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Today's Sports

  • White Oak again thwarts the...

    JACKSONVILLE—West Brunswick’s soccer season ended in a 4-1 defeat to White Oak in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 3-A playoffs Nov. 4.

    Coach Tripp Smith’s Trojans, who have advanced to the third round three straight seasons, end the year 11-13.

    The game was the third one of the season between the two conference foes. White Oak won the first two games 5-0 and 3-0. But this game was more of a struggle than the first two games, Viking coach Buddy Carroll said.

  • From 0-11 last year to 6-5 this year and a spot in the playoffs, it has been a remarkable season for the Trojan football team.

    “When you come off something like last year and you have a winning season,” West Brunswick High School football coach Jimmy Fletcher said, “it’s a great feeling for your players and your coaches. It just makes you feel excited.”

    How did Fletcher turn around the West Brunswick High School football team?

    He credits the players.

  • South Brunswick’s...

    BURGAW—Running behind a big offensive line, Travis Carter scored four touchdowns as Pender defeated South Brunswick 38-7 in a hard-hitting high school football game Friday mangled by a number of late hits.

    The Patriots were the most physical and largest football team the Cougars have faced all year. The Cougar offensive line could not move the defensive linemen of Pender, who on average were 5 inches taller and 60 pounds heavier than the South Brunswick linemen. This defensive unit also was the offensive line for Pender.

  • Theus leads BCC past Surry,...

    The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team improved to 5-0 by beating Surry Community College 77-65 Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick High School.

    BCC fell behind 6-0 in the first 3 minutes, 16 seconds. But BCC outscored SCC 13-4 in the next 2:15 to take a 13-10 lead with 13:44 left.

    Guard Lamonte Theus scored six of game-high 28 points in the run, and a 3-pointer by Cornell Holmes was the final basket.

  • McCumbee seeks top-10 finish

    Chad McCumbee started 22nd but finished 12th in the Lucas Oil 150 Friday one the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway.

    McCumbee was hoping for a better result than his previous two races.

  • Don’t let the winter...

    Fishing has improved for some folks this week as anglers are beginning to focus on traditionally cold-weather species. Fish such as black and red drum, whiting and speckled trout will still provide a lot of action for folks as the fishing season comes to an end.

    One winter fish that has already made a surge is the black drum. Black drum can be caught all year, but they really come to the forefront in the colder months. They are among our most dependable fish when a lot of better-known species have left for warmer waters or aren’t biting in the cold.

  • Tournament of Champions preview...

    Each year, when I speak to all the men’s and ladies’ club champions prior to The Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions, I’m always impressed by the many roads to success in golf.

    Some of these guys started on the road to championship golf when they caddied for their dads. Others learned to play at public courses. As they walked and carried their clubs side by side with their buddies, they learned golf and friendship are inextricably bound.

  • Golf action

    The finals of the Sandpiper Bay President’s Cup year-long tournament were played Nov. 5. The scoring was based on the FedEx system, leading up to competitions resulting in the top players competing for the top prize. The results were as follows:

    Gross division: First, Bob Nicoletti, 81. Second, Dagn Alsup, 82. Third, a tie between Al Hooker and John Radziewski, 87. Net division: first, Bobby Bryce, 73. Second, Norm Burgess, 76. Third, Bob Kakos, 82. Fourth, Don Capretta (did not play).

    The remainder of the club played low-gross and low-net scores.

  • And all the votes are counted

    Some highlights and lowlights from events I have covered as the fall sports season winds down:

    Best individual performance: Logan Tripp, West Brunswick goalkeeper, against C.B. Aycock in the first round of the NCHSAA Class 3-A state playoffs. Credited with 12 saves—and just about all of them spectacular. See stories about him and West’s upset in this section.

  • BCC teams open basketball season

    The BCC men’s basketball team opened its season with two victories over the weekend.

    On Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick High School, the Dolphins routed the Mount Olive College junior varsity team 116-88. On Saturday afternoon, the Dolphins beat Mount Zion Academy Prep 89-84.

    “I’m proud of them,” coach Walter Shaw said. “The goal was to be 2-0 at this point, and we’re 2-0.”

    Of course, Shaw saw some things the team needs to improve.