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Today's Sports

  • Spring fishing action is steady...

    In many places, the spring fishing has started off slowly, but don’t tell that to the folks landing the big red drum in our inshore waters. Shallow-water anglers and fishing guides have reported steady action on nice-sized redfish throughout the entire winter, and the landings are impressive. While pier patrons wait on the whiting and bluefish and surf fishermen fight skates and small sharks, light-tackle anglers are having a ball in the backwaters on the dependable red drum.

  • Golf courses utilize water...

    Despite recent rain showers, we are in a drought. The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council has Brunswick County listed as “abnormally dry” as of March 10.

    Naturally, a drought affects golf courses in a big way. It impacts the way they look and the way they are maintained Drought is costly in water and in energy.

  • Golf action

    The Renegades annual St Patrick’s Day Tournament was played March 19 at Palmetto Greens Golf Club. Thirty-six Renegades and their guests participated. The team game was one low net, two low nets, three low nets. 1. Bob Kilgore, Laura Duncan, Ruth Peagler Falls, Bill Altreuter; 2. Sharon Clark, Carolyn Bosman, Barbara Malina, Martha Hannon; 3. Carol Groner, Jean Falls, Lin Penta, Jane Mahncke; 4. Kathy Harniman, Sharon Donohue, Jerry Powers, George Malina; 5. Karen Hertling, Teddy Altreuter, Joe Clark, Doug Falls. Closest to the pin: Bill Altreuter.

    BEACHCOMBERS

  • 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.