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  • Dolphins get walk-off win

    SHALLOTTE—You’ve heard of Mister October. Meet Mister February.

    Brunswick Community College freshman Derek Cozzolino is quickly establishing a reputation as a clutch hitter for the first-year Dolphins.

    On Sunday, Cozzolino had his second walk-off game-winning hit of the season in a 3-2 decision against visiting Cecil College. Through five innings, the Seahawks from North East, Md., held a 3-1 lead.

  • Lady Cougars fall in playoffs

    Shooting off to an 18-0 first quarter lead, Holmes dispatched South Brunswick from the Class 2A high school girls’ basketball playoffs Monday with a 61-46 victory at Edenton.

    Gerrisha Moore had a game-high 27 points for the Lady Aces (20-7), the No. 2 seed from the Northeastern Conference. They moved on to the second round to face Red Springs (22-4), the top seed from the Southeastern Conference, on Wednesday.

    Junior guard Brittany Spivey led the Lady Cougars (9-16) with 12 points.

  • Scorpions ousted in semifinals

    The North Brunswick High School boys’ basketball season ended last Thursday with a loss to East Columbus in the semifinals of the Waccamaw 1A/2A Conference Tournament.

    After opening the tournament with an upset of No. 3 seed Trask, the sixth-seeded Scorpions got a dose of their own medicine in the semifinals with a loss to the seventh-seeded Gators.

    East Columbus led 32-30 at halftime and pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Scorpions 19-13.

  • West eliminated from conference tournament

    The West Brunswick High School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams both made an early exit from the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference Tournament.

    West Brunswick’s girls suffered a 61-41 loss at New Hanover, and the boys dropped a 58-47 decision at Hoggard in last Tuesday’s opening round.

    In the girls’ game, No. 4 seed New Hanover outscored the No. 5 seed Lady Trojans in every quarter.

    Morgan King scored a game-high 22 points and Tysheia Robinson added 14 for New Hanover (14-10).

  • South girls, boys defeated in tournament's first round

    The South Brunswick High School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams were eliminated in the first round of the Waccamaw 1A/2A Conference Tournament last week at Lake Waccamaw.

    South Brunswick’s girls, seeded No. 5 in the tournament, suffered a 38-34 loss to No. 4 seed North Brunswick on Monday. The Lady Scorpions were eliminated with an 80-49 loss to top seed Pender on Wednesday.

    South Brunswick’s boys, the No. 4 seed, suffered a 60-57 overtime loss to No. 5 seed Whiteville in a first-round game on Tuesday.

  • North second baseman signs with Southeastern

    LELAND—North Brunswick senior Adam Herring begins his final season of high school baseball this week knowing it won’t be his last as a ballplayer.

    Last Friday in the school library, Herring signed a national letter of intent to play ball at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville.

    “I’m ecstatic,” Herring said immediately after the signing. “I’m glad to go ahead and figure out what I want to do before the season starts so I’ll be more relaxed.”

  • South wins softball opener

    Samantha Pruitt tripled in the tying run in the seventh inning and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Meredith Hamilton as South Brunswick opened the softball season Monday with a 6-5 victory against visiting West Bladen.

    Jenna Kazmierczak had a triple and double for South Brunswick and Ashley Edge had two hits.

    Pitcher Candace Piner struck out 10 in the win.

    “I was impressed with how our youngsters stepped up,” said coach Tony Spivey. “They showed patience at the plate.”

  • New tennis coach fresh off the mat

    Bob Bell isn’t getting much of a break between his two coaching gigs at West Brunswick High School.

    In fact, he’s worked two jobs for the past two weeks as an assistant coach with the wrestling team and the new head coach of the boys’ tennis team.

    Wrestling season ended Saturday at the state tournament. Tennis season starts next Monday with a match at North Myrtle Beach (S.C.).

  • Shallotte Middle School girls win county basketball title

    The Shallotte Middle School girls’ basketball team has won the Brunswick County regular-season and tournament championships.

    The Lady Pirates won nine of 11 games against county rivals South Brunswick, Leland and Waccamaw and finished 13-3 overall, setting a school record for wins in a season.

    “These young ladies did a great job this season, one of the most talented groups we have ever had at SMS,” said Shallotte coach Mark Jones.

  • UPDATECalabash commissioners fire town administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have voted to fire town administrator Donna Prince “without cause.” They will buy out the remainder of her contract, which was to expire in November.

    The unanimous vote came Feb. 20 following a specially called, closed meeting attended by the town’s five commissioners, Mayor Anthony Clemmons and attorney Mark Lewis.