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Today's Sports

  • Pate had MVP year for Trojans

    Sometimes a team’s most valuable player is evident by his absence. And I think that is the case this season for the West Brunswick football team.

    Senior running back Maverick Pate did not make first-team or second team all-conference, but that is not a reflection of his ability: an injured ankle sidelined him for most of the conference season.

    “He would have definitely been all-conference,” West coach Jimmy Fletcher said. “He could have been player of the year if he had been able to stay healthy.”

  • Otis Nixon, Oakland's...

    Otis Nixon and Landon Powell will be the guest speakers Jan. 15 at the Leland Hot Stove League annual banquet at North Brunswick High School.

    Admission is $20, and the banquet raises money for baseball scholarships. This year, organizer Gary Rabon said, money will be used for one $1,500 scholarship and three $500 scholarships.

    The autograph session will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the winner of the Brunswick County Baseball Player of the Year will be announced.

  • Five Scorpion football players...

    Five North Brunswick football players made first team Waccamaw All-Conference. Five others made the second team.

    Below are season statistics for the 10 Scorpions.

    Charles Bress

    The senior linebacker (5-10, 164) led the team in first hits, 45. He had 25 tackles and 24 assists. He made two sacks for losses of 13 yards. He made nine tackles for losses of 27 yards. He forced one fumble and recovered two fumbles.

    Daniel Graham

  • Five South Brunswick football...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Five South Brunswick football players made first team All-Waccamaw Conference and five made second team All-Waccamaw Conference.

    Cougar coach Roman Kelley comments about the players.

    Zac Kelly

    The 5-10, 245-pound senior left guard was a four-year starter. He was a team captain.

  • Four West soccer players make...

    Coaches have selected fourteen county soccer players to be on the inaugural All-Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference boys’ soccer team.

    Four members of the Waccamaw Conference championship West Brunswick High School team are on the all-conference first team: Chaz Earp, Aaron Frye, Jesse Mayo and Chip Mendoza. All are seniors except Frye (junior).

    Four others made the second team: Corey Bell, Josh Cortes, Chandler Inions, Casey Leonard. All are seniors.

  • Don't let winter's...

    Inshore fishing right now is limited to those species that stick around during the cold months, but fishing for them has been good lately

    As usual in the winter, action is taking place in three distinct phases during the day: early morning and late afternoon for speckled trout and redfish, and nighttime for black drum. In addition, the hours just before and after low tide are often effective times.

  • The First Tee makes its mark in...

    Although The First Tee of Brunswick County is fewer than five years old, it has received high marks from its national office in St. Augustine, Fla.

    Chapters of The First Tee are ranked according to their scope and performance, and I’m proud to say that our local chapter has received the “Ace” level designation, the highest rank possible. That is awesome, and a true testimony to the level of commitment by our kids, volunteers, paid staff, donors and community at large.

  • Son joins father in high school...

    Recently I wrote about Paul Swartz, a West Virginia native now living in Shallotte who was inducted into the Musselman High School Hall of Fame on Sept. 12.

    Musselman High School is in Inwood, W.Va. Swartz’s athletic feats in the mid-50s in football, basketball and baseball spread fast in that part of tri-state area.

    Steve Denney, now a Brierwood resident, lived, in Clark County, Va., about 20 miles away for Swartz. Denney was one of those who heard about Swartz’s accomplishments.

  • Losses mount, but BCC coach...

    A hoarse voice is the first indication of how the BCC women’s basketball season has been for first-year coach Ashlyn Burke.

    “I have a raspy voice,” she said Dec. 6, one day after her Lady Dolphins played its fourth game in six days.

    “I’ve taken my last four showers here at the facility here this week. And I think I need a blowup mattress to put in my locker room.”

    But Burke knew the hours would be long.

  • South swim teams place second in...

    The South Brunswick girls’ swim team finished second and South’s boys third in a 14-team meet Dec. 19 at Goldsboro. South’s boys missed second by three points.

    The Cougars had three first-place finishers: Rachel Van Noordt in the 200 individual medley, Myles Williams in the 50 freestyle; Cody Spencer in the 100 backstroke.

    Results

    Girls’ 200 medley relay: South A team second, South B team seventh; South boys, third.

    200 freestyle: Brian Teemsma, second; Elias Gilbert, sixth.