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Today's Sports

  • Catching a flying fishing rod is...

    Do I have a fish story for you.

    Last weekend I was flounder fishing on foot around the Sunset Beach Bridge. If you know the old bridge area, you know it’s beside the new bridge they are building, where a lot of old pilings are on their sides. I was on the island side, on the opposite shore from the new bridge construction.

  • June is a great time to go...

    June is probably the best month for all-around good fishing in our area. The Gulf Stream is still good for dolphin. There will not be quite as many dolphin as there were in May, but the overall size will increase and average 20 pounds, with the biggest dolphin of the year typically caught in this month. In addition, the blue marlin fishing is peak from our area during May as they follow the tail end run of dolphin.

  • Oak Island golfer wins N.C. Open

    Five years after his last Carolinas PGA major championship win, Oak Island resident Steve Isley won the 45th Pepsi North Carolina Open June 4 at Kilmarlic Golf Club in Powells Point.

    Isley, who worked at St. James before becoming PGA director of golf at Masonboro Country Club in Wilmington, shot a 5-under 67 in the final round for a five-stroke victory over Bryan Sullivan and Rick Morton.

    Isley finished at 15-under 201 (63-71-67). Thirty-seven competitors made it to the final round in the tourney in Currituck County.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    Results of the Beachcombers’ event at Cypress Bay. Low gross: Stu Cleveland, 78; Paul Michal and Jim Beairsto, 84; Hal Riebesehl, 85; Bill Cameron, 87; Bob Smith, Bob Byrne and Fred Ortiz, 89. Low nets: Cameron, 60; Cleveland, 63; Smith, Ortiz and Beairsto, 65; Jim Quigley, 68; Michal and Riebesehl, 69. The team format was one low net on the par 5s, two low nets on par 4s and three low nets on the par 3s. The winning team was Smith, Ortiz, Cameron and Beairsto at 29-under par. Golfer of the week was a tie between Cameron and Cleveland.

  • Joe Deane: Memories worth keeping

    Joe Deane is a local golfer, 83 years young, who works each Saturday at Brunswick Plantation as a starter.

    Last week, Joe and I sat and talked in the clubhouse at Brunswick Plantation. He brought pictures and clippings and autograph books and other memorabilia, and in the next hour I heard an amazing story.

  • Evans, Hill West's Athletes...

    Three-sport athletes Mariah Evans and Ryan Hill have been selected as West Brunswick’s athletes of the year. The honors were announced last week during the Senior Awards ceremony at the school.

    Evans was a backup in basketball, averaging 1.3 points, but she contributed to several victories. She blocked eight shots, tying for third most on the team, and she had 19 steals.

    “Mariah started several times for us this year,” basketball coach James Walker said. “She is a terrific young lady. She is blessed with athleticism and quickness and speed.

  • Post 68 beats Whiteville for...

    LELAND—Randall Rabon’s home run off the scoreboard highlighted Leland Post 68’s 9-7 victory over Whiteville June 4 in an American Legion baseball game at North Brunswick High School.

    The game was the home opener for Post 68 and also was Post’s first victory of the season after two defeats.

    Ethan Cox was the winning pitcher, giving up nine hits and five runs in five innings. He walked one and struck out four. Post 68 made three errors in the first five innings and five for the nine-inning game.

  • Kazmierczak ready to clear next...

    Perhaps it was a hug that clinched Jenna Kazmierczak’s decision to attend Coastal Carolina University on a track scholarship, the same hug she got from parents Christine and Mike after she signed a letter of intent May 27 at South Brunswick High School.

    “The Coastal coaches were actually really nice people,” said Christine, herself a track coach at South who knows how harsh coaches can be sometimes. “They hugged us to say, ‘Welcome to the family, and we’re glad you are here.’”

  • Plans being designed for BCC...

    Plans for the Brunswick Community College baseball stadium are taking shape, and it is hoped within the next few years the Dolphins will have a home park.

    “We’re moving forward,” BCC baseball coach and athletics director Robbie Allen said Saturday, “but we’re moving forward slowly.”

    Allen said an architect “has been given the OK” to start designing. But it is unlikely a field will be in place next season “because we still have to raise the money to build it.”

    Allen estimated the cost to be $200,000.

  • Junior Legion Trojans lose twice...

    The West Trojans’ Junior American Legion baseball team opened its season Saturday and lost 5-3 and 7-5 in a doubleheader with Cary. The Trojans were held to seven hits in the two seven-inning games played in about five hours.