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Today's Sports

  • Honor teams that have high GPAs

    The high school basketball season was exciting to me for two reasons.

    First, three teams—North’s girls and boys and South’s boys—had exciting games toward the end of the season en route to making the playoffs. They also played well in the playoffs, and South reached the regional.

    Second, most of the other conference teams showed they had a promising future, and all the county teams will be part of the new conference next season.

  • West outscores foes 11-1 in two...

    The West Brunswick girls’ soccer team had two nonconference games last week. Sheena Suttlemyre had two goals and two assists as West beat Loris, S.C., 6-0 in the home game March 31. Julianna Zio also had two goals.

    West beat North Brunswick 5-1 April 1 in Leland. Mariah Evans scored three goals as West became the first team to beat North (6-1) this season. Suttlemyre had a goal and an assist.

    West is 5-6. Below are game summaries:

    WEST 5

    NORTH 1

    Mariah Evans scored quick goals at the start of each half in the 5-1 victory.

  • West plays inspirational match...

    Playing its most inspirational match of the season, the West Brunswick boys’ tennis team lost 5-4 March 30 at Class 3-A rival White Oak.

    West was missing two starters because of ailments.

    “We put our best possible lineup and got terrific performances,” West coach Bob Bell said.

    White Oak won the match by winning two of the three doubles’ matches.

    “Before the match I told the team we had to have everyone’s best effort to have even a chance of winning,” he said.

  • Good defense, base running get...

    Six seniors from the Lady Trojans softball team presented the lineup card to the umpires at the start of the game on March 31. All would play an important part in the 5-2 victory over Hanover.

    This was the unbeaten Trojans’ biggest game of the season. But all the players were loose, as usual, not showing any nervousness and actually rocking to the music blasting from the speakers during warm-ups.

    Lucia Bowling, the center fielder and the unofficial disc jockey, lowered the music a little as I spoke to catcher Anna Hart.

  • West golfers in contention for...

    A steady rain cut a Mideastern Conference golf tournament April 2 at Echo Farms Golf and Country Club to nine holes. Scores then were doubled for an 18-hole result. Nonetheless, West Brunswick had its best showing of the season, finishing fourth at 346. It beat 3-A rival Jacksonville by 10 strokes and White Oak by 98.

    After five conference tournaments, West has a 17-stroke lead over Jacksonville for the Class 3-A title in the 3-A/4-A conference. Three tournaments are left in the season.

  • St. James women second in Pelham...

    Barbara McMichael and Martha Reese, from St. James, played on a Wilmington team in the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Southern Sectionals March 20-22 in Pelham, Ala. Their team was assigned to a pool containing other state champions from Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina (John’s Island.)

  • West defeats New Hanover in MEC...

    Jay Gause hit a three-run home run in the first inning and the Trojans went on to beat New Hanover 11-5 March 31 in a conference game.

    West scored twice in the second and five times in the third.

    In the fourth, New Hanover had a runner on second with two outs and attempted to score on a single. But shortstop Pat Kamfolt took a throw from center fielder Ryan Hill and threw to catcher Josh Powell, who tagged out the runner to end the inning.

    New Hanover scored four times in the fifth. West scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

  • BCC scores six in ninth to beat...

    BCC scored six runs in ninth inning—three of them with two outs—to beat Lenoir Community College 8-7 Sunday afternoon and complete a three-game sweep.

    The Dolphins trailed 7-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, but No. 8 hitter Drew Alford and No. 9 hitter Steven Godwin singled. Caleb Hall singled in a run. With one out, Ben Morris was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, T.J. Overman hit a slow roller between the mound and first base. The first baseman threw wildly to home, and two runs scored, cutting the lead to 7-5.

  • Hicks wins gold, silver in state...

    Ronnie Hicks, head instructor of Carolina Olympic Tae Kwon Do in Boiling Spring Lakes, won a gold medal and a silver medal in the recent state championships.

    Hicks won gold in poomse and silver in sparring in the North Carolina Tae Kwon Do Championships in Fayetteville. USA Tae Kwon Do sanctioned the meet.

    Winning gold in poomse qualified Hicks to participate in the Junior Olympics and senior nationals. It also was an important step for him in trying to compete at the Olympic Trials. Tae Kwon Do became an Olympic event in 2000.

  • Spring fishing about to hit full...

    Last weekend marked the start of the first really good fishing stretch of the season. Reports were flying in from up and down the coast of good action on redfish, speckled trout, black drum and some nice sea mullet (whiting). The weather has added uncertainty to the mix since then, but there’s no doubt spring fishing is in about to hit full stride.