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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Spring bite is on as fishing...

    As local world famous author Robert Rourke wrote in the best book ever written, “Old Man and the Boy,” a story of a boy growing up fishing and hunting in Southport with his grandfather, “March is for remembering, and the rest of the year is for making new memories.”

    Such was the case this past weekend as many new memories were created for anglers fishing the Gulf Stream to the inshore rivers, from monster wahoo to sea bass to trout, redfish, flounder.

  • Mixed golf: Funky fun for...

    Gene and I have been playing in couples (mixed) golf tournaments for most of our adult lives. We have had lots of laughs and good times and, best of all, we’ve made lasting friendships.

    As implied by the term, mixed golf is a tournament where men and women play on the same team. Everyone is in it for fun and everyone understands couples golf is not the U.S. Open or the Masters. It’s not the club championship or even the Saturday morning shootout.

  • Golf action

    The Sea Trail battle of the sexes tournament was played March 29 at the Maples Course. This is a yearly spring event. Forty-seven couples played a net game, head-to- head, against their spouse or partner. To the ladies’ surprise, the men finished as the 2009 couples champions, winning by a landslide. Four couples tied and received one-half point each. The men finished with 31 points and the women won 16 matches.

    HINTE EAGLES 8th at BAY

  • West tennis team plays...

    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.

  • Rayfield's homer wins South...

    Garrett Rayfield hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give South Brunswick a 10-9 victory over East Columbus in the Cougars’ first game of the conference baseball season March 24.

    South led 7-6 run entering the top of the seventh, but East Columbus took advantage of an error to tie the score. In the top of the eighth, East Columbus scored two runs on errors in taking a 9-7 lead.

    In the bottom of the eighth, Robert Jones led off with a hit. Justin Pauley followed with a walk. Rayfield then hit the game-winning home run.