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Today's Sports

  • McCumbee sixth at The Rock

    Brunswick County’s Chad McCumbee finished sixth in the Carolina 500 last Sunday in the return to racing at Rockingham Speedway after a four-year hiatus.

    “That was okay for us,” said McCumbee, who grew up in Varnamtown. “We didn’t have the car as good as we’d like to. It kind of made it a struggle all day. The caution never fell the way we needed it to.

    “They started 50 cars. So we’ll take a sixth place—that was a good, solid finish for us.”

  • Thoughts just popping up

    I usually like to tunnel-vision, but today thoughts are jumping around as if my brain is a popcorn machine.

    •Ty Lawson, the University of North Carolina point guard, was quicker than anybody else in the ACC this past season. Everybody else was on play, and he was running on fast-forward.

    I can’t wait to see a match-up between Lawson and Allen Iverson, who is the quickest basketball player I’ve ever seen in person.

  • Pier fishing still has its charm...

    Fishing piers are a sacred thing to saltwater anglers, and Brunswick County is blessed to still have them in operation.

    Elsewhere on the coast, the piers are disappearing, but here there is still a chance for folks to cast off the planks and maybe fill up a cooler. Many people came to the sport as kids on an ocean pier, and even if you like to take a big boat out to the bluewater these days, it is always nice to get back to your roots.

  • Fishing action heats up with...

    The fishing has taken a dramatic turn for the better this past week.

    As is typically the case, we fishermen wait and wait, and then finally something/someone throws the switch, and the fish are magically here.

    The fact last week’s weather was stable and warm certainly didn’t hurt, and it offered fishermen a chance to get out and work on the fish.

  • Golf: The greatest game for...

    I love the Grand Strand of the Carolina coast with its 100-plus golf courses spread like green jewels along the lakes, inlets and waterways of the low country.

    This is a very fine golf resort. The best part is I, as a woman, can play any time I want. I can play golf Saturday mornings, Sunday mornings. I can also tee off between the hours of noon and 2 p.m.

    What about Wednesday, the historical “doctor’s day” at the course?

    No problem here.

    A men-only grill and bar?

    Naahhhh, not here.

  • Golf action

    Lockwood Folly Men

    The Lockwood Folly Men’s Golf Association crowned Jerry Lyons its club champion after a two-day tournament May 3-4. Lyons shot a 157 gross score in the two-day tournament.

    Fred Krug won the senior club championship (age 62 and over). Don Kehoe is the super senior club champion (age 72 and over). Russ Kleinbauer is the net club champion.

    The Lockwood Folly Memorial Cup Match Play Tournament concluded May 2. Jim Platukis defeated Allen Ayling two and one to win the cup. George Gisel finished third and Beecher Washburn fourth.

  • Lenoir sweeps Dolphins

    Lenoir Community College, ranked No. 1 in the nation among community colleges and sporting a 46-7 record, defeated Brunswick Community College in three games last weekend.

    Lenoir won 13-1 in the first game of a doubleheader Friday.

    BCC 100 00—1 6 5

    LCC 261 4x—13 10 0

    LP: Chris Williamson.

    Leading hitters: LCC—Norton 3-for-4 (2 HR), Mills 2-for-4, Rouse 2-for-4, Chase 2-for-3. BCC—David Smeltzer 2-for-2, Chris Eason 2-for-3, Jeremy King 1-for-3.

    Lenoir won the second game Friday night 10-0.

  • Dolphins smoke Southeastern

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick Community College scored in every conceivable way—from a squeeze play to an out-of-the-park home run—on its way to a 10-0 rout of Southeastern Community College last Wednesday night.

    The Dolphins made the last home game of their inaugural season a memorable one.

    “We fired up a little bit tonight,” BCC coach Robbie Allen said.

    Charlie Gore was the torch, as the Dolphins’ leadoff batter finished just a triple shy of hitting the cycle.

  • Racer and 'the Rock'

    Supply native Chad McCumbee will be close to home and behind the wheel when racing returns to the North Carolina Speedway In Rockingham this weekend.

    He’ll compete in the Carolina 500 on May 4 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

    There haven’t been any NASCAR races in Rockingham since 2004.

    McCumbee is still racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series full-time, but the truck schedule allows him to drive this weekend for Andy Hillenburg.

  • Kyle Busch wins Talladega race

    TALLADEGA, Ala.—It was another wild finish for Talladega Speedway fans as Kyle Busch came from a lap down to win Sunday’s Sprint Cup Aaron’s 499, after a major last-lap wreck caused the race to end under caution.

    “First, Jeff (Gordon) and Juan (Montoya) helped push me,” Busch said. “We didn’t have as much power as the 20-car (Tony Stewart), but it was enough. I think this is the first time I’ve finished here without tearing up all the equipment.”