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Today's Sports

  • Spring fishing fires off

     This past week was a perfect example of what spring fishing is all about. The seas finally calmed and many anglers got an opportunity to go fishing for the first time this year. Most folks experienced their best luck with wahoo, mahi mahi and blackfin tuna in various places along the Gulf Stream. In addition to the hot Gulf Stream bite, anglers that fished in the 30- to 40-mile range had great luck as well. Almost every boat that went bottom fishing in this range brought back big black sea bass, vermillion snapper, triggerfish and amberjack.

  • Fast changes in our fishery

     The water temperatures have gone from the low 60s to the low 70s in a week. We have had winds from all directions last week, but the east winds really started over the weekend. Water color was great Wednesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 9, but once the winds changed to the east our water went back to a dark brown. The only green water we are seeing in the Ocean Isle area is near the Shallotte Inlet and Tubbs Inlet during a rising tide. Conditions are changing quickly and the fishing also has been changing quickly.

  • Invisible homeless in county...

     A few weeks ago, my friend and neighbor, Stan Rogoff, spoke to me about the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition and its first golf tournament May 2 at Brierwood. Rogoff is on the board of directors and was hoping I would do a column about it.

    The problem was this: Brunswick County is filled with golf courses and fundraising events. Sometimes there are two or three charity golf tournaments in one weekend.

    If I wrote about all of them, I would write nothing else.

  • Teens from nine states compete...

     High schools from all over the United States came to Brunswick County for the Palmetto High School Championships on April 2-4. They played their qualifying round at the Pearl Golf Links on Thursday, April 2, then moved to Ocean Ridge Plantation, where they played Lion’s Paw and Panther’”s Run in the championship finals.

  • Black drum bite saves the day
  • Future Generations Tournament at...

     The biggest, best charity event of the year is coming. The Future Generations Tournament benefiting The First Tee of Brunswick County is May 30 at St. James Plantation. 

    This is the 10th anniversary of The First Tee of Brunswick County and, baby, we’ve come a long, long way. From a handful of kids that met at Brierwood and The Lakes in 2005, our chapter now reaches 7,000 young participants each year.

  • Fishing begins to heat up with...

     After enduring temperatures in the low 30s this past weekend, it is safe to say spring weather needs to hurry up. The fish are cold, and I’m sure many of you are tired of breaking back out your heavy winter jackets. Thankfully, the forecast is looking better for us, the fish and of course the Easter bunny. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 60s to low 70s all week, which will raise the water temperatures. Thus, the fishing should pick up significantly this weekend.

  • Kerner throws one-hitter as BCC...

     

    BOLIVIA — Ben Kerner threw a five-inning one-hitter as Brunswick Community College beat New River Community College 11-1 in the first  game of a baseball doubleheader Saturday, March 21, at Founders Field.

    The only hit Kerner allowed was a leadoff home run in the top of the fifth. Kerner struck out three and walked no one.

  • McCumbee, McAleer third in...

     Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer finished third in the Visual Studio 150 Friday, March 20, at Sebring International Raceway. They drove a Mazda MX-5 in the Street Tuner class for C.J. Wilson Racing on the 3.74-mile course.

    Greg Liefooghe passed Andrew Carbonell for the Street Tuner (ST) lead with one hour remaining and led the rest of the way to give Next Level European its first victory in the No. 83 Red Line Oil Porsche Cayman started by Eric Zimmermann.

  • Topsail beats West Brunswick 11-...

     SHALLOTTE — Topsail finished with 15 hits and West Brunswick made five errors as the Pirates beat the Trojans 11-1 in a conference baseball game Friday, March 20, at Mike Alderson Field.

    The loss was the first of the season for West (2-1 in the conference, 8-1 overall).

    Topsail, which won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A baseball state title in 2014, is 3-1, 7-1.