). Sixty-two teams have scored points.

    These are the results of matches through Friday evening.

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