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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • West begins first round Saturday

    The West Brunswick High School volleyball team begins the first round of the Class 3-A state playoffs Saturday at home (time and foe to be determined).

    The Trojans finished the conference season 10-2 and were unbeaten against the 3-A teams in the conference.

    They are 14-2 overall with one match left (Tuesday against at North Brunswick).

    Below are summaries of the Trojans’ final three conference games.

    WEST BRUSWICK 3

    JACKSONVILLE 0

  • Stressing out over the red ink

    Where is the good news?

    “Dow plunges 778” screams the Sept. 30 front-page headline in USA TODAY.

    “It’s an extremely worrisome situation” reads another headline on the same page.

    Another section, more of the same: “Economic forecasts get even more dire.”

    We are investors lost, in one day, $1.2 trillion.

  • Lady Trojans beat Laney; now 12-2

    The West Brunswick High School volleyball continues to build momentum as it heads into the state playoffs by winning for the 12th time in 14 matches.

    The Trojans rallied from a first-game loss to beat Laney 15-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-20 Thursday at West.

    “If we can erase the first game, we played great,” West coach Leslie Reeves said. “Other than that, everybody played great that I put in.”

    West trailed 14-11 in the first game when Laney scored seven straight points for a 21-11 lead en route to the victory.

  • West overcomes White Oak

    Jimmy Fletcher is glad his West Brunswick High School football team worked extra hard Friday night.

    The Trojans beat White Oak 13-7 in overtime.

    “We had talked before the game about playing for 48 minutes, 48 minutes, 48 minutes,” Fletcher said. “And tonight they played, what, 52 minutes.

    “I told them I’d rather just play 48.”

  • Hoggard slips past Trojans

    WILMINGTON—Coach Jimmy Fletcher sighed.

    “It hurts,” he said after the Hoggard Vikings rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Fletcher’s West Brunswick football team 20-10 on a rainy Friday night.

    “I’m going to tell you,” he said, “it hurts.”

    West led 10-3 early in the fourth quarter and faced third down at its 10. That’s when quarterback Ryan Hill sprinted 90 yards for an apparent touchdown and a 16-10 lead over the defending state champion Vikings.

  • Hoggard rallies to beat Trojans

    West Brunswick’s chances for a conference title dimmed after a five-game loss to league leader Hoggard Sept. 23 at West.

    The Vikings beat the Trojans 19-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-13, 15-8.

    Hoggard remained perfect in the conference. West lost for only the second time in the conference, with both losses to Hoggard.

    West trailed 9-6 in the first game but went on a 4-0 run behind the serving of Miriah Milliken. She hit two service winners and Anna Hart had two blocks as West took a 10-9 lead.