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Today's Sports

  • Dispelling myths about fish and...

    With the fall fishing season just about upon us, it is time to re-examine our local inshore fishing myths. I have addressed some of these before, but since they crop up every autumn, now is a good time to dust them off and either debunk or certify them. Once the fish start hitting, I’m in it for myself and I’m not telling you anything.

  • Couple's trip to Quebec...

    In the winter months when it’s cold outside, many of us sit in front of our fireplaces and plan trips. I have a suggestion. Instead of thinking of Alaska or far west or a Caribbean Island, why not plan a trip to Quebec for next summer? Then, when the temperature and humidity soars on the Carolina coast, you’ll be playing the links in slacks and a sweater.

    My husband and I have been to Quebec three times—on our honeymoon, then for a family reunion and just a few weeks ago for a second romantic trip a deux.

  • Golf action

    The Ocean Ridge couples tournament played Sunday at Panther’s Run was a modified Stableford format.

    First at -92 was the team of Gordon and Kathy Wicke and Bob and Mary Kish. Second at -80 was the team of Bob Larkin II, Doris McLaughin and Pete and Becky Williams. Tying for third at -76 were the teams of Ed and Di Gruver and Roger and Linda Buck, and Lynn and Beverly Furman and Larry and Diane Wright. Tying for fifth at -75 were the teams of Allen and Judy Keegan and Brian and Toni Roe, and Chappy and Peggy Jones and Bob and Grace Bradicich.

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  • Ocean Isle Beach surfers win...

    Ocean Isle Beach once again can claim to have two of the best surfers on the East Coast.

    The East Coast Surfing Championships—the oldest-running surfing contest in the United States and the largest on the East Coast—took place Aug. 21-24 at Virginia Beach, Va. Jesse McCrery won the Masters Championship (for those 18-34) and Owen Moffett the Men’s Championship.

    Michael Powell, a former Men’s Division champion, finished second in the Open Championship.

  • Bicyclist rides again to raise...

    Bike rider and fundraiser are inseparable words to describe Roy Cundiff.

    On Saturday and Sunday, the Sea Trail resident will participate in Bike MS. This is a 150-mile bike ride from and to New Bern to raise funds to support people living with multiple sclerosis in eastern North Carolina and throughout the United States.

    “To me,” Cundiff said, “it’s a good cause. Secondly, it’s good exercise. And it’s a goal, my objective for the year.”

  • Poole, Dub Fulford lead in...

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Thomas Poole won for the 13th time in 17 Street Stock races this season at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

    In the race Aug. 30, Poole, the defending points champion, finished ahead of Dean Cumbee, Kent Bellamy, Clay Gossett and David Hatchell.

    Poole, a Brunswick County driver, has a 56-point lead over Cumbee for the season title.

    In Mini-Stocks, Lucas Williams won for the first time this season. Adam Fulford was second, defending points champion Ronnie Campbell third, Dub Fulford fourth and Willie Fulford fifth.

  • Athletes who become patriots

    It was May 2002 and I was interviewing a student for a feature about her high school athletic career.

    She was one of those athletes who excelled in every sport in which she competed: swimming, soccer, cross country and track. She could have received athletic scholarships in any one of the sports, but she decided she wanted to concentrate on soccer.

    Her college choice: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

  • Brunswick was spared with Hanna

    It seems that almost every tropical storm or hurricane that hits the U.S. affects us in Brunswick County in some way. Most of the time it’s after the storm makes landfall and moves northeast, bringing lots of rain and increased winds. However, Hanna was a special case for us, as it put an absolute bull’s-eye on Brunswick County.

  • Piers are the place for pluggers...

    You can walk the length of a local fishing pier in the fall and pass many rows of bottom-fishermen. First, there will be a few guys drowning minnows for flounder, and then gobs of spot anglers bunched up in hordes hoping for a run of fall yellow-bellies. These are generally calm people. Eventually, however, as you reach the deep end of the pier you may find a diverse pod of frenzied guys and girls casting and re-casting small plugs out into the water, lures that look for all the world like thin pencils with colored heads and three dangerous treble hooks attached to them.

  • A caddie's journal of...

    On Aug. 25 through Sept. 1, I traveled with Dalton Gore as his chaperone and caddie to Pebble Beach, Calif., for the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. What follows is my journal account of key events, observations and thoughts.

    Tuesday, Aug. 26

    Up early and prepare to go to tournament registration. As we start to leave, Gary McCord and Ben Crenshaw are seated at the pro registration table. We are pumped.

    Stop by and get our practice times for Del Monte today and Pebble tomorrow. Off to range to hit balls and warm up.