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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hickman pleased with progress as...

     SHALLOTTE – While they haven’t yet been fitted for shoulder pads, West Brunswick’s varsity football team won’t be strangers to competition when the season opens next month.

    The Trojans traveled to Carolina Forest (S.C.) for a four-team passing league tournament two weeks ago, their third 7-on-7 event of the summer.

    West Brunswick competed against three South Carolina teams: Aynor, North Myrtle Beach and Carolina Forest.

    West squared off against Aynor in the first 30-minute game.

  • Fin Planner team defends...
  • Dixie Junior Boys team knocks...

     WINNABOW – Leland 13-year-old Kenny Frank only walked two batters during the Dixie Boys regular season and he struck out 32 opposing hitters as he sported a perfect 3-0 record on the mound.

    Frank continued his sterling pitching with a dominant showing in the 2018 North Carolina Dixie Junior Boys State Tournament last week at Town Creek Park.