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Today's Sports

  • Ryan Hill is top player in...

    West Brunswick quarterback Ryan Hill is the county player of the year in football.

    South Brunswick coach Gordon Walters is the county coach of the year.

    The sports staffs of the The Beacon and The Pilot selected players on the basis of recommendations from coaches, conference honors and performance throughout the season. Seven players from each team were selected.

    Hill quarterbacked the Trojans to the MEC 3-A title and a spot in the state playoffs.

  • Giant bluefin tuna season has...

    I am happy to ring in the New Year with the good news the giant bluefin tuna have finally shown up off our coast.

    The season for this fishery typically starts in December and runs through January. Last season it was very slow off our area, but this season we had our hopes high. Much of the commercial netting of menhaden (giant bluefin tuna’s main food source) has been haulted off the Carolinas, and all indications were there was going to be much more baitfish presence this season.

  • Family grateful for holiday...

    Shallotte residents Jon and Dee Caudle received an early Christmas present for their ill son courtesy of Rivers Edge Golf Club and Plantation.

    A tournament played Dec. 20 raised money for Cam Caudle, who is battling Stage Three colon cancer. Cam, a Tampa, Fla., resident, is the father of two small children.

  • Three stars who shined on fall...

    While covering the Southwest Brunswick Junior American Legion baseball season, I noticed one of the baserunners hardly ever got caught stealing. I told manager Mike Alderson how impressed I was with this ballplayer’s speed, and Alderson said, “You should see Ryan Hill.”

    I had been a sportswriter at this newspaper for a few weeks and did not know Ryan Hill. That changed last fall.

  • Kazmierczak top volleyball...

    South Brunswick’s Jenna Kazmierczak is the county player of the year in volleyball. West Brunswick’s Leslie Reeves is the county coach of the year.

    The sports staffs of the The Beacon and The Pilot selected players on the basis of recommendations from coaches, conference honors and performance throughout the season.

  • John Mendoza named top county...

    West senior John Mendoza is county player of the year in soccer. West coach Tripp Smith is the county coach of the year.

    The sports staffs of the The Beacon and The Pilot selected players on the basis of recommendations from coaches, conference honors and performance throughout the season.

    Mendoza, a forward, scored 18 goals and had eight assists playing against some of the toughest competition in the state. Coaches noticed: The N.C. Soccer Coaches Association selected Mendoza to the Class 3-A All-State team in addition to the Region 4 Class 3-A team.

  • North girls beat Whiteville

    WHITEVILLE—Junior guard Asheley Robbins and sophomore guard Tyera Fisher each scored 17 points as the North Brunswick Scorpions routed the Whiteville Wolfpack 53-32 in a Waccamaw Conference girls basketball game Friday night.

    In the first quarter, Robbins scored eight points and Fisher five in leading North to an 18-7 lead. The Scorpions led 25-13 at the half, but when the Wolfpack scored to cut the lead to 29-18 with 3:35 left in the third quarter, coach Travis Fortune called time. When play resumed, the Scorpions went on a 9-0 run that clinched the victory.

  • Lady Trojans split two in...

    The West Brunswick girls basketball team finished second in the two-day Tri-County Holiday Tournament, played Dec. 29-30 at East Duplin High School.

    The Lady Trojans opened the tourney by routing South Lenoir 63-45. West led 15-11 after the first quarter and 28-24 at halftime. West then held South Lenoir to three points in taking a 41-27 through three quarters.

    Breana Gause scored 15 points, hitting nine of 10 free throws, and Sheena Suttlemyre scored 14. Suttlemyre also had eight steals and five assists.

  • Volunteers needed for kids golf...

    Four years ago, Rusty and Carol Petrea, the founders of The First Tee of Brunswick County, asked me to serve on the board of directors and to help with public relations. It’s been a fun ride since then and I have never, ever been sorry I made the commitment.

  • Newer artificial baits luring...

    January is a great time for boat shows and tackle expos, and if you go to one you will see a bewildering selection of lures available for throwing at inshore saltwater fish. The Bass Pro Shop, Dick’s Sporting Goods, our fine local tackle shops and even the better Walmarts carry most of the same artificial choices. All of them work in the right situation, and you shouldn’t be reluctant to try some of the newer models out there gaining fame for their success.