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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Cranked up about fluorocarbon...

    If you respool your reels as much as I do, I hope you stocked up on some extra fluorocarbon line recently, because it’s summer and you’re going to need it.

  • Flounder stay active inshore...

    The hot summer is not known as a time of great inshore fishing, but there is one fish you can go after no matter how hot it gets. Flounder are still active in our waters and some can even be caught in the hottest part of the day. You just have to remember a few simple suggestions about how to target these tasty flatfish, and your fishing season won’t melt away with the sun.

  • WSGA president Robinson makes...

    Myrna Robinson lives at Lockwood Folly. Her beautiful home is on a small lake near the 15th green. She is totally into golf, though she doesn’t have much time to play.

    Why?

    Because Robinson is busy making golf happen for other women.

    “I started playing golf in my 20s and for a while played in a lot of competitions,” she said. “Now, I’m a ‘used to be’ golfer because I don’t have much time to golf anymore.”

  • Golf action

    BRIERWOOD WGA

    In the Brierwood Women’s Golf Association match on July 1, the format was low gross, low net. In the first flight, Mona Dye had the low gross of 76 and Marje Roach had the low net of 64. In that first flight, Roach also had the fewest putts (27). In flight two, Sara Baynton had a low gross of 95 and the fewest putts (30). Mickey Salerno had a low net of 68. Janice Owens had low gross in the third flight at 101 and Florence Hopkins had the low net of 64. Ruther Linder had the fewest putts (28) in the third flight.

  • Hickman, Champion know how to be...

    A Whiteville runner inched his way from first base, trying to get a leadoff to steal second base. Glancing at him from the mound was Gavin Lane, a left-handed pitcher for the Southwest Trojans. Patiently, Lane let the runner move farther and farther from first base, then snapped a throw to first baseman Logan Tripp, who tagged out the runner.

    From the Trojan dugout, everyone cheered Lane. He perfectly timed the throw for the pickoff. It was an excellent move.

  • Shore fishing a quick and easy...

    A few years back I wrote that saltwater shore fishermen never get any respect. Since the price of a gallon of gas is now rivaling the price of the Hope Diamond, things may be changing. Hauling a boat down to the ramp and launching for a day of fishing is still great fun, unless you have to do certain things like eating. So, fishing from the sand or pier may be making a comeback even among those who have those pretty boats sitting in the front yard. Don’t worry, if you’re on dry land or wading into the water, you can still catch fish.

  • A bittersweet Jolly Mon King...

    This past weekend the annual Jolly Mon King Classic took place from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. This tournament has proved over the years to be one of the region’s favorite and most-attended events, due in part to its pick-your-fishing day format, fishing boundaries and family-oriented atmosphere and prizes. However, with gas prices approaching $5 a gallon and a general pessimistic fiscal attitude, I expected the event’s participation to be severely down.