Today's Sports

  • Johnson excited about basketball...

     In Ty Johnson’s inaugural season as West Brunswick’s head boys’ basketball coach, he emphasized defense to his first team.

    The Trojan players responded, yielding fewer than 50 points per game in one of the premier conferences in southeastern North Carolina.

    However, the Trojans struggled on the offensive end and finished with a sub-.500 record and failed to qualify for the state playoffs.

  • U.S. Open fishing tourney set...

     The 40th Anniversary U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Southport Marina in Southport.

    The U.S. Open is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast and part of the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) Tournament Trail.

    The tournament attracted 470 boats and paid out more than $270,000 in prize money in 2017. The event has an all-cash guaranteed prize structure that is not based on participation numbers.

  • Scorpions earn first win under...

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

    The wait is over for North Brunswick’s first-year head football coach.

    The Scorpions traveled to Kenly for a non-conference game against North Johnson on Friday, Sept. 7, and left with the first victory of the Bryan Davis Era.

  • West runners secure second...

     West Brunswick’s boys’ cross country team is off to a hot start.

    For the second time in as many matches, the Trojans earned a team victory, this time in a clash of three Brunswick County high schools.

    The Trojans had four runners finish in the top 10 and edged North Brunswick in a three-team meet than also featured South Brunswick.

    Ryan Phelan, for the second consecutive meet, earned a top-three finish with a second-place standing and Ethan Reed finished the county meet in third place for the Trojans.

  • Smiths’ Dove Hunt attracts quite...

     I’ve got to be perfectly honest with all of you.

    I’ve never been one that was big on the hunting and fishing scene in Brunswick County.

    Most weeks when I begin reading the fishing report from our esteemed columnists Brant McMullan, Barrett McMullan and Austin Aycock, I might as well be reading something in another language.

    I don’t know anything about fishing and I sure as heck don’t know anything about hunting.

  • Trojans drop non-conference tilt...

     SHALLOTTE – Dixon High School is a 2A high school in the small town of Holly Ridge with fewer students than 3A West Brunswick.

    However, Dixon solidified its stature as one of the best boys’ soccer programs in North Carolina with a 3-0 win over the Trojans, who entered the Sept. 6 contest riding a seven-game winning streak.

    Dixon scored a trio of first-half goals, all of which occurred in the final 25 minutes of the frame, to build a 3-0 lead and held the Trojans scoreless for the shutout victory.

  • Kicking-game miscue dooms...

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


    SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick and Whiteville spent the majority of last Friday’s non-conference high school football game locked in a 7-7 draw.

  • West Brunswick volleyball squad...


    West Brunswick’s varsity volleyball team stumbled out of the gate, responded to win the third set but ultimately fell in four sets to drop its 2018 season opener against Whiteville.

    The Wolfpack stormed ahead in the first set and seized a 25-19 victory before securing a hard-fought 25-22 decision in the second set.

    West Brunswick dominated play in the third set and claimed a 25-14 victory before dropping the fourth and final stanza 25-21 to fall to 0-1 on the season.

  • Youthful Trojans extend winning...

     Editor’s Note: West Brunswick’s varsity soccer team improved to 6-1 with a victory over South Columbus on Monday, Aug. 27, in Tabor City.


    SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick’s varsity boys’ soccer team didn’t win its fifth game of the 2017 season until Sept. 14.

    The Trojans are close to matching last season’s win total in the next week after three consecutive wins last week extended the squad’s winning streak to five games.

  • Two local programs heading in...

     On the surface, the start of the high school football season for two of our local programs doesn’t look like much.

    West Brunswick is now 1-1 with a home win over Socastee (S.C.) and a 14-7 heartbreaking loss at the hands of Whiteville.

    North Brunswick stumbled out of the gate and dropped a 41-7 game against Whiteville in Week 1 before suffering a 39-20 setback against Socastee this past Friday night.

    I’ve got to tell you, though, West and North have impressed me through two weeks of the season.