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Today's Sports

  • Don't lament rare breaks in...

    It gets a little upsetting at times, when one of NASCAR’s rare “off” weekends rolls around, to hear the inevitable lament, “Aw, man, there’s no race this weekend.”

    Let’s correct that statement right off the bat, because it is inaccurate. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series does not compete every week, it is true, but even when the nation’s premier racing series is enjoying a couple of rare and well-deserved days off, there is plenty of action for fans to enjoy, and some serious star-gazing to be done.

  • Giehl shoots 77 to win first...

    Brick Landing Ladies

    Bonnie Giehl shot a net 77 to win the first flight of the Brick Landing Ladies Association tournament on March 20. Competition was “Ace Day,” an in-flight competition. Keith Webb came in second with an 80, and Irene Dowdy took third with an 83.

    In the second flight, Barbara Karkut had 72 for first, Usfula Stycynski shot 78 for second, and Melody Baylor had 85 for third.

    The third flight was won by Vivian Rowe with a 70, who also won “Ace of the Month.” Peg Agrimonti finished second with a 77.

  • Oak Island Lighthouse Run and...

    OAK ISLAND—Tennis shoes, shorts, tank tops and sunscreen will be the uniform of the day during the 10th Annual Oak Island Lighthouse 5K & 10K Run and Walk.

    The run/walk will be on Saturday, April 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

    Race-day registration will be at the N.C. Baptist Assembly from 6:30 to 8 a.m.

    After registering, participants will be bused to the start area at the Brunswick County Airport for the 10K and to Caswell Beach Town Hall for the 5K.

  • Jenrette leads All-County girls...

    West Brunswick senior Miranda Jenrette and North Brunswick girls basketball coach Travis Fortune have been with their respective teams for only two years.

    Both made the moves to southeastern North Carolina because of their grandmothers, and their contributions this past season can make their family members proud.

  • Beware of the Ides of March...

    I am Irish, a Pisces and a fan of college basketball. I guess you could say March is my month.

    In the next several weeks, the attention of American sports fans will be captured by an event which is a primary contributor to making the month of March tolerable, if not downright enjoyable—the NCAA basketball tournament.

    It starts with 65 teams and lasts only three weeks, but when you think about it, March Madness closely resembles a condensed version of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

  • Childress teams are one-two-...

    BRISTOL, Tenn.—Jeff Burton led a Richard Childress sweep in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol’s Thunder Valley. Following Burton across the stripe were Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer.

    “Obviously, Harvick and Stewart got together there at the end, and that opened the door for me,” Burton said. “Then Denny Hamlin on the last restart, just quit, and we kept going.

  • Madness spills into springtime

    It’s one of the best times of the year in sports.

    The NHL and NBA seasons are winding down, and the major league baseball players are getting in shape for the long grind.

    Most high schools and colleges already have begun their spring sports seasons.

    And March Madness is upon us.

    Not only does March Madness signal the end of the men’s and women’s college basketball seasons, but it also means our northern neighbors can slowly start putting away the snow-blowers and shovels, tire chains, etc., and begin moving outdoors as spring approaches.

  • Oak Island fisherman sets state...

    Not many people can say they caught the state record the first time they ever went out for a certain kind of fish.

    But that’s what happened to Chuck Deeter.

    The Oak Island resident set the North Carolina record for red grouper when he reeled in the 33-pound 8-ounce fish, according to a press release last week from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.

    The grouper, which was weighed in at Anchorage Marina in Atlantic Beach, measured 35 inches in length and had a 25.5-inch girth.

  • Warmer temperatures, great...

    It has been a long winter, but spring officially starts this weekend, and I, for one, am looking forward to warmer temperatures and great fishing.

    In just a couple of short weeks, the offshore Gulf Stream waters will explode with life. Trolling in these productive waters will yield yellowfin tuna and wahoo, and bottom fishing will yield snapper and grouper.

    Closer inshore, the Atlantic Bonito will migrate into the area and hold over structure in the 45- to 60-foot depth range while the water temperatures are in the 60- to 66-degree range.

  • Psychology professor (and golfer...

    If you’ve ever picked up a driver and hit a bucket of balls, or if you’ve ever played even a few holes on a hard-scrabble backwoods course, chances are you’ve read a golf instructional book.

    If you’re a member of a club or league and compete regularly, you probably own a whole shelf of how-to-play-better books.