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Today's Sports

  • Brandon Rankin finishes second...

    Defensive lineman Brandon Rankin had three tackles in the Tri-Cities Fever’s 47-33 victory against the Colorado Ice in an Indoor Football League game June 14. Rankin, a West Brunswick graduate, assisted on a sack for a 2-yard loss.

    The Fever, based in Kennewick, Wash., finished the season 8-6 and third in the four-team Intense Conference. The Fever began the season 1-5 but won seven of its last eight games.

    For the year, Rankin (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) averaged 5.5 sacks per game, 10th best in the league.

  • Did you hear about this fishing...
  • Footgolf: New and growing sport

     Until last month, I had never heard of footgolf, a new game that combines golf and soccer.

    What? Is that possible? Why would anyone want to combine golf and soccer?

    For a million good reasons, and now footgolf has come to Brunswick County. The first nine holes of Meadowlands will open on July 12 as an accredited 18-hole FootGolf Course.   

  • Flounder tourney at Shallotte...

    SHALLOTTE POINT—Last minute meant first place.

    But not without all the hurrying hassle and frantic worry of meeting deadline.

    When Larry Lefler caught his whopping 10.29-pound flounder, he knew it had a great chance of winning the 31st annual Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament.

    But it was 3:30 Saturday afternoon, the fishing tournament ended at 5 p.m., and it was quite a haul by boat from the Lockwood Folly River to the official weigh-in at what used to be Tripp’s Marina just past the Shallotte River.

  • Golf roundup

     Staff Report

    These are summaries sent to the Beacon by area golf leagues.

     

    Brierwood MGA

    Results of points June 2. In first place with 90 points were Gary McDaniel, Bob Janovic, Dennis Shea and Al Bloom. In second place with 87 points were Larry Boyer, Dave Harper and Chuck Hornfeck.

     

    Brierwood WGA

  • Learning golf: From intimidating...

     Golf is an intimidating game. It’s played outside in all kinds of weather on natural terrain. There are tees and greens and fairways with obstacles like sand traps and ponds, creeks, rivers, trees, shrubs and deep grass. 

    In baseball and tennis, you have a single bat or racquet. In golf you have a bag full of 14 clubs with different names and uses: irons, woods, hybrids, rescue clubs, wedges and a putter. 

  • Floundering around in June

     

    It has been a typical spring season for the Brunswick islands. The winter cold overlapped well into our spring season, stunning the migration and growth of bait. It has been harder than usual to find finger mullet, shrimp and menhaden. These are all staple food sources for our flounder when they start to travel from the ocean into our backwater looking for an easy meal.

  • McCumbee 20th in sports car race...

     Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer finished 20th June 7 in the Grand Prix of Kansas at Kansas Speedway.

    The race was the fifth this season in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series. The International Motor Sports Association sanctions the series.

    McCumbee and McAleer started 19th in the 30-car Street Tuner field. During the race on the 2.37-mile track, they had to make three pit stops, which kept them sidelined for 13 minutes, 52 seconds. They finished 13 laps behind the winning team.

  • Astros select Jay Gause in draft

     Staff Report

    The Houston Astros selected Jay Gause in the 10th round, the 286th pick overall, in the Major League Baseball draft June 6.

    Gause, a West Brunswick High School graduate, was the seventh pitcher selected by the Astros through 10 rounds.

    Gause, 22, is a 6-foot-4, 250-pound right-handed junior pitcher for Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2014, Gause was 4-3 with a 2.17 earned-run average. In 58 innings, he gave up 28 hits, struck out 83 and walked 24. Opposing batters hit .139 against him.

  • Not to worry, fish are on their...

     By Derek Treffinger

    It is safe to say that patience is a virtue. Whether it’s fishing in the backwaters for redfish or standing in line at your favorite eatery, patience will issue an individual more satisfaction when the opportunity finally presents itself. Patience is what near shore and offshore anglers need this time of year. The fish are making their transition from offshore to near shore and can be frustrating to catch if you don’t take a few precautionary measures before venturing out.