•  I’ve been sports editor of the Beacon since last May. As of about 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, I have now completed a pair of Tournament of Champions events, an annual competition that pits the men’s and women’s club champions from Brunswick County golf clubs against each other in what amounts to a county championship match.

    Walker Isley of Oak Island Golf Club and Kyle Maday of Brunswick Plantation were the men’s and women’s winners of this year’s event. Their victories were certainly well earned.

  •  Editor’s Note: West Brunswick head football coach Brett Hickman is Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman’s older brother.


    BOILING SPRING LAKES – West Brunswick’s Trey Bell told his head coach in the days leading up to his squad’s rivalry contest against South Brunswick that, quite simply, he wanted the ball more.

  •  SUPPLY – There were competitors in the 2018 Tournament of Champions field who were club champions before this year’s men’s division winner was born.

    Walker Isley, a 16-year-old junior at South Brunswick High School and the men’s club champion from Oak Island Golf Club, posted a 75 in the second round and held off a late charge from Robbie Lennon of The Lakes to capture the 2018 Tournament of Champions men’s title.

  •  West Brunswick’s varsity soccer season came to an end Saturday, Nov. 3, in Greenville as J.H. Rose defeated the Trojans 2-0 in the opening round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A state playoffs.

    Rose notched one goal in each half and goalkeeper Trey Burleson recorded four saves to keep West Brunswick out of the net.

    The Trojans finished the 2018 campaign with a 10-8 overall record and 3-5 ledger in Mideastern Conference play.

  •  SHALLOTTE – It was all but certain West Brunswick would enter the fourth quarter of its regular-season finale against North Brunswick with a three-point lead.

    The Trojans had just forced a North Brunswick punt and took over possession with a first-and-10 at its own 39-yard line with only nine seconds left in the third frame.

    Once again, West Brunswick first-year head coach Brett Hickman went to the halfback pass when his team needed a spark.

    It worked to perfection.

  •  LELAND – After falling behind 7-0 early in the second quarter, North Brunswick’s varsity football team battled back Nov. 6 in a rivalry game against South Brunswick and claimed a 14-7 lead late in the first half.

    Even after the Cougars tied the game in the second half and took a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter, North Brunswick still had its chances to win.

  •  If the first three games of Silas Love’s junior college basketball career are an indication of things to come, Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team could be a force to be reckoned with in Region X play during the 2018-19 season.

    The freshman forward from Raeford is averaging 22.7 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per contest for a BCC team that is off to a 2-1 start one week into the season.

  •  SUNSET BEACH – Not even the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Michael could stop more than one hundred people from gathering at Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club last week.

    Pink-clad golfers and other supporters met Oct. 10 at the Sunset Beach club for a nine-hole golf fundraiser to support Going Beyond the Pink, an organization based in southeastern North Carolina to aid individuals who are battling or who have battled breast cancer.

  •  Long-distance runners from North Brunswick and West Brunswick high schools ran in the 2018 Mideastern Conference Cross Country Championships on Oct. 18 at Hugh McRae Park in Wilmington.

    North Brunswick earned a pair of seventh-place finishes as a team while West Brunswick finished the girls’ and boys’ runs in eighth place.

    Laney’s Natalie Tyner captured the individual title in the girls’ race while Paxton Chitty of Ashley finished in second place and Sloane Fleming-Hickey of Hoggard in third.

  •  SHALLOTTE – After starting the season with an 0-10 record, it would’ve been understandable if West Brunswick’s varsity volleyball team mailed it in during the final week-and-a-half of the 2018 regular season.

    The Trojans did the exact opposite and produced their best volleyball of the season during the season’s final two weeks as West Brunswick notched three wins in its final six games, including a pair of wins in the final week of the regular season.

  •  Editor’s Note: West Brunswick head football coach Brett Hickman is Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman’s older brother. West assistant coach Yogi Hickman is Sam Hickman’s father.


    WILMINGTON – It took almost two months, but West Brunswick’s varsity football team is a winner again.

    The Trojans overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and another six-point deficit in the third quarter to snare a 20-13 win Oct. 16 over Ashley.

  •  This year’s Fall Brawl King Classic endured hardship at the hands of Mother Nature. The event was postponed from its original dates due to Hurricane Michael, and when the new dates of Oct. 26-28 came around, an offshore low pressure storm brought strong west winds. But, the show must go on, and despite abnormally slow catching, King Mackerel were caught and a winner was crowned.

  •  The fake movie title I used in the headline probably wouldn’t draw many folks to the box office.

    It seems innocuous enough, right?

    After all, I’ve spent many, many Thursdays roaming the athletic fields at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte throughout my lifetime.

    From 2002-05, I spent most of those days playing varsity soccer or tennis for hours and hours after school whether it was practice or game competition.

  •  The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams at North Brunswick and West Brunswick high schools earned top-20 finishes at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A East Regional meet Saturday, Oct. 27, in Rocky Mount.

    West Brunswick had four runners on its boys’ team place in the top 100 of the region to secure a 17th-place finish in the team competition.

    Ethan Reed posted the Trojans’ best time with a 19:05.78 mark that earned him a 64th-place standing.

  •  SHALLOTTE – It was only fitting that a senior enjoyed perhaps his best game of the 2018 season in his final game in front of the home fans.

    Alex Younts, a four-year player on West Brunswick’s varsity soccer game, scored a goal and facilitated two more in the final Mideastern Conference contest of his career in the Trojans’ 4-1 win over county rival South Brunswick on Thursday, Oct. 25, inside M.H. Rourk Stadium.

  •  Editor’s Note: West Brunswick head football coach Brett Hickman is the older brother of Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman.


    SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick’s varsity football team found itself in a precarious situation in a Mideastern Conference game against Laney on Thursday, Oct. 25.

    The Bucs scored on their opening possession and then recovered a surprise onside kick, staking Laney to a first-and-10 inside West Brunswick territory with a seven-point lead less than three minutes into the game.

  •  Brunswick County Schools students have missed more than three weeks of school after Hurricane Florence devastated parts of southeastern North Carolina in mid-September.

    Due to the missed time, local high school coaches and athletic directors have worked with local athletic directors, conference officials and North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) authorities to reschedule games that were postponed during and after Hurricane Florence.

  •  A pair of bowling legends met in the finals of the PBA50 Storm Invitational that took place in Shallotte last weekend.

    Bowling hall of famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Norm Duke met in the championship showdown with Williams Jr. emerging victorious with a 259-237 win in the final match.

    The event, which was broadcasted live on FloBowling, showcased the top 14 bowlers this season on the PBA50 Tour. Although a PBA50 Tour title was not awarded through the Storm Invitational, it did feature a first-place prize of $10,000.

  •  OCEAN ISLE BEACH – There’s nothing quite like hosting your club championship less than a week after re-opening to the public.

    That’s exactly what happened at Brick Landing Plantation Golf Club in the last two weeks, when head golf professional Trey Ernstes and his staff re-opened the course Friday, Sept. 21, and then played host to the club championship Thursday, Sept. 27.

    The course closed June 29 to re-build its greens and complete other projects around the course.