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  •  When Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram attended Basic Law Enforcement Training night classes in 1990, he was the classmate of area native Sam Davis.

    After Davis accepted a job with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office upon his graduation from BLET school, Davis returned to his native land and began a career with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in May 1992.

    Almost 27 years after beginning his career in Brunswick County as a deputy in the jail, the 52-year-old Davis has officially retired.

  •  NASCAR ran its first short track race of the season at Martinsville Speedway this past week. Short track racing is a throwback to the roots of NASCAR and it’s where most drivers cut their teeth in racing.  Martinsville Speedway first opened in 1947, just after the conclusion of World War II.

  •  Results of recent events submitted by area golf leagues.

     

    Beachcombers

  •  West Brunswick’s Boys and Girls track and field teams took fourth-place finishes in a four-team track meet on March 21.

    The Trojans’ boys’ squad scored 13 points for the fourth-place finish.

    Kelen Harriston took second place in the boys’ high jump clearing 6-0 to earn four points for West Brunswick’s team score.

    West Brunswick’s boys’ 4X100 meter relay team ran a 45.3 second time to take third place, adding two points to the team score.

  •  West Brunswick’s varsity boys’ golf team has vied with New Hanover in matches March 18 and 12 to maintain their spot in the top half of the Mideastern 3A/4A pack.

    On March 18 at Beau Rivage Country Club, the Trojans and New Hanover tied for fourth place with team scores of 258.

    West Brunswick’s Ryan Jahr shot a 76 to earn medalist honors at Beau Rivage. Walker Souchek posted an 81. Steve Sievers carded a 93 and S Hewett finished with a 108 for the Trojans.

  •  For the second consecutive year, I have absolutely butchered Villanova, its graduates, fans, even the Wildcats’ mascot by incorrectly spelling the university name in our NCAA Tournament brackets that are published after Selection Sunday.

    I’m fully aware it’s “Villanova” and not “Villa Nova.”

    It was published in the sports section this way for the second consecutive year and I don’t know what else to do except apologize.

    It’s completely my fault and I accept responsibility for the mishap.

  •  Brunswick Community College halted a three-game losing streak with a 12-7 win over Paul D. Camp Community College March 24.

    The victory salvaged the weekend series against the Hurricanes of Franklin, Va.

    The Dolphins took the lead in the top of the first inning. An Easton Jones single drove Chase Sykes home from third base. It was the first of four hits by Jones on the day

    In the second inning, a Jalen Jenkins single to left field allowed Tristian Marsh to score from second base to extend the BCC lead.

  •  Sophomore Gracie Griffin provided West Brunswick a boost offensively through the team’s first five games.

    On Friday, March 22, against Ashley, it was Griffin’s pitching that propelled the Trojans to a 6-1 victory over the Screaming Eagles in extra innings.

    In her varsity softball pitching debut, Griffin limited Ashley to one earned run on three hits in a complete-game effort. The game remained scoreless until West Brunswick produced six runs in the top of the ninth frame.

  •  West Brunswick (5-3, 2-2) squandered a three-run lead Friday, March 22, in a 6-5 loss against Ashley.

    The Screaming Eagles scored one run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to tie the game before winning in walk-off fashion thanks to a West Brunswick error in the bottom of the eighth inning.

    Ashley’s Tyler McNeill drove in a game-high three runs while Ashley’s Daniel Birkle earned the win on the mound with five shutout frames in relief.

  •  On Feb. 3, the Rivers Edge Veterans Association (REVA) hosted a charity bowling tournament attended by 121 bowlers at Planet Fun in Shallotte to raise funds for the Warrior Ride of Oak Island and the REVA scholarship program. Members of the winning team with a total pin score of 2799 are from left: Regina Schliewe, Gary Schliewe, Mike Burns, Andrew Burns and Little Man Axel. More than $2,000 was raised for the charities.

  •  In NASCAR, there are two feats considered the ultimate goals for any driver who straps into a stock car and they were both originally set by one man who is known far and wide as The King. 

