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Today's Sports

  • 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).

    Beachcombers

  • Senior games have record number...

    Brunswick County Gator Senior Games were Thursday and Friday at Town Creek Park.

    The program in now in its 20th year. Last week’s competition had 230 participants.

    “Probably we’ve been in the 190s for the last six years,” Brunswick County senior programs coordinator Khrystye Haselden said. “So this is a record for us. We’ve not gotten over 200 participants, so to have 230 is a wonderful blessing. It means more people are leading healthy, happy lives.”

    Last week’s winners

  • Twins Wally and Pat Kamfolt play...

    One leads the league in batting average; the other just made All-Beach Diamond Invitational.

    One plays second base; the other plays shortstop.

    Together, they turn double plays, hit doubles and make their opponents think they are seeing double.

    The Kamfolt twins—Wally and Pat—are a pivotal part of the success of West Brunswick’s baseball team this season.

    “Both of them are solid players, and they work really well together,” said West coach Mike Alderson. “They’re twins, so they think on the same wave pattern.”

  • Do details really matter to race...

    In a popular restaurant in my area recently, I was enjoying an order of fried pickles when I overheard a couple of guys conducting an animated conversation about something called a sway bar.

    This raised several issues. First, when I hear the word “NASCAR” whiz past my head in any type of public setting, my ears prick up in much the same way as my dog Clancy’s do when the carpet shampooer shows up at the kitchen door. So technically I guess you could say I wasn’t really overhearing this exchange. It was more a case of active eavesdropping.

  • Edwards is top gun at Texas

    FT. WORTH, Tex.—Carl Edwards powered his way to victory in Sunday’s Samsung 500 at Texas for his third win of the season. The driver of the No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford thoroughly dominated the 335-lap race.

    “The reason we won it was because of all the good, hard work the team has done,” Edwards said. “This was fun. That’s what it’s about. Hopefully we can come back here in November and sweep this thing.”

    Edwards’ two other victories this season came at California and Las Vegas.