•  Results of recent events submitted by area golf leagues.



  •  SHALLOTTE – The West Brunswick High School varsity boys’ soccer team plays several freshmen and sophomores in one of the toughest soccer conferences in the Tar Heel State.

    The team has exceeded preseason expectations, but ran into a pair of buzzsaws last week in Hoggard and Topsail.

    A powerhouse Hoggard squad handed West Brunswick (5-6-1, 1-4-1) a 9-1 defeat Sept. 28 in Wilmington.

  •  SHALLOTTE – A high school volleyball match can’t be any closer than West Brunswick’s conference match against Topsail on Sept. 26.

    The Trojans desperately needed a victory to stay alive in the race for one of the league’s two playoff berths for Class 3A teams.

    West Brunswick got just that with a heart-stopping 3-2 win over the Pirates in Shallotte last week.

  •  SUNSET BEACH – Angela Nicholson simply nods her head, partly in disbelief and partly satisfaction, when she looks at the final numbers.

    As Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club finished hosting its 10th Annual Pretty in Pink Golf Tournament and Auction on Wednesday, Sept. 27, Nicholson tallied the final numbers and realized the events have raised more than $200,000 in the last 10 years.

  •  If you turn to page 6B in this week’s sports section, you’ll see the Week 5 predictions. You’ll look down to the know-it-all sports editor’s picks and wonder how in the world he picked a Dallas Cowboys team that couldn’t beat the Rams at home to beat Green Bay next week.

    Your skepticism is most likely warranted as I have stumbled out of the gates this season to a 24-15 record through four weeks of the Beacon Pigskin Challenge.

    Not a terrible record, but not a great one, either.

  •  LELAND – After a 7-0 victory Sept. 22 over Ashley High School, West Brunswick head football coach Kelly Williamson said he was still waiting for his offense to click as the Trojans get into the meat of their conference schedule.

    Williamson and his staff can wait no more.

    West Brunswick amassed 294 total yards on 34 plays in the first half alone of a 28-7 victory over county rival North Brunswick inside Garry Bishop Stadium in Leland on Friday, Sept. 29.

  •  OCEAN ISLE BEACH – West Brunswick head women’s tennis coach Scott Mehalick has coached tennis for more than 30 years.

    He coached a pair of individual regional champions as the head coach of the men’s team at West and has led several squads to the state playoffs.

    Taking into account all of the teams he has coached in a highly successful career, Mehalick says this year’s team “is as good of a group as I’ve ever had.”

  •  District Court Judge Jason Disbrow leads the Beacon Pigskin Challenge through three weeks with a 20-9 record. State Farm's Kristin Dowdy and Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman are tied for second place with 18-11 ledgers. 

  •  The West Brunswick High School varsity soccer team dropped a conference game against New Hanover, 2-1, and tied Ashley, 2-2, last week. 


    The Trojans played Topsail on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at M.H. Rourk Stadium in Shallotte. Scroll through the slideshow to see photos of West Brunswick's game against Ashley. 

  •  Results of recent golf events submitted by area leagues.



  •  Photos from recent fishing action with Capt. Buster Gillis of Buster's Outdoors Guide Service. 

  •  Fall is a special time of year here in Brunswick County. Daytime temperatures decrease to a comfortable 75 degrees while a fall North breeze is just enough to cool spectators sampling food at the North Carolina Oyster Festival. Aside from the Oyster Festival out of Ocean Isle, some will often venture up to Wilmington for the Great Waiters Wine Race or live entertainment at Riverfest during the first weekend of October. However, fall is much more than just a festival-filled season for Brunswick County fishermen.

  •  The weather has been a wild roller coaster the last few weeks with a few hurricanes wrecking offshore islands and Gulf Coast states. Our hearts and prayers go out to those in their paths. We all still have a very close eye on Maria, but it appears that she will stay offshore and not make landfall. Maria will still create some rather large swells, which will make it difficult for small boats to navigate the inlets and fish the beach. It has been a great time to be a surfer, though! Despite working around wind, waves and a few showers, the fishing has been spot on for fall.

  •  SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick’s varsity volleyball team rattled off 11 consecutive points against Ashley during a conference match Thursday, Sept. 21, but it wasn’t enough as the Screaming Eagles claimed a 25-15, 27-25, 25-18 victory over the Trojans.

    Senior setter Payton Roberts stepped to the service line with West trailing by nine points in the second set after Ashley had defeated the Trojans in the first set.

    When Roberts was finished serving, West had turned an eight-point deficit into a one-point lead.

  •  SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick’s offense wasn’t able to manage much offensively Friday night at M.H. Rourk Stadium in Shallotte.

    This made it imperative to capitalize on minimal opportunities and the Trojans did just that in a 7-0 victory over visiting Ashley High School in the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference opener for both teams on Friday, Sept. 22.

    West Brunswick marched down the field on a 13-play, 84-yard drive that culminated in a 19-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Owen McDowell to the team’s leading rusher, Kasin Medford.

  •  I knew, years ago, when Planet Fun opened off N.C. 130 in Shallotte, it would be a major attraction in our area. I didn’t know quite to what extend it would take off, but here we are and the alley is scheduled to host the Storm Youth Championship Coastal Classic Scholarship Bowling Tournament from Oct. 5-8. This will be the largest youth bowling tournament in North Carolina history, according to Planet Fun owner Brian McCall.

  •  BOILING SPRING LAKES - The South Brunswick Cougars ran into a powerful New Hanover Wildcat football team on Friday, Sept. 22, and were defeated by a final score of 50-0.  The Cougars were coming off their bye week after defeating Dixon in their last game and playing their best football of the season.

  •  Zack Byrd has spent the last year playing on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa after a decorated golf career at Coastal Carolina University. Byrd, a Carolina Shores native, was once one of the top junior golfers in North Carolina. Now Byrd is in the second stage of qualifying school for a position on the European Tour.