Today's Sports

  • Trojans beat Guilford, lose to...

    By Samone Bland

    Beacon Correspondent

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick Trojans were able to hold off a fourth-quarter surging Eastern Guilford to advance to the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state basketball playoffs. The Trojans defeated the Wildcats 70-63 Thursday, Feb. 25.

  • BCC swept by Cape Fear

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team lost 103-86 to Cape Fear on Feb. 25 in the Dolphins’ last home game of the 2015-16 basketball season.

    BCC finishes 2-8 in NJCAA Division I Region 10 and is 13-17 overall. Britton Reed scored 29 points, Alex Brown 18, Eric Freeman 10 and Lysander Bracey 10. Daivon Gamble scored nine points. Leon Williams and Jahreim Smith each scored five points.

  • Platinum Series: Fun-filled pro-...

    Brunswick County has a myriad of golfing opportunities year round. Each course has weekly play days and leagues. On a larger scale there are interclub matches, member-guest tournaments, gross and net championships and team events.

    One of the most enjoyable tournaments ever designed is the pro-am. In this format a pro plays with an amateur as a team. Sometimes, it’s a pro and three amateurs in a foursome against a field of similar teams.

  • 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


    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.


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

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

    Opening rounds, girls


  • 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.