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Today's Sports

  • In short time, barrel racer...

    When Kristen Smith, then 12, took a coffee table and set it up in an open space, her dad, Wayne, proudly anticipated what was about to happen. Kristen hauled another coffee table to the same area and set it across from the first table. Needing one more object to complete a make-believe pattern of barrels for a barrel race, Kristen grabbed a lawn chair and set it in a spot to complete the triangular pattern.

    “I thought it was great,” Wayne said.

  • Poole wins for eighth time at...

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Points leader Tommy Poole of Brunswick County won for the eighth time in Street Stock racing July 12 at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

    Poole finished ahead of Dean Cumbee (second in points), Clay Gosssett, David Hatchell and Kent Bellamy.

    In Mini-Stock, Terry Evans won for the second time. Mark Evans was second, Lucas Williams third, Dub Fulford fourth and Harry Floyd fifth.

    Dub Fulford leads in points and Adam Fulford is second, 52 points behind.

  • My mighty, majestic home run

    A popular prelude to the Major League Baseball All-Star game is the home-run contest. Several players get their chance to swat grooved pitches as far they can, and it is a treat for the fans at the All-Star site and television viewers to see how many home runs these players can hit.

  • Sometimes it is better to be...

    There’s a common saying among tournament fishermen, “I’d rather be lucky than good.” If you are a fisherman you understand exactly what this means. So much of fishing is about circumstance. Right place, right time and then having the fish bite your line instead of someone’s beside you. Also the factors that lead up to catching a particular fish can be a tangled web of fortune and misfortune, but somehow you end up where you are and then the fish bites. As such, let me tell you the story of one of the most unbelievable days of fishing in my life.

  • Speckled trout, pompano best...

    Inshore fishing has settled into a summertime pattern, which means while angling in the heat of the day isn’t going to be your best bet, there are plenty of fish out there to be caught. A lot of bait is in the water now, and you can bet that many of these little critters are being gobbled up by something. A noticeable continuation in the speckled trout fishing and strong showings of some big pompano are the best things going, but other species are out there for the catching as well.

  • Golf action

    OCEAN RIDGE LGA

    Linda Van Horn had a hole-in-one July 10 on hole No. 3 on the Lion’s Paw Golf Course. She used a 9-iron from 100 yards to sink the shot. This is her third hole-in-one within a year. The first was on Lion’s Paw No. 11 and the second on Panther’s Run No. 2.

  • All things to all people: Sea...

    Editor’s note: This is one in a series of occasional stories about golf courses in the county.

    There are more than a dozen golf course communities in Brunswick County, starting at Magnolia Greens in Leland and running all the way down to Carolina Shores in Calabash. Each has a distinct flavor and appeal, each has varied functions that serve its residents.

    Some are small like Brick Landing (18 holes); others are huge, like Ocean Ridge, which is working on a fifth course to add to its mega complex of “Big Cat” links.

  • BCC tryouts a success for 10...

    When Robbie Allen held tryouts last month for his Brunswick Community College baseball team, he was hoping to find some help at certain positions, but he was uncertain which positions would be filled.

    “I didn’t know what to expect,” he said.

    The tryouts turned out better than expected. Of the 35 who tried out at West Brunswick High School, Allen decided to invite 10—two catchers, two outfielders, two infielders and four pitchers—to play for the fall team.

    “I was surprised we got 10 altogether,” he said.

  • White Sox or Cubs? Pick one

    I have delayed the decision for too long.

    Now I must decide.

    Cubs or White Sox?

    As someone with sports roots in Chicago, it has been easy to root for one baseball team or the other. When the Cubs were playing well, the White Sox weren’t. And when the White Sox were playing well, the Cubs were playing ee well, like the Cubs. It made no difference to me about “loyalty.” I just wanted to see a team play well enough to get into the World Series.

  • Area fishing continues steady

    We have settled into what I refer to as the early summer pattern, which typically runs from late June through July. This is, in my opinion, one of our peak times to fish from the area because of all the variety. The majority of the fishing I do during this time is in the 55- to 70-foot depth range, where you will find good numbers of king mackerel in the 15- to 20-pound range, with dolphin, sailfish and cobia mixed in.