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Today's Sports

  • Shallotte hosts Dixie Youth...

    Shallotte and Town Creek parks are hosting the Dixie Youth AAA (10 and under) and the Majors (12 and under) district baseball tournaments Friday through Sunday.

    The leagues are from Brunswick and New Hanover counties. The leagues are Wilmington Cape Fear Optimist, Leland, Town Creek, Lockwood Folly, Southport, Waccamaw and Shallotte.

    The AAA winner advances to the state tournament, which will be in Clarkton, with the opening ceremony July 17 and the games July 18-25.

  • West beats Hampstead

    Trey Brown threw a two-hitter as the West Trojans beat Hampstead Post 157 8-2 in a Junior American Legion baseball game Saturday.

    West (9-7) made five errors in the victory, but Hampstead—which made six errors—was unable to take advantage against Brown, who struck out five, walked three and gave up no earned runs in the seven-inning game.

    Hamptead scored in the second off three errors and a groundout. But West batted around in the bottom of the inning in taking a 5-1 lead.

  • Go fishing for free on the Fourth

    One of the highlights of vacations when I was younger was fishing. Whenever I read about someone catching a fish—whether it’s a king mackerel or a nondescript 2-pounder—I get the same sensation I had back then: I feel the tug on the line and the pull on the rod and reel in my hands. That in-the-moment experience from years ago has never gone away.

  • Post 68 ends regular season with...

    LELAND—The Brunswick County American Legion Post 68 baseball team finished the regular season 7-6 after 9-5 loss to Morehead City Monday night.

    Post 68 will open the first round of the best-of-five playoffs Thursday (sites and foe to be determined).

    The second round is July 9-13. The area playoffs are July 16-20. The state tournament is July 24-29 in Greenville.

  • 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.