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Today's Sports

  • West ceremony retires Simmons...

    Cedric Simmons made no comments during the brief ceremony in which his No. 44 West Brunswick High School basketball jersey was retired Friday night, but the standing-room crowd knew he was appreciative.

    They knew from his smile.

    With members of his family present—including parents Mae and Thynell Simmons, brother Thynell Simmons Jr., sister Jasmine Simmons, girlfriend Sabrina Acevedo and 1-year-old son Cedric Jayden Simmons—Cedric Simmons listened as short, poignant tributes were read.

  • Redfish are a true cold-water...

    Although our local waters are home to a wide variety of saltwater game fish during the majority of the year, the list narrows considerably in the winter. Warm-water fish such as Spanish mackerel, bluefish and pompano long gone are roaming areas far to the south, while prized species such as flounder are wintering in deep offshore waters. Among anglers, late February and early March aren’t known for their diversity.

  • PGA trade show, smaller, but...

    Each year the Carolinas Section of the PGA hosts a Merchandise Show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. I always go to check out what’s new in the world of golf.

    This year, I zeroed in on three booths. Two were startup clothing businesses and one was promoting one of the oldest courses in the world: the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews, host of this year’s British Open.

  • Golf action

    Carolyn Bosman made a hole-in-one Feb. 7 at the third hole at Carolina Shores. She used an 8-iron on the 80-yard hole.

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  • Rankin accepts offer from...

    Brandon Rankin is getting as much attention for his football skills in the West as he did in the Southeast.

    Rankin, the conference defensive player of the year his senior year at West Brunswick High School, has played the last two years at Butte Junior College in California, where he excelled. On Feb. 4 he signed a letter of intent to finish his college football career at Washington State University.

  • Trojans falter in second half

    The West Brunswick High School boys basketball team rallied in the first half but was unable to rally in the second half in a 70-52 loss Friday to Jacksonville.

    West made eight turnovers and 10 fouls in the first quarter in falling behind 19-6. A 3-pointer by Pat Kamfolt cut the lead to 19-9, but the Cardinals regained a 13-point lead, 25-12, with 5:39 left in the half.

    Jacksonville then began making turnovers and committing fouls, and West took advantage in a 10-0 run.

  • Lady Trojans unable to rally

    The West Brunswick High School girls basketball team lost it next-last conference game 44-28 Friday to Jacksonville.

    The Lady Trojans and Jacksonville were tied 5-5 after the first quarter. A basket by the Trojans’ Jasmine Jackson just before the halftime buzzer left them down 14-10. Jacksonville then outscored West 14-11 in the third quarter for a 28-21 lead.

    A 3-pointer by West’s Sheena Suttlemyre cut the Cardinal lead to 30-24 with 5 minutes, 54 seconds left. A basket and a free throw gave Jacksonville a 33-24 lead with 4:59 left.

  • Ferguson signs with North...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Wearing a red shirt and red tie, South Brunswick High School senior A.J. Ferguson was all smiles as he put on the red Wolfpack hat and signed a four-year scholarship Feb. 4 to attend N.C. State University.

    At least 100 people attended the signing Wednesday afternoon in school media center: fellow football players, friends, members of the school board, the sheriff, the school board superintendent and, of course, Ferguson’s mom, Pam, who cried she was so excited.

  • South rallies, keeps first place...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—South Brunswick won its ninth straight conference basketball game by beating North Brunswick 43-36 Friday night.

    Center Reggie Cobia’s ankle injury has healed and he outjumped South’s Joey Hines for the tip-off this week by a good 6 inches, and North was in total control of the game early. The Scorpions hit the boards harder and ran and passed, while the Cougars looked tired and could not find the basket. Cobia was everywhere on defense, rebounding and scoring (eight points).

  • North Brunswick Lady Scorpions...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The North Brunswick Lady Scorpions stayed in the running for a conference basketball championship by beating South Brunswick 62-20 Friday night.