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Today's Sports

  • Victory keeps playoff hopes alive

    West Brunswick held off a strong finish by Whiteville to beat the Wolfpack 2-1 Monday night in a nonconference soccer game.

    “We were playing on our heels a little bit in the last 10 minutes,” West coach Tripp Smith said. “You can tell it’s been a month since we won a ballgame.”

    The Trojans’ last victory was Sept. 12 against Waccamaw Academy. Since then, West had lost 11 straight games in the Mideastern 4-A/3-A Conference and dropped to 7-11 overall.

  • Some fishermen buzzing about...

    As is usual for inshore fishing this time of the year, a majority of anglers are camped out at the piers and inlets waiting for the spot to run. So far the results have been mixed. We were having a great fishing year, despite the high gas prices, right up until the fall, which has been a bit of a disappointment.

  • Fall fishing continues to be...

    There is no doubt fall is here. We have had our first good cold snap, which is great news for fishermen and thankfully bad news for mosquitoes (they were getting a bit out of hand).

    The cold weather has dropped the water temperatures to the low 70s and upper 60s, which is prime for king mackerel in the nearshore waters as well as the backwater fishing for redfish and speckled trout. As it continues to get colder, the offshore waters near the Gulf Stream will cool and create temperature edges, which will attract concentrations of wahoo.

  • Winter is coming—time...

    Last week I wrote about Barry Walters, the head PGA golf professional at The Founders Club at St. James. Barry is a teacher, an accountant, a merchandiser, an Internet whiz kid, an arbitrator, a rules expert and a psychologist.

  • Golf action

    The Piperettes played their annual championship tournament Oct. 14 and Oct. 16. The low-gross champion was Judy Nicoletti, who shot her best-ever score, 67, and set a course record for women on the Bay to Sand Course. Her total score for the two days was 147.

    The low-net champion was Patty Lawton, who had a 2-day net total of 144.

    The flight winners with net scores were the following: Marci Berry, net 153. Sharon Pies, net 148. Michaela Richardson, net 146. Candy Jones, net 149.

  • McCumbee races twice at...

    Chad McCumbee drove twice in NASCAR races over the weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, but his highest finish was 24th.

    In the Sprint Cup Series Tums Quikpak 500 on Sunday, McCumbee started 41st in the Marathon American Sprint Motor Oil Dodge and finished 25th. He won $83,958.

    “We really went through everything today,” McCumbee said. “We were tight in the middle and I had decent drive most of the race. I think that we had a little bit of a rear-brake issue.

  • On homecoming night, 3-A title...

    WILMINGTON—The most important game of the West Brunswick High School football season comes one week after probably the most disappointing loss of the season.

    When the Trojans play Jacksonville on homecoming Friday night, the Mideastern Conference 3-A title will be at stake. That should be enough motivation for the Trojans to bounce back from the 30-13 loss Friday at Laney.

  • Trojans don’t fumble...

    WILMINGTON—Having fumbled twice inside Ashley’s 10 in the first half, the West Brunswick Trojans got a chance to redeem themselves in the fourth quarter of their football game on a rainy Friday night at Ashley.

    Leading 14-10 and with possession of the ball at its 31 with 7 minutes, 37 seconds left, West Brunswick ran its offense the best it has all season—twice converting on fourth-and-1—to run out the clock and beat the Screaming Eagles.

    The victory improved coach Jimmy Fletcher’s team to 2-1 in the conference, 4-3 overall.

  • Perseverance propels Poole to...

    Were it not for a letter, Thomas Poole would have quit racing.

    Poole—who last month won his second straight Street Stock championship at Myrtle Beach Speedway—took a long time to become a championship driver. He first raced in 1999 and ran a full season in 2000.

    “I struggled big-time for five years,” he said. “I told my wife I was giving it up. I ain’t going back. It’s frustrating. Second. Second. A million seconds.”

    Track announcer Bobby Summers wouldn’t allow that to happen.

  • South Brunswick Cougars blank...

    WHITEVILLE—The unbeaten South Brunswick Cougars played another 48 minutes of inspired high school football Friday night. They ran their way to a 22-0 victory over the Whiteville Wolfpack on a rain-soaked field at Legion Stadium.

    “We played hard for 48 minutes, and that is our goal,” South coach Gordon Walters said.