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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a modified Stableford tournament Jan. 2 at Cypress Bay. The winning team with a score of +17 was Paul Michal, Roger Dunham and Ed Kinney. Ed Kinney led the team with a +9.5 and an eagle on No. 15. Most over his points was Dennis McCann at +11.5. Low gross for the day was an 84 by Gary Gutheil and Paul Michal. Low nets were Ed Kinney at 65, Hal Riebesehl at 67, Dennis McCann at 68 and Roger Dunham at 69.

    BRICK LANDING

  • While lowering scores, golfers...

    Nationally and locally, 2008 was a memorable year in sports.

    In reviewing The Beacon sports sections in the short time I have been here, I found myself doing some math and came across what I consider the best local sports story of the year: the generosity of the many, many golfers in this county.

    Readers of this newspaper know golf gets nearly a full section to itself to each week. (I know that firsthand: I edit in the results.) Golf leagues routinely report their scores and we dutifully print the results.

  • 12 Cougars named to all-...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick Cougar football team, who missed playing for a state title by two victories, had 12 players named to the Waccamaw All-Conference team. Six were on the first team and six on the second team.

    Coach Gordon Walters, who in three years built a program that saw the Cougars this season reach the third round of state playoffs, was still riding high with what his players had accomplished. It was the first time in 22 years the team was in the playoffs.