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Today's Sports

  • 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).

  • Golf action

    A cold start and a frost delay on the course limited the number of Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association players Jan. 14, but play continued by switching games to Chicago. In spite of the weather, there were 33 players, enough for two flights.

    Sand to Piper flight: John Murphy and Al Paynter each had a +4 and shared first. Third was a three-way tie at +3 among Don Moore, Ed Kilgoar and Dick Eby. Sixth went to Joe Cramer with a +2.

  • Coach Gene Doane: A lifetime...

    Some people know what they want to do with their life at an early age. They don’t choose the big bucks, they choose to do what they love and that makes all the difference.

    Such a man is Gene Doane, better known as Coach Doane, of South Brunswick High School. He’s been coaching high school kids for a whopping 56 years.

    Today, at 74, Coach Doane is still going strong, teaching every day while he produces teams that qualify for state championships. As he mentors young athletes, he impacts the lives of Brunswick county youth in a positive way.

  • 300 run in Ocean Isle Beach...

    More than 300 runners participated Saturday morning in the fifth annual Run For Food, a race sponsored by the South Brunswick Interchurch Council.

    Last year, in 31-degree weather, 210 runners competed. Saturday morning, in 52-degree weather and under a sunny sky, 137 runners competed in the 5-kilometer race (3.1 miles) and 175 competed in the half-marathon (13 miles).

  • Those crazy rules of golf&...

    If you’ve played golf for as many years as I have, you’ve learned that the Rules of Golf are a strange and wonderful thing.

    The game of golf is played over miles of grass, deep holes that contain sand, ponds that contain water and swamps that contain snakes and alligators. There are rivers, creeks, bridges, bulkheading, forests, paved cartpaths, bushes and shrubs on a golf course.

  • Odds are bettors will not like...

    I was watching a sports program and someone had e-mailed a question for the panelists: How many points will be scored in the BCS championship football game between Florida and Oklahoma?

    Interesting question, I thought.

    I then noticed the city of the e-mail questioner: Las Vegas. Well, now I knew the reason for the question: He wanted to get an opinion for a bet in Las Vegas on the over-and-under for points scored in the game.

  • Waterskiing club now forming in...

    Will Carter wants his children and others to enjoy a sport—waterskiing—in which he has gained international friendships.

    He took the first chilly step toward that goal when he and about 40 other water-ski enthusiasts had the first water-ski event on Carter’s private Pirate Lakes in Supply.

    Although the temperature was 40 degrees, 10 people water-skiied.

    “The wind was down and the water was great,” Carter said. “We had around 40 people show up for New Year’s Day.”