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Today's Sports

  • On Thanksgiving Day, I’m...

     I’ve been a rookie golfer for decades. I’ll never be a single-digit handicapper or a club champion. My 13-year-old grandson outdrives me and my 4-year-old granddaughter gives me a run at mini-golf.

    But I still love the game.

    I grew up on a chicken farm in rural Maryland and golf was nowhere to be seen. Not a course in Cecil County. I did not play any sports in high school; I sang in the glee club and was president of the National Honor Society, not a big huge deal because we had only 65 in our graduating class.

  • Trojans open basketball season...

     SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick boys’ basketball team beat Lincoln Charter 60-45 in the Trojans’ season-opening game Saturday, Nov. 22.

    Gray Cheers scored 20 points, Jon Jordan nine and Saadiq Johnson eight.

    The Trojans held Lincoln scoreless in the first 4 minutes, 7 seconds of the third quarter in taking a 32-22 lead. From 1:26 in the third quarter to 6:40 in the fourth quarter, West again held Lincoln scoreless as the Trojans extended their 36-28 lead to 47-28.

  • Rotary Clubs’ 5K Turkey Trot...
  • Swim teams open season

     BOLIVIA — Four South Brunswick relays swam regional qualifying times in their season-opening swim meet Friday, Nov. 21 at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.

    In all, South had automatic times in 11 events and West Brunswick automatically qualified in three events.

    These are the automatic qualifiers for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association regional, set for Feb. 6 and Feb. 7.

  • Rhyne to play softball for...

     

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Dalys Rhyne signed a letter of intent Thursday, Nov. 20, to play softball for Columbia (S.C.) College.

    Rhyne is a part of a growing trend of aspiring collegiate players who emphasize travel ball more than high school ball.

    Rhyne played junior varsity softball for two years at West Brunswick and played her junior and senior years with the Coastal Lightning. The team travels the Southeast playing in showcase tournaments in an effort to be seen by college coaches.

  • Hill, Napolitano receive first-...

      Former West Brunswick football players Alfy Hill and Nick Napolitano have received first team all-conference honors.

    Napolitano was one of four Wingate University football players on the All-South Atlantic Conference team. A senior defensive end, Napolitano is second in the NCAA Division II in forced fumbles (six).

    Napolitano, a West Brunswick graduate, leads the SAC forced fumbles (six). He is third in quarterback sacks (7.5). He is fourth in tackles for loss (14). This season he had 65 tackles, fifth most for the Bulldogs.

  • Shallotte father-son team wins...

     Editor’s note: Shallotte residents Brian Aycock, 42, and son Austin Aycock, 15, fishing aboard Hail Yeah/OIFC won the small boat class in the Southern Kingfishing Association National Championship Nov. 8 in Biloxi, Miss. Brian Aycock wrote about it for The Beacon.

    By Brian Aycock

    Special to the Beacon

  • Talk of the town has been the...

     Brunswick County has endured a few days of bone-chilling temperatures in the past week. Northeast winds swept across our area on Friday, Nov. 14, yet the fish continue to bite. From the beach to the Gulf Stream, the fish are feeding.

  • North’s Graham signs with UNCG;...

     LELAND — North Brunswick baseball seniors Chris Graham and Shelton Perkins signed baseball national letters of intent Nov. 18. Graham, an outfielder, signed with UNC Greensboro. Perkins, a pitcher and shortstop, signed with East Carolina University.

    Both were members of the Scorpion team that finished second in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A state playoffs two seasons ago. Perkins was a Class 2A All-State selection in 2014 by the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association.

  • Sight fishing for redfish

     The clear, cold shallow water looked more like a two-way mirror than the hot, dirty water we have seen most of this year. The last few live mullet rested in the live well before receiving their last assignment for the year. The conditions were perfect as we made our last few adjustments with the trolling motor and then allowing the wind to slide us closer to the redfish.