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Today's Sports

  • Reverse raffle key fundraiser...

    The annual reverse raffle banquet March 7 is one of the three main fundraisers for the West Athletic Boosters Club, and this year it has even more importance than before.

    West athletics director John Floyd is in the first year of a projected two-year facility improvement plan, and money raised from the raffle (6:30 p.m. at the West cafeteria) helps cover costs of the improvements.

    “I feel good about where we are,” he said about the progress of the improvements.

  • Eight wrestlers qualify for state

    Eight county wrestlers have qualified for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state wrestling championships this weekend in Winston-Salem.

    Wrestlers competed in state-qualifying regionals Friday and Saturday. Wrestlers had to reach the semifinals of their weight classes to qualify for state.

    Two wrestlers qualified from West Brunswick: Deven Ruane and Dee Kent.

    Ruane finished third at 152 pounds. He beat Stephen Henkel of Currituck 7-1.

    Kent finished third at 285 pounds. He beat Nick Summrell of host South Central 5-4.

  • Lady Trojans‘ slow...

    North Brunswick held West Brunswick to one point in the first quarter and went on to beat the Trojans 72-57 in a nonconference girls basketball game Friday night.

    The game, played on Think Pink Night, was the last of the regular season for both teams. West ends the regular season 9-14.

  • West unable to catch Scorpions

    Demontez Lennon scored 19 points, Anthony Gaines 13 and Reggie Cobia 11—all juniors—as North Brunswick beat West Brunswick 57-43 in the final basketball game of the regular season.

    West’s top scorer was Ryan Hill with 13 points. West ends the regular season 3-20.

    North lead 28-25 at halftime, and back-to-back 3-pointers by Tyshon Walker gave it a 41-29 lead with 3 minutes, 59 seconds left in the quarter.

  • BCC goes to 4-0 on Bradley'...

    The Brunswick Community College baseball team improved to 4-0 on Travis Bradley’s no-hitter Sunday afternoon against Danville Community College.

    Bradley walked two batters and struck out six in the seven-inning game at West Brunswick High School.

    Chris Eason hit a two-run home run in the third inning to give BCC a 3-0 lead. The Dolphins’ first run came when Drew Alford led off with an infield single, stole second, went to third on an error on the throw and advanced home on Jordan Davis’ groundout.

  • BCC Dolphins win two thrillers;...

    Playing their final two games at West Brunswick High School before moving into the new gym on campus, the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team beat USC Salkehatchie 68-66 Saturday and Aiken Technical College 68-64 Sunday.

    BCC, 9-3 in Region X, 21-5 overall, plays Friday at Cape Fear Community College and Feb. 26 at Denmark Technical College in the final scheduled games of the regular season. The Region X championship tournament is March 4-7 at BCC.

    BCC 68

    AIKEN 64

  • OIB sponsor enables McCumbee to...

    After beginning the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign with a tough 19th-place finish at the season opener at Daytona, Chad McCumbee is looking forward to the trip west to Auto Club Speedway, a fast two-mile D-shaped oval located just east of Los Angeles.

    Most importantly, McCumbee is just happy to be heading to the race that was not originally on the team’s 2009 Schedule. Sponsorship from The GPS Store.com, based at Ocean Isle Beach, and Garmin has allowed the team to compete in the San Bernardino County 200.

  • West ceremony retires Simmons...

    Cedric Simmons made no comments during the brief ceremony in which his No. 44 West Brunswick High School basketball jersey was retired Friday night, but the standing-room crowd knew he was appreciative.

    They knew from his smile.

    With members of his family present—including parents Mae and Thynell Simmons, brother Thynell Simmons Jr., sister Jasmine Simmons, girlfriend Sabrina Acevedo and 1-year-old son Cedric Jayden Simmons—Cedric Simmons listened as short, poignant tributes were read.

  • Redfish are a true cold-water...

    Although our local waters are home to a wide variety of saltwater game fish during the majority of the year, the list narrows considerably in the winter. Warm-water fish such as Spanish mackerel, bluefish and pompano long gone are roaming areas far to the south, while prized species such as flounder are wintering in deep offshore waters. Among anglers, late February and early March aren’t known for their diversity.

  • PGA trade show, smaller, but...

    Each year the Carolinas Section of the PGA hosts a Merchandise Show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. I always go to check out what’s new in the world of golf.

    This year, I zeroed in on three booths. Two were startup clothing businesses and one was promoting one of the oldest courses in the world: the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews, host of this year’s British Open.