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  •  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

  •  SHALLOTTE --- West Brunswick has one of the best baseball programs in eastern North Carolina. Former head coach Mike Alderson built the Trojans into one of the state’s top-notch programs during an illustrious 26-year career as the team’s skipper.

    T.J. Spivey led the Trojans the last three seasons and continued to build on that tradition. West Brunswick recently completed their second consecutive trip to the fourth round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A state playoffs.

  •  LELAND -- High school athletes across the country would do just about anything for one state championship ring.

    North Brunswick senior Jayhlen Washington has made winning state championships about as normal as waking up in the morning and taking a shower.

    The senior track and field runner and jumper has won nine individual state championships and three more outdoor track and field state titles as a member of the Scorpion dynasty.

  •  The Mideastern 3A/4A Conference announced its all-conference recipients for the 2017 spring sports season Friday, May 26.

    Listed are the player of the year, coach of the year and team sportsmanship award winners in each spring sport.

    Baseball and softball all-conference teams will be released following the conclusion of the state playoffs in those sports.

     

    West Brunswick and South Brunswick high schools all-conference recipients:

     

    Men’s Golf

  •  On the heels of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference tournament championship and a berth in the Division II NCAA Atlantic Regionals, Chowan University is adding more talent to its softball roster.

    North Brunswick senior Kerrin Mailhot signed a national letter of intent May 17 to play softball at Chowan University.

  •  Michael Jordan kept it simple when he announced his return to the Chicago Bulls in March 1995 after taking two years off to pursue a professional baseball career.

    “I’m back,” His Airness said.

    LeBron James bolted the Cleveland Cavaliers for a highly successful tenure with the superteam Miami Heat in what became known as “The Decision,” a nationally-televised, one-hour program in which James proclaimed he was “taking his talents to South Beach.”

  •  HILLSBOROUGH — Senior catcher Haley Long wiped the tears from her face. Sophomore Morgan Beeler couldn’t find any consolation in finishing the season one win away from a crack at a state championship. West Brunswick’s longtime head softball coach Joe Noble could barely speak to reporters following the game as he battled his emotions during postgame interviews.

  •  Twelve-year-old Pierce Latta of Charlotte caught a 4.41-pound Pompano at Ocean Isle Beach in surf April 15 while on vacation with his family and friend, Ben.

  •  The Academy of Coastal Carolina was selected to receive a National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) startup grant from the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. The grant will allow the academy to expand its archery program and compete with other local schools in elementary, middle and high school divisions.

  •  Guilford Tech piled on six runs in the top of the sixth inning on its way to winning a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region X and Southeastern District baseball semifinal game against Brunswick Community College (BCC) on May 15.

    Trailing by eight runs after six innings, BCC plated three runs in the bottom of the seventh and a pair in the bottom of the ninth, but the sixth-inning barrage by Guilford Tech was too much to overcome for the Dolphins.

  •  The West Brunswick High School varsity softball team is two wins away from a chance to record its first state championship in program history.

    Thanks to a 1-0, nine-inning victory over Lee County in the fourth round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state softball playoffs, the Trojans have advanced to the 3A Eastern Finals for the first time.

  •  The West Brunswick varsity baseball team had several chances to break a scoreless tie during a Friday, May 19, fourth-round state playoff game against Topsail in Hampstead.

    The Trojans never delivered the clutch base hit they desperately needed and Topsail eventually won the game in 11 innings.

    With the victory, Topsail will advance to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Eastern Regional Finals that were scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 23.