  •  Registration is now open for the Women’s Southern Golf Association’s amateur and mid-amateur championships to be played at Lockwood Folly County Club in Holden Beach on June 3-7. To register and for more information, go to the WSGA website at www.womens-southerngolfassociation.org.

    You will also find information about how to register for the WSGA’s annual scholarship fund established to assist deserving female golfers residing in 15 southern states and the District of Columbia to obtain four years of higher education.

  •  ThePhillipA.Cook Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, April 15, after The Masters, at the OakIsland GolfClub. The tournament is sponsoredbyIslandWayRestaurant withallproceedsgoingto thePhillipA.CookEducationandDevelopmentFundandWAVES 4 K.I.D.S.

    The format is a Captain’s Choice. The tournament fee is $125 per player andincludesbreakfast,lunch anddinner; and afterwards,wine,beer,non‐alcoholicbeverages,silent andliveauctions, a goodiebag,specialtournamentgifts and prizesforfirstandsecond place winners in three flights.

  •  The Brunswick School of Dance Team attended On Stage America Dance Competition on Saturday, March 16, at Brunswick Community College. The dancers won multiple individual awards.

    Lauren Cade earned a 4th place overall in her Junior Intermediate Jazz Solo. Amber Fields also earned 4th place overall for her Senior Intermediate Lyrical Solo, as did Olivia Mehalick in her Teen Intermediate Contemporary Solo. Co-captain Shelby Whitwam finished in 5th place overall for her Teen Advanced Open Solo.

  •  A lot of coaches win hundreds of ballgames.

    A lot of coaches who don’t win so much treat their players with dignity and respect, leaving a lasting impact on the kids who learned under their tutelage.

    It’s rare when you find a coach who has done both.

    That’s why the Brunswick County community should cherish West Brunswick High School varsity baseball coach Mike Alderson.

    You probably know him as “Coach A.”

    Where to even begin with the accolades?

    300 wins? Check.

  •  SHALLOTTE – For at least one half-inning, it looked as if West Brunswick’s varsity baseball team would be saddled with another gut-wrenching loss early in the season.

    The Trojans squandered a 7-1 lead in the fifth and sixth innings, but rallied with three runs in the home half of the sixth to secure a 10-8 victory in a non-conference game Saturday, March 16, against North Myrtle Beach (S.C.).

  •  West Brunswick’s varsity softball team improved to 3-0 in Mideastern Confernece play and 3-1 overall with a pair of league wins last week.

    Morgan Beeler tossed a complete-game shutout in a March 12 win over Hoggard and the Trojans routed New Hanover 19-0 in five innings on Friday, March 15, to complete a perfect week.

    Eleven different Trojans had base hits against the Wildcats. West scored 11 runs in the top of the first frame and cruised to a mercy-rule win.

  •  SHALLOTTE – When Kasey Hollar first attended a Brunswick County Parks and Recreation football practice, he could barely run, according to his father.

    Now more than 10 years later, Hollar signed a national letter of intent to play college football at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

    Hollar put ink to paper on Thursday, March 14, inside the West Brunswick High School cafeteria with friends, family and others in attendance.

  •  The lawsuit Leland and Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO filed against Belville over H2GO’s assets and the future of a reverse osmosis water plant could be decided by April if not sooner.

    Superior Court Judge Charles Henry heard the arguments of both Leland/H2GO and Belville at a Feb. 28 hearing to consider motions for summary judgment filed by both parties.

    Leland Town Manager David Hollis said at the Feb. 28 hearing the judge said he would consider ruling on one of the motions for summary judgment.

  •  ASH — Irvin Milliken saw his new home for the first time March 16 when he was joined by a crowd of 50 family, friends and volunteers from God’s Pit Crew, the volunteer builders who replaced his Hurricane Florence flood-damaged house.

    The God’s Pit Crew team put Milliken up in a camper down the road from his property on Ash Little River Road until the new home was complete and they could host a reveal Saturday.