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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • West soccer team loses to 3-A...

    The West Brunswick varsity soccer team lost 4-0 March 24 to Class 3-A rival Jacksonville.

    The loss dropped West’s conference record to 0-5.

    The West junior varsity lost 4-0.

    “It was our most consistent game of the season,” JV coach Steve Nagy said. “We came out and played well. It was 2-0 at half but the girls didn’t give up. There was no letdown in the second half even after the goals.”

    Taylor Harris had nine saves.

    In a nonconference varsity game Saturday against Rocky Mount, West lost 4-2.

  • McCumbee finishes 28th at...

    Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team finished 28th Monday at the rain–delayed Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

    After the drop of the green flag, McCumbee moved steadily forward in the running order, reaching the 13th position on lap 70. During the races next caution, the race would take a dramatic turn for the SS Green Light team, as a huge cloud of steam erupted from underneath McCumbee’s Black’s Tire & Auto Service Silverado.

  • Season special so far for West...

    Welcome to “Jeopardy!”

    And the first answer is: Laney.

    Question: What is the answer to all my test questions?

    A similar version of the popular game show took place last week as the West Brunswick High School softball team prepared for its game at Laney.

    Even though the March 24 game was early in the season, was beating Laney on the minds of the Trojans?

  • April means it's tuna time...

    It is finally spring and starting to feel like it. If you are a Brunswick County fisherman, you can now come out of hiding.

    March is a great month, but it has a tendency to show all the signs of spring and then leave you hanging with water temperatures that are typically still too cool to promote much good fishing. However, April is here and the water is warming up.

    Ocean Isle Fishing Center inshore guide, Capt. Kyle, has been reporting good catches of redfish and speckled trout. He is optimistic about the inshore fishing over the next couple of months.

  • Speckled trout emerge full force...

    Last week I wrote about the nice redfish bite, and how those drum have been providing nonstop action all winter and into the early spring for local fishing guides like Capt. Mark Dickson.

    This week, I asked Dickson about the emerging speckled trout bite, since specks are a fish that anglers’ thoughts turn to in April the way a second baseman’s thoughts turn to base hits.

  • Golf action

    Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation will host a day of free golf activities during PGA Play Golf America Day from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. April 18.

  • Brunswick Community College Turf...

    About 15 months ago, I wrote about the Brunswick Community College Horticulture and Turfgrass Management Program and their new, on-campus facility.

    This past week, I revisited BCC and talked again with Dean Bennett, director of the program, and Jace Myers, turfgrass instructor. My interest had been piqued because students from the turf school had been at Cinghiale Creek (home of The First Tee of Brunswick County) since January building a huge new bunker next to the south green.

  • BCC beats Lakeland on hit batter...

    Rebounding from having to forfeit 12 victories, the BCC baseball team swept Lakeland Community College in a three-game weekend series.

    The Dolphins (8-17) completed the series with a 4-3 victory in nine innings Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick High School. BCC won the game when Daniel Terry was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth.