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Today's Sports

  • Comment uncalled for in local...

    I’m sure no one in the stands heard this comment—not the parents nor the fans nor even the coaches.

    The only reason I heard it is because I was taking pictures and sitting between the nets of two matches.

    A visiting high school tennis player asked a West Brunswick player, “How’s the marching band here?”

    I thought it was a bizarre question to ask someone between points and became curious about why he asked it. Little did I realize it was a set-up.

    “Well, I guess they’re not so good,” the West Brunswick player said.

  • Tandem rig increases your...

    Spring anglers often have to contend with instability, from the weather, to which fish will bite on a given day. That is one reason people talk about “runs” of fish, though in all my years I have never seen a fish run. The fish are like the changing weather: here one day, gone the next.

  • Order of play perplexing, but it...

    Order of play is a concept that is often misunderstood. In simplest terms, it refers to who goes first in a group of golfers on the tee box, in the fairway, the rough and on the green. Even in hazards and ground under repair, there is an order of play.

    This can all sound trivial to a non-golfer, or someone who does not play a lot of competitive golf, but it is important to know what the order of play is.

  • Golf action

    Sandpiper Rebels

    The Rebels played a point tournament based on net scores on both the front and back nines March 28.

    Wayne Purdy and Len Borriello tied for first place with plus 23. Charlie Richardson finished second with plus 22. Chris Christie, Leo Lico and Gene McDonald tied for third with plus 20.

    In first place on the back nine was John Murphy with plus 23. Jack Hinte, Leo Lico, Len Borriello and John Hannigan tied for second with plus 22.

  • Pleasant View wins men's...

    A trio scored in double figures as Pleasant View beat Mount Calvary 69-55 to win the Brunswick County Men’s Church Basketball Tournament Monday night.

    Jermaine Morris poured in 14 points, Josh Brown 13 and Jarrett Wallace 12 for the victors. McReese Vereen scored 14 and Larry Dailey 12 for Mount Calvary.

    In the first game Monday night, Pleasant View topped Mount Calvary 79-54 behind 26 points from Morris, 14 from Brown and 10 from Jason Thompson. Mount Calvary was led by Travis Cox with 24 and Vereen and Maurich Finch with eight apiece.

  • Ocean Flippers gymnastics teams...

    Gymnastics & More’s Ocean Flippers gymnastics teams came home with two team titles at the state championships in Newberry and Rock Hill, S.C., last weekend.

    The Level 9 team brought home the South Carolina state team gold with a final score of 110.125—more than three points ahead of the second-place team.

    With an all-around champion in Level 7 (Ana Smith), Level 8 (Faith Burns) and Level 9 (Gilly Hogue), as well as the Level 9 team title, the Ocean Flippers have successfully been S.C. state champions 14 years in a row.

  • Defining the best

    I laughed out loud when the folks at ESPN listed David Thompson as the eighth-best college basketball player ever. Obviously, I thought, they never saw him play.

    And sure enough, the next morning, one of the young ESPN morning TV guys admitted he never saw D.T. play in college.

    N.C. State’s David Thompson was the best college player I ever saw, and North Carolina’s Michael Jordan was the best pro player I ever saw. They both did things that didn’t seem humanly possible.

  • If specks are here, can whiting...

    Spring is here, and inshore fishing will soon come alive. There are a lot of fish to choose from, and a lot of bait that will be filtering through the water. Another year of relatively warm winter weather means that water temperatures will soon be perfect for getting the real fishing season started.

  • March looks a lot like spring,...

    Every year I am reminded about why I really don’t like the month of March very much.

    March looks like a spring month and sounds like a spring month, but it just doesn’t always pan out to produce the weather nor the fishing that I would expect from spring.

  • Chris Nuhn navigates junior...

    Young golfers are fascinating. A conversation with a new golfer just setting out to conquer the game reveals enthusiasm and excitement unlike any other sport. I can’t help but believe it’s because they have discovered the game of a lifetime.

    Most sports involve team effort; it’s one group against another group in a small territorial war. Think football, basketball, ice hockey and soccer. See what I mean?

    Even baseball has territorial aspects as each team takes turns defending the field.