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Today's Sports

  • West Bladen boys beat South...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—West Bladen, with a record of 8-1 and ranked high in the state, sank South Brunswick 49-33 Friday night in a Waccamaw Conference boys’ basketball game in the Cougars’ gym.

    The Cougars entered the game coming off a 48-45 loss Dec. 16 to Horry County powerhouse North Myrtle Beach.

    South coach Dan McGougan likes his teams to face a tough schedule before they get deep into conference play, and these last two games should get them going in the right direction.

  • Foul trouble costs South's...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Foul trouble and the inability of the Cougars to make their free throws cost them a victory Friday night in a Waccamaw Conference girls’ basketball game.

    They faced off against a West Bladen team that knows how to run the floor, pass, rebound and make free throws. Yet, the inexperienced girls of South, with nine players suited up, still made a game of it on sheer determination before losing 47-37.

  • A Christmas miracle--one of many...

    Christmas is a time of miracles. For Christians, it’s the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus with gifts and songs, gaily decorated homes, special church services and family gatherings.

    Year-round there are miracles aplenty right here in Brunswick County.

    Tides come and go, season follows season, each with its own beauty. Gulls and pelicans soar overhead. Salt marshes rustle in the evening breeze as a great blue heron rises and flies into a violet and gold sunset.

    That’s a miracle.

  • Golf action

    BRICK LANDING

    The Brick Landing Men’s Sports Club weekly tournament was played Dec. 15. The format was two best nets. First: Dave Biesack, Jim Campana, Eric Nelson and a draw at -28. Second: Jim Barrett, Chuck Dixon, Alan Morrissey and a draw at -26. Skins: Jim Campana, Dwight Christenbury and Neil Nucci, one each; Chuck Dixon and Dick Brown, two each.

    BRIERWOOD MGA

    The format Monday was two best balls. In first at 3 under were Howard Boyd, Ralph Trimmer and Dave Harper. In second at 3 over were Bob Nobes, Gary McDaniel and Chuck Horfeck.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Cougar wrestlers...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—South wrestlers won five competitive matches and four more by forfeit in beating Trask 48-24 in a nonconference dual Dec. 17.

    The Cougars won five of the six matches up to 135 pounds.

    At 112, Matt Craven won by technical fall. At 119, Corey Craven won 13-0. At 125, Jeromy Roundtree won in 30 seconds. At 130, Robert Capps won 11-4. And at 135, Jack Mendez won by pin in the second period.

    The Cougars got forfeits at the weights 140-160.

  • North boys beat West

     LELAND—The Scorpions dominated from start to finish in beating West Brunswick 80-49 in a Waccamaw Conference boys’ basketball game Friday night.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Bernier, Edwards...

    BY MICHAEL PAUL

    SPORTS EDITOR

    Dylan Bernier, co-winner of the Most Outstanding Wrestler award, helped lead the West Brunswick wrestling team to a third-place finish in the six-team Battle at the Beach Saturday at West.

    Bernier finished 3-0 in the 119-pound weight class. One other West wrestler won his weight class: Will Edwards, 2-0 in the 152-pound class.

    The only other Brunswick County champion was the Scorpions’ James Fitzpatrick, who finished 5-0 at 130 pounds.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Trojan wrestlers...

    The West Brunswick wrestling team took time before its dual with North Brunswick on Dec. 16 to honor Caleb Hawkins.

    Hawkins, who died 10 days before his 18th birthday of injuries suffered in a car wreck in May, was a three-sport athlete. He would have been a senior wrestler in the starting lineup against the Scorpions on this night.

  • First bluefin tuna of season...

    The anticipation has been building over the past weeks as fishermen await the arrival of the giant bluefin tuna to our waters. Since 2005, these powerful and highly valuable fish have provided sport and much needed supplemental income to local fishermen. As this is still a new fishery to our area, every year the big question is, “I wonder if they’ll show.”

  • Charlie Megaswing: Golf teacher...

    As a working journalist, I have met a lot of different folks over the years. Interviews are one of the facets of writing I dearly love. It’s fun to meet new people, to ask questions, to find out what makes them tick.

    Last week, I met a real raconteur, a guy who has a great life story and a gift of gab to go with it.

    Charlie Megaswing has been teaching the game of golf at the State Line Driving Range for more than 10 years. The facility is on the southbound lane of U.S. 17, right on the border of North and South Carolina.