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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Bowling

    McDONALDS AMUSEMENT

  • West Brunswick honors Doug Rutter

    West Brunswick High School officials presented Doug Rutter with a plaque of appreciation that also encased a clock before the varsisy baseball game against Hoggard Friday night.

    Rutter, a longtime sports editor for The Brunswick Beacon, became a Brunswick County magistrate in March.

    His wife, Susan, and daughter, Olivia, looked on as West athletic director Marcia Heady presented Rutter the plaque.

  • Johnson gets first win of '...

    AVONDALE, ARIZ.—A fuel gamble in Saturday night’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 allowed Jimmie Johnson to get his first Sprint Cup win of 2008. The defending Cup champion nursed his No. 48 Chevrolet across the finish line a little more than seven seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer.

    Danny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin, points leader Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-10 finishers.

  • NASCAR drivers are right: There...

    The racing season, even with the successful implementation of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, still relies heavily on consistency. Strong finishes in the first 26 races can pretty much guarantee a driver will be in the championship battle during the final 10 weeks.

    So I must admit to some eye-rolling at times when, at the end of a given race, the second-place finisher was interviewed and came across as being slightly peevish over the fact that he didn't end up just one spot better.

  • Diamonds and dirt are a girl...

    Walk softly and swing a big stick.

    That could be the motto of Stacy Jackson, because she does both.

    The West Brunswick second baseman is the smallest player on the varsity softball team.

    Just how tall is she?

    “Five feet on a good day,” she said, laughing.

    That might work if she wore thick socks, double soles and Gellin’ inserts.

    She confessed she actually measures up to 4-feet-11.

    But don’t underestimate the skills nor Jackson's ferocity. She’s West Brunswick’s biggest hitter.

  • Memories entice us to grab the...

    A basketball player would never tire of remembering a Chalmers-esque game-saving shot. A golfer would certainly enjoy reliving in his or her mind a hole-in-one. And a tennis player would no doubt find most enjoyable the recollection of a drop shot that bounced one inch off the court and died.

    I’m just happy remembering my eight-flounder day.

    It’s mid-April, I haven’t caught a fish since Feb. 27 and I’m going through major withdrawal. My two scrap-devouring kitty cats aren’t very happy with me either.