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Today's Sports

  • 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:

  • One avid golfer's look back...

    If you’ve played golf as long as I have, you can look back at all the crazy things that happened on the course and laugh.

    A dog darts out of the woods, grabs a ball off the green and disappears into the trees. A fabulously long drive rolls toward the pond and nestles against a sleeping gator.

  • Seven West track athletes make...

    Seven West Brunswick track and field athletes have had strong performances in the first few meets of the season. Many of the events are warm-ups for the season-ending conference meet April 28-30, but the events also are a chance for athletes to qualify for the Class AAA East Regional May 9 at Swansboro High School. The top-four finishers in each event advance to the state championships, May 16.

    For West, Bradley Bell had qualified for the regional in three sprints and Josh Johnson in two sprints. Marc Cajuste has qualified in the 100 meters.

  • Leland lacrosse player signs...

    Next spring Garrett Swaim will be part of the first lacrosse team at Jacksonville University. The Leland resident hopes he and his teammates can start a proud legacy.

    “I thought it would be really cool to be part of the first-ever recruiting class for them,” he said.

    Swaim is the son of Brenda and Lindian Joseph Swaim (a physician at Brunswick Community Hospital). Garrett is believed to be the first Brunswick County youth to sign a Division I scholarship to play lacrosse.