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Today's Sports

  • Baitfish, shrimp plentiful in...

    Local saltwater fishing is still stuck in a summertime pattern, as the game fish are not plentiful but are nice-sized and most of the action is in the morning or at night. Something not in short supply are the baitfish and shrimp, which are swarming through our waters right now.

  • Good grief: gators and golfers

    One of the more fascinating animals on the Carolina Coast is the alligator. On hot summer days, you can see them, lying like logs along the rivers, marshes and ponds in Brunswick County.

    If the golf course you play has rivers, marshes and ponds, it’s almost a given that there will be gators on it.

  • Leland No. 2 in Series; No. 1 in...

    The goal of athletes and teams is to win, not to finish second. But that all-or-nothing goal can diminish accomplishments that deserve to be recognized.

    Leland’s Dixie Youth Baseball Majors teams (12-year-olds) finished second last week in the World Series in Laurel, Miss.

    Leland, representing North Carolina in the 11-state tournament, dominated the tournament for all but one inning. South Carolina scored 10 runs in the final inning of the championship game Aug. 13 to beat Leland 12-9 and win the World Series.

  • Nonagenarian says no to...

    LELAND—The Summer National Senior Games took place Aug. 1-15 in the San Francisco area, and Leland resident Amelia Josey Smith was one of the qualifiers.

    For Josey, as everyone calls her, this is the fourth time she has qualified for the nationals. Because the coast-to-coast trip was too expensive for her, Josey was unable to travel to the games. But if she had competed, she would have been one of the oldest competitors: Josey is 93.

  • Trojans, Cougars win in final...

    The West Brunswick and South Brunswick football teams tuned up for the football season with scrimmages last week.

    West scrimmaged Hoggard and Wallace-Rose Hill Aug. 13 at home and scrimmaged Jacksonville Aug. 14 in the BB&T Jamboree, winning 17-3.

    In the scrimmages Aug. 13, Tyquan Ash caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Quan Bates. Markel Jones intercepted a pass.

  • Lady Trojans open season with win

    The West Brunswick volleyball team opened its 2009 season by beating Topsail 25-8, 23-25, 25-19, 26-24 Monday at West.

    Every starter contributed to the nonconference victory, led by Kenzie McDuffie’s 28 assists and eight digs. She also had eight points. Carly White had 18 kills and nine blocks. Sheena Suttlemyre scored 12 points and four digs. Mattie Tippett scored 15 points and had five aces. Breana Gause had five kills and four blocks. Miriah Milliken had seven points and four digs. Keri Nolan had 10 kills.

  • August fishing exceeds...

    August is not considered one of the better months to fish from this area. The summer’s heat builds to a peak, which raises water temperatures above 80 degrees and typically sends the majority of fish either packing north or offshore. However, this August is showing if food is readily available, the predator fish will endure a bit of discomfort for a guaranteed meal.

    I hate to harp on it, but the pogies are absolutely thick all along the beaches, and it is helping our fishing exponentially.

  • Golf action

    Aug. 13 was ace day for the Brick Landing Plantation LGA. The low net score of the day won ace of the month honors.

    The first flight winner was Jean Lakey with a 66. Keith Webb was second with a 72 and Irene Dowdy was third with a 74. Barbara Karkut won the second flight with a 62. Shirley Dowd was second with a 63 and Cathy Shanley was third with a 71. Peggy Campana won the third flight with a 61 and took ace of the month honors. Bernice Logan placed second in the flight.

  • New QB to take over talented...

    Everything appears to be set for the West Brunswick High School football team except for the most important position: quarterback.

    Ryan Hill has moved on to Navy, and three players, West coach Jimmy Fletcher said, are now contending to be the starter: junior Quan Bates (6-3, 175), sophomore Cameron Smith (5-9, 150) and freshman Markel Jones (5-7, 170).

  • New coach, new league, same goal...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—They say football is won in the summer in the weight room, and if that is the case, the South Brunswick High School football team, with 65 or so players who showed up this summer, should have a great year.

    These dedicated Cougars also have a lot of respect for their new head coach, Roman Kelley.

    “It is a wonderful opportunity to come in and follow a guy like coach Gordon Walters, who has established a well-respected program and work ethic, which all of the players are following,” Kelley said.