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Today's Sports

  • Inshore fishing remains strong;...

     Inshore fishing has remained strong, although the fish are moving around a lot now with the water temperatures rising toward summer, so some spots will be vacant on one tide and provide good fishing on the next. 

    The biggest news is strong inshore redfish and flounder fishing along with good catches of Spanish mackerel and occasional king mackerel for folks plugging the piers.

  • Padgett second at state in...

    Kayla Padgett completed perhaps one of the most remarkable individual athletic seasons in recent West Brunswick sports by finishing second in the discus throw.

    Padgett, a junior, threw the discus a personal best 129-6. The winning distance was a Class 3A record 137 feet. South Brunswick sophomore Lexus Hankins was third at 117-8.

  • Dr. June Atkinson visits School...

    On May 19, Dr. June Atkinson, state superintendent of schools for North Carolina, visited The First Tee of Brunswick County. She came to observe School Day Programming in action and to meet with representatives of TFTBC.

    In School Day Programming, fourth-grade students from six elementary schools are bused to Cinghiale Creek, home of The First Tee of Brunswick County, every other week for a 90-minute lesson in golf skills and life skills and core values.

  • Lady Trojans lose playoff game...

    Despite a record-setting night by West Brunswick senior Carly White, the Trojans fell 8-6 in a nail-biting 10 innings to Wilson Hunt Friday night in the second round of the state 3A softball playoffs.

    White, West’s ace on the mound all season, pitched almost a game and a half Friday night, but it was her bat that put her name in the record books.

  • Recreational fisheries wary of...

    It takes a certain combination of flair and flamboyance to bill yourself as Captain Smiley, but fishing guide Patrick Kelly wears the label with a buoyancy that seems perfectly suited to the name. 

    Captain Smiley Fishing Charters runs recreational fishing trips out of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and up into Brunswick County waters. Kelly does his best to give his customers the happy times the handle promises.

  • Nolan aces on and off the...

     For anyone looking for a role model of a student-athlete, Keri Nolan is an example.

    The West Brunswick High School senior had accepted an academic scholarship to Salem College, where she also intends to continue her volleyball career.

     “She values academics as much as she values athletics,” West volleyball coach Leslie Reeves said. “And she works hard at both.”

  • Trojan bats silent in third-...

     The West Brunswick varsity baseball team was able to find some late-inning magic as it scored a run in the sixth and seventh inning to beat Rocky Mount in the second round of the playoffs May 18. The Trojans were unable to muster any kind of rally Friday night in a 2-0 loss to Eastern Wayne in the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A playoffs. 

    Eastern Wayne pitcher Josh Frederick scattered six hits over seven innings, walked two batters and struck out 11 Trojan hitters. West managed to get just one runner to second base.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED South’s Ryan...

     GREENSBORO—When Ryan Minor stepped up for his final attempt in the shot put Friday in the Class 3A state track meet, his competitors knew he had already won the championship.

    But Minor had one more goal to fulfill: qualify for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals next month at N.C. A&T, the site of this state meet.

    He did that with a personal-best throw of 58 feet, 10.5 inches.

    “I’m really excited about that,” Minor said.

  • Defense, timely hitting lead...

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Alderson’s 300th...

     Few of the previous 299 victories in Mike Alderson’s baseball coaching career were as thrilling and as emotional as the one May 18 against Rocky Mount.

    In the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A playoffs, West Brunswick scored one run in the sixth inning to tie score and one in the seventh to win 3-2 and give Alderson 300 victories for his career.

    “This has been a great experience here,” Alderson said. “I love coaching these guys.”