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Today's Sports

  • Everyone wins at county's...

    BOILING SPRINGS LAKE—Everybody was a winner at the Brunswick County Special Olympics Spring Games Friday at South Brunswick High School.

    Everybody who competed got a ribbon to prove it.

    The athletes and coaches also each received a British-racing green tie-dyed T-shirt, worn proudly and testifying everybody was on the same team.

    The sun played peek-a-boo from behind the clouds, making the temperature in the upper 70s pleasant.

  • West athletic director makes...

    Most people never get to go to a Final Four.

    Marcia Heady has been to 18.

    For a few days each year, the West Brunswick athletic director traipses all over the country watching the best women’s basketball coaches and players in America.

    Besides watching the NCAA Women’s Basketball semifinals and championship game, Heady spends her Final Fours listening to lectures, talking in elevators and even dining beside her heroes and heroines.

  • Kyle Busch takes Mexican road...

    MEXICO CITY, Mex.—Kyle Busch caught and passed Scott Pruett nine laps from the finish to win Sunday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Mexico City.

    It was the third consecutive Nationwide Series win for Busch.

    Probably the biggest story of the race was the second-place finish of Marcus Ambrose—the highest career finish for the Australian native.

    Ambrose had to go to the rear of the 43-car field twice: first, at the start of the 80-lap race because his crew changed a clutch after qualifying, and again for a pit road violation.

  • Government could take a clue on...

    Wouldn’t it be great if the IRS operated more like NASCAR?

    When expending a certain amount of angst, effort or both, it seems only right and natural to expect some sort of a payoff in return. This is never more evident than during (and before and after) tax season, which for most of us has just concluded its annual fusillade of frustration.

  • Documentary showcases outfielder

    Even his name was poetic.

    How pleased I was Monday night to find PBS airing a documentary on my favorite baseball player of all time, Roberto Clemente.

    He had a chiseled face that could have been on a Michelangelo statue, and I remembered his heart, too. What I had forgotten about was his arm.

  • At last, the linebackers of the...

    They are mean, they are mad, they are hungry, and they are here. So why not go out and catch them?

    The first bluefish of the year have appeared in our local waters, and they are only going to be joined by more. A great many will be smaller blues caught by anglers throwing pencil plugs such as Gotchas out on the deeper ends of the piers, while some will be really big fish landed at the very end of the piers by folks using heavy tackle.

  • Spring fishing heats up; Sauls...

    Finally, the weather has begun to settle, and water temperatures are on the rise. We’ve been back and forth between winter and spring too long, and I’m hoping we have finally shaken that trend.

    During the past week and a half, the weather has finally stabilized—allowing fishermen to get out on the water. In addition, the warmer air temperatures have helped raise water temperatures, which has spurred the fish into moving and feeding.

  • Tripp and Austin's...

    A fishing tournament will be this weekend on a Brunswick County island with potentially hundreds of dollars in prize money.

    There’s nothing unusual about that, except this tournament was organized by two 8-year-olds.

    The first Tripp and Austin’s Backwater Battle is set from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The captain’s meeting will be Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the Holden Beach Marina.

    Boundaries are from the Little River swing bridge to the Southport waterfront. No ocean fishing is allowed.

  • Staying fit and stretching help...

    I believe in exercise, in personal trainers, in massage therapy, in yoga, in walking and stretching, and even in acupuncture. I did not always feel this passionate about personal fitness, but I had an episode about 15 years ago that made me a true believer.

    Early on Easter Monday morning, I rolled over in bed and felt something “ping” in my back. Pain shot through my lower back and down my left leg. I could barely move.

  • Golf action

    Piperettes

    The Piperettes played an individual point quota tournament April 15. Players determine their point quota by subtracting their handicap from 50. Players with scores closest to or more than their quota win. Scoring consisted of eagle (8), birdie (5), par (3), bogie (2) and double bogey (1).

    In the Sand to Piper Flight, Wanda Green won with 15. Judy DeStefon tied Judy Hanna for second with 11, Kathy Manning was fourth with 9 and Mary Dickerson finished fifth with 8.