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Today's Sports

  • North Brunswick's girls...

    The North Brunswick High School girls basketball won one playoff game by 15 points but lost another by two points in finishing the season 18-8.

    Below are summaries of the games.

    RED SPRINGS 54

    NORTH 52

    RED SPRINGS—Red Springs made just two of nine free throws in the final 1 minute, 44 seconds, but those were enough to give the Red Devils a 54-52 victory over North in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs Feb. 26.

  • East Duplin holds off Scorpions

    BEULAVILLE—East Duplin used a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter to break away from North Brunswick and beat the Scorpions 55-52 in the second round of the Class AA state basketball playoffs Feb. 25.

    Junior center Reggie Cobia scored 17 points, junior DeMontez Lennon 14 and senior forward Shawn Sanders 10 as North ends the season 12-13.

    North trailed 33-27 with three minutes left in the third quarter but a rebound by Lennon and six straight points by Cobia—two free throws, a dunk and a basket off a pass from Jeremy Young—gave North a 35-33 lead.

  • New league a better fit for West

    This spring is the final season for West Brunswick High School in the Mideastern 3-A/4-A Conference, and apparently few in this area will be upset to see the conference disband as the result of realignments by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

    The basketball season was a perfect example of the disparity that left West’s teams at a disadvantage while competing with the larger 4-A schools in Wilmington or the 3-A schools in Jacksonville. West’s boys’ finished 1-11 in the conference; West’s girls, 2-10.

    Rivalries were nonexistent.

  • South advances to regionals

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick Cougars got over being nervous and won a sectional basketball championship on their home court Friday night, beating Fairmont 59-45.

    The victory advanced South to the Class AA Eastern Regional at East Carolina University, where the Cougars (24-5) will play Pittsboro Northwood (18-5) at 7 p.m. Thursday. The winner plays either East Duplin (21-5) or Burlington Cummings (21-6) at 5 p.m. Saturday for the regional title and the right to play for the state championship.

  • Tourney begins Thursday at BCC

    Having won their third Region X regular-season title in five seasons, the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team has another goal: winning the Region X championship tournament this week at BCC.

    The winner qualifies for the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament March 17-21 in Hutchinson, Kan.

  • 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.