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Today's Sports

  • North’s Irwin catches...

    A willingness to work hard on the baseball field and in the classroom has allowed Dakota Irwin to continue to pursue his dream of playing baseball.

    Irwin, a senior catcher for the North Brunswick High School baseball team, signed a letter of intent May 14 to play for Belmont Abbey College.

    The Crusaders, a Division II team, are nationally ranked and graduate their starting catcher this year. Those two factors helped make Irwin’s decision to attend the college.

  • Trojans open baseball playoffs...

    The West Brunswick baseball team begins the Class 3-A state playoffs Friday night at home against Wilson Hunt. West is the top 3-A seed in the Mideastern Conference. If it wins Friday, it will play a second-round game Tuesday at home, possibly against another top seed, D.H. Conley.

    For West coach Mike Alderson, a lack of competitive games heading into the playoffs is his main concern. West’s last game was May 6, when it beat Jacksonville 15-1 in five innings.

  • West opens baseball playoffs...

    The West Brunswick baseball team begins the Class 3-A state playoffs 6 p.m. Friday night at home (foe to be determined). Admission is $5.

    West is the top 3-A seed in the Mideastern Conference. If it wins Friday, it will play a second-round game Tuesday at home, possibly against another top seed, D.H. Conley.

    For West coach Mike Alderson, a lack of competitive games heading into the playoffs is his main concern. West’s last game was May 6, when it beat Jacksonville 15-1 in five innings.

  • Hawkins was a popular leader...

    Coaches describe Caleb Hawkins as a popular athlete, a leader who inspired his younger teammates because he competed to his fullest ability.

    Hawkins was one of three West Brunswick athletes in a single-car wreck May 7. He was the most severely injured of the three athletes and May 12 he was taken off life support at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was an organ donor.

  • West Brunswick athletes injured...

    Four of the five passengers in the fatal car wreck May 7 are part of the West Brunswick High School wrestling team. Three of them are wrestlers—Caleb Hawkins, Joey Moreno and Dylan Bernier. The other—Jessica Solomon—is the team statistician.

    Hawkins and Moreno remained hospitalized Friday night. Hawkins was reported to be in a coma. Bernier had returned home.

  • North outlasts South in 10...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—It took 10 innings and a 20-minute delay-of-game for North Brunswick to get hot in the top of the 10th inning and beat South 7-4 in a Waccamaw Conference softball game May 5 at Cougar field.

    North trailed 3-0 entering the top of the seventh but scored four runs with two outs. South scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.

    The game was delayed for 20 minutes in the 10th as the lights were turned off at the softball field instead of the baseball field, where the North and South baseball teams has just played.

  • Lady Trojans lose MEC games

    The West Brunswick girls’ soccer team lost two Mideastern Conference games last week, 1-0 in overtime to Class 4-A Ashley on May 4 and 7-1 to Class 4-A Hoggard on May 6.

    The losses dropped West’s conference record to 0-11. West is 8-12 overall.

    The game May 6 was the last of the regular season at home for eight Lady Trojan seniors: Gabby McClanahan, Monica Young, Kaitlyn Johnson, Elise Winner, Mariah Evans, Jordie Shaw, Amanda Silva and Kaitlyn Humbert.

    WEST JV ENDS

    FIRST SEASON

  • South Brunswick golfers fifth in...

    The South Brunswick High School boys’ golf team finished fifth out of 10 teams in the Class 2-A East Region golf tournament last week at Bear Trail Country Club in Jacksonville.

    South shot a 339, missing by five strokes a top-three finish that would have qualified the Cougars for their eighth straight state tournament.

    South Lenoir was first at 308, Clinton second at 328 and Pasquotank third at 334. West Bladen was fourth at 338 and South next at 339.

  • Red-=hot dolphin fishing begins...

    Thank goodness we can count on something. As they are supposed to, the dolphin, aka Mahi-mahi, have shown up in huge numbers off our coast. Each year they migrate northward in the Gulf Stream, out of the Bahamas, along the southeastern coast and toward the mid-Atlantic. It is believed there are two groups: one group comes from the Gulf of Mexico and the Keys area and the other comes from the Bahamas. These two groups collide off the Carolina coast and make for one of the best dolphin fisheries in the world. This anomaly occurs annually from mid-May through June.

  • May has been great for catching...

    Local water temperatures are now holding in the upper 60s, and that has really kicked the fishing season into high gear. So far the biggest news has been the consistent action on large chopper bluefish. This is the best May I can remember for folks hauling in the big blues. In addition, almost any other fish you want to target is out there and active.