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Today's Sports

  • Grand Slam

    On a warm spring evening at Shallotte Park, the Shallotte Lions Club Riverdogs and the Jones Ford Sand Gnats are playing in a Dixie Youth baseball game. Among the spectators is Zachary Craig Cheers, a former Dixie Youth ballplayer who will be attending college in a few months.

    The connection between college and Dixie Youth baseball was made clear to the Riverdogs and the Sand Gnats during a presentation between innings, when Dixie Youth Baseball presented a plaque to Cheers. The plaque acknowledged Cheers as one of the recipients of a $2,000 scholarship for college.

  • Experience plays key part in...

    Experience is everything in sports, and that is one of the benefits of the American Legion baseball season.

    West Brunswick ballplayers will be represented in two American Legion leagues this summer.

    The Southwest Brunswick team, which is mainly junior varsity and younger varsity players from the West Brunswick Trojans, will compete as an independent junior legion team. West Brunswick High School coach Mike Alderson will manage the team. It will play its games at West Brunswick.

  • West Brunswick's junior...

    WILMINGTON—West Brunswick’s junior American Legion baseball team (Southwest Brunswick) opened its season by routing Ashley 19-8 May 22.

    West Brunswick trailed 3-2 after the first inning but scored four runs in the second and six runs in the third en route to the victory.

    West Brunswick finished with 18 hits. Jay Gause was 4-for-5 with seven RBIs and two doubles. Both doubles were hit with the bases loaded.

    “There was no place to put him, so they had to pitch to him,” manager Mike Alderson said. “Of course, everybody hit.”

  • Post 68 opens season 8-7 with...

    JACKSONVILLE—The Brunswick County Post 68 American Legion baseball team opened its season by beating Jacksonville 8-7 in 10 innings on Friday.

    Post 68 led 5-3 entering the bottom of the eighth inning but Jacksonville scored four runs to take a 7-5 lead. Post 68 tied the score by scoring twice in the top of the ninth.

    “The kids showed up to play baseball,” Post 68 manager Randy Fennell said. “We got down in the bottom of the eighth but scored twice in the ninth to tie the game. They didn’t give up.”

  • 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.