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  •  Southport’s Ashley Sloup produced yet another strong showing at the 91st Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship, but she wasn’t able to defend her 2016 crown as she finished in sixth-place tie in the tournament that concluded June 4.

    Sloup, who recently finished her junior season on the women’s golf team at Winthrop University, captured the 2016 tournament, but fell two shots shy of a repeat crown at this year’s Carolinas Amateur, which was held at Porters Neck Country Club in Wilmington.

  •  We’re more than a third of the way through the 2017 MLB season and there have been countless surprises in professional baseball through the season’s first three months.

  •  Beachcombers

             Results from Friday, June 16. The group played a format of one low net on par 5 holes, two low nets on par 4s and three low nets on par 3s per foursome. Joe Capone, Chuck Good, Chris Kelly and Vic Bryant won first place with a score of 105. Capone was the low gross winner with a 79. Bryant, who was named golfer of the week, shot a 62 in the low net game to capture top honors.

     

    Brick Landing Ladies

  •  The Sudan Daredevils hosted their 34th Annual Flounder Tournament on June 9-10. The competitors fished in the Shallotte River for two days and the prizes were awarded June 10.

    The awards ceremony was June 10 at the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department.

  •  I am so bad at golf. This is not some half-hearted attempt at self-deprecating humor. I’m horrible. I’m a terrible golfer and I’ve come to accept it.

    Nevertheless, last week I was invited to play 18 holes with the head pro at Lockwood Folly Country Club, Eric Morgan, and two of the club’s members, Don Brewer and Paul Boileau. Don is actually the president of the country club and Paul serves as the vice president of the community’s Property Owners Association.

  •  SHALLOTTE – When former West Brunswick combo guard Kaitlyn Bellamy finished her high school basketball career earlier this year, she had no idea she’d have the opportunity to continue her career at the collegiate level.

    Several weeks and countless trips to Brunswick Community College’s campus later, Bellamy has seen her wish come true as she has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the Supply junior college during the 2017-18 season.

  •  SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick High School graduate McKenzie Benton isn’t sure she would’ve played college softball had it not been for a special teammate.

    Benton, who helped lead the Trojans to an appearance in the eastern regional finals for the first in program history this spring, will continue her softball career at Southeastern Community College after officially signing a letter of intent to play at the Whiteville junior college last week in West Brunswick’s library.

  •  The 2017 Jolly Mon King Classic is officially in the books. Out of the 185 boats that competed, Jeff Beck and his crew of Team Do Work/OIFC came out on top with a 42.75-pound king mackerel.

    On Saturday, June 17, Beck and his crew set their sights on a spot about 15 miles offshore Myrtle Beach. Upon arrival, the team noticed that other boats in the area were catching fish, yet none of them seemed to be of any size. Still confident for a big bite, the crew deployed their trolling spread and started their day of fishing.

  •  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: June 19-22, June 26-29, July 3-6, July 10-13, 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.  

  •  The East Central Conference released its all-conference selections for spring sports athletes last week. The following North Brunswick High School athletes were all-conference selections.

    Baseball

    Coach of the Year: Dustin Medlin, North Brunswick

    All-conference: Joey Matthews, Trey Parrish, Jalyn Perkins, Zeke Walker, Landen Wright

     

    Softball

    Player of the Year: Jessica Williams, North Brunswick

    All-conference: Alleigh Himes, Aliah Johnson, Kelsey Ray, Shea Vaccaro, Williams

     

  •  Listed are results of recent golf tournaments and events submitted by area golf leagues.

     

    Brunswick Plantation Ladies Golf

  •  As the new head basketball coach of the boys’ basketball team at West Brunswick High School, Ty Johnson has big shoes to fill.

    The Trojans are coming off the most successful four-year run in program history, a stretch that included 81 total wins, a conference championship, a run to the 3A Eastern Regional semifinals and four consecutive trips to the third round of the state playoffs under former head coach Eric Davis.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education formally approved Johnson’s hiring Tuesday, May 23.

  •  I will see Father’s Day through a different lens this year. For the first time, I may actually receive a gift as I’ve been a Dad to my rough-and-tough little Huck Man for last 11 months or so. There’s not a present in the world that could make me as happy as my big guy does every morning when I see his smiling face.

    I’ve said this before on social media and to my friends and family and I say with the utmost sincerity, if I can be half the father to Huck that my Dad was to me, I’ll be doing an incredible job.

  •  West Brunswick’s 2017 season ended with a 2-1 loss in extra innings against Topsail in the fourth round of the state baseball playoffs. With the loss came the conclusion to one of the finest individual careers in the baseball program’s history.

    Johnathan Carlyle had put on a West Brunswick uniform for the last time. He accomplished nearly every individual goal one can accomplish during a high school baseball career, one that was capped with yet another Mideastern 3A/4A Conference Player of the Year award.

  •  Fresh off a 25-win season and the program’s first ever trip to the eastern regional finals, the players and coaches on West Brunswick High School’s varsity softball team were essentially locks to receive several postseason awards.

    Those accolades started to roll in last week.

    Senior shortstop McKenzie Benton was named Mideastern 3A/4A Conference Player of the Year and head coach Joe Noble earned the league’s coach of the year honor, according to a league press released issued Wednesday, June 7.

  •  Dustin Medlin inherited a successful baseball program when he accepted the head-coaching job at North Brunswick more than five years ago.

    He has taken the program to new heights, including a state championship appearance, in his stint as the Scorpions’ skipper.

    Medlin led an 18-win team that captured the East Central Conference regular-season championship, earning him the league’s coach of the year award.

    North Brunswick didn’t have its most talented team during Medlin’s time as head coach, the coach said.

  •  Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has awarded three local students Touchstone Energy Sports Camp scholarships to attend summer basketball camps at two Atlantic Coast Conference schools.

    Morgan Bellamy and Hailey Woodard will attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp at N.C. State University and Abel Yuricek will attend the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on full scholarships from BEMC, according to a BEMC news release issued Tuesday, June 6.

  •  Brunswick County will play host to ball players from across the Tar Heel State later this summer.

    Town Creek District Park will play host to the North Carolina Junior Dixie Boys and Dixie Boys state tournaments July 8-12 in Winnabow.

    The state Dixie Pre-Majors and Dixie Majors state tournaments will be played July 8-12 at Scorpion Field at North Brunswick High School in Leland.

    The Dixie Youth Majors (ages 12 and under) and Majors Small League tournaments will begin July 15 in Leland.

  •  Another church league softball regular season is behind us and we have plenty of strawberries (the scrapes, not the delicious fruit) and sore right arms to prove it.

    I have played with my church, Eastside Fellowship, for the past three seasons. We’ve improved dramatically during that time.

    If memory serves me correctly, we lost our first game of the season three years ago by a narrow margin, 28-3.

    We made the decision lots of churches in the league have to make and it’s not an easy one.

  •  These are the gold medal winners in the Brunswick County Senior Games. This year’s Senior Games competition began in May and qualifiers will compete in the North Carolina Senior Games in the fall. Lack of space prevents the Beacon from listing the silver and bronze medal winners. You can see a list of all winners and participants at this link  -- http://bcparks.recdesk.com/RecDeskPortal.

     

    Jan Abbott: bowling singles, pickleball mixed doubles, tennis mixed doubles

    Roger Albizu: table tennis doubles