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Today's Sports

  • Bowling

    McDONALDS AMUSEMENT

  • West Brunswick honors Doug Rutter

    West Brunswick High School officials presented Doug Rutter with a plaque of appreciation that also encased a clock before the varsisy baseball game against Hoggard Friday night.

    Rutter, a longtime sports editor for The Brunswick Beacon, became a Brunswick County magistrate in March.

    His wife, Susan, and daughter, Olivia, looked on as West athletic director Marcia Heady presented Rutter the plaque.

  • Johnson gets first win of '...

    AVONDALE, ARIZ.—A fuel gamble in Saturday night’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 allowed Jimmie Johnson to get his first Sprint Cup win of 2008. The defending Cup champion nursed his No. 48 Chevrolet across the finish line a little more than seven seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer.

    Danny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin, points leader Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-10 finishers.

  • NASCAR drivers are right: There...

    The racing season, even with the successful implementation of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, still relies heavily on consistency. Strong finishes in the first 26 races can pretty much guarantee a driver will be in the championship battle during the final 10 weeks.

    So I must admit to some eye-rolling at times when, at the end of a given race, the second-place finisher was interviewed and came across as being slightly peevish over the fact that he didn't end up just one spot better.

  • Diamonds and dirt are a girl...

    Walk softly and swing a big stick.

    That could be the motto of Stacy Jackson, because she does both.

    The West Brunswick second baseman is the smallest player on the varsity softball team.

    Just how tall is she?

    “Five feet on a good day,” she said, laughing.

    That might work if she wore thick socks, double soles and Gellin’ inserts.

    She confessed she actually measures up to 4-feet-11.

    But don’t underestimate the skills nor Jackson's ferocity. She’s West Brunswick’s biggest hitter.

  • Memories entice us to grab the...

    A basketball player would never tire of remembering a Chalmers-esque game-saving shot. A golfer would certainly enjoy reliving in his or her mind a hole-in-one. And a tennis player would no doubt find most enjoyable the recollection of a drop shot that bounced one inch off the court and died.

    I’m just happy remembering my eight-flounder day.

    It’s mid-April, I haven’t caught a fish since Feb. 27 and I’m going through major withdrawal. My two scrap-devouring kitty cats aren’t very happy with me either.

  • A whiting by any other name is...

    Now is the time to go fishing for whiting. You can call them whiting, or you can call them sea mullet, Virginia mullet or even kingfish (though I've never actually heard that one used around here).

    Whatever you call them, they are the best thing going in inshore bottom-fishing until the water gets decently warm. Whiting are an early season pier-fishing and surf favorite, and what they lack in size they make up for on the dinner table.

  • Calabash captain and crew win...

    Fishermen finally got a reprieve from Mother Nature toward the end of last week as the winds and seas settled. Many of the area’s offshore fishermen, registered for the Martini’s Wahoo Tournament, headed offshore to the edge of the Gulf Stream in search of big wahoo as well as tuna and dolphin.

    Wednesday and Thursday provided fair weather with winds from the Northeast at 10 to 20 knots, and Friday was by far the best weather with flat, calm seas, sunny skies and warm temperatures.

  • Ah, the delicate etiquette of...

    Cheating is a way of life these days. Just look at the headlines in our newspapers, and listen to the sound bites on CNN Headline News.

    People cheat on their spouses (a la the illustrious governor of New York), disregarding and ignoring the vows they took when they got married. They cheat on their income tax returns—padding contributions to churches, deductions for medical expenses, fancy trips, insurance—anything they think they can get away with. Presidents, congressmen, governors, mayors and even sheriffs get drummed out of office for violations of the public trust.

  • Golf action

    Calabash Elks

    Mike Coleman won the A Flight with a net 59 in the Calabash Elks Tournament April 9 at Brierwood Golf Club. Mike Casper came in second with 71. Don Mimm won the B Flight with 64, and Bob Herre came in second with 65. Fred Ortiz won the C Flight with 65, and Mike McCormack was runner-up with 66. Closest-to-the pin winners were Jim Schuster (No. 3), Ed Kerr (No. 9 and No. 17), and Jerry Way (No. 14).

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