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Today's Sports

  • Hope Mills rallies, beats...

    SOUTHPORT—The hopes of the Brunswick 13-year-olds Junior Dixie Boys baseball team going to the World Series ended July 23 at Smithville Park as Hope Mills rallied from a 5-0 deficit for an 11-6 victory.

    The victory advanced Hope Mills, a suburb of Fayetteville, to the World Series.

    Brunswick pitcher Jacob Shumate had an easy first inning, as he retired the first three batters in order.

  • Brunswick team wins Dixie Boys...

    SOUTHPORT—Facing elimination for the Dixie Boys Baseball state tournament after a 10-3 third-round loss, Brunswick County won five straight games en route to winning the championship and a spot in the World Series.

    Brunswick completed the run by beating Columbus County, the defending state champion, 3-1 July 23 at Smithville Park. The game ended when catcher Kyle Powers threw to infielder Markel Jones to tag out a runner trying to steal second. That set off a celebration, but these players are hoping for a bigger celebration in the World Series.

  • Increasing temperatures and wind...

    If you read last week, I painted a picture of great weather and great fishing. I was bragging on how good we’ve had it, all the bait, the comfortable temperatures….I knew as I was writing the report I would regret it.

  • Pompano a tasty, warm-water fish

    The beginning of August is usually a time for local anglers to look toward the cooler weather of fall, which will bring a sharp increase in the number of fish and their readiness to strike a baited hook. One fish, however, that is already very active is the pompano.

    Pompano are a warm-water fish that strike throughout the summer and provide a tasty catch for fishermen when other fish either aren’t present or aren’t feeding.

  • A Better Man: Guidebook for boys...

    The book “A Better Man” was just published. The subtitle is “True American Heroes Speak to Young Men on Love, Power, Pride and What It Really Means to Be a Man.”

    I read it in two days. This book is not just for young men and boys, but for everyone who wants to learn about real modern heroes.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Sandpiper Bay (format was team low nets, one on par-5s, two on par-4s, three on par-3s). Winning on a match of cards on second hole with a score of 116 were Larry Bollinger, Hal Riebesehl, Dan O’Connell and Stu Cleveland. Low gross: Paul Mical and Stu Cleveland, 84; Bob Byrne and Jim Beairsto, 85. Low nets: Beairsto, 66; Michal, 67; Byrne, Cleveland and Bollinger, 68. Golfer of the week was Paul Michal.

    BRICK LANDING

  • Rankin to help coach Trojans...

    West Brunswick High School football players looking to test themselves against an NCAA Division I player—who also has NFL potential—will not have to attend camps or scroll Web sites evaluating their potential. All they have to do is look at the Trojan sideline on Friday nights and notice how Brandon Rankin is reacting to their efforts.

  • Teamwork gets Evans Dixie Youth...

    As a baseball family, the Evanses are a perfect team: Dad Richard is the coach, wife Kathie is the business manager, son Dakota is the ballplayer.

    The result of their teamwork is $2,500 in scholarships toward college from Dixie Youth Baseball: $500 for Shallotte Dixie Youth Baseball and $2,000 from Dixie Youth Baseball. Dakota, a West Brunswick High School graduate, will use the money to help covers costs of attending N.C. State University, where he intends to study business management and education.

  • Three cheers for this WBHS camp

    The aspiring cheerleaders filed into the West Brunswick High School gym one-by-one, a line of 3- and 4-year-old girls, a line that extended from one end of the basketball court to the other. When all of them had been escorted into the gym by the Lady Trojan cheerleaders, they seated themselves on the floor.

    They had to make way for another group of girls, the 5- and 6-year-olds, who followed the same path and took their places on the floor.

    Next were the 7- and 8-year-olds.

    Then the 9- and 10-year-olds.

    Finally, those ages 11-13.

  • West Junior American Legion team...

    Rebounding from an 11-2 conference loss to Ashley, the West Brunswick Junior American Legion baseball team beat North Myrtle Beach 10-0 in five innings July 1.

    Starter Gavin Lane was the winning pitcher in the conference game, giving up one hit and two walks in three innings. He struck out two.

    Hunter Allen pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits and one walk. He struck out one.

    West scored twice in the first. Allen led off with a single. Markel Jones singled, and an error allowed Allen to score. Jones scored when Nick Napolitano reached on an error.