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  • Summer league, camps bolster...

    SHALLOTTE — When Divina Mercado signed a letter of intent June 8 to attend Chowan University and play lacrosse, she became the fourth West Brunswick girl lacrosse player this year to use the sport to help get a college education.

    “This is just the beginning,” West coach Kate Gentle said. “By the time my freshmen are seniors, I can only imagine that every single one of them will go to college and play lacrosse.”
    Gentle is encouraged by information she is receiving from recruiting sites. Colleges have interest in lacrosse players.

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     SHALLOTTE — If the West Brunswick baseball team had reached the East Regional — and it came within one out of doing so — the Trojans would have been host to two regional games (if the regional lasted three games). Conference rival Topsail would have been the foe.

    The games would have attracted the largest baseball crowds of the season at West Brunswick — and most likely would have strained the concession stand and bathroom facilities.

    That would have been no surprise to West Brunswick athletics director Jimmy Fletcher.

  • How to fish deep for Spanish...

    Fishing off the Brunswick County coast was difficult last week. As I stated in my column last week, a combination of wind, scarcity of baitfish and high water temperatures have directly influenced how and when fish feed off our coast. And to put this problem in its simplest form, it’s too dang hot.

  • Highs and lows of summer fishing

    This time of year can really hurt fishermen’s feelings if they’re not careful. The seas are churned, the baitfish are scarce and the stifling temperatures don’t help, either. This is, in my opinion, one of the toughest times to fish off our coast.

  • Stories to tell about ‘monster’...

    The fishing world around Ocean Isle Beach exploded this week with reports of big monster fish being caught. I had high expectations with a full moon and special clients coming in from West Virginia. Capt. Brant McMullan, Capt. Barrett McMullan and a unique crew of young children ventured 92 nautical miles offshore in search of a swordfish early last week. The crew was successful in landing a 245-pound swordfish, causing other anglers to ponder the idea to try out this fishery.

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  • CCU second in S.H.A.R.E. King...

    Coastal Carolina’s fishing team has done it again.

    Last weekend it finished second in the S.H.A.R.E. King Mackerel Tournament, based out of Wrightsville Beach. As I stated in my column last week, the CCU fishing team earned top honors by placing first in the Got-Em-On King Mackerel tournament — and darn if it didn’t come out swinging again last weekend.

  • Coastal Carolina wins Got-Em-On...
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  • Bait pod fishery emerges off...

    As a charter captain, I strive to give my customers the most enjoyable fishing experience possible on every trip. Whether that be 60 miles offshore trolling for wahoo or catching pinfish off a dock along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, I attempt to put my best foot forward. This element of being a fisherman is surprisingly the easiest to me. Simply having a good attitude and putting in the most effort possible typically results in a good day of fishing.