•  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.

  •  Jayhlen Washington was perfectly healthy when he entered the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A Outdoor Track and Field State Championship last week in Greensboro.

    The only health concern he had afterward was whether his neck was strong enough to carry the four gold medals he earned during the competition.

    Washington led North Brunswick High School to its fourth consecutive outdoor track and field state championship Friday, May 19, at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

  • 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.