Today's Sports

  • Trojans, Scorpions, Cougars to...

     High school football is back.

    Ten area teams are scheduled to clash in the 32nd Annual BB&T Football Jamboree on Friday, Aug. 10, at Legion Stadium in Wilmington.

    The prep scrimmage is a fundraiser for 10 southeastern North Carolina high schools and student scholarships.

    Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and the first scrimmage between North Brunswick and Laney will begin at 5:30 p.m.

  • Leland National among final...

     After capturing the North Carolina state championship with an unbeaten run through the state tournament in Ash two weeks ago, the Leland National All-Star team has advanced through the first two rounds of the Dixie Youth AAA World Series unscathed.

    The Leland National All-Star team won four of its first five games and was among the final three squads in event, which is being played in Lumberton.

  • Dance teams garner accolades at...

     Four local school dance teams racked up several honors and awards at Universal Dance Association summer camp at Wake Forest University last week.

    Squads from Shallotte Middle School and North Brunswick, South Brunswick and West Brunswick high schools represented Brunswick County at the annual summer instructional camp.

  • Washington wins national...

     Jayhlen Washington has added a pair of accomplishments to an already sterling track and field career.

    The former North Brunswick star who claimed 18 individual state titles in outdoor and indoor track and field state meets as a member of the Scorpions captured the long jump and triple jump titles at the Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships two weeks ago in Greensboro.

    Washington, a member of the Cape Fear Flyers, claimed titles in the long jump (23-11) and triple jump (50-11.5), in his last attempt in both events.

  • Cardon tabbed first coach of BCC...

     For the first time in the school’s history, Brunswick Community College will sport a softball team.

    Robbie Allen, the institution’s athletic director, has tabbed a former Army softball player and Seattle native to guide the Dolphins through their first season on the diamond.

    Bernadette Cardon, a U.S. Military Academy graduate and a member of the Army softball team that played in the Austin Regional in 2013, has been hired as the head softball coach at BCC.

  • The time my son played catch...

     My son loves baseball.

    This was apparent this past Saturday night, July 28, when I took Huck to watch the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans square off against the Lynchburg Hillcats in a minor league baseball game.

    Fortunately, a friend and one of my Dad’s former football players at West Brunswick High School, had a few tickets in the “beach” portion of the Pelicans’ stadium, so this allowed Huck to roam around the area. It would’ve been nearly impossible to watch a baseball game from the bleachers with my 2-year-old son.

  • Trojans begin 2018 season with...

     Editor’s Note: West Brunswick head football coach Brett Hickman is the older brother of Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman.

    SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick players had a little extra pep in their step as they took the field for the official first day of football practice for the 2018 season that begins Aug. 17 in Shallotte.

    Forty-five minutes later and those players scurried off the field toward the field house as heavy rain and lightning interrupted the initial practice session of the season.

  • Pardee optimistic in second year...

     SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick’s varsity volleyball team graduated four key seniors from last year’s team that finished 4-18 and in sixth place in the difficult Mideastern Conference.

    Second-year head coach Marc Pardee is tasked with finding replacements for Kesha Driggers, Payton Roberts, Cierra Watts and Morgan Wayne, a quartet that played together on the varsity squad for more than two seasons.

    A year after finishing with a 4-10 league record, Pardee is looking forward to watching his 2018 team improve and develop.

  • Halftime: Appreciating weather...

     And just like that the first half of summer is behind us. Summer holds different meanings and memories for everyone that calls the Brunswick County coast home. At this stage in my life it means surviving the intensity of the tourist season.

  • A local coach deserves community...

     Brad Watson has coached Dixie Youth baseball in Leland for nine years now.

    He’s been fortunate enough to coach multiple all-star teams that have advanced deep into state tournaments and fought for World Series berths.

    Perhaps none of those teams were better than Watson’s 12-and-under all-star squad that competed in last week’s Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament in Kenansville.