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Today's Sports

  • Beat the heat with speckled...

    Inshore fishing continues in its hot-water summer pattern, meaning fish are being caught, although not much is happening in the heat of the day. The best bets now are early morning speckled trout, feisty pompano in the suds or flounder inside.

    Speckled trout are staging runs, mostly before noon or around sunset. They can be caught from the piers, around the bridges and jetties or near the creek mouths. The best bait for the specks is live shrimp, which you can gather with your cast net from shore in many places. You can also catch finger mullet for use on the trout.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a modified Stableford tournament June 26 at Palmetto Greens The winners at +30.5 were Gary Gutheil, Dan O’Connell, Jim Beairsto and Bob Smith. Second went to Larry Bollinger, Stu Cleveland, Paul Michal and Ed Kinney with a +20. Low gross for the day were Paul Michal and Gary Gutheil, 81; Dan O’Connell, 83; Hal Riebesehl, 85; and Jim Beairsto, 87. The honors for low net were Dan O’Connell, 61; Paul Michal, 63; Gary Gutheil and Hal Riebesehl, 64; Jim Beairsto, 67; Bill Cameron, 68; and Larry Bollinger, 69.

  • Cape Fear National features...

    Tim Cate has designed yet anther fabulous golf course in Brunswick County. Cape Fear National in Leland is slated to open in October and I can hardly wait.

  • McCumbee finishes 25th in NASCAR...

    The SS Green Light team was looking Saturday to regain some of the magic it had at the beginning of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The team finished third at the California Speedway in February and was bringing the same truck to the similar two-mile oval in Brooklyn, Mich.

    Following practice sessions on Friday, things looked good for Chad McCumbee and the Bobby Dotter-led team, as McCumbee posted the third quickest time in the final session. He reported the truck was good.

    “I think we have a solid top-10 truck,” he said.

  • Athletes honored by conferences

    Many county high school players this spring were selected by conference coaches to all-conference teams. Below are the selections.

    BASEBALL

    Three West players made All-Mideastern Conference.

    Senior second baseman Wally Kamfolt batted .434 (second highest on the team) and had 30 RBIs (best on the team). He led the team in doubles (10) and had 33 hits (second most on the team).

    Senior catcher Josh Powell batted a team-high .436 and had the most hits (34) and second-most RBIs (28).

  • Cougars win Waccamaw Wachovia...

    South Brunswick High School is the Waccamaw 2-A/1-A Conference Wachovia Cup champion after taking league titles in men’s golf, women’s track and soccer.

    The Wachovia Cup award, sponsored by Wachovia and the N.C. High School Athletic Association, recognizes high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. Wachovia, a Wells Fargo company, has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.

  • Home runs lead to Post 68 loss...

    LELAND—Two home runs helped give New Hanover Post 10 a 7-0 lead as it went on to beat Brunswick County Post 68 14-4 in eight innings Monday night at North Brunswick High School.

    A three-run home run in the first off pitcher Brock Holmes gave Post 10 a 3-0 lead. In the second, a single, a sacrifice bunt and two singles scored a run. With two outs, Post 10 went ahead 7-0 on a three-run home run.

    Josh Powell cut the lead to 7-1 in the bottom of the second when he led off with a home run to right field.

  • McCumbee finishes 25th in NASCAR...

    Chad McCumbee finished 25th in the Camping World Truck Series Milwaukee Mile over the weekend in West Allis, Wis.

    McCumbee began the race 11th and ran in the top 15 during the opening laps. The truck was tight handling in the turns, then McCumbee was spun by another truck, losing two laps.

    A caution on lap 55 allowed McCumbee to make up one lap. Following a caution on lap 142 of the 200-lap event, McCumbee started 17th, one lap down.

  • West Brunswick avoids heartbreak...

    Hunter Allen’s two-out single in the eighth inning drove in the winning run as the West Trojans beat Ashley 4-3 in a Junior American Legion baseball game June 16 at West.

    A two-out walk to Damian Burney led to the winning score. He stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Josh Cortes worked the count to 3-2 and walked. Ashley then intentionally walked Markel Jones to load the bases and get a force at any base. But Allen won the game when he singled to right center field.

  • Southport crew wins $25,980 in...

    Reel Time, captained by Samuel T. Rees of Southport, won the Yellowfin-OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic, catching a 38.15-pound king mackerel Father’s Day. Including tournaments within the tournament, the crew won $25,980.

    Reel Time also finished first in the 23-foot boat division. Another member of the boat, Samantha Nowell, finished first in the ladies’ division.

    The two-day tournament attracted competitors on 305 boats and took place Saturday and Father’s Day. Capt Brant McMullan of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center organized the event.