Today's Sports

  • Hoggard defeats West Brunswick...


    West Brunswick lost 70-63 in overtim­­­e Feb. 10 at Hoggard in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference boys’ basketball game.

    Despite the loss, West (9-2, 20-2) will play host to Ashley Feb. 12 with the Mideastern Conference title at state. West last won a conference title in 1989. West beat Ashley 60-54 Jan. 16. Hoggard plays at South Brunswick. Hoggard routed South 66-31 Jan. 16.

  • Dean Smith transformed...

    Some people leave imprints in the sand. Dean Smith left his imprints in cement.

    The North Carolina basketball coach, who died Saturday at 83, won two national championships, led the USA to the gold medal, watched 96 percent of his players graduate from college, went to 11 Final Fours, won 13 ACC Tournaments and 879 total games, and chalked up 20-win seasons for 27 straight years.

    He accomplished those things without a shred of scandal.

    He did one more major thing — he changed the game of college basketball.

  • Brierwood schedules grand...

     Last week I drove to Brierwood Golf Club and met with Chris Sprow, director of sales, marketing and real estate. Blum Investments purchased the venerable old course in July 2014.

    The clubhouse has been under renovation for more than six months and the result is fabulous. New tables and chairs, large-screen televisions and new big windows overlooking the lake.

  • New attractions for fishing...

     February is a tough month to get past. It is typically a month where it wants to be sunny and 70 for a few days then plummet to below freezing for the rest of the week. Brunswick County got an opportunity to experience the indecisive weather this weekend with temperatures being in the high 60s Saturday, Feb. 7, and Sunday, Feb. 8. Whether it was catching brim from private pond or a slot redfish from a backwater creek, everyone seemed to find a way to wet a line.

  • Swimmers qualify for state meet


    County swimmers have qualified for nine events in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state championship meet, set for this week.

    In a regional Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Cary Triangle Aquatic Center, swimmers had to finish in the top eight to qualify for state.

    South Brunswick finished second in the boys’ 200 freestyle relay. Adam Calero, Ryan Goodson, Chris Anselmo and Tyler Bowersox finished in 1 minutes, 32.56 seconds. Chapel Hill, with three of its swimmers seniors, won in the event in 1:29.98.

  • VIDEO: Final seconds of New...

     SHALLOTTE — New Hanover beat West Brunswick 62-60 in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference boys’ basketball game Friday, Feb. 6.

    The loss was the first of the season for the Class 3A Trojans (9-1, 20-1). New Hanover, a Class 4A team, is 7-3, 14-7.

    “Just because we lost doesn’t change who we are,” West coach Eric Davis said. “We’re a tough team. To be down 10-0 and down eight at the half — we were tough to get back and have a chance.

  • Trojans’ McRainey signs with...

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior football player Daniel McRainey has signed a letter of intent to attend Wingate University.

    “I visited it, I really liked the campus, the academics are good — and I wanted to play football,” he said.

    McRainey said three other colleges showed interest in him, but Wingate became his top choice.

  • BCC men lose to D-2 No. 4...

     BOLIVIA —  Richard Bland College, ranked No. 4 in NJCAA Division II men’s basketball, beat Brunswick Community College 88-65 in a non-region game Wednesday, Feb. 4.

    The Statesmen improved to 21-3. BCC dropped to 10-14.

    For BCC, JacQues Chambers scored 13 points and Robin Moore 12.

    Other BCC scorers: Jaquan Grissett seven, Carson Smith seven, Kevin Rowell seven,

    Cortell Busby four, Taylor Buffkin seven, Najee Pritchett eight.

  • Trojans can clinch basketball...


    West Brunswick beat host Topsail 52-29 in a Mideastern Conference boys’ basketball game Feb. 3.

    West, 9-0 in the conference, can clinch its first regular-season conference title since 1989 with a home victory Friday, Feb. 6, against New Hanover (6-3, 13-7). Three conference games are left in the season. Every team behind West has at least two losses.

    Against Topsail (1-9, 6-14), Tyquan Hill scored 14 points, hitting nine of 12 free throws. Alex Clarida scored 10 points.

  • Gators host of swim meet

     The Brunswick Aquatic Club (BAC) was host to a meet Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center. One hundred seventy-five swimmers from the Waves of Wilmington (WOW), BAC, Cape Fear Aquatic Club (CFAC) and STAR Aquatics used this meet, sanctioned by USA Swimming, as a late opportunity to qualify for the state and regional championships that will take place in March at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.