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Today's News

  • Beware of the Ides of March Madness

    I am Irish, a Pisces and a fan of college basketball. I guess you could say March is my month.

    In the next several weeks, the attention of American sports fans will be captured by an event which is a primary contributor to making the month of March tolerable, if not downright enjoyable—the NCAA basketball tournament.

    It starts with 65 teams and lasts only three weeks, but when you think about it, March Madness closely resembles a condensed version of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

  • Childress teams are one-two-three at Bristol

    BRISTOL, Tenn.—Jeff Burton led a Richard Childress sweep in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol’s Thunder Valley. Following Burton across the stripe were Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer.

    “Obviously, Harvick and Stewart got together there at the end, and that opened the door for me,” Burton said. “Then Denny Hamlin on the last restart, just quit, and we kept going.

  • Gamble pays off for BCC in last-inning win over Hudson Valley

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick Community College used a daredevil play to beat Hudson Valley in the second game of a doubleheader Monday night.

    The Dolphins fell 1-0 in the first game.

    The bats for both teams started working in the nightcap, and the score was tied 3-3 heading into the Dolphins’ half of the seventh.

    Jeremy King reached on a throwing error and got to second on a wild pitch. Then with two outs, Denver Nixon drilled a base hit up the middle that couldn’t score King because it was hit too hard.

  • Madness spills into springtime

    It’s one of the best times of the year in sports.

    The NHL and NBA seasons are winding down, and the major league baseball players are getting in shape for the long grind.

    Most high schools and colleges already have begun their spring sports seasons.

    And March Madness is upon us.

    Not only does March Madness signal the end of the men’s and women’s college basketball seasons, but it also means our northern neighbors can slowly start putting away the snow-blowers and shovels, tire chains, etc., and begin moving outdoors as spring approaches.

  • Church league begins tournament

    Shallotte First, Liberty Tabernacle, Jennies Branch and New Beginnings notched victories March 17 as the Brunswick County men’s church league began its season-ending double elimination tournament.

    Richie Caison had 21 points for Shallotte First, and David Batten added 14 in a 56-28 victory against Sharon Methodist. Chris Stanley led Sharon Methodist with 13 points.

    Willis Stevenson had 25 points and Kendrick Frink 23 as Liberty Tabernacle whipped Beach Assembly 93-41. Todd Summerlin led Beach Assembly with 11 points and Corey Brown had 10.

  • Clardy rolls 761 series at Brunswick Bowling Center

    Michael Clardy rolled a 761 series, one of four 700 sets bowled at the Brunswick County Bowling Center last week.

    Clardy had games of 246, 237 and 278 in the McDonald’s Amusement Classic league March 10.

    Rick Lachance and Sam Harris each bowled 708 sets in the McDonald’s league while Derek Frink had a 705 in the Extravaganza League March 12.

    McDONALD’s AMUSEMENT

  • Oak Island fisherman sets state record for red grouper

    Not many people can say they caught the state record the first time they ever went out for a certain kind of fish.

    But that’s what happened to Chuck Deeter.

    The Oak Island resident set the North Carolina record for red grouper when he reeled in the 33-pound 8-ounce fish, according to a press release last week from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.

    The grouper, which was weighed in at Anchorage Marina in Atlantic Beach, measured 35 inches in length and had a 25.5-inch girth.

  • Warmer temperatures, great fishing around the corner

    It has been a long winter, but spring officially starts this weekend, and I, for one, am looking forward to warmer temperatures and great fishing.

    In just a couple of short weeks, the offshore Gulf Stream waters will explode with life. Trolling in these productive waters will yield yellowfin tuna and wahoo, and bottom fishing will yield snapper and grouper.

    Closer inshore, the Atlantic Bonito will migrate into the area and hold over structure in the 45- to 60-foot depth range while the water temperatures are in the 60- to 66-degree range.

  • Psychology professor (and golfer) Tom Dorsel writes a winner

    If you’ve ever picked up a driver and hit a bucket of balls, or if you’ve ever played even a few holes on a hard-scrabble backwoods course, chances are you’ve read a golf instructional book.

    If you’re a member of a club or league and compete regularly, you probably own a whole shelf of how-to-play-better books.

  • Golf action

    Locke, Wilson, Ashley and Keife win top honors in the Shamrock Flight

    Diane Locke, Libby Wilson, Dave Ashley and Gary Keife won top honors in the Shamrock Flight with a 119 as Sea Trail had its annual St. Patrick’s Day tournament on the Byrd and Joes courses March 11.

    Each team counted its two best net balls.

    Cathy Bender, Marti Kennedy, Ches Burton and Al Kozel took second with a 122.

    Georgia Lounsbury, Dick Lehrer, Ralph Gardner and Mike Pozdol tied with Pat Lupi, George Hill, Dick Lawson and Tom Robbins for third at 125.