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Today's News

  • Edwards outduels Johnson in California

    FONTANA, Calif.—Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford, won the rain-delayed Auto Club 500 on Monday.

    Edwards took the lead from defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson on lap 237 of the 250-lap race.

    Johnson was the leader after the final round of pit stops with 26 laps left. Edwards came out third, but he clearly had the fastest car as he went on to capture the eighth victory of his career.

    The race ended under caution when Dale Jarrett spun on the final lap, but it didn’t matter because Edwards had a lead of more than four seconds on Johnson.

  • Every dog deserves to have his day

    Whoever coined the sentiment that the race does not always go to the swiftest probably feels a little bit smug when NASCAR brings its horsepower to restrictor plate tracks such as Daytona and Talladega.

    There may be a clear favorite or frontrunner, and history sometimes does repeat itself. But it is virtually impossible in the beginning to guess who, in the end, will be the winner.

  • BCC enters tournament with confidence

    Confidence should not be an issue as Brunswick Community College heads into this week’s Carolinas Junior College Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament in Wilmington.

    On Monday, the Dolphins wrapped up their best regular season ever with a 121-80 trouncing of Roanoke-Chowan Community College.

    Jeremy Basnight tied a school record with eight three-pointers and finished with 26 points Travis Foster had five three-pointers and 19 points. Eight Dolphins scored in double figures.

  • BCC regroups in win over Guilford

    SHALLOTTE—After losing two of its previous three games and threatening to undo a season of good works, the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team restored some order.

    The Dolphins put together a 31-6 run in the second half and rolled to a 101-74 victory in Sunday’s home finale against Guilford Technical Community College.

    BCC led by five at halftime and pulled away shortly after the break by scoring 16 unanswered points. The Dolphins followed that up with an 11-0 spurt that extended their lead to 30 points.

  • Lady Dolphins drop season finale

    The Brunswick Community College women’s basketball team has had a hard time finishing strong all season, and the trend continued right through last week’s regular-season finale.

    A 10-point halftime lead evaporated in the second half of a 73-68 loss to visiting Lenoir Community College.

    “They just don’t have the heart to win,” said BCC coach Kenneth White. “We were up 10 at halftime and gave it to them. It all comes down to heart.”

  • No buzz for BCC

    I’m of the opinion that Brunswick Community College’s growing athletic department should be generating more excitement in the community.

    With three programs up and running, another starting in the fall and more on the horizon, the college is starting to develop a following among local sports fans. But at this point, it’s a miniscule following. I think a lot of people are missing the boat.

  • Bowling

    Evans leads bowlers with 696 series

    Jeffery Evans and Steven Clemmons came up just pins short of 700 series in bowling action last week at Brunswick County Bowling Center in Shallotte.

    Evans rolled a 696 on games of 247, 238 and 211 in the Extravaganza League Feb. 20 while Clemmons had a 695 set with games of 226, 253 and 216 in the Williams Carpet Classic League Feb. 22.

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    Other high series: Delwood Johnson 211, 212, 243—666, Chris Chappell 247, 226—650 and Bob Merritt 215, 209—617.

  • Mount Calvary, Pleasant View stay unbeaten in church league

    Brunswick County Men’s Church Basketball League leaders Mount Calvary and Pleasant View kept their undefeated records in tact last week.

    Mount Calvary defeated Beach Assembly 84-41 to improve its record to 8-0. Pleasant View posted a 106-62 win over Ocean View to move to 7-0.

    Feb. 18 scores

    •Liberty Tabernacle 61, Jennies Branch 48. Kendrick Frink scored 27 points and Rodwyn Frink had 11 to lead Liberty Tabernacle. High scorers for Jennies Branch included Brandon Stephens with 20 and Andrew Stephens with 15.

  • Flounder or flukes, the fishing rules need some changing

    I got an e-mail this week from Michael Altoonian and the fellas at the West Tanglewood Fishing Club.

    I love speaking to the clubs and answering their questions because interested anglers like these help our resource go from a causal sport to one that fights today’s negative attitudes with what the best thing fishing gives people—hope.

    I don’t have time here to answer all of their questions, but I will tackle one and some people aren’t going to like my answer.

  • Golf action

    Sea Trail’s Lynch a master at shooting his age

    Shooting one’s age is sometimes a daunting task, but Sea Trail’s George Lynch has mastered it.

    The 78-year-old golfer shot a 77 during the Sea Trail men’s tournament Feb. 19 on the Maples Course, marking the 107th time he’s managed the feat in his career.

    During the tournament, Jim Hunt and Gary Fagan managed eagles.