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Today's Sports

  • Cougar tennis players sweep...

     The South Brunswick boys’ tennis team finished the Waccamaw Conference season as undefeated champions after beating West Bladen 9-0 April 20.

    South finished 10-0 in the conference and is 15-4 overall heading into the state duals.

    In the singles matches against the Knights, Edwin Burnett beat D. Fields 6-4, 6-3. Patrick Evans beat A. Martin 6-0, 6-3. Tyler Goldstein beat T. Lewis 6-0, 6-1. Gabe Azzato beat  J. Allen 6-1, 6-2. Sammi Khogaly beat O. Sanchez 6-0, 6-0. Caleb Stanley beat D. Raymes 6-0, 6-1.

  • Lady Trojans beat South Columbus...

     West Brunswick scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to beat South Columbus 8-7 in a conference softball game April 19 in Tabor City.

    The game was tied 6-6 in the top of the seventh when Dez Avallone hit a one-out single and scored on a two-out hit by Gabrial Sanders.

    South Columbus tied the score in the bottom of the seventh, but the Trojans regained the lead in the next inning when Hannah Stocks hit a two-out triple and scored on a hit by Sam Smith.

  • West golfers win first...

     The West Brunswick High School boys’ golf team has won its first conference title since 1999.

    In a season-ending tourney April 11 at The Players Club at St. James Plantation in Southport, West finished second. Its four-golfer aggregate was 345. But the Trojans had won four of the previous seven tourneys and that enabled them to win the title.

    In season points, West was first at 71. South Brunswick was second at 65. North Brunswick was fifth.

  • Julianna Zio sets West single-...

      Junior Julianna Zio scored three first-half goals in setting a West Brunswick girls’ single-season scoring record of 21 goals as the Lady Trojans’ soccer team beat North Brunswick 7-0 in a conference soccer game Monday night. Junior Tessa Bennett and freshmen Charlee Baxley and Carla Zio also scored in the first half as West took a 6-0 lead. Carla Zio also scored in the second half. Freshman Meg Fletcher was the winning goalkeeper. 

  • Hankins was bruising on the...

     Football is like life, only a lot faster. Football players are a special class of people. It is like a private club that everyone wants to be part of, but only a few are chosen. They are united in what they do and they do everything as a team, on and off the field. 

    I first coached football as a head coach in the middle ’60s, and friends were either killed or missing in action in a senseless war in Vietnam. Those who served did so with great valor, but knew the dangers, and many never returned home alive.

  • South’s Bruton to continue...

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—Methodist University in Fayetteville has one of the best sports medicine programs in the state. On Friday, Michael Collin Bruton, whose interests lie in that area, signed a letter of intent to play football for that university.

    Bruton, a bruising 6-foot-2, 235-pound offensive tackle helped lead the Cougars to more than 4,000 yards on offense and more than 40 points per game. The starting left tackle was awarded, along with his fellow offensive linemen, the game ball just before the first game of the playoffs.

  • BCC finishes 1-2 against...

    WHITEVILLE—The league-leading Brunswick Community College baseball team finished 1-2 in a three-game weekend series at second-place Southeaster Community College.

    BCC split two games Saturday, losing 5-4 and winning 10-6. On Sunday, BCC lost 5-4. BCC left series in first place in Region 10. BCC is 14-4 (25-14); SCC is 14-6 (26-15).

    BCC is contending for its first Region 10 championship. It has Region games left on April 22 at Catawba Valley (10-5 entering the weekend), April 23 at Stanly (7-8) and April 30-May 1 at home with Danville (1-14).

  • Hankins had memorable football...

    BY MICHAEL PAUL

    AND BOB BREEN

    This was a Saturday-evening phone call no coach or athletics director wants to receive. So when asked his thoughts about Marcus Hankins as a football player, South Brunswick High School Athletics Director Chris Roehner paused for a moment, cleared his throat and tried to speak, but he became silent.

  • North’s boys’ track team wins...

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—The North Brunswick boys’ track and field team won its eighth straight conference championship April 14, winning 11 of 18 events.

    “We had some events we thought we’d do better in that we didn’t, and we had we did a little better in some than we thought we would,” North track coach Garry Bishop said. “We faltered in some early events. Some guys stepped up and pulled us through.”

  • West’s girls’ track team wins...

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—With five first-place victories, the West Brunswick girls’ track and field team won the Waccamaw Conference championship by four points April 14 at South Brunswick. This was West’s first conference title since 2000. (It won a regional in 2003.)

    “This came out of left field,” said West track coach Yogi Hickman.