Today's News

  • 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.

  • North’s boys, South’s girls win track titles

    Staff Report

    LELAND—North Brunswick’s boys and South Brunswick’s girls won the Waccamaw Conference track and field championships April 25 at North Brunswick High School.
    South’s girls scored 192 points. West, the defending champion, was second at 147. North was third at 110.
    In the girls’ meet in the 3,200 relay, South Brunswick was first in 11:01.
    In 100 meters, South’s Bre Hewett was first in 12.88.

  • Sports calendar

    Youth cheerleading and football
    Registration is open for Brunswick County youth cheerleading. The deadline is July 31. For more information email rmchugh@brunsco.net or call Ruthie McHugh at 253-2684. Registration is open for Brunswick County youth football. The deadline is July 31. For more information, email bmoore@brunsco.net or call Brian Moore at 253-2670.

  • Sports briefs

    Cedric Simmons update
    Cedric Simmons played four minutes, scoring five points and getting one rebound, in Asefa Estudinates Madrid’s 78-75 loss Sunday. AEM is 9-22 and 17th in the 18-team Spanish professional basketball league. Two games are left in the season.

  • Carla Zio scores 32nd goal of season

    Staff Report

    Carla Zio scored five goals and Kasey Piver and and Nicole Turner one each as West Brunswick beat South Columbus 7-0 April 18.
    Zio has scored 32 goals this season, tying the team record set last year by sister Julianna.
    Jordan Sanchez, Taylor Esposito, Karson Lewis and Amanda Davinson each had an assist. Meg Fletcher had two saves.
    West plays its final home game of the regular season at 6:30 p.m.
    The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state playoffs begin May 9.
    West JV

  • Shallotte Shock advance to championship

    Staff Report

    The Shallotte Shock under-12 girls’ soccer team won 3-0 over the weekend and advanced to the championship game.

  • Trojan golfers take over first place

    Staff Report

    Led by freshman Drew Boyer, the West Brunswick High School boys’ golf team won the final regular-season match of the season April 23 at Rivers Edge.
    Drew Boyer shot a 6-over-par 78 April 23 at Rivers Edge, tying with South Brunswick’s John Wagoner for medalist honors in the final regular-season golf tourney in the Waccamaw Conference.
    West Brunswick and West Bladen entered the tourney April 23 tied for first, each having won three tourneys this season.

  • Congrats, outstanding educators!

    Congratulations, Laura Hunter, Brunswick County Schools’ Teacher of the Year.
    Hunter, a social studies teacher at South Brunswick High School, was honored at a luncheon last Friday in Ocean Isle Beach.
    While Hunter was given the ultimate honor, the event honored 19 teachers who have been recognized for doing outstanding work with Brunswick County children. Margaret Arrowood, a social studies teacher from Shallotte Middle School, was named this year’s runner up.