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Today's Sports

  • Young WBHS golf team show lots...

    What do you get when you mix together one senior, one junior, two sophomores and three freshmen on one Class 3-A golf team? A small, young team with more opportunities for everyone to play and gain valuable experience against stronger New Hanover county 4-A schools.

    West Brunswick High School golf coach, Ron Ambrose, agrees.

  • NASCAR is an economic indicator

    If there is one sport I thought was strong financially, it was NASCAR. It has a loyal following and television ratings are consistently strong.

    But even NASCAR has been hit by this recession, and it may have an impact on local driver Chad McCumbee.

    This season he is racing for SS Green Light Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and through three races he is fifth in points.

  • West's girls' team...

    A delay of the game for 50 minutes did not hamper the Trojan softball team March 18, as it easily handled White Oak 11-2.

    Carly White struck out 10 batters as West opened its conference season with a victory against a Class 3-A foe. She gave up three hits and one earned run. She walked two.

    The game was a reschedule of a rainout from the previous day. The umpires had a starting time of 6 p.m. instead of the scheduled 5 p.m. start time.

    The first inning for the visitors showed visions of things to come in the game, as West scored six runs.

  • West tennis team beats...

    The West Brunswick tennis team defeated White Oak 6-3 March 12. The match was important because White Oak is a 3-A school and is a conference opponent.

    If West Brunswick does well against 3-A opponents White Oak and Jacksonville, the regional is a possibility.

    On Monday, West lost 9-0 to Class 4-A New Hanover.

    “They are one of the best teams in the eastern region,” West coach Bob Bell said.

    NEW HANOVER 9 WEST 0

  • West routs Loris in non-...

    The West Brunswick girls’ soccer team lost two conference games last week, 7-0 March 13 to New Hanover and 4-0 March 19 at Laney.

    The losses dropped West to 0-4 in the conference, but West routed Loris, S.C., 8-0 Friday, and is now 3-4 overall.

    West scored twice in the first half, the first goal by Sheena Suttlemyre off an assist from Mariah Evans 10 minutes into the game.

    At the 24:54 mark, Evans scored off an assist from Suttlemyre.

    West dominated the second half, scoring six times.

  • March 13 is a memorable day for Steve Wilson: it is daughter Stephanie’s birthday.

    But March 13—and March 14—became memorable this year for another reason: Wilson made a hole-in-one each day on the Sea Trail golf courses. They were the first aces he ever made.

    Wilson is better known in the area for being on the board of directors of Brunswick Family Assistance than for his golf. BFA assists the needy families in Brunswick County with such essentials as food, clothing, housing needs and bill payments.

  • Former West athlete honored as...

    Former athletes at West Brunswick High School remain current newsmakers. Brandon Rankin, Chad McCumbee and Cedric Simmons are the most notable, but another former Trojan, Timothy Vaught, recently received national recognition.

  • West Brunswick falls to 2-3 in...

    After a 2-0 start to the season, West Brunswick’s girls’ soccer team lost three conference games last week: 11-0 at Class 4-A Hoggard, 8-0 to state soccer power White Oak and 7-0 to Class 4-A New Hanover.

    “We knew this week was going to be a tough one,” West coach Laura Hickman said, “because all three teams have great talent and consistently have a competitive team.

    “We have had three starters out due to injury, which made it difficult to keep fresh legs on the field.

  • Whiting an important fish for...

    The piers are opening in the Carolinas, and bottom fishermen are ready to fill their coolers. The fishing season usually takes a little while to start, especially ocean-side. One fish that often shows up early is the whiting. A dependable pier and surf catch, and a tasty dish, whiting are the bread and butter of our local piers until the spot decide to make an appearance.

  • Golf action

    The governing club of this year’s season of the Brunswick Ladybirds is Brunswick Plantation. The officers are Sue Sadlon, president; Carrie Wilson, vice president/treasurer and Laura Lagenaur, secretary.

    The first tournament, which officially kicked off the season, was played March 11 at Oak Island. Following are the results: