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Today's News

  • Mother’s Day lesson: bloom where you are planted

    Last Sunday was Mother’s Day. Mothers certainly deserve a day of recognition. After all, none of us would be here without a mother. And, if you’re like me, you put yours through more than a few trials and tribulations.

    Even so, many of us had more of a Joan Crawford rather than June Cleaver experience. If you’re still blaming your mom for your problems 25 years hence, save yourself a few hours on the shrink’s couch and let it go. She was doing the best she could with what she had to work with.

  • Lacrosse team shatters school records in 13-win season

     SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick’s women’s lacrosse team had never won more than six games in a season.

    The Trojans boasted records of 6-10 in 2017, 2-10 in 2016 and a winless 0-11 in 2015 in the three years preceding a record-breaking 2018 campaign that ended at the hands of East Chapel Hill High School on Friday, May 4, in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state playoffs.

  • Upcoming events in Brunswick County

     Run Sunset Beach scheduled for May 19

    Coastal Race Productions is hosting Run Sunset Beach, a half-marathon, 5K and one-mile race May 19 at Sunset Beach Town Park. Both the 5K and half-marathon races take runners and walkers over the Mannon C. Gore Bridge onto the island and the one-mile course is completely closed and contained within the confines of the park.  

  • Notable scores, highlights from area golf leagues

     Results of recent events submitted by area golf leagues.

     

    Brunswick Plantation Men

    Results from May 1. The group played a game of two low nets on par 4s and 5s and three low nets on par 3s. The team of Bryan Kanter, Gabby Grant and Butch Cadman finished in first place on the Dogwood/Magnolia course with a -26 mark, while Al Sansone, Marty Krygiel, Joe Longo and Jim Kocsi won first-place accolades on the Azalea/Magnolia course with a -27 mark.

     

    Carolina Shores MGA

  • West softball rolls to first-round win over Western Harnett

     SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick’s varsity softball team rolled into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A state playoffs on a 20-game winning streak.

    The Trojans reached 21 consecutive victories with relative ease as they dispatched Western Harnett in the first round of the postseason tournament Wednesday, May 9, in Shallotte.

    Sophomore Peyton Daniels keyed the offensive attack, finishing 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, four RBIs and two runs.

  • Beeler pitches Trojans into third round of state playoffs

     SHALLOTTE – Junior right-hander Morgan Beeler wasn’t short on confidence following West Brunswick’s 9-0 second-round win over Fike High School on Friday, May 11, in Shallotte.

    “I think we’re going all the way,” Beeler said.

    If the diminutive flamethrower pitches the way she did against the Demons in the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A state playoffs, she might be right.

  • PHOTOS: West Brunswick softball playoff run

     Jim Moore, a contributing photographer for the Beacon, snapped photos of West Brunswick's softball playoff games against Western Harnett on May 9 and Fike on May 11 in Shallotte. 

  • Rapidly-growing sport emerging as a Brunswick County favorite

     Two weeks ago when I made the trek to Holden Beach for the “Battle of the Beaches” pickleball tournament, I didn’t know what pickleball was.

    I guess I knew the general concept. Smaller court, smaller racquets or paddles, but similar to tennis. You have to smack a ball and keep it in between the lines, so in a sense it’s kind of like baseball, too! 

  • BCC advances to Region X title game after winning semifinal slugfest

    It looked more like a football score, but the Brunswick Community College baseball team found a way to fend off Patrick Henry Community College in a Region X semifinal tournament game in Burlington on Sunday, May 13, in a game that lasted until roughly 12:50 a.m. into Monday morning.

  • Smith claims 400-meter crown at 3A East Regional

     South Brunswick’s Jelonnie Smith dominated the Brunswick County high schools track and field meet last month at North Brunswick High School in Leland.

    She’s made a habit out of collecting hardware at different meets throughout her career and last weekend’s 3A East Regional event at Mt. Olive University was no different.

    Smith blew by her competition in the 400-meter run to earn a first-place finish and regional championship in a time of 58.60 seconds, which was nearly two full seconds better than her next closest competitor.