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Today's Sports

  • Trojans open baseball playoffs...

     SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick baseball team beat Swansboro 4-3 in a first-round game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 3A state playoffs May 14.

    West trailed 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth but took a 4-3 lead after a standup triple to right field by Chandler Taylor, a wild pitch and sophomore Zachary Johnson’s home run to center.

  • Scorpions open baseball playoffs...

     LELAND — The North Brunswick baseball team opened the North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 2A state playoffs by beating Red Springs 14-0 in five innings May 13.

    For North, starter Kevon Perkins gave up two hits, walked one and struck out six in four innings. Blaine Hollis pitched the final inning.

    Every batter reached base for the Scorpions, who took advantage of Red Devil errors in scoring 12 runs in the third inning.

  • Three Scorpions sign with...

     LELAND — North Brunswick senior baseball players Tyler Barnes, Randy Clark and Jared Strange signed letters of intent May 13 to enroll at Southeastern Community College.

    Barnes is a first baseman and pitcher. Clark is a shortstop and pitcher. Strange is a second baseman. Last season they helped the Scorpions finish second in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 2A state baseball playoffs. This season they led the Scorpions to a first-place finish in the East Central Conference.

  • Scorpions win state track and...

     GREENSBORO — The North Brunswick boys’ track and field team won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 2A state championship Saturday, May 10, at North Carolina A&T State University.

    Senior Terrance Brown won the high jump and junior Derrick Wheeler the shot put as the Scorpions finished with 57.50 points. Carver was second (50).

    Three of North’s relays finished in top three. In all, North finished in the top three in seven of the 18 events.

  • Scorpions win ECC championship...

     BEULAVILLE — The North Brunswick Scorpions softball team beat East Duplin 9-2 May 8 and won the East Central Conference championship.

    Each team entered the final conference game 7-2, and North had beaten East Duplin 15-14 in a game earlier this season. But in the rematch, Scorpion pitcher Preston Ellenberg held East Duplin scoreless for 5.1 innings en route to the seven-inning victory. She gave up three hits, walked two and hit one. She struck out six.

  • Ashley beats West in MEC...

    WILMINGTON — The problem wasn’t that 3A West Brunswick was playing 4A Ashley, a high school with a bigger enrollment.

    The problem was the enlarged outfield.

    Ashley hit two balls that rolled to the fence in a 4-1 victory over West in the Mideastern Conference softball tournament semifinals May 6.

    “This field is 220 to 225 feet,” West coach Joe Noble said. “On our field, we would have hit four home runs.”

  • Scores, highlights of area golf...

     

    Results reported by area golf leagues.

     

    Beachcombers

  • The playing lesson: Essential...

     I am a driving range star. I can go to the practice range with a whole bucket of balls and hit them flawlessly. My drives are long and strong; my irons fly high and true. My wedges stick to the green.

    Then I go the golf course and lose it all. The ball goes right, it goes left, it bumps along the ground, killing worms and insects as it scuttles along. My driver soars like a wedge; my wedge chunks. My 7-iron shanks into the woods (ooops, I’m sorry I said the bad word).

  • Light switch is ‘on’ for fishing

    By Derek Treffinger

     

    It is frustrating how fishing can turn on and off like a light switch. One day we couldn’t catch a cold, the next we couldn’t keep the fish off our hooks long enough to set lines. It may be moon phase, wave height, water temperature or wind speed. Yet one thing is for sure: we never know until we get out there and fish. Fortunately for many, this weekend that light switch finally decided to turn on. 

  • May we fish