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Today's Sports

  • Looking for a fight? Take on the...

    Red Drum range all along the Atlantic Coast, except in the coldest states up north. They are also found in the Gulf, where their population (and North Carolinas’) was once almost wiped out by the popularity of Louisiana Chef Paul Prudhomme’s “blackened redfish,” which caused the fish to jump from an occasional catch to a big deal for commercial fishermen.

  • Golf action

    The American Junior Golf Association will have its Preseason Junior tournament March 27-29 at St. James Plantation in Southport. This is the first time in its 31-year history the AJGA is playing a tournament in Southport.

    The 36-hole stroke play event will be played at The Members Club Course and will bring 96 of the nation’s top junior golfers from North Carolina and around the country.

  • Golfers: The rule book is your...

    Golfers often grouse about the rules, but the official United States Golf Association (USGA) book, “The Rules of Golf,” should be your best friend. Open the cover, read it, get to know it and you will have a pal for life.

  • Short stay but great work by...

    The news last week in high school football was Gordon Walters’ resignation at South Brunswick to become the football coach at White Knoll in South Carolina.

    The bigger news for Walters came a day later, Feb. 19, when wife Stephanie gave birth to daughter Avery Sloane Walters.

    “Eight pounds, 12 ounces,” Walters said. “21 inches long.”

    It’s hardly surprising for a football coach to remember measurements, but at South, Walters succeeded because he blended football strategy with a family atmosphere.

  • Pit strategy gives McCumbee a...

    Chad McCumbee credited strategy by crew chief Bobby Dotter that allowed McCumbee to pick up numerous positions over a long green-flag run and eventually finish third in a NASCAR truck series race Saturday.

    McCumbee drove the The GPSstore.com No. 07 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series San Bernardino 200 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. GPS Store.com is based in Ocean Isle Beach. He won $27,339.

  • Simmons now with the Kings

    Maybe now Cedric Simmons will get more time on the court.

    Simmons was involved in a six-player trade Feb. 18 between the Chicago Bulls and the Sacramento Kings.

    The Bulls sent Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Michael Ruffin and Simmons to the Kings for Brad Miller and John Salmons. As part of the deal, the Kings traded Ruffin to the Portland Trail Blazers for forward Ike Diogu and cash.

    The trade apparently was a fast-breaking one. According to ESPN.com, Bulls players were pulled off the team bus that afternoon and told they had been traded.

  • South wins conference tournament...

    LAKE WACCAMAW—The South Brunswick boys’ basketball team completed a sweep of conference championships by winning the conference tournament Friday.

    The top-seeded Cougars (22-5) beat second-seeded Pender 48-43 in overtime. Ervin Hall clinched the victory by hitting two free throws with 12.1 seconds left.

  • Hall's 3-pointer wins...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Announcer and scorekeeper John Walls hit the buzzer to start this first-round game Monday night in the Class AA state basketball playoffs between South Brunswick and Jacksonville Northside, and Northside controlled the tip-off and the game for all but 2.8 seconds. Ervin Hall drained a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left to help push South past the Monarchs 55-54 and into the second round.

    South coach Dan McGougan had drawn up the play with 12 seconds left as he took his last timeout.

  • North second in conference...

    LAKE WACCAMAW—Top-seeded East Columbus beat third-seeded North Brunswick 64-56 Friday night to win the Waccamaw Conference championship girls’ basketball tournament.

    The Gators led 58-52 with 2 minutes, 29 seconds left, but a basket by Tyera Fisher cut the lead to 58-54 with two minutes left.

    North missed a free throw with 69 seconds left, and East Columbus hit one with 42.6 seconds left for a 59-4 lead.

    With 29.5 seconds left, North’s LaTesha Harrison made two free throws.

  • Roundtree second at state...

    WINSTON-SALEM—Six other Brunswick County wrestlers competed in the state wrestling tournament over the weekend, and the top finisher was South Brunswick junior Jeromy Roundtree.

    Roundtree reached the title match at 119 pounds before losing 7-2 to Cardinal Gibbons freshman Matt Williams 7-2.

    Roundtree began the tourney by beating Bandys sophomore Thomas Lunsford 3-2. Roundtree then beat defending state champion Dakota Holt 12-10. Roundtree advanced to the title match by beating Brevard senior Eric Evanger 8-1.

    Roundtree ends the season 36-3.