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Today's Sports

  • Black sea bass are biting

     There isn’t much to be said in this week’s fishing report. Once again Mother Nature has prevented most boats from sailing with how hard the wind has been blowing. It seems as if we cannot catch a break this winter. Normally, the colder months bring long periods of hard northeast winds and then a calm, stable period in between fronts. This year, the wind has refused to quit blowing. Hopefully, with late February and March’s warmer temperatures the cold fronts will begin to spread out and give us more opportunities to fish.

  • What to do about speckled trout
  • Spring tune-up with Cheryl...

     Fellow golfers, it’s time for your spring tune-up. In a few short weeks, the warm weather will be here and you’ll want your swing ready so you can go out and conquer the course.

    To find out what makes a good tune-up, I drove up to Carolina National and spoke with Cheryl Brankel, of the Cheryl Brankel Golf Academy. Brankel is a lady PGA golf professional, certified in teaching and she loves what she does.

    Brankel was at Wild Dunes in Charleston, S.C, before coming to Carolina National nine years ago.

  • Trojan wrestlers finish 6-0 in...

     The West Brunswick wrestling team finished the Mideastern Conference regular season 6-0 by routing host New Hanover 75-4 Jan. 28.

    In a non-conference dual, West routed Pender 75-6 and remained unbeaten this season (22-0).

    WBHS 75

    New Hanover 4

    106: Jacob Teal by fall in 24 seconds against Alden Write.

    113: Shane Smith by fall in 5:41 against Alexander Rivera.

    120: Porfirio Bautista by fall in 1:32 against James Grant.

    126: Lincoln Smith by fall in 1:44 against Lawrence Cuba.

  • Steps to cure cabin fever

     

  • Weather not only threat to...

     

    The nights have continued to get colder, bringing the water temperatures below 50 degrees in many of our backwater areas. The rain also continues to fall, as each passing front brings us mild moist air. Even with water temperatures hovering in the upper 40s, speckled trout seek shelter in many of our shallow water areas during the coldest part of the winter. Why? There are several theories why speckled trout will continue to go into shallow water this time of year.

  • Golf getaway to the Crystal Coast

     For the past few years, I’ve gone on a gal’s golf trip to the Crystal Coast and we’ve had a blast. ­There’s wonderful golf, beautiful beaches, old coastal towns to explore, historic sites and fabulous seafood.

    Where is the Crystal Coast?

    It begins just north of Wilmington and runs up to the Outer Banks; 85 miles of unspoiled coastline between the Outer Banks and our own beloved Brunswick Islands. It’s a fabulous getaway if you don’t want to fly or drive long distances.

  • Swimmers compete in final home...

     BOLIVIA — The South Brunswick swim teams finished second to Topsail in a meet Friday, Jan. 23, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center pool.

    In the girls’ meet, Topsail scored 121 points, South 96 and West Brunswick 10.

    In the boys’ meet, Topsail scored 105.50 points, South 92.50 and West 40.

    Five South swimmers reached regional standards in their events.

  • West Brunswick wrestlers improve...

     SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick wrestling team beat Topsail 58-12 Jan. 21, improving to 20-0.

    “It’s pretty exciting,” West coach Jimmy Caraway said. “20-0, I’m pretty happy with. Be we can be better. We need to wrestle better.”

    West already had beaten the Pirates 54-24 in a conference dual this season, so this match had no consequences on West’s conference record (5-0). Indeed, Topsail forfeited six matches in this dual. Before a sparse crowd on Senior Night, the Trojans won five of the eight wrestled matches.

  • Trojans improve to 17-0 in boys...

     

     

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon correspondent

    LELAND — West Brunswick’s opponents will be glad to get rid of the Trojans’ senior moments.

    “Senior moments” usually describe lapses in memory for the elderly.

    But for these teenagers, senior moments are when Gray Cheers and Saadiq Johnson take over a game and deliver performances they will never forget.

    The fourth-year basketball players led West to a 72-51 victory over North Brunswick Jan. 20.