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Today's Sports

  • Lady Dolphins drop season finale

    The Brunswick Community College women’s basketball team has had a hard time finishing strong all season, and the trend continued right through last week’s regular-season finale.

    A 10-point halftime lead evaporated in the second half of a 73-68 loss to visiting Lenoir Community College.

    “They just don’t have the heart to win,” said BCC coach Kenneth White. “We were up 10 at halftime and gave it to them. It all comes down to heart.”

  • Volleyball program adds South...

    Brunswick Community College continued stockpiling players for its inaugural season of volleyball with the signing of South Brunswick High School senior Meghan Goldstein on Monday.

    A 5-foot-3 setter, Goldstein was a four-time all-conference, three-time all-county and two-time all-region selection. She was named Brunswick County player of the year in 2006.

    Goldstein said she had planned to attend either BCC or Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington for two years before transferring to a four-year school.

  • Bowling

    Evans leads bowlers with 696 series

    Jeffery Evans and Steven Clemmons came up just pins short of 700 series in bowling action last week at Brunswick County Bowling Center in Shallotte.

    Evans rolled a 696 on games of 247, 238 and 211 in the Extravaganza League Feb. 20 while Clemmons had a 695 set with games of 226, 253 and 216 in the Williams Carpet Classic League Feb. 22.

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    Other high series: Delwood Johnson 211, 212, 243—666, Chris Chappell 247, 226—650 and Bob Merritt 215, 209—617.

  • Mount Calvary, Pleasant View...

    Brunswick County Men’s Church Basketball League leaders Mount Calvary and Pleasant View kept their undefeated records in tact last week.

    Mount Calvary defeated Beach Assembly 84-41 to improve its record to 8-0. Pleasant View posted a 106-62 win over Ocean View to move to 7-0.

    Feb. 18 scores

    •Liberty Tabernacle 61, Jennies Branch 48. Kendrick Frink scored 27 points and Rodwyn Frink had 11 to lead Liberty Tabernacle. High scorers for Jennies Branch included Brandon Stephens with 20 and Andrew Stephens with 15.

  • 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.