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Today's Sports

  • Windy conditions bring tough...

     It seems as if our coast may never catch a break from the bad weather this year. Two weeks ago, Tropical Storm Bonnie disrupted our fishing patterns, and just as the weather is about to settle down, Tropical Storm Colin is scheduled to graze our coast as well. The good news is that after a long span of bad, turbulent sea conditions, usually a long span of calm conditions soon follows. 

  • Ashley Sloup: A real winner

    I’ve known Ashley Sloup since she was in grade school and a charter member of The First Tee of Brunswick County. She was always smiling, interacting with the coaches, hitting the ball long and straight for a 10-year-old, and demonstrating the Nine Core Values of The First Tee in everything she did. I was on the board of directors then and we all speculated on where and how far she would go.

  • Sponsorships needed for...

     SHALLOTTE — If the West Brunswick baseball team had reached the East Regional — and it came within one out of doing so — the Trojans would have been host to two regional games (if the regional lasted three games). Conference rival Topsail would have been the foe.

    The games would have attracted the largest baseball crowds of the season at West Brunswick — and most likely would have strained the concession stand and bathroom facilities.

    That would have been no surprise to West Brunswick athletics director Jimmy Fletcher.

  • West Brunswick’s Carlyle, Spivey...

    West Brunswick’s Johnathan Carlyle and T.J. Spivey have swept Mideastern 3A/4A Conference baseball honors.

    Coaches voted for the conference awards. Athletes were chosen on the basis of conference game statistics.

    Carlyle, a junior pitcher, is the MEC Player of the Year.

    “Carlyle was very consistent for us all season,” Spivey said. “He picked up huge conference wins over Topsail, Hoggard twice and new Hanover twice, including the conference championship clinching win. His ERA was under 1 all season.”

  • Carlyle, Spivey sweep MEC...

     West Brunswick’s Johnathan Carlyle and T.J. Spivey have swept Mideastern 3A/4A Conference baseball honors.

    Carlyle, a junior pitcher, is the MEC Player of the Year.

    Carlyle’s record as a pitcher this season was 9-1 with a 1.20 ERA. He struck out 73 and walked 18 in 75.2 innings. Carlyle batted .371 with 17 RBIs. He reached base 46.4 percent of his plate appearances.

    Spivey, in his second season as head baseball coach for the Trojans, is the MEC Coach of the Year. He coached the Trojans to the MEC championship.

  • Tropical Storm Bonnie slows...

     It is amazing how a change in the weather patterns can drastically change the fishing off our coast. This week the Brunswick County coast experienced the undecided nature of tropical storm Bonnie. As this storm originated around Tuesday and Wednesday of last week in the Caribbean, the fishing off our coast was downright incredible for this time of year. The mahi mahi were still biting in the Gulf Stream, the king mackerel and cobia were extremely aggressive in the 20-mile range, and it was all I could do to keep a Spanish mackerel off my hook while fishing along the beach.

  • Fishing controversy over House...

     Two weeks ago I wrote about House Bill 1122, which proposes a law be passed removing all gill nets from our coastal creeks. I have received overwhelming responses from both recreational fishermen in favor of this bill and commercial fishermen who oppose this bill.

  • Fourth-round loss ends BCC’s...

    ENID, Okla. — The Brunswick Community College baseball season ended May 31 in an 11-3 loss in eight innings to Jones County (Mississippi) in a fourth-round game of the NJCAA Division II World Series.

    The victory at David Allen Memorial Ballpark advanced Jones County (51-9) to the semifinals.

    BCC, 2-2 in the series, finishes the most successful season in the history of the program 42-18.

  • Fourth-round loss ends BCC’s...

    ENID, Okla. — The Brunswick Community College baseball season ended May 31 in an 11-3 loss in eight innings to Jones County (Mississippi) in a fourth-round game of the NJCAA Division II World Series.

    The victory at David Allen Memorial Ballpark advanced Jones County (51-9) to the semifinals.

    BCC, 2-2 in the series, finishes the most successful season in the history of the program 42-18.

  • Fourth-round loss ends BCC’s...

     Fourth-round loss ends BCC’s World Series