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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • South Brunswick sweeps...

    South Brunswick’s Summer Phillips won the singles title and Kelley Presson and Katie Soden the doubles title in the Waccamaw Conference championship tennis tournament Oct. 7 at South.

    Phillips, a freshman, had a bye in the first round and beat South Columbus’ Kelly McPherson 6-0, 6-0 in the second round. In a semifinal, Phillips beat Whiteville’s Brooke Palmer 6-2, 6-3. Phillips, the top seed, then won the championship by routing East Columbus’ Valerie Edwards 6-0, 6-0.

  • Cougars sweep cross-country race

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick boys and girls cross-country teams won one of the final races of the season Oct. 7.

    The Cougar boys (23) beat North (45) and Pender (99) in the conference race.

    In the girls’ race, South beat Pender 26-31.

    North’s Rashaad Nelson was the top finisher, running the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 3 seconds—and sprinting to the finish.

    But South won five of the next six spots to take the victory.

  • Mother Nature plays a role in...

    Mother Nature has a way of keeping a level playing field. Obviously in fishing, the weather is the key factor in determining whether you can even go fish and then whether you’ll have success or not.

    I’ve been around fishing for years, and I remember cursing the weather and its bad timing and unpredictability. The weather is favorite morning fodder for fishermen sitting around the coffee pot. However, after analyzing it for many years, I believe the one pattern that is most reliable is the weather will be just as good as it is bad.

  • Dependable bluefish making a...

    Just when I was ready to declare this a comeback year for inshore fishing, things have hit a little snag. The spot haven’t really arrived in force yet, and the ones being caught aren’t the big fall yellowbellies we’re waiting on. Also, what had been very good summer fisheries for flounder and speckled trout seem to have slowed after the storms of September.

  • A day in the life of a golf...

    Most of us envy the lives of golf pros. We think we’d like to make a living playing golf, instead of being stuck in an office, a building project, a classroom or a truck.

    Or maybe we could be a club pro, hobnobbing with members, booking starting times, giving a few lessons and playing lots of golf.

    Wrong, wrong, wrong.

  • Golf action

    The Carolina Shores Ladies Golf Association played its Rally for the Cure tournament Oct. 9 at Carolina Shores Golf and Country Club. Seventy-two players participated in a captain’s choice format.

  • McCumbee 34th in Sprint Cup race...

    Chad McCumbee finished 34th in his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord.

    When the green flag fell in the Bank of America 500 race Saturday night, McCumbee radioed to crew chief Stewart Cooper the car was loose everywhere. The team fought that condition all weekend, but Cooper made several adjustments that improved the handling of the car during the early portions of the race.

  • Momentum can change sides quickly

    Volleyball reminds me of the importance of momentum.

    “Momentum” is often used to described action in sports, to pinpoint the turning point in a game and the shift to a more enthusiastic attitude by athletes.

    It is especially noticeable in volleyball.

    Several years ago in high school volleyball, only the serving team could score points. It made for long matches, but it also led to intense matches.