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Today's Sports

  • Cheers heard in gym, but not for...

    The grandfather stood at the lectern during the West Brunswick High School Senior Awards Program and with pride announced the winner of a scholarship from the organization he represented: his grandson.

    When they hugged, it seemed as if everyone else in the gym also felt the embrace.

    For most of the morning, the emotion was the same as dozens and dozens of scholarships were awarded to the WBHS Class of ’08.

  • The question: To fish or not to...

    An old fishing friend pulled up to the docks of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center the other day and we began rehashing old fish stories. We went through a laundry list of tall tales, and it became apparent we just aren’t fishing as much as we used to. This conversation was taking place as he fueled his boat, and one glance at the dollars-to-gallons ratio made it quite evident as to why we aren’t fishing as much.

    It is darn expensive.

  • Speckled trout making a run...

    Some local anglers have had tight lines and full bellies lately, as speckled trout have staged a nice run that will probably provide the best action until fall hits. Specks are being caught right now both from our ocean piers and around their usual inshore haunts. If you like to catch trout, this is the time to go after them, before warmer weather starts to curb their enthusiasm a bit.

  • Amateur Tour comes to Crow Creek...

    Last Saturday, Crow Creek was busy with serious-looking men of various ages heading for the practice tee and the putting green, clubs in hand. Greetings were called out, handshakes were given, but everyone had his game face on.

    The Amateur Tour had come to Brunswick County.

    I roamed around and chatted with the guys while I was waiting to speak with John Livoti, the tour director.

  • Brunswick County Literacy...

    The Brunswick County Literacy Council is preparing for its 18th annual golf tournament on June 21. The tournament again will be at the Carolina National Golf Club, at Winding River in Bolivia.

    The tournament is the council’s most successful fundraising event. Last year, the council aided GED students through Generation NEXT. It also began Make Mine a Diploma, which is a dropout prevention program in partnership with Brunswick County schools and BCLC Baby Steps. BCLC gave 2,708 hours of volunteer service to 1,450 residents.

  • Golf action

    OCEAN RIDGE COUPLES

    Ocean Ridge Couples played a two-best-nets match (one from the men and one from the ladies) on May 25 on Panther’s Run.

    The winning team was Bob and Grace Bradicich and Walter and Carole Milnichuk (blind draw) at -23.

    In second were Walter and Carole Milnichuk and Tom and Marie Best at -18 (match of cards). In third were Frank and Dusty Burianek and Don and Peggy Rowland at -18. In fourth were George James and Ann Turner and Lynn and Bev Furman at -16 (match of cards). In fifth were Bob and Jane Kirkpatrick and Howard and Ruth Ray at -16.

  • Dixie Boys baseball results

    Leland Bulldogs 11

    Town Creek White Sox 6

    Matt Lowry led the Bulldogs in the victory May 19 with a triple, a double and a single. Lucas Ganey, T.J. Faircloth, Tyler Lewis and A.J. Jones all doubled and singled for the Bulldogs. James White and Chris Diaz also had hits. Lewis was the winning pitcher.

    For the White Sox, Terrell Stanley had a double and a single. Cody Ward had two singles. Darren Farris singled. Stephen Frink and Cody Tow homered.

    Southport Red Sox 7

    Southport Dodgers 6

  • Chevy dealer contributes to...

    Ocean City Chevrolet has developed a partnership with Shallotte Dixie Youth Baseball through the Chevy Youth Baseball program that will include monetary and equipment donations during the 2008 season.

    Now in its third year, Chevy Youth Baseball is an initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve.

    During the course of the season, Ocean City Cherolet will donate team-equipment kits that include equipment bags, baseballs, ball buckets and T-shirts.

  • Corbin Shell has top-10 finish...

    The last 2.5 miles—containing “the wall”—was the most difficult.

    But that is the challenge Corbin Shell enjoys.

    So after having ridden 97.5 miles of the 100-mile Brasstown Bald Buster Century bike ride, Shell prepared for the final steep stretch, a stretch containing a climbing grade of 24-26 percent—“the wall”— to the top of Georgia’s highest mountain.

  • Kahne wins Coca-Cola 600

    CONCORD—Kasey Kahne inherited the lead for the last time with three laps to go in the 400-lap Coca-Cola 600 Sunday, after the leader Tony Stewart hit the wall with a blown right front tire.

    Kahne had been the previous leader but fell behind Stewart after a round of late pit stops for fuel and was running about five seconds behind Stewart.

    It was the second win in a row for Kahne. Last week he won $1 million for winning the All-Star race, but it was the first points race win since the fall of 2006 for the driver of the Evernham-Gillette No. 9 Dodge.