Today's Sports

  • Let’s talk about the fiasco at...


    Everyone in the world of golf is talking about the recent U.S. Open. It was Dustin Johnson’s first win in a major with a huge controversy over a rules infraction that ultimately penalized Johnson one stroke but did not cost him the tournament.

  • Dixie Softball tourneys begin...

    Staff Report

    Brunswick County will be the site of Dixie Softball state tournaments beginning Saturday, July 2.

    Three tournaments involving Brunswick teams will take place at Waccamaw Park. Brunswick County West Debs, winners of the 2015 Debs World Series, will play a first-round game at 12:30 p.m. July 2

    Four tournaments involving Brunswick teams will take place at Town Creek Park. Championship games are set for Wednesday, July 6. Winners advance to the Dixie Softball World Series.

  • Flounder tourney photos
  • Jones drafted by Orioles,...

    The week before Father’s Day, Steven Linkous and Markel Jones thanked their moms.

    Linkous and Jones are two Brunswick County baseball players getting their chances to become Major League Baseball players.

    The Colorado Rockies selected Steven Linkous in the 22nd round, 650th overall, of the draft Saturday. Linkous, a North Brunswick High School graduate, has finished his senior season at UNC Wilmington.

  • Summer league, camps bolster...

    SHALLOTTE — When Divina Mercado signed a letter of intent June 8 to attend Chowan University and play lacrosse, she became the fourth West Brunswick girl lacrosse player this year to use the sport to help get a college education.

    “This is just the beginning,” West coach Kate Gentle said. “By the time my freshmen are seniors, I can only imagine that every single one of them will go to college and play lacrosse.”
    Gentle is encouraged by information she is receiving from recruiting sites. Colleges have interest in lacrosse players.

  • Mercado reaches goal in unlikely...

    By Michael Paul

    Sports Editor

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Divina Mercado signed a letter of intent June 8 to attend Chowan University and play lacrosse.

    The scene was unimaginable four years ago.

    “I honestly thought I would more than likely be going to college to play basketball,” Mercado said.

    “But, things happened.”

  • Windy conditions bring tough...

     It seems as if our coast may never catch a break from the bad weather this year. Two weeks ago, Tropical Storm Bonnie disrupted our fishing patterns, and just as the weather is about to settle down, Tropical Storm Colin is scheduled to graze our coast as well. The good news is that after a long span of bad, turbulent sea conditions, usually a long span of calm conditions soon follows. 

  • Ashley Sloup: A real winner

    I’ve known Ashley Sloup since she was in grade school and a charter member of The First Tee of Brunswick County. She was always smiling, interacting with the coaches, hitting the ball long and straight for a 10-year-old, and demonstrating the Nine Core Values of The First Tee in everything she did. I was on the board of directors then and we all speculated on where and how far she would go.

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     SHALLOTTE — If the West Brunswick baseball team had reached the East Regional — and it came within one out of doing so — the Trojans would have been host to two regional games (if the regional lasted three games). Conference rival Topsail would have been the foe.

    The games would have attracted the largest baseball crowds of the season at West Brunswick — and most likely would have strained the concession stand and bathroom facilities.

    That would have been no surprise to West Brunswick athletics director Jimmy Fletcher.

  • West Brunswick’s Carlyle, Spivey...

    West Brunswick’s Johnathan Carlyle and T.J. Spivey have swept Mideastern 3A/4A Conference baseball honors.

    Coaches voted for the conference awards. Athletes were chosen on the basis of conference game statistics.

    Carlyle, a junior pitcher, is the MEC Player of the Year.

    “Carlyle was very consistent for us all season,” Spivey said. “He picked up huge conference wins over Topsail, Hoggard twice and new Hanover twice, including the conference championship clinching win. His ERA was under 1 all season.”