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Sports

  •  The Calabash Covenant Presbyterian Church held its 17th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on July 17 at the Rees Jones Course in Sea Trail. The group raised $10,200 and distributed the proceeds to local South Brunswick charities. Recipients of the money raised were Brunswick Christian Recovery Center ($2,000), Brunswick Family Assistance ($2,000), Providence Home ($1,000), Matthew’s Ministry ($1,000), Brunswick County Street Reach ($2,000), Hope Harbor Home ($1,000), the Pastor’s Special Assistance Fund ($1,000), and the First Tee of Brunswick County ($200). 

  •  Blakely McMullan, a 6-year-old from Ocean Isle Beach, recently secured first-place finishes at the Wilmington Swim League Championships at Cape Fear Country Club.

    McMullan was a team member of the Southport/Oak Island Marlins swim team this summer. The season began in May and concluded at the championships, which were held the last week of July. The Wilmington Swim League is comprised of 13 teams, including the Marlins and 12 teams from the Wilmington area.

  • Not much has changed with fishing here in Brunswick County. Last week our region did experience a push of cooler weather that ignited a short-lived beachfront king mackerel bite. Other than that run, it has been all about the summertime heat. For some, these hot, humid conditions might mean good days to lay on the beach and tan, but for fishermen, it means tough fishing.

  •  Anthony “Bubba” McCray recently competed in the 2017 East-West All-Star Game. During that game, he took a handoff around the left side and scampered for 37 yards, the longest carry of the contest for his East squad.

    Football fans in Shallotte are going to miss the sight of McCray blazing past defenders, his dreadlocks flopping in the wind on the way to a 60-yard touchdown run.

    You see, West Brunswick High School football is back, but McCray is gone.

  •  WILMINGTON - Three county high school football teams have waited an entire offseason for this night.

    The 31st Annual BB&T Football Jamboree kicks off the 2017 high school football season Friday night at Legion Stadium in Wilmington.

    West Brunswick squares off against New Hanover in the first scrimmage contest of the evening, while county foes North Brunswick and South Brunswick meet in the third tilt.

    Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the first scrimmage begins at 5:30 p.m.

  •  West Brunswick High School is coming off one of the most successful seasons in the last 20 years of the football program.

    The Trojans, who enter their third season under the leadership of head coach Kelly Williamson, finished the 2016 campaign with a 9-4 record. They advanced to the second round of the NCHSAA 3A state playoffs before dropping a tight contest against Jacksonville.

  •  You’ve seen the posts on Facebook. It’s a list of questions and you’re asked to copy and paste, then re-post with your own answers. I finally completed one of those posts a couple of nights ago and one question stuck out like a sore thumb. No, not the question about being kissed under fireworks, but this one, “What’s your favorite season?”

  •  By her own admission, part of Alicia Johnson’s heart is in the Dominican Republic.

    She is in Santo Domingo through the first week of August with a group from First Baptist Church of Shallotte.

    In an effort to raise money for her fifth trip to the Dominican with First Baptist, the former West Brunswick High School cheerleader held the inaugural “2017 Mini Cheer Camp” for girls ages 3-13.

  • Editor’s Note: Hot Corner will be published weekly. It’s a conversation revolving around sports between Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman and a Brunswick County resident. If you are interested in chatting on the Hot Corner, email shickman@brunswickbeacon.com. This week’s guest is Supply resident and Chicago Cubs junkie Seth Gearhart.  

     

  •  Results of recent golf events submitted by area golf leagues.

     

    Beachcombers

  •  Most college students spend their summers working odd jobs and taking their free time with their toes in the sand.

    Chase Bell, a student in Brunswick Community College’s horticulture and turfgrass management program, spent at least part of his summer shagging fly balls from major leaguers and hamming it up with the likes of New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.

    Bell, a 25-year-old from Georgia who’s been in the BCC turfgrass program for one year, applied for an internship during the 2017 spring semester to work in Jupiter, Fla., for the summer.

  •  SHALLOTTE – For a softball league that began with five members, six players shy of fielding an actual team, the Brunswick County Senior Softball League is in a good place in 2017.

    The league has been in existence since 1996 and gives the county’s senior citizens another outlet in which they can remain active.

  •  Two of the best players in West Brunswick High School football history competed in an all-star game featuring the top high school players in North Carolina.

    Running back Anthony “Bubba” McCray and lineman Taye Vereen, who graduated in June, represented the Trojans on July 19 at the 2017 North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game at Jamieson Stadium on the campus of Grimsley High School in Greensboro.

    McCray totaled 43 yards on six carries, including a 37-yard scamper on the team’s longest carry of the game.

  •  Brunswick County fishing has officially set in to a pure summer pattern. The weather and water temperatures are hot and the tourist activity amongst the Brunswick County islands has reached its peak. Fortunately for the fishermen of our county, the fishing has been very good.

  • Pickleball clinic offered

  •  Two years ago, a Southport-Oak Island all-star team had to beat SouthPark twice to capture the 2015 Dixie Youth State Tournament crown and advance to the World Series.

    Southport-Oak Island did just that and advanced to a Dixie Youth World Series for the second time in three seasons.

    Fast forward to 2017 and this same group of kids found themselves in the same predicament in the Majors state tournament last week in Leland.

    The squad entered the tournament finals having to knock off SouthPark twice to secure the championship.

  •  I could go on all day about how sports have impacted my life. Of course, it’s a bit ironic because my best sport was tennis. I was a good high-school tennis player and captured two eastern regional championships during my junior and senior seasons. I wasn’t even close to decent enough to play at the collegiate level, but it was a nice little career I put together.

  •  Marty Mentzer and Jesse McCrery have worked as surfing instructors for more than 50 years combined. This is a picture of OIB surf campers, which included attendees from Minnesota, Colorado and South Africa.