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Today's Sports

  • A free throw is harder than it...

    In football, coaches fuss over and over about turnovers. In baseball, coaches worry about walks. And in basketball, coaches fret about free throws.

    Coaches, players and fans can count on it: free throws will make the difference in several games throughout a season.

    In a recent West Brunswick junior varsity girls basketball game, the Trojans lost 37-29 to Laney. West did its part in running the offense, as Laney fouled many times trying to stop the quicker Trojans from scoring. But West lost because it missed 17-of-30 free throws.

  • Think Pink Night Feb. 13 at West

    Feb. 13 will be another memorable night for West Brunswick High School athletics.

    That night will West’s Think Pink Night. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the Trojans’ basketball games against North Brunswick. There also will be a presentation about cancer awareness.

    And on this special night the West athletics administration will retire the No. 44 West basketball jersey of Cedric Simmons, who is now playing for the Chicago Bulls.

    “He is the only one of our kids to play (in the U.S.) on the professional level,” Floyd said.

  • North Brunswick Scorpions sweep...

    TABOR CITY—Four straight 3-pointers by freshman guard LaDonna Sloan rallied North Brunswick to a 48-44 victory Friday over South Columbus in a conference basketball game.

    A steal by Asheley Robbins in the final nine seconds helped clinch the victory for the Scorpions, 3-2 in the conference.

    North trailed 15-6 with 4 minutes, 49 seconds left in the first half.

  • Cougars wear down Trask in 21-...

    ROCKY POINT—A strong second quarter helped carry South Brunswick High School to 54-33 victory Friday over Heide Trask in a conference girls basketball game.

    The Cougars improved to 2-2 in the conference.

    South sophomore forward Shatiqua Smith hit a jumper to start the game. The Cougars had trouble after that, taking numerous jump shots that never found their mark.

  • South’s depth too much...

    ROCKY POINT—Heide Trask’s plan was to double-team Ervin Hall, South Brunswick’s leading scorer, or at least foul him when he had the ball, hoping to keep him from scoring.

    The only problem was three other players, in addition to Hall, scored in double figures as the Cougars beat Trask 72-55 in a conference basketball game Friday night. South is now 3-1 in the conference.

    Heavy substitution by Cougar coach Dan McGougan kept Trask unaware of who was doing what and also kept the Cougar players alert.

  • South hoping to send many to...

    WILMINGTON—The South Brunswick High School swim teams won their final home meets of the season Saturday at the Wilmington YWCA.

    Against Clinton, South’s boys won 10-of-11 events in a 67-22 victory. South’s girls also won 10-of-11 events in a 68-22 victory.

    The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1-A/2-A meet is Feb. 6-7 at the Willis Casey Natatorium at N.C. State University, and five Cougars have already qualified. Fifteen others have times that merit consideration for the state meet.

  • Rarity: BCC wins at Spartanburg...

    Lose a game, make some changes.

    The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team split two conference games over the weekend, falling 82-71 Saturday at Clinton Junior College but rallying from an 11-point deficit for a 61-58 victory Sunday at Spartanburg Methodist College.

    The victory at Spartanburg came one day after BCC lost for the first time in the conference this season, and the victory was even more gratifying because coach Walter Shaw’s BCC teams had won just one other time at Spartanburg.

  • West basketball games rescheduled

    Because of exams at West and other schools, changes have been made to the Trojan basketball schedule.

    The games Jan. 20 with New Hanover have been changed to Jan. 29.

    On Jan. 22, West will play at Jacksonville, with the first game at 6 p.m. The junior varsity games will be at West, with the first game at 4:30 p.m.

    On Feb. 6, Senior Night, West will have home games with Jacksonville, with the first game at 6 p.m. The JV games will be at Jacksonville, with the first game at 4:30 p.m.

  • Brunswick: Bluefin tuna capital...

    Folks, as a fisherman, I can assure you what is happening here in our home waters of Brunswick County is an amazing thing. Somehow, through a magical formula only Mother Nature understands, we have been delivered a blessing of having the most famous, the most sought after, the most highly prized fish in the world set up winter headquarters right here in our own neighborhood. The giant bluefin tuna are here!

  • Cold, unstable weather affects...

    The weather is cold and unstable, and nobody is fishing much. Well, the birds are fishing, but birds are extremely talented and can catch fish through a blizzard. Anyone who has ever sat and watched them knows no angler can match the skill of our feathered friends. Few humans, however, are out casting about.

    There are redfish schools in the shallows (or so I am told) that might or might not be willing to bite on the warmer days. In truth, most are probably just content to chill out and hide from dolphins (who have some freakish fishing skills themselves).