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Today's Sports

  • Black drum providing good...

    The period of time between the summer doldrums and the quick-action fishing of the fall can be a confusing one for anglers. Uncertainty dominates, as both the weather and the annual migrations of fish are notoriously unpredictable.

    Everyone knows a variety of factors—including water temperatures, fall storms and the inevitable movement of large schools of fish—mean great fishing is just around the corner. But what do you do in the meantime?

  • Golf action

    Vince Brown scored a hole-in-one Aug. 12 on the 163-yard 12th hole of the Sea Trail Byrd course using a 5-wood.

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a three low-nets tournament Aug. 15 at Carolina Shores. Winning the gold medal with a score of 192 (minus 24) was the team of Bill Cameron, Jim Beairsto, Ed Hennessey and Dennis Davidson. Low gross with a score of 83 was the team of Bob Byrne, Stu Cleveland and Randy Cogdill. Low net was Dennis Davidson (63). Davidson was also voted golfer of the week.

    BRICK LANDING

  • Tripp Isenhour revisited

    A saying goes like this: “You know it’s a bad day when you get to work and there’s a ‘60-Minutes’ news team sitting in your office.”

    You don’t want that to happen unless you just won the Mega-Millions Lottery.

    When the media train their searching spotlight on someone, the results can be brutal. If you’re a PGA pro with a wife and three small children, your life can be made into a living hell.

  • Birdies for Jon Paul Hayes

    Dalton Gore is preparing to travel to Pebble Beach and participate in the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, presented by Nature Valley, as a representative for The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    He is taking with him his own dreams and the hopes and dreams of the hundreds of volunteers who have made a positive impact in his life. We are all wishing him well.

  • BB&T Jamboree set for this...

    West Brunswick and South Brunswick will be among the teams competing in the 22nd annual BB&T Football Jamboree Friday at Legion Stadium in Wilmington.

    The prep scrimmage is a fundraiser for 10 southeastern North Carolina high schools and student scholarships.

    The Jamboree begins at 5 p.m., with a cheerleading showcase featuring 10 schools, including West Brunswick and South Brunswick.

  • David Sandifer Scholarship Golf...

    Pat Sandifer, widow of longtime county commissioner David Sandifer, joked she had to nail the back door of David’s office shut so he wouldn’t sneak out and play golf instead of work.

    “He played every opportunity he got,” Pat Sandifer said.

    It’s a fitting tribute then, she said, that an upcoming golf tournament includes two of his passions—golf and education.

  • Kershner inducted into second...

    The small black-and-white photo of Gary Kershner—posed in a batting stance—is above the photo of Gus “Go Go” Banks and Joe “Little Joe” Shelton. They are on Page 9 of a program for the PMI Parkas fast-pitch softball team.

    “I haven’t had this out in ages,” Kershner said as he held the program.

    Kershner, then a 26-year-old shortstop on the Washington, D.C., team, laughs as he looks at the nickname above his photo: Gary “Vacuum Cleaner” Kershner.

  • McCumbee back on beat in Music...

    After starting the season with six top-10 runs in 10 events, Chad McCumbee and MRD Motorsports appeared to have the right momentum as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entered into a tough stretch of races during the summer months.

    But this string of races posed some challenges. The team had an unexpected 26th- place average finish that was not indicative of how the team performed during those races. A series of on-track incidents outside of the team’s control left it even more eager to head to the Music City to get back on beat.

  • Milliken wins Late Model race

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—In Late Models racing Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Ryan Hall beat points leader Sam Yarbrough in the first race. Justin Milliken was third, Barry Andrews fourth and Ed Williams fifth.

    Milliken, of Shallotte, won for the second straight week when he finished first in the second race. Hall was second, Andrews third, Gregg Hardee fourth and Rick Smith fifth.

    Yarbrough leads defending champion Smith by 44 points for the season championship.

  • The readers always write

    Readers have their opinions about my opinions.

    In response to my July 17 column, “My mighty, majestic home run*,” Joe Small elaborated on the sound of hitting a home run:

    “I hit a few of those in my (distant) youth,” he wrote. “I was also fortunate enough to hit a few legitimate home runs. There is no sound in ANY sport that resonates like the sound of a baseball being hit solidly (right on the sweet spot) by a wooden bat. Forget the ping of aluminum bats. Doesn’t come close.