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  •  For 35 years, Mickey Crowley ran up and down the basketball court as a referee, officiating in some of the biggest college basketball games in the country.

    Now, the 83-year-old sits in his Carolina room at his home in Crow Creek and watches a squirrel run back and forth in the backyard.

    Crowley, a native of Queens, N.Y., is a member of six halls of fame and is widely regarded as one of the best college basketball officials of all time.

  •  Greg York, of High Point, is pictured with five nice keeper flounder he caught while fishing on the "Katch Buster" with Captain Buster Gillis of Buster’s Outdoors Guide Service.  They were fishing in the Intracoastal Waterway, canals and inlets not far from the wildlife ramp at Ocean Isle Beach.  Of the 15 flounders they caught, the pair was able to keep the five pictured here. York used artificial bait to catch the flounder.

  •  OIB Surf Camp offered

    Jesse McCrery and Marty Mentzer are offering OIB Surf Camp from the Newport Street public access on Ocean Isle Beach.

    Sessions are from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays: July 17-20 and July 24-27.

    McCrery and Mentzer have been surfing and teaching surfing for a combined 50 years.

    Camp scholarships are available in memory of J. Paul Smith.  

    For more information, call 508-9122 or email oibsurfcamp@yahoo.com.

     

  •  The most successful season in West Brunswick High School history came to an end in early June when the Trojans fell in the eastern finals, one win away from a berth in the state championship series.

    The accolades, however, haven’t stopped rolling as a trio of Trojans received all-district and all-state recognition last week.

    Rising junior Morgan Beeler and graduates McKenzie Benton and Haley Long made the 3A All-District and All-State teams, according to the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association.

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

     

    Beachcombers

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    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 Leland resident and assistant district attorney for the 13th Prosecutorial District, Quintin McGee. 

  •  The 2017 Dixie Boys and Dixie Junior Boys state tournaments were held this week at Town Creek Park in Winnabow. Scroll through the slideshow to see photos from this week's tournament. Brunswick County's Dixie Junior Boys team captured a second-place finish in the tournament after advancing to the title game with three straight victories. The Brunswick County Dixie Boys squad was eliminated after losing its first two games. 

  •  The July fishing season is in full swing and the hot weather has shown up on time. Water temperatures are between 85 and 90 degrees depending on the time of day and tide you are fishing. Low tide in the early afternoon may have water temperatures exceed 90 degrees. One would think the fish would go deep looking for cooler temperatures or hide in the shade under the docks. Some fish are looking for refuge during times of rest, but the bait is thick in the shallow hot creeks where many of them must go to feed.

  •  The 2017 East Coast Got ‘Em On Classic is officially in the books. On July 8-9, roughly 150 anglers battled the high seas and tough fishing for the top spot in this year’s Got ‘Em On king mackerel tournament.  

  •  As you’re reading this, whether it’s Wednesday morning or Thursday when the Beacon arrives in your mailbox, we’ll be about a week away from my son’s first birthday and anywhere from 48 to 72 hours from his first birthday party.

    It feels like in this keepin’-up-with-the-Joneses world we live in now, the parties can sometimes overshadow the child’s actual birthday.

  •  TOWN CREEK – For many years, Brunswick County’s neighbors to its west, Columbus County, have been the only roadblock in the way of an appearance in the Dixie Junior Boys World Series.

    On Saturday, July 8, Brunswick County’s team exorcised some of those demons in a 4-3 opening-round victory over Columbus County in the 2017 Dixie Junior Boys State Tournament, which is being held at Town Creek Park in Winnabow.

    The Dixie Junior Boys team is comprised of all 13-year-olds.

  •  Meadowlands Golf Club is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The 18-hole course is located in Brunswick County and is located near the North Carolina/South Carolina border. The club has celebrated the event each month this year with an outing for members. The club is inviting golfers and non-golfers to celebrate with them on September 20th as they offer lunch and nine-hole rounds paired with hole-in-one prizes and much more. Entry is $50 per person with a portion of proceeds benefiting Canine Angels.  Sponsorships are being sought for holes and prizes.

  •  Beacon readers submitted the following fishing photos for the July 6 edition. Summer fishing has arrived!

  •  Gary Cohen, Jack Haught, Dale Easer, Joe Southard, Paul Groves and Bob Lange were the winners of the 17th Annual Ed Riedel Golf Tournament. Groves was the competition’s overall winner.

  •  Abel Yuricek, a rising eighth-grader at Shallotte Middle School, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball camp in June. During the camp, Abel played pickup games with his fellow campers and learned some of basketball’s basic skills from national champions Joel Berry, Luke Maye and Theo Pinson. He also had his picture taken with head coach Roy Williams, a three-time national champion and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. 

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

     

    Brick Landing LGA

  •  Last weekend, I attended a golf outing at Rivers Edge in Shallotte in memory of Gene Weldon, a longtime PGA golf pro who died earlier this year following a bout with cancer.

    Ralph Eckley, Ronnie Hahn and Mike Travers organized the event and more than 40 people attended last weekend’s event, including Weldon’s wife, Geri, and his children, Wil Weldon and Hayes Cramer.

    After speaking with Ralph, Ronnie and Mike, countless times, something became awfully clear.

    Gene Weldon was about as well respected as a person can possibly be.

  •  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 Southport resident and District Court Judge Jason Disbrow.

     

  •  SHALLOTTE – Lacrosse was going to take off in Brunswick County and Kate Gentle was going to make sure of it.

    A Cortland, N.Y., native and Brunswick County resident of more than five years, Gentle almost single-handedly launched and sustained a lacrosse program in Brunswick County that now has one county high school competing at a high level with New Hanover County programs.

    For the first time in Brunswick County history, a county high school defeated a New Hanover County team this past spring during the girls’ lacrosse season.