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Today's Sports

  • Fishing continues to improve...

     

    Capt. Derek Treffinger

    It seems as if our fish population of Brunswick County has finally crept out of its winter haunts for good. This past week signified fish are around and they are hungry. Water temperatures along the beach climbed to a mild 65 degrees last weekend, providing the fish another reason to come closer to shore. No matter whether you were to fish inshore, nearshore or offshore, the bite has been better than what it was three weeks ago.

  • Trojans defeat Ashley in baseball

    West Brunswick beat Ashley 7-2 Tuesday, April 14, in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference baseball game in Wilmington.

    West scored four runs in the second and two in the third on the way to the victory.

    Charlie Carcich had three RBIs. Austin Turner had two hits. Zachary Johnson hit a double. Hunter Ashburn hit a triple. Gray Cheers had a hit and one RBI.

    Brett Babson was the winning pitcher. In seven innings, he gave up five hits and had eight strikeouts.

    West is 5-3 in the conference, 14-3 overall.

  • Magnolia Greens hosts first east...

    Golfers have an opportunity to hits the links to support the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) April 17.

    The MARSOC Foundation is bringing its fundraising golf tournament to the east coast and chose Leland to host the first event.

    The MARSOC Foundation East Coast Golf Tournament will be held Friday at Magnolia Greens Golf Course.

    George Rogers, CEO of national sponsor RQ Construction, said they decided on golf tournaments for fundraising because it allows people to help the cause while doing something they already enjoy.

  • Spring fishing fires off

     This past week was a perfect example of what spring fishing is all about. The seas finally calmed and many anglers got an opportunity to go fishing for the first time this year. Most folks experienced their best luck with wahoo, mahi mahi and blackfin tuna in various places along the Gulf Stream. In addition to the hot Gulf Stream bite, anglers that fished in the 30- to 40-mile range had great luck as well. Almost every boat that went bottom fishing in this range brought back big black sea bass, vermillion snapper, triggerfish and amberjack.

  • Fast changes in our fishery

     The water temperatures have gone from the low 60s to the low 70s in a week. We have had winds from all directions last week, but the east winds really started over the weekend. Water color was great Wednesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 9, but once the winds changed to the east our water went back to a dark brown. The only green water we are seeing in the Ocean Isle area is near the Shallotte Inlet and Tubbs Inlet during a rising tide. Conditions are changing quickly and the fishing also has been changing quickly.

  • Invisible homeless in county...

     A few weeks ago, my friend and neighbor, Stan Rogoff, spoke to me about the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition and its first golf tournament May 2 at Brierwood. Rogoff is on the board of directors and was hoping I would do a column about it.

    The problem was this: Brunswick County is filled with golf courses and fundraising events. Sometimes there are two or three charity golf tournaments in one weekend.

    If I wrote about all of them, I would write nothing else.

  • Lady Trojans rally, win Easter...

     By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon Correspondent

    SHALLOTTE—Randaisa Daniels pumped her right fist high in the air three times as she rounded first base and made a mad dash to the mound, where she was mobbed by screaming teammates erupting from the dugout.

    Daniels had just driven in the winning run in an extra-innings slugfest to give West Brunswick a 6-5 victory against South Columbus for the championship in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational softball tournament Wednesday night, April 8.

  • West Brunswick teams reach title...

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as it rallied to beat Winslow Township (N.J.) 8-7 in a second-round game of the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational Tuesday, April 7, on Mike Alderson Field.

    The Trojans will play in the title game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

    West trailed 5-2 in the fifth. Tyler Stanley led off the inning with a walk. With one out, Zachary Johnson singled. Brett Babson singled home a run and Johnson advanced to third. He then scored on a steal of home, cutting the lead to 5-4.

  • Hunter Allen has three hits in...

     GREENVILLE —Hunter Allen and Jackson Mims each recoded three hits, while Charlie Yorgen drove in a pair helping East Carolina (20-13) to a 7-5 win over Campbell (24-8) Tuesday night at Jim Perry Stadium.

    Jacob Wolfe (2-1) notched the win working five-plus frames allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Reid Love recorded his fourth save of the season surrendering a run (earned) on three hits in the ninth inning.

  • Emile, Lady Trojans slam Davie...

     SHALLOTTE — Leilani Emile hit a grand slam as West Brunswick beat Davie County 15-6 in a second-round game Monday, April 6, of the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational softball tournament.

    Emile hit the grand slam in the third inning, as West scored six runs and took a 7-3 lead. She finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs.

    Emile, a senior first baseman, has hit a home run in four straight games. West coach Joe Noble said he was unable to recall any of his former players hitting home runs in four straight games.