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Today's Sports

  • For flowers and others, it'...

    The world has changed a whole lot since I graduated from college. Opportunities abound for women today that were inconceivable back then.

    I was a journalism/sociology major but, alas, couldn’t find anyone who would pay me to write in New York City (where my then fianc, Gene, had secured a job).

    Time was of the essence, so I took a job with the Department of Welfare at the Tremont Welfare Center near Yankee Stadium in the South Bronx. In retrospect, it was a great opportunity for a little wet-behind-the-ears farm girl, and I learned a whole lot in that first year.

  • Junior wins debut with Hendrick...

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the story of the night for the 30th Running of the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.

    Making his Hendrick Motorsports debut, Earnhardt Jr. led 47 of 70 laps in a hard-fought battle of two- and three-wide racing to capture the win.

    Finishing out the top five were Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Reed Sorensen.

    Earnhardt Jr. became a two-time winner of the Budweiser Shootout and brought back some “old style” passing with the new car.

  • Lures are catching on with...

    It continues to amaze and delight me that every inshore saltwater angler now seems to be a disciple of his own brand of artificial lure.

    We have come a long way in 20 years. There was a time when you were as likely to find a pair of tap shoes in a local red drum angler’s tackle box as a selection of lures. Now things are different.

    At one time the sports of freshwater bass fishing and inshore saltwater fishing were very different, but the lines blurred quite a bit through the years with the willingness of saltwater anglers to use lures helping this along.

  • Rivalry just got sweeter

    The longtime rivalry between West Brunswick and South Brunswick high schools is about to get more interesting.

    Starting in 2009-10, when the schools begin competing in the same athletic conference, they’ll be playing for a lot more than county bragging rights whenever they meet on the field of play.

    Because West and South will be only 3A schools in a split 2A/3A conference, the league will receive one berth in the state 3A playoffs in just about every sport. That berth will go to West or South, but not both.

  • Hahl, Stricklers win Carolina...

    Art Hahl and Marie and Jerry Strickler teamed for a 66 to win Carolina Shores Golf and Country Club’s Two Thorns and a Rose or A Thorn between Two Roses Valentine’s Tournament on Feb. 9.

    Three teams tied with 68s. On a match of cards, second place was awarded to Donna and Harold Bowers and Loretta Swanson.

    Ed and Bernice Morris and Frank Talak took third.

    Longest drives went to Hahl and Marie Strickler.

    Closest to the pin honors went to Mike Van Dertoorn and Sharon White.

  • Golf briefs

    Singles golf

    The Wilmington Chapter of the American Singles Golf Association is planning a golf outing Sunday, Feb. 17, at Brierwood Golf Club in Shallotte. There will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

    The tournament is open to single, legally separated, widowed or divorced individuals. Golfers may play once with the association without joining.

    To sign up for the tournament, call Bill Duncan at (910) 289-0117 or email wearldunc3@yahoo.com.

    Senior tournaments

  • Baseball team swept in opening...

    For Brunswick Community College, it was a rude welcome to the world of college baseball.

    The Dolphins opened their inaugural season last weekend by losing three consecutive games at USC Sumter. They committed 21 errors in the series and were outscored 34-6.

    “I saw a lot of jitters,” BCC coach Robbie Allen said Monday. “We have to get better defensively. We’re not going to win many ballgames making that many errors.”

  • BCC Dolphins continue on their...

    It seems like there’s just no stopping the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team.

    The Dolphins extended their winning streak to 11 games last weekend by sweeping a two-game road trip to western North Carolina.

    BCC crushed Rockingham Community College 112-63 on Saturday and followed it up with an 89-79 victory Sunday at Guilford Technical Community College.

  • Local bowlers Decker, McFee...

    Terry Decker and Chris McFee rolled 700 series to highlight action in the McDonald’s Amusement Classic League last week at the Brunswick County Bowling Center.

    Decker had a 757 series with games of 223, 257 and 277 while McFee posted a 707 on games of 257, 216 and 234.

    MCDONALD’S AMUSEMENT

  • Sign up for baseball, softball

    Shallotte Dixie Youth will conduct final registration for T-ball, baseball and softball on Saturday, Feb. 16.

    Players may sign up from 9 a.m. until noon at Calvary Baptist Church on N.C. 179 in Shallotte.

    The league is open to boys and girls age 4-12 who live in the Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach and Calabash areas.

    Registration fees are $35 for T-Ball and $40 for baseball and softball. A copy of each child’s birth certificate is required.

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