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Today's Sports

  • Vegas is the ultimate '...

    Some events on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series schedule are referred to as “destination races.”

    When fans visit venues such as Martinsville, Darlington or Talladega, the races and the events surrounding them can literally be the only game in town.

    Other areas offer a “Bright Lights, Big City” aspect, with many entertainment options often encouraging fans to transform their race weekend into a weeklong vacation.

    Infineon Raceway, for example, offers the opportunity to visit California’s scenic wine country during the month of June.

  • Calling a timeout

    It’s been said community journalism is not a job but a calling. It’s been my calling for more than 20 years, but those days are coming to an end. This is my last week at The Brunswick Beacon.

    When I joined the newspaper fresh out of college in August 1987, I never imagined I’d still be working here in March 2008. But I was called here, and I’ve put my heart and soul into it for two decades.

  • Increasing size limit on...

    I wrote last week about the idea of decreasing the size limit on flounder in hopes of targeting less of the big females that produce baby fish. The current limit is 14 inches inshore and 14 inches in the ocean.

    The state must have read my article, because it promptly went against what I suggested and raised the ocean flounder limit in the northern part of the state to 15 inches. In my next article, I will ask the government of North Carolina not to give me a million dollars.

    That is a big flounder size limit. When I catch a 15 -inch flounder, I do a silly little dance.

  • Time to dust off rods and reels

    March is the “official” beginning of the spring fishing season. It is time to dust off the rod and reels, clean the boat and start thinking about the first trip of the season.

    It seems like February gets longer every year and I, for one, am tired of fixing and getting ready.

    Last Friday, the weather broke and I had the chance to head offshore with local fishermen Daniel and Laura Russ and some of their friends who were in town from Iowa.

  • For a change of pace, take a...

    Golf is a great game, folks. Competition can be anything from a blood-and-guts, four-days-of-medal-play championship to a silly social event that gives everyone some laughs and a good time.

    Personally, I think a good tournament schedule includes some of each.

    We all enjoy going out there and really testing ourselves against the course or against other players. Most golfers like to play serious golf. What other sport can a retired schoolteacher (or accountant or lawyer) learn to play in their golden years? And then excel at it?

  • Golf action

    Lidgard, Fiore share first in Meadowlands Missfits event

    Marlene Lidgard and Anne Fiore were the most honest golfers in the Meadowlands Missfits “Honesty” tournament Feb. 25 at Meadowlands.

    Prior to teeing off, each player predicted her final gross scores and those hitting them correctly or coming closest to the actual scores were declared the winners. Any player with a double bogey or higher on the final two holes was disqualified.

    Both Lidgard, who picked a 96, and Fiore, who chose 100, picked their scores on the nose to tie for first.

  • BCC baseball piling up wins

    SHALLOTTE—The biggest challenge for Brunswick Community College’s baseball team in its inaugural season has little to do with pitching, hitting or fielding. It’s mental preparation.

    With a roster comprised of 17 freshmen and one sophomore, coach Robbie Allen said it’s been a struggle to keep the team fired up and focused for every inning of every game.

  • Dolphins beat Spartanburg in...

    WILMINGTON—Brunswick Community College used its depth to set a quick tempo and advance to the championship game of the Carolinas Junior College Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.

    The Dolphins sent 12 players in and out of the lineup on Saturday and wore down Spartanburg Methodist in their 81-65 semifinal victory at Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center.

    “It just came down to our depth and running the ball,” said BCC coach Walter Shaw.

  • BCC cruises past Clinton

    WILMINGTON—The simple pre-game “How are you doing coach?” was met with “I’ll let you know in a few hours.”

    It was Friday, the quarterfinal round of the Carolinas Junior College Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament at Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center and you could sense the urgency engulfing Brunswick Community College coach Walter Shaw.

    And after dispatching Clinton (S.C.) Junior College 86-69 to advance to a semifinal match-up with Spartanburg Methodist College, Shaw’s demeanor didn’t changed.

  • BCC women lose play-in game

    Brunswick Community College was eliminated in the play-in game of the Carolinas Junior College Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament last week in Wilmington.

    Denmark (S.C.) Technical College defeated the Lady Dolphins 62-57 Thursday at Ashley High School. BCC ended the season on a 12-game losing streak and finished 2-20 overall.

    Jasmine Monroe scored 18 points, Robin Smith had 12, Temere Williams had 11, Chrissy Campbell had 10 and Tiara Brodie had nine for the Lady Dolphins.