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Today's Sports

  • This week in Brunswick sports

    Thursday, Feb. 14

    Brunswick County Men’s Church Basketball League at Waccamaw Elementary School: Sharon Methodist vs. Pleasant Grove, 7 p.m.; Shallotte Presbyterian vs. New Beginnings, 8 p.m.; Pleasant View vs. Jennies Branch, 9 p.m.

    Friday, Feb. 15

    South Brunswick at Whiteville in JV girls, JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys basketball, 4 p.m.

    North Brunswick hosts West Brunswick in JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys basketball, 4:30 p.m.

    West Brunswick at East 3A Regional Wrestling Championships, South Central High School, 5:30 p.m.

  • West, South celebrate...

    SHALLOTTE—One of the most important victories of the year for West Brunswick High School athletics didn’t happen on a court or field. It happened in a meeting room.

    The school was notified last week it will no longer be a member of the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference when the next realignment takes effect at the start of the 2009-10 school year.

    “I’m excited. I think it’s going to be great for our program. It’s good for our kids,” said West Brunswick athletics director Marcia Heady.

  • NASCAR rookies bring a lot to...

    Although NASCAR's off-season is probably the briefest in professional sports, to a race fan, it seems to last forever.

    Mercifully, it is now over. The Daytona 500 on Feb. 17 will mark the official opening of the 2008 race season.

    For the moment, it is a clean slate, but don’t hold your breath. Before too many laps and weeks have passed, this fresh page will be filled with scuffs and skid marks, fines and feuds, and plenty of traded paint.

  • Remembering three dynamic...

    The Daytona 500 has undoubtedly produced more dramatic finishes than any other race on the NASCAR circuit.

    The 1959, 1990 and 1998 races stand out as being especially dramatic. These three events represented the closest finish, most unlikely winner and most emotional win by a driver.

    In the first Daytona 500 race in 1959, fans were treated to something that each year still brings millions of fans to NASCAR races—close competition. That first race didn’t end, technically, for three days.

  • McCumbee set for '08 racing...

    Shortly after the checkered flag dropped on the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finale in Homestead, Fla., Chad McCumbee and MRD Motorsports wasted little time in making preparations for the 2008 season.

    Finishing the 2007 season on a positive note left everyone anticipating the arrival of the 2008 season, according to a press release.

    The team spent the majority of the off-season putting together a fleet of Chevrolet Silverados for a strong 2008 campaign.

  • For flowers and others, it'...

    The world has changed a whole lot since I graduated from college. Opportunities abound for women today that were inconceivable back then.

    I was a journalism/sociology major but, alas, couldn’t find anyone who would pay me to write in New York City (where my then fianc, Gene, had secured a job).

    Time was of the essence, so I took a job with the Department of Welfare at the Tremont Welfare Center near Yankee Stadium in the South Bronx. In retrospect, it was a great opportunity for a little wet-behind-the-ears farm girl, and I learned a whole lot in that first year.

  • Junior wins debut with Hendrick...

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the story of the night for the 30th Running of the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.

    Making his Hendrick Motorsports debut, Earnhardt Jr. led 47 of 70 laps in a hard-fought battle of two- and three-wide racing to capture the win.

    Finishing out the top five were Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Reed Sorensen.

    Earnhardt Jr. became a two-time winner of the Budweiser Shootout and brought back some “old style” passing with the new car.

  • Lures are catching on with...

    It continues to amaze and delight me that every inshore saltwater angler now seems to be a disciple of his own brand of artificial lure.

    We have come a long way in 20 years. There was a time when you were as likely to find a pair of tap shoes in a local red drum angler’s tackle box as a selection of lures. Now things are different.

    At one time the sports of freshwater bass fishing and inshore saltwater fishing were very different, but the lines blurred quite a bit through the years with the willingness of saltwater anglers to use lures helping this along.

  • Rivalry just got sweeter

    The longtime rivalry between West Brunswick and South Brunswick high schools is about to get more interesting.

    Starting in 2009-10, when the schools begin competing in the same athletic conference, they’ll be playing for a lot more than county bragging rights whenever they meet on the field of play.

    Because West and South will be only 3A schools in a split 2A/3A conference, the league will receive one berth in the state 3A playoffs in just about every sport. That berth will go to West or South, but not both.

  • Hahl, Stricklers win Carolina...

    Art Hahl and Marie and Jerry Strickler teamed for a 66 to win Carolina Shores Golf and Country Club’s Two Thorns and a Rose or A Thorn between Two Roses Valentine’s Tournament on Feb. 9.

    Three teams tied with 68s. On a match of cards, second place was awarded to Donna and Harold Bowers and Loretta Swanson.

    Ed and Bernice Morris and Frank Talak took third.

    Longest drives went to Hahl and Marie Strickler.

    Closest to the pin honors went to Mike Van Dertoorn and Sharon White.