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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • West falters on Senior Night

    New Hanover scored on four of its first five possessions in the third quarter in beating West Brunswick 38-7 in the Trojans’ last home football game of the regular season.

    West, the 3-A champions in the Mideastern Conference, ends the conference season 2-3.

    New Hanover scored on its first possession, a drive that covered 66 yards in six running plays. The point-after kick was no good, leaving New Hanover ahead 6-0 with 9:02 left in the half.

  • White, Cougars get big win on...

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—It might have been Halloween in Brunswick County, but it also was Senior Night for South Brunswick High School.

    Thirty-nine seniors involved in football, band, cross country, dance and cheerleading were introduced and walked to the center of Jack Campbell Stadium. They were escorted by either parents, friends or coaches.

  • Three seniors special for West...

    Coaches may not always say it, but some senior classes are more special than others.

    For West Brunswick High School soccer coach Tripp Smith, the three seniors on his 2008 team provided a memorable moment Oct. 29 in the first round of the NCHSAA Class 3-A state playoffs.

    The Trojans—winless in their conference—beat heavily favored C.B. Aycock—which entered the game 19-1 and ranked in the top 10 Class 3-A—2-1. And all three of West’s seniors had key roles in the victory.

  • McCumbee struggles with...

    In the NASCAR Silverado 350K Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, Chad McCumbee started 16th and finished 23rd. He earned $9,160. For the season, McCumbee has earned $317,520 in the Craftsman Truck Series.

    McCumbee dropped to 11th in points, 56 behind Terry Cook.

    The next race is Friday at Phoenix International Raceway.

    McCumbee failed to qualify for the Sprint Cup race. It was a disappointment because he raced well last year at Texas in a truck race.

  • Trojans advance to third-round...

    PIKEVILLE—As expected, the rout began early.

    The C.B. Aycock Golden Falcons, 19-1 and ranked among the top-10 high school soccer teams in Class 3-A, scored in the first 34 seconds in the state playoff Oct. 29 against West Brunswick.

    Falcons’ fans, who filled about half of the stadium, had seen this kind of domination all year.

    The Trojans, unranked and winless in their conference… then went on to beat the Falcons 2-1.