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Today's Sports

  • Amanda Noble to pitch again--in...

    An errant pitch prevented Amanda Noble from playing international softball a few years ago.

    But in January, she leaves for Greece to pitch against top-flight international teams.

    “I had the opportunity to do it right after my senior year in college (at Charleston Southern),” Noble said, “but I got hit by a pitch. It bounced up in the dirt and it fractured my ankle. So I couldn’t go.”

    For two years, Noble, 24, thought about getting another chance to play international softball.

  • West’s boys get first...

    Aaron Hankins put back a missed free throw in the final seconds to help West Brunswick beat Cape Fear Academy 70-66 in a nonconference basketball game Friday night.

    The victory was the first of the season for the Trojans (1-2).

    Hankins, a junior forward/center, finished with three points.

    “He picked a good time to get in the book,” West coach Brad Lewis said. “He’s long and he’s strong and he’s big. The (defender) didn’t displace him and he jumped over the top of him.”

  • West’s girls&rsquo...

    West Brunswick held Cape Fear Academy to two points in the fourth quarter en route to a 48-34 nonconference basketball victory Friday night.

    Kayla Padgett finished with 12 points, Jasmine Daniels 10, Breana Gause nine and Jasmine Jackson nine as West improved to 3-1.

    Daniels and Gause each had nine steals, Padgett four and Jackson three. Jackson had five rebounds and Rebecca Sidelinger four.

    “We have seven or eight girls that I think could start,” West coach James Walker said about his team’s depth.

  • Jay Gause signs letter of intent...

    West Brunswick senior baseball player Jay Gause does not like to draw a lot of attention to himself—without he publicly signed a letter of intent over the Thanksgiving holidays to attend N.C. State University—but when you can throw the baseball as hard as Gause does, anonymity will soon fade.

    Gause played in the summer and fall with the Carolina Cubs, an 18-U travel baseball team that often draws the attention of baseball scouts.

  • Catch speckled trout, then try...

    The thoughts of inshore anglers have turned to speckled trout, and the trout have responded. Specks are around all year but they really shine as the weather cools because they school up tight and continue to roam inshore long after many other species are gone.

    “The fishing around here this past week has been dynamite,” Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters said. “The trout bite has been killer just about everywhere from the jetties to the Sunset Beach Bridge and even all the way back down to Coquina Harbor.”

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a modified Stableford tournament Friday at Brierwood. Winners with a score of -1.5 were Jim Beairsto, Hal Riebesehl, Stu Cleveland and Gary Gutheil. Low gross: Gary Gutheil, 85; Harry Haggerty, 87; Jim Beairsto, 89. Low net: Gary Gutheil, 71. Gary Gutheil was voted golfer of the week.

    BRICK LANDING MEN

  • West basketball teams split home...

    The West Brunswick girls’ basketball team established a 32-8 halftime lead and cruised to a 67-21 victory Nov. 24 over Fairmont.

    Sheena Suttlemyre scored 20 points and recorded six steals for West (1-1). Jasmine Jackson recorded a double-double for the Trojans, scoring 19 points while pulling down 13 rebounds. Jackson also added three blocks.

    West quickly imposed its will against Fairmont, racing out to a 10-2 lead to start the game. The pesky Trojan defense forced eight Golden Tornado turnovers in the first quarter.

  • North's boys drub East...

    LELAND—The North Brunswick Scorpions’ boys’ basketball team had an easier time Monday against East Columbus than last week.

    They defeated the East Columbus Gators 64-63 last week, but in their home opener Monday, the Scorpions routed the Gators 70-38. Led by senior center Reggie Cobia, who did everything besides just scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, North has improved dramatically in 12 days.

    Scorpion sophomore guard Jeremy Young led all scorers with 18 points, followed by 15 for Tyshon Walker, a senior guard.

  • McCumbee finishes 11th in season...

    Chad McCumbee said he felt the season-ending Ford 200 Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway might break the SS Green Light Racing team’s streak of six straight finishes outside of the top 10 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

    When the checkered flag flew after 136 laps, McCumbee just missed that mark with an 11th-place finish.

  • Golf as an Olympic sport? Great...

    When I heard golf would be included as an Olympic sport in the Games of 2016, I was thrilled because golf is a game that brings together people of all ages, races and cultures. What better place to showcase it than at the Olympics?

    Golf is a sport that pits men and women against an unforgiving terrain, not against each other. Golfers don’t need to be 7-feet tall or have a 36-inch neck. They don’t need to bench press 400 pounds or know how to do a standing back tuck on a 4-inch wide balance beam.