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Today's Sports

  • Rocket Man' Newman rules at...

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Ryan “Rocket Man” Newman, with the help of his teammate Kurt Busch, made it a 1-2 finish for Penske Racing in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

    “Without Kurt there was no way I could have won it,” said Newman. “It was just a great effort. We had an awesome team, and the Penske Dodge was awesome.

    “My dad was spotting for me. My grandmother is here, and there are so many people that contributed to this win.”

  • The elephant in the garage

    There is a wonderful scene near the end of the classic movie “Field of Dreams” where Timothy Busfield’s character, named Mark, suddenly looks up and says to Kevin Costner’s Ray Kinsella character, a farmer who had plowed his cornfield under to build a baseball diamond in the middle of Iowa, “When did these ballplayers get here?”

    Mark, of course, had just been able to see for the very first time what almost everyone around him had been intensely focused on all along.

  • All about teamwork

    I’ll admit it. I didn’t expect the West Brunswick High School girls’ basketball team to have much success this season, not after what the Lady Trojans did last season and not after what they lost off that team.

    But a year after finishing 6-19, failing to win a single conference game and losing most of its top players to graduation, West Brunswick found a way to turn it around.

    The Lady Trojans completed the regular season with a 4-8 mark in Mideastern 3A/4A Conference play and an overall record of 13-11, much to my surprise and, it seems, theirs.

  • Redfish, drum, trout there for...

    There are not a lot of people out there fishing right now, as even the most hardcore anglers have resigned themselves to either watching basketball or going to boat shows.

    This is winter in the Carolinas which means days continually pop up that are pleasant enough for fishing. And since there are still some fish out there, some folks are still trying.

    No one is catching them in the numbers we will see in a month or two, but I assure you all the fish haven’t fled to Florida.

    Quite a few reports continue to come in from people catching redfish in the shallows.

  • Carolinas PGA merchandise show...

    Despite claims that golf is down in numbers, you couldn’t tell it by the activity at this week’s Carolinas Section PGA Merchandise Show in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The exhibit hall was filled with booths that displayed clubs, balls, tees, clothing, shoes, gifts, furniture, paintings, golf carts, ball washers, scorecards, range finders and brand new teaching aids that will drop your handicap like a bowling ball out of a tree house.

    All the major manufacturers were there: Club Car, Nike, Titleist, Cutter & Buck, Calloway, Aureus, Tail and Oakley.

  • Golf action

    Duffy takes top flight in Ocean Ridge Ringers

    Sally Duffy posted a net 62 to take Flight One honors in the Ocean Ridge Ladies Ringers Tournament Feb. 11 and 13 on Panther’s Run.

    It was an individual stroke play event in which players try to obtain a best net score on each hole in a 36-hole tournament.

    Michelle Sherwood came in second with a 63.

    Linda Buck captured Flight Two with a 69. Sue Kane was second at 70 with Pam Fitzgerald at 71.

    Sharon Simon had a 62 to win Flight Three. Pam Bank was the runner-up at 66 with Kathy Giancarlo at 70.

  • Walk-off win caps weekend series

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick Community College’s baseball team won three out of four games during the first home series of its inaugural season, capping it with a dramatic comeback victory.

    An RBI single by Derek Cozzolino with two outs in the seventh inning completed a four-run rally and gave the Dolphins a 6-5 win in Sunday’s series finale against Danville (Va.) Community College.

    Cozzolino, a freshman from Jacksonville, was mobbed by teammates following the game-winning hit. He said it was important to win the final game of the four-game series.

  • Louisburg stops BCC win streak

    SHALLOTTE—It was an alarming Saturday for the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team.

    Louisburg came into the West Brunswick High School gymnasium and did something no other team has done this season—beat the Dolphins on their home court.

    Anton Silver made two free throws with nine-tenths of a second remaining to give the Hurricanes an 85-83 win in a game that featured questionable officiating and a 25-minute delay because of a fire alarm.

  • Denmark defeats short-handed...

    SHALLOTTE—It looks like the Brunswick Community College women’s basketball team will achieve its goal of making it through the entire season, but only by a whisker.

    After canceling two recent non-conference road games due to a lack of healthy players, the Lady Dolphins only had five in uniform for Sunday’s contest against Denmark (S.C.) Technical College.

    BCC gave Denmark Tech all it could handle—despite finishing the game with four players on the court—before falling 70-61. It was the 10th loss in a row for the Lady Dolphins.

  • Bowling

    Clardy leads bowlers with 759 series

    Michael Clardy rolled a 759 set as the classic leagues at the Brunswick County Bowling Center produced three 700 series in the past week.

    Clardy had games of 259, 244 and 206 in the McDonald’s Amusement Classic League on Feb. 11.

    Maurice Webster bowled a 742 and Rhonda Sabiston a 713 in the Williams Carpet Classic League on Feb. 15. Webster had games of 203, 233 and 279 while Sabiston rolled 264, 257 and 192.

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