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Today's Sports

  • South has two top-10 finishes in...

    South Brunswick’s Cody Spencer was a top-10 finisher in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1-A/2-A state swim meet Saturday in Raleigh.

    Spencer finished 10th in the 100-yard backstroke in 61.63 seconds. The winning time was 53.66.

    Spencer also was a member of South’s only other top-10 finish, the 200 freestyle relay. Spencer, Jonas Gilbert, Will Spencer and Myles Williams finished seventh in 1:38.21. The winning time was 1:32.66.

  • South stopped in third round of...

    South Brunswick’s run for a state wrestling championship ended in the third round of the Class 1-A/2-A duals Feb. 5.

    South, after winning two duals Feb. 3, lost 41-30 to Croatan Feb. 5. Croatan lost in the next match, the East region championship, to Newton-Conover.

    Against Croatan, South won three of the 11 contested matches.

    At 171, South’s Michael Fayak lost by pin in 5 mintues, 10 seconds. South’s Robert McHenry gained three points with a 12-7 decision at 189.

  • McCumbee returns to revamped team

    The season-opening Nextra Energy 250 will kick off the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It will be the first race with a sponsor other than Craftsman since the series inception in 1995.

    For Chad McCumbee, the race will mark a reunion with SS Green Light Racing. The 24-year-old drove for the team in 31 races in 2006 and 2007. The team has gone through a major rebuilding since that time and has high hopes for a strong 2009.

  • Hill signs to play football with...

    Sprinting to beat a throw to first base, Ryan Hill not only got a single for his West Brunswick High School baseball team but ultimately an offer from the Naval Academy to play football.

    Hill, West’s all-conference quarterback, signed a letter-of-intent Feb 4. to accept a scholarship to attend Navy.

    “I knew they had a great football team,” Hill said, “but the education I’m going to get said it all for me.”

  • Fisherman can catch red drum,...

    There isn’t a lot of fishing going on now as water temperatures range from cold to colder, but if you are determined and hardy you can still find a drum or two out there. When it comes to being hardy, though, you can’t beat a drum. Both red and black drum are still swimming our local waters, and at times they’ll bite almost as well as they would in warmer weather.

  • Championship motivates South...

    High school girls’ golf has come a long way, baby.

    Three of our four daughters played on high school golf teams. They enjoyed it and did reasonably well, winning points during the season and helping their teams.

  • Golf action

    During an outing Feb. 3 on the Sea Trail Jones Course, John Barton scored a hole-in-one on the 144-yd 17th hole. He used a 23-degree rescue club. It was his fourth hole-in-one.

    BEACHCOMBERS

    Results of the Beachcombers event at Cypress Bay: Low gross: 79, Reese Evans; 84, Stu Cleveland; 86, Hal Riebesehl; 89, Paul Michal. Low nets: 66, Riebesehl; 71, Jim Ritter and Cleveland; 72, Evans. Team (two low nets): Evans, Cleveland and Bob Smith. Golfer of the week is Reese Evans.

    BRICK LANDING

  • South runs and rebounds past...

    LELAND—On the tip-off, when South’s Joey Hines outjumped North’s Reggie Cobia, about 5 inches taller than Hines, the Scorpions were going to have trouble.

    Cobia, who has an ankle injury had trouble all game because of it, had to sit for a while near the end of the first quarter. And with Shawn Sanders, the other important element of this team, out with an injury (also an ankle), that would make this Waccamaw Conference basketball game a little easier for the Cougars, who went on to win 60-39.

  • Kent, Moreno win conference...

    JACKSONVILLE—West wrestlers Joey Moreno and Dee Kent finished as champions in the Mideastern Conference wrestling championships Saturday afternoon at Jacksonville High School.

    Teammate Deven Ruane was second at 152.

    In the team competition, the Trojans finished third (127.5) behind White Oak (145.5) and perennial champion Laney (193.5).

    Moreno, runner-up last year, entered his 189-pound match 19-2. His foe, Jacksonville senior Neel Patel, entered the match 25-10.

  • Lures have come a long way in...

    It’s a season for boat shows and wandering the isles of the tackle shop. There is a lot to see out there now. Saltwater lures have come of age, and advancements in technology and wide distribution have created a huge market for artificial baits among inshore anglers. Every year lures seem to get more and more effective and the innovations of tackle manufactures get more diverse.