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  • SHALLOTTE — Garrison Gause strolled to the plate Tuesday, May 16, with his team down to its final two outs against the visitors from Orange High School in the third round of the state high school baseball playoffs.

    He knew his West Brunswick team needed a baserunner if it was going to overcome a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning.

    The senior catcher resorted to asking for help from his father, who died days before the state playoffs began in early May.

  • By Ed Hullings

    Beacon Correspondent

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick softball team advanced to round four of state playoffs Tuesday, May 16, with a thrilling 3-2 victory over a very tough J.F. Webb team from Oxford.

    The Trojans will face No. 1 seeded Lee County on Friday night in Sanford. The Yellow Jackets have a 25-1 record and are riding a 24-game winning streak.

    “Each team we play as we get deeper into the playoffs becomes a much tougher opponent,” Trojans Coach Joe Noble said.

  • SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick Coach Joe Noble said after his team’s win May 10 that if the Trojans’ batting synced up with their defense and pitching, they’d hurt some other team’s feelings in the 3A playoffs.

    That team wound up being the South Johnston Trojans in a game that ended in the middle of the fifth inning with West Brunswick winning 13-0 on an overcast Friday night, May 12.

  • SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick held Asheboro scoreless with stellar defense and steady pitching to win its Wednesday night playoff game 2-0. Their next 3A playoff game is scheduled at home against the South Johnston Trojans (17-10) at 6 p.m. Friday.

  • Since the beginning of last season, the West Brunswick High School varsity baseball team has leaned on the powerful right arm of senior Johnathon Carlyle.

    The first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A state playoffs was no different as Carlyle tossed a complete game to lead the Trojans to a 4-1 road victory over Western Alamance on Wednesday, May 10.

    After a 231-mile trek to Elon for its first-round contest, West raced out to an early lead behind timely hitting.

  • LELAND — The North Brunswick girls’ and boys’ track and field teams won the East Central Conference track and field championships May 2 at Garry Bishop Stadium.

    North’s girls scored 176 points. Croatan was second (121.5) in the seven-team meet.

    North’s boys scored 224 points. Croatan was second (103) in the seven-team meet.

    In the girls’ meet, North won five individual events and used its depth to win the championship.

  • Staff Report

    LELAND — East Duplin beat North Brunswick 8-4 and won the East Central Conference softball championship May 4.

    The Panthers finished with 10 hits, four of them in the first inning as they took a 3-0 lead.

    A triple and a wild pitch led to the first of four runs in the fourth inning and a 7-0 lead.

    The Scorpions scored their four runs in the final inning. Singles by Kerrin Mailhot, Kelsey Ray and Aliah Johnson led to three runs. The fourth run scored on a wild pitch.

  • By Ed Hullings

    Beacon Correspondent

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick Trojans won the MEC playoffs May 4, adding the playoff championship trophy to the regular season championship they won a week ago.

    This championship game featured the third matchup of the season between the powerful teams from West and Topsail. For the third successive time this season, the Trojans defeated the Pirates 2-1 in an epic battle in Shallotte.

  • LELAND — Before signing his letter of intent Friday to wrestle at Campbell University, North Brunswick senior Tyrone Watson Jr. looped his black-and-orange striped tie many times. He spent more time adjusting his tie than he did wrestling some of the foes in his high school career.

    Watson and teammate Patrick Burton signed to attend Campbell in a ceremony in the North Brunswick gym.

    “It is the first time in school history that anybody has ever signed for wrestling, and especially for DI,” North coach Thomas York said.

  • LELAND — The North Brunswick girls’ and boys’ track and field teams won the East Central Conference track and field championships May 2 at Garry Bishop Stadium.

    North’s girls scored 176 points. Croatan was second (121.5) in the seven-team meet.

    North’s boys scored 224 points. Croatan was second (103) in the seven-team meet.

    In the girls’ meet, North won five individual events and used its depth to win the championship.

  • The Brunswick Community College and Pitt Community College baseball teams will play a weekend series at Founders Field to determined the NCJAA Division II Region 10 regular season champion.

    They will play a doubleheader Saturday, May 6, starting at noon. They will play a single game Sunday, May 7.

    Pitt freshman pitcher Shelton Perkins, a North Brunswick graduate, is 9-0 with a 2.44 ERA. Former teammate Chris Graham is the leadoff hitter for BCC and is batting, through 43 games, .378 with 30 RBIs.

  • By Ed Hullings

    Beacon Correspondent

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick Trojans defeated the Ashley Screaming Eagles 10-2 Friday to clinch the Mideastern 3A/4A conference title and home field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.

    It was an emotional night as the four senior players on the team — Haley Long, McKenzie Benton, Mackenzie Williams and Emily Clemmons — were recognized in a pregame ceremony, along with their parents, for their contributions to the team in their four years at West Brunswick.

  • SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Harrison Campbell has accepted an offer to wrestle for Duke University.

    “It’s a really good school,” Campbell said. “I connected really good with the coaches. It is a good environment. The degree is really going to pay off in the future.”

    Glen Lanham is the Duke coach. He was introduced as Duke wrestling head coach in April 2012

  • BY Ed Hullings

    Beacon Correspondent

    Hampstead — The West Brunswick Trojan softball team took a major step toward winning the Mideastern 3A/4A title by defeating the Topsail Pirates on their home field 1-0 April 25.  This was Topsail’s second conference loss of the season, both losses to West Brunswick. The Trojans have one loss and a victory against Ashley April 28at home will give the Trojans the conference title.

  • Staff photo by Michael Paul

    Fourteen West Brunswick athletes publicly announced their college intentions April 27.

    In the front are Carly Koblitz, Danielle Butterworth, Harrison Campbell, Clay VanSteen, Josh Woodard and Trevor Wilson. In the back are Emily Clemmons, J.T. Long, Tyler McDuffie, Johnathan Carlyle, Garrison Gause, Taye Vereen, LeGarick Jeffries and Tariq Thomas. Read stories on this website.

  • SHALLOTTE — Three West Brunswick lacrosse players publicly announced their college choices April 27.

    J.T. Long signed with Averett University, which begins its first men’s lacrosse season in 2018. Long is an attackman.

    West is in its third year of lacrosse.

    “We were looking for leadership,” West coach Steve Corbett said, “and we had a number of boys who actually exhibited it. One has stood out very well: J.T. Long.

  • SHALLOTTE — Four West Brunswick baseball players publicly accepted college offers April 27 at West.

    Pitcher Johnathan Carlyle has signed with USC Upstate.

    “It’s a good school,” Carlyle said. “They have nice facilities. Great coaches. I just felt I could fit in there.”

    Through 20 games this season, Carlyle is 2-2 with two saves. Carlyle has an ERA of 1.34. He has pitched 52.1 innings, striking out 48 and walking 21.

    He is batting .500 (26 for 52 with nine doubles) with 18 RBIs, the most for the Trojans.

  • SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Trevor Wilson publicly accepted an offer April 27 from University of Mount Olive to participate in cross country and track.

    Wilson plans to study exercise science, he said.

    “He’s been one of our top runners,” West cross-country coach Jimmy Caraway said.

    “He has won Most Dedicated and Most Improved awards.”

    Wilson said he became interested in the program in December, when coach Matt van Lierop emailed him.

  • SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior basketball player Josh Woodard publicly accepted an offer April 27 from Brunswick Community College.

    Woodard is a 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward.

    “He was a varsity player for almost four full years, and that’s rare for almost any kid,” said Chris Surigao, West assistant basketball coach. “He led West Brunswick to probably the best records we ever had, except those years when we won the state title. The legacy he left here will, hopefully, translate to the younger guys that are coming up.”