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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • North's boys rally for...

    The North Brunswick boys’ basketball team outscored Pasquotank 25-0 in overcoming a second-half deficit and beat the Panthers 57-53 Monday night in Elizabeth City in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs.

    North trailed 29-21 in the third quarter but a 22-0 run gave it a 43-29 lead.

  • BCC Dolphins go 1-2 against USC...

    After splitting a doubleheader Saturday, the Brunswick Community College baseball team lost 14-0 to the USC Sumter Fire Ants Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick High School.

    The Dolphins finished with two hits in the seven-inning game. They struck out 10 times in 24 at-bats.

    The Fire Ants scored three runs in the second inning against starter Travis Bradley (1-1). A walk, a hit batter and an error loaded the bases. An error, a fielder’s choice and another walked put the Fire Ants ahead 3-0.

  • West sophomore Dee-termined to...

    WINSTON-SALEM—A top-four finish at the state wrestling championships seemed unlikely for West Brunswick heavyweight Dee Kent.

    Of the 16 finalists at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3-A state tournament last weekend, he was one of three sophomores.

    Of the 16 finalists, he had the fewest victories (20) and the second-fewest matches (24).

    But Kent surprised many by reaching the consolation finals, where he finished fourth in the 285-pound class.

  • Fishermen can survive difficult...

    We live in difficult economic times, and sports enthusiasts are certainly not immune to the effects of our nation’s current recession. From the up and down (and up again) price of gas to the fact most of us have far less money to spend on tackle, folks into fishing have felt the pinch on their favorite hobby along with all the other aspects of their lives.

    Therefore it was with great cheer we greeted some unexpected good news last week, as the sea-lovers among us learned one encouraging thing has come from the troubled circumstances surrounding our monetary crisis.

  • Carolinas PGA: Growing the game

    When I was at the PGA Trade Show in Myrtle Beach last week, everyone was buzzing about the new initiatives the PGA is taking to grow the game of golf. The three big deals now are “Play Golf America,” the “League Play Championship” and “Get Golf Ready in Five Days for $99.”

    According to Ron Schmid, executive director of the Carolinas PGA, “These three growth programs provide excellent, inexpensive opportunities for people of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds to access the great game of golf.”

  • Golf action

    Bernie Gruzlewski had a hole-in-one Monday while playing in a Brierwood Men’s Golf Association event. Gruzlewski aced the 142-yard hole using a 5-wood.

    The BMGA game Monday was best ball. In first at 19 under was the team of Dave Harper, Chuck Hornfeck, Jim Pope and Rich Hornfeck. In second at 10 under was the team of Paul Salerno, Bernie Gruzlewski, Tom Bowen and Bob Janovic.

  • Simmons thanks coaches, players...

    Three days after Cedric Simmons witnessed the Chicago Bulls honor their first coach and longtime announcer Johnny “Red” Kerr, Simmons was in Shallotte for another ceremony—this one honoring him.

    “I feel really blessed to have my jersey retired,” Simmons said in an interview two days before West Brunswick High School retired his No. 44 jersey. “Anything like that is (an honor) at any level, high school or college or pro. It just shows all my hard work from high school, middle school, even when I was younger, finally paid off.”