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Today's Sports

  • Track season already exciting in...

     Just two weeks into the high school track-and-field season, indications are this could be a memorable year for county athletes.

    South Brunswick junior Ryan Minor threw the discus 173 feet March 25 at South. The school-record throw qualified easily him for a state-qualifying regional May 15. The throw also easily would have won the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A state meet last year (161-3).

  • Lady Trojans’ rally...

     WHITEVILLE—West Brunswick fell behind 3-0 and then rallied for two goals before losing 3-2 to Whiteville in a conference soccer game March 24.

    Whiteville took a 3-0 lead with 21 minutes, 26 seconds left in the game, but the Trojans dominated thereafter.

    About two minutes after Whiteville score, West sophomore Julianna Zio scored on a penalty kick. She lined a low shot through the left side of the goal.

  • West Brunswick opens conference...

     West scored four runs in the first inning and went on to beat South Brunswick 8-0 March 16 in the first conference softball game of the season.

    Carly White gave up six hits in the shutout. She walked four and struck out eight in the seven-inning game.

    Kristi Vance, the No, 8 hitter in the lineup, was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a home run and one RBI in the game between the only Class 3A teams in the conference.

  • West Brunswick routs East Bladen...

     The West Brunswick girls’ soccer team rebounded from two shutout defeats in The Brittney over the weekend by routing East Bladen 8-1 Monday in the first game of the conference season.

    West scored its first goal three minutes into the game. A pass from freshman Karson Lewis set up a goal by Sheena Suttlemyre.

    Four minutes later, Nicole Turner scored on a shot from outside the box.

  • Underclassmen help West beat...

     WHITEVILLE—West Brunswick beat Whiteville 6-3 in a conference dual March 17.

    “Our underclassmen, behind Jason Huff, Jason Watts and Justin Davis, led the way in our win,” West coach Bob Bell said.

    “We fell behind 3-1 after the first matches were played, with the lone win a tiebreak victory by No. 3-seed freshman Jason Watts,” Bell said.

    Huff and Davis won the fifth- and sixth-position matches, and West entered into doubles tied 3-3 with three matches left.

  • Lady Trojans defeat Scorpions in...

    LELAND—The West Brunswick Lady Trojans had little trouble in defeating the North Brunswick Lady Scorpions 9-0 in a conference softball game Friday night.

    Despite three errors by the Trojans, two in one inning, the West squad did not panic as Carly White allowed one hit. The dominant White also struck out nine and did not walk a batter in seven innings in her third straight shutout victory.

    West wasted no time in scoring in the first as freshman Alex Wickel tripled to deep left field and scored on a bad relay.

  • West JV wins St. Patrick's...

    The West Brunswick junior varsity won the North Myrtle Beach St Patrick’s Day softball tournament, beating North Myrtle Beach 18-7 and Socastee 10-2, a game in which Kim Cook pitched a no-hitter.

    “This is the first tournament championship for the West Brunswick High School JV team in school history,” coach Mark Jones said.

    Against Socastee in the title game, Cook struck out eight and walked four.

  • South edges West by one stroke...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The West Brunswick men’s golf team finished second by one stroke to South Brunswick in an 18-hole conference match March 15 at The Lakes Country Club.

    South Brunswick finished first with a four-player team score of 347. West Brunswick was next at 348, followed by West Bladen at 353, Whiteville at 359, North Brunswick at 375, East Bladen at 408 and South Columbus at 473.

    In the first meeting at The Lakes, South beat West by five strokes.

  • This season, catching redfish...

    The spring redfish bite in Brunswick County and the Little River, S.C., area has been the best in many years. The inshore redfish have hit consistently in the shallow water, and these have been very nice-sized fish.

    Capt. Patrick Kelly, who goes by the handle Capt. Smiley and runs Captain Smiley Fishing Charters (http://www.captainsmileyfishingcharters.com) out of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., said he is amazed at how strong the redfish bite has been lately.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Carolina Shores. Low gross: Reese Evans, 85; Harry Haggerty, 86; Dan O’Connell, 87; Jim Fitzner, 88. Low nets: O’Connell, 68; Fred Ortiz, 70. Team two best balls per hole: O’Connell, Ortiz, Haggerty and Bill Cameron at 29 under. Golfer of the week was O’Connell.

    BRICK LANDING LGA