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Today's Sports

  • Practice makes perfect for...

    The long hot summer is drawing to a close and it’s time to work on your game.

    I don’t care whether you play the piano or bowl. I don’t care whether you paint portraits or play tennis, practice will help. 

    With practice, your fingers will move with confidence over the keyboard; your brush strokes will coax out that hint of a smile you are trying to capture on the face of a child. Practice in bowling will bring more strikes your way; in tennis, you will score more aces. 

  • Warm water slows fishing progress

    Beach water temperatures are still higher than 80 degrees and that is not a sign of fall fishing. Although the air temperatures at night have been falling into the 60s, the days are still warm and the water temperatures are staying the same. Typically this time of year, we have seen a few more cold fronts and some cooler nights that drop water temperatures into the 70s. Until that time, fishing will continue on its late summer pattern, which hasn’t been too impressive.

  • Fishing season can turn from...

    Anglers are awaiting the arrival of true fall fishing, but in the meantime the action has been pretty solid. Already a lot of bait is in the water and the gamefish are on the move. The fishing season could turn from good to great any day now.

    The big inshore fishing action right now is on the redfish, which are making a showing in different sizes just about everywhere. There are big red drum out at the jetties, slot-size and bigger redfish in the surf off the piers, and puppy drum and rat reds running the tide inshore.

  • Wilmington runners win BFA race

    Heather Magill, of Wilmington, won the annual Brunswick Family Assistance Sea Trail Plantation 5-Miler Sept. 11. Magill, 29, finished in 30 minutes, 42 seconds.

    Adam Rose, 32, of Wilmington, was the top male finisher and was second overall at 31:41. Gage Hicks, 20, of Little River, S.C., was third in 32:13. Sean Tracy, of Sneads Ferry, was fourth at 33:56.

    Andrea Rose, 31, of Wilmington, was the second-fastest female runner, finishing ninth overall in 36:03.

    Donna Dejong was the third-fastest female runner, finishing 11th overall in 41:03.

  • Chad McCumbee finishes eighth in...

    For the third straight ARCA race, Chad McCumbee finished eighth.

    McCumbee finished eighth Saturday in the Kentuckians Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway in Indiana. McCumbee started sixth out of 30 drivers. He completed 199 of the 200 laps.

    For the season, McCumbee has five top-10 finishes in 15 starts.

  • West Brunswick upsets unbeaten...

     The West Brunswick boys’ soccer team became the first team to beat East Bladen this season, winning 2-1 a conference game Monday night at M.H. Rourk Stadium. The victory also was the first in the conference this season for West (1-2, 2-8-1 overall) and ended a five-game losing streak. East Bladen dropped to 6-1-3 overall.

    “I knew we could compete in conference,” West coach Tripp Smith said. “I just was waiting for us to show up and do it.”

  • McCumbee has another top-10...

     For the third straight ARCA race, Chad McCumbee finished eighth.

    McCumbee finished eighth Saturday in the Kentuckians Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway in Indiana. McCumbee started sixth out of 30 drivers. He completed 199 of the 200 laps.

    For the season, McCumbee has five top-10 finishes in 15 starts.

  • West ends nonconference season...

     WILMINGTON—The West Brunswick High School football team ended its nonconference season with a 21-14 loss Friday night at Ashley.

  • McCumbee eighth in ARCA Toledo...

    For the second straight week, Chad McCumbee finished eighth in an ARCA Racing Series race.

    McCumbee started 13th Sunday in the Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers 200 in Toledo, Ohio. He finished 196 of the 200 laps.

    Chris Buescher earned his second ARCA Racing Series victory of 2010. Buescher held off a challenge from Craig Goess to win by 2.6 seconds.

  • Greg Hensley returns from Pebble...

    By Connie Hensley
    The First Tee

    The Home Care and Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is over. It showcased the talent and character of 78 young people who participate at The First Tee chapters worldwide.

    As an official Champions Tour event, the stroke play tournament paired one junior with a Champions Tour player and two amateurs for a field of 78 teams.