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Today's Sports

  • Cougars end Lady Trojans'...

    South Brunswick defeated the Lady Trojans 4-1 April 9 at West in a pitchers’ duel into the sixth inning.

    The loss ended West’s hopes for an undefeated season. West, which beat South earlier this season, is 11-1.

    Madison Batten, the unheralded junior, pitched the best game of her career to seal the victory against rival West. Batten pitched all seven innings, allowing four hits and one run. She walked one batter and had five strikeouts.

  • Inshore action heats up,...

    I know it’s cliché to complain about the weather, but do we ever get a break?

    Offshore fishermen such as myself are chomping at the opportunity to head out in search of tuna, dolphin, wahoo, mackerel and grouper…but the wind and resulting high seas have been relentless. Low-pressure systems have marched across the southeast for the past two weeks, bringing heavy rains and strong westerly winds. The other problem with this scenario is the west wind is not conducive to kick-starting the spring fishing.

  • So far, spring fishing has been...

    Spring fishing has been terrific so far, at least when the weather has cooperated. Stormy and windy days have troubled pier anglers and boaters, but when the blue skies have been out, people have been catching fish. The biggest successes have been on sea mullet (whiting) on the piers, redfish inshore, and black drum everywhere.

    I talked to Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Charters, and he told me on some days he has had to go to the dependable black drum for his clients.

  • More mixed golf moments: Tales...

    Each golf club has its own individual take on mixed golf because each golf club has different needs and interests.

    Frank Burniak has been running the mixed golf events at Ocean Ridge for more than a year now and enjoys doing it.

    “We have a great group of people who play in these events,” he said as we sat in the Plantation Club at Ocean Ridge last week. “We play every Sunday afternoon year-round and we run a variety of tournaments. It may be an alternate shot or a best ball or a red ball tournament.”

  • Golf action

    Results of the Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association Two-Man Shootout tournament.

    The tournament began April 6, when the format was two-man best ball for the first nine holes and two-man net total score for the second nine holes. There was one point per hole and the winners of the nine holes received an extra point.

    Day 2 was April 8, when the format was a two-man scramble for the first nine holes and individual match play with full handicaps on the last nine holes. Again, there was one point per hole, with the winners of the nine holes getting an extra point.

  • First Tee players 'rivals...

    West and South played in a nonconference match April 9 at South’s home course at St. James Plantation.

    The first group consisted of the best four golfers from both teams: Dalton Gore (South junior), Richard Weinacht (South junior), Harrison Taylor (West freshman) and Greg Hensley (West freshman). They played all 18 holes.

    The remaining groups played only nine holes and their scores were doubled.

  • Yankee Stadium will always be a...

    Yankee Stadium is no more.

    I have been a New York Yankees fan ever since my dad first took me to Yankee Stadium as a child. People have referred to it as “The Cathedral.” To me “The Cathedral” was St. Patrick’s on Fifth Avenue and 51st Street in Manhattan. St. Patrick’s was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

  • Gator Games great time for...

    After Charles Truman Johnson moved here 12 years ago from Pennsylvania, he eagerly became a participant in the Brunswick County Gator Senior Games. In 12 years of competition, he has won 36 medals—35 of them gold.

    And Johnson, 82, once again will be a competitor in the games, sponsored by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, which take place April 8 through May 11.

    “The county runs a tremendous program,” Johnson said. “This is the greatest county for recreation. Those people are the best.”

  • Elon's Tiara Gause named...

    Elon freshman Tiara Gause has been named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year by the Southern Conference Sports Media Association. This is the first time an Elon player has been named freshman of the year.

    Gause led all league freshmen in scoring, averaging 10 points a game. She also paced the Phoenix in scoring while starting 25 games. She scored in double figures 13 times.

    The Fayetteville native recorded a season-high 22 points against Davidson on Feb. 7 and reached double figures in points in six of the last six games for the Phoenix.

  • Gause homers twice; Daniels...

    Shrugging off their first conference loss of the season, the Trojans routed Class 3-A rival White Oak 17-0 in five innings Monday evening.

    Winning pitcher Randy Daniels gave up no hits and struck out nine. One walk, with two outs in the first inning, prevented a perfect game.

    Jay Gause was the hitting star for West Brunswick, hitting a three-run home run in the first inning and, against another pitcher, a three-run home in the fourth. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk and seven RBIs.