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Today's Sports

  • Tourney journey

    A fifth-inning, five-run rally for Southern Wayne proved too much for the Lady Trojans as they fell 5-2 in the second round of 3A state–championship playoffs.

    But coach Joe Noble says while he and his team are disappointed they didn’t continue through the playoffs to capture the state title, their record-tying season speaks for itself.

    With a 19-6 finish the Lady Trojans tied the West Brunswick’s all-time record.

  • Trojans fall two games short of...

    The supply ran dry of miracle comebacks, and West Brunswick finished its baseball season two games short of the state-championship title bout.

    D. H. Conley nipped the Trojans 2-1 Friday night in the third round of the 3A state playoffs.

    West Brunswick had become known for its late-inning heroics, particularly in the conference-championship game and second-round state playoff duel. But Friday night, a drought of hits and a trio of mental miscues proved too much to overcome.

  • McCumbee finishes career-best...

    CONCORD–A career-best second-place finish left Chad McCumbee with mixed emotions.

    “I was obviously extremely excited about second place but kind of bittersweet because it was that close to a first win,” McCumbee said after finishing behind Matt Crafton in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Friday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

    For McCumbee, the finish in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 was his fourth top-10 finish this season. His previous best finish was a fifth in March at Atlanta.

  • Fan favorite Kahne is all-star...

    CONCORD—Kasey Kahne won Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race after being voted in through a fan vote. Kahne failed to finish in one of the two transfer spots in a last-chance race for drivers who otherwise didn’t qualify for the big race, but he received an overwhelming vote from the fans to get a starting slot at the rear of the field.

    Kahne made the best of his chance, racing his way through the field in four 25-lap segments and taking the lead on the 84th lap, when Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 lost power.

  • In NASCAR, boos are an accurate...

    If you attend a NASCAR event to get a little peace and quiet, you’re in the wrong place.

    A particularly appropriate phrase comes to mind, but another Southern writer has already coined it. I’m not quite egomaniacal enough to compare myself to William Faulkner, but I am just brave enough to blatantly “borrow” from him, as NASCAR is the perfect contemporary definition of “The Sound and the Fury.”

  • My goodbyes to some good times

    All our revelries here are ended as my pinch-hitting days come to a close.

    It’s time to let the first string, also known as new sports editor Michael Paul, step to the plate.

    But before I abscond, let me please leave you with a few impressions.

    My neighbors will tell you I go off on a tirade every week or two about how maladjusted this country had become. So, to my immense delight, the West Brunswick student-athletes restored my faith in the younger generation.

  • When making your own '...

    You can’t beat the real thing, and right now water temperatures are stirring up all kinds of live critters in the sea for fish to eat.

    There are no sure things in fishing, but live bait is a pretty good way to go if you use a simple rig and know what your target fish is trying to eat.

  • Gulf Stream Mahi bite on fire;...

    History has shown May is the best month to catch Mahi–Mahi offshore our area in the Gulf Stream. Fortunately, it is May. And fortunately, history didn’t forget where it left off last year as the Mahi bite has started out great.

    As of last week, the Mahi, a.k.a. dolphin, started biting strong along the edge of the Gulf Stream some 50-60 miles offshore. Locations such as the 100/400, Black Jack and MacMarle’n hole areas have been producing lots of Mahi, averaging in the 10-15 pound range with some fish upward of 30 pounds.

  • Golf action

    Meadowlands Missfits

    The Missfits played Farmstead May 12. The game was take all Par 5’s back to par.

    Sally Davis was first with 56. Wilma Mowery was second with 58. Anna Hackathorn finished third with 60. Kaz Radtclife was fourth with 62. Penny Crawford took fifth with 66. Linda Jones, Sue Hobgood and Marlene Lidgard tied for sixth with 67.

    Birdies were recorded by Myriam LaConte (No. 6), Anna Hackathorn (Nos. 2 and 3) and Kaz Ratclife (Nos. 9 and 12).

    Chip-ins were recorded by Anna Hackathorn (No. 2) and Wilma Mowery (No. 13).

    Sea Trail Ladies

  • Renovation at Sandpiper Bay:...

    There’s good news all over the place these days. Eastport Golf Club has been sold and will probably reopen as a golf course instead of streets of condos and townhouses. Rumor has it part of Bay Tree may be saved from development.