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Today's Sports

  • Don’t hang up your...

    It sure is quiet down on the coast this fall. In the midst of possibly the world’s worst economic downturn, the only ones making out to the good are the fish.

    The other problem we’ve had is the wind. It seems day after day the wind blows, changes direction and then blows again. It is only supposed to blow for a couple of days, then settle down for a couple of days. Combine the unsettled weather and dismal economy and you have the recipe for rebuilding fish stocks.

  • Brunswick Beacon Tournament of...

    The 2008 Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions will be played Saturday and Sunday on the Maples Course at Sea Trail.

    In this invitational event, club champions from area courses will play two days of stroke play. The champions, both men and women, must have won their championship in either match play or stroke play competition without handicaps. Net champions are not eligible.

  • Trip had unexpected, happy result

    My first trip to Pikeville, on a weekday afternoon, was not one for leisure. I made the two-and-one-half hour drive to cover the West Brunswick High School soccer team play in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A playoffs.

    I thought it was a wasted, but necessary, trip. I arrived there tired, hungry and irritable.

  • West completes amazing turnaround

    LELAND—About the only thing the West Brunswick football team did wrong Friday night in its 40-16 victory over North Brunswick was at the end—a too hasty attempt to douse coach Jimmy Fletcher with a celebratory ice bath. (Instead, the players splashed assistant Mike Alderson.)

    But the missed attempt was understandable. Last season, the Trojans had nothing to celebrate in a winless schedule. This year, the victory over the Scorpions gave the Trojans a regular-season record of 6-5.

  • 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.