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Today's Sports

  • There's no tough decision...

    When I was covering county government, I must have heard David Sandifer say this 50 times:

    “You can recreate, or you can incarcerate.”

    His point was young people who play recreational sports are far less likely to end up in prison.

    That’s why a few years ago the Brunswick County Commissioners approved building new sports and recreational parks in the Ocean Isle and Holden Beach areas.

  • Flounder tournament set for June...

    Brunswick County celebrates a quarter of a century of inshore flounder-tournament fishing when the 25th annual flounder tournament takes place June 13-14.

    The tournament, based out of the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department and with weigh-in at Tripp’s Fishing Center, will have $6,000 in cash and prizes.

    The tournament is sponsored by the Sudan Daredevils of the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club.

    Entry fee is $75 per boat and includes two free dinner tickets. Entry fee is $25.

  • Variety of plugs target trout...

    Two of our most sleek and beautiful inshore gamefish are cruising the waters just off the shore right now, and it is a good time to target them.

    Although very different fish, speckled trout and Spanish mackerel share the common traits of being great on the line and great on the table. As a big bonus, both can be caught easily using artificial lures, which is a lot of fun when you get these feisty critters to smack your offering.

  • Golf action

    Beachcombers

    The Beachcombers played at Brierwood May 9.

    Paul Michal shot 81 to win low gross. Gary Guthiel was second with 83. Stu Cleveland was third with 84. Randy Cogdill was fourth with 86. Jim Beairsto was fifth with 89.

    Ed Kinney won low net with 66. Paul Michal and Randy Cogdill tied for second with 67. Stu Cleveland was next with 69.

    Gary Guthiel, Paul Michal and Ed Kinney teamed to win the team low net with -17.

    Calabash Elks

    Ron Mayo won the Calabash Elks tournament May 10 at Brierwood with a net 64. Fred Walsh finished second with 68.

  • Crow Creek golf tournament...

    Jerry McLamb is gone now, passed away from cancer five years ago, but his spirit lives on at Crow Creek.

    His spirit is there in the friendly greeting you get from the bag attendant when you arrive, in the smile of the cart girl as she hands you a PowerAde on the 13th hole.

    It’s there in the welcoming hand of Bryan Thomas, the general manager.

  • Ocean Ridge Plantation golfers...

    Five Ocean Ridge golfers show up at Cinghiale Creek, the home course of The First Tee, every Tuesday afternoon. From 4-5:30 p.m., they teach golf and life skills to 15 junior golfers.

    The juniors hit balls and play the course. They also sit down in the classroom and talk about life skills. They learn “meet and greet,” the age old ritual of shaking hands, so important to job, relationships, and sports.

    They learn by doing, by trying new skills with their clubs. They learn by example from their coaches.

    Bill Smith is the lead coach.

  • BCC's inaugural baseball...

    STAFF REPORT

    Brunswick Community College’s inaugural season of intercollegiate baseball came to an end last weekend as the Dolphins lost yet another one-run game, to Southeastern, and then fell to conference champion Lenoir Community College in the Region 10 Tournament at Mount Olive College.

    SOUTHEASTERN CC 12

    BRUNSWICK CC 11

    Brunswick Community College had the tying run in scoring position in the ninth inning but was unable to bring the runner home. Southeastern slipped past BCC 12-11.

  • From suits to shades, Swofford...

    The beach was a late discovery for this man who grew up in the shadow of the mountains.

    Now Ocean Isle Beach is his retreat, his refuse, his revival.

    John Swofford comes to Brunswick County to slip the bonds and pressures of being Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner and Bowl Championship Series (BCS) coordinator.

    “You come over that bridge and see the island and the ocean out in front of you, and it’s like you’re entering another world,” Swofford said.

  • Gator Senior Games announces...

    The 20th annual Brunswick County Gator Senior Games had competitions last week in track and field events, bowling, golf, tennis, swimming and cycling. Winners were:

    Cycling (1 mile): Women 55-59, Janice Ammann 3:39.84. Men 75-79, John Beddow 4:43.50.

    Cycling (5K): Women 55-59, Ammann, 10:59.62. Men 75-79, Beddow 15:14.65.

    Cycling (10K): Women 55-59, Ammann 21:18.00. Men 75-79, Beddow 30:28.00.

  • West comes from behind to post...

    SHALLOTTE—Seth Roberts had done everything but score.

    So, in the decisive sixth inning, when Roberts stole third and watched teammate Ryan Hill burn the New Hanover left fielder for a double, Roberts didn’t have to race home. He trotted.

    He stopped just before his mission was accomplished, jumped joyously and came down with both feet on the plate.

    It was the human exclamation point in a 15-8 victory that clinched the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference championship Thursday night.