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Today's Sports

  • Learning golf: From intimidating...

     Golf is an intimidating game. It’s played outside in all kinds of weather on natural terrain. There are tees and greens and fairways with obstacles like sand traps and ponds, creeks, rivers, trees, shrubs and deep grass. 

    In baseball and tennis, you have a single bat or racquet. In golf you have a bag full of 14 clubs with different names and uses: irons, woods, hybrids, rescue clubs, wedges and a putter. 

  • Floundering around in June

     

    It has been a typical spring season for the Brunswick islands. The winter cold overlapped well into our spring season, stunning the migration and growth of bait. It has been harder than usual to find finger mullet, shrimp and menhaden. These are all staple food sources for our flounder when they start to travel from the ocean into our backwater looking for an easy meal.

  • McCumbee 20th in sports car race...

     Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer finished 20th June 7 in the Grand Prix of Kansas at Kansas Speedway.

    The race was the fifth this season in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series. The International Motor Sports Association sanctions the series.

    McCumbee and McAleer started 19th in the 30-car Street Tuner field. During the race on the 2.37-mile track, they had to make three pit stops, which kept them sidelined for 13 minutes, 52 seconds. They finished 13 laps behind the winning team.

  • Astros select Jay Gause in draft

     Staff Report

    The Houston Astros selected Jay Gause in the 10th round, the 286th pick overall, in the Major League Baseball draft June 6.

    Gause, a West Brunswick High School graduate, was the seventh pitcher selected by the Astros through 10 rounds.

    Gause, 22, is a 6-foot-4, 250-pound right-handed junior pitcher for Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2014, Gause was 4-3 with a 2.17 earned-run average. In 58 innings, he gave up 28 hits, struck out 83 and walked 24. Opposing batters hit .139 against him.

  • Not to worry, fish are on their...

     By Derek Treffinger

    It is safe to say that patience is a virtue. Whether it’s fishing in the backwaters for redfish or standing in line at your favorite eatery, patience will issue an individual more satisfaction when the opportunity finally presents itself. Patience is what near shore and offshore anglers need this time of year. The fish are making their transition from offshore to near shore and can be frustrating to catch if you don’t take a few precautionary measures before venturing out.

  • Ellen Gregory at the helm of The...

     I’d heard about Ellen Gregory, the new executive director of the Carol S. Petrea Youth Foundation, and I even met her briefly during a photo session for the Future Generations Tournament (playing this Saturday, June 7, at St. James Plantation).

    I wanted to get to know this gal who is at the helm of four local chapters of The First Tee, plus the Carolinas Leadership Academy at Cinghiale Creek. Last week, Gregory and I had lunch, and then on Sunday night, June 1, I attended a donor reception at the Carolinas Leadership Academy and spent more time with her. 

  • Golf roundup

     Staff Report

    These are summaries sent to the Beacon by area golf leagues.

     

    Beachcombers

    Results of a two-nets tournament May 30 at the Valley at Eastport. The winners with a score of 109 (-31) were Reggie Auten, Tom Quick, Hal Riebesehl and Sid Silvers. Second were Roy Laster, Bob Byrne, Bob Smith and Bob Brownley with at 113.

  • Brian Alderson leaving West...

    West Brunswick assistant baseball coach Brian Alderson said Monday, June 2, he was leaving the school.

    “I got the head job at North Myrtle (Beach),” he said in an email to the Brunswick Beacon.

    Alderson was responding to an inquiry about summer baseball at West when he made the announcement.

    West Brunswick Athletic Director Jimmy Fletcher said last week he had been anticipating Alderson’s leaving the school.

  • Babson, Hewett to play...

     West Brunswick seniors Olivia Babson and Meeka Hewett have signed letters of intent to attend Brunswick Community College and play volleyball.

    “They are definitely power hitters and they’re going to bring a lot to that program,” West coach Leslie Reeves said. “They’re good people. They couldn’t ask for two better ones.”

    Olivia Babson was first-team all-conference last season. She averaged 13 kills and seven digs.

    Reeves said Babson’s timing on her hitting was her best skill.

  • Dyson to play softball at...

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Abbey Dyson signed a letter of intent May 28 to attend College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick and play softball.

    Dyson has been a four-year started at West, and coach Joe Noble said she has been one of the keys to team’s success. The Trojans reached the fourth round of the playoffs this year the deepest run in the history of the program.

    “When she got here,” Noble said, “it was obvious she was going to be a superstar here.”