Today's News

  • Golf and life skills: A winning combination

    By Craig Pennington
     SDP Coach/TFTBC Board of Directors
    Question: What has 45 classes, 90 coaches and positively impacts thousands of Brunswick County youth?
    Answer: The First Tee’s School Day Program.
    One of the programs that make The First Tee of Brunswick County (TFTBC) truly unique is our School Day Program (SDP). Out of more than 200 The First Tee chapters nationwide, we are only one of two with SDP in operation.

  • Magnolia Greens wins CCIA opener

    Magnolia Greens won the Coastal Carolina Interclub Association (CCIA) Stableford event played on April 25 at St. James’ Founders Golf Course. This was the first CCIA event for 2012.
    Magnolia Greens totaled 249 points and was led by the team of Sammy Stanley and Tony Vlach with 45 points and the team of Greg Baker and Jon Jenkins with 44 points.

  • NCHSAA adopts mercy rule for soccer

     The North Carolina High School Athletic Association board of directors completed its spring board meeting May 2 at the NCHSAA offices.

    Items the board studied and approved included the adoption of a mercy rule in soccer. If a goal differential of nine is reached by halftime or at any time in the second half, the game shall be terminated, to go into effect for 2012-13. At least one half of the game must be completed.

  • Trojans finish conference with victory

    TABOR CITY—The West Brunswick High School baseball team completed its regular season by beating South Columbus 6-1 May 2.

    The two teams played the fifth through seventh innings in completion of a game suspended by rain April 27. At the time, West led 2-0 through four innings. Junior shortstop Markel Jones had homered for the third time this season and had doubled home West’s runs. He entered the game batting .462.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    The Beachcombers played on Friday at the Meadowlands. Gross: Hal Riebesehl, 87. Net: Riebesehl 62, Bill Cameron 63, Bob Brownley 66, Bob Smith, Fred Ortiz, Dick Cecil 67 and Bob Byrne 69. Team two low nets: Ortiz, Cecil and Riebesehl at 31-under par. Riebesehl is golfer of the week.

  • Lady Trojans rout East Bladen 11-0 in five innings

    Freshman Caroline Gore pitched a one-hitter, went 2-for-2 at the plate and stole home in West Brunswick’s 11-0 shellacking of East Bladen on April 24.
    “That was Caroline’s first varsity win,” said West coach Joe Noble.
    Gore also had the game’s only extra-base hit—a triple to the gap in right-center field. She went into third base standing up.
    The East Bladen pitcher, Melissa Macon, had her team’s only hit—a single up the middle in the third inning.

  • The other ‘Harbour Town’ Golf Course (in Maryland)

    This year, the 94th PGA Championship will be played at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. Built in 1991, the Ocean Course is one of designer Pete Dye’s best. It is ranked 25th in Golf Digest’s list of 100 Greatest U.S. Golf Courses and fourth on the Best Public Course list.
    Pete Dye is no stranger to our area. He designed The Founders Course at St. James, the Country Club of Landfall’s course in Wilmington and the Dye Club at Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach. S.C.

  • Weather stabilizes and fishing heats up

    Fishing is really getting cranked up. Last week I reported kings and Spanish biting along the beachfront. Immediately following the start of this bite, the weather turned and it blew hard Southwest for nearly a week, keeping fishermen off the water and dirtying the water.
    As I have said many times, the weather is a pendulum and, like politics, when it swings too far one way, it will likely swing back too far the other, rarely reaching a happy medium. Thus last week’s long stint of high winds looks to be followed by this week’s long stint of stable weather.

  • May should be a good month for fishing

    After a vigorous start to the spring fishing season, the bite has slowed a bit for Brunswick County anglers as we get into May. Shifting and unsettled weather patterns, wind and occasionally muddy water have factored into a few slow weeks.
    Still, a respectable number of fish are being caught, including some very big ones. Chopper blues and king mackerel are being landed off of the piers, the inshore flounder bite is still decent and a lot of black drum are prowling around structure inside.

  • Padgett has some top field finishes for ECU

    Staff Report

    Former West Brunswick field athlete Kayla Padgett is having an impact in her freshman season at East Carolina University.
    With the Conference USA Outdoor Championships May 11-14 in New Orleans, Padgett enters as one of the top shot putters, discuss throwers and hammer throwers for ECU.
    In the Charlotte Invitational April 20-21, Padgett was second in the shot put (a season-best 13.78 meters) and second in the discus throw (45.5 meters). She was fifth in the hammer throw (45.75 meters) her first season ever in the event